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Microsoft is pushing to expand the appeal of its Windows Phone by using cheaper chips and easing restrictions on phone makers.
Global smartphone shipments climbed 38.4 percent last year, research firm IDC said.
Second-tier smartphone markers are closing the gap on rival Apple, capturing a collective market share close to that of the iPhone maker in 2013.
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei apparently hasn't lost its desire for the U.S. smartphone market yet.
Asian equities were mixed on Thursday on the back of positive Chinese manufacturing data and liquidity fears in the mainland.
BlackBerry is in talks with Cisco Systems, Google Inc and SAP about selling them all or parts of itself, several sources close to the matter said.
Asian stocks took a breather from this week's rally on Wednesday after President Obama confirmed that a Congressional vote to take military action in Syria will be postponed.
Asian equities followed global stock markets lower on Wednesday amid escalating worries over a potential U.S. military strike against Syria.
U.S. lawmakers are once again racing around the globe on privately financed tours—trips watchdog groups cite as evidence that congressional ethics reforms are unraveling.
Asian equity markets ended at session highs on Tuesday with Japan's benchmark index leading gains by 2.6 percent as the yen weakened on news of corporate tax cuts.
Japan's benchmark index reversed earlier losses on Tuesday to rally 1 percent as the yen weakened while the rest of Asian stocks were mixed in choppy trade.
Asian stocks closed mixed on Wednesday after HSBC's key survey of Chinese manufacturing activity fell to an eleven-month low in July, confirming signs of a further slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd missed quarterly earnings forecasts on Friday as it reported a 47 percent rise in April-June operating profit.
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Sony cut its sales targets for digital cameras, smartphones, and tablets, but said there were "encouraging" signs of a revival in its electronics business.
Overtaking Apple as the world's leading maker of smartphones has stretched Samsung's in-house supply lines, and the South Korean firm is now courting some of its rival's main parts suppliers.
Suppliers and investors are struggling to gauge demand for the iPhone as Samsung continues to grab market share. Indications of reduced shipments now send shares in Apple into a tailspin.
CNBC's Adam Bakhtiar looks at LG Display in the daily 'Stock in 60' segment after shares rallied as much as 4% on expectations of rising sales as a result of Sharp's alliance with Samsung.
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LG Electronics fell short of consensus forecasts in quarterly earnings on Wednesday, with profits in its TV division tumbling to around one tenth of year-earlier levels as the world's No.2 TV maker bumped up promotional spending in the year-end holiday season.