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BlackBerry 10 coming to the PlayBook, RIM confirms

Thursday, March 15th, 2012
RIM’s handsets won’t be getting BlackBerry 10 until later this year, but once they do, the PlayBook will be next in line. That’s according to Rob Orr, RIM’s VP of product management, who confirmed the news to TechRadar. “We’ve said publicly a number of times that our first BB10 handset will be available towards the end of 2012, and that’s still firmly the case,” Orr said. “At some point after the launch we’ll bring BB10 to our PlayBooks, yes.” Orr apparently didn’t get any more specific than that, though he did mention that RIM has seen a spike in updates to PlayBook OS 2.0, which came out just last month. According to the exec, about 50 percent of all users made the jump on the day it came out, which just goes to show how great e-mail is.

BlackBerry 10 coming to the PlayBook, RIM confirms originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Mar 2012 03:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Gartner: Apple leads smartphone sales to new heights

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Global smartphone sales increased 47.3% to 149 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to market research firm Gartner. Total smartphone sales for the full year increased 58% to 472 million units and accounted for 31% of all mobile devices sold. The record sales were led by Apple’s iPhone, which sold 37 million units and helped the company capture a 23.8% market share in the fourth quarter. Apple was also the top smartphone vendor in 2011, with a 19% market share. “Western Europe and North America led most of the smartphone growth for Apple during the fourth quarter of 2011,” said Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner. “In Western Europe the spike in iPhone sales in the fourth quarter saved the overall smartphone market after two consecutive quarters of slow sales.” Samsung continued its success with LG, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and Research In Motion recording disappointing results. Both ZTE and Huawei dominated the low-end to mid-range market and became — along with Apple — the fastest-growing vendors in the fourth quarter of 2011. “These vendors expanded their market reach and kept on improving the user experience of their Android devices,” said Cozza. Read on for Gartner’s press release.

Gartner Says Worldwide Smartphone Sales Soared in Fourth Quarter of 2011 With 47 Percent Growth
Apple Became Top Smartphone Vendor in Fourth Quarter of 2011 and in 2011 as a Whole

Egham, UK, February 15, 2012—

Worldwide smartphone sales to end users soared to 149 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 47.3 per cent increase from the fourth quarter of 2010, according to Gartner, Inc. Total smartphone sales in 2011 reached 472 million units and accounted for 31 percent of all mobile devices sales, up 58 percent from 2010.

Smartphone volumes during the quarter rose due to record sales of Apple iPhones. As a result, Apple became the third-largest mobile phone vendor in the world, overtaking LG. Apple also became the world’s top smartphone vendor, with a market share of 23.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, and the top smartphone vendor for 2011 as a whole, with a 19 percent market share. “Western Europe and North America led most of the smartphone growth for Apple during the fourth quarter of 2011,” said Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner. “In Western Europe the spike in iPhone sales in the fourth quarter saved the overall smartphone market after two consecutive quarters of slow sales.”

The quarter saw Samsung and Apple cement their positions further at the top of the market as their brands and new products clearly stood out. LG, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and Research In Motion (RIM) again recorded disappointing results as they struggled to improve volumes and profits significantly. These vendors were also exposed to a much stronger threat from the midrange and low end of the smartphone market as ZTE and Huawei continued to gain share during the quarter.

Worldwide mobile device sales to end users totaled 476.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 5.4 percent increase from the same period in 2010 (see Table 1). In 2011 as a whole, end users bought 1.8 billion units, an 11.1 percent increase from 2010 (see Table 2). “Expectations for 2012 are for the overall market to grow by about 7 percent, while smartphone growth is expected to slow to around 39 percent,” said Annette Zimmermann, principal research analyst at Gartner.

In the fourth quarter of 2011, Nokia’s mobile phone sales numbered 111.7 million units, an 8.7 percent decrease from last year. “Samsung closed the gap with Nokia in overall market share,” said Ms. Cozza. “Samsung profited from strong smartphone sales of 34 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011. The troubled economic environment in Europe and Nokia’s weakened brand status posed challenges that were hard to overcome in just one quarter. However, Nokia proved its ability to execute and deliver on time with its new Lumia 710 and 800 handsets. Nokia will have to continue to offer aggressive prices to encourage communications service providers (CSPs) to add its products to portfolios currently dominated by Android-based devices.”

