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Sep 1, 2011

Google bought Motorola to guard Android: Sony Ericsson

BERLIN (Reuters) – Smartphone vendor Sony Ericsson said it saw Google’s acquisition of rival Motorola Mobility as a move to protect Google’s Android software from legal attacks by rivals.

All the latest Sony Ericsson smartphone models use Google’s Android software and it is one of the top vendors on the platform globally.

Sep 1, 2011

Google Motorola buy to guard Android – Sony Ericsson

BERLIN, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Smartphone vendor Sony Ericsson
(6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (ERICb.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it saw Google’s (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) acquisition of
rival Motorola Mobility (MMI.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) as a move to protect Google’s
Android software from legal attacks by rivals.

All the latest Sony Ericsson smartphone models use Google’s
Android software and it is one of the top vendors on the
platform globally.

Aug 31, 2011

TomTom exec upbeat on Christmas season

BERLIN, Aug 31 (Reuters) – TomTom (TOM2.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the Dutch
navigation equipment and digital map-maker, expects to weather
economic challenges with new products to be unveiled for the
Christmas holiday season.

“I think we are able to have a proposition that is fun
enough to give us a good Christmas. We have everything lined
up,” Corinne Vigreux, head of company’s main Consumer unit, told
Reuters in an interview.

Aug 24, 2011

Nokia, Samsung join Apple in cheap smartphones push

SEOUL/HELSINKI (Reuters) – The world’s two largest cellphone vendors, Nokia and Samsung Electronics, unveiled new cheaper smartphone models on Wednesday hoping to defend their stronghold from Apple.

The U.S. firm — which has conquered the high-end of the phone market — is set to launch a lower-cost version of the iPhone 4 soon, sources told Reuters this week.

Aug 24, 2011

Samsung unveils four new Galaxy smartphones

SEOUL/HELSINKI (Reuters) – The world’s two largest cellphone vendors, Nokia and Samsung Electronics, unveiled new cheaper smartphone models on Wednesday hoping to defend their stronghold from Apple.

The U.S. firm — which has conquered the high-end of the phone market — is set to launch a lower-cost version of the iPhone 4 soon, sources told Reuters this week.

Aug 24, 2011

Samsung and Nokia join Apple in cheap smartphones push

SEOUL/HELSINKI (Reuters) – The world’s two largest cellphone vendors, Nokia and Samsung Electronics, unveiled new cheaper smartphone models on Wednesday hoping to defend their stronghold from Apple.

The U.S. firm — which has conquered the high-end of the phone market — is set to launch a lower-cost version of the iPhone 4 soon, sources told Reuters this week.

Jul 29, 2011

Nokia slips from 1 to 3 in smartphone sales

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Apple and Samsung Electronics ended struggling Nokia’s 15-year reign at the top of the smartphone sales rankings in the second quarter, researchers said on Friday.

Nokia has dominated the smartphone market ever since its 1996 launch of the Communicator model, but competition from its two nearest rivals and a slump in its own sales sent it straight from first to third place in the three months to June as growth in the sector starts to slow.

Jul 29, 2011

Global cellphone market growth slowed in Q2 -IDC

HELSINKI, July 29 (Reuters) – Apple and Samsung
Electronics ended struggling Nokia’s
15-year reign at the top of the smartphone sales rankings in the
second quarter, researchers said on Friday.

Nokia has dominated the smartphone market ever since its
1996 launch of the Communicator model, but competition from its
two nearest rivals and a slump in its own sales sent it straight
from first to third place in the three months to June as growth
in the sector starts to slow.

Jul 28, 2011

Infineon profits jump on strong car industry demand

HELSINKI (Reuters) – German chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit and sales on strong demand from automotive and industrial customers.

Infineon forecast sales in the current quarter to be the same or better than the last quarter while operating profit would be flat. This contrasted with its peers which have recently forecast weaker sales due to sluggish consumer demand.

Jul 28, 2011

Traffic data firm Inrix to buy UK rival, eyes IPO

HELSINKI, July 28 (Reuters) – U.S.-based Inrix, the largest
independent traffic data provider, will offer $60 million for
British rival ITIS Holdings, and aims to go public after
completing the integration.

Private equity-backed Inrix seeks to strengthen its reach
and client base in competition against its bigger rivals, units
of Nokia and TomTom .