No Bloomberg, your smartphone analysis is flawed

By on October 3, 2011 at 8:54 PM.

No Bloomberg, your smartphone analysis is flawed

Bloomberg ran an article today that says Apple has lost out to RIM and Nokia in India's fast growing smartphone market. The article is factually correct by pointing out RIM and Nokia have a larger smartphone market share in the country but we do not agree with the analysis of comparing portfolio players like RIM, Nokia and Samsung, all of which have smartphones starting from sub-Rs 10,000 with Apple, which only retails two models, the cheapest one selling for Rs 20,000. It's akin to reporting Maruti and Hyundai sell more cars in India than BMW and then picking on BMW for selling fewer cars. And that is no story. Also, it seems the report does not take into account the way phones are sold in India as compared to Europe and America, where every smartphone is subsidized. Read on for our analysis of the report. More →
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Bloomberg: Nokia’s retooling could lead to 6,000 lost jobs

By on April 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM.

Bloomberg: Nokia’s retooling could lead to 6,000 lost jobs

A report filed by Bloomberg paints a grim picture for Nokia Oyj workers the world over. With an announced and looming restructuring in the works, the publication writes that “a reduction in research and development activities is set to be announced by the end of the month” and that “as many as 6,000 jobs” could be cut. Back in February — just days before Mobile World Congress — the company’s new CEO, Stephen Elop, announced that Nokia would adopt Microsoft’s recently released Windows Phone operating system on future smartphones. The announcement also noted that the company would begin to sunset development, support, and research activities centered around the Symbian and MeeGo operating systems — the two mobile operating systems currently utilized by Nokia phones. This reduction in activity translates into a surplus of unneeded, full-time job positions. At the close of 2010, Nokia employed 58,642 people in its handset organisation — 16,134 work in research and development. The company has over 16,000 workers located in Finland, and accounts for just north of 2% of that country’s total gross domestic product.

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Android loses more ‘open’ cred as Google fights fragmentation

By on March 31, 2011 at 7:27 AM.

Android loses more ‘open’ cred as Google fights fragmentation

According to a report filed by Bloomberg Businessweek, Google is beginning to shorten the proverbial leash that Android licensees are currently attached to. Citing “dozens” of industry executives working at “key companies in the Android ecosystem,” the publication writes that Google will need to approve the future Android-plans of its software partners in exchange for early access to upcoming builds of the mobile operating system. “There will be no more willy-nilly tweaks to the software,” reads the report. “No more partnerships formed outside of Google’s purview.” More →

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NFC-enabled Windows Phones could go on sale this year, report suggests

By on March 30, 2011 at 12:02 PM.

NFC-enabled Windows Phones could go on sale this year, report suggests

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is working on a Windows Phone update that will bring mobile payments to its fledgling smartphone operating system. Citing two anonymous sources, the publications writes that the company “plans to include mobile-payment technology in new versions of its operating system for smartphones as part of an effort to narrow Google Inc.’s lead in handset software,” and “the first devices boasting these features may be released this year.” The report suggests that the company’s mobile payments solution will be based on NFC (Near Field Communications) technology, meaning that new phones with NFC hardware would also have to be released. The world’s largest phone manufacturer, Nokia, has committed to Microsoft’s smartphone operating system for future devices. The Finnish company has been experimenting with, and using, NFC in its phones for many years, which can’t hurt Microsoft’s chances of success. More →

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