Sony is on track to ship 35 million smartphones this year; that's 8.75 million per quarter. Last week the company's Q3 2012 financial results showed 8.8 million smartphones were sold, so it looks like everything is going to plan. But what about next year? According to sources who have spoken to DigiTimes, Sony wants to bump up their smartphone shipments to 50 million in 2013; that's 12.5 million per quarter.
Lost Apple orders force Samsung to question building another fab
According to DigiTimes, who has a track record that's 50/50, meaning they're hard to take seriously, but they're also impossible to ignore, they say Samsung is going to delay building a new fab due to Apple. Because Apple hates Samsung guts, they're shopping around, looking to get components from various other companies.
iPhone users consume more data than Android users, but there are exceptions
According to new data published by FierceWireless and the NPD Group, it looks like iPhone owners use more data than their Android counterparts. How was this data collected? NPD's SmartMeter app was installed on roughly 1,000 smartphones. They've been collecting data from Android users since April 2012, but last month they started gathering data from around 100 iPhone owners.
Developers are still making more money on iOS, but the gap is quickly shrinking
Put yourself in the shoes of someone who writes software in order to feed a family. Which platform are you going to support? The one that has the prettiest user interface? The one that's open source? None of that matters, you're going to write for the operating system that can give you the most revenue.
European Commission wants operators to use their 3G spectrum for 4G networks
The European Commission has issued a statement today that can best be summed up like this: All that spectrum that's currently being used for UMTS (3G) networks in the 2 GHz band, let's let everyone use it for 4G networks by June 30, 2014.
Japan Display demos new low power 5 inch 1080p panel and 7 inch 431 PPI panel
JDI, which is short for Japan Display Incorporated, recently showed off two new displays. The first is a 5 inch panel that does 1920 x 1080 and comes with two new technologies called WhiteMagic and Pixel Eyes. The second is a 7 inch panel that has the same resolution as the recently announced Nexus 10.
The Nexus business model and why retail stores will never be able to compete
The Spanish retailer Phone House has recently said that they're not going to sell the Nexus 4 because LG wants them to price it at 599 EUR. Meanwhile, Google is selling the Nexus 4 in Spain for 350 EUR online. How is this possible? It's obvious, and I hate that I have to point this out, but here it goes: Phone House has to lease stores. They have to pay people to remodel those stores. They have to pay people to work in those stores. They need to hire a team of people to meticulously manage the inventory. I could go on, but I'll stop.
Samsung to completely overhaul their brand, show off their new identity at CES
According to the Australian website Channel News, Samsung is in the process of overhauling their brand. The familiar Samsung logo written in blue letters will soon disappear. What's going to replace it? We'll find out at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, which is set to kick off on January 8th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Microsoft to launch their own phone and copy Android’s notification tray in 2013
According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is aiming to turn things around in 2013. Their sources in Asia tell them that Microsoft is working on their own smartphone, but they can't confirm whether or not the company plans to mass produce said device. Microsoft could very well just be doing some research, poking around to see what their hardware engineers could come up with, but our gut tells us that there's something more to this story.
Android 4.x now running on 28.5% of Android devices, Jelly Bean just 2.7%
Every two weeks, Google likes to update their Android Developer website with statistics about which Android devices are accessing the Google Play Store. Today they've updated that page. Here are the numbers you need to know: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of the operating system, is on 2.7% of all Android devices currently in use. Looking at Android 4.0 and Android 4.1 combined, those versions are on 28.5% of all devices.