Huawei said it hired a former Apple creative director as the head of its user experience design team, a signal that the company is becoming more serious about its smartphone ambitions. Analysts said last week that Huawei captured the global No. 3 smartphone vendor spot in the third quarter, behind Samsung Electronics and Apple.
Apple's entrance into direct-co-consumer smartphone leasing is being embraced by T-Mobile US and is a tactic pioneered by Sprint. However, AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless remain wary of leasing, preferring instead to get customers on equipment installment plans, in which subscribers can keep their devices after fully paying for them in installments.
The worldwide tablet market recorded lower shipments for the fourth straight quarter with 48.7 million units shipped in the third quarter of 2015.
Global smartphone shipments were between 342.5 million and 355.2 million in the third quarter of 2015 depending on which analyst report you look at, but all reports agreed that Samsung has returned to growth while the overall market growth is slowing.
The global smartphone market grew at its slowest pace since 2009 in the third quarter according to research firm Strategy Analytics, a sign that even though Apple's profits are sky high and Samsung Electronics appears to be back on the road to recovery in its mobile business, the overall smartphone market is cooling.
ABI Research said smart watches will drive the most interest for the integration of wearable devices into the smart home even though fitness trackers accounted for about two thirds of all wearables shipments in 2014.
Apple said it sold 48.046 million iPhones during its most recent quarter, a slight improvement over the 47.534 million it sold in the previous quarter and way up from the 39.272 million it sold in the same quarter last year. Wall Street analysts had expected Apple to report sales of 48.5 million iPhones. Apple said it scored around $32 billion in revenues from its iPhone business.
Apple will report its quarterly earnings tomorrow and although the performance of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be a key focus, analysts and investors are likely going to be looking for what the company's top executives have to say about the coming holiday quarter to get a true sense of the phones' selling potential.
Sony Mobile CEO Hiroki Totoki assured managers the company is in the handset business for the long run, denying reports that the struggling company was mulling an exit.
Sprint said its Apple iPhone customers will be able to get access to enhanced Wi-Fi calling features that will let them make and receive calls from multiple Apple devices with a single number. Thanks to the iOS 9.1 software update, Sprint's iPhone customers can take calls to their iPhone on an iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch or even their Mac.