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If BlackBerry Adopts Android, Its Security Standards Could Suffer
A comparative lack of security for Android shows that BlackBerry could do more harm than good to its image as a secure player by adopting Android as its operating system.
Apple investor takeaways: Why loyalty will decide Apple’s future
According to the latest report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C continued to lead the British smartphone market in May.
Can New BlackBerry Smartphone Offerings Increase Unit Sales?
BlackBerry now plans to launch its next version of the Passport smartphone, Passport Oslo, by the end of this year. The smartphone will have high-end specifications.
Why Samsung’s marketing expenses continue to rise in Q2 2014
Part of the reason Samsung forecast a decline in earnings for Q2 was an increase in operating expenses. Samsung had to incur higher operating expenses.
Microsoft increases its presence in the sub-$200 smartphone space
During the recent installment of Asia’s largest computing show, Computex, Microsoft (MSFT) announced that it will start selling smartphones and tablets running its software at below $200.
Analyzing Google’s progress in the devices market
Google, Inc. has taken clear forward strides in the mobile devices market. Android should gain up to a 52% share by 2015.
Why low-cost smartphone players should find success in India
Recently, Intex announced the introduction of its first smartphone in India, named Cloud FX. This smartphone will be based on the Mozilla Firefox operating system and will be priced pretty low, at $33.
Davidson Kempner Initiates Stake in Apple
In February 2015, Apple announced its 1Q15 results and once again beat all analysts’ estimates.
Qualcomm Compares and Contrasts Android and iPhone X Features
Qualcomm and iPhone X in the limelight Just hours before Apple (AAPL) was set to unveil its new slate of smartphones, Qualcomm (QCOM) published a blog post on September 11, 2017, comparing the features on the rival smartphones. In particular, the blog post stated that the new features that Apple would highlight for its new iPhone […]
Microsoft’s Xamarin Buyout: A Fight for Position among Developers
Microsoft’s Xamarin’s buyout appears to be aimed at attracting developers keen on creating apps for devices that have a more extensive customer base.
Must-know: Key ideas from Blue Ridge Capital’s investment strategy
Blue Ridge Capital is a New York–based hedge fund founded in 1996 by Tiger Cub John Griffin. The fund generally targets “absolute returns.”
BlackBerry Owes Its Software Revenue Growth to BES12 and QNX
BlackBerry’s software and technology licensing revenues grew 18% year-over-year, mainly due to the company’s BES12 solution.
Record iPhone 6 pre-orders: Best-ever quarter for Apple mobile?
On September 9, Apple launched the iPhone 6, measuring 4.7 inches, and the iPhone 6 Plus, measuring 5.5 inches. On the same day, Apple also released its smartwatch called the Apple Watch.
Google launches Android Lollipop
Android Lollipop has a number of updates and new features. Also, consumers in India who bought Android One OS devices can upgrade to Android Lollipop.
A diversifying business: Key plans to maintain Google’s growth
Google has started to take the mobile search business seriously. Google’s growth is also coming from smaller but fast-growing businesses like YouTube and Google Play.
Is Samsung Boosting Apple’s Performance?
Apple’s financial performance in recent quarters has been disheartening, but the December quarter appeared to resurrect hopes.
Apple’s iPhone 6: Changing smartphone industry dynamics
Apple must sort out its production issues quickly and make iPhones available in emerging markets sooner rather than later. The potential demand for the iPhone 6 Plus in Asian countries such as India, China, and Japan is huge.
Facebook plans to monetize WhatsApp’s large user base
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is often questioned about Facebook’s high-priced acquisition of WhatsApp, which generated revenue of only $20 million in 2013.
Apple beats all estimates to produce stellar fiscal 1Q15 results
In December 2014, the success of iPhone 6 and Plus helped Apple beat Google’s Android-based smartphones in terms of market share in the US.
Apple Could Introduce Apple Pencil 2 with New iPad
Stylus could come with wireless charging support As Apple (AAPL) prepares to introduce updated versions of its hardware products, there are speculations that the company could also introduce a second-generation model of its stylus pen, the Apple Pencil. The first-generation Apple Pencil, launched in late 2015, costs $100. Apple is expected to release the Apple […]
BlackBerry has become a niche smartphone player
BlackBerry has been reduced to a niche smartphone player. Its recently released smartphones were introduced specifically with enterprises in mind.
What Do Nokia, BlackBerry, and Motorola Have in Common?
BlackBerry’s BlackBerry KEYone device also reminds the world of the iconic BlackBerry, which pioneered smartphones featuring a physical keyboard.
