Weekly Wireless News - Sep 7_ 2012
For the army of Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet PC, Apple will be officially released in the third quarter of 2012, and started selling the iPad Mini Tablet PC, the expected iPad Mini Tablet PC lowest price will be between $ 249 to $ 299, and Applethe foundry before the end of 2012, more than 6 million units of the iPad Mini Tablet PC. Apple iPad Mini display size of 7.85 inches, the display resolution of 2048x1536 pixels, this resolution with the same brand-new iPad, users can directly use the iPad 2 on the application without the need to go through the transplant and re-development of the developers.
[WEEKLY WIRELESS REPORT] Week ending September 7, 2012 This Week’s Stories or Cascades and C++, Qt, HTML, Adobe Air and porting Android Apps to the BB10 platform. "This opens the door to a lot of developers regardless of Inside RIM's Plan to Win Back how they prefer to develop." Developers September 4, 2012 Communitech, a non-profit organization based near RIM, also makes apps, sometimes in partnership with other local tech companies. Rob Drimmie, Here's how Alec Saunders says he knows Research Communitech's Apps Factory development manager, In Motion's strategy for consumer app developers is couldn't say when he might be working on anything working: When someone approaches him at a specifically for BB10. BlackBerry Jam session with something already in the works. "I'm not exclusively a BlackBerry developer, I never have been and I never will be, though in most cases I "I'll have people coming up afterwards saying, 'Here's do develop for BlackBerry devices first," he said. "One my code, see what I've done,'" said Saunders, RIM's of the things I love about what RIM is doing lately is vice-president of developer relations, who has been the way they've embraced open source technologies. traveling around North America and elsewhere and I think the way they support tools like PhoneGap, the speaking at the 26 so-called BlackBerry Jam Ripple Emulator, and so many other important web developer events that have been held so far this year. community projects that explicitly promote cross- "The things that they're doing, they're creating in two platform development is brilliant." to four days. It might not be finished, but the start of something." Drimmie added that he has already built several applications using WebWorks, and he walked away Developers react to the BlackBerry Jams from the BlackBerry Jam reassured that the standards and principles of developing WebWorks applications RIM is hoping developers will be starting a lot of app is going to be carried through with BlackBerry 10. "(It "somethings" over the next year as it gears up to means) that the time and effort I've put into learning launch its next-generation BlackBerry 10 devices in their tools will be paying off in a big way with the first quarter of next year after a long delay. After a BlackBerry 10," he said. "Not only are the applications string of outages, the poorly-received PlayBook tablet I've already built very easy to port to BB10, but the and other missteps, the Waterloo, Canada-based efforts they're putting into improving those tools will company has seen its market share plummet make future development easier and give me much compared to rivals such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) more access to native functionality." and Samsung, leaving many developers to concentrate on platforms with more obvious Moving from the enterprise to a consumer-oriented consumer appeal. However Saunders, who recently market wrapped up a BlackBerry Jam near RIM's headquarters as well as one in Vancouver, Canada., says his mission since he joined the company almost Part of RIM's challenge has been that the BlackBerry exactly a year ago has been to reposition it as the first found favour among corporate users and IT best business partner a developer could have. departments that found it easy to manage the devices using a BlackBerry Enterprise Server. In a more consumer-oriented world, the competition has "I have people saying, 'Nobody treats us like RIM increased significantly. Despite criticism about a does,'" he said. "The consistent thing I hear is, 'I had paucity of apps in its Apps World, Saunders said RIM no idea how easy it was to build on BB10.'" sees its store as more of a greenfield opportunity for developers. At the most recent BlackBerry Jam, RIM provided developers with alpha devices--including one with a "The store isn't overcrowded," said Saunders. "The touch screen and another with a full-fledged fact is that if you develop on the BlackBerry, as a keyboard--and released tooling to start developing developer you can actually make money. immediately, along with more details on the firm's product roadmap. "At Motek, Worsford said the company averages about 120,000 downloads daily of its freemium and "From what we've seen so far, the new platform is paid apps. "Yesterday for example, we had 117,564 impressive," said Wes Worsford, president of Motek downloads of our apps," he said. Mobile, a company that makes Tweeker and ScreenMuncher, among other apps. He noted the number of the development paths to consider when RIM will continue to host developer events throughout creating apps for BB10, including native using C/C++ the fall, Saunders said, including Jams in Amsterdam [WEEKLY WIRELESS REPORT] Week