Posts tagged ‘HTC’

November 1, 2011

HTC – top phone vendor in the US, Samsung world wide

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

The research firm Canalys in its new report indicates that HTC is the leading smart phone vendor in the United States based on third quarter shipments by major vendors including Apple, Samsung and HTC. With a range of 4G Android devices, HTC has quickly built a popular brand in a few short years. On a worldwide scale, Samsung has overtaken Apple to the top spot with a 49% year on year growth. Quite impressive! 

The September quarter as we all know, has not been very good for Apple due to its failure to meet street expectations mostly due to the (late) launch of the iPhone 4S instead of the iPhone 5. I would be interested to see which of the companies do the best during holiday sales, given that Apple usually takes the crown for the holiday quarter.

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October 27, 2011

Nokia Lumia 800 vs. iPhone 4s vs. Galaxy S II vs. Droid Razr

The biggest player in the handset industry, Nokia has now officially entered the smart phone battle with the release of its new phones – Nokia Lumia 800 & 710. Nokia has kicked its old MeeGo OS and Symbian OS to build phones with the new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS.

The spec on Lumia 800 is comparative to iPhone 4S, Galaxy Nexus II and Droid Razr, except that it falls short in the video recording category at 720 p while others are at 1080 p.  We posted a chart from PC World to spell out the technical details for you.

Lumia 800 will launch in some European countries next month and will roll out to Asian countries and Russia by end of the year. Lumia 710 is also expected launch alongside Lumia 800 in Russia and Asia this year. Nokia doesn’t really seem to be going after the US market, since it is not clear when these phones will be available in the US, although the company’s press indicated that it would be releasing a portfolio of products early next year.  Nokia also did not say which US carriers would carry the phones. As for the price, Lumia 800 will be available at $549.99 unlocked.

Earlier, we had reported that Microsoft payed $1 Million to Nokia for their partnership. It’s interesting to see how the Android landscape has changed since then, with device manufacturers either paying royalty to competitors or just not being able to sell in countries where they have been sued for patent infringement. Was Nokia’s decision to go with Windows Phone 7 OS (instead of Android) a smart move? Maybe, but in my opinion Miscrosoft got the better end of the deal. Globally, Nokia’s phones are very popular for their hardware and have an established customer base, and now with a better OS in place, Nokia & Microsoft are all set to take over the cell phone market on a big scale.

Nokia’s Lumia 800 (left) and Lumia 710 (right)


October 13, 2011

Box.net giving away 50 GB of free storage for iOS users!

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

If Apple’s 5GB of iCloud is not enough, then check out Box.net who is throwing in a free 50GB for iOS users. The deal starts  on Friday 10/14 at 12:01 AM PST and runs for 50 days. All you need to do is download the app on your iDevice and the storage space will be your forever!  With Airplay, you can also wireless-ly stream your Box.net content to your TV. I’m jumping from the DropBox bandwagon to the Box.net wagon. What about you?

Before HP shut down their TouchPad business, Box.net was giving away 50 GB free storage on TouchPads too and DropBox collaborated with HTC to give away 5 GB of free cloud for HTC users. But 50 GB trumps the meager 5GB 🙂

 

August 24, 2011

Google acquires Motorola Mobility

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Last week, Google acquired Motorola Mobility division for $12.5 billion or $40 per share (when Motorola shares were going at $28). Recently Google has been crying about losing out on the Nortel patent auction to Microsoft and Apple, who won the patents for $4.5 billion and raised the barrier to entry into the mobile market.

With Apple and Microsoft already suing Android phone manufacturers already, the Google’s Nortel patent loss is a harbinger of only more suing to ensue. Google had to do something to combat this and made a gutsy move to invest $12.5 billion in cash to buy Motorola Mobility.

The Motorola acquisition brings with it 19,000 employees, revenue of $11 billion and assets of $6 billion. More importantly, Google now owns 17,000 patents and an additional $7,500 filed patent applications.

Maybe Google will learn how to integrate a certain hardware with its Android software and copy Apple’s path to success 😛 Maybe Google will only cling on to Motorola software engineering and not the hardware branch. It’s also possible that other Android hardware manufacturers feel alienated with Google now owning a hardware division.

