Global tablet shipments fell by 3.3 million units in the second quarter compared with the same quarter a year ago, research firm IDC has found. Apple recently reported an 18% drop in iPad sales, and its market share declined by roughly 3 percentage points to 24.5%, IDC reports.
Toyota has tapped Telenav's Scout GPS Link as the operating system for its line of connected cars rather than Apple's CarPlay or Google's Android Auto platforms. Separately, Volkswagen said its second-generation infotainment system will support Apple, Android and MirrorLink. Toyota reportedly wants to retain control over the telematic software.
Microsoft began downloads of its Windows 10 operating system this week, and now the company is reportedly preparing to release in the fall a pair of Lumia flagship handsets equipped with Windows 10 Mobile. The Lumia 950 and 950XL will ship natively with the operating system, a Juniper Research analyst wrote.
Google has signed on eight carriers, including the top four U.S. carriers, for its Android for Work program, the company said, adding that it has signed 40 partners and has more than 10,000 enterprise customers deploying, using or testing the program, which is designed to add more business features to Android.
Wellcoin has developed a free mobile application that gives users store credits for doing good works and engaging in healthy lifestyles. The credits, which are good at such outlets as Pure Barre, Whole Foods and Dick's Sporting Goods, are offered for such activities as volunteer work, seeing a doctor and getting enough sleep.
Comcast's 2011 deal with Verizon Communications to sell wireless service has turned into a more challenging task for the cable company because the two sides' interpretations of their agreement vary, a report states. "That agreement is old now, it's stale," Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said last week, adding that talks between the companies were "ongoing."
T-Mobile's migration to 4G is running ahead of schedule, as is the move to transfer MetroPCS' CDMA network to Long-Term Evolution, Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said Thursday. T-Mobile has deployed wideband LTE in 212 markets, with an eye toward reaching 250 by year-end, and that 700MHz low-band spectrum will reach several major markets in 2015, ahead of the original target, Ray said.
Aggressive price-cutting helped T-Mobile US add 2.1 million subscribers in its second quarter, compared with 1.5 million in the same period a year ago, as the carrier outpaced analysts' expectations. The 2.1 million figure includes 1 million postpaid customers, 178,000 prepaid subscribers and 919,000 from wholesalers. Revenues rose by 14%, and the carrier predicted it will report positive earnings this year.
Nokia surprised analysts on the upside in the second quarter, reporting operating margins and group sales of its network equipment business that beat estimates. Nokia is in the process of buying Alcatel-Lucent, whose CEO Michel Combes said today that he would leave the company Sept. 1. Alcatel Chairman Philippe Camus will become interim CEO. Alcatel reported positive Q2 free cash flow for the first time in nine years.
Application developers can now highlight their offerings in Google's Play Store with ads that work similarly to those in Google searches. And unlike their ranked counterparts, the sponsored apps can include descriptions and calls to action.