A well-thrown Hail Mary. Will it be caught?
After years of decline, it has been a week of excitement for BlackBerry, formerly Research in Motion, the makers of the iconic and now eponymous phone. The Associate Press reports a rise in the company’s shares, which had hit a nine-year-low in September. The analyst Maynard Um upgraded the shares to outperform. It was trading around $16.62 this afternoon.
It is no surprise to many that HTC is not what it used to be in terms of selling Android smartphones. With Samsung and Apple continuing to increase their respective market share, it seems consumers have all but forgotten about HTC smartphones. CEO Peter Chou claims his company did not market aggressively enough on their key products, but will attempt to change that in 2013.
More importantly, Chou says HTC will produce more innovative products in 2013 hoping to stem the decline and to produce profits for the company. In the third quarter of 2012, HTC’s global market share was a dismal 2.2%. In order to achieve success in 2013, HTC will have to launch some great products, but also spend money in marketing these products.
The HTC One X+ and the DROID DNA are terrific smartphones, but not enough consumers are aware of their presence, which can be attributed to poor marketing.
I’ve personally enjoyed using HTC products, but it’s time for HTC to take a page of out of the Samsung and Apple book. It needs to launch a flagship device on as many carriers as possible. Samsung has to key products on most carriers — the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II. HTC does not have a flagship device on Sprint nor T-Mobile. Hopefully, HTC will have some products to show off during CES 2013 or MWC 2013.
Apple has been busy these days and just released the third beta build of iOS 6 to developers. The update has popped up in the iOS Developer Center and brings some classical bug fixes plus other improvements and is aimed at iPhones, iPod touches and iPads. The third iOS 6 version is codenamed Build 10A5355d. The previous version was unleashed only three weeks before and was entitled 10A5338d.
Changes are being identified at the moment by users installing the upgrade. The first thing that draws attention is the new section in the Settings app, in Maps, to be precise. Now users can set their preferred level of volume for the navigation voice functionality.
They can also choose how distances are shown in the app ? either in miles or kilometers. Map labels can now be displayed in other languages as well, the default being English. Map sizes can be adjusted to either ?normal? view or ?large? view. Also, roadwork and traffic accidents will pop up in the Maps app as well, so you will know in advance which roads to avoid.
Other interesting changes we have been hearing about so far are the addition of a new Answer and Decline button in FaceTime. With the third beta build, the iMessages on the iPad are now enabling phone numbers to be added as valid contact info. A cool neat addition are the glyphs that act as bookmarks in your Reading Lists and in the bookmark section in Safari.
Game makers are encountering challenges and opportunities as social gaming moves from Facebook to handheld devices.
Social games have been synonymous with Zynga, the company that made FarmVille a sometimes maddening fixture on Facebook walls around the world. So given Zynga’s ongoing decline—the company’s stock has plummeted 75 percent since its December IPO, employees are fleeing, and its latest game titles are floundering—it’s easy to think social games are a quickly fading fad.
AppleInsider reports today on the views of a Barclays analyst who says that the imminent arrival of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS will not halt the decline in PC sales. In July, according to AppleInsider, Gartners said that there had been a 5.7% decline in PC sales in the US; IDC reported an even heavier decline than that of 10.6%. And, AppleInsider notes, it’s not hard to see the reason for the decline, with massive iPad sales since Apple launched its tablet just two years ago surely having a big impact on PC sales in the consumer, education and enterprise sectors. Both IDC and Gartners count netbooks in their PC figures, and AppleInsider writes that the iPad has virtually destroyed the fledgling netbook market. Elsewhere, Canalys incorporates iPad sales into its PC sales figures, which IDC and Gartners do not, with the result that Canalys finds that global PC sales have in fact grown by 11.7%, but with 19.4% of that belonging to Apple, and the majority of the sales going to the iPad. And AppleInsider notes that it doesn’t look as though the situation is going to get much better for PC makers, even when Windows 8 is released, as Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes says that despite some “short-term ‘excitement’” following on from the release of Windows 8 in September, the PC market will continue to decelerate, with “the rise of smartphones and the iPad…having an adverse impact on the PC market – in addition to macro [economic] factors.”
Source: iPad will keep eating away PC market, despite Windows 8 "excitement"
Apple yesterday announced its financial results for its fiscal 2012 third quarter ending June 30, 2012, posting quarterly revenue of $35.0 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.8 billion, or $9.32 per diluted share. This represents a drop from $28.6 billion and net profit of $7.3 billion, or $7.79 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter, with a gross margin of 42.8% compared to 41.7% in the year-ago quarter. Apple also said that international sales accounted for 62% of the revenue.
Breaking down these figures further, Apple said that it sold 26 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 28% unit growth over the year-ago quarter, and 17 million iPads, representing an 84% unit increase over the year-ago quarter. Four million Macs were sold during the quarter, representing a 2% increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 6.8 million iPods, which represented a 10% decline from the year-ago quarter.
?We?re thrilled with record sales of 17 million iPads in the June quarter,? said Tim Cook, Apple?s CEO. ?We?ve also just updated the entire MacBook line, will release Mountain Lion tomorrow and will be launching iOS 6 this Fall. We are also really looking forward to the amazing new products we?ve got in the pipeline.?
?We?re continuing to invest in the growth of our business and are pleased to be declaring a dividend of $2.65 per share today,? said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple?s CFO. ?Looking ahead to the fourth fiscal quarter, we expect revenue of about $34 billion and diluted earnings per share of about $7.65.?
In case you’re looking for the Pure Google Android 4.0 experience on Verizon, then the Galaxy Nexus is obviously the best choice.
In case you live in
Samsung had worked out a nice little deal with Dropbox to offer 50GB of free storage space to its Galaxy S III owners.