Vendors shipped 1.43 billion smartphones last year, a record for one year, according to preliminary results from IDC.
With the exception of Apple, worldwide shipments of personal computers continued to tumble in the final months of 2015.
A number of flagship phones vied for attention, but the real growth lies with more modest devices and in emerging markets, says market researcher IDC.
Chinese up-and-comers are taking a big bite out of the global smartphone market, much to the discomfort of market leader Samsung.
An administrative law judge for the US International Trade Commission sides with Samsung on a patent dispute with Nvidia.
With new hardware options and an app store, Apple TV is expected to substantially increase its revenue potential, says JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall.
The conferencing system, essentially a gigantic tablet running Windows 10, will begin shipping on January 1, 2016, rather than September 1, 2015, as originally planned.
Prepare for an "emerging battleground" between the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices, says market researcher IDC.
Smartwatches and activity trackers were a hot item in the first quarter of the year, according to IDC. Now we'll have to see what effect the Apple Watch has.
So much for last year's uptick. But even with an overall decline in the first quarter, the top two players -- Lenovo and HP -- eked out higher shipments.