Apple made 24 acquisitions in last 18 months and other takeaways from Q2 earnings call

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Apple made 24 acquisitions in last 18 months and other takeaways from Q2 earnings call

During the earnings call to announce Apple's Q2 2014 results, CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple acquired as many as 24 companies in the last 18 months. Allaying investor fears whether Apple can still innovate, Cook said that Apple keeps on looking for opportunities but doesn't publicly announce these acquisitions. He stressed on Apple's plans to launch new product categories multiple times during the call. More →
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Apple iPhone sales in India grew 55% year-on-year

By on April 24, 2014 at 3:51 AM.

Apple iPhone sales in India grew 55% year-on-year

Sales of iPhone grew by 55 percent year-on-year in India in the March ending quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed during the company's second quarter earnings call. Apple sold 43.7 million units of the iPhone during the quarter, which is a new record for the March quarter as it follows a typically busy holiday season quarter that also witnesses the launch of new iPhones. In November last year, BGR India had exclusively reported about Apple's aggressive iPhone sales strategy for India soon after the launch of the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in the country. More →
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Apple Q2 2014 earnings: 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads sold

By on April 24, 2014 at 2:30 AM.

Apple Q2 2014 earnings: 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads sold

Apple announced its Q2 2014 earnings with a quarterly revenue of $45.6 billion and profit of $10.2 billion or $11.62 per diluted share. This compares with $43.6 billion and a net profit of $9.5 billion in the year-ago quarter. The thing to note is Apple did not announce any new product in the current quarter. Apple also announced it sold 43.7 million iPhones as opposed to 37.4 million units in Q2 2013, 16.3 million iPads as opposed to 19.5 million units in the year-ago quarter. The company also sold 4.1 million Macs an increase from 3.9 million units in Q2 2013, and 2.8 million iPods as against 5.6 million units in the year-ago quarter. Apple has also announced record $4.6 billion in revenues from software and services during the quarter. More →
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Xiaomi to launch in 10 more countries this year, including India

By on April 23, 2014 at 3:48 PM.

Xiaomi to launch in 10 more countries this year, including India

Xiaomi, the four-year-old smartphone company that sells more smartphones than Apple in China, is planning to sell its smartphones in 10 new markets this year. Lei Jun, Xiaomi's founder and CEO, aims to sell 100 million smartphones annually by 2015, Bloomberg reports. The ten new markets include India, Brazil and Russia along with a few South East Asian countries, Jun announced at a launch event in Beijing today. Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's VP for international markets had earlier mentioned the new markets and said Xiaomi wanted to first launch in South East Asia followed by India and then Latin America. More →
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HTC says it “has no intention” to buy Nokia’s Chennai manufacturing plant

By on April 23, 2014 at 1:06 PM.

HTC says it “has no intention” to buy Nokia’s Chennai manufacturing plant

HTC has denied it has any intentions to acquire Nokia's Chennai manufacturing plant. The facility, which is one of the largest in the world, is in the middle of a tax controversy with the Indian government. Reports in the Indian media yesterday had suggested HTC could look at acquiring the plant. More →
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WhatsApp has over 48 million monthly active users in India

By on April 23, 2014 at 12:39 AM.

WhatsApp has over 48 million monthly active users in India

WhatsApp has more than 48 million monthly active users in India, WhatsApp's "business guy" Neeraj Arora told BGR India. WhatsApp is the world's most popular mobile messaging service after SMS with more than half-a-billion monthly active users globally. India is among the fastest growing markets for the service along with Brazil, Mexico and Russia. More →
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WhatsApp crosses 500 million monthly active users in less than 5 years of its inception

By , on April 22, 2014 at 11:42 PM.

WhatsApp crosses 500 million monthly active users in less than 5 years of its inception

WhatsApp today announced it has crossed 500 million monthly active users. It took the mobile messaging service less than five years to achieve the milestone since Jan Koum and Brian Acton founded the service in June 2009. WhatsApp says Brazil, India, Russia and Mexico are its fastest growing markets. Users are sending more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos over WhatsApp every single day. More →
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Apple iOS 7.1.1 update released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

By on April 22, 2014 at 10:58 PM.

Apple iOS 7.1.1 update released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Apple has released a new update for iOS 7 - iOS 7.1.1. The OTA update is a minor one over iOS 7.1, which was released last month. Many users had then complained about faster battery drain while iPhone 4S users complained about not being able to connect to Wi-Fi networks. The release notes for the update, however does not mention any of these as important bug fixes. The update is compatible with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s and iPhone 4, as well as recent iPad and iPod touch models. More →
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Inside Amazon’s smartphone: Unique 3D UI revealed

By on April 22, 2014 at 9:27 PM.

Inside Amazon’s smartphone: Unique 3D UI revealed

Our colleagues at BGR Classic earlier exclusively revealed the first photos of Amazon's upcoming smartphone with six cameras. Today they have the exclusive details of how the 3D UI on the smartphone will work. It turns out that the hardware enabled 3D effects are just the tip of the iceberg and it will be baked deeply into how users will interact with the phone. More →
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There are some ideas Apple doesn’t mind Samsung copies

By on April 22, 2014 at 3:58 PM.

There are some ideas Apple doesn’t mind Samsung copies

Apple today released a few videos emphasizing its efforts in the areas of clean energy including the "Better" video ad with Tim Cook's voice over and another showing how Apple Campus 2 will be one of the greenest office spaces in the world. Along with these, Apple has released a tongue in cheek print ad campaign targeted at Samsung, essentially saying it won't mind if the Korean company too copies the steps Apple has taken for a greener planet. More →
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