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When the iPad launched in 2010, Apple competitors were taken by surprise. They were still dealing with the iPhone revolution and Apple re-invented another product category that no one was concentrating on. The handheld industry was never the same again.

Samsung was the first one to respond with a underpowered and poorly optimized 7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab. It bombed for all practical purposes with poor reviews all around. However Samsung had sales numbers to throw at the public that made us feel that the Tab was successful. They reported sales of 2 million Galaxy Tab tablets while the true figures released during recent patent trials in US courts was at around 1 million units. These figures as as per Samsung’s own internal documents.  [click to continue…]

While Appel did budge and increase the size of the Apple iPhone with the iPhone 5, however a 4″ screen in 2014 isn’t the right size? Has the market moved away from Apple’s magical iPhone screen size? Something that was gigantic back in 2007 even with 3.5″ surface.

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In documents submitted to the court during the ongoing Samsung vs Apple patent battle, it has come to light that Apple has been fretting over the iPhone screen size falling short of popular demand. Cheap Android devices with 5″ screens have become very popular with manufacturers like Micromax making the most of this opportunity. [click to continue…]

Apple’s supplier company Pegatron which is based in China has been in news for quite sometime but for all the wrong reasons. Recently a fifteen year-old, Shi Zhaokun died in the factory. Apple said that the boy died from pneumonia and not from the factory’s working conditions. Pegatron has been the site of several workers deaths in recent months and has been under-reporting the long hours employees endure, according to China Labor Watch . Shi’s family believes the long working hours at the factory played a role in his death. On Monday, Yang Xiaosa, a cousin said that the last time his family contacted Shi, who had a slight cold but was feeling better and was taking medicines. A week later, Shi was found looking severely ill at the factory’s cafeteria, and was taken to a hospital, where he died. Yang said, “We wanted him to take a day off, but he said it would not be easy to.”

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Android and Samsung might be dominating globally, but US still seems to be a stronghold for Apple that Samsung is failing to break. Samsung has been spending high amount of money market its products in the US and capture the top spot last year but still failed to make it despite its efforts, there were repots earlier suggesting that Samsung is planning to increase its marketing spending up by 4 times in US in an effort to further push its smartphone sales in the US. The recent reports from ComScore suggest that the overall sales of smartphones in the US moved up by 8% this quarter and recorded 133.7 million handsets being owned currently. Out of all the handsets in use right now Apple’s iPhone currently occupies 38.9% up by 3.9% compared to last quarter’s 35%.

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Justice, tasked with combating drug smuggling and use within the United States, that at times would need to intercept mobile communications to gather valuable data. But recent report from CNET suggest that Apple’s iMessage service is turning out to be a big pain to crack and intercept as iMessage’s encryption are not vulnerable to existing methods used by the DEA. Apple’s terms include a clause to share their iMessage details with governing agencies to comply with law enforcement is deemed necessary as does any other tech company like Google or Facebook. But as of now the laws only state backdoor access to be provided to agencies like DEA by all telecom operators and Apple not being a telecom operator is exempted from it.

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Your favourite game Angry Bird’s maker Rovio reported its annual revenue for the year of 2012 and it seems to be a great year for Rovio which reported a revenue of $195 million up by around 101% compared to the $96.9 million back in 2011. The main source of revenue for Rovio still remains paid games, virtual goods, advertising and merchandise as reported by TheNextWeb, the merchandising revenue alone tripled in the last one year says Rovio. The company’s net profit increased by 57% to record a profit of $71 million up from $45.4 million in 2011.

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Asymco has made an indeep analysis into Samsung’s spendings for Sales, General and Administrative expensive (SG&A) over the last three years to analyse why Samsung’s SG&A expenses has not shown any significant change. A lot of critical information of how Samsung differs from Apple in few of its major operations were revealed in the report. Typically, when any company grows its sales rapidly its SG&A expenses grow slowly as the hiring requirement is comparatively much slower than the revenues earned but Samsung seems to have had almost a stable SG&A percentage over the last three years whereas Apple’s declined by almost 50% over the past 6 years.

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Apple predicted a good holiday season for the iPad and equipped their manufacturers with a 6.1 million 9.7″ LCD display order but things didn’t turn out that well for Apple as iPad mini beat out iPad sales by a healthy margin. Apple was more cautious in January and placed an order of just 1.1 million units which is 80% less than the previous months, may be because of stock carried forward from previous months. February seems to be on a normal expectation level again for Apple as the number of LCD shipments has risen by 158% showing a positive sign for the iPads. Most of the LCD displays are currently being offered by Samsung and LG and even after the rumours about the next generation circulating hard and strong the demand for current generation iPad seems to be quite good.

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Research analytics form Flurry now detects about 1 billion smartphones and tablets every month across the world and in the latest user behaviour report it reported few interesting statistics vital for developers to analyse their audience by platform and categories. There were 5 essential categories detected by Flurry’s system that comprise of 200 devices that drive in 80% of usage which include

1. Small phones (e.g., most Blackberries), 3.5” or under screens
2. Medium phones (e.g., iPhone), between 3.5” – 4.9” screens
3. Phablets (e.g., Galaxy Note), 5.0” – 6.9” screens
4. Small Tablets (e.g., Kindle Fire), 7.0” – 8.4” screens
5. Full-size tablets (e.g., the iPad), 8.5” or greater screens

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Fidelity Contrafund, the equity fund with largest active stake in Apple has cut its shares in the company by almost 10% due to poor performance from Apple over the past few months. Portfolio manager Will Danoff who is managing the investment said that Fidelity reduced its shares from 11.56 million to 10.43 in this February 2013. There is a terrific demand to Google’s stock right now which is taking place of Apple lately with Google stock touch almost $800 whereas Apple’s stock crashed down to a mere $430 approximately. After the sellout of Apple’s stock Fidelity Contrafund now has Google as the number 1 company on their list 5.8% of their entire fund and Apple on number 2 with 5.2% of their entire fund amount.

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