ending September 7, 2012 and Asia. He admitted that the BlackBerry maker The paper claims that Samsung confirmed it would continues to face concerns from developers around “immediately sue” Apple if the Californian phone- its long-term stability, but laughed off suggestions of maker releases an LTE device. any impending sale or shutdown. With the iPhone 5 possibly set to sport such "I respond to facts. There's a lot of speculation in the functionality when it is announced next week, we media, and the fact is we are going through a platform should find out sooner rather than later. shift, but it's very deliberate," he said. "People compare us to Nortel going bankrupt, or Apple when it But patent expert Florian Mueller warned that had to go begging on its knees to Microsoft for money, Samsung would do well to rethink its strategy, saying but RIM has $2 billion in cash and no debt." “4G/LTE won't be Samsung's key to a free pass for patent infringement”. Besides re-igniting the loyalty of its installed base, part of Saunders' mission will be to attract developers “I would strongly discourage Samsung from trying to who are new to RIM. Worsford said one area of use 4G/LTE-essential patents to shut down the opportunity might be around BlackBerry's messaging iPhone 5,” he added in a blog post. platform BBM, which has a reported 50 million users. Motek is already working on a number of apps for BB10 with a strong focus on BBM integration. “It won't improve Samsung's position at all. In fact, it will only make matters worse, especially with antitrust regulators. In my opinion, the reasonable approach "Each developer needs to make his or her own for Samsung would be to sue for FRAND royalties decision about developing for BB10. RIM is definitely over its Standard Essential Patents, not injunctions.” in a period of transition," he said, however, "They are still a significant global player." www.wirelessindustrynews.org www.fiercedeveloper.com Mergers & Acquisitions Apple files 318 new LTE patents to try to fend off Samsung Microsoft’s Skype Division Inks September 5, 2012 Payment App Deal with MACH September 6, 2012 Apple has been stockpiling LTE patents in a bid to fend off a possible legal battle from its fierce Microsoft's Skype division says it has inked a deal competitor Samsung on its forthcoming iPhone 5. with MACH in an effort to link customers' Skype Apple has recently filed no less than 318 new LTE accounts and their mobile bills. patents. That's around five percent of the world’s total. The deal will allow Skype users to bypass credit card According to various sources, Apple developed 44 of companies and even PayPal when they wish to make those patents itself while the rest were acquired from payments using their phone. now bankrupt Nortel Networks in Canada. The Bidco consortium, which Apple joined with EMC, Microsoft and others to bid for further Nortel patents, owns a This transaction will enable mobile customers to buy further 116 LTE patents, effectively bumping Apple’s Skype minutes using Skype apps, and then have the number up in excess of 400. cost added to their wireless-phone bill or deducted from their pre-paid account rather than having to pay with a credit card or PayPal account. By comparison, Samsung has the largest share of LTE patents with 819 (12.7 percent of the total), while U.S. patent firm Inter Digital is second with 780. This is accomplished with the services of mobile billing provider MACH, whose secure servers integrate with network operators around the globe to This clearly demonstrates that Apple has been taking create billable events. strategic steps to acquire intellectual property to prepare for potential legal battles before it launches its own LTE smartphones. For now, exactly which mobile operators and where they're based Skype isn't saying, but deployment will start next month. This echoes a few claims in the newspaper Korean Times on Friday that Samsung – still smarting after its defeat to Apple in a Californian court last month – was For post-paid mobile that's relatively easy-– the line readying a move to strike back at Apple. item is just added to the bill, but with a pre-paid [WEEKLY WIRELESS REPORT] Week ending September 7, 2012 account the money has to be deducted in real time, in the US), Facebook closed at its lowest point ever, which is a little more complex in practice. at US$17.73 per share. The overall majority of Skype users don't pay of Instagram's team, which recently celebrated the 5 course. Video and audio calls to other Skype users billionth photo shared through its photo app, will now are free and Skype's peer-to-peer nature makes them move to Facebook's offices. It reassured its followers low in cost. on its blog today that the "Instagram app and its features will stay the same one you know and love." Skype's revenues come from those who pay for the ability to call normal phones, and some embedded Facebook Vice-President of Engineering Mike advertising, but making it easier to pay is always Schroepfer welcomed Instagram, and reaffirmed that desirable for mobile users, and this is what MACH business would be as usual. appears to do best. "Instagram will continue to serve its community, and Currently, Skype accepts the usual range of credit we will help Instagram continue to grow by using cards and PayPal accounts, as well as bank transfers Facebook's strong engineering team