Samsung on Thursday introduced it's third generation Galaxy S smartphone at a press event in London. The Galaxy S III is "designed for humans and inspired by nature" and is unique in the way it interacts with the person holding it. Samsung spent a great deal of time talking about the Galaxy S III's "enhanced intelligence" technology, things like advanced voice recognition and the ability to detect your face and motion.
HTC was once the life of the party in the Android camp. By jumping on the open source train early on, HTC rode off into the sunset in a position seemingly more lucrative than being in the business of printing money. And now? Well, for HTC's sake, let's hope the first quarter of 2012 isn't a sign of things to come. Amid increasing competition from Apple and Samsung, HTC on Tuesday reported a 70 percent decline in first quarter profit. For those of you keeping count, it's the second consecutive time HTC posted a sequential drop.
Competition's a pain in the backside, especially when your competitors are launching products people actually want as opposed to stinking up the joint with promises of something better on the horizon. That pretty much sums up Nokia's business strategy, as the handset maker found itself in a smartphone holding pattern during its shift to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform and the launch of the Lumia 900. As a result, Nokia posted a $1.2 billion loss during the first quarter of 2012 and blamed it on "competitive challenges and seasonality."
Verizon had it going on in the first quarter of 2012. Solid performance in both wireless and wireline business segments led to a consolidated double-digit percentage growth in year-over-year quarterly earnings results, a 4.6 percent leap in year-over-year quarterly revenue growth to $28.2 billion, and $6 billion in cash flow from operating activities, up $922 million compared with the same quarter in 2011.
Wireless carriers have a tendency to roll out the red carpet for new subscribers, but once you're part of the family, well, don't expect to receive special treatment. Highlighting this observation is the fact that Verizon Wireless is getting ready to implement a $30 upgrade fee for existing customers who upgrade to a shiny new subsidized smartphone with a renewed two-year service agreement. Apparently 24 months of data fees is no longer good enough.
It really wasn't all that long ago when HTC was on top of the world. HTC was the goose that only laid golden eggs, again and again and again. And now? Competition in the Android market is fierce, more than ever before, with the likes of Samsung and Motorola throwing their weight around. As a result, HTC saw its net profit slide 70 percent during the company's first fiscal quarter of the new year.
Over 30 milion iOS device owners have registered accounts with Instagram, the free and popular photo sharing application that allows you to transform photos with a handful of digital filters and then upload the altered image to social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. It's enjoyed almost a cult-like following, and the fact that it's now available for Android isn't sitting well with a select group of silly iPhone users.
We just received an email from Samsung Mobile letting us know about a new promotion tied to the company's Galaxy Nexus. Beginning Thursday, March 29 and running six weeks through May 10 (or while supplies last), customers who purchase the Galaxy Nexus and sign a two-year service agreement will be eligible to receive a free battery bundle kit that includes an extended-life i515 2100mAh battery and back cover.
Like Mark Twain's false death report (before he actually died), Research In Motion insists that the media has it all wrong and that supposed plans to exit the consumer market have been greatly exaggerated. The confusion came after RIM CEO Thorstein Heins addressed a shaky financial report in which the company reported a loss of $125 million for the quarter ending March 3, 2012.
Say what you want about Samsung's gigantic Galaxy Note hybrid smartphone/tablet device -- it's too big for a phone, too small for a tablet, a jack of two trades but master of none, or whatever -- the phablet is finding buyers. To wit, Samsung Korea today announced that it has shipped over 5 million Galaxy Note devices around the globe so far, and it has yet to touch ground in Japan.