HTC posts stellar quarter; revenues up 104%, 12.1 million handsets shipped

By on July 29, 2011 at 1:01 PM.

HTC posts stellar quarter; revenues up 104%, 12.1 million handsets shipped

HTC posted impressive second-quarter results on Friday noting that its profit of NT$17.52 billion was up 104% year-over-year and up 19% over the first quarter. The Taiwanese phone maker’s shipment total of 12.1 million devices during the quarter was up 24% year-over-year and 25% quarter-over-quarter. The company also noted that it shipped a total of 21.8 million devices during the first half of the year, a big jump from the 8.7 million it shipped during the first half of 2010. HTC noted that much of its growth came from the Americas, Europe and Asia. The average selling price of an HTC smartphone is currently $349, down from the average price of $359 last quarter thanks to new entry-level handsets. HTC expects its third quarter revenue to jump 10% quarter-over-quarter and 90% year-over-year, and plans to sell “around” 13.5 million handsets. Read on for a link to the PDF of HTC’s second quarter results.
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Motorola Mobility posts solid Q2 earnings, new smartphones and tablets inbound

By on July 28, 2011 at 6:31 PM.

Motorola Mobility posts solid Q2 earnings, new smartphones and tablets inbound

Motorola Mobility on Thursday released its second quarter 2011 earnings and despite recent analyst downgrades, the company recorded a strong quarter. Motorola posted net revenues of $3.3 billion, up 28% from the same time period last year. In addition, mobile device revenues were $2.4 billion, up 41% from the second quarter of 2010. Motorola Mobility shipped a total of 11 million devices, including 4.4 million smartphones and 440,000 units of its XOOM Android tablet. That’s a large improvement over the 8.3 million mobile devices the firm shipped during the year-ago quarter. CEO Sanjay Jha also told CNET in a recent interview that the Verizon Wireless DROID BIONIC will finally launch in September. In addition, Motorola Mobility will introduce two new tablets and two 4G LTE smartphones. One of the tablets will have a 10-inch screen while the other will have a smaller display. “You’ll like the look of the tablet,” Jha said. “The consumer and carrier feedback has been positive. We want to compete. We think we have competitive products in the marketplace, and we’ve got good design wins in the U.S.” Read on for the full press release. More →

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HTC ships 9.7M units in Q1, revenue up 174% year-over-year

By on April 29, 2011 at 12:23 PM.

HTC ships 9.7M units in Q1, revenue up 174% year-over-year

HTC is getting the job done. The company reported Q1 earnings this morning, and the Taiwanese handset maker saw staggering growth in nearly all metrics. During the first-quarter of 2011, the company shipped 9.7 million units, a 192% increase from the same quarter last year and a 6% increase from the previous holiday quarter. The company also posted revenues of NT$104.16 billion, up 174% year-over-year and 0.1% quarter-over-quarter. Gross profits and total assets also jumped 162.2% and 75.1% respectively year-over-year. Not a bad little quarter for HTC. The company expects shipments to be between 11 million and 11.5 million units in Q2, which would represent a 100+% increase year-over-year. More →

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Video chat may be coming to Android 2.3.4

By on April 26, 2011 at 2:28 PM.

Video chat may be coming to Android 2.3.4

A carefully crafted tweet has sparked rumors of a native video-chat feature coming to Android 2.3.4 in the near future. “Just had a video call using gmail on Nexus S. Impressive quality @googlenexus Gingerbread 2.3.4 #io2011,” reads the post in question. The implication is — obviously — that Google will migrate its Gmail, browser-based video chat service to Android and unveil the new offering at this year’s Google I/O conference, which is set to kick off May 10th in San Francisco. We can’t say we’d be surprised to see it… but we’re still pretty excited. More →

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Motorola delays DROID BIONIC until summer, makes changes

By on April 19, 2011 at 4:35 PM.

Motorola delays DROID BIONIC until summer, makes changes

Well, we suppose there’s a good and a bad here. The Motorola DROID BIONIC was lightly rumored to have been cancelled due to repeated internal delays — said to be related to heavy battery life issues among other things — but that isn’t exactly true. Originally slated to be released in the second quarter, Motorola has now placed the BIONIC on a (late) “summer” release schedule, complete with “several enhancements to make this an ever better consumer experience,” according to a Motorola spokesperson speaking to The Wall Street Journal. We’ll always have you, ThunderBoltMore →

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Samsung's Galaxy S II hits UK on May 1st, 1.2GHz processor in tow

By on April 11, 2011 at 9:10 AM.

Samsung's Galaxy S II hits UK on May 1st, 1.2GHz processor in tow

Good news for those of you reading this from across the pond. Samsung has let it be known that its new flagship handset, the Galaxy S II, will be available in the United Kingdom on May 1st. The company confirms that the S II — which will be knighted with the model number GT-I9100 — will indeed have its processor upgraded to 1.2GHz as rumored last week. Other specifications include a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 21Mbps HSPA+ radio, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video recording, front-facing camera, and the Gingerbread operating system (Android 2.3). Price was not specified, but Samsung noted that the handset would “be available in the UK across all major networks and retailers.” The official press release is after the break. More →

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Nokia E7 handset now on sale in U.S.

By on April 7, 2011 at 4:59 AM.

