We asked a range of industry analysts for their thoughts on what could be game-changing smartphone improvements in the years ahead. Obviously there will be advances in screen resolution and processor speeds, but what could be some of the major innovations that could potentially change the way people interact with their smartphones?
It's difficult to say that Motorola is an iconic brand in cable and IPTV, since it only became a big-time vendor after it acquired cable pioneer General Instrument. On the other hand, when new owner Arris removes the brand name from its product line within a year, it will mark yet another paradigm shift for a former industry duopoly.
Google CEO Larry Page again hinted at the company's upcoming Motorola phone products, noting the gadgets likely will feature improved battery life and tougher screens.
Five years ago, when FierceWireless:Europe was first launched, European voice revenue registered its first quarterly decline, the success of the iPhone seemed in the balance and WiMAX was being positioned to surpass 3G as a new mobile data standard. I make reference to this more recent history to illustrate the pace of change in the mobile industry, and to note that this will be my last editorial for the publication.
It appears that the combination of the two cable equipment powerhouses, formed when Google sold off the Motorola business late last year in a deal expected to be completed by the middle of this year, is cutting into Cisco's market share.
Microsoft has never had the most stellar track record when it ventured into the TV business and apparently, that trend is continuing. The software giant, according to a Bloomberg report, is ready to offload its Mediaroom IPTV business to Ericsson so it can concentrate on its Xbox gaming system.
The numbers are in, and it's time to make sense of the data. ABI Research's Michael Morgan analyzes the world's 12 largest branded cell phone makers in the fourth quarter of 2012, providing sales data as well as insight into their strategy and competitive position in the market.
Motorola Mobility is taking next-generation interactive technology and putting it into last-generation set-top boxes and other devices. The Google unit is expanding the range of older set-tops by adding virtualized cloud-rendering to its DreamGallery user interface.
Russian IPTV provider VimpelCom has sought out Motorola--currently in the throes of being sold by Google to Arris--to help its Beeline TV service subscribers better manage their home networking needs.
It may be only a regulatory hiccup, but Arris' plan to buy Google's Motorola Home unit for $2.35 billion in cash and stock isn't a done deal in the eyes of the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ).