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2011

Nokia CEO confident firm’s first Windows Phone will launch this year

June 21st, 2011

During the CommunicAsia conference in Singapore on Tuesday, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop said Nokia is now on track to release its first Windows Phone device during 2011. Previous reports had suggested that Nokia would release its first Windows Phone in 2012 — when it’s expected to launch as many as a dozen different devices, including …

HTC sees record revenue for second consecutive month in May

June 9th, 2011

HTC saw its monthly revenue in May surpass NT$40 billion for the first time in the company’s history. Taiwan Economic News reports on Thursday that HTC’s May revenue came in at NT$40.6 billion, or US$1.6 billion, thanks to continued high demand for its smartphones. Revenue was up 115% compared to the same month last year, …

PC sales will slow in 2011 due in part to iPad, other tablets

June 9th, 2011

Market research firm Gartner on Wednesday said that growth of PC sales would slow to 9.3% in 2011 as consumers reduce spending and hold onto their PCs longer. Gartner had previously projected that PC sales would grow 10.5% this year. Beyond belt tightening, Gartner notes that the slowed PC growth is due in part to …

Nokia stock plummets as company lowers second-quarter, full-year guidance

May 31st, 2011

Shares of Nokia stock plummeted by as much as 12% on Tuesday as the Finnish cell phone maker lowered its second-quarter and full-year guidance for the 2011 calendar year. Nokia said competitive dynamics and market trends across multiple price categories will cause net sales of its devices and services to fall “substantially below” its previous …

Windows Phone 7.1 ‘Mango’ update to land this fall

May 24th, 2011

Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled its forthcoming major update to its Windows Phone platform — Windows Phone 7.1 “Mango.” We gave you live coverage of the event as well a hands-on look at the update, and now that the dust has cleared we can finally sit down and collect ourselves. In short, Mango looks awesome. We’ve …

Sony to post $3.2 billion annual loss

May 24th, 2011

Sony Chief Financial Officer Masaru Kato announced to the press on Monday that the company expects to post an annual loss of $3.2 billion for its fiscal year ending in March 2011 — the second largest loss in company history. The news comes as yet another blow for the Japanese consumer electronics giant, whose online …

Verizon Wireless lights up 4G LTE in nine new markets, expands footprint in five cities

May 19th, 2011

Verizon Wireless on Thursday confirmed that its 4G LTE network is now available in Mobile and Montgomery, Alabama; Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Connecticut; Gainesville Pensacola and Tallahassee Florida; Fayetteville-Lumberton, North Carolina; and Bryan-College Station and Temple-Killeen, Texas. The nation’s largest wireless carrier also said that it’s expanding the 4G footprint that is already available …

Microsoft sells 1.6M Windows Phone handsets in Q1

May 19th, 2011

According to research firm Gartner, although Microsoft shipped 2 million Windows Phone units during Q4 of 2010, it sold 1.6 million units during Q1 of 2011.”Windows Phone saw only modest sales that reached 1.6 million units in the first quarter of 2011,” wrote Gartner. “Devices launched at the end of 2010 failed to grow in consumer preference …

Toshiba showcases 4-inch LCD with 367 pixels per inch

May 18th, 2011

Oh, you haven’t heard? Having a display with 326 pixels per inch (ppi) was so last year. In 2011, 367ppi reigns supreme. At this week’s SID 2011 conference, Japanese company Toshiba showcased a 4-inch LCD display with a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution and an impressive pixel density of 367ppi. The screen, which will come …