- House approves Senate’s bill to legalize phone unlocking, now it’s up to the President
- Yet another report claims Note 4 will be available in early September
- 8 best office Android apps
- Amazon Fire Phone arrives to AT&T
- If you had $700 to spare, what phone would you buy? If you only had $300?
- The absurdity of global data roaming charges is back
- 5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Google Play Weekly
- Possible Moto X+1 preproduction model leaks out
- Huawei sees strong H1 sales growth, smartphones lead the charge
- After Sprint CEO made $43 million last year, Sprint to lose 900k subs this quarter
Inquisitr Just last week the Senate passed a new bill that would allow users to unlock their phones without explicit consent from the carrier it is locked to, provided they own the device or the contract connected to it has expired. At the time we reported that the House of Representatives had already passed a similar bill, but slight differences between the two bills meant that House and Senate would need to reach some sort of compromise before the bill could be passed into law. As it turns out, the House of Representatives has now unanimously passed the Senate’s version of the bill, throwing out the House’s original ban on bulk unlocking. What this means is that after two years, cellphone locking is finally becoming legal again. For those unaware, the legality of cellphone locking came into question in the United States when a DMCA exemption allowing phone unlocking (without carrier approval) expired in 2012. Since then we’ve heard all sorts of talk about passing laws or making changes that would reverse the decision but, until now, no actual changes had been made. So what’s next? With both the Senate and House approving the “Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act”, it’s now just a matter of getting the bill signed into law by the President. For those fearing that the bill will be turned down at the last moment by Obama, we wouldn’t worry about it too much, considering the President has long since expressed interest in making cellphone unlocking legal for US consumers. We’ll be sure to keep you updated when the bill is officially signed into law. What do you think of the new bill? Does it go far enough, or do you think locking a cellphone to a carrrier shouldn’t be legal in the first place? Via: The Verge;
Exactly one month ago to the date, we reported on a claim from Korean news site _NewsTomato_ that suggested the Note 4 was ready for production and would be released shortly after its unveiling at IFA in September. Now the much better known Korean-based ET News has corroborated the idea of an early September Note 4 launch. How soon after the announcement can we expect the phone to ship? ET News doesn’t give us an exact timeframe outside of early September, though they do stress that the gap between announcement and release will be much smaller than the Note 3, which was announced on September 4th and didn’t arrive in the United States until the first week of October. Could Samsung be planning a similar move to HTC, where it announces the phone and launches it immediately in select markets? Anything is possible, but at the very least we expect the phone to hit within a week or two after announcement -- if this report proves correct. For those wondering why Samsung is in such a hurry to get the phone out the door, ET News says that the Korean giant is hoping to get the phone out quickly so it can combat against the iPhone 6, which is believed to be making a jump upward in screen size when it debuts that same month. Furthermore, sales for the Galaxy S5 reportedly haven’t been as good as Samsung had hoped, and the company is hoping the Note 4 will turn things around. Regardless of when the Note 4 arrives, we expect it to perform well in terms of sales, at least judging by past Note series performance. As for what the phone will bring to the table, be sure to check out our rumor roundup for a better look. Via: ET News;
Office Android apps have really been coming into their own over the last year. We've seen more integration with cloud storage, more features, more stability, and better performance. The landscape is growing and more people are using their mobile devices and tablets to do actual work. If you're going to do work, you should do it with the best apps available right? Here are the best office Android apps. ------------------------- CHROME REMOTE DESKTOP [Price: Free]------------------------- DOCS TO GO [Price: Free with in app purchases]------------------------- GOOGLE DRIVE (AND COMPANY) [Price: Free]------------------------- KINGSOFT OFFICE FREE + PDF [Price: Free]------------------------- MICROSOFT OFFICE MOBILE [Price: Free]------------------------- OFFICESUITE 7 + PDF [Price: Free / $14.99]------------------------- POLARIS OFFICE [Price: Free with in app purchases]------------------------- SMART OFFICE 2 [Price: $9.99]------------------------- WRAP UP If you're wondering what happened to Quickoffice, it's been announced that Google is retiring the app and putting all of their focus into Google Drive. If it's not gone already it will be shortly. If there are any really good office apps that we missed, let us know in the comments below!
