Pink shirt-rocking T-Mobile chief speculates on wireless trends for the coming year
T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to the T-Mobile blog on Tuesday and posted his predictions for 2015. Legere foresees a future full of non-subsidized phone purchases, wearables and phablets, and all the things he has always enjoyed "calling out" his competitors for in the unusually safe-for-work posting. As would be expected, Legere also predicts that T-Mobile's Q4 results will push it into official third-place carrier status in the US.
Overall, consumers still prefer smartphones under five inches in size
In less than eight weeks, Apple's iPhone 6 Plus has already grabbed a 41 percent share of all US "phablet" (5.5 inches or larger in display size) sales, and is continuing to struggle to meet demand. A new study published by Kantar World Panel reveals that, despite much more publicity, phablets continue to make up only a small minority of smartphone sales -- but the category is growing fast. The finding is another blow for the struggling Samsung, whose Galaxy Note phablets now account for only five percent of such sales in the US, and only eight percent of phablets in China.
Microsoft executive VP hints at Windows RT on more ARM devices
Microsoft may still be working on a way for Windows RT to still be useful, following its relative lack of success with the platform in the Surface RT. Executive vice president Terry Myerson, head of the operating system at Microsoft, hinted that Windows RT may find a useful place in phablets at some point in the future.
Top 200 device brands studied for share and usage
Mobile marketing analyst Flurry have unveiled their latest study, which draws samples from around one billion smartphones and some 2,000 unique device models worldwide. The study looked at both the distribution and usage by end-users of the top 200 device models, and found that "medium phones" with 3.5- to 4.9-inch screens were far and away the dominant choice in both areas. Phones with smaller screens were steadily declining in usage as buyers upgrade, and smaller tablets and "phablet" phones have yet to make much end-user headway.
P945 device leaked in pictures, likely 720p display
Images of an unannounced "phablet" device from ZTE have leaked to the Internet, signaling that the Chinese manufacturer is likely preparing to enter the large handset market alongside Huawei and segment leader Samsung. Currently, the device is only known as the P945, but it appears to sport a 5.7-inch display, placing it between the 5.5-inch display of Samsung's Galaxy Note and the 6.1-inch display of Huawei's Ascend Mate. Currently, the device is said to be scheduled only for release in the Chinese market.