Nokia’s Smartphone Sales Down: Slips From 1st To 3rd

Nokia is currently undergoing the worst period it has ever seen in its 15 years of business. First it was thrown from its first place by Apple and now Samsung has kicked it out from its second position in smartphone sales.

Nokia held the crown of being the world’s largest smartphone seller but due to its bad sales and tough competition by Apple Inc. and Samsung has made it ending up at the 3rd position. This is first time in the history of the company that it has been replaced by its rivals.

Apple recently announced its second quarter sales to be around 20.3 million iPhones which is the best till now from the American giant. Samsung also sold over1 19 million smartphones which is far ahead of Nokia, which only sold 16.7 million units.

Nokia did not comment on this but an insider said that this may be due to the low demand in smartphone sector. But had low demand been the cause, Apple’s and Samsung’s sales would have been affected too, so it is not the case here.

Nokia has recently announced that it will be dropping its Symbian platform and has made a deal with Microsoft to use its Windows Phone Platform in its future handsets. With this move, Nokia clearly has lost its USP.

Do you think Nokia will be able to get back its position of leading manufacturer?

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Samsung’s Profit Rises On Mobiles, But Falls On Other Products

The South Korean technology giant is gaining immense profit on its smartphones but is losing its revenues from its other electronic goods. Samsung’s smartphone’s are gaining huge popularity globally, but sadly same cannot be said for its other products.

According to a report, Samsung’s flat screen unit had huge losses in its second quarter and its other electronics suffered same kind of damage. This may be partially due to better alternatives available in the market which provide same features but at comparatively lower costs.

Furthermore, Samsung has failed to provide its users with new services like other Tech giants, Apple and Google, are providing. It is less likely that Samsung will be able to get customers like Apple has got.

Samsung has said that its sales were not good because the whole chip market is suffering from low demand as users get more and more inclined to smartphones as compared to LCDs, LEDs and computers.

If Samsung wants to make its sales comparative to the other manufacturers, it seriously needs to consider providing better services at an affordable price.

Despite its heavy loses, Samsung is going to increase its investment in semiconductors which it thinks will boost up its profits.

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iPhone 5 Coming This September ?

Good news for iPhone freaks! If popular rumors are to be believed, we’ll be having iPhone 5 in the early September. The leaked report says that Apple plans to produce 4 million units of the device globally and will be making 400,000 test devices.

This leak comes from a report published in China Times, one of the leading newspapers in China. It says that Apple may launch its best product during this fall when it will host its annual iPod music event. If Apple does so, it will not come of as a big surprise as it has a tradition of launching its new products at its annual programs.

It is also rumored that Apple will be launching its new iPad some time prior to thanksgiving. It will give Apple an advantage of launching two of its best products simultaneously.

Apple already has announced that it will launch iOS 5 in this fall. If it really is going to launch its iPhone 5 during that same period, it will prove best for its sales as users will rush to get their hands on both the device and its new OS.

It is going to be very exciting to see iPhone 5 amidst all the Android sets that have flooded the market.

What do you think? Could Apple’s beast beat its predecessor?

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Alibaba Launched A New Mobile OS

Alibaba group has launched its own mobile OS called ‘Aiyun’ which will be deployed in the “K-Touch Cloud Smartphone” manufactured by Tianyu. It was long known that Yahoo’s China partner Alibaba will launch a smartphone OS but its launch date was not confirmed.

The China based company is known for its E-Commerce business. It has developed softwares in the past but its move to enter the mobile OS market has came as a surprise.

The ‘Aiyun’ was developed by its cloud services division AliCloud. This OS will be mostly based on cloud services and will include cloud based e-mail, web search, weather updates and GPS navigation tools.

Though it is a good initiative by the company, still it will be pretty tough for it to compete in the Chinese mobile industry as Symbian owns more than half the market of mobile OS. Plus recent collaboration between Apple and some Chinese manufacturers could see their handsets running iOS in future. Google’s pet Android is also trying to find its place in Chinese mobile industry.

If we talk on an international scene, this OS has a little chance to compete with mainstream OS providers as its manufacturers are still inexperienced in the mobile OS scene.

Do you think Alibaba is ready for an international market?

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World’s First Microsoft Mango Based Phone Is Here

Yesterday, we told you folks that Microsoft’s Mango was ready to roll in the market as it had given samples to the manufacturers. And today we bring you the news that Fujitsu Toshiba has unveiled the world’s first Mango based Windows Phone, the IS12T.

This news came within 24 hours of Microsoft announcing that its Mango OS had been provided to manufacturers all over the globe for field testing. The new OS is believed to have more than 500 new features with an amazingly fast Internet Explorer 9.

No one in the tech industry was expecting this fast deployment of Windows Phone OS. But seeing this move by Fujitsu Toshiba, we won’t be surprised if some of the other leading manufacturers launch their Mango based Windows Phone in a few days.

The IS12T is said to feature a 3.7″ full HD screen with 13.2 mega pixel camera. The smartphone includes Bluetooth and Wifi with 32 GB memory and weighs not more than 113 grams. Fujitsu Toshiba, the manufacturers of IS12T, announced that this smartphone’s battery provides more than 11 days on standby and nearly 6 hours of talktime.

Microsoft’s Mango OS has got multiple features like People Hub, improved APIs, plethora of apps, better Live Tiles, improved multitasking, and better GUI.

