According to Bloomberg’s report, Hewlett-Packard, one of the largest computer makers worldwide, is going to announce plans to spin off its personal computer business in order to focus on cloud-based services and software. The computer maker confirmed that its board of directors has authorized the decision of partial or full separation of its Personal Systems Group (PSG) from the company by means of spin-off or other transaction. The announcement about spin off is planned to be made later today after the company publishes its quarterly financial results.
It is needless to say, patent-related legal arguments were widely covered by media lately. It is clear that the more the company has patents, the more advantage it will have over its opponent in legal disputes. The chart showed above (via GigaOM) from mobile analyst Chetan Sharma represents the number of patents issued to companies both in the Europe and USA in the period from 1993 to 2011.
Today analytics firm DisplaySearch published its estimations of mobile PC sales for the 2Q 2011. The research counts both tablets and notebooks, and Apple managed to outpace all its rivals with 21.1% of the market share. The company easily passed (by nearly 4 million units) second-place HP, which has 15% share with 9.7 million units shipped.
This week AT&T has revealed that the sales of the first LTE devices, AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G and AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G, will start on August 21st. All customers will be able to utilize 5 gigabytes of data for $50 every month and after the limit will be exceeded 1 gigabyte of data will cost 10$. It is also known that AT&T USBConnect Adrenaline which is LTE-upgradeable will receive an update to LTE on August 26.
AT&T has also told about its plans to sell 4G LTE using five market places later this summer, which are situated in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. All customers with 4G LTE-consistent devices will have access to 4G LTE speeds as AT&T's 4G LTE service will be already available. Read the rest of this entry »
As you know release of the next-generation iPhone is expected in September. It’s not clear yet whether this smartphone will support 4G transmission technology LTE (Long Term Evolution), but BGR wrote that Apple and some mobile carrier in US have already tested iPhone models with LTE support.
Today co-founder and CEO of Google Larry Page officially said that their company has acquired one of the largest smartphone manufacturer – Motorola, specifically Motorola Mobility. The company was sold for $12.5 billion, which is 63% more than the closing price of the company on Friday, August 12. This deal has yet to be approved by several official authorities in USA and European Union, as well as Motorola Mobility’s shareholders. All transition processes is expected to finish in the end of 2011 or beginning of 2012.
Advertising firm Millennial Media just issued its 50th Mobile Intelligence Report regarding trends on the mobile phone market on the basis of ad impressions. The report suggests some interesting conclusions about the general trends in the industry.
Several interesting patentapplications filed by Apple have been summarized today by Patently Apple. Among many new applications recently published by the US Patent & TrademarkOffice the most interesting concern a new finger oil resistant coating, antenna clip for iPhone and usage of solar energy as a power source for portable devices.
According to Bloomberg’s report, Nintendo’s investors are urging the company to produce titles for iOS devices. Alternatively, Tokyo-based Stats Investment Management Co considers that Nintendo should try to either develop something absolutely new or buy its way into smartphone market. Bloomberg wrote:
Today Apple managed to pass Exxon and now it is the most world valuable company. However, people’s euphoria lasted several hours and then Exxon were on top again after market rally. But many people are still eager to know: What can happen to Apple next?
According to Asymco's Horace Dedie report, Apple is a king of the hill in smartphone sales and is on LG heels for the third place in cell phone sales worldwide.
Samsung that revealed its profits for the second quarter is the second-largest smartphone manufacture globally in terms of units, however the company refuses to reveal its sales data explaining that by fierce competition with Apple.
It is well known that iPad is a fine gaming device. And it looks like Apple is going to improve iPad’s entertainment capabilities as it is a new trend nowadays. Some well-known publishers pay most attention to gaming aspect of the iPad as consumers gradually lose interest in gaming on traditional consoles. Console’s long upgrade cycle, expensive software and hardware for them and allure of touch gaming devices are main contributing factors to the decline of the console business. Recently The Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello said IndustryGamers:
As DigiTimes reports, now Apple as well as other companies like Samsung, is exploring the possibility of using solar panels in its future products. Reportedly Apple is even considering adding Taiwan-based solar panel makers in its supply chain. This fact means that the company is not only exploring this technology but is already planning who exactly will manufacture these panels.