Its Desktop On Mobile!
PROS* Allows you to use your desktop/laptop office software instead of using software on your mobile device. This can result in more features and more storage since itll be saving to your laptop. * Its cross platform! * Its easy to use on supported devices and its free.
CONS* May be buggy, glitchy, or laggy depending on your device and your network speed. * Not ideal for offline use.
8.0Say what? Yes, this is actually a pretty decent option for an office suite. Why, you might ask? The reason is because if you have a nice office suite on your computer, you can use Chrome Remote Desktop to access it and simply write from there. You have the storage of your computer and all the hardcore features that only a desktop office suite can offer. If you're at home and you want to keep using your desktop version of Microsoft Word, you still can!
Its Documents...to Go!
PROS* Huge list of features including phone/tablet support, MS Office files support, and more. * Cloud storage support. * Can also view PDFs so you can kill two birds with one stone if youre also looking for a PDF reader. * Word, spreadsheet, and presentation support.
CONS* This comes preloaded on a lot of devices and people hate bloatware. * Advertisements may bother some people. * Various bugs are reported on various devices.
7.0Docs To Go was among the first to embrace the freemium purchase model and that means you can get this application for free and if you want more features, you can pay for them. It's been around for a long time and it's trusted by millions.
Googles Official Office Suite On Android.
PROS* Its rock solid stable. There are still bugs but Google has done well to fix them or keep them only to certain devices. * Easy to use interface. * Support for MS Office files. * You can use it to store other stuff too like photos, various other files, and stuff other than documents. * Its Google-supported.
CONS* Youll need a total of four applications to make this suite work. Thats about two to three more than everyone else. * Syncing between the web and mobile interfaces can take longer than expected for some. * You have to use Google Drive storage. No Dropbox, OneDrive, etc support.
8.0Google Drive has kind of morphed from a cloud storage app with office features to an office suite with cloud features. The change isn't bad but you will need to download the other Google office apps, including Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides in order to actually create, edit, and otherwise tinker with various documents. It's free and it's popular plus you get 15GB of free cloud storage!
Free Back Before Free Was Cool.
PROS* Large number of compatibile file types and support for 44 languages. * DLNA, Evernote, and cloud storage support. * MS Office compatible. * Totally free with no in app purchases.
CONS* There have been some issues reported with various languages. * Has had bugs reported of the app deleting documents that are being edited when the app crashes.
8.0The venerable Kingsoft Office makes its return to the list as the original free office app. It's still free which is great and it's still a good app which is also great. This is the default option for a lot of people who want the office experience but don't want to fork out any money. It's solid, updated frequently, and well developed. A good option overall.
The Office App That The Other Office Apps Want To Be Like.
CONS* Microsoft has been slow on updating the app and fixing bugs. * This isnt a big con, but you can only use OneDrive and youll need a Microsoft account. Before you complain, keep in mind that Google Docs requires a Gmail account and you can only save to Google Drive.
8.0Earlier this year, Microsoft Office went totally free on Android. Then they increased their OneDrive storage to 15GB free for all users. That means in terms of functionality and free storage, Microsoft Office on Android pretty much stands up to par against everyone. If you love MS Office, it's on Android but you may have to wait a bit longer for tablet support. It's in beta testing now and will reportedly be out later this year.
A Feature Packed And Solid Option.
PROS* Has a lot of more unique features, like the ability to convert PDF to Word. * Large file compatibility including MS Office. * Cloud storage integration. * Some of the paid features include saving files to PDF format and locking files with a password. * PDF camera scanner is a nice touch.
CONS* If this is preloaded on your phone, you cant move it to an external SD card. Also, preloaded means bloatware. * Some of the features dont work for some people, such as the PDF-to-Word feature. * There are a lot of people who cant justify spending $15 on this app and opt to stay with the free version. Just something to take into consideration.
