Entries with tag hardware makers.

Samsung Stops Laptop Sales in Europe

Samsung announced it will no longer sell laptop computers in Europe, including its best-selling Chromebook. The South Korean company says the decision is based on “market needs and demands” and “not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets.” IDC forecast that laptop sales should grow by 5.6 percent in 2014; however, Samsung is not on the market research firm’s top five list of PC sellers. Other mobile devices have eroded laptop sales worldwide, including smartphones, tablets, and the so-called phablet. (BBC)(PC World)

Toshiba Cuts Jobs in Restructuring of PC Operations

Toshiba is restructuring its PC business eliminating 900 jobs in the process. The company has not said which consumer computing markets it plans to withdraw from. The company plans to end its business-to-consumer offerings – hardware intended for individual and, typically, home use --, but expand its business-to-business segment, which focuses on computing hardware companies purchase for their enterprise users. Toshiba predicts sales in this segment will grow by 50 percent in fiscal year 2016. It is unclear how or whether Google Chromebooks, which Toshiba makes, are affected in the restructuring. “The PC market is expected to see a continuing trend to modest growth rates, and these transformation measures are necessary to support the business in securing consistent profits,” Toshiba said in a statement. This is the Toshiba’s second restructuring this year. It previously restructured its visual products business. (Reuters)(ZD Net)(MarketWatch)

Microsoft Inks Deal with Hardware Maker over Alleged Misuse of Intellectual Property

Microsoft has reached an agreement in which Hon Hai, the world’s biggest consumer electronics manufacturer, will pay Microsoft patent royalties related to devices powered by Google’s Android and Chrome operating systems. The deal protects Hon Hai, parent company of manufacturer Foxconn Electronics, from being sued by Microsoft, which contends the Google code in the devices uses Microsoft’s intellectual property. This is Microsoft’s nineteenth announced Google-related patent license deal—which includes those with companies such as Acer, HTC, Nikon, and ViewSonic—since 2010. Rather than sue Google, Microsoft has sought royalties from hardware makers using Google’s software in their products. (BBC)(CNET)

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