Sales above three million units of BlackBerry Z10 in the first three months on sale will send BlackBerry shares sky high, but anything below one million will not be well received by investors.
Informa Telecoms & Media believes that the soon-to-be-released Galaxy S4 will be an evolution rather than a revolution in the smartphone world – but it will still be enough for Samsung to maintain its number-one position in the market.
The introduction of Nokia Asha 310 is clear evidence that the gap in the user experience between entry-level smartphones and feature phones is blurring. This phone mimics to perfection key aspects of a smartphone including touch/gesture UI, support for various connectivity solutions, storage footprint, and most importantly support for more popular applications and multimedia content.
Informa’s early estimates predict that, by the end of 2014, more than 70 per cent of users will be on Microsoft Windows 8 and 36 per cent will use new hardware supporting touchscreen functionality.
Samsung has revealed the world’s first Windows Phone 8 (WP8) smartphone, the Samsung ATIV S. The device has an elegant industrial design, is powered by the highest hardware specifications on the market – including dual-core processor, HD display, high memory capacity ─ and comes packed with the latest connectivity solutions and feature-sets. The investment made to produce this phone suggests that Samsung is now taking the Windows Phone ecosystem seriously and could return to a multi-OS strategy, something that the South Korean giant had adopted for years in the past.
Canadian vendor RIM has released its first-quarter results for the 2013 financial year. The company’s revenues have declined for the fourth consecutive quarter to reach US$ 2.8 billion, or a 33 per cent decline compared with the previous quarter. The company reported its first quarterly operating loss in more than seven years with a net loss of 18.5 per cent. However, not all parts of its business are performing badly.
The hotly-anticipated Windows Phone 8 (WP8) is finally here and features shown at the Microsoft Phone Developer Summit have exceeded the industry expectations. This fresh platform is now equipped with the right tools to satisfy the market’s appetite for innovation and is a challenge to rivals like the ageing Apple iOS. Although the existing Windows Phone 7 (WP7) will be upgraded to include some high-level features of WP8, the true capabilities of this platform will sparkle only when new enabled devices are launched.
Yesterday, Samsung introduced the third generation of its flagship smartphone brand, the Galaxy S III. The phone will be branded as the official 2012 Olympics phone. This device belongs to the super-phone category of smartphones which also includes HTC One X, the forthcoming iPhone 5 and LG Optimus 2X.
Nokia has announced today two new smartphones powered by Microsoft Windows Phone 7 (WP7), the Lumia 610 and an LTE-less variant of Lumia 900 targeting Non-US market. With the introduction of these new smartphones, Nokia aims to broaden its WP7 portfolio beyond the main-stream smartphone market.
HTC has announced a new series of devices branded as One Family. The first devices in this category will be launched worldwide in Q2 2012, these include One X, One S, and One V. All these phones are powered by the latest Android OS 4.0 and will be targeting the super-phone segment of the smartphone market.
After several attempts to get into the mobile market, Intel has finally revealed the first commercial phone powered by its Atom chipset. The phone is co-designed, co-branded by Intel and the French operator Orange, and is manufactured by the Taiwanese PC maker Gigabyte Technology.
It looks like the BlackBerry service outage is now behind us. This incident couldn’t have come at a worse time for RIM, following some harsh criticism in recent months as a result of its recent financial performance, product delays, and the disappointment of its partners – chief among them the operators.
The acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google could be seen as the first time ever that an Internet company acquires an established hardware business. We are likely to see more acquisitions of this kind in the future, thanks to the strong investment force and cash availability of Internet giants, such as Google, Facebook or Twitter, that have the potential to absorb the most established tech businesses even beyond telecoms and media.
Will Nokia’s new CEO push the company to adopt a multiple OS strategy? The answer to this question could be revealed on February 11th during Nokia’s Strategy and Financial Briefing.
By the end of October, key operators around the world will be launching various smartphones powered by the WP7 OS supplied by the likes of Samsung, LG, and HTC. Compared to previous versions, it is remarkable that the WP7 has managed to significantly narrow the gap in UE with Apple iOS.
Despite the proliferation of smartphones and efforts of promoting native development and runtime platforms, web-based services are emerging as cost-effective challengers that could take application runtime to the web environment. Not only will this allow the development of cheaper and advanced applications, but it could also shift computing resources and their management from the device to the cloud, which could in turn lower the barriers for enabling advanced applications over non-smartphone terminals.
As 2008 draws to a close, handset vendors find themselves with a choice to make: Get more involved with the services market and thrive, or stay hardware-focused and wither on the vine.
While seeking new business opportunities in today’s converging telecommunications market, operators are also looking to make best use of their capital investments and to minimise operational costs. One of the main challenges they face is to manage the explosive growth generated by emerging mobile broadband services. Will femtocells and alternative technologies have the potential to achieve this goal?
Nokia’s announcement that it intends to acquire Symbian comes as little surprise to the industry, though the OEM’s plan to take Symbian and the S60 platform into the open-source world was a striking revelation. It is a radical shift in Nokia’s terminal-software strategy and could completely change the open-source game in the mobile handset market.
Although sales of Apple’s iPhone did not exceed 5.5 million units until 1Q08, its launch clearly changed the dynamics of the smartphone market, raising the bar for user experience by delivering a range of desirable, easy-to-use features