7.0OfficeSuite 7 is the first office app on this list that will cost you quite a bit of money to get. In its defense it does have a number of unique features and it's a fairly solid application. That said, many people are going to dislike that $15 price tag. Thankfully, there is a free version that you can try out to see if you like it.
Comes Preinstalled On Most Smartphones
PROS* Comes with free cloud storage and support for other cloud storage. * Desktop client means you have cross platform support. You also get more free storage if you do this. * Camera mode lets you scan documents. * MS Office file support. * Chromecast support to put your documents on TV.
CONS* Bloatware which means its bloatware. * Storage is messy. Documents get duplicated fairly often or deleted entirely. * Still buggy and crashy sometimes for some people.
7.0Polaris Office was one of the first office suites to be preloaded onto phones and that's a tradition that continues to this day. It's a solid option with the basic features if you stick with the free version. There are some unique features and it's a solid option overall.
Not Amazing But Not Bad. Its Good.
PROS* MS Office and PDF support. * 3D document viewing for all 9 people who would like that. Still cool though! * Cloud storage support. * Wireless printing support.
CONS* Its been a long time since the developer has updated this app. * That means the bugs and issues that people are having havent been fixed yet. * Really light feature set for a $10 app.
7.0Smart Office 2 is another somewhat expensive option but it's still fairly solid. It's a little bare in terms of features but there are some fun features for those who may need them. It's not amazing but it's not bad. It's good.
Back in June Amazon took the wraps off its long rumored first entry into the smartphone market, the Amazon Fire phone. After the unveiling, things sort of went quite for a while and the upcoming handset mostly fell out of the news until its first commercial hit last Friday. Now the new Amazon phone is back in the news again, as it has officially launched as an exclusive to AT&T’s network. Amazon is hoping the Fire phone’s unique 3D UI and tight integration with its services will prove capable of winning over the hearts of consumers everywhere, though we aren’t so convinced. We admit that the 3D UI is cool (though gimmicky) and that a free year’s subscription to Amazon Prime is a nice perk, but ultimately the phone’s price tag of $649 outright or $200 on-contract make it a pricey device considering it’s specs. For those that need a brief refresher, the Fire phone is powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU with an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB RAM. Other specs include a 4.7-inch 720p display, 32 or 64GB storage, a 13MP rear cam, four front-facing cams for 3D affect and dual stereo speakers. Probably the biggest turn off for the Fire phone is that it is completely locked into Amazon’s ecosystem and that means no Google Play store or services. Bottom-line, this phone probably isn’t for the vast majority of our readers, but it could be the perfect device for a family member that’s not exactly a “hardcore” phone user and is really into Amazon’s books, videos and other Prime services. What do you think, is the Amazon Fire phone worth picking up for its Prime integration and new 3D interface? For those interested in purchasing the Fire Phone, you can snag it directly through AT&T's website. Source: AT&T;
One of the advantages to Android is the shear level of options out there when it comes to hardware. Whether you're looking for a bleeding edge flagship or a modest budget device, you'll find a variety of handsets from HTC, Samsung, Sony, Motorola and countless other OEMs. Of course all these options also can add a bit of confusion when it comes time to find a new phone. With this in mind, for this week's Friday Debate we ask what Android handset would you recommend on the premium and budget end of the scale? If you had $700 to spend on a phone right now, what handset would you buy? What if you had just $300? Keep in mind we're talking outright prices not what you'd get them if you signed a contract. Be sure to check out what our contributing team members had to say and then feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts in the comments below! JONATHAN FEIST
