One analyst finds that 10 percent to 20 percent of BlackBerry 's BlackBerry 7 smartphones brick right out of the box as we break down this week's mobile operating system news.
BlackBerrys get bricked and booted: RIM promised many improvements with BlackBerry OS 7, but one analyst claims that smartphones based on it are experiencing "abnormally high levels of warranty returns" at Verizon Wireless . Sales reps tell MKM Partners Managing Director Michael Genovese that they advise customers to avoid the devices and that well over 10 percent -- possibly as high as 20 percent -- of new and refurbished BB7 models brick right out of the box. (See Bad Business for RIM and RIM Revamps the BlackBerry.)
Genovese added in a research that he'd been told by several sales associates at non-Verizon stores that those buying Blackberrys today are overwhelmingly already BlackBerry users, and "very few new smartphone buyers choose RIMM."
PlayBook to get BlackBerry 10: RIM says that 50 percent of PlayBook users have already upgraded to the 2.0 software, but that's not the last update the beleaguered tablet will receive. When the QNX-based BlackBerry 10 is ready, RIM will update the Playbook to it, an exec confirmed to TechRadar. The only problem is, there's no deadline on when that will happen, and the wait on BlackBerry 10 is putting more strain on the already troubled company. (See RIM Hopes New OS Will Rewrite the PlayBook .)
HTC updates 16 Android phones: High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) is serving Ice Cream Sandwich to 16 of its smartphones, helping move along the Android OS update and probably making a few Motorola Mobility LLC Droid owners wonder when they'll get a sandwich too. In announcing the update, HTC noted it'll have to work with the wireless operators to nail down an exact rollout schedule.
iPhone 5 rumor round-up: What better way to celebrate iPad day than with the latest and juiciest in iPhone 5 rumors. The International Business Times has posted a list of "what we know" (know, really?) about Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s next iPhone, claiming it will have Long Term Evolution (LTE), a quad-core processor and iOS 6 baked in with Siri, Apple's voice-activated personal assistant. The site is suggesting a June ... or September ... or October launch.
Nokia plots a new tablet UI: Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has promised a unique device when its tablet debuts. Its design chief has confirmed that said tablet will be on its way this year. But how will it stand out from the hundreds of iPad competitors on the market? He's not saying, but it's likely the tablet will be based on Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Windows 8 OS, and could feature a "significant breakthrough" in user interface design that would reduce the amount of screen tapping required for app discovery and browsing. (See Euronews: Nokia Working on 'Stand Out' Tablet.)
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
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Aamir Hussain leads the Product Development and Technology organization at CenturyLink, which includes the company's information technology function. He is an experienced senior technology executive with more than 25 years of proven success in the implementation of global technology operations, operationalization of complex technology, infrastructures and business ...
The 50-year-old telco has already gone through several transformations, including every time it made an acquisition, but its purchase of Level 3 coupled with changes in technology and customer expectations necessitates its biggest transformation yet.
Nir Shalom, general manager and VP of application development at AT&T Israel, talks about the key service developments undertaken at the AT&T R&D facility in Tel Aviv and how the team there has adopted new ways of working.
Mike Capuano, vice president of marketing at Infinera, discusses the advancement from Instant Bandwidth to new Instant Network capabilities, which include Bandwidth License Pools, Moveable Licenses and Automated Capacity Engineering (ACE).
The auto industry is facing some big transformations as electric vehicles, autonomous technology and connected cars are seen as the future of the industry. During the much-anticipated NY international auto show, there was an emergence of new technology and mobility service on the show floor. Aside from performance, brands like Lincoln, Hyundai, Honda, Mercedes and ...
In a brief discussion at MWC 2017, Heavy Reading analyst Adi Kishore talks to Pardeep Kohli, CEO, Mavenir Systems about the creation of the 'new Mavenir' and some of the key challenges facing operators in today's market. A key theme of the discussion centers around operator need for software-only, virtualized solutions and how they will need to adapt to ...
At Mobile World Congress 2017, the biggest mobile industry gathering of the year, Huawei showcased its new innovations and solutions with the theme "Open Road," which focuses on cloud, 5G, operation transformation, videos and consumer-oriented products. Its campaign has been recognized by three awards given by GSMA.
Lynn Comp, senior director of market development of Intel, is joined by Chong Zhang, storage engineer at Inspur and Ou Li Yan, architect for technology strategies of China Telecom, for a discussion of what NFV brings.
Khamis Abulgubein of IoT market development at Nokia demonstrates IMPACT (intelligent management platform for all connected things), a software solution with a horizontal approach to managing any device on any application.
Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.