Smartphones

  • Never forget where you parked again

    Startup Automatic wants to make your iPhone your car's cerebral cortex.

    By Kurt Wagner, reporter

    FORTUNE -- You will never forget where you parked your car again. Well, you may forget, but now your phone will keep you from aimlessly wandering the parking lot. Helping drivers remember where they parked is just one feature of Automatic, a new device users can plug into their car, enabling it to talk to their MORE

    May 14, 2013 6:28 AM ET
  • Huawei has been far from silent

    Yes, Ren Zhengfei wields enormous power over the Chinese telecom giant. But the company's management is far more complex.

    FORTUNE -- You may have read that Ren Zhengfei, founder and chief executive officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, has finally broken his media silence. The reclusive CEO gave his first public media briefing in -- of all places -- Wellington, New Zealand, where he addressed security concerns about his company and his involvement in MORE

    - May 9, 2013 1:12 PM ET
  • 'Smart device' shipments hit 308.7 million units, says Canalys

    Tablet shipments were up 106% in Q1 2013, smartphones up 48%, notebooks down 13%.

    FORTUNE -- Total shipments of smart devices, which Canalys defines as notebook PCs, smartphones and tablets, hit a record 308.7 million units in the first quarter of 2013, according to a press release issued Thursday.

    Unsurprisingly, given recent trends, Google's (GOOG) Android platform dominated the smartphone market, Apple's (AAPL) iOS the tablet market and Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows the notebook shipments.

    The MORE

    - May 9, 2013 12:27 PM ET
  • How the iPhone conquered Japan

    Despite its more-or-less mundane technology, Apple's device won over women.

    By Michael Fitzpatrick, contributor

    FORTUNE -- The Japanese were using their cellphones to watch TV, navigate with GPS, download music, make movies, pay bills, and check their emails years before American consumers were doing the same. Japan also had touchscreen phones eight years earlier than iPhone -- the Pioneer J-PE01. And yet it is no surprise that Apple's iPhone was the best-selling MORE

    May 6, 2013 12:05 PM ET
  • Analyst: Apple's smartphone share in single digits by Sept.

    Unless, says Bernstein's Sacconaghi, Apple introduces new iPhones this summer.

    FORTUNE -- The chart at right represents the worst case scenario for Apple's (AAPL) share of the global smartphone market, as forecast Monday by Sanford Bernstein's Toni Sacconaghi.

    Using Apple's own numbers for fiscal Q2, Sacconaghi calculates that iPhone sales grew 7% year over year in a sell-in basis (12% in a sell-through basis) while the overall smartphone market grew by about 36%. The MORE

    - Apr 29, 2013 4:51 PM ET
  • Pie charts of the day: The cellphone market's 4% growth

    For the first time, says IDC, more smartphones were shipped than feature phones.

    FORTUNE -- The headline of IDC's quarterly report on the state of the global mobile phone market Friday was that smartphone shipments, on the strength of their 41.6% year over year growth, overtook feature phones for the first time. The overall cellphone market, by contrast, grew an anemic 4%.

    "Phone users want computers in their pockets," says IDC's Kevin Restivo.

    With the usual caveat MORE

    - Apr 26, 2013 6:47 AM ET
  • Success is far from guaranteed in Dish-Sprint merger

    Even if Dish can beat out Softbank to acquire Sprint, the satellite operator would still have lots of work to do to remake the TV-distribution business the way it did in the '80s.

    FORTUNE -- Why would a satellite TV operator want to buy a wireless network? Mainly, because the satellite TV business is terrible.

    And even in that business, Dish Network (DISH), which on Monday announced a $25.5 billion bid for MORE

    - Apr 16, 2013 11:10 AM ET
  • HTC's comeback hinges on fickle consumers

    Will the One save HTC, the Android manufacturer that once seemed most likely to succeed?

    by Kevin Kelleher, contributor

    FORTUNE -- This is how quickly fortunes change in the smartphone industry. In 2006, Nokia (NOK) still controlled more than half of the share of the smartphone market. The iPhone wouldn't appear until the summer of 2007. And no one was making Android phones. Android Inc., bought by Google (GOOG) in 2005, wouldn't emerge MORE

    Apr 16, 2013 5:00 AM ET
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  • Samsung's $4.3B ad budget: It's not just for mocking Apple

    A $45 million lawsuit suggests that Samsung also spends a fortune on refrigerator ads.

    FORTUNE -- We've learned a couple of things since November when Asymco's Horace Dediu surprised us with his estimate that Samsung spends more on marketing than Apple (AAPL), HP (HPQ), Dell (DELL) Microsoft (MSFT) and Coca Cola (KO) combined.

    1. We learned that Dediu's estimate was a few billion dollars short. According to the update he posted Tuesday MORE

    - Apr 4, 2013 8:32 AM ET
  • The one chart that shows the dominance of the smartphone

    Is Apple prepping a streaming music service? Nobody outside Cupertino knows. Here's strong evidence why it should.

    FORTUNE -- There's no doubt that the smartphone kickstarted a revolution. But the extent to which this is true in music and other media isn't yet fully appreciated. Consider this: Some 20 million people paid for music subscriptions last year. And an estimated 80 million tap into "freemium" streaming services such as Pandora (P) and Slacker. A MORE

    Mar 29, 2013 8:14 AM ET
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