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Friday, July 29, 2011

Apple is Officially the Largest Smartphone Maker in the World

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 02:30 PM

"IDC and Strategy Analytics today officially confirmed what was unofficially revealed last week: Apple has ousted Nokia as the largest smartphone maker in the world.

20.3 million iPhones last quarter, which means they were up 142% from last year. This puts Apple's iPhone at 18.5% marketshare besting Nokia's 15.2% marketshare (a drop off of about 50% from last year). Yes, all of this with a single phone. For this quarter anyway.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Round One to Apple: Nokia Staggered

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 10:30 AM

"A judge with the US International Trade Commission ruled in Apple's favor in a patent dispute with Finland's Nokia over mobile phones, portable music players and computers. Judge James Gildea denied Nokia's claim that Apple had violated five patents held by the Finnish company."

Round one to Apple. The International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled in Apple's favor in their patent dispute with Nokia. No explanation was given for the decision, but this is only one of many lawsuits and countersuits underway. Looks like Nokia has embraced the philosophy that "if we can't beat them in the marketplace, litigate." Sad, really, as the ultimate costs of these legal actions get dumped onto the consumer eventually.

Tags: apple, nokia, lawsuits

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lawyers? No App For That!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 04:35 PM

"Steve Jobs made Apple Inc.'s iPhone one of the best-selling smartphones on the market with its touch screen, fast Web connection and access to more than 300,000 downloadable applications. Now he's adding lawyers to the mix."

Apple battles Nokia this week, and then when that fight is over, or perhaps during it, they will be crossing swords with HTC and Motorola. Interesting that they note in the article that Apple "has been the most sued since 2008, the year after the iPhone debuted."

Friday, October 29, 2010

iPhone Tops BlackBerry in Worldwide Sales (2010 Q3)

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple has for the first time outpaced Blackberry-maker Research in Motion in global smartphone sales thanks to the success of its iPhone 4, a report said Friday.Industry tracker IDC said Apple sold 14.1 million iPhone units in the third quarter while Canada's Research in Motion shipped 12.4 million Blackberry devices."

Interesting statistic. I am seeing more and more iPhones wherever I travel. However, it seems to me that the BlackBerry still rules in the corporate world. Just get on an airplane and count the numbers of (business-looking) people using BlackBerries, and then count the comparable number of iPhone users. No contest, in this admittedly unscientific poll. But, to put it all into perspective, of 340.5 million phones sold in this time period, Nokia sold 110.4 million, Samsung sold 71.4 million, with LG coming in a distant third at 28.4 million. Apple is fourth. I'm struggling to remember when I last saw an ad for a Nokia phone, but obviously however they're marketing their products is still working. Anyone out there own a Nokia phone?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Motorola Versus Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 06:00 AM

"Today, Motorola filed suit regarding three complaints against Apple over patent infringements. The complaints deal with antenna design and other associated smartphone technologies covered in 18 patents held by Motorola. According to Kirk Daily (via CNNMoney), Motorola Mobility's corporate VP of intellecual property, legal action was a last resort taken after licensing negotiations with Apple broke down."

This after losing a patent battle that has the potential to cost Apple $625 million USD in legal fines as well as the suit and counter-suit fight with Nokia. So it hasn't been the best week from a legal standpoint but they should be used to it, the being sued part not the losing. At least they aren't alone in the courtroom, as Microsoft is now suing Motorola. They fight hard in the smartphone world don't they?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

RIM, Nokia and HTC Dispute Apple's Claim of Universal Death Grip

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 09:30 AM

"Research in Motion, Nokia, and HTC hit back at Apple Friday after chief executive Steve Jobs claimed that all smartphones have "weak spots" that could lead to the "death grip" problems witnessed on the Apple iPhone 4."

image source: Mad 4 Mobile Phones

Research in Motion (RIM), Nokia and HTC have all responded to last Friday's Apple claim that all the leading smartphones have "weak spots" leading to the "death grip." RIM's response was that Apple's claim was "unacceptable," and that RIM have used "innovative designs which reduce the risk of dropped calls, especially in areas of low coverage." Nokia's response acknowledged that the problem is real, but that their phones have been designed "... to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand." HTC's response (referring to the Droid Eris) was that "at the end of the day, customers aren't seeing a problem with our device, and that's the ultimate measure." Samsung had not responded at the time of this article. I don't know about you, readers, but I'm not eager to go back to the days of the brick-phone. I'll keep my iPhone 4, thank you!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Apple V. Nokia Delayed

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

"With all of the furor around the gigantic patent lawsuit that Apple dropped on HTC this week, you might be forgiven for forgetting about the first big patent smackdown of the year, the lawsuit that Nokia laid at Apple's door."

