Starting in late December or early January. Business Week coverage here.
Data is from a sampling of industry analysts. Their predictions varied from 13% contraction to 3% growth. Similar poll last year predicted 2.7% growth. Original article here.
The article doesn’t differentiate between smartphones and non-smartphones.
Business week reports that Sony (owner of Ericsson) will lose 8,000 of its workers (about 4% of its workforce) in an effort to reduce operating costs, and not renew contracts of another 8,000 employees. Original article here.
The sum of the two companies marketshare stands at 89.15%. Of course, Nokia is the only one selling software (Symbian), with a consumer base and brand. Motorola is at the mercy of carriers and phone developers to use their chipsets.
About 7.4 million smartphones were sold in China in Q3 2008.
Apparently some Verizon shipped handsets (Samsung Omnia and Saga, HTC Touch Pro) have GPS capability but it’s “locked”. The company plans to release an unlock patch in the first half of 2009. Original post here.
Following suit with iPhone running darwin on its iPod varieties. Original article here.
It’s now available for iPhone (2.2 firmware), Blackberry, and Android. As of today also for Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile.