NEC to Bag Its Smartphone Business
NEC plans to exit the smartphone market, according to Japanese publication Nikkei. NEC's decision comes ater the company failed to forge a smartphone partnership with Lenovo. It tried to sell NEC Casio Mobile Communications to Lenovo, but the deal fell through. The two firms had been speaking since late last year. NEC indicated earlier this year that it might exit the cellphone market altogether, and the Nikkei now reports that NEC may sell some of its cellphone patents. The most recent NEC device to reach the U.S was the Terrain, announced by AT&T just last month.
Review: NEC Terrain for AT&T
NEC's latest effort for the U.S. market is the Terrain, a rugged Android smartphone that offers push-to-talk and a full QWERTY keyboard.
Hands-On: NEC Terrain for AT&T
The Terrain marks the first handset NEC has offered to the U.S. market in close to 10 years.
AT&T Announces the Rugged NEC Terrain with PTT
AT&T today introduced the NEC Terrain, a ruggedized Android smartphone that offers AT&T's enhanced push-to-talk services. The Terrain features a 3.1-inch screen, a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm snapdragon S4 processor, and a physical keyboard for text entry.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Qualcomm Signs Patent-Licensing Deal with Lenovo
Qualcomm today said it has signed a new patent licensing agreement with Lenovo, which will use Qualcomm's 3G and 4G wireless technology in future mobile devices. The patents will appear in both Lenovo- and Motorola-branded devices and cover technologies specific to the China market.