and which can take several days to process but cost less infrastructure. We also can't wait to work with the for Skype to process. talented Instagram team to improve the mobile experience," he said in a statement. Withdrawing cash from a mobile account will probably cost less than doing so from a credit card. MACH will www.zdnet.com still want a share of the revenue, but more importantly, it will make it easier and faster to pay for Skype even if a user doesn't have a credit card or bank account. Products & Services If Skype is going to be better integrated into Windows With iPad Mini on the Way, Phone handsets, and if it challenges the role of mobile operators and wireless carriers as providers of Does Kindle Fire 2 Matter? voice telephony, then billing integration was a September 5, 2012 necessary step, and one which is now possible *IF* we assume that the operators will allow it. And now NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Amazon is expected to *that's* the next big question, of course! release a new version of its Kindle Fire tablet on Thursday -- but if Apple releases a similarly sized and www.wirelessindustrynews.org priced iPad this fall, Amazon's tablet may be doomed. The iPad has absolutely dominated the tablet market Facebook Closes Instagram since its 2010 release. Its huge app library and best- Deal at US$715 Million in-class features have given would-be tablet rivals September 7, 2012 little room to grab even the tiniest slice of the market. Facebook has closed its deal with Instagram, making Of all the tablet makers, Amazon has enjoyed the the US$1 billion deal a reality. most success in competing against the iPad. Its strategy: Amazon attacked a smaller segment of the tablet market and went for the jugular on price, The deal was previously meant to have been closed undercutting the iPad by $300 with its 7-inch $199 in the second quarter of the year, which would have Kindle Fire. netted Instagram a higher payout, due to the method of payment Facebook elected. At the time, the deal was for US$300 million and 23 million shares, and Amazon will likely unveil an improved Kindle Fire 2 at once Facebook went public, it entered the market at an event in California. But the company's size and US$38.23 per share, increasing the total value of the price advantage could quickly vanish: Apple (AAPL, deal to about US$1.18 billion. Fortune 500) is widely rumored to be announcing a similarly sized "iPad Mini" for close to the same cost in October. According to Associated Press, the deal closed on Friday August 31, at which point Facebook's share price was US$18.06. This places the value of the deal Without a key differentiator from the iPad, Amazon at US$715.38 million. After trading resumed on (AMZN, Fortune 500) will have to re-think its strategy Tuesday August 4 (as August 3 was a public holiday for battling Apple. [WEEKLY WIRELESS REPORT] Week ending September 7, 2012 "So far the customer's choice is deciding between If Apple does come at Amazon with a smaller and high end, Apple, and low end, Amazon," said Aaron cheaper iPad, The Kindle Fire may not be dead on Kessler, senior research analyst at Raymond James arrival. Yet Amazon's tools to defend its territory are & Associates. "If Apple releases a price competitive simply blunt compared to Apple's cache. [iPad] Mini, that could completely change the low-end market." "The short of it is that an Apple iPad [Mini] will take significant share," said Victor Anthony, analyst at The Kindle Fire's eye-popping price and smaller size Topeka Capital Markets. "But Amazon never set out helped Amazon carve out as much as 14% of the to dominate like Apple did, and it doesn't have to. market during the 2011 holiday season, according to Getting even a small part of this big market is really a IHS iSuppli. The iPad still held 57% of the market that success." quarter, but taking away that much share from Apple was a minor coup for Amazon. money.cnn.com But if the low-end/small tablet market mirrors that of the full-size devices, Amazon could be in big trouble. With Phone, Amazon is Playing Other tablet makers -- like Hewlett-Packard (HPQ, with Fire Fortune 500), Motorola, and Research in Motion September 7, 2012 (RIMM) -- learned the hard way that when customers have $499 to spend on an iPad or another tablet for NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Amazon unveiled four the same price, they're almost always going to choose new tablets on Thursday, but much of the Amazon the iPad. chatter focused on what the company didn't announce: a new phone. "Apple [iPad] has been the tablet of choice when people can afford it," Kessler said. "So if pricing were Analysts have long wondered aloud about the equal, Apple would have the edge. Amazon has to likelihood of an upcoming Amazon phone, and tech add value in other ways." blog The Verge posted a story on Wednesday saying the device is in the works. The Verge speculated the Laura DiDio, principal analyst at research firm ITIC, phone might have been announced at Amazon's thinks Amazon needs to step it up on both features Thursday event, but it turned out to be tablets only. and price. If Amazon (AMZN, Fortune 500) does eventually "The Kindle Fire is well regarded, but now the unveil a smartphone, it would be another extension of question becomes, what are you adding to it?" DiDio the media ecosystem the company has worked