In the space of a week, the story that Samsung could buy Blackberry in a $7.5 billion deal has turned into a mini saga. Reuters first reported the news last week, claiming to have seen documental evidence, but Blackberry denied the story, while Samsung said they would work with Blackberry but not buy the company. Reuters stuck to its guns though on the back of that documental evidence and it seems that document has now surfaced.
A report last week from Reuters suggested Blackberry and Samsung were in talks for the latter to buy the former for $7.5 billion. The outlet said that the Korean giant is interested in Blackberry's significant portfolio of patents, not so much its hardware. Blackberry quickly responded by denying the reports, and now Samsung (although taking a little longer) has done the same.
Xiaomi's ascension in the smartphone market has been meteoric, and it has shaken up Samsung in the process. Since being founded in 2010 the Chinese company has become the third biggest smartphone company in the world in terms of sales and has taken market share from main Android competitors. How has this been possible?
Samsung's 2014 was not what the company expected, and the problems the world?s largest smartphone maker experienced have been well documented. 2015 will need to see an improvement for the Korean giant, but the bad news from 2014 has not been left behind entirely as it was revealed by CCID Consulting that the company's market share in China fell by 31.5% through 2014.
Many people say that Apple doesn't innovate anymore, it is not necessarily a theory I subscribe to, but there is no doubt that the company is not as trailblazing as it once was. However, that may be about to change if Cupertino puts a recent patent application into action. The patent filed with USPTO seems to show a way in which the iconic Home button on iPhones and iPads will be able to double as a gaming joystick.
Sony has had a rough time of things in recent years, with huge losses, massive job cuts, and has even had to sell off real estate bases around the world. Smartphones have been one of the (minor) bright spots, but Sony has even changed its mobile strategy to focus on high end products. The latest move sees the Japanese company shutter all of its retail stores in Canada.
According to Reuters, Korean company Samsung is in talks with Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry over a $7.5 billion deal to buy the company. Reuters is reporting that Samsung (the world?s largest smartphone manufacturer) is interested in Blackberry's rich portfolio of patents and is will to pay $13.35 to $15.49 per share, which is at least 38% over the value of the company.
The fall out of the atrocious terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France has reached the mobile space with British Prime Minister David Cameron taking aim at messaging services such as Whatsapp. He says that encrypted messaging services should be blocked because they do not allow authorities to read them if they need to.
Considering the dominance and success Apple showed in the months before Christmas, it was always going to be a blockbuster holiday season for the company. However, the scale of the numbers for Cupertino through the period has surprised even the most bullish of analyst predictions, smashed records, and left every other company trailing in Appl'?s wake.
Motorola promised last month that it would be returning to China soon and would be bringing with it a new smartphone. The company lived up to that promise, sort of. The American brand has announced its re-emergence in the Chinese market, but the new device is actually just a re-tooled Nexus 6.