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Apple will continue to earn majority of app download revenue in 2012

January 6th, 2012

Apple will earn more than 53% of all mobile app download revenue this year, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. The research firm expects that the overall price of applications will fall during the year but that carriers, storefronts and developers will continue to maintain a steady stream of high-quality downloadable content in …

Motorola Mobility misses Q4 estimates on shipments of 10.5 million phones

January 6th, 2012

Motorola Mobility on Friday revealed preliminary results for the fourth calendar quarter of 2011. When the vendor reports its full results on January 26th, it will miss analysts’ sales forecast with revenue of approximately $3.4 billion and what Motorola referred to as “modest profitability” in a statement on Friday evening. Motorola shipped 10.5 million mobile phones …

HTC profit dives 26% in Q4 on stalled smartphone sales

January 6th, 2012

As Samsung reported record preliminary results on Friday, rival HTC revealed a sharp drop in profit for the fourth quarter that the company foreshadowed this past November. The Taiwan-based phone vendor reported unaudited operating income of NT$11.02 billion, down 26% from the same quarter a year prior, and down year-over-year for the first time in …

Samsung racks up record Q4 profit on huge smartphone sales

January 6th, 2012

Samsung shipped an estimated 35 million smartphones in the fourth quarter — up from 27.9 million in the third quarter when it passed Apple to become the top smartphone vendor in the world — pushing the South Korea-based company toward record profits. The firm reported its preliminary results for the fourth calendar quarter on Friday, …

RIM beats Q3 earnings; Q4 guidance worse than expected

December 15th, 2011

Research In Motion on Thursday reported earnings for the third quarter of fiscal 2012. The struggling smartphone vendor announced earlier this month that it would miss its third-quarter guidance of between $5.3 billion and $5.6 billion in revenue, and it said EPS would likely be in line with the low end of its earlier guidance. …

Acer narrows focus as chairman sees ultrabooks slowing Apple’s growth

December 15th, 2011

Acer will cut its product line by 66% in 2012 and focus on simplifying its portfolio, company chairman JT Wang recently said according to reports. Wang expects the narrowed focus to be fine-tuned over the next two to three years, DigiTimes reports, but the sharper vision will have an immediate impact on sales — Acer …

Component orders from Nokia to grow 20% in 2012 on strong Lumia demand

December 8th, 2011

Component suppliers in Taiwan expect orders from Nokia to grow 20% in 2012 as demand for Nokia’s Lumia smartphones increases. DigiTimes cites unnamed industry sources from within Nokia’s supply chain in stating that the launch of Nokia’s first pair of Windows Phones — the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 — has helped foster growth …

Revenue from mobile hotspots to balloon 500% over next five years

December 8th, 2011

Despite the proliferation of smartphones that include built-in mobile hotspot capabilities, the market for dedicated mobile hotspot routers like Novatel Wireless’s Mifi line of products is seen growing significantly over the next five years. According to a new report from market research and analysis firm ABI Research, 7.1 million dedicated mobile hotspot devices will ship …