Choosing a phone based on a dollar value is a difficult, but necessary undertaking for many of us. Our budgets often determine our wants, unfortunately. There are a number of great phones on the market right now, and it is interesting to see the overall price variance between them. It is especially interesting that the price does not necessarily indicate what hardware is in use, nor the overall performance of the device. If I had to choose one phone at under $300 and another at the $700 mark, I would choose the Moto G and the Sony Xperia Z2. Surprised? The Moto G is a no brainer, it is a device that is absolutely unparalleled in performance, considering its specs, and indeed, its price tag. Now, let's get into the semantics of the price, with a $300 budget, I would have plenty of money available to invest in a solid case, an external power pack, and maybe some cloud storage after dropping the ~$200 on the Moto G itself. As awesome as the Moto G is, let's not confuse it for a top of the line device, nor one packed with all of the bells and whistles, but I cannot think of a better, current generation, budget device with this much bang for the buck in the entire history of Android. Now, getting to that Sony Xperia Z2. Let's face it, at $699, it is as close to $700 as you need to get. Now, I do like the look of the Z2, I also think it packs enough size, power and features to keep me going well on to my next device. I've seen a few negative reviews of the Z2 camera, but I really do think it takes great photos. And, if I must be honest, it is solely for the camera that I would choose the Z2 as compared to the other $600+ phones out there. The LG G3 would have been my choice, but for LG's tendency to go overboard on the contrast when taking pictures. The G3 is probably the better bang for the buck too, it just got edged out by a hair for my personal purchasing decision.. It is important to note that if I were purely making a recommendation here, I would say the G3 over the Z2. Stepping away from the hypothetical $300 and $700 price points, for the average consumer, I would prefer to recommend something in between. The Nexus 5 has always been an excellent recommendation, as has the Moto X. Also, players like OnePlus, OPPO, Xiaomi and more have been coming to market with devices that cannot be ignored for their price. Considering the OnePlus One, for example, is rocking pretty much the exact same hardware and specs as the current $600+ flagships, but for under $400, it is hard not to give it serious consideration. In the end, I type this on my own Moto G, still in search of my next device. GARY SIMS
Choices, choices, choices, which phones to choose! This is a great question, what would I buy? Let's start with the budget phone. If I had $300 to spend on a budget phone I would get the 16GB version of the OnePlus One. At $299 it is a absolute bargain. The phone looks great, it has a great screen, a fantastic processor package and CM11. As an added bonus it is also a 4G phone, something you wouldn't necessarily expect at the lower-end. If my budget was slightly less I would agree with Jonathan and get a Moto G, but I would maybe go for the Moto G 4G version or the dual-sim version! I also think the ThL 5000 should get an honorable mention. I am just in the process of writing up a review of the device and it is very nice, especially when your consider its price - $270. Besides the HD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and the octa-core processor, you also get that beast of a 5000mAh battery! Give me battery life over pixels per inch any day. At the high-end, I am a little stuck… It isn't in my nature to spend $700 on a phone (off contract or over two-years). I would actually get two or even three phones for that price, what about a couple of Moto G's and a OnePlus One (64GB version), I reckon I could get all of those for under $700 total. But if I am forced to pick just one phone for $700, I guess I would get a LG G3. The screen is very cool at 1440 x 2560 pixels, that is a pixel density of 534 ppi. The processor package is top of the range and the 3GB of RAM is a nice touch. LG have done a great job with the design of the G3. Even though it is a 5.5 inch device it is easy enough to handle. There is also a removable battery, an SD card slot and a camera that uses laser focusing, what more could you want! JOE HINDY
