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First quarter profits for Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC have slumped to a record low, denting hopes it could reverse its declining fortunes.
The company cited problems in making camera components for its new HTC One device, with the delay pushing back its full launch to the end of this month.
That cost the manufacturer heavily as sales for the period fell to NT$42.8 billion ($1.4 billion), compared to forecasts of NT$50-NT$60 billion. Profits were also down to NT$85 million ($2.85 million). Continue reading
Rating: Actually Motorola RAZR users are happier
Another clear sign that Apple is losing its way and that Android based handsets are winning out has been provided by On Device Research. It has mined data gathered from 320,000 mobile and tablet users across six countries to produce a user satisfaction table taken from 92, 825 mobile users in the USA. The report shows the iPhone coming in fifth place behind four Android based handset. Coming as no surprise to GoMobile News, the Motorola Droid RAZR M took second place behind the Motorola Atrix HD. Continue reading
by James Rosewll, CEO with 51degrees.mobi
During December 2012 in the United States, the HTC Evo 4G contributed 20 per cent of all HTC devices web traffic. What is remarkable about this figure is that the HTC Evo 4G was first released in June 2010 and is 35 months old. The HTC One series of devices were released during 2012 and contributed less than 10 per cent of HTC’s web traffic in the same month. This begs the question, “Are HTC devices released pre 2012 too good to upgrade?” Continue reading
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has revealed how its Q1 revenues for 2013 could be down 17 per cent and that profits could be wiped out, thanks to overwhelming competition from rivals Samsung and Apple.
The company’s gloomy outlook comes amid plans by HTC to introduce a five-inch flagship in the West, though otherwise it says it intends to focus on emerging markets such as China in the future to reverse the decline. Continue reading
Shares in social networking site Facebook hit a six month high yesterday following rumours that Mark Zuckerberg’s company is set to unveil its own smartphone.
Speculation was sparked when Facebook sent out invitations to a special event for next week, encouraging guests to “come and see what we’re building” and reigniting earlier suggestions that it’s about to launch its own branded smartphone, possibly in conjunction with Taiwan’s HTC. Continue reading
Fourth quarter plummets to lowest since 2004
Profits for Taiwanese mobile phone maker, HTC, have suffered a massive downturn, Q4 results have revealed, as the company continues to be hit by competition from rivals Apple and Samsung. According to Bloomberg, HTC’s net profit for the period of T$1 billion ($34 million; £21 million) was not only 90 per cent down on the same quarter for 2011, but represented the manufacturer’s smallest quarterly profit since 2004. But with no major products launches during the period to boost sales, losses were not as bad as analysts feared and it’s thought the worst may now be over. Continue reading
Hopes to replicate success of Apple retail outlets
Software giant, Microsoft, has been in secret talks with landlords as part of a new strategy to open flagship stores in Europe as it moves increasingly into smartphones and other mobile devices. Britain is said to be high on the store opening agenda in a move that has parallels with Apple which already has two major retail outlets in Central London. If all goes to plan the first stores will open in 2013, though it’s thought Microsoft will reserve judgement until it has had a chance to assess how its first, recently-opened US outlets are performing. Continue reading
Rumours it’s forking out $6 per Android phone dismissed as ‘outrageous’
Media speculation that HTC is paying Apple at least $6 per Android handset, in lieu of a patents settlement, has been dubbed “outrageous” by the Taiwanese phone maker’s CEO. Though the companies have not disclosed details of the settlement or the framework surrounding the licensing agreement, HTC’s chief executive Peter Chou insists the terms will not impact its fourth-quarter guidance. Continue reading
Rating: Plus there’s something called Windows Phone 7.x
Well there has been a spurgle of stories about the impending release of Windows 7.8 for those with existing W7 Mango (7.5) smartphones. As we all know now such handsets will not be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8, so we will just have to be content with 7.8. Or will we? One site says there is something called Windows Phone 7.x. The drawback to these stories (for us here at GoMobile Towers at least) is that the main source of the leak is a Chinese site – WinP whilst the secondary source is a German site WParea. So we can’t be 100 per cent sure what exact details have been leaked. However, both sites have anonymously received Windows Presentation slides which appear to have emanated from Nokia itself. Continue reading
Rating: Agreement means current litigation between the 2 is dismissed
Is this more than just a co-incidence? How come HTC and Apple have chosen November 11th to end their legal battles. After all, in Europe – at least – today is Armistice Day which the marks the cessation of hostilities between the two side in World War 1. Luckily they didn’t send out the release at 11 am. Anyway the two major handset vendors say they have reached a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a ten-year license agreement. Continue reading
Microsoft is secretly planning to make its own smartphone and is already testing one design, according to those in the know at its parts suppliers.
It’s claimed the phone would effectively serve as ‘Plan B’ if key partners such as Finland’s Nokia and Taiwain’s HTC fail to shift sufficient handsets using the Seattle software giant’s new Windows Phone 8 (WP8) OS. Continue reading
Rating: Kid’s Corner could be the dark horse here
Microsoft finally introduced the much-heralded Windows Phone 8 (WP8) yesterday [October 29th 2012] – waiting three days after the official launch of Windows 8 itself. We’re not quite sure why. After all, the new versions of Windows all boast a similar look and feel, the same technology core, plus the same built-in SkyDrive cloud service. Microsoft says Windows Phone 8 is built to work seamlessly with Windows 8 PCs, Microsoft Surface devices and the Xbox 360 console. It didn’t say which version of the Surface, though. At the Press conference in San Francisco (a place usually more associated with Apple), Microsoft showcased WP8 handsets from Nokia, Samsung and HTC. In terms of what WP8 offers, we’d say the latest version of this mobile OS seems to have three main new features: – Live Apps; Rooms; and Kid’s Corner. It also pumped up the Windows Phone Store. Continue reading
Latest smartphones from Nokia, Samsung and HTC go on sale in November
Press release (US Version)
Microsoft has debuted Windows Phone 8, the latest version of the company’s smartphone operating system. Windows Phone 8 offers a truly personal phone experience, connecting you to the people and things that matter most. As part of the announcement, Microsoft revealed new features, including Kid’s Corner and Rooms, along with details and pricing for a range of beautiful new smartphones from Nokia, Samsung and HTC, each with their own differentiated designs, colours and features. Windows Phone 8 devices will go on sale in November at in the USA as well as at carriers and retailers around the world. Continue reading
Overtaken by Blackberry manufacturer RIM
Finnish manufacturer Nokia has dropped off the world’s top five list of smartphone makers for the first time, latest figures from research firm IDC indicate. It says that while the overall phone market grew 2.4 per cent in Q3 compared to the same period in 2011, it was Korea’s Samsung taking the lion’s share of sales closely followed by Apple. Handset makers shipped 444.5 million mobile phones during the three months with, perhaps surprisingly, Canada’s Research in Motion beating Nokia to the No.5 slot with the rest of the leading vendors made up of Taiwan’s HTC and China’s ZTE. Continue reading
Rating: Even RIM, LG and ZTE sell more smartphones than Nokia says Juniper
Samsung increased its lead in terms of smartphone shipments as Juniper Research estimates that the total number of smartphone shipments exceeded 157 million in Q3 2012. The Korean company shipped a record 56.3 million which was almost double the number of iPhones shipped by Apple (26.9 million). The Galaxy S III played a key role for Samsung with estimated sales of 18 million in the third quarter. Things are getting so dire for RIM and Nokia that ZTE has got ahead of them. LG did well amongst the Tier 2 players compared to rivals like Huawei, Motorola and HTC. Continue reading