Key Tech Sector Updates for the Week Ended June 23, 2017
Technology stocks rose a combined 2.3% in the week ended June 23, 2017, after three weeks of negative returns. The S&P 500 Index rose just 0.2% in the same period.
Does It Matter That BlackBerry’s OS Market Share Is Almost Gone?
BlackBerry noted that its software sales grew 16% in fiscal 3Q17 and that they would grow 30% in fiscal 2017.
Apple Has the Biggest Slice of Smartphone Industry Profit
Several players in the smartphone industry have seen their average selling prices decline in recent quarters. Meanwhile, Apple’s continues to increase, as does its profit.
Apple iPhone Sales Could Beat All Estimates Yet Again
Apple’s iPhone sales remained healthy in the December 2014 and March 2015 quarters. Apple sold 61.2 million iPhone units in fiscal 2Q15.
Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android lead the land grab for new enterprise shelf space
As the corporate IT market opens its doors to more handset makers, emerging enterprise handset makers including Apple will gain.
BlackBerry on the Street: What the Analysts Say in May
The stock of Canada-based (EWC) BlackBerry (BBRY) has risen 44% in the past 12 months, after falling 28% in 2016 and 14.2% in 2015.
China to cede smartphone share to India, could benefit BBRY and AAPL most
The International Data Corporation (IDC) has released country specific mobile phone shipment information which helps investors drill down on broader geographic information.
Here’s How Fast Indonesia Is Becoming a Major Market for BlackBerry
In fiscal 2Q17, BlackBerry entered into a licensing agreement and JV with PT Tiphone, an affiliate of Indonesia’s largest mobile carrier, Telkomsel.
Could Priv Be BlackBerry’s Last Smartphone Launch?
BlackBerry has high hopes that the Priv will resurrect its fortunes in the smartphone market.
Why now is the right time to introduce new tech with the iPhone 6
The point you need to note here is that Apple isn’t the first player to bring NFC technology to the market. History suggests that Apple has waited for the technology to develop before entering into this space.
Verizon’s Edge Take Rate Should Increase in 2015
Edge’s take rate—customers choosing the plan—increased significantly from 1Q14 to 4Q14. Verizon expects it to expand to the range of 34%–35% in 2015.
Apple Says LinX Acquisition in April Will Improve iPhone Camera
Apple (AAPL) has bought LinX Computational Imaging, a company that develops camera technology for smartphones and tablets.
BlackBerry Faces Pricing Pressure for Its EMM Solution
One reason for BlackBerry’s software business revenue fall could be the pricing pressure that it faces for its Enterprise Mobility Management solution.
Emerging markets are the new growth engine for smartphones
The units shipped volume for smartphones started favoring emerging markets in 2011 and will continue to grow that way well outstripping developed markets in the future.
Why Microsoft rebranded Nokia and Windows Phones
Microsoft stated that Nokia failed to generate the image of a smartphone maker in people’s memories, which led Microsoft to rebrand the phones as Microsoft Lumia.
Why IBM’s deal with Apple could impact other players
IBM (IBM) and Apple’s (AAPL) partnership wants to bring enterprise mobility into the mainstream. It will benefit all of the players in the space.
Why did Google’s Android lose share in the US smartphone market?
Google’s Android has been a dominant player in the smartphone operating system market. Android is present on more than half the smartphones in the U.S.
Why Tencent’s WeChat active user base continues to grow
Tencent Holdings Limited is a Chinese company that provides diverse services, including social networks, web portals, e-commerce, and online games.
Legal Headwinds Take a Toll on Qualcomm’s Pockets
One of the recent fines on Qualcomm comes from the European Union (IEV). The $1.2 billion fine is the largest for Qualcomm in the last three years.
What Impacted BlackBerry’s Stock Price Recently?
BlackBerry’s (BBRY) share price has risen almost 18% since the firm announced its fiscal 2Q18 results on September 28. It closed at $10.88 on November 27.
Why BlackBerry Is Eyeing the Internet-of-Things Space
The Internet-of-Things (or IoT) market is expected to reach $4 trillion in value by the end of 2025, according to McKinsey & Company.
What Risks Does Alphabet Face?
In June, the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EZU), slapped Alphabet (GOOGL) with a $2.7 billion fine.
Where Is BlackBerry Trading Compared to Moving Averages in June?
Canada’s (EWC) BlackBerry (BBRY) generated returns of -3.3% in the trailing-one-month period and 58% in the trailing-12-month period.
How a Recycled Apple Product Would Look
Apple (AAPL) has a big dream, and it’s not just about outselling Samsung (SSNLF), Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google, Microsoft (MSFT), BlackBerry (BBRY), or Huawei in the Smartphone market.