Apple had an exceptional fourth quarter, selling 35.5 million smartphones to end users, a 121.4 percent increase year on year. Apple’s continued attention to channel management helped it take full advantage of the strong quarter to further close the gap with Samsung, which saw some inventory build up for its smartphone range. Apple’s strong performance will continue into the first quarter of 2012 as availability of the iPhone 4S widens. However, since Apple will not benefit from delayed purchases as it did in the fourth quarter of 2011, Gartner analysts expect its sales to decline quarter-on-quarter.

After Apple, ZTE and Huawei were the fastest-growing vendors in the fourth quarter of 2011. “These vendors expanded their market reach and kept on improving the user experience of their Android devices,” said Ms. Cozza.

In the fourth quarter of 2011, ZTE moved into fourth place in the global handset market. ZTE posted a strong smartphone sales increase of 71 percent sequentially. The company was able to extend its portfolio to three CSPs in its home market and benefited from consumers’ interest in low-cost smartphones. Huawei moved ahead of LG in the Android marketplace to become a top-four Android manufacturer, thanks to strong smartphone growth in the quarter. Huawei has made significant progress in moving to its own-branded devices, and it has continued to expand its portfolio into higher tiers as its tries to build more iconic products.

RIM dropped to the No. 7 spot in the fourth quarter of 2011, with a 10.7 percent decline. RIM’s delay with its BlackBerry 10 platform will further impair its ability to retain users. However, RIM’s biggest challenge is still to expand the developer base around its ecosystem and convince developers to work and innovate with BlackBerry 10.

In the smartphone OS market (see Table 3), competition between Google and Apple intensified. Android’s share declined slightly sequentially. This was due to strong iPhone sales, driven in particular by the iPhone 4S in mature markets and the weakness of key Android vendors as they struggled to create unique and differentiated devices. Samsung remained the main contributor to Android share gains in the second half of 2011. iOS’s market share grew 8 percentage points year-on-year, but Gartner analysts expect Apple’s share to drop in the next couple of quarters as the upgrade cycle to the iPhone 4S slows. Nokia’s first Windows Phone smartphones, the Lumia 710 and 800, made their debut, but, as expected, sales were not enough to prevent a fall in Microsoft’s smartphone market share.

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Nielsen: Android still top dog, but Q4 buyers preferred iPhone 4S

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Nielsen crunched Q4 numbers today, and the results will likely have Apple analysts jumping up and down. The findings, focused on those who’ve purchased a smartphone within the previous three months, indicate a huge spike — from 25 percent in October to 45 percent in December — in iPhone purchases since October as an obvious result of the launch of the 4S. Conversely, the number of recent Android buyers fell by 14 percent in the same period. Of course, these numbers are directly affected by Apple’s latest product launch and by no means should be any indicator that Apple is poised to win the battle against its bitter rival, as iOS continues to trail Android by over 16 percent in market share. Looking at the war for the third spot, RIM’s US market share declined by 2.9 percent from Q3 to Q4, falling to 14.9 percent — not a surprise, since it only captured the hearts of six percent of recent buyers this quarter — and Windows Phone slightly increased from 1.2 to 1.3 percent. Full press release and chart can be found after the break.

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Nielsen: Android still top dog, but Q4 buyers preferred iPhone 4S originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Jan 2012 07:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nielsen: Android still top dog, but Q4 buyers preferred iPhone 4S

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Nielsen crunched Q4 numbers today, and the results will likely have Apple analysts jumping up and down. The findings, focused on those who’ve purchased a smartphone within the previous three months, indicate a huge spike — from 25 percent in October to 45 percent in December — in iPhone purchases since October as an obvious result of the launch of the 4S. Conversely, the number of recent Android buyers fell by 14 percent in the same period. Of course, these numbers are directly affected by Apple’s latest product launch and by no means should be any indicator that Apple is poised to win the battle against its bitter rival, as iOS continues to trail Android by over 16 percent in market share. Looking at the war for the third spot, RIM’s US market share declined by 2.9 percent from Q3 to Q4, falling to 14.9 percent — not a surprise, since it only captured the hearts of six percent of recent buyers this quarter — and Windows Phone slightly increased from 1.2 to 1.3 percent. Full press release and chart can be found after the break.