It all really depends on the use case doesn't it? It's not really enough that everyone has their own tastes but everyone has their own needs as well and that's what kinda makes it really hard to recommend phones to people. Generally I'll ask what they prefer in a phone or what they want in a phone and then recommend from there. That said, if I had to buy one for me, the premium phone I would go with is the HTC One M8. I like it's design (it's a snazzy looking device to me). I also store all my music on the device so the SD card slot is always a big plus. It has the latest specs which I like and because I am a root user, the prospect of getting the bootloader unlocked in under 30 minutes without all that much effort appeals to me a great deal. It actually chased me away from T-Mobile's Xperia Z1s last year because that phone is still pretty much locked down. But that's me and my tastes really. For others I would probably recommend something else based on what they need. Like if I knew someone who camped a lot, I would recommend the Xperia Z2 or the Galaxy S5 thanks to its dust and water protection. I would recommend the M8 to other root users thanks to its easy-to-unlock bootloader. If they wanted a dramatic and amazing multimedia experience, I'd probably tell them to pop down on an LG G3. For me, though, if I had $700 today I'd buy an HTC One M8. On the budget side of things, I would get a Moto X. I like the voice features and the phone operates better than most other $300 phones. The OnePlus One is pretty good but I learned the day I bought my first Xbox 360 then had to go wait in line at Best Buy to return it thanks to the RROD to be patient when new stuff comes out so they can work out all the kinks. It's an amazing phone but I've seen people all over the place having trouble with it (like the yellow band of doom). Once they solidify their offering, I would likely jump to them. If I were really poor and my phone broke and I had to replace it today, I'd probably go with a Moto G because pretty much everyone can afford one of those like right now. What's great about Android is that we have these kind of options, eh? Our choice of OEM skins, cheap or expensive phones with varying specs and features. It's a good day to be a fan of Android! ROBERT TRIGGS
Whilst any of the current flagship smartphones are great purchases at around the $700 mark, my money would go to the LG G3. Although the HTC One, GS5, Z2, etc, each have their own nuances, pros, and cons, I feel that LG has done the best job at putting the additional effort into the areas of a smartphone that are the most important to me at this price range. We can quibble about the subtleties of image quality all day, but features like Optical Image Stabilisation, superfast laser assisted focus, and 4K video capture makes the G3’s camera a doddle to use, enabling users to obtain high quality snaps with minimal effort. Furthermore, whilst a 2K display might not strictly be necessary, at $700 you might as well grab as many pixels as you can. Not forgetting that for $700 you want your device to scream good taste, and, as far as I’m concerned, the LG G3 is by far the best looking smartphone on the market right now. Picking a device with a more reasonable price tag is a more difficult task, as we sadly have to start compromising. The Moto X is a safe pick at $300, and worthy of the praise it receives, but you can get a little more bang for your buck if you can get your hands on the OnePlus One. These devices are really putting a squeeze on the mid-range offerings from the big smartphone OEMs. However, if you can stretch an extra Jackson to that $300 budget you can occasionally grab a Sony Xperia Z on Amazon for $320, which still holds its own against current flagship smartphones valued at twice its price. Even better, with the Xperia Z you won’t have to make any sacrifices with regards to display or camera quality, or have to worry about issues like the OnePlus One’s yellow display tint. We’re not quite there yet, but older flagships are starting to find their way towards the $300 price mark, which will be very exciting times indeed.
StopTheCap For years, carriers have been charging consumers with massive global data roaming fees. Adam Savage, co-host of Mythbusters, was given a $10,000 bill by AT&T for his trip to Canada. A Chicago Bears fan watched his team play while on a cruise ship on the AT&T network and it cost him nearly $28,000. A Portland family got a $20,000 bill from AT&T after he used an AirCard while traveling into Canada. When T-Mobile announced last fall that customers were being offered free data roaming while travelling internationally on 2G speeds, customers not surprisingly flocked to this offering by calling three times as much abroad, texted seven times as much and used 28 times more data than they did previously. Additionally, 53% more of its customers now roam on cellular in supported countries than before it unveiled the plans. Now, Scott Matteson over at TechRepublic discusses his issues with global data roaming charges on Verizon's network. Scott and his wife traveled to Ireland and signed up for Verizon's international roaming data plan for his Samsung Galaxy S3.
