Post Tagged with: "smartphones"

Samsung Sees Sales Slowdown in Q2

Samsung announced on Tuesday that it’s expecting a drop in sales for the second quarter. The smartphone maker is anticipating revenue of 52 trillion won ($51.5 billion), which is a decline of 9.5% from a year ago. Operating profit is also expected to take a tumble and be down 24% year-over-year to 7.2 trillion won [...]

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IDC Cuts Tablet Sales Forecast Due to Growth of Phablets

Market research group IDC has reduced its annual forecast for tablet sales. The new estimate for 2014 puts sales at 245.4 million tablets, down from the previous forecast of 260.9 million. If this prediction is accurate, it means that tablet sales in 2014 will have an annual growth rate of just 12.1%, which is a [...]

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Sony Reports Huge Loss for Fiscal Year

Sony saw its profits fall drastically in the 2013 fiscal year, posting a net loss of $1.3 billion. Operating income fell to $257 million, though sales climbed slightly to $75 billion. The technology giant reported a per share loss of $1.21, below the $1.09 loss that analysts were expecting. After releasing these results, Sony is [...]

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Samsung to Launch Tizen Phone by End of Q2

Samsung plans to launch its first smartphone running its Tizen operating system by the end of the second quarter of the year. The company told Reuters that it is working to introduce two smartphones running the self-developed OS as an alternative to the Android devices for which it is best known. Yoon Han-kil, the senior [...]

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Smartphone Prices Set to Decline as Vendors Target Emerging Markets

For anyone who has ever felt that smartphones are too expensive, International Data Corp. has some good news. IDC reported that it expects average smartphone costs to come in nearly 13% lower this year than in 2012. The analyst group put the average price for smartphones this year at $337, which is $50 less than [...]

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Carriers Oppose Smartphone “Kill Switch” to Protect Profits

With a growing number of smartphone thefts and the personal security issues that accompany them, it makes sense that people would be looking for a solution. One option put forth by lawmakers is for phone makers to install a “kill switch” that would allow phones to be deactivated remotely if stolen. However, the major carriers [...]

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Smartphone Subscriptions to Reach 5.6 Billion by 2019

Smartphones are on track to expand their reach even further, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. By 2019, the number of mobile subscriptions worldwide is forecast to reach 9.3 billion and around 60%, or 5.6 billion, will be for smartphones. By comparison, smartphones currently account for 25% to 30% of mobile subscriptions. Smartphone sales [...]

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Smartphone Shipments Up 44% in Q3

It’s no surprise that smartphone shipments are on the rise, but the latest numbers from Canalys are enough to raise a few eyebrows. The research firm reported that over 250 million smartphones shipped worldwide in the third quarter of 2013 which represents growth of 44% from the same period in 2012. Samsung and Apple continued [...]

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U.S. Government Petitions FCC to Allow Cell Phone Unlocking

The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration has filed a formal proposal with the Federal Communications Commission to require wireless carriers to unlock cell phones. Cell phone, and particularly smartphone, unlocking has been gaining attention at the top levels of government, including White House support for an Internet petition. The issue became a hot [...]

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Annual Tablet Shipments to Surpass PCs by 2015

The days of the personal computer are numbered according to a report by research group IDC, which says that tablet shipments will surpass PC shipments in the next two years. IDC is predicting that more tablets will ship in the fourth quarter of 2013 than PCs, while annual tablet shipments are estimated to surpass those [...]

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