As is usually the case at the start of a year, there was plenty of uncertainty surrounding Apple heading into the company's first quarter results. Of course, there wasn't really but after a record crushing fourth period of 2014 we have been treated to analyst predictions such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 eating into iPhone sales, profits possibly falling, and even that the Apple Watch would not strike a chord with consumers.
Google revealed its financials for the three months comprising the first quarter of 2015, and the company continued to see both revenue and profits grow. However, like recent periods the company failed to perform as well as Wall Street analysts had predicted.
Time to check in on the performance of Windows Phone, the third placed platform in the market that seems to hold steady without ever testing Android and iOS. That is not going to change anytime soon, but Microsoft announced its fiscal third quarter results and revealed that it sold 8.6 million Windows Phone smartphones through the three month period.
For mobile phone users of a certain vintage, Nokia holds a special place in the heart, the company was after-all the biggest cellular phone manufacturer in the world for several years. However, the Finnish giant has sort of just faded away since Microsoft bought its devices division back last year. Sure, Nokia software is doing well (HERE Maps, Z Launcher) and there has even been a tablet release, but Nokia the phone company is simply no more.
While plenty of manufacturers are still using 1080p screens for flagships (HTC's One M9 springs to mind), the fact is the technology is becoming mid-range as more and more companies turn to Quad HD. The lowly 720p resolution (which is still pretty darn good) is now reserved for budget handsets, while anything below is almost not worth looking at outside of entry level.
Microsoft's Build 2015 developer conference is just around the corner, but with invitations already snapped up in January, the doors are already closed. This is the event is where Microsoft typically announces the bulk of its core products. Sure, the company will make announcements sporadically at other events, but Build is where it is at if you want the low down on Microsoft for the next year.
Apple has huge success, stands atop the tech world, and then analysts get all worried and start spelling doom for the company. It is a cycle that has been playing out for years and now we are getting our first spot of doom mongering regarding the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Andy Perkins, an analyst from Societe Generale says an increase in sales of the older iPhone 5s could be worrying for the iPhone 6 range.
Festival Day (yesterday) in China was a resounding success for Xiaomi. The company had shifted 1.6 million smartphone after just six hours and then managed to pace itself to a staggering 2.11 million units by the close of the day. The frankly amazing number solidified the company?s place as the number one smartphone brand in China, and one of the top names in the world.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge flagship are still waiting to be rolled out officially, but already the signs are good that they are boosting Samsung after a dodgy 2014. The company has seen huge amounts of pre-purchase interest in the handsets, with reports hinting that Samsung broke its own records for pre-order numbers.
Samsung is enjoying a good start to the year, and 2015 is certainly showing more promise than the dud that was 2014. The question has long been whether last year's problems were a blip or a long term decline, and it seems that it was the former. The new Galaxy S6 has shed light on Samsung once more, while the company says it expects to outperform analysts through the first quarter.