Samsung completes new mid-tier smartphone range with Galaxy A7

Having seen the lustre come off its flagship Galaxy S smartphone range, thanks largely to aggressively priced alternatives from Chinese vendors, Samsung is currently focusing on its new mid-tier Galaxy A range, completing it with the 5.5-inch Galaxy A7.

Android Lollipop adoptoption off to a slow start

Almost three months since its release Android Version 5.0, nicknamed Lollipop, has been installed in less than 0.1% of Android devices. This is revealed in official data published by Google on the prominence of all Android versions.

AsiaInfo founder calls for greater integration between telcos and OTTs

Operators should rethink their strategy and open their businesses more to OTTs according to Edward Tian, President and co-founder of Chinese BSS vendor AsiaInfo. In an interview with Telecoms.com he said providing OTT services as a partner offering is not fully benefiting operators, and they should adopt a more integrated approach to collaboration.

Facebook moves to optimise mobile video with QuickFire purchase

Facebook has moved to acquire video optimisation specialist, QuickFire Networks, in a bid to upgrade its mobile video hosting capabilities. The San Diego-based startup utilises bandwidth compression technology to reduce the amount of capacity required to host video online.

EE claims European record in 4G network growth

EE has announced its 4G customer base has reached 7.7 million, up from 5.7 million since the start of last year. The UK operator claimed this sets a new European record for 4G growth.

LG developing webOS-based smart watch

It’s been a good week for the company formerly known as Palm, with LG Electronics revealing at CES 2015 that it is developing a smart watch running webOS – the mobile platform developed by Palm.

LTE network growth up 25% in 2014 – report

The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has released figures detailing the growth of LTE network deployment in 2014. According to the association, 360 global operators have commercially launched LTE networks and services in 124 countries.

BlackBerry focuses on smart-cars with IoT platform

BlackBerry has launched an IoT platform targeted at the automotive and asset tracking sectors. The mobile device maker said its efficient and scalable messaging system forms the solution’s foundation, and claimed it brings high performance to highly mobile industries.

TalkTalk acquires blinkbox in multiplay move

TalkTalk has confirmed the completed acquisition of video on-demand provider blinkbox Movies from Tesco, as well as its broadband subscriber base. As the UK market continues to see M&A activity towards converged, multiplay service offerings, the acquisition has expanded TalkTalk’s available range of TV and video content.