Google stops waiting on lazy carriers, starts RCS rollout on Android

Google has stopped waiting for lazy carriers to support RCS (Rich Communication Services) and is now rolling it out for Android smartphones regardless.

The RCS standard promises an iMessage-like experience for all supporting devices, regardless of platform. That means typing notifications, no archaic character limits, group messaging, rich media, location sharing, the works.

Industry body the GSM Association created a universal profile which sets out rules...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Innovation, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones, Standards.

Project Limitless: Qualcomm and Lenovo debut the first 5G laptop

Qualcomm and Lenovo have reminded us the humble laptop will also be revolutionised by 5G as part of a new collaboration.

Much of the discussion around 5G is dominated by smartphones and the IoT – which is fair, but let’s not forget the possibilities of 5G-connected PCs.

Announced at Computex in Taipei, Qualcomm announced that it’s teaming up with Lenovo on the first 5G laptop which is currently being dubbed ‘Project Limitless’ (we have a feeling it...

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, Networks.

Global smartphone shipments declined 4% year on year in Q119, says Strategy Analytics

Worldwide smartphone shipments reached 330 million units in the first quarter of 2019 according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics – representing a 4% annual decline.

According to the report, the global smartphone shipments are hinting towards a stable market and the outlook is improving for the rest of the year. Samsung holds first position with 22% global smartphone market share, with Huawei and Apple collecting...

By Telecoms, 09 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research, Smartphones.

Qualcomm and Apple settle lawsuit so Intel drops 5G smartphone chip

Qualcomm and Apple have settled their lawsuit so Intel is ditching plans to launch a 5G modem expected for the 2020 iPhone.

Apple looked set to skip a 5G iPhone this year amid its legal battle with Qualcomm and use a modem from Intel next year. However, Apple and Qualcomm have today settled their legal battle.

The lawsuit began in 2017 when Apple and its partners accused Qualcomm of abusing its market dominance to charge excessive royalties for use of its technology. Qualcomm countersued Apple, which resulted...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Industry, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

Ren Zhengfei: Huawei is ‘open’ to selling 5G chips to Apple

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says his company is ‘open’ to stepping in and supplying 5G chips for Apple devices.

Some analysts predict it will be 2021 until we see a 5G iPhone. Apple tends to wait a while for new technologies to mature before adoption, but 5G networks are beginning to be deployed and consumers are looking for compatible handsets.

The delay is not a poor strategic decision from Apple but rather a result of its ongoing dispute with chipmaker Qualcomm.

Apple shifted away from...

By Ryan Daws, 16 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Industry, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

AT&T has 5G live in seven new cities, but no smartphone to access it

US telecoms giant AT&T has switched on its 5G network in seven new cities but there are still no smartphones available which support it.

The seven new cities going live this week are:

  • San Francisco, CA

  • San Jose, CA

  • San Diego, CA

  • Austin, TX

  • Nashville, TN

  • Orlando, FL

However, the operator notes that 5G is currently available in parts of the cities and not blanket coverage.

AT&T now has 5G connectivity live in 19 cities, making it the country's largest deployment so far. However, the lack of supporting devices means that no smartphone can access the network commercially.

A 5G hotspot by Netgear is being sold by AT&T through which users can connect their smartphones over WiFi to...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Smartphone segment continues to be routed, say analysts

New smartphone sales continue to suffer, according to the latest industry report by CCS Insight.

According to the global technology research firm, sales will be limited to 1.8 billion units in 2019, a drop of 3% as compared to the sales in 2018. The decline in sales reflects various challenges which include lengthening replacement cycles for cell phones, weakening of the Chinese economy and also political uncertainties in other...

By Telecoms, 29 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research, Smartphones.

Huawei's P30 Pro isn't 5G but they Mate introduce it this year

Despite pre-event rumours suggesting otherwise, the Huawei P30 Pro is not shipping with 5G support.

Telecoms was in attendance at Huawei's latest handset launch. Huawei began its conference discussing its prowess in not just smartphones, but also in telecoms infrastructure.

Perhaps it was just us, but it felt like a build-up to announcing it would be using that expertise to be among the first to ship a 5G smartphone. Alas, that was not the case.

We shouldn't be surprised, the ‘P’ series...

By Ryan Daws, 27 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S10 hit 2.7Gbps in SK Telecom’s final 5G testing phase

SK Telecom reports it managed to achieve high download speeds in the final phase of its 5G tests using a Samsung Galaxy S10.

As part of a partnership between the South Korean companies, the duo reached a download speed of 2.7Gbps. SK Telecom noted a 2GB movie can be downloaded within six seconds at these speeds.

The test was conducted over SK Telekom's 3.5GHz spectrum and also used Samsung's virtual core which supports 4G and 5G simultaneously.

A spokesperson for Samsung said:

By Ryan Daws, 15 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, OpenFlow, Smartphones.

ZTE gets in on smartphone act at MWC19 with ‘flagship’ 5G device

MWC19 Global telecommunications provider ZTE has announced what is claimed to be the first 5G ‘flagship’ smartphone, dubbed the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G. In cooperation with leading global carriers, such as China Unicom, Elisa and Hutchison Drei Austria, the latest addition to ZTE's premium flagship Axon series is expected to be available in Europe and China in the first half of 2019.

The ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G supports sub 6G...

By Telecoms, 28 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Devices, Networks, Smartphones.