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January 31, 2013
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  • Analysts like BlackBerry phone but delay may hurt: Media reviews were mixed, but analysts tended to give high marks to BlackBerry's new Z10 smartphone, the company's first equipped with the BB 10 operating system. BlackBerry, however, received a universal thumbs down for delaying the device's launch until mid-March in order to allow carriers to test the handset. "Make no mistake, everyone's trying to pull the date in," CEO Thorsten Heins said. The platform will launch with about 70,000 applications but with some major apps missing. Reuters (1/30), Computerworld (1/30), Bloomberg Businessweek (1/30), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (1/30), The Wall Street Journal (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Qualcomm's Q1 results top estimates; strong global demand seen
    Qualcomm outperformed analyst estimates on revenue and profit in its first quarter ended Dec. 30 and increased its revenue forecast for 2013 as the chipmaker said global demand for its smartphone processors is soaring, especially in emerging markets such as China and Latin America. "In general, the market is growing like crazy," Qualcomm President Steve Mollenkopf said. Qualcomm executives still cautioned that global economic uncertainty could dampen results this year. Reuters (1/30), CNET (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile Marketing 
  • Facebook profits fall but mobile is major bright spot
    Mobile-advertising revenues helped propel Facebook to a 40% increase in fourth-quarter sales from a year ago, the social network site reported Wednesday as wireless accounted for 23% of Facebook's total revenue in a period where profits fell by 79%. The number of active mobile users rose by 57% to 680 million people, and for the first time mobile surpassed the desktop in terms of average daily active participants. "Today there is no argument Facebook is a mobile company," said CEO Mark Zuckerberg. CNET/Internet & Media blog (1/30), The Wall Street Journal (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sprint allies with Israeli startups to spark LTE advances
    Sprint Nextel has partnered with the Israel Mobile & Media Association to help the country's startups build an acceleration lab for Long-Term Evolution technology, the carrier confirmed. The move will enable Sprint to work with companies developing applications and infrastructure technology for 4G services. Sprint is providing ancillary support rather than directly guiding the startups' work. GigaOm (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Asia fuels Google Play as revenues triple in quarter
    Google Play's revenues soared by 200% in the fourth quarter from a year ago compared with a 20% gain for Apple's application store, according to App Annie, an analytics firm. Apple still holds more than a fourfold sales edge over Google's app market but that margin is likely to shrink quickly, an analyst said. "Clearly, the Google Play platform is working, and monetization is increasing. The growth is much more than organic ... it’s really meteoric, especially in Japan and Korea," App Annie's marketing vice president Ollie Lo said. VentureBeat (1/30), VentureBeat (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Earnings Roundup 
  • Strong U.S. demand fuels Ericsson's hopes despite Q4 losses
    Ericsson today reported strong results in North America for the fourth quarter as sales rose by 51% for the wireless telecom vendor compared with a year ago. The Swedish gear maker offered a rosier view going forward after one-time write-offs helped drive the company into the red on a 5% increase in global sales after reporting a profit the previous year. Stronger U.S. carrier demand for 4G network gear along with a lack of competition from Chinese vendors fueled the solid North American results as well as optimism for 2013. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.)/Dow Jones Newswires (1/31), Reuters (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CTIA 2014: Super Mobility Week
    CTIA 2014™ will take the best of its CTIA Show that's focused on technology and consumer electronics with MobileCON™ and its emphasis on mobile IT solutions to offer attendees, exhibitors and speakers with specialized opportunities so that all of the companies that comprise the wireless ecosystem can network and conduct business with the right people. The first CTIA super mobile show, CTIA 2014, will take place Sept. 9 to 11 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Check out the CTIA 2014: Super Mobility Week diagram. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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