BlackBerry Stock Compared to Moving Averages in June 2017
BlackBerry generated returns of 53% in the trailing 12-month period and 53.4% since the beginning of 2017. It fell 28% in 2016 and 14.2% in 2015.
Can BlackBerry Improve Its Profit Margins in Fiscal 2018?
BlackBerry’s gross margin rose to 47% in fiscal 2017 on revenue of $1.3 billion. In fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2015, its gross margins were 43.6% and 48%.
What Do Analysts Expect from BlackBerry in Fiscal 1Q18?
BlackBerry (BBRY) will announce its fiscal 1Q18 results on June 23, 2017. Analysts estimate that the company will post revenue of ~$264.51 million.
Apple’s iPhones Top ACSI’s Customer Satisfaction Index
An ACSI survey revealed that in the US, Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone SE and iPhone 7 are the highest-rated smartphones in terms of customer satisfaction over the last year. The iPhone SE gained the top spot with 87 points.
Qualcomm Technology Licensing: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Qualcomm’s (QCOM) revenue and profits will likely be hit in fiscal 3Q17 as the legal troubles surrounding its licensing business increase.
Will the Qualcomm-BlackBerry Case Start a Ripple Effect?
In April 2017, a binding arbitration ruling had Qualcomm pay BlackBerry (BBRY) $815 million plus interest and attorneys’ fees over licensing disputes.
Legal and Regulatory Issues Challenge Qualcomm’s Business Model
Qualcomm (QCOM) has been and continues to be the preferred choice of dividend-seeking investors because of its strong balance sheet and rich cash flows.
Why BlackBerry Is so Optimistic about Software and Services
Revenue from BlackBerry’s Software segment rose 3.6% YoY in fiscal 1Q17, 89% YoY in fiscal 2Q17, 3.2% in fiscal 3Q17, and 39% YoY in fiscal 4Q17.
What Do Analysts Expect from BlackBerry in Fiscal 4Q17?
BlackBerry (BBRY) will announce its fiscal 4Q17 earnings on March 31, 2017. Analysts estimate that the company will post revenues of ~$288.5 million.
A Look at the Battery Problem in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7
Recall costs at more than $5 billion The recall and halt in production of the Galaxy Note 7 stained Samsung’s (SSNLF) brand image. Additionally, it will cost the company ~$5.0 billion to deal with the mess. The Note 7 smartphone was recalled due to overheating and exploding batteries. According to Samsung’s internal investigations, two major […]
Here’s How iPhone 8 Could Drive Record Sales at Apple
Apple is being secretive about its plans for the next iPhone, but the word on the street has it that the device will return the company to top-line growth.
What Do Analysts Expect from BlackBerry in Fiscal 3Q17?
BlackBerry will announce its fiscal 3Q17 earnings on December 16, 2016. Analysts estimate that it will post revenues of ~$331.9 million for the quarter.
Can BlackBerry Penetrate the IoT and Connected Cars Segment?
BlackBerry (BBRY) is ramping up its channel expansion to drive growth in the IoT (Internet of Things) space for the transportation sector.
Demand for BlackBerry’s Smartphones Has Fallen Fast
In the previous part of this series, we discussed how BlackBerry (BBRY) remains in the hardware business despite declining fortunes.
Why Is Apple Still Confident about iPhone’s Growth?
Apple maintains that iPhone fundamentals are intact and there were a number of encouraging signs in the last quarter.
How Android Came to Dominate Smartphones: A Takeover Story
Google’s (GOOG) Android currently dominates the smartphone operating system market, with a worldwide share of more than 80%.
Inside Motorola: The Story of a Leader’s Fall to Niche
Motorola’s Razr proved to be quite popular. But with the advent Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s smartphone offerings, Motorola quickly lost its market share.
Memory Lane: The Smartphone Journey of Market Growth
About 70% of mobile phones were smartphones in 2015. More than 90% of Facebook’s monthly active users worldwide now have access to apps from smartphones.
Mobile Devices over the Years: How Far We’ve Come
The global economy has experienced slower growth since the global recession, and mobile devices have shown simultaneous signs of market saturation.
Customer Loyalty and Retention: Key Driver for Apple
Apple (AAPL) has repeatedly stated that it has a very satisfied and loyal customer base. In fiscal 1Q16, Apple experienced a high switch rate from Android (GOOG) to iPhone.
How Many Android Users Are Switching to the iPhone?
About 26% of users who bought the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus switched from Android. This number increased from 12% when Apple released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014.
Why Android’s User Base Is Growing at Such a Fast Pace
Since May 2014, Android has helped Google add 400 million users to its kitty, reaching 1.4 billion active users, according to Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO.
