Jul 29, 2014

Samsung postpones launch of Tizen smartphone

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company’s ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS. The South Korean company had planned to start selling the ...

Jul 28, 2014

Japan Display, Sharp race to win China smartphone display deals

Japan Display Inc. and Sharp Corp. are in a fierce battle to land liquid crystal display panel contracts from Chinese smartphone makers. Since some of the Chinese makers are starting to offer high-quality handsets, the two rivals want to boost their profiles in the ...

Jun 21, 2014

Microsoft, Google OK 'kill switch' for phones

As as part of an agreement with mayors and police agencies, Google and Microsoft said Friday they plan to join Apple in offering theft-deterring “kill switches” in their smartphone operating systems. The companies confirmed the commitment, which was noted in a report Thursday by ...

Jun 18, 2014

Sharp plans elliptical smartphone screens

Sharp Corp. is developing flat-panel displays in different shapes as it wins orders from Chinese smartphone makers. The new technology reduces the size requirements for a screen’s outer edge, allowing for non-rectangular designs, including elliptical shapes, the company said in a statement Wednesday. Sharp ...

Jun 13, 2014

Line accounts may have been compromised, company warns

Line Corp., creator of the popular Smartphone messaging app Line, said Friday that it recently uncovered cases of unauthorized access involving user accounts. Customer email addresses and passwords may have been obtained through services offered by other companies, Line said, without revealing the number ...

Jun 4, 2014

Line Corp. weighs Tokyo, New York IPOs this year

Smartphone messaging app operator Line Corp. is considering initial public offerings on bourses in Japan and the U.S. this year to raise funds and accelerate overseas business, according to sources. Line, a Tokyo-based subsidiary of South Korea’s Naver Corp., is considering listing on the ...