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Apple and Qualcomm licensing dispute – what lead to a patent war?October 13, 2017This insight article (second of two part series) analyzes Apple’s external and internal environment that contributed to a patent war against Qualcomm and the potential impact the patent war can have on the smartphone industry.Subscribers Only
Google de-risks Pixel smartphone hardware business through HTC acquisitionSeptember 21, 2017Google has invested $1.1bn to acquire a part of HTC. Google’s latest hardware investment demonstrates the importance it places on mobile hardware. The move also demonstrates HTC’s importance to the Pixel line which Google downplayed a year ago.
Smart Nokia phone strategy dances around Microsoft’s exit from the featurephone businessMay 18, 2016Microsoft sold its featurephone business unit to HMD and Foxconn for $350m. HMD also acquired the licence to produce Nokia branded smartphones and tablets, finalising Nokia's return to the smartphone market after selling that business to Microsoft in 2014.Subscribers Only
HTC attempts to delay the inevitable with its latest flagship deviceApril 13, 2016HTC has launched its new flagship product, the HTC 10. The new flagship boasts a top of the line spec sheet, but will struggle to sell well as the handset has little to make it stand out from the its competitors.
MWC 2016: Smartphone and Smart Accessory AnalysisMarch 17, 2016At MWC 2016, the major leading smartphone makers launched new flagship smartphones as well as a new range of VR 360 degree smart accessory cameras. Including, Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge; Xiaomi Mi5; and notably LG's G5 with a modular expansion capability; and Alcatel's Idol 4S which is bundled with a VR headset .Subscribers Only
Sony is in stuck in the "Smartphone Catch-22", which all OEMs must navigateSeptember 18, 2014Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer Sony drastically lowered its financial outlook, increasing the loss it expects to make this financial year to 230 billion yen (approximately $2.15bn or €1.65bn). This is an increase of 180bn yen (approximately $1.67bn or €1.3bn) and Sony attributed the entire change to its mobile business unit. Sony now finds itself stuck in a "catch-22" situation where the prospects of it being successful at either the high-end of the smartphone market or the low-end are slim.Subscribers Only
LTE Market Monitor Q2 2014 - Operators trial LTE broadcastJuly 22, 2014A quarterly report looking at the state of LTE globally in Q2 2014. Includes: 4G milestones and market developments; maps illustrating the LTE footprint by region and technologies; and an overview of spectrum auctions that took place.Subscribers Only
Design and Sourcing update for Mobile Intelligence SubscribersAugust 15, 2013Since the acquisition of Screen Digest Limited in 2010 by IHS Global Limited we have worked to create a new and exciting team under the name IHS Electronics & Media. This team brings together a unique...
HTC One brings TV multiplay strategy to smartphone designFebruary 19, 2013The new flagship HTC One is the first true TV multiplay smartphone and as such should be the smartphone at the heart of operator strategies to bundle fixed and mobile services.