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South Korea’s Samsung has further extended its lead over Apple as the world’s largest smartphone maker, taking a 31 per cent share of recent sales according to new data.
Research firm Gartner says the manufacturing giant sold 64.7 million smartphones in Q1 2013, against 38.1 million iPhone sales. It means Samsung is increasing its lead since a year ago when it sold 40.6 million smartphones to Apple’s 33.1 million.
Together, the two companies now account for nearly half the smartphone market which in itself is increasing by 43 per cent a year. Gartner says more than 200 million people bought smartphones in the quarter, and that the devices now account for just AMeanwhile, Nokia’s shares slump after release of latest WP8 model
South Korea’s Samsung has further extended its lead over Apple as the world’s largest smartphone maker, taking a 31 per cent share of recent sales according to new data. Research firm Gartner says the manufacturing giant sold 64.7 million smartphones in Q1 2013, against 38.1 million iPhone sales. It means Samsung is increasing its lead since a year ago when it sold 40.6 million smartphones to Apple’s 33.1 million.
Together, the two companies now account for nearly half the smartphone market which in itself is increasing by 43 per cent a year. Gartner says more than 200 million people bought smartphones in the quarter, and that the devices now account for just under half of total phone sales globally.under half of total phone sales globally. Continue reading
Thin margins could spark further fall in share price
Apple investors are bracing themselves for a rare plunge in profits tomorrow [Tuesday, 23rd April] when the Cupertino manufacturer reveals how many iPhones and iPads it has sold in recent months. Though most analysts expect Apple to report another record period of sales for the three months to April, they also believe lower margins on its iPhone 5 and iPad mini are set to cause the first drop in profits for a decade. Continue reading
Lack of apps and poor user interface cited for returns
Claims that some retailers are finding more customers are returning their BlackBerry Z10 phones than the outlets are actually selling has prompted demands by the manufacturer for an investigation into the research company involved. The troubled Canadian firm is to ask the Securities and Exchange Commission and Ontario Securities Commission to probe what it says is “a false and misleading report” about retail return rates. The report, by Boston-based Detwiler Fenton, initially sparked a fall in the value of BlackBerry shares, though at close on Nasdaq last night the price had recovered slightly to $13.64 – albeit still well below its January peak of $18.32. Continue reading
But the clouds still over BlackBerry
Latest figures from market researcher Kantar confirm Android’s overwhelming dominance of the UK smartphone market, accounting for six in every ten handsets sold. But, as with the rest of the world, Kantar’s quarterly survey up to February  also reveals BlackBerry as continuing to lose ground, with the once dominant manufacturer taking just 5.1 per cent of sales in the period, down from 16.8 per cent a year ago.
Failings don’t equate to fraud
A class action brought by disaffected BlackBerry shareholders, accusing the troubled manufacturer of trying to hide its falling market position, has been thrown out by a US judge. The action, filed by investor Robert Shemian, sought to recover losses on behalf of other US shareholders who bought the company’s stock from December 2010 through to June 2011 when shares in BlackBerry – then known as RIM – commanded as much as $75. Continue reading
Nearly third of stock held by short sellers, waging price will fall
Shares in BlackBerry look set to continue their nosedive after it emerged that a record number of investors are betting against the company’s recovery. On Monday it was revealed how US sales of BlackBerry’s flagship Z10 appeared to be sluggish, having debuted three days’ earlier. But now new data from Nasdaq suggests that nearly a third of BlackBerry’s stock is held by short sellers – intermediaries who profit when prices drop. Continue reading
Few customers rushing to buy, early reports suggest
US sales of new BlackBerry Z10 handsets are said to have got off to a slow start, underlining analysts’ predictions that the troubled Canadian manufacturer will sell millions fewer in America than predicted. Though AT&T and Best Buy are the only retailers so far to be actively selling the handset, debuting it four days ago, the sales period now embraces the first weekend – a time when handset sales are usually more marked. Continue reading
UPDATE: The Guardian’s article on which this story was based has since been amended to retract the allegation that BB10 has been failed over security worries
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Government agencies could turn their back on new smartphones
Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry could lose millions in potential revenue after British government experts ruled that its latest Z10 and Q10 smartphones are not secure enough. According to The Guardian newspaper, the UK’s Computer Experts Security Group (CESG) has refused to endorse BlackBerry’s new BB10 platform, despite the fact that BlackBerry phones have traditionally been the preferred devices for government workers because of their high security thresholds. Continue reading
Rating: Tech support sends you round in circles
Given that at one point in time RIM/BlackBerry touted its built in ‘shortcuts’ as keyboard alternatives, GoMo News is shocked by the disappearance of Alt + F. In the good old days that shortcut would let you view all of the messages you’d flagged up. For later viewing, for example. Well, we are using version 7 of the BlackBerry OS and it is very definitely gone missing. It’s hard to paint a BlackBerry as the ideal solution for email on the go when existing users get left out. Continue reading
Rating: Music festival traders ideal customers for wirelessly accepting payments
WorldPay has just announced extra capabilities for its Pay As You Go card acceptance service for UK small businesses. It has now been extended to include iOS compatible devices and an updated Android app means that customers have the option of printing receipts using a Bluetooth printer. WorldPay is also expanding its pilot programme, which already boasts several thousand users across the UK. The company expects to have a full roll-out of this service by Summer 2013 – just in time for the music festival season, we suspect. Continue reading
And it’s not the first time Lenovo has hinted of a takeover
Takeover speculation sent shares in handset maker BlackBerry 14 per cent higher on Nasdaq last night [11th March 2013], despite analysts pouring cold water on the rumours. The surge in BlackBerry’s stock price came after Yang Yuanqing, CEO of giant Chinese PC maker Lenovo, told a newspaper that his company could be interested in buying the troubled Canadian manufacturer at some point in the future. Continue reading
Rating: We have tested this on PlayBook but not BB10 yet
With release 2.0 of the BlackBerry Playbook OS back in 2012, we first saw an ability to run Android apps on BlackBerry hardware. There is, of course, a big catch. The apps don’t run inside an emulator as you might expect. They have to be converted from a native APK format for Android into a BAR format for a PlayBook. Now BlackBerry was obviously hoping that scores of developers who had created apps for the Android marketplace (via Google Play) would take the time to do the hard work of such conversions. However, this hasn’t really happened. So it is now down to enthusiasts to convert the apps themselves. And one of the best places for finding such apps is on a forum run by the people behind the Good e-reader. See here. Continue reading
News unsettles confidence in firm as it struggles to regain position
BlackBerry‘s former co chief executive Jim Balsillie has quietly disposed of his entire stake in the Canadian manufacturer, it has emerged, putting a dent in the company’s share price as nervous investors followed suit. The company, until recently known as RIM, is struggling to regain ground lost to Apple and Samsung, having launched its make-or-break BB10 platform and new smartphones only a few weeks ago. Continue reading
Retailers hold the key to getting Blackberry 10 users off the blocks
by Dror Haliva, head of marketing with Cellebrite
The recent launch of the Blackberry Z10 is set to spark excitement among consumers looking for the next smartphone upgrade. However, whilst getting a new mobile phone can be something to look forward to, for many customers it can also be a data nightmare. People can’t get started until data has been transferred from an old device to the new one – a laborious task which can take hours. Continue reading
by Tim Douthwaite, head of mobile sales with Ardencom
So what does can we make of the newly launched BB10 powered BlackBerry Z10? I’d summarise my verdict into three sections: – the handset; functionality; and cost.
I’d say that from a distance, lying on the desk, the handset could easily be mistaken for an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S2. Continue reading