HTC's Q1 Quandary: HTC reported its biggest revenue drop yet Friday as it released its unaudited first-quarter earnings. One of the main reasons was competition from fellow Android-maker Samsung, which presented a much rosier outlook for the first quarter, but also has several non-handset businesses to help its margins.
Samsung is forecasting consolidated revenues of 45 trillion Korean won (US $39.78 billion) and an operating profit at 5.8 trillion won ($5.13 billion). HTC said it earned total revenues of NT$67,790 million ($2.3 billion) in the first quarter, a 34.92 percent dip from last year. Both companies are stepping it up in the Android market this year -- HTC with its One series of smartphones and Samsung with its Galaxy line and Note "phablet." (See Sprint Unveils HTC Evo LTE and Samsung Sells 5M Phablets.)
Google augments your eyes: Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has its eye on another platform for its software: glasses. The software giant has released a video (below) detailing augmented reality-equipped Google Glasses that pull up information about your surroundings as you walk. The glasses tap into Google's mobile functions, like search, voice commands and video chat to add context for the nerd -- I mean, person -- wearing them.
Instagram wages geek war: Photo-taking Android users were happy to see that Instagram unleashed a version of its photo-editing app on Google's OS this week. More than 1 million downloaded the app in its first 24 hours on the Android Market. The launch did, however, start an online geek-fight between iPhone and Android users, with many reverting back to stereotypes of both platforms -- i.e. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) users are sheep and Android users are tied to an inferior OS.
Lumia 900 on OS lockdown: Reviews of the Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) Lumia 900 on AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) are in, and, of course, most are drawing comparisons between the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS and Android. CNET points out that in contrast to Android, Windows Phone is "pretty locked down," giving Nokia little room to add its own touches to the OS. Instead the handset maker played up its own apps like Nokia Drive, Maps and Transit, as well as highlighted third-party apps like ESPN and CNN. CNET also noted that the Lumia doesn't have Nokia Music Mix, available in Europe, to help its credibility, nor does it have Nokia's new TV service, only coming to Finland so far. (See AT&T's Nokia Lumia Drops LTE to $100 and Nokia Fires Cheap Shot at Apple.)
BlackBerry still alive in D.C.: BlackBerry may have lost favor in its home market, Canada, but one place it still is holding strong is in Washington, D.C., where federal workers -- including President Obama -- are still using its BlackBerry devices. Half a million people, in fact, are hanging on to their BlackBerrys, according to the Washington Post. The regulators reportedly appreciate the device's security and relative low cost, although many admitted to having iPhone envy. (See OS Watch: RIM Loses at Home, Braces for Worse and More RIM Shots: BlackBerry Apps & Mishaps Abroad.)
DCITDave, User Rank: Light Beer 12/5/2012 | 5:37:02 PM
re: OS Watch: HTC's Revenue Release
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Instagram is a neat way to quickly share photos, but all the filters folks feel compelled to use tend to make the photos look a good deal worse than the original pic. And, really, I stopped using Instagram after iOS 5 came out. The photo sharing via Twitter is much, much better now.
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.