hard said. "Amazon doesn't have to match Apple feature- to create: e-books, streaming video, MP3s and more. for-feature, but it does need to run at the iPad hard. But the smartphone market is risky, expensive and full Amazon customers love a discount, so I'd love to see of formidable rivals. them do some promotional pricing." Whether it's a smart move for Amazon depends on If Apple's iPad Mini is priced at $249 as rumored, quite a few factors. DiDio said that's probably enough of a margin that Amazon could keep the Fire at $199. But if Apple Why a phone is good for Amazon: The 2007 launch of matches the $199 price point, Amazon could be the original Kindle e-reader was the first hardware forced to drop the Fire's price by $50 or more. play for Amazon, which then upped the ante by launching the original Kindle Fire last year. Building a "That could easily happen -- we all know Apple is smartphone could make Amazon even more of a ruthless," DiDio said. "And they have the deepest hardware player. pockets in the industry." And the smartphone market is large enough that even Price isn't all that the Kindle Fire has to offer; Amazon grabbing a small slice could be lucrative for Amazon. could battle Apple with its massive content library of At the end of this year, Macquarie Securities e-books, magazines, videos and streaming music. estimates there there will be about 140 million Amazon has ramped up those offerings recently, by smartphone subscriptions in the U.S. alone. Phone expanding its e-book catalog and inking streaming adoption is also growing massively overseas. video deals with Epix and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal. Why it could be bad: Although the smartphone market is growing, that doesn't mean everyone gets to win. Apple boasts its own strong media platform, but it Companies with much more hardware experience can't go tit-for-tat with Amazon's platform. [WEEKLY WIRELESS REPORT] Week ending September 7, 2012 than Amazon have struggled again current bigwigs Intel blamed a weakening global economy for like Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) and Samsung. slumping chip sales. Motorola has lost share since releasing flagship As a result, Intel said it would cut spending -- the phones like the RAZR and original Droid line, and company had expected to spend $12.1 billion to $12.9 Research in Motion's (RIMM) is in a downward spiral billion in 2012, but Intel said capital expenditures will after BlackBerry lost its foothold in the corporate come in below that level by the end of the year. phone market. Even Nokia (NOK), whose phones generally garner praise from critics, is in serious Profits will take a hit too -- gross margins are now trouble. forecast to be between 61% and 63%, at the low end of the chipmaker's target range of between 61% and That makes the battle even more difficult for Amazon, 65%. which hasn't impressed with the quality of its hardware so far. Shares of Intel (INTC, Fortune 500) fell 3% in morning trading. Why the good and bad might not matter: After Apple launched the iPad in 2010, scores of the company's Intel had already warned in July that its outlook would rivals felt forced to jump into the tablet market too. be weaker than Wall Street analysts had expected, Amazon may feel the same way about phones: citing a challenging economic environment. playing in the smartphone market is at least worth a shot. Yet the company had largely been able to avoid the worst of a slumping PC market. Though worldwide It's a risky bet, though; developing and manufacturing shipments of PCs fell by 0.1% in the second quarter, the new hardware can cost a company millions. If a according to separate surveys by Gartner and IDC, device is an abject failure, that may all go to waste. Intel's PC chip sales actually rose by 4% last quarter. The economy now appears to be catching up to Intel. Amazon took that risk on tablets, and it resulted in some success: The Kindle Fire captured 14% of the Still, chief rival AMD (DOX) has fared much worse. market at one point, according to data from IHS Sales have tumbled, and the stock has matched it -- iSuppli. That bested tablet offerings from Motorola, falling by more than 32% this year. RIM and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ, Fortune 500), which pulled its ill-fated TouchPad off the market after just 49 days. Some investors are holding out hope that the upcoming new Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) will help rejuvenate But repeating Amazon's Kindle success in the the PC market. But shares of the two largest PC smartphone realm will be a much tougher challenge. companies, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ, Fortune 500) and Dell (DELL, Fortune 500), have been hit hard this money.cnn.com year as more consumers flock to tablets, most notablyApple's (AAPL, Fortune 500) iPad. Industry Reports money.cnn.com Intel Slashes Outlook as PC Demand Weakens September 7, 2012 NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Intel severely cut its third-quarter sales forecasts Friday as demand for personal computers has slowed beyond expectations. The world's largest chipmaker said it now expects revenue of between $12.9 billion and $13.5 billion in the current quarter, down from its previous forecast of th between $13.8 billion and $14.8 billion. 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