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Nielsen: Android still top dog, but Q4 buyers preferred iPhone 4S originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Jan 2012 07:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Holiday spending jumps 15% from last year to $35.3 billion

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

U.S. Consumers spent $35.3 billion during this year’s holiday season, up 15% from the same period last year. Shoppers also spent a total of $2.8 billion during the week ended December 25th, up 16% from the same week in 2010, comScore reported. “Holiday e-commerce spending has remained strong throughout the season, and we have now reached a record $35 billion in U.S. online sales for the season-to-date,” said comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni, noting that the record $1.25 billion spent on Cyber Monday represented the heaviest online spending day for the second straight year. ComScore also said that there were a total of nine days during the holiday season during which consumers spent more than $1 billion. The research firm noticed a spike in digital content and subscription sales on Christmas Day, no doubt as a result of consumers loading up their new tablets, computers and phones with applications. Digital content and subscription purchases typically counted for 2.8% of all e-commerce sales during the holiday season, but that figure jumped to more than 20% on Christmas Day. ComScore’s full press release follows after the break.

Christmas Day Sees Significant Spike in Digital Content & Subscription Sales as Consumers Load Up New Tablets, e-Readers and Music Devices

RESTON, Va., Dec. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 56 days of the November – December 2011 holiday season. For the holiday season-to-date,$35.3 billion has been spent online, marking a 15-percent increase versus the corresponding days last year. The most recent week (ending Dec. 25) witnessed $2.8 billion in spending, an increase of 16 percent versus the corresponding week last year.

2011 Holiday Season To Date vs. Corresponding Days* in 2010Non-Travel (Retail) Spending

Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases

Total U.S. – Home & Work Locations

Source: comScore, Inc.

Millions ($)
2010 2011 Percent
Change
November 1 – December 26 $30,591 $35,274 15%
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) $407 $479 18%
Black Friday (Nov. 25) $648 $816 26%
Thanksgiving Weekend (Nov. 26-27) $886 $1,031 16%
Cyber Monday (Nov. 28) $1,028 $1,251 22%
Green Monday (Dec. 12) $954 $1,133 19%
Free Shipping Day (Dec. 16) $942 $1,072 14%
Week Ending Dec. 25 $2,450 $2,831 16%

*Corresponding days based on corresponding shopping days (November 2 thru December 27, 2010)

“Holiday e-commerce spending has remained strong throughout the season, and we have now reached a record $35 billion in U.S. online sales for the season-to-date,” said comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni. “We can now say with certainty that the $1.25 billion spent on Cyber Monday will rank it as the heaviest online spending day of the season for the second consecutive year, but we should also note that it was accompanied by nine other billion dollar spending days this year.”

Christmas Day Sees Huge Spike in Digital Content & Subscription Sales

One of the interesting e-commerce phenomena occurring over the past several years is the dramatic increase in Christmas Day purchases of Digital Content & Subscriptions, a retail category that includes digital downloads of music, TV, movies, e-books and apps. Not surprisingly, as many consumers get new smartphones, tablets, e-readers and digital content gift certificates for Christmas, they spend Christmas Day loading up their devices with new content.

On an average day during the 2011 holiday season-to-date (Nov. 1 – Dec. 26), Digital Content & Subscriptions accounted for 2.8 percent of retail e-commerce sales, but on Christmas Day the category accounted for more than 20 percent of sales. Consistent with past years, comScore expects sales for this category of products to remain elevated throughout the entire week following Christmas Day.

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iPhone app downloads stuttering in the US, but still gold compared to Android

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

At some point, we’ll all have to stop binging on discounted apps and start being reflective — and that’s when Distimo’s 2011 ‘App Year in Review’ report can serve as a nice digestive. Alongside some predictable trends, such as an impressive 400 percent surge in available Windows Phone apps, it also reveals a few interesting stats about the market leader. iPhone app downloads in the US “have been declining for nearly the entire year,” it says, although there was big spike following the launch of the 4S. Regardless of volume, however, top-grossing iPhone apps still made four times as much money as Android’s premium performers. By the same measure, even iPad apps on their own generated twice as many dollars as Android’s biggest earners. Is this a tale of quality over quantity, or are Android apps simply better value? We’ll decide when we’re less queasy, and in the meantime there’s a fuller summary of the report at the source link — though you’ll have to register to view it.

iPhone app downloads stuttering in the US, but still gold compared to Android originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 08:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Deep discounts bolster BlackBerry PlayBook sales, study finds

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Research In Motion announced last week that it will take a $485 million charge in the third fiscal quarter due to poor sales of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The Waterloo, Ontario-based vendor shipped 500,000 PlayBook tablets to retail partners during the slate’s first quarter of availability and just 200,000 units in the second fiscal quarter. Last quarter, RIM shipped just 150,000 units into sales channels. A string of big sales ahead of the holidays this year is apparently going a long way to clear unsold inventory however, and one study suggests adoption may have jumped by nearly 50% during Black Friday weekend. Read on for more.

