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Jan 19, 2012

Sony Ericsson swings to Q4 loss before ownership change

STOCKHOLM, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Sony Ericsson
posted a quarterly loss that missed all forecasts
after losing in the battle for smartphone sales in the key
year-end period, showing the challenge for Sony as it prepares
to take full control of the joint venture.

The world’s ninth-biggest handset maker, which got left
behind in the boom that powered smartphone growth at rivals such
as Apple and Samsung Electronics, has also
been struggling with high costs in the global slowdown.

Jan 18, 2012

Cellphone makers can expect poor reception in 2012

By Tarmo Virki

(Reuters) – Cellphone makers are set to struggle with slow sales growth this year as a weaker global economy discourages consumers from replacing older handsets.

Fourth-quarter results are likely to show the slowdown under way. Apple’s long-awaited iPhone 4S and Samsung Electronics’ new, broad offering were likely the exceptions in an otherwise lackluster Christmas holiday season.

Jan 17, 2012

Samsung seeks to merge smartphone operating platforms

SEOUL/HELSINKI, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics
Co plans to merge its own ‘bada’ mobile phone
operating software with an open-source Tizen platform as the
world’s biggest smartphone maker seeks alternatives to Google’s
Android in its devices.

The new platform will have to go further than Nokia
and Palm which have both failed with developers and
device makers in the last year or so as the market became
increasingly consolidated by Google and Apple.

Jan 13, 2012

Telcos to halt mobile network spending spree

PARIS/HELSINKI (Reuters) – Telecom operators globally are expected to cut spending on their networks this year, hitting equipment makers that were only just beginning to recover from intense price wars and the last economic downturn.

European operators are likely to be more cautious as recession looms and consumers are less willing to splash out on high-end smartphones, while carriers in China and the United States slow their frenetic pace of mobile investments.

Jan 10, 2012

Samsung confident of outselling Nokia in 2012

LAS VEGAS/HELSINKI, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Samsung
Electronics Co said it is confident it will become
the world’s largest cellphone maker in 2012, ending Nokia’s
14-year reign in the mobile handset market.

Samsung became the world’s No 1 smartphone maker in the
third quarter of 2011 and is quickly building on its supremacy
with sleek designs and a rich product line-up.

Jan 6, 2012

Nokia buys Norwegian startup Smarterphone for low-end push

By Tarmo Virki

(Reuters) – Finnish cellphone maker Nokia has bought Norwegian technology startup Smarterphone AS to add more advanced features to its basic cellphone models.

Nokia, left in the dust by Apple Inc and Google Inc in the booming smartphone market, has also struggled to hold on to its lead in lower-end markets, under pressure from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

Jan 6, 2012

Nokia buys Norwegian startup for low-end push

By Tarmo Virki

(Reuters) – Finnish cellphone maker Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has bought Norwegian technology startup Smarterphone AS to add more advanced features to its basic cellphone models.

Nokia, left in the dust by Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Google Inc

Jan 6, 2012

New iPhone doubles data consumption: study

By Tarmo Virki, European Technology Correspondent

(Reuters) – Apple’s new iPhone 4S consumes on average twice as much data as the previous iPhone model and even more than iPad tablets due to increasing use of online services like the virtual personal assistant Siri, an industry study showed.

When Apple rolled out the iPhone 4S in October, its small improvements disappointed many analysts and reviewers, but consumer demand for the device has been strong, and buyers have extensively used their devices.

Jan 5, 2012

Wary Europeans to hurt global IT spending

By Tarmo Virki, European Technology Correspondent

(Reuters) – Global spending on information technology (IT) will rise at the slowest pace in three years in 2012 as Europeans, worried about the region’s sovereign debt crisis, are cutting back on investments, research firms said on Thursday.

“When we look at the euro zone, the scenarios range from bad to very bad to catastrophic,” Richard Gordon, research vice president at Gartner, told Reuters on Thursday.

Jan 5, 2012

Nokia prospects brighten as chairman search narrows

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Struggling phone maker Nokia Oyj basked in brightening prospects for its much-hyped Windows phone on Thursday as it prepared to strengthen the hand of new boss Stephen Elop by replacing its old-guard chairman.

Shares in the Finnish company, which has been losing ground to rivals in the fast moving market for “smart” mobile phones, topped the gainers board in the FTSEurofirst 300 index, climbing 5.3 percent to 4.09 euros by 1211 GMT.