Apple took the title of largest mobile maker by volume in the U.S. in Q4 2012, according to Strategy Analytics, which said Cupertino rose to the top of the U.S. phone maker charts for the first time ever — taking a record 34 per cent marketshare, and shipping 17.7 million iPhones in the quarter. Samsung came second, with a 32.3 per cent share, shipping an estimated 16.8 million smartphones.
Sweet relief from Gingerbread is finally here for HTC Thunderbolt owners who haven’t jumped ship or upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich without Verizon’s blessing. Big Red’s finally approved Android 4.0.4 laced with Sense 3.6 for the device and is serving…
The handset maker previously known as RIM on Wednesday launched its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones: the Q10 with the familiar QWERTY keyboard, and something new for the company — the touchscreen-based Z10. BlackBerry, as the firm is now called, will release the Z10 in the United States in March with the Q10 following in April.
China’s ZTE is planning to ship more high end smartphones this year in a bid to boost its profit margins and revenue. In an interview with Reuters, Lv Qianhao, head of ZTE’s handset strategy, said making affordable phones has taken its toll on the company’s bottom line. “We would like to raise the percentage of mid- to high-range smartphones. That’s the direction we’re heading,” he said.
NVIDIA is hoping to win back mobile processor marketshare with a plan that involves building its own smartphone and tablet hardware designs and offering them white label to OEMs in Russia and China, according to a new report. The idea is that by doing that, NVIDIA gets complete control over hardware performance, while also undercutting the competition on price and hopefully flooding the market with devices based on its platform.