Can the New iPhone Significantly Boost Apple’s Sales?
According to Apple, ~73% of its customers had not upgraded to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as of July 21, 2015. The new iPhone may tap into this pool of potential customers.
BlackBerry Plans 2 Major Product Releases Soon
BlackBerry says it’s planning two major product releases in the coming weeks. The first one is an enhanced version of BBM Protected.
BlackBerry Smartphone Business Up Against Steep Competition
A few weeks ago, BlackBerry announced it would be laying off an undisclosed number of employees from its smartphone business.
BlackBerry’s Software Business Gets a Boost from Cisco Deal
BlackBerry’s software business remains its only business showing any growth. In fiscal 1Q16, revenues grew by a tremendous year-over-year rate of 150%.
Twitter in 1Q15: Monthly Active Users Remain Elusive
Twitter has faced a number of issues that have slowed down its MAU growth. In 3Q14, the implementation of an authentication measure negatively affected user growth in some Asia-Pacific countries.
Google’s Other Business: Growth Slows in the Last Quarter
Although currency played its role in slowing down growth in Google’s Other business, competitive issues had a part in it as well.
Nvidia launches Drive CX, an innovative cockpit computing platform
Nvidia’s (NVDA) Drive CX is a computing platform meant for advanced digital cockpit systems.
Apple dominates the smartphone industry’s operating profits
In the last quarter, Apple’s ratio of operating expenses to revenues was only 7.4%, its lowest in the last two years.
Apple bullish about iPhone prospects in the March quarter
Apple’s management notes that about 16% of its customers have upgraded to the new iPhones.
Linux set to compete with BlackBerry in the auto sector
The most attractive feature of Linux OS is its open-source nature, which means that automakers can customize features according to their needs.
Samsung could be interested in BlackBerry’s patents
Patents have always been a contentious issue among mobile device companies. Last year, Apple (AAPL) and Samsung were involved in a fierce patent battle.
BlackBerry’s average selling price should increase in Q4
The average selling price (or ASP) for BlackBerry (BBRY) smartphones continues to decline. Last quarter, the ASP declined from $201 in fiscal 2Q15 to $182.
Why the Google Play business is increasingly important for Google
Google Play is becoming an important business for Google. Google reported that the revenues from its “Other” segment grew by 50% year-over-year and 15% sequentially (quarter-over-quarter).
BlackBerry plans to offset its falling service segment revenues
Under this segment, the company earns revenues from the push email service and the BlackBerry Messenger or BBM service that it provides.
BlackBerry plans to double its software revenues by 2016
BlackBerry expects its software revenues to be around $250 million in fiscal 2015. But it expects its software revenues to double by fiscal year 2016.
BlackBerry’s enterprise competition: Apple and Google get serious
Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG)(GOOGL) are also hurting BlackBerry in another way when it comes to enterprise customers.
Why Google’s Android keeps dominating the smartphone OS market
In this series, we’ll discuss the latest key trends that are affecting the mobile phone industry. Google’s (GOOGL) Android continues to dominate the smartphone operating system market.
Why did AT&T’s wireless revenues increase at a slower rate?
Common sense suggests that the decline in service revenues should be compensated by the increase in equipment revenues to achieve stable overall wireless revenue growth.
Why Samsung’s share of smartphone industry profits could decline
While announcing its second quarter results, Samsung cited the slowdown in demand for its smartphones and tablets as the main reason for its lower-than-expected results.
Why Apple and Samsung make more than 100% of the industry’s profits
Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) were responsible for 106% of the smartphone industry’s operating profits in 1Q14. This is surprising, considering that Samsung and Apple only make up a combined 37% share in the global smartphone market.
Must-know: Why Apple’s future strategy looks impressive
Apple (AAPL) is expected to take a number of new product initiatives in the coming months. It’s expected to launch a bigger iPhone 6 next month.
The real reason Google’s introducing Android One
With Android One, Google is aiming to capture the next billion people who don’t have smartphones—especially in emerging markets.
Why a new product line-up is important for BlackBerry’s growth
It’s important for BlackBerry to continue to produce a new and innovative product lineup to compete in the highly competitive smartphone market.
Must-know: Why Microsoft will benefit from its Nokia acquisition
Windows Phone’s share in the smartphone operating system market is a minuscule 3.3% as of 2013. Google’s (GOOG) Android operating system dominates this market.
Apple beats Samsung for most-wanted smartphone in emerging markets
According to a survey conducted by marketing firm Upstream and researcher Ovum in February this year, Apple (AAPL) is the most desirable phone in emerging markets.