Microsoft delivered two pretty stellar smartphones at its launch event yesterday, but the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are already proving that the company's uphill battle against iOS and Android cannot merely be fought on a hardware level. The software plays a huge part and while there is plenty to get excited about surrounding the whole Windows 10 ecosystem, the platform will have to break down barriers to be seen and shout from soap boxes to be heard.
While we generally try to stay out of the Android vs. iOS or Samsung vs. Apple debate, we have to laugh when people point out that Samsung's superior sales hurt Apple. The laughter is because Apple is cleaning up in just about every aspect, aside from having huge amounts of devices like Samsung does. Indeed, Apple's dominance in individual product sales and income has been highlighted again by a Bloomberg report that shows that Cupertino rakes in 90% of all the profit made by smartphones.
It's been a tough couple of years for Samsung. While the company has managed to stay at the top of the smartphone market, there have been consecutive quarters of tumbling profits and declining sales. However, the company's third quarter saw the company finally return to growth, and while profit is not as high as it was when Samsung's was at its dominant peak they are hugely encouraging.
Yesterday the official name of the BlackBerry Venice, the company's first device to run the Android platform, leaks as the oddly title Priv. That led to predictions that BlackBerry would ditch its BB10 platform and go completely to Google's Android, something we disagree with. Today CEO John Chen revealed the Priv is indeed real and even hinted that the claims of no new BB10 devices could be true.
Market analyst Counterpoint Researcher has revealed smartphone sales figures for the second quarter, revealing that Samsung remains atop the market. That's hardly a surprise considering the Korean giant has dominated the market for several years and still sells more different models than any other brand. It is also not a surprise to see Apple in second place, but the fight for third place remains as heated as ever.
Analysts are sometimes right, sometimes state the bleeding obvious, and are sometimes plain wrong, and on this occasion we think Scotia Capital analyst Daniel Chan has got it wrong. He said that BlackBerry needs to ditch its BB operating system entirely and get on board with Google's Android on a full time capacity.
Subsidized mobile contracts are slowly being phased out, especially in the United States. However, smartphone manufacturers will likely turn to their own upgrade models to ensure that their expensive products are still accessible. Apple launched the iPhone Upgrade Plan at its iPhone event earlier in the month and now it seems as though great rival Samsung will unveil a similar service.
T-Mobile has had a stellar few years. The company came from being way behind the likes of Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon to shake up the carrier industry in the USA and even change it forever. In that process the Magenta Network put itself firmly in the mix with the other big four and has been recording impressive financial quarters to suggest a thriving business.
Oh yeah, do you remember the Apple vs. Samsung court battle that has been rumbling on in the United States for what seems like centuries? Well, that's still happening. Apple has just grabbed a "win" of sorts as the court found that Samsung infringed on Apple's software with some of its older Galaxy products may result in them being banned, if Samsung does not remove the naughty software in question that is.
If you ever wondered why Apple makes vastly more money than any other smartphone company then you should read this. Investment banking enterprise Merrill Lynch has revealed how much it costs to make the new iPhone 6s, and once again it shows that Apple is hitting a home run in terms of its margins.