Apple is set to overtake Nokia to become the world's largest smartphone manufacturer this year, according to new research.
Digitimes has published a report which forecast that Apple will ship a total of 86.4 million iPhones this year, a rise of 82 per cent from last year.
Meanwhile, the current market leader Nokia is only expected to ship around 74.4 million smartphones in 2011, a fall of 25.8 per cent from the previous year when it sold more than 100 million units.
Korean technology giant Samsung is projected to experience the biggest rise in demand, with shipments up 191.3 per cent to 67 million units.
The company will therefore overtake Blackberry-makers Research In Motion (RIM) to become the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, with RIM only expected to ship 49.4 million mobile phones this year.
Overall, global smartphone shipments are expected to surge 60 per cent in 2011 to reach 462 million units.
The largest ever auction of mobile broadband spectrum has been delayed and will not be held until the middle of next year at the earliest.
Telecommunications regulator Ofcom was set to publish a document relating to the auction this month but potential legal challenges from mobile phone operators has led it to delay the release of this file until November.
The auction for 4G licenses can therefore no longer be held in the first quarter of 2012, as previously planned, but Ofcom is hopeful that it can still be held in the first half of next year.
Technology issues have also postponed the auction, with spectrum used by the Freeview platform set to be relocated before the bidding can begin.
An Ofcom spokesman told the Guardian: "We note that because these technical issues need to be satisfactorily resolved before new networks can be built, it will not be possible for mobile operators to start rolling out 4G networks until 2013 at the earliest regardless of when the auction itself actually takes place."
Britons are only able to access 3G mobile broadband via their business smartphones around 75 per cent of the time, according to new research.
Earlier this year, the BBC created an app for Android phones in order to map the coverage of the 3G network across the UK.
The broadcaster found that, despite claims from mobile phone operators that the 3G network now covers 90 per cent of the country, there are still many rural areas which do not have access to the technology.
Those who were able to gain a connection could only access 3G technology around three-quarters of the time, with users only able to gain a 2G signal the rest of the time.
Michael Phillips of internet comparison website broadbandchoices.co.uk claimed that the quality of mobile broadband still greatly varies across the UK.
"Mobile broadband swings between where fixed broadband was from 1998 to 2003, but many people are expecting the same speeds for their smartphones as they get at home," he told the news provider.
"The reality is that 3G is a good service in major cities but it is failing to deliver on trains and in the countryside."
Firms in rural areas of Cornwall could soon be able to access 4G business broadband as a trial of the technology is set to be launched in the county.
The trials, set to be held between September until December, will be the first of their kind in the UK and are set to focus on regions in Newquay not currently able to access traditional broadband services, reports BBC News.
Businesses and households in St Newlyn East will be the among the first to test the 4G networks as part of the tests, which are set to determine whether the technology is a viable alternative to cable-based broadband networks.
These 4G networks are based on Long Term Evolution technology, which allows users to access from download speeds of 100 megabits per second.
Half of those taking part in the trial will access the broadband connection from a 4G wireless router, with the remaining participants set to do so with 4G dongles.
Android users spend more time using business smartphone applications than they do browsing the mobile internet, according to new research.
Nielsen Smartphone Analytics has reported that the average Android user in the US spends approximately 56 minutes each day using mobile internet services and apps they have downloaded onto their smartphone.
Two thirds of this time is taking up using smartphone apps, with the remainder used to browse the web.
The research also revealed that Android users generally only use a small minority of the 250,000 apps available, with the top 50 apps accounting for 61 per cent of time spent using the software.
"With 250,000+ Android apps available at the time of this writing, that means the remaining 249,950+ apps have to compete for the remaining 39 per cent of the pie," Don Kellogg, director of telecom research and insights for Nielsen, wrote in a blog post.
The top ten Android apps include Google Maps, YouTube, Facebook Mobile, Angry Birds and Skype.