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Sprint says tablets need voice to succeed

November 9th, 2011

As also-ran media tablets continue to launch in rapid succession, Sprint says slates are missing a key ingredient needed before consumers will bite: voice. Sprint’s director of business product marketing Jeff Adelmann believes that before tablets can be widely adopted, they need cellular connectivity and telephony capabilities that are far more deeply integrated than current third-party solutions. …

Apple reportedly slashes Q4 iPhone 4S orders on weaker than expected demand

November 9th, 2011

Apple sold more than 4 million iPhone 4S handsets in the smartphone’s first weekend of availability but according to a new report, Apple thinks demand for its latest phone will stall in the fourth quarter. DigiTimes on Wednesday reported that Apple has cut fourth-quarter iPhone 4S parts orders with its suppliers. The report’s anonymous sources claim …

Kindle Fire demand surpasses iPad ahead of launch, could be a threat

November 9th, 2011

Amazon is seeing huge pent-up demand for its Kindle Fire tablet ahead of launch according to data from a recent study. Market research firm ChangeWave conducted a survey of 2,600 consumers in an effort to quantify demand for Amazon’s upcoming Kindle Tablet. In a note to clients on Wednesday, RBC analyst Mike Abramsky presented ChangeWave’s …

iPhone 4S launch helps end HTC’s record revenue run

November 7th, 2011

HTC has been on a tear this year, registering month after month of record revenue thanks to strong demand for its Android-powered smartphones. The Taiwan-based vendor saw six straight months of record revenue until October, when it recorded revenue of NT$44.11 billion, a 2.8% dip compared to September. Revenue was up 36% over October 2010, however. …

MiFi mobile hotspot shipments surpass 3 million

October 31st, 2011

Despite the increasing popularity Wi-Fi of integrated tethering functionality across a variety of smartphone platforms, sales of dedicated portable hotspots continue to remain strong. Novatel Wireless, a pioneer in personal mobile hotspots, on Monday announced that lifetime shipments of its MiFi mobile hotspot line has now surpassed 3 million units globally. Beyond the tried and true reliability …

HTC takes top smartphone spot in U.S. according to Q3 data from Canalys

October 31st, 2011

Samsung blew past Apple and Nokia in the third quarter to become the No. 1 smartphone vendor in the world, but another emerging smartphone vendor stole the top spot in the U.S. according to a new report. Market research firm Canalys on Monday released country-level smartphone shipment estimates and according to its figures, HTC shipped …

Barclays says Nokia’s Windows Phones can compete with the iPhone

October 28th, 2011

Nokia’s new Windows Phone handsets are priced to sell, and some analysts are impressed with what they’ve seen so far. A team from Barclays Capital on Thursday said Nokia’s first round of Windows Phones aren’t quite as differentiated as they would have liked, but they are priced competitively. “We believe [Nokia’s] devices will be competitive in the marketplace …

Apple slides to No. 5 as ZTE sees Q3 mobile phone sales surge

October 28th, 2011

Global cell phone shipments grew 14% annually to reach 390 million units in the third quarter as China-based ZTE passed Apple to become the No. 4 cell phone vendor in the world by volume. Market research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics on Thursday released global mobile phone shipment data for the third quarter of 2011, …