Ballmer: If I could ‘redo the last 10 years,’ Microsoft wouldn’t be behind on mobile | VentureBeat | Business | by Harrison Weber 

“We would have a stronger position in the phone market today if I could redo the last 10 years.” — Steve Ballmer

Former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer spoke candidly at the Saïd Business School in Oxford, U.K, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The retired CEO, replaced by Satya Nadella, emphasized his faith in Microsoft’s pending acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services unit and shared vague opinions on Facebook’s WhatsApp deal.

Apple Inc. Bets Big on Brazil (AAPL) M

As we saw in 2013, tech giant Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) appears to be fighting a losing battle to keep up with the torrent growth of the overall smartphone market.

Indeed, Apple already dominates many developed markets like the United States, which are speeding toward saturation. This has forced Apple to double down on emerging countries like China to sell its iProducts in ever-greater numbers.

First Ubuntu phones coming this year from China’s Meizu and Spain’s Bq | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Devindra Hardawar 

After a failed crowdfunding campaign last year, Ubuntu parent company Canonical is taking a more traditional approach with its first mobile devices.

Canonical announced today that it’s partnering with China-based Meizu and Spain-based Bq to build the first Ubuntu Mobile devices, which will run the “latest hardware” and will be available by the end of the year.

Apple’s Next China Challenge Comes From Local Smartphone Rivals 

Toward the end of last year, Apple (AAPL) scored two big breakthroughs in Asia. NTT Docomo (DCM), the No. 1 mobile operator in Japan, finally reached a deal with Apple in September to sell the iPhone in the world’s third-largest economy. And then China Mobile (CHL), the leading operator in the world’s second-largest economy, at last came to terms with Apple in December.