Amazon running a holiday sale on several Chromebooks

Chromebook_GenericAmazon typically runs sales on their wide assortment of Chromebooks, and the week before Christmas is as good of a time as any. Right now, they’re offering multiple models of Chromebooks from different manufacturers for as much as 30% off, which is a great discount. Right now it doesn’t look like any Samsung models are on sale, but if you’re okay with an Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo or Toshiba Chromebook, you might want to glance over some of the sales.

source: Techno Buffalo

Sprint gets aggressive in targeting AT&T, Verizon customers with half price deal

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Perhaps feeling the pressure to step up their efforts to maintain their customer base, Sprint has announced a new deal to lure¬†customers switching to Sprint from Verizon or AT&T. Sprint’s latest effort offers to cut user bills in half compared to the other carriers. For example, if a user has a monthly bill for $140 per month with 10 GB of data shared between 4 lines, Sprint will setup a plan on their network for $70 per month for the same 4 lines and 10 GB of data. Talk and text will be unlimited on the new plans.

Sprint is opening the new deal starting this Friday when users can either upload a copy of their current monthly bill from Verizon or AT&T or take one by their local Sprint store to find out how much they can save. Users will have to buy new devices on Sprint and turn in their old devices as well as port over their existing numbers to qualify. As part of the special, Sprint is also offering to buy out existing contracts up to $350 per line via issuance of a Visa Prepaid Card that buyers can use to pay off their early termination fees. For a limited time, Sprint is also waiving the $36 per line activation fee.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this special offer and to check out the fine print, hit the source link.

source: Sprint

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Android app and game sales roundup

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If you have been wanting to buy a particular app, but waiting for the price to drop, this might be the best weekend of the entire year. Many apps are on sale from today through Cyber Monday. You might even find some apps you weren’t aware of. Here’s a number of the more notable apps that are on sale, most of them at least 50% off, but there are tons more. You can always search “Black Friday Sale” or “Cyber Monday Sale” in the Google Play Store to find even more apps. Hit the break for our roundup.


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New analysis suggest Amazon’s phone not setting the world on fire

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A new analysis of the Amazon Fire Phone, introduced last month, suggests sales of the device have not exactly been lighting things up. This is in contrast to news yesterday showing that Amazon appears to have a hit on their hands with the Amazon Fire TV. However, the device has only been out for a short period of time, so things could still turn around for Amazon.

Because Amazon does not share figures regarding the number of actual devices, analysts have to infer how their devices are doing in the market. In the case of the Amazon Fire Phone, analysts have combined data from Chitika and comScore to estimate Amazon has sold no more than about 35,000 Fire Phones.
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Motorola bounces back in Q2 2014 due to Moto G, Moto E success

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It isn’t its flagship smartphone that is bringing Motorola success. Motorola has experienced a very successful second quarter in 2014 due to the success of its budget handsets. The Moto G was first up and featured quality specifications for a great price without a contract. The Moto E went even further down in both categories and allowed Motorola to capture a market that would otherwise be left for feature phones.


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Chromebook demand to shift to consumers, increase 79% during 2014

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Gartner has released a new study that says the market for Chromebooks is changing amidst rapid growth. They predict sales of Chromebooks during 2014 will increase to 5.2 million units which would be an increase of 79 percent compared to 2013. Gartner says by 2017 those numbers will triple to 14.4 million units. Meanwhile, Gartner says buyer demographics are changing. As recently as 2013, the vast majority of Chromebooks were being purchased in the education sector that accounted for 85 percent of sales. Gartner thinks that will shift with more than half of sales going to consumers during 2014.
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Xiaomi sells 15,000 Mi 3 smartphones in 2 seconds

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In case you were ever wondering whether the ability to quickly tap buttons, like we learn while playing video games, may apply in “real” life, Xiaomi appears to have figured out a way to make it meaningful. Employing a strategy called “hunger marketing” where they only make limited numbers of devices available, buyers in India discovered they had about two seconds to get their order going to grab an Mi 3. According to Xiaomi, a sale of 15,000 units of their Mi 3 handset was conducted today via Flipkart and the entire lot sold out in only two seconds. To give an idea of how quickly the orders were made, some users indicated they clicked the buy button to add it to their cart only to see its status change to out of stock by the time the page refreshed. Perhaps the buyers who did manage to get an order in are really good at Flappy Bird.

Xiaomi indicates they will hold another sale on August 12th at 2:00 pm. In order to participate, buyers have to register starting today at 6:00 pm.

Xiaomi’s strategy of marketing, combined with a well-spec’ed device at a low price, seems to be paying off as they recently surpassed Samsung in terms of smartphones sold during the second quarter of 2014 in China.

source: Mi India (Facebook)
via: phoneArena

Android smartphone vendors expect poor sales numbers for second half of 2014

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While LG seems to be relatively bullish on the rest of the year’s outlook, it may not be the case for the rest of the industry.

According to the DigiTimes, major Android smartphone vendors including Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC are expecting slow sales for the rest of of 2014, as China-based manufacturers expand their portfolios to include budget-based smartphones for the mid-range market. Other consumers are simply in wait-and-see mode on the upcoming iPhone 6, which is sure to make waves upon release.


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