Ad network Chitika on Tuesday published the findings of a traffic monitoring study that focused on impressions served to RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet between November 14th and November 30th. Beginning on November 22nd — and even before that date in Canada — RIM announced that select retail partners would offer the PlayBook tablet at a steep $300 discount, making the entry-level 16GB just $199.99. Starting in the early afternoon on Black Friday, impressions served by Chitika to PlayBook tablets began to climb.

Shortly after noon on Monday, traffic to PlayBook tablets saw a huge spike before leveling off on Tuesday. Even after stabilizing, however, PlayBook traffic was up about 46% over average levels before the holiday shopping weekend.

The BlackBerry PlayBook is the first device from RIM to feature the vendor’s new QNX-based operating system. While RIM’s debut tablet has not fared well in the market for a variety of reasons including a lack of native PIM support, we liked the slate as it compares to competitive offerings and found the UI to be a good fit for a tablet. RIM’s first smartphone to feature the QNX-based OS, now called BBX, is now on schedule to launch in the second half next year.

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California carpool exemptions expire, quashing yellow-sticker envy

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

California carpool exemptions expire, quashing yellow-sticker envyIt looks like it’s time to kiss that sweet HOV goodbye for lone California hybrid drivers. No, there hasn’t been a spike in Clean Air Vehicle sticker thievery — this time it’s official. According to the California DMV, those little yellow stickers that once gave hybrid owners the right to ride solo in carpool lanes have expired, leaving some 85,000 drivers to fall in line with the rest of the state’s commuters. You’ll forgive us if we don’t shed a tear over this announcement.

California carpool exemptions expire, quashing yellow-sticker envy originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 02 Jul 2011 04:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sprint has banner quarter, still posts net loss

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Moments ago, Sprint released its earnings report card for the first quarter of 2011, and things are definitely improving. The company saw its largest increase in wireless customers in the last five years, adding 1.1 million subscribers across all Sprint brands — prepaid net additions totaled 846,000 lines and postpaid adds totaled 310,000 lines. The company also saw a spike in revenue and ARPU. Sprint posted revenues of $8.3 billion, up 3% year-over-year, and ARPU jump $1 year-over-year to $56. The company also noted its postpaid churn rate or 1.81 — down from 2.54 one year ago. The nation’s third largest carrier still posted a $439 million loss — a diluted loss per share of $0.15 — so you can’t really call the quarter a success. “We’ve added two million wireless subscribers over the past two quarters,” said company CEO, Dan Hesse. “In spite of Verizon’s iPhone launch and aggressive competitive responses to it, our simple and unlimited plans, 4G leadership, strong customer service, and successful multi-brand strategy drove solid Sprint performance for the quarter.” The link to Sprint’s full earnings statement is after the break.

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Netflix reports subscriber growth, revenue spike in Q1 2011 earnings

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Netflix released its fiscal first quarter 2011 earnings on Monday and, thanks to record amounts spent on marketing, the firm reported an increase in net customer additions and a spike in revenues. The video subscription service added 3.3 million domestic net customers during the quarter, a 94% increase year-over-year — that service now serves 23.6 million subscribers globally. Netflix reported revenues of $719 million, up 46% year-over-year, and a net income of $60 million, an 88% jump from the same period a year ago. The company said noted that it expects DVD shipments to decline and spending on streaming content to “increase substantially” in the second quarter and beyond. Hit the jump for Netflix’s letter to shareholders.

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Mobile broadband to reach 1 billion users in 2011

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

We are moving towards a more wireless world and Ericsson, the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile network equipment, has reaffirmed that fact with some cold, hard statistics.

“During the course of 2010, a significant milestone in terms of mobile broadband subscriptions was reached as their number surpassed the half-a-billion mark globally,” said Ericsson.

The company goes on to note that this number will double before the close of 2011, pushing the total number of mobile broadband users over 1 billion. Asia is expected to spearhead the spike in users, followed closely by North America and Europe. By 2015, Ericsson estimates that 3.8 billion broadband subscriptions will be up for grabs. It’s no wonder carriers are jostling for mobile broadband market share. 3,800,000,000 users all paying, on average, $30 a month is a lot of loot.