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But it is far from forgotten. The judge suspended the case and the countersuit since the International Trade Commission is working on sorting out the complaints between the two companies. Once this probe is done, 45 days or so from the 22nd of February (the date the investigation was started), then it is expected the lawsuits will press on.

Tags: apple, , lawsuit, nokia, legal

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Apple Sues HTC

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

"While Tuesdays are known for Apple product launches, today the company announced not a new Mac but a lawsuit over patent infringement related to the iPhone. The target was mobile phone maker HTC, and none other than Steve Jobs was making the accusations."

According to Steve Jobs, "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." Lately it has been Apple on the receiving end, such as when Nokia sued Apple in December, so this time it is kind of interesting that Apple is tossing down the gauntlet. The phones involved or named in the suit include Google's Nexus One, the T-Mobile G1, the Droid Eris, the Touch Diamond, the Touch Pro2, and the Imagio. Apple obviously considers this a serious enough breach to warrant a lawsuit. You can see more details specific to the lawsuit at cnet. Or if you want to see what Jason and the gang think head on over to our sister site, Windows Phone Thoughts

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Nokia v. Apple or Apple v. Nokia?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 12:00 PM

"Apple announced on Friday that it is countersuing Nokia in yet another ongoing patent dispute. As you may recall, Nokia first sued Apple in Delaware District Court back in October, laying claims that the iPhone violated ten different patents owned by the Finnish cell phone company. These patents cover technologies that are at the basis of a cell phone's functions, such as the various interfaces required to connect to a GSM network, transmit data, and encode voice information."

Image Credit: appletell

And now Apple has fired back, counter-suing with 13 patents they allege were infringed upon by Nokia. No list available on exactly which patents, but Apple's General Counsel Bruce Sewell did say this: "Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours." What say you Nokia?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A New King of the Hill

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"Apple has officially dethroned Nokia as the world's most profitable mobile phone maker in this year's third fiscal quarter, according to a report from Strategy Analytics."

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Not to be confused with this King of the Hill, but Apple has bested Nokia and is now king of the profit hill when it comes to mobile phones, at least in the 3rd quarter of this year. According to the report, Apple's operating profit for the iPhone handset division was at $1.6 billion versus Nokia's $1.1 billion for the same 3rd quarter of 2009. Not bad for only being in the market for two years.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Nokia Goes After Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:00 AM

"Nokia isn't happy with the iPhone. In a suit filed today in U.S. District Court, Nokia claims that Apple has violated 10 of Nokia's wireless technology patents. The company says the patents "relate to technologies fundamental to making devices," that are compatible with the GSM, UMTS, or 3G WCDMA, and wireless LAN standards."

Image Credit: The Mac Observer

Ouch! Nokia claiming Apple has been in violation of these patents with the iPhone since about 2007. They claim they haven't been compensated by Apple for using technology that Nokia claims to have spent over $60 billion USD in research creating. In an interesting related article over at The Mac Observer, one viewpoint is that this is a preemptive strike since Nokia plans to come out with their own version of a touch screen phone in the near future. Who knows really, but the investors aren't too worried, Apple up again about $0.30 USD today.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Apple Stock Jumps After Earnings Report

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 10:00 AM

"While Apple stock is up over seven percent since its positive earnings report and conference call yesterday afternoon, both Nokia and Microsoft have released dourer reports about their financial outlook."

Not a lot of good news yesterday with Nokia reporting a 69% (yes 69%) drop in profits, Microsoft laying off 5,000 employees and Sony posting record losses of $3 Billion USD with plans to close factories and lay off workers. Investors seemed happy with the news from Apple though, as you can see from the jump in stock price. Strategic planning at Apple remains cautious, as a story later today points out regarding the scaling back on the retail side of things.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Storm Brews, Turns to Drizzle

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 10:26 AM

The LG Voyager. The Dare. The Samsung Glyde. The Samsung Instinct. The T-Mobile G1.

They've all come and gone quite quietly, haven't they? For all the marketing hype about the Instinct and Sprint's absolutely gigantic ad campaign, it's gone nowhere. The LG Voyager? Touch may do more on the nation's largest 3G network, but if no one has the phone, they'll never know. The Dare? Never actually seen one in the wild. The Glyde? Almost every gadget site that reviewed it said it had the worst browser they had ever seen on a phone. The G1? Niche for now, and way close to "slapped together with duct tape" to be taken seriously (although honestly, I do expect that to change in the coming months).

And now we can add the BlackBerry Storm to the list. Congratulations tech press; you've invented yet another "iPhone Killer." Read more...

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