Podcast - 18th June 2013
Samsung has put a 10x optical zoom lens on a smartphone, Google is acquiring navigation app Waze and the European Commission is getting ready to equip cars with an emergency call system.
We're also talking about a strike threat at O2, the risk of 'showrooming' to high-street retailers, the end of Symbian smartphones and plenty more as well.
The Financial Times has reported that Nokia is expected to stop shipping Symbian smartphones this summer, although it doesn’t expect the company to make a formal announcement.
Nokia chose Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS as its main smartphone platform in 2011 but has committed to providing support for Symbian until 2016.
Nokia has published its fourth quarter and full-year financial results for 2012, moving back into profit during Q4 for the first time in over a year.
However, the annual figure still shows a loss and the company is proposing not to make a dividend payment to shareholders.
Nokia is the latest mobile manufacturer to release preliminary quarterly results, which come just a fortnight ahead of the company’s formal full-year announcement on 24th January.
It estimated that 86.3 million mobile devices were shipped in the quarter, including 9.3 million touch-screen Asha handsets, 4.4 million Lumia smartphones and 2.2 million Symbian smartphones.
More than 6 in 10 UK mobile phone users have a smartphone
Smartphone penetration across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom hit 54.6% during the three-month period from August to the end of October 2012, according to the comScore MobiLens service. It found that Spain had the highest smartphone penetration in Europe (63.2% of mobile phone users) followed by the UK at 62.3%.
Spain also had the most dramatic growth, up almost 15 percentage points from last year.