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Ericsson ‘flips the coin’ on network slicing with end-user application

The network slicing app is unique in the market and offers a viable way for CSPs to monetize the new capabilities of 5G Earlier this week, Ericsson announced an end-user application that allows a business user or consumer to dynamically boost mobile connectivity via network...

Samsung Galaxy S will be made from plastics found in discarded fishing nets

Discarded fishing nets are a significant threat to marine life and the planet at large Days ahead of its Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung announced that its high-end Galaxy S smartphone will be made from a “new material” comprised of plastics found in discarded fishing nets. While...

Supply chain constraints finally caught up to the smartphone market: IDC report

The latest IDC report revealed that global smartphone shipments are down 6.7% as a result of the ongoing chip shortage Despite a double-digit annual growth rate in the first half of 2021— 25% in the first quarter of 2021 and more than 13% in the second...

Smartphones get the high score in gaming revenue, according to report

Smartphones account for the biggest source of gaming revenue — 43% of total revenue from all devices Smartphones appear to be dominating the global gaming market, according to new data presented by 123scommesse. In 2020, the global gaming market generated an estimated $177.8 billion, 43% — or...

Huawei expects U.S restrictions to remain in place for a long time: chairman

Chinese vendor Huawei is not expecting the Biden administration to remove the company from the Entity List, the company’s rotating chairman, Eric Xu, said during a session with journalists at the Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2021. “We believe that we will need to continue working...

If 5G device shipments hit 2021 expectations, 5G can claim ‘mainstream’ status

LitePoint exec: 'When compared to 4G, 5G attach rates are one to two years ahead' LitePoint, a wireless device testing company, saw a 10x increase in 5G mobile phone shipments last year, according to the company’s Director of Marketing Adam Smith. “We went from 20 million...

Kagan: Smartphone addiction takes life out of living

We have a very serious problem which I fear will have a long-term impact on our society. As an analyst, you know I love the world of smartphones, wireless, telecom and technology. That being said, I have learned that smartphones have two sides. One...

From routers to smartphones, Wi-Fi 6 devices are here today

Wi-Fi 6 devices are in-market with more on the way Developed in response to the ever-growing number of connected devices worldwide, Wi-Fi 6, based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard, is the next generation of Wi-Fi technology, and offers improved speed, capacity, coverage and performance of connected devices. ...

Vodafone connects 5G phones to live 5G networks in Madrid and Barcelona

The company plans to test 5G speeds in Barcelona’s streets during Mobile World Congress next week Vodafone claimed to be the world's first operator to connect 5G smartphones to its live 5G network in the Spanish cities of Madrid and Barcelona, the carrier said in...

Owning the smartphone: OEMs and carriers are missing the disruption opportunity

  Some of the most significant media disruptions have come from using a physical device to create friendlier and more frictionless access to media. Think of the Tivo, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Echo and Fire Stick, even the Apple Watch. These innovations OWN the user...

Qualcomm, Vivo fit 5G mmWave antenna in smartphone

Qualcomm engineers test Vivo's 5G mmWave antenna in commercial form factor Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo and U.S. semiconductor company Qualcomm have integrated a 5G millimeter wave antenna array into a commercial-sized smartphone and measured its performance over the air, the companies announced.   The design integrates a 28 GHz mmWave antenna array into a cellphone-sized form factor that also uses sub-6 GHz technologies,...

Carpe diem, carriers: The shift to a smarter smartphone might be in YOUR hands (Reader Forum)

  Carriers have been smart when it comes to data plans — they’ve adapted plan offerings to consumer usage. It’s time for their phones to follow suit. Consumers no longer think about how much data their game or video meme is eating up in the moment...

Generation Z: The Age of Wireless (Reader Forum)

  When I was 13, I wanted a phone in my room, so I could talk to friends in my own space instead of sitting on the basement stairs or pacing back and forth in the kitchen and ultimately knotting the curly cord like a...

Wi-Fi in 280 characters (Reader Forum)

  Twitter just doubled the character limit for tweets to 280 and the internet was not shy about testing their boundaries. And we’ll likely see the limit edge ever upwards in the future. Why? Because consumers always push the boundaries of technological scarcity, and given...

Kagan: Bigger smartphones not always better

Why are smartphone product designers getting it so wrong? Maybe they are using their own personal preferences. Maybe they got some bad data. It doesn’t matter. They are wrong. The entire wireless marketplace does not want huge screens and giant smartphones. A slice of...

Kagan: Why Lenovo Motorola is failing

Since 2005, Lenovo has done very well. They acquired the ThinkPad brand of laptops from IBM and that success apparently gave them a false sense of security. They thought they had the secret sauce, but apparently they are not bulletproof. They acquired Motorola in...

4×4 MIMO tests on T-Mobile network finds significant performance boost

Signals Research Group conducted 4x4 MIMO testing that showed a 55% speed boost on a live T-Mobile network using Samsung devices. Claimed performance advantages of complex multiple-input/multiple-output antenna technologies appear to have been validated by recent network performance testing conducted by Signals...

Analyst Angle: Closed loop antenna tuning saves the smartphone from poor performance

More precise antenna tuning can help a smartphone take advantage of new technologies and new spectrum resources. Editor’s Note: In the Analyst Angle section, we’ve collected a group of the industry’s leading analysts to give their outlook on the hot topics...

Huawei taps Universal Electronics for smartphone remote solution

New Huawei phone to uses additional solutions from Universal Electronics including infrared blaster control technology. Universal Electronics, a provider of universal control and sensing technologies targeting the smart home market, said its QuickSet solution has been integrated in the new Porsche-designed Huawei Mate 9 smartphone. The...

Reader Forum: Technology blog – baby boomers and bandwidth (Pt. 1)

Baby boomers may not be as young as they once were, but their bandwidth demands match those of younger generations. Baby boomers are the rock-n-roll generation that was raised on television. Named for the post-World War II “baby boom” of 1946-1964, this was the first...

How the used and trade-in smartphone market is impacting carriers and OEMs

PwC’s Strategy& division looks at the impact the removal of smartphone subsidies and new era of used devices and trade-ins is having on carriers and OEMs. The domestic cellular market has witnessed a wave of new operating models highlighted by the push from...

Meet the world’s most intelligent smart building: The Edge in Amsterdam

World's most intelligent smart building Twenty-eight thousand sensors. That is how many it takes to create the world's smartest, most environmentally friendly building: The Edge. An office building in Amsterdam whose main tenant is consulting firm Deloitte, has been rated the most environmentally sustainable smart...

Analyst Angle: Google lays down an Apple strategy with Pixel

Google has declared the smartphone business is too important to leave to others with its move for tighter integration between hardware and software Google is getting serious about mobile. Of course, it has always been serious about mobile since it acquired Android and, along with...

Sprint matches T-Mobile with unlimited data promo for tablets

Tablet customers can now tap in the Sprint unlimited data morass with the carrier offering $20 per month access, in line with rival T-Mobile Sprint is pushing a new tablet-related promotion tied to its recent unlimited data moves, allowing the big-screened devices to access services...

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