Qualcomm said it expects to ship between 120 million and 125 million chips during the quarter ending in September, a figure that is lower than the 130 million units MLM Partners LLC analyst Tero Kuittinen expected the company to move. The lower projection hit Qualcomm in late trading on Tuesday when its stock price fell 3.8%. Qualcomm blamed the lower than expected forecast on a weak European economy and said that consumers there aren’t buying new phones as quickly. “Chip units for autumn are light,” Qualcomm chief financial officer Bill Keitel said during a conference call. “The blame likely lies in Europe. European inventory correction now seems to be a fact instead of a theory. We reduced a bit our forecast for how many new CDMA-based units would sell into Europe. The situation demands that we still be cautious.” The company also noted that it hopes to begin working with manufacturers to build its Snapdragon processor into tablets. That chip is mostly used in smartphones now and manufacturers such as Samsung and Motorola have instead used NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 chip to power Android tablets. More →
A few sharp eyes over at TmoNews noticed that after searching “HTC Sensation” in Google, an advertisement popped up stating that the device was set to land on June 8th. Unfortunately it appears HTC has become the wiser and pulled the ad, which now simply says “pre-order now.” It remains unclear whether or not the leaked date is for the phone’s U.S. debut on T-Mobile or its European launch — although we suspect it’s the latter. We met up with HTC ahead of the Sensation 4G’s April 12th launch to get an early hands-on and left feeling impressed with the device — formerly known as the HTC Pyramid. Its uni-body build design felt solid, the 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor was snappy, and we love HTC’s updated Sense user interface. If the Sensation 4G does end up landing on T-Mobile shelves during the first week of June, that gives the brand new LG G2x just over a month and a half to marinate as the only dual-core smartphone in the company’s lineup. Nothing like some a little friendly competition, no? More →
It looks like the gang over at xda-developers have leaked a build of Microsoft’s Windows Phone NoDo update — better known as the copy and paste update — for the HTC HD7. Forum member football has posted the build, which is in RUU format, for European HD7s only. If you want to try to shoehorn this update onto your T-Mobile HD7, you had better be prepared to roll up those sleeves. Using the GoldCard method, it is possible to load this ROM onto unsupported hardware, what it is not, however, is easy. Regardless, if you’re the adventurous type, and want copy and paste functionality so bad you can taste it, hit up the read link and have a look for yourself… and do be careful! More →
Cupertino based Apple, Inc. has filed for a trademark on the word “Places” in both the European Union and China, reports Patently Apple. The original filing was submitted on February 23rd and covers international classes 009, 041, 042, and 045. The first three classes cover a hodgepodge of computer services, software, and hardware. But class 045 pertains specifically to social networking services; “providing a social networking website; assisting in the locating of people using a global positioning system (GPS).” Apple has already dipped its toe in the social networking pool with its Ping music discovery service, which, as far as we can tell, no one uses. For the past few years, the company has used the “places” name in its iPhoto and iOS software, although, that doesn’t seem worthy of a full trademark filing. Any guesses?
Bloomberg is reporting that European Union antitrust regulators are preparing to launch an investigation aimed at concluding whether or not search giant Google “imposes exclusivity obligations on advertising partners.” Several companies, including Microsoft, are claiming that Google is preventing said partner-sites from placing ads for “competing services” on their websites. Foundem, a U.K. based price-comparison site, said Google was “stifling innovation” and that the company “should not be allowed to discriminate in favor of its own services.” In a written statement, Google explained: “There’s always going to be room for improvement and so we’ll be working with the commission to address any concerns.” The European Commission can levy fines of up to 10% of a company’s revenue for monopolistic practices. More →
Google still has a ways to go in Europe where Symbian reigns supreme. Although Europeans easily recognize the Google brand, Android itself is still pretty foreign to them. It’s not surprising since there aren’t many Android offerings there, but numbers are still below expectations. At the end of the third quarter, Android’s market share in Western Europe was at 5.4%. “The lack of devices available didn’t help to raise awareness, though this is expected to change, with more handsets from LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, and other vendors hitting the market soon,” says IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo. Right now, Nokia and Symbian are still at the top spot for Western Europe, but Samsung is surprisingly getting close to overtaking Nokia. How many of our European pals out there are using Android devices? More →