Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable is not necessarily expected to punch up the volume of dealmaking this year, but it is expected to boost prices, according to a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Google's Motorola Mobility and BlackBerry are both banking on the shift to lower-cost smartphones for growth, evidenced by the new phones they just unveiled aimed at the cost-conscious segment of the market.
China's Lenovo is the world's largest maker of PCs, but it is hoping to use mobile as a way to slingshot into further growth in the years ahead. A BusinessWeek profile of the company highlights how its $2.91 billion purchase of Google's Motorola unit is a part of how the company is positioning itself not as a Chinese company, but as a global one poised for growth.
It would take a major reversal of fortunes for Samsung Electronics and Apple to lose their places as the No. 1 and 2 smartphone market vendors, respectively, but according to industry analysts competitors Huawei, Lenovo and LG Electronics are grabbing more market share and are starting to loosen the grip the leaders have on the market.
Google plans to scrap its four-year-old Nexus Android device program in favor of a program called "Android Silver" aimed at delivering high-end smartphones attuned to Google's specifications to better compete with Apple's iPhones in the premium smartphone segment, according to a report from The Information.
Samsung agreed not to pursue injunctions against companies it believes infringe its essential 3G smart device patents in the European Union for the next five years to appease EU antitrust officials, as the European Commission moved to bring an end to smartphone patent wars in the region.
Google reported first-quarter revenue that missed analysts' expectations, as the company's core advertising business continues to grapple with a decline in how much advertisers pay per click amid a shift in computing from desktop PCs to smartphones and tablets.
The nation's largest wireless carriers and device makers banded together to support voluntary anti-theft measures for smartphones released starting next year. The action comes amid mounting efforts by state lawmaker to mandate so-called "kill switches" in smartphones and tablets that would render the devices useless if stolen.
Continuing its acquisition streak to bolster its mobile position, Lenovo announced it will purchase $100 million in wireless patents from Unwired Planet. The deal comes a little less than two months after Lenovo agreed to buy Google's Motorola Mobile division for $2.91 billion.
Google has generated a great deal of buzz with the rollout of Android Wear, its software for wearable computers, starting with smart watches. But what does the software actual entail and how does it look?