Mobile devices
Smartphone sales up 20% in quarter

Worldwide smartphone sales grew 20.3 percent from the same quarter one year ago, though overall mobile phone sales were flat, a new Gartner report showed.

Vendors sold an estimated 301 million smartphones in the third quarter. These accounted for 66 percent of the total mobile phone market.

“Sales of [simpler] feature phones declined 25 percent in the third quarter of 2014 because the difference in price between feature phones and low-cost Android smartphones is reducing further,” Roberta Cozza, a Gartner research director, said in a statement.

The top vendor was Samsung, with 24.4 percent of the market share, followed by Apple with 12.7 percent. Though it maintained its spot as the market leader, Samsung’s market share declined by almost 8 percent compared with the same quarter one year ago.

— Mohana Ravindranath

Cloud computing
$6.5 billion spenton infrastructure

Cloud infrastructure spending grew about 16 percent in the third quarter of 2014 to $6.5 billion, compared with the same quarter one year ago, a new report showed.

Cloud spending accounted for almost a third of worldwide server, disk storage and ethernet infrastructure spending in the third quarter, according to a report from International Data Corp.

Public cloud infrastructure — services available online to the public as opposed to private cloud services restricted to in-house staff — accounted for almost half of total cloud infrastructure revenue. Public cloud spending grew 18 percent compared with the same quarter one year ago, the report said.

— Mohana Ravindranath