Strategy Analytics has published a report stating that Apple, Inc. has overtaken Nokia as the world’s largest handset vendor. “We estimate Apple’s wholesale revenues for its iPhone handset division stood at $11.9 billion in the first quarter of 2011,” said Alex Spektor, a Senior Analyst at the analytics firm. “Apple overtook Nokia for the first time, which recorded a lower $9.4 billion of wholesale handset revenues.” The report is determining the largest vendor by revenue earned during the first three months of 2011 — as opposed to market capitalization, handsets in market, or employee numbers. “Nokia remains the world’s biggest handset maker in terms of shipments,” the brief continues. “Nokia said mobile device shipments rose 1% in the first quarter to 108.5 million, while Apple said it had sold 18.6 million iPhones over the same period.” The Boston-based firm writes that it “expects the number of phones sold with Android to overtake those with Apple’s system by late 2011″ — although this cumulative figure would not, in all likelihood, put a single Android handset manufacture ahead of the iDevice maker in terms of revenue. Strategic Analytics also hypothesizes that Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft could catapult it back to the top revenue spot in subsequent quarters. More →
The gang over at PreCentral showed up to today’s HP media event several hours early just to… you know, get a good seat. While roaming the halls, the folks from HP just happen to be rehearsing this afternoon’s presentation — and the folks from PreCentral just happen to overhear several details about what we’re in store for. We now know the name of the device, the TouchPad; it’s weight, 1.5 pounds; and it’s depth, 13mm. The event kicks off at 1:00PM ET today, we’ll be there live-blogging the event to bring you the news as it happens. More →
Another milestone for Facebook on its slow march towards world domination. According to analytics company ComScore, Facebook has overtaken search-centric Yahoo! to become the world’s third largest website (when measured by unique visits). The social networking site is raking in just under 650 million unique visitors each month, trailing only Microsoft and Google. If it is any consolation to Yahoo! they still rank first in unique visitors in the U.S., although… Facebook does account for nearly 25% of all online ad impressions served in the States — over twice as many as Yahoo!. More →
There are lots of things to consider when choosing a touchscreen smartphone, but perhaps none is more important than screen size. If you are using a full-touchscreen device it is the only way you have to interact with your handset, and even if not… it is still the largest part of the smartphone experience. So we want to know: which smartphone screen size is right in your wheelhouse? Is it a monstrous 5-inch display like that of the Dell Streak? Or maybe something a little more docile like the 3.1-inch window on the Palm Pre. Hit the jump to vote in our poll! More →
If you are eagerly awaiting the DROID 2 to be released by Verizon Wireless, here is another good sign. The folks over at Droid-Life have found the devices 360-degree viewer on VZW’s website (a right of passage that all Verizon phones are treated to). To review: dummy units of the DROID 2 are on display and priced at some Best Buy locations, Verizon employees have been getting DROID 2 training, some Verizon Wireless and Best Buy locations are already carrying DROID 2 accessories, inventory numbers for the device began showing up in Verizon Wireless’ internal system yesterday, and the 360-degree web assets are appearing on Verizon’s site. Looks like everything is in line for a August 12th launch, no?