Friday, 11 January 2013

Sony Xperia Z to hit all major Australian carriers

By on 05:54

Sony is definitely determined to bring the Xperia Z flagship as in many countries as possible and, of course, as soon as possible.
Australia is the next major market the Sony Xperia Z is going to hit this March. Telstra has already opened forms where you can register your interest of buying the device.
According to the Head of Sony Mobile Oceania, the Australian Optus and Vodafone should also be offering the Xperia Z as well. This means that all major carriers in Oz will be offering the latest Sony flagship.
There is no info on the pricing and the exact launch date, but we guess the price tag on contract won't be that different from its competitors.

Nokia beats expectations, sells 4.4 million Lumias in Q4

By on 05:51

Nokia released a preliminary report on its performance in Q4 2012 and things are starting to look up. Nokia beat expectations with the non-IFRS operating margin expected to be between breakeven and 2%, while expectations were for negative 2-10%.
Nokia's Devices & Services department is reporting €2.5 billion in net sales, nearly half of which (€1.2 billion) coming from Smart devices (note that Nokia is counting its Asha full touch phones as smarthpones). It helps that operating expenses were lower than expected too.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Holiday PC sales dip for first time in five years

By on 22:24
Holiday-season sales of personal computers fell for the first time in more than five years, according to tech industry tracker IDC, as Microsoft Corp's new Windows 8 operating system failed to excite buyers and many instead opted for tablet devices and smartphones.
Guests are silhouetted at the launch event of Windows 8 operating system in New York, October 25, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonThe slump caps a miserable year for PC makers such as Hewlett-Packard Co, Lenovo Group and Dell Inc, which saw the first annual decline for more than a decade with no immediate signs of relief.
It underscores an unspectacular launch for the latest version of the Windows franchise, which Microsoft is banking on to fight off incursions into the PC arena by touch-friendly devices such as Apple Inc's iPad.

Apple executive dismisses cheaper phone as a market share grab: report

By on 22:21

Apple Inc will not resort to a cheaper iPhone to expand its market share, marketing chief Phil Schiller told a Chinese newspaper in an interview when asked about speculation the company is developing a less expensive version of its popular smartphone.
Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc., introduces the iPhone 5 during Apple Inc.'s iPhone media event in San Francisco, California September 12, 2012. REUTERS/Beck DiefenbachSchiller pointed out that though Apple commanded just 20 percent of the smartphone market, it had 75 percent of the profit, according to an interview he gave the Shanghai Evening News.
The Shanghai Evening News, paraphrasing Schiller's comments, cited the Apple executive as saying the company will not develop a cheap smartphone for the sake of expanding its market share.
Apple confirmed the interview had taken place, but had no further comment for now.