_"Jet lagged and sleep deprived, I stumbled around Dublin with Wendy that first day, using the Droid only to take pictures of cathedrals, the GPO, various parks and the River Liffey. Ironically enough, I wanted the international coverage in case I needed voice or data access, but I didn't check email or social media that first day, largely because it was spent in a fog that wasn't helped by a visit to the Guinness Storehouse." - TechRepublic_Verizon's first text message to him was a reminder that global data cost $20.48/Mb. After several days, he realized that Verizon was claiming that he had racked up over $500 of data usage charges in 24 hours. He had apparently used just 24.5 Mb which meant he owed Verizon more than $500. Now, Verizon did in fact help out by allowing him to backtrack and select their other global data plan (as if he had choosen it before he left for Ireland) which lowered his bill down to just $25. To be clear, Verizon sent him messages to warn him about his data use and did allow the customer to backtrack on his plan. The issue at hand is in general how much the wireless carriers are charging for those going around the world. Although this is an old video from 2007, I still recommend watching it as it can be a reminder of how confusing it can be to configure your phone's data plan when going overseas. Source: TechRepublic;
It's been a big week in the world of Android apps. The Google Play Store got an update and it brings some Material Design goodness. Samsung seems to have single-handedly revitalized the momentum of the Gamepop Android gaming console. Amazon Prime Music is adding hundreds of thousands of songs from big name artists. The Google Play Store summer sale is in full swing and includes a lot of awesome apps and games. A new trailer was released for the upcoming Walking Dead game that's due out in early 2015. Now for five Android apps you shouldn't miss this week! ------------------------- BAMBOO PAPER [Price: Free] First up this week is Bamboo Paper. This app by Wacom is a doodle note taking application that has a crisp, clean layout and some fun tools for doodling and note taking that focus on precision. Some people have been disappointed with it but the overall vibe is that the app isn’t terrible and if you’re looking for a simpler note taking or doodling app, this could be the way to go. ------------------------- SWIP3 [Price: $1.69] SWIP3 is the first official game designed for Android Wear. It’s a little time waster game where you must swipe around your watch face to match blocks. Matched blocks disappear and you get points added to your score. It features online multiplayer and has a phone version too. It’s $1.69 in the Google Play Store right now. ------------------------- FIREFOX BROWSER [Price: Free] Firefox browser got a huge update this last week. Included is a few UI tweaks, the removal of CAPS infrastructure, WebVTT implementation, CSS3 implementation, and a lot more. This should result in a cleaner, better experience with less incompatibilities than before. If you’re getting tired of your old browser, why not Firefox? ------------------------- SKYPE [Price: Free] Skype version 5.0 for Android came out this last week. Included are the boilerplate fixes and performance improvements but Skype can now manage your contact list and your contacts will start showing up in your Skype contacts automatically. For many this may not be a big deal but if Skype starts being more like Google Hangouts as an all-in-one chat solution then things could get interesting because you can actually make voice calls already on Skype. ------------------------- MODERN COMBAT 5 [Price: $6.99] Last and certainly not least this week is the release of Modern Combat 5. The game costs $6.99 in the Play Store and has no IAPs. The graphics are phenomenal and the game comes with online multiplayer, more campaign, and more action than the original. Modern Combat 4 remains on a lot of lists for the best first person shooter. We don’t expect any less out of Modern Combat 5. If you want to see more, stay tuned because our review will be out soon. _Don't forget to check out the Android Authority Forums!_
Don’t take it without a serving of salt just yet, but we may be looking at the first actual image of the Moto X+1. These photos hit the inbox of folks over at _Android Police_, allegedly showing the successor of the Moto X sporting a metal (possibly aluminum) frame and a wooden backplate. Even if the images are real, we may be looking at a preproduction model or a prototype, as the rather unpolished M logo on the back seems to suggest. The pictured phone retains the general form of the Moto X, in a larger format. That’s not a bad thing, since the X was widely praised for its easy to handle rounded shape, and hopefully the X+1 will retain the usability, even if it’s going to be bigger, at 5.2 inches across. Motorola seems to have moved the main speaker to the front of the device (it was near the rear camera on the Moto X), and the large grill at the top belongs to the earpiece. On the back, the ring around the camera seems to incorporate two LEDs for the flash. The Motorola logo is a bit incongruous with the rest of the design, but it’s possible that it’s just a placeholder. The leaker told _Android Police_ that the device does not feature a microSD card slot, which contradicts a recent credible report out of Brazil. Moreover, both the Moto E and the LTE version of the Moto G feature microSD support, and its absence would be a step back for the X+1. Other specs rumored in the past for the Moto X+1 include a Snapdragon 800 processor, a Full HD display, 32GB of storage, a 12MP rear camera, and a 2,900 mAh battery. According to _@evleaks_, Motorola is going to expand the range of natural materials for the X+1 backplate to include several leather options, in addition to wood and bamboo. What do you think of these images? Would you like the Moto X+1 to look like this?
