Google Inc. has successfully wooed developers to build applications for smartphones and tablets based on its Android mobile software. Getting programmers to embrace its other offerings -- including computerized glasses and cars -- is proving a tougher sell.
Amazon.com Inc. packed its new Fire Phone with features such as an image-recognition tool so people can quickly purchase items from its online store. Jeff Bezos may need more than that to get customers to pay up for the handset.
Apple Inc.’s pitch to developers at its annual conference yesterday shows how Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook is ramping up efforts to keep programmers from switching loyalties to Google Inc. and others.
Smartphone manufacturers’ sales rose the most in four years during the first quarter as Research in Motion Ltd. , Apple Inc. and makers of Android-equipped phones extended gains, market-research company Gartner Inc. said.
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, the mobile-phone venture of Sony Corp. and Ericsson AB , missed analyst estimates for fourth-quarter sales and profit, hurt by an outdated product portfolio during the holiday season.