Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 5:39 pm
Amidst the rumblings over release of the next-generation iPhone, the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia, is expected to hold a “World Event” to showcase the first two Windows Phone 8 handsets.
According to reports, the release of these Windows Phone 8 devices , Lumia 910 and Lumia 920, will give Nokia one month as the single provider of smartphones that run Microsoftâs latest mobile operating system.
“Windows Phone 8 should support a wide range of new features, particularly support for multi-core CPUs and new resizable versions of “live tiles,” the operating systemâs iconic app and widgets,” wrote easternmorningherald.com in its report citing rumours.Read more
Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 5:29 pm
For a couple of decades, Nokia has been a powerful force in the mobile telecoms industry, from the launch of the expensive, but desirable to city types and aptly named, Mobira Cityman in 1987, right until a few short years ago.
Nokia phones went from being the mobile of choice for city execs to any and all mobile workers. At one time it almost seemed like the aspirant middle manager or sales exec’s car brands of choice (BMW or Mercedes) came with a mobile phone kit for a Nokia.
The phones were known as robust, reliable and predictable. Learning the menu system of one still worked fine as you moved on to its replacement. Battery life was great and getting longer while the phones themselves were getting smaller.Read more
Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 5:20 pm
Makers of mobile devices have begun releasing their earnings reports for the latest quarter. Many companies including Nokia and Research in Motion have been struggling to compete with Apple and manufacturers of devices running Google’s Android software.
Here’s a look at earnings and other reports from selected companies in the industry.
- July 10: BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. asks disgruntled investors at a shareholders meeting for patience as it develops new devices to rival the iPhone and Android smartphones. The company reiterates a warning that the next several quarters will be challenging. It also expects to report another operating loss in the current quarter, which ends Sept. 1, as the company cuts prices to sell its older BlackBerry models.
- July 19: Nokia Corp. says its net loss nearly quadrupled in the second quarter on sagging sales of smartphones, which fell 39 percent from a year ago to 10.2 million. The company’s stock jumped, however, as sales of low-end phones buoyed revenue and shipments of the new Lumia phones, which run on Windows software and will replace the older smartphone models, were not as bad as feared. In North America, sales of the Lumia phones offset declines in traditional Symbian devices.Read more
Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 4:19 am
Samsung today announced revenues of £26.6bn thanks to a huge boost from its mobile business.
The overall revenue amount was 21% higher than the same period last year, with operating profits rising 79% year-on-year to £3.7bn.
But the division to thank was its mobile communications business, growing revenues by 75% from last year to reach £11.5bn. This included sales of its flagship Samsung Galaxy S 3 smartphone, which reportedly hit shipments of 10 million this quarter, and its Galaxy Note tablet.
However, the semiconductor division performed badly. Despite still having revenues of £4.8bn, profits dropped by a significant 38% and sales were down 6% year-on-year.Read more
Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 4:09 am
Suddenly, the conventional wisdom that social and mobile gaming was all about keeping it short and simple looks all wrong. The lasting money may be in making complex, difficult, and exciting games that take a long time to play.
On Wednesday, Zynga reported a dramatic second-quarter loss, marked by a severe drop in players for hit casual games like FarmVille and a 10 percent drop from a year ago on daily average revenue booked per user.
The point of Farmville, and other Zynga games like CityVille, was how unchallenging they are: You plow some digital ground, you sow some digital seeds, you reap some digital vegetation. You tell everybody you know on Facebook about it. Rinse, repeat. It was, at least for a time, nearly addictive to millions of people.Read more
Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 4:02 am
It has been Facebook’s Achilles’ heel ever since it went public in a disastrous IPO two months ago: How can the social network make more money from mobile advertising?
It’s a question worth asking given the rapid shift of Facebook users from desktop and laptop computers to mobile devices. And the uncertainty helped drive Facebook shares down Friday to their lowest since it went public.
Internet research company Juniper Research predicts that by 2017 mobile search will be a $15 billion per year business, generating nearly triple this year’s total, with ad space in these markets representing prime real estate for advertisers.Read more
Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 5:35 pm
The number of Indian users accessing Facebook via mobile phones has significantly increased over the years, reveals a top official of the social networking site.
Facebook India director-online operations Kirthiga Reddy says that India, also the second largest Facebook nation, has grown from eight million mobile users to 50 million users, as the social networking site has evolved as one of the most effective tools for communication on the go.
“In the US, many have started using Facebook on a desktop and then moved to mobile. However, in India, a large part of the users have started access Facebook on mobile first and are not likely to go to a computer soon,” she is quoted as saying.Read more
Courtesy : www.thinkdigit.com
Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 5:29 pm
India and China account for 35 per cent of 4.1 billion active mobile services users worldwide, says a study by telecom equipment maker Ericsson.
“Global mobile penetration reached 85 per cent in Q4 (last quarter) 2011 and mobile subscriptions now total around 6 billion.
“However, the actual number of subscribers is about 4.1 billion, since many subscribers have several subscriptions,” according to Ericsson Traffic and Market Data Report.
It added that this is equal to around 60 per cent of the world’s population.
The report said India and China accounted for approximately 35 per cent of the estimated 180 million net additions during last quarter of 2011.
The mobile services remained dominated by GSM services with 75 per cent market share. CDMA and HSPA (3G) accounted for 15 per cent market share, it added.Read more
Courtesy : timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 at 5:25 pm
Samsung has yet to roll out the Omnia M Windows Phone device globally. Although the smartphone is already available in a few European countries, the Omnia M will be officially released on the market in the next few weeks.
However, Indian retailer Snapdeal got its hands on the Samsung Omnia M and is now offering the smartphone for only 320 USD (265 EUR) outright.
Keep in mind that the handset has yet to be officially launched in India, so it’s unlikely to find the Omnia M at other retailers.
At first glance, Samsung Omnia M seems to be a great deal for those who want to try out Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform for the first time.Read more
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 at 5:18 pm
Huawei has officially launched its new Ascend series smartphones, G300 and Y200, in India. The new Huawei G300 and Y200 smartphones run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and are priced at Rs. 13,490 and Rs. 8,190 respectively.
Huawei’s Ascend G300 is powered by a 1GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. The device comes with 4-inch touchscreen with a 480 x 800 pixels resolution. It also comes with 4GB of built-in storage (2.5 GB user available), which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. The Ascend G300 features a 5MP autofocus camera.Read more