Despite concerns that the smartphone market is reaching saturation point, at least at the premium end of the market, some manufacturers are still managing to post impressive growth figures this year. Huawei is the latest consumer electronics company expected to announce strong sales growth last quarter, led by the company’s smartphone division. According to a memo seen by _The Wall Street Journal_, sales of Huawei smartphones, and other consumer products, rose by 30 percent in the first half of this year. In a business memo sent out to colleagues titled “Don’t Fall Behind”, Richard Yu, the head of Huawei's consumer business group which mainly deal with smartphone sales, said that his group had already reached half of its 2014 profit target in the six months which ended on June 30th. Contrary to some analyst concerns about the top end of the market, Huawei's strategy of focusing more on mid- to high-end smartphones, such as the Ascend Mate 2 and Ascend P7, rather than selling the cheapest phones on the market, seems to be paying off. Although Huawei has not disclosed any sales figures yet, Huawei has said that its revenue rose by 19 percent in the first half of this year. Last year Huawei’s consumer electronics business generated 70 percent of its revenue from telecommunications sales, so we can assume that the growth in the smartphone division is having a very positive impact on the company’s profit margins.
Market share statistics for last year.Despite Huawei’s strong growth so far this year, the company is still a way behind the market leaders, Samsung and Apple, when it comes to its global sales share. The latest research from IDC puts Huawei on just 5 percent of the global market, compared with 30 percent for Samsung and 16 percent for Apple. Even so, Huawei's business strategy seems better suited to the current market climate than its larger rival Samsung, which is expecting to post a poor Q2 earnings report. It seems likely that Huawei is set to retain its position as the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, with most of its growth coming from emerging markets. According to the memo from Mr Yu, Huawei is seeing its strongest levels of sales growth in the northern portion of Latin America, particularly in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador, followed by the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. If you’re interested in a further breakdown of how Huawei’s mobile business is faring, the company is scheduled to announce its financial results next week. Source: Market Watch;
KansasCity Last week, it was reported by FierceWireless that Sprint is likely going to report significant subscriber losses for the second quarter. In fact, Sprint is expected to report close to 900,000 handset subscriber losses for the second quarter. The losses of Sprint are mostly due to terrible service from questionable coverage, call quality and network speeds. Now, an adviser service is signaling their opposition to Sprint's CEO Dan Hesse's $49 million pay package for 2013.
_"Institutional Shareholder Services said it is challenging the pay package because Hesse's special equity award of $18.7 million was "entirely time-based, lacking connection to any performance criteria." Institutional Shareholder Services also said that Sprint didn't disclose the goals surrounding Hesse's $16.7 million equity grant." - FierceWireless_Hesse's $49 million package was more than 3.2 times the median pay level of his CEO peers and made him easily the highest-paid executive at a publicly traded company in the wireless industry in 2013. * T-Mobile CEO John Legere was paid a total of $29.2 million in 2013, making him the second highest paid wireless executive in 2013. * AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson made $23.24 million in 2013. * Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made $15.82 million in 2013. Hesse is signed to an employment term through July 31, 2018, subject to earlier termination as provided in the agreement. Sprint said the package was "intended to enhance our ability to retain Mr. Hesse's leadership for a minimum period of at least five years during which the Company plans to undergo a transformative change." Sadly, it is extremely unlikely that Institutional Shareholder Services will get anywhere. Source: FierceWireless;
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