Sonim Technologies commercially launched a push-to-talk-over-cellular system in The Netherlands, enabling KPN to offer its customers walkie-talkie options. Nokia and Ericsson also are supporters of PoC.
The share of music sales attributed to streaming has nearly doubled this year through June compared with a year ago, thanks in part to the ubiquity of smartphones, Nielsen figures and music executives indicate as they point to a sea change in consumer buying patterns.
The quality of microphones in mobile devices has crimped the ability of personal digital assistants such as Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa to catch on with more users, analysts say, a development that has led to a rush among some firms to try to improve the technology.
Chat apps have replaced text messaging as the global social interchange of choice, led by WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, and startups trying to get a toehold in the industry had better focus on a niche approach, executives and analysts say. To stand out and survive, app companies are concentrating on such specific areas as gaming and security.
Incentive auction bidding surpassed $18.5 billion Thursday, and the Federal Communications Commission doubled the required increase in round-to-round bids from 5% to 10% as the process completed its 18th round, with 62 parties vying for licenses in 416 blocks known as partial economic areas.