Microsoft said Wednesday that it plans to cut another 1,850 jobs at its troubled Nokia phone making unit and take an impairment and restructuring charge of $950 million.
The aftermarket mobile accessories market is forecast by ABI Research to top $110 billion in revenue by 2021, with Bluetooth headsets for smartphones growing the fastest.
Standalone application processor shipments targeting smartphones and tablets will grow from 462 million units currently to surpass 1 billion by 2020, forecasts ABI Research.
More smartphones are expected to include wireless charging capability, reaching 10 percent of all smartphones shipped this year, predicted IHS Technology.
Wireless was a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy semiconductor market last year, growing almost 4 percent to more than $56 billion, while total semiconductor revenue fell 2 percent to $347 billion, according to the latest stats from market research firm IHS Technology.
Stop the presses. Feature phones are making a comeback, at least in emerging markets. That is one conclusion of market research firm ABI Research, which recently looked at the stats on mobile phones, both feature phones and smartphones.
BlackBerry has decided not to make any more smartphones running the BlackBerry 10 operating system, but focus instead on Android, company CEO John Chen told the National recently. Instead, BlackBerry plans to launch two mid-range Android-based handsets this year.
Demand for ultramobiles (basic and utility tablets) – a category that includes the iPad, iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Nexus 7 and Acer Iconia Tab 8 – is forecast by Gartner to decline 3.4 percent in 2016.
Stop letting perfectly good smartphones rot away in a drawer just because they're not this year's model, and instead use those phones as Internet of Things devices, said a Japan-based nonprofit organization called Phonvert.
Last year was likely the last year of double-digit smartphone growth, according to market research firm IDC.