For Android fans, today has been a day to enjoy mostly good news in terms of the continued growth of the Android ecosystem. We see that Android tablets grabbed 41% market share for the third quarter, an unexpected jump in light of Apple’s dominance in the market segment. Meanwhile, Samsung reported phenomenal third quarter profits, setting records for smartphone shipments and establishing themselves as the worldwide leader in smartphones. However, not all of the news is coming up roses. Case in point, new guidance from HTC which should serve as a warning about how quickly things can change.
HTC issued their warning Friday, indicating they expect further declines in operating profit margins and revenues during the fourth quarter. We previously reported on HTC’s third quarter financial results which continued a string of disappointing quarters. These results are a contrast to HTC’s spot as one of the top five smartphone manufacturers in the world and their former position as Apple’s chief rival in the U.S. market only two years ago. According to HTC, they expect operating profit margin to drop to only 1%, the lowest it has been in a decade. Meanwhile, they anticipate fourth-quarter revenue to fall 41% compared to the same period a year earlier. These latest projections are worse than analysts previously expected.
Do you think HTC can turn things around?
As financial results continue to be released for mobile phone companies and manufacturers, we are beginning to get a better picture of what the condition of the global smartphone market is like. With Samsung’s release this morning of their third quarter results, combined with other reported results, we see the market is extremely healthy and that Samsung is sitting on top. Read more
It was a year ago when the RAZR was resurrected from the dead as the DROID RAZR, the thinnest smartphone in the world. If that wasn’t enough, a couple of months later, Motorola shocked the world again with the DROID RAZR MAXX that sported an unprecedented 3300mAh battery in an 8.99mm body, a feat that no other manufacturer has been able to match. Even with these accomplishments, the press never really embraced Motorola. It has now been a year and it’s time for the next generation, which means a bigger and better display, as well as more power. The DROID RAZR HD (priced at $199) and the DROID RAZR MAXX HD (priced at $299) are all of those things, but are these phones too late to the party and will they enjoy the same success as the originals? This is my full review on both phones, but you can also check out my initial hands on for each one (RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD).
According to the latest studies from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 25 million this year. The bigger news behind that? Apple’s tablet share fell from 64% in Q3 2011 to 57% now, leaving Android tablets room to take 41% of the market share. That’s the highest Android tablets have ever achieved.
Now, the tablet shipment growth was considered slow, only rising 47% from a year ago. (The year before, it grew by a whopping 289% in Q2) Some of the slow growth can likely be attributed to consumers waiting for the new tablets to be announced for the holiday season, like the iPad Mini and the upcoming Nexus 10. With many new Android tablets popping up every few months, and Google’s apparent support to build up a competitive tablet ecosystem, I fully expect that market share to continue to keep growing for the next few years.
What do you all think? Will Android’s tablet presence continue growing like the phone counterparts, or do you think the next generation of iPads and the Microsoft Surface will keep Android’s market share low? Leave your comments and let us know.
Source: Strategy Analytics
HTC just announced “Best Deals” which will deliver personalized money-saving deals direct to your HTC smartphone. It will be based on your preferences and interests, as well as your location. They can be reviewed, bookmarked, or shared with a single click.
For now it looks like it will only be available in the UK, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain. They expect to have about 1700 deals at launch from 12 leading deal providers, which include Living Social, Trip Advisor, Qype Deals, and Offerum.
The application and widget will come with the new HTC One X+ and it will eventually arrive on the One X and One S with a software update shortly after. It will also be available to Windows Phone users via the 8X and 8S.
Press release after the break:
One of the worst-kept secrets just continues to spill out all the deets for the world to see. A crafty user was on LG’s support page recently and stumbled upon a placeholder for the LGE960 or Nexus 4 smartphone. What the page lacks for in concrete information such as a manual, it makes up for it by providing some not-so-subtle hints such as its availability for purchase in the Google Play Store:
In case you’re still wondering if the Nexus 10 exists, take a look at Vic Gundotra’s Google+ page. As you know, Vic is the senior VP of engineering for Google, and he is posting pictures taken from the said device. It looks like a nice vacation destination, but that’s not the important part. The fact that the camera type says “Nexus 10″ is what matters. The pictures are only 3.1 MP, but that’s probably a resize.
I fully expect to see this bad boy unveiled this Monday, but I just want to know how aggressive Google is going to be on the price point. Would love to see $299, but it will most likely be north of that. Who knows what surprises Google has in store? I bet Vic does. Stay tuned because we will be there live feeding you the information as it happens.
While we know the 3G Nexus 7 is very much real and on the way, there have been no real details of the pricing and possibly what size the device will come in. Our friends at MoDaCo may finally have the answer as one of its readers got a tip that a Latvian store called 1a has pricing and availability for the 3G Nexus 7 32GB— which should make more than a few readers happy. The 32GB 3G model priced at 219 Lat, which comes to around £249 or $400 USD. More importantly— 1a has the device listed as shipping on November 12th, meaning it’s only a matter of weeks from now.
Try to contain your excitement and enthusiasm there folks.
If you recall: the UK courts recently found that Samsung actually didn’t infringe on various Apple iPad patents and subsequently ruled Apple had to give Samsung some satisfaction. Well Apple didn’t take too kindly of that and demonstrated its defiance to the courts’ decision and issued an arrogant apology. Apple’s legal team took some time to highlight the uniqueness of Apple products, while highlighting that Samsung’s products are “simply not as cool” as Apple products. In addition, Apple is quick to point out that all other major courts in the world recognized Samsung’s infringement of iPad, while the UK thought otherwise. As a result, Apple had this to say about the manner:
“So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple’s far more popular iPad.”
Talk about being completely defiant to UK law. So while Apple technically admits that Samsung didn’t infringe on its product, Apple also is quick to point out that well— Samsung did infringe per other courts. We’re not sure of how Samsung and/or the UK courts will react to Apple’s statement, but you really have to hand it to Apple— it won’t back down even if it’s wrong.
You can find the full statement from apple.com/uk when you hit the break.
Sprint’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II is now on sale for $299 with a new two-year contract. Like it’s other US brethren, the device sports a 5.5-inch 1,280 x 720 HD Super AMOLED display, 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 8-megapixel rear camera atop Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Color choices include Marble White and Titanium Grey. As with nearly all of Sprint’s new devices, the Galaxy Note II supports the carrier’s newly-formed 4G LTE network, so long as you’re in one of the (very) limited number of markets.
Are you planning on picking up the Galaxy Note II? Let us know in the commentsbelow.