In any case, S&P has downgraded Google believing the purchase to be a bad move for Google. A lot of speculation, I would hate it if Apple lost a competitor! 😛


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It’s a gutsy move by Google for sure to acquire a hardware company but I think it’s a smart move! Forget S&P’s downgrade of Google. With the moves they’re making these days Moody seems more reliable to me 🙂

One thing that I’ve always said about Apple products is that their hardware is slick. Hopefully, Google can now get innovative and come up with slick designs to give Apple a run for their money!

I do have to agree with AppleGirl on one point ;P. A smart move that Google made by acquiring Motorola is that Google acquired all of Motorola’s patents which I’m sure will be useful in the future.

As for all the other manufacturers out there currently producing Android devices, I think this will be good motivation for them to step up their game. Personally, I think Samsung doesn’t need the motivation since they have some of the best devices out there like the Samsung Tab 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy S II 🙂

 

 

 

July 23, 2011

Apple – the big bully!

 BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It looks like Apple is trying to alienate the themselves from the world. They’re suing everyone left and right for patent infringe. Right now they have an ongoing lawsuit with HTC, Samsung and Motorola. HTC did get some bad news recently, the International Trade commission made some initial determination that HTC did infringe on two out of the ten patents that is in dispute.  HTC’s general counsel Grace Lei recently stated this “HTC is disappointed at Apple’s constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market.” Pretty much, stop wasting everyone’s time and resources, and start putting your brains together to come up with the next best thing! With all the money that they’re spending on legation, they could have invested that in the technology instead. I mean come on, most recently, they copied Android’s notification system 😉

As for Samsung, thanks to the bitter battles over the patents, their relationship with Apple is not looking very bright. There are reports that Apple is soon going to stop using them as their chip supplier; Samsung currently supplies the A5 chip for the iPhone. Instead, Apple is turning to TSMC a Taiwanese chip maker to supply their chips. 

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

HTC is not new to patent infringement. If only, HTC had invested its resources in making an original phone, it could have saved itself $5 per phone that it pays Microsoft for patent infringement along with the royalty that it might have to pay Apple. 

As Steve Jobs says “We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it,” “We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

I think Apple is doing the right thing by going after all the phone manufacturers and claiming its right to the intellectual property it created. GoogleChic, are you hinting that Apple should come up with the next best thing so Android users get a free pass to it? 🙂 

June 12, 2011

Patent Wars: HTC vs. Microsoft, Apple vs. Samsung

BY THE APPLE GIRL

For every Android phone it sells, HTC has agreed to pay $5 to Microsoft over intellectual patent infringement. Although it is not clear on the area of infringement, those close to the company indicate that the infringement broadly applies in areas ranging from the user interface to the underlying operating system. HTC also makes Windows phones but apparenty thats irrelevant.
So there you go, Microsoft has found its way into making some $$ from Android. 
BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS obviously is far less superior than Android which is why they’re trying to make some $$ off Android 🙂

It seems like everyone is suing each other these days. Apple filed a suit in April claiming that Samsung stole the “look and feel” of the iPhone and iPad.

Samsung later in the month filed a suit against Apple claiming that it infringed on 10 patents. Namely, the ability to use the web while on the phone.

In the end, Apple is still Samsung’s number two customer as Samsung provides the processor chips for the iPhones. Come on people, competition is good for the market!

 

August 30, 2010

More HTC on Verizon

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Check out this gorgeous eye candy that’s headed to Verizon. It has a 8 mega pixel camera, front facing camera, dual led flash, 4.3 inch screen, and a kick stand. Apparently, the phone is supposed to be more polished than the Nexus One body (and you know how I love the Nexus!). We’ll have to keep our eyes out for this one.


BY THE APPLE GIRL

Geez.. the rate at which HTC is releasing Android phones is making me dizzy!

The leaked HTC phone is rumored to be called the Scorpion (If that’s the name, HTC, well done! You have kept up your incredible naming legacy). It is supposed to have 1.5GHz Snap dragon processor and packed with Android 2.2. I am sure GoogleChic can’t wait to get her hands on this one!

Scorpion will still lag behind Apple’s retina display and iOS4. And if its going to support flash, lets talk about the battery life. Apple sold a few million phones in 3 days. Lets see this bad boy beat that!

