There’ll be two billion 4G LTE connections in 2018, according to Strategy Analytics, up from 238 million worldwide this year.
The figures are part of a new report that predicts LTE networks will account for almost half of mobile service revenue globally by 2018, up from less than 10% in 2013.
Samsung Electronics has created a gaming controller for its Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
The Smartphone GamePad connects via Bluetooth and will work with most Galaxy devices with a 4-inch to 6.3-inch screen running Android v4.1 or above. It has a rechargeable battery, a steel frame and a grip to hold the mobile device in place.
BlackBerry says its BBM instant messaging application will be pre-loaded on the LG G Pro Lite smartphone in certain markets.
It’s part of a deal with LG that’s expected to see the app installed on other LG handsets in the future.
Macario Namie writes:
As the connected car phenomenon gains pace, 2014 will see global automotive firms embracing LTE. Machina Research predicts 90% of cars sold in 2020 will have some form of embedded connectivity – that connectivity roll-out continues strong in 2014 and LTE is pivotal to its long-term success.
iZettle, which offers a service that can turn smartphones and tablets into credit card terminals, has partnered with Eurostar.
The high-speed train service is now using iZettle devices to accept payments from passengers who want to upgrade after they’ve started their journey.