It is going to be interesting to see Mango competing Android and iOS.

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Mozilla To Launch An OS In Response To Chrome

Mozilla is about to step into the OS market with a brand new open source Operating System. It announced today that it is going to modify its Gecko engine which is the driving force behind its Firefox browser and turn it into an open source OS.

Experts say that this move can be seen as a response to Google’s Chrome OS. Mozilla and Google are traditional rivals in web browsers. This rivalry will surely go on to next level with Mozilla launching its own OS. This OS is known as Boot To Gecko and is still in its premature stage. It will get around 3-4 updates before its source code is ready to roll in the market.

Boot To Gecko will be used as a mobile OS and could be used both on smartphones and tablets. It will feature new APIs for better development and will have Android as a kernel. These APIs will be web based and will let web developers to make calls, send files easily and will provide superb security features which are much needed now a days.

Though this news is absolutely fantastic, experts say that Mozilla could be sued under patent infringement by some companies. This could force Mozilla to fight a long battle as patent infringement laws are strict and if found guilty, it may have to close down its project.

What do you guys think?

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Manufacturers Get A Sample Of Microsoft Mango

Microsoft has decided to provide handset manufacturers with its latest Windows Phone OS, codenamed Mango. This move has been made so that manufacturers could test and then deploy it in their handsets.

This can be seen as the final field trial before the OS rolls out in the market. This version has long been rumored to be the best Windows Phone OS from Microsoft. It is worth noting that Microsoft has recently made a deal with Nokia, according to which the American giant will provide its Windows Mobile platform for the Finish companies future handsets.

This news was first seen on official Windows Phone blog which read as,“This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations. Here on the Windows Phone team, we now turn to preparing for the update process.”

Our opinion on this move is that this is the last chance Microsoft has to cash its Windows Mobile Platform. Previous version of its Mobile OS did very poor business. They were not able to survive in the mainstream market. Though Microsoft has made a deal with Nokia, but it is unlikely to boost its sales as Nokia itself is facing crisis at this time.

We’ll keep you posted on this.

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HTC To Compromise With Apple?

If you thought that Apple and HTC could settle their scores only in the court, you might be wrong. HTC is going to initiate talks with Apple Inc. over their copyright and patent dispute.

HTC’s CFO Winston Yung told media persons that,”We (Apple & HTC) have to sit down and figure things out”. This statement comes after HTC started using harsh words against Apple and began criticizing it openly.

HTC and Apple are arch nemesis. Both are smartphone giants and generally are in neck-to-neck competition. Apple had sued HTC for patent infringement of its iDevices. HTC has appealed against this and a hearing is scheduled in a few days.

HTC was also slammed up by ITC(International Trades Commission) over infringement of Apple patents. It seems that HTC had no other option than settling this matter with Apple Inc. outside the court.

Even if HTC chooses to fight the legal battle, there is only a little chance of it winning against Apple, whose case according to experts is pretty strong.

We must get ready for surprises as HTC may have to change some of its products as Apple is very strict about copyright issues.

Whatever may be the result of this feud, one thing is sure that the end result is sure to benefit the winning side in the long term.

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Android Gingerbread Coming To AT&T

Surprise for AT&T users! If you have got an Android phone and are a subscriber of AT&T, you might get an Android Gingerbread update. AT&T has announced that it would start upgrading subscribers to Android 2.3, known as Gingerbread, in the coming weeks.

The upgrade will start with Motorola Atrix 4G and will subsequently come to 6 other handsets. This upgrade was long awaited as AT&T users were not able to upgrade their Android OS. This announcement will definitely prove a bliss for them.

Though this version of Android is not the latest one, but still it will certainly add some cool features which the previous versions were lacking. This version comes with improved GUI, new applications, cool API and many other features.

Usually, Google launches a number versions of its Android platform in a year. This keeps users happy but sometimes it takes a hell lot of time for users to get those updates on their devices.

The updates get such a long time to roll out because every company uses different hardware. And to make that hardware compatible with the current version of Android OS, some modifications are made in the OS. This whole procedure takes a lot of time. Currently, only Google Nexus gets periodic updates for its OS as it is released by Google itself.

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BlackBerry Manufacturer RIM To Fire 2000 Employees

Research In Motion(RIM), the maker of the famous BlackBerry phone has announced that it will cut down 2000 jobs and its Chief Operating Officer may get retired in a near future. The announcement was made earlier today.

RIM’s main product, the BlackBerry is facing a tough competition from Android, Apple’s iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S II. Its sales have gone down since the launch of these products.

The affected employees will be notified as soon as possible. These layoffs, though not unexpected, will cut down the total force of the company by 10% and that will make quite a difference.

No doubt that BlackBerry phones are a status symbol but their sales are not in a competition with that of Android phones and the iPhone. Recently, Apple Inc. announced its second quarter sells which was around 20.3 million. Blackberry sold nearly 13.2 million units during that period. So clearly, BlackBerry is not in a direct competition with the iPhone,

RIM’s Chief Operating Officer Don Morrison is currently on medical leave and it is believed that he will retire soon. RIM has already announced his successors as Thorsten Heins and Jim Rowan, who will share COO duties.

It is sad that such a remarkable phone is losing its charm but in today’s competitive world, if you don’t change with the need of the hour, you soon get forgotten.

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