Apple had a bumper third quarter as the company saw iPhone sales best analyst predictions, while Mac sales increased too. The result was a massive period, one that is traditionally Cupertino's slowest as customers await new products launching in the fall. The company?s fiscal Q4 (third quarter on the calendar) is typically a big period as new products start to take hold, and analysts are predicting good things for Apple's upcoming earnings call.
Google has confirmed its position as one of the world's biggest companies with a solid third quarter performance that was up from this time last year. Mountain View boosted revenue by 20% year on year to rake in $16.52 billion over the last three months. Of course, much of Google's revenue comes from other sources away from mobile (advertising chief among those), but mobile and Android are key to the company continuing to drive its business model.
Apple has unsurprisingly taken a hard stance against companies who copy their devices and Cupertino's chief designer Jony Ive has been particularly vocal on the matter. When we think of knock off devices we think of cheap Chinese offerings from nondescript brands; sure, Apple has accused Samsung of copying, but we do not associate this kind of thing with a major tech brand.
Before there was Android, Maps, Play Store, Gmail, and all the rest there was Google Search. The search engine defined the company and in many ways still does, it is still comfortably the most widely used search product on mobile, no matter what platform you use. Google Search is a cultural icon, something that love it or loathe it changed the way human beings live their lives.
Last year Apple snatched first place in Interbrand's "Best Global Brands" survey from Coca-Cola and has held onto the accolade for a second consecutive year. The New York consulting firm says Apple's brand value of $118.9 billion, which means the company has solidified its position at the top with a 21% rise from 2013.
Samsung being in hot water with other companies is nothing new, with the Korean company currently fighting battles with both Apple and Microsoft. However, Sammy has a new problem to deal with after chip manufacturer NVIDIA announced that U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted in the company's favor over a recent investigation request.
Microsoft may not be raking in the cash from its own mobile output, but the company is doing pretty well from everyone else. Ironically, the software giant started to focus on hardware to keep pace with rivals, but the company's hardware has not sold well, while its mobile software continues to be a money spinner. The latest news is that Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion last year in patent royalties, but the Korean company is looking to end the payments.
Apple co-founder and driving force Steve Jobs passed away on October 5th 2011, and nearly three years on to the day the current CEO, Tim Cook, has remembered the man who made much of Apple's success possible. Jobs named Cook as his successor before his untimely death at the age of 56 and Cook has issued an email in remembrance of the man credited as the driving force behind Apple's "i" revolution.
HTC has been losing money consistently over recent quarters, but the Taiwanese company had some good news today when it confirmed that it has turned a profit over the last three months. However, while any profit must be welcomed as fantastic news, things are not actually quite as good as they seem and the company still has a massive fight on its hands.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been on a tour promoting his new book "How Google Works" and the result has been plenty of interesting sound bites. The latest may be the most surprising as Schmidt has said that late Apple genius Steve Jobs is his hero in the tech industry.