Nokia E7 handset now on sale in U.S.

Finnish mobile giant Nokia has quietly made its business-centric E7 handset available to U.S. consumers. Released overseas in early February, the Symbian device packs a 4-inch, polarized, AMOLED display with a 640 x 360 pixel resolution, peta-band WCDMA radio, quad-band GSM radio, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, 16 GB of on-board storage, 8 megapixel camera with 720p video recording and dual-LED flash, HMDI connector, and 1200 mAh battery. The E7 is available from Amazon.com for $649, or Nokia USA for $679. More →

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HTC Merge gets rubber-stamped by FCC

By on March 3, 2011 at 7:33 AM.

HTC Merge gets rubber-stamped by FCC

It looks like the recently announced HTC Merge has been given the U.S. government’s stamp of approval. Spotted at the FCC, the HTC handset has been long rumored to hit Verizon Wireless’ lineup. The extended lag time between the device’s discovery and unveiling — along with the deafening silence in between — led many to believe that the handset had either been scrapped or was being retooled with an LTE radio. Now, thanks to the FCC, we know neither of those things are true. The handset will be hitting “multiple North American carriers” in the near future, sans LTE (bummer). The FCC filing does include the device’s user guide, so if you want to know a little bit more about the Merge, hit the read link and have yourself a look.  More →

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HTC CHAnges name of ChaCha; to be known as ChaChaCha in Spain

By on March 2, 2011 at 8:30 PM.

HTC CHAnges name of ChaCha; to be known as ChaChaCha in Spain

We’re not sure why HTC decided to change the name of its ChaCha handset in Spain. Maybe it’s the fact that ChaCha is already the registered trademark of a mobile search engine? Or maybe it’s that “chacha” slang for “servant” or “slave” in Spanish? Whatever the reason, HTC has decided that its Facebook-button bearing, ChaCha handset — which could be making its way to AT&T this summer — will be known as the ChaChaCha in España. Earlier today, the company took to Twitter to let Spaniards know about the name change. What do you think? Are three chas better than two? More →

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Verizon-branded HTC Trophy spotted; Windows Phone set to fly on Big Red

By on March 1, 2011 at 4:20 AM.

Verizon-branded HTC Trophy spotted; Windows Phone set to fly on Big Red

The gang over at Engadget have acquired an image of a Verizon-branded, Windows Phone 7 handset — the HTC Trophy to be exact — in the wild. The site’s tipster notes that the phone has indeed been injected with Microsoft’s “NoDo” software update, providing copy and paste functionality. Rumors peg the Trophy for a late March release on Big Red and, if the aforementioned report is correct, you could be hubbing, copying, cutting, and pasting on VZW in the next thirty days. More →

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HP Veer hands-on!

By on February 9, 2011 at 4:03 PM.

HP Veer hands-on!

While the HP TouchPad might have been the star of the show in terms of new product announcements, the HP Veer is a sleek little smartphone that shouldn’t be overlooked. And when we say little, we mean liiiiiiittle. This bite-sized bugger is minuscule and yet is somehow manages to pack the punch of a full-sized smartphone. The UI is very responsive and the display is nice and vibrant. The build is remarkably solid as well, and the feel of the phone is quite impressive compared to the rickety Palm Pre that first introduced the world to webOS. With all that having been said, the Veer is suffering from a serious case of Pixi-itis. By that, we mean that it’s a wonderfully capable phone that can definitely hold its own in terms of performance, but it’s just too small for our liking. The keypad was impossible for us to use comfortably and the 2.6-inch screen is borderline ridiculous. After seeing webOS stretched out in all of its glory on the TouchPad, the Veer looked just plain sad. For the dainty among us, however, the Veer could end up being a great option with the right price point. Those of us without tiny little digits will want to look elsewhere, however. Check out our hands-on gallery below and stay tuned for our impressions of the Pre 3, which are coming right up.

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Nokia scuttles plans for N9 MeeGo phone?

By on February 9, 2011 at 9:22 AM.

Nokia scuttles plans for N9 MeeGo phone?

According to a report filed by Reuters, Finnish phone giant Nokia has ended the development of its first MeeGo smartphone; the article cites “two sources close to the company” as the origin of this information. Nokia’s first MeeGo handset has long been rumored to be the full-QWERTY N9 (pictured above). Industry analysts tapped by Reuters feel that the phone maker could still showoff another, unknown, unfinished MeeGo device at next week’s Mobile World Congress, but such an assertion is pure speculation.

Nokia has an event planned for this Friday, and rumors have been flying about the company potentially adopting the Windows Phone 7 operating system; Nokia’s new CEO, Stephen Elop, is a former Microsoft executive.

We’ll know more on Friday, but until then… hang on. It’s going to be a bumpy ride for Nokia. More →

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Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play coming to Verizon Wireless, says Wirefly

By on February 9, 2011 at 7:29 AM.

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play coming to Verizon Wireless, says Wirefly

According to online wireless dealer Wirefly, Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play handset — you know, the one with the slide out gaming controls — will be headed to Verizon Wireless. On a webpage comparing the iPhone 4 to SE’s latest creation, the site lists the Play’s carrier as Big Red. Sony Ericsson has a press event scheduled for Sunday, February 13th at 12:00PM ET in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress. We can expect to get all the official details on availability there. More →

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