2K display devices may be limited in 2014

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A few days ago we reported on some analyst predictions for market penetration by 8-core processor devices during 2014. More research shows that another component key to the next iteration of “flagship” devices may not see much adoption until 2015. According to reports, production of 2K displays will be constrained while producers continue to ramp up production, so widespread adoption may not occur until 2015. While many of the major vendors made noise about 2K displays during MWC 2014, it seems likely they will continue to promote full HD resolutions running at 1920×1080 for most of 2014. » Read the rest

Sprint to buy out T-Mobile? Regulators could stop deal short

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In a move that would leave the United States mobile carrier market dominated by three carriers rather than four, Sprint could be soon buying out T-Mobile to set up a merger for the ages.

The company still hasn’t decided on the action it will take, but Sprint could post a bid in the first half of 2014, and the deal could be worth more than $20 billion.

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HTC says competing in cheap phone market is a ‘fool’s game’

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It looks like HTC is finally starting to catch on— however, it may be too late.

Following the release of its newest high-end device, the One Max, the company’s head of marketing, Jeff Gordon, released a statement regarding their smartphone manufacturing strategies. “HTC will not suddenly shift strategy to become a budget smartphone maker. Competing against Huawei, ZTE, and eventually Amazon, for low end, razor-thin margins is a fool’s game.”

A fool’s game, you say?

He’s certainly right— but while HTC continues to bash other companies (which are blowing them out of the water with their sales numbers), the tech world continues to bash HTC for their verbal assault on competitors.

The company will try to focus its efforts on higher-end flagships, aiming to dethrone Samsung and Apple as the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers. It will be hard, and maybe even impossible for HTC, but it will certainly be fun to see them try.

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HTC sells back remaining stake in Beats by Dre (25%) for $256 million cash injection

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We all know that HTC is suffering, so this news probably won’t come as much of a surprise:

HTC has accepted an offer to sell back the rest of their stake (25%) in Beats by Dre. They had originally purchased 50.1% for $300 million, making HTC the majority shareholder,  but just a little over two years later, HTC is no longer in the picture.

The deal should be complete by the end of the year, and it’s a nice cash injection for HTC ($256 million), considering their 3rd quarter projections do not look too good right now.

We keep saying we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds for HTC, but right now, it isn’t looking good.

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Lenovo eyes U.S. smartphone market for 2014 and beyond

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Chinese manufacturer Lenovo wants to enter the U.S. smartphone market within the coming year, as the company’s CEO, Yang Yuanqing, says “smartphones are our new opportunity. As a public company, you always have to consider how to grow.”

Lenovo has enjoyed much success in China thus far, as the company is the second leading smartphone vendor there, trailing only Samsung. Last year, Lenovo focused on entering markets including Russia, Indonesia, and India. This year, their sights will be set on the United States and Europe.

If Lenovo wants to make any kind of dent in the smartphone market in the U.S., you should expect them to release some high-end devices in the coming year.

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Smart connected devices surpassed 1 billion units for 2012 worldwide, smartphones and tablets grew exponentially

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These numbers shouldn’t really surprise anyone, but a ton of people bought smart devices in 2012, according to IDC. They bought over 1 billion of those devices, actually. That includes, desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The leaders there were (obviously) Samsung and Apple, with Apple accounting for 20.3% and Samsung accounting for 21.2%. Pretty impressive for just two companies.

IDC also expects smartphone and tablet sales to surpass PC sales in 2013, which, considering how fast new phones and tabs seem to sell, isn’t all that surprising. They’re predicting PC sales will actually stall to no growth whatsoever by 2017. Four years is a long time, and things can change, but if the market continues on the trend it’s going now, I think that’s a very realistic result.

What do you guys think? Are you surprised that portable devices are eating into traditional PC market share? Do you think that’ll turn around in a year or two? Let us know in the comments. » Read the rest

Updates to Google+ and Google Wallet hit Android Market

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Whilst the Google Execs were busy strutting their stuff at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Google Developers were beavering away in the labs to bring you some updates. If you head on over to the Android Market you’ll find updates to both Google Wallet and Google+ waiting for you. The excitement stops there I’m afraid folks as both updates are minor bug fixes and process enhancements.

Still it’s good to know that the Google Developers are always working on improving their already great applications. Bug fixes and stability improvements can only be a good thing so why not check out the links below and get yourself updated!

 

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Google’s Eric Schmidt: “If Google Gets It Right, There Will Be An Android In Every Pocket”

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Google envisions bigger and brighter things for the future of its Android platform. We recently saw how 850,000 Android devices are being activated every day, but that’s not stopping Google from believing it can get everyone on the planet having an Android device. This is significant too because while the use of mobile devices has increased, not everyone uses a smartphone– let alone a device connected to the internet. Google believes having a smartphone connected to the internet will play a major role in the advancement of our society. At Google’s keynote address at MWC, Google Chair Eric Schmidt highlights:

“We talk about how everyone has a cellphone, but only about one billion have a phone. For most people, the digital revolution has not arrived yet.”

What does this mean for Google? This simply means that the Android platform has the potential to reach literally billions of people. It’s no secret the Android platform is fragmented, which can be good or bad depending on how you look at it. Despite the fragmentation, the variation in devices means there will be plenty of choices which fit a certain consumer or demographic’s lifestyle (think of all the budget to premium devices out there!)— especially as our society continues to evolve in this digital age. Realizing this, Schmidt adds:

“The smartphone revolution will be universal and a mobile experience to be available to almost everyone at a fraction of the price. If Google gets it right, there will be an Android in every pocket, and at the current growth rate, it is certainly possible.”

Moral of the story: while there are other competitors out there in the world, it would be wise not to bet against Google. Especially since the platform continues to grow at a tremendous pace.

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Samsung Makes It Clear: “We’re Not Doing Very Well In The Tablet Market”

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Samsung is dominating smartphone sales, it’s not doing as well in the tablet market. While participating at a discussion at MWC, Product Strategy Executive Hankil Yoon offered a blunt and straightforward summary of Sammy’s products in the tablet market:

“Honestly, we’re not doing very well in the tablet market.”

We don’t have the numbers to verify Yoon’s comments, but there are a few reasons why he would make that statement. Perhaps it may be the industry-leading iPad or the lackluster, yet popular Kindle Fire which has found the way into consumers’ hearts and wallets. Whatever the reason may be, Samsung just has not been able to distinguish its tablets from Apple and Amazon’s offerings, despite having several Galaxy Tab models.

Despite Yoon’s comments, there’s reason for optimism for Samsung’s future direction. For starters, it has the intriguing Galaxy Note, which can be considered the most popular “phablet” to date. 10 million Galaxy Note units are expected to ship and Yoon believes the S-Pen (Stylus pen) “allows users to more easily create content, rather than consume it.” In addition, there is the newly introduced Galaxy Note 10.1 which brings you a bigger tablet, but with an S-Pen. This is something that much of the competition cannot claim at this time. Yoon sums it up best:

“Samsung wanted to do something different in the category… Even if the design is similar, how you use the Note is totally different.”
Expect Samsung to make a continued push into the tablet market by continuing to introduce unique and innovative features.
 
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