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Apple confirms it’s sold one million new Apple TVs

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Apple said last week that it expected its new Apple TV to cross the one million mark in sales before Christmas, and it’s now quietly confirmed that it’s managed to do just that. For those keeping score, that means it’s sold a million in three months, which is certainly impressive for something Apple still describes as a “hobby,” although that description does have the peculiar tendency to lower expectations somewhat. As you may recall, Roku also announced last week that it expected to sell a million units before the end of the year, and its CEO noted that the introduction of the new Apple TV actually seems to have led to a spike in sales of its own media streamers.

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Dell sees profits increase 52%, analysts still unhappy

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

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Dell, the third-largest PC maker in the world, showed strong growth in Q1 of 2010 as profits totaled $441 million — or $0.22 per share — up 52% from a year ago. Revenue climbed 21% (to $14.9 billion) from the previous quarter thanks to a 21.4% increase in PC shipments; a spike which Dell attributed to, “the early stages of a corporate IT refresh.” Dell also saw a boost from server and network revenue (up 39% to $1.8 billion), mobility revenue (up 18% to $4.6 billion), and desktops sales (up 13% to $3.6 billion). Even with all this this great news Dell’s stock price dropped 5.2% in after hours trading as both the earnings per share figure and gross margin figure fell short of The Street’s expectations.

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Verizon Wireless prepares for iPhone? Probably not

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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It doesn’t look like the Verizon/iPhone rumors are and possibilities are ever going to end. While many of you Big Red subscribers would love to have the iPhone on your network, we’re not sure it looks like things are getting closer to materializing. When AT&T picked up the iPhone, some could say it wasn’t prepared for the massive spike in data usage and as a consequence, has been taking a lot of heat for that. With rumors flying that AT&T is losing its exclusivity deal with Apple soon, Verizon Wireless Chief Technology Officer Anthony Melone told BusinessWeek, “We have put things in place already. We are prepared to support that traffic.”

Of course, everyone knows that the iPhone only comes in one flavor: UMTS. Most analysts think a CDMA iPhone isn’t very practical given where Verizon’s technology is going, and we’d have to agree a straight CDMA only iPhone wouldn’t make sense. Does this mean the build out of LTE is getting done more rapidly? Or more specifically, will there be a LTE iPhone? Only time will tell with Apple, but for customers of the largest U.S. carrier, it’s reassuring to know that your network is ready for the iPhone. But we already knew that.

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Remainders – Things We Didn’t Post [Remainders]

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

An Owl in a Box…Google Finally Solves PDF Searching…Lo and Behold: Teens Prefer the Apple…Rock Band Coming to iPhone?


We could try to justify this post in many ways, but it would be a stretch. We can’t even call BS and claim it’s Photoshop. The fact is, it’s just an owl in a box. And I can’t look away. [Reynen's Journal via Jalopnik, BoingBoing]


PDFs are the one major roadblock to a nice intense Google search—you see that little indicator and you have to either download, get the shitty HTML view, or just walk away. So Google is fixing it. Now, when you see the Quick View tag, you get a nicely formatted PDF. Go ahead, try it. You’ll like it. [Technologizer]


Someone from the Department of No Shit (actually, it was Piper Jaffray‘s Gene Munster, so pretty close) said that in a current study, most kids like the Apple products. It’s really not surprising that most of the time, 100% of kids shopping for MP3 players want iPods, though in the fall, it seems to dip a tad, when Microsoft releases its latest Zune, and about 15% dare to be different. Also not surprising: Among the minority of kids who actually buy music, almost all of those dorks use iTunes. And to top it off, there’s currently a spike in iPhone sales among teens, presumably boosted by the $99 3G option. In the next six months, nearly a quarter of teens claim they will buy an iPhone. This study is helpful for Apple bean counters, but it really says nothing at all about taste or judgment, if you think about it. [AllThingsD]


Speaking of those damn kids, they just can’t get enough of this “Rock Band” either. Next thing you know, they’ll be wanting it on their Apple products. Well, they just might get it, according to this shot from the otherwise mostly boring CTIA phone conference. And it just might have multiplayer mode with Bluetooth. Oh kids. I’ll be in the bar. [MobileCrunch]



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