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European smartphone shipments fall to lowest Q1 total since 2013

A new report from Counterpoint Research's Market Monitor service shows European smartphone shipments dropping by 12% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022. That's the lowest Q1 total since 2013.
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Qualcomm legal action moves forward in the UK

Qualcomm legal action moves forward in the UK

Which? seeks payout for Samsung and Apple smartphone owners

Consumer protection organisation Which? has been given permission by the UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal to represent Apple and Samsung smartphone buyers in a legal case against chip manufacturer Qualcomm.
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Google announces new devices

Google announces new devices

Pixel Watch, smartphones, earbuds and more

Google's 2022 I/O conference for developers has seen the company previewing new products, including its Pixel 7 smartphone, a Pixel tablet and the first smartwatch entirely built by Google.
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UK advertising watchdog says Tesco Mobile ads were offensive

UK advertising watchdog says Tesco Mobile ads were offensive

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a number of recent Tesco Mobile advertisements were likely to cause "serious and widespread offence".

Newspaper ads, digital outdoor posters and a Twitter post were investigated after 52 complaints.
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Apple launches self-service repairs in the USA

Apple launches self-service repairs in the USA

DIY iPhone repairers can now order official spares

Apple has launched 'Self Service Repair' in the USA, enabling consumers to obtain repair manuals, Apple parts and tools from an official Repair Store. The service will be expanded into additional countries later this year.
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Monday, February 3, 2014

Last week at The Fonecast: 3rd February 2014

Patently obvious

Mark Bridge writes:

Patents were a very popular topic of conversation last week. Google sold its Motorola Mobility smartphone business to Lenovo but hung on to most of the patents. Does this mean the patents were the most valuable part of the business? Well, when you look at the difference between the original purchase price and the sale price, it seems a reasonable conclusion.

Meanwhile, Google also arranged a cross-licence patent agreement with Samsung... and Samsung agreed a patent licensing deal with Ericsson. Everyone happy?  Well, perhaps ‘sated’ is a better word.

And while we’re on the subject of Samsung, it’s asked Carphone Warehouse to run 60 of its stand-alone shops across Europe. All this, and illy coffee too.

Other cheering news came from Ofcom, which confirmed that all the UK’s major mobile networks now offered 90% 3G coverage. Mobile marketing and mobile wallet venture Weve launched a beta version of its mobile display advertising service in the UK. And new rules from the Office of Fair Trading have clarified in-app payments, which promises to be good news for parents who’ve given their children an iPad. (26 million iPads shipped worldwide in the last quarter, says Apple, with IDC estimating that was a third of the global tablet market in Q4).

Finally, there were a few goodbyes last week. We said farewell to Inq Mobile, the Hutchison Whampoa handset manufacturer turned app producer. Azzurri Communications said goodbye to CEO Vim Vithaldas, who’s overseen a successful refinancing arrangement. And AT&T told us it wasn’t interested in taking over Vodafone. Not at the moment, anyway.

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