P.S:GoogleChic, beware that you might have to pay through your nose for all the suped up hardware. Plus why is no one complaining about the size? It does appear to be quite a handful. I am also guessing that its going to weigh a ton!


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August 19, 2010

Google Chrome Tab to be the next iPad killer?

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Oh Boy! Here we go again! Another iPad killer. This time it is the Google Chrome OS Tablet. It’s amazing how everyone wants to make a killer product against Apple. Think about it. That’s multitudes of companies trying to kill just “one device, one carrier“, as GoogleChic likes to refer to it.

GoogleChic, did you see the Chrome OS ad from last year? Was Google trying to give us a free OS crash course? Is this tablet going to be as lame as the ad? I hope they know that no one really cares about what’s under the hood. Beat the sex-appeal of an iPad and then we are talking!

P.S: Check out the Apple iPad ad. Isn’t it really delicious? GoogleChic, maybe a marketing crash course is due for Google. 🙂

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

The Chrome OS tablet as an iPad killer? There goes AppleGirl again comparing apples to oranges.

Google is being “innovative” yet again, they’re the first to create a web based OS. There’s a lot of potential with the Chrome OS tablets, it’s cloud based; you’re able to log on from any Chrome OS device and resume where you left off. Also, it’s super light weight and the boot up time is amazing!

I was traveling the other week, at the hotel they have PC’s available for their guest. I noticed that all of the users were just browsing, checking their gmail etc. Think about how useful a Chrome OS tablet would be, probably more cost effective, and  much faster. Not to mention, users would feel right at home since all they have to do is log in and everything is configured just the way they left it. Check it out for yourselves ( this was demoed 9 months ago, so at Google’s rate think how far it must have gotten!)

P.S AppleGirl, Google is not in the market to make “flashy” ads. They rather spend their time perfecting the product. Remember, simplicity goes a long way (just like this OS).


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July 29, 2010

How does HTC name ’em?

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Have you wondered why HTC names all its phones with lame superlative names? If you  know what HTC (High Tech Computer Corporation) stood for, you would probably understand why they have naming block going on.

But partly I dont blame them for the “spectacular” (that’s a  pun intended!) names they come up with. For a company which is pumping out dozens of models a year, it must really be tough to name its products!

So what’s HTC”s “brilliant” (again, pun intended!) idea? The company turned to its Facebook followers to come up with names. Why not crowd source the work? They know their marketing team sucks anyway. Or wait, maybe they should have asked the “genius” Windows Phone 7 Series guys to help them out.

Here’s the poll from Facebook. Sounds like someone went to a Bon Jovi concert the day before they created the poll!! I am a little disappointed with the options given. HTC, I know you could have done better (HTC Scorpion, HTC Rolling Stone, HTC Sting?)

As if that were not enough they even had an ad campaign which says “Set your fingers free” (like free to clench my fist  and punch you in the face?)

Now here’s the cherry on top. The company logo itself! ROTFL! GoogleChic, I can imagine you fuming with anger. But it’s okay to laugh a little! After all, you wouldn’t want to change your name to “GoogleChic Incredible” would you? 😉

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

HTC utilizes energetic superlative to indicate that its phones can squash its competitors’ in a heartbeat!

If you want to compare, I guess if you can count then you can name an iPhone. There’s the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 (I swear at one point it was iPhone 4G).  Wait, where’s 2? Oh never mind, I guess the numbering system is too overrated for Apple. Let’s name it according to it’s features instead. iPhone 3G for it’s 3G capabilities. iPhone 3GS, S for speed since it has a faster processor. I’m not quite sure how iPhone 4 came about, but if I were to guess, they “borrowed” a good to have feature (4G capability) from one of its competitor (hmm let’s just say HTC EVO)  and coined it iPhone 4G. Oh wait according to the AppleGirl it’s iPhone 4 (drop the G since it doesn’t really support 4G speed).

And for the icing on the cake, let me just remind everyone of the iPad debacle. Need I say more?

As for HTC’s “quietly brilliant” slogan, I think it’s brilliant! HTC let’s the power of its device “quietly” speak for itself. Unlike the “there’s an app for that” catch phrase we see in EVERY commercial.

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