Apple's gross margin on HomePod sales lags behind its rivals' figures

According to a report published by Bloomberg on Wednesday, Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is providing Apple with a 38% gross margin with its price of $349.  Analysts at TechInsights say that Apple is spending $216 to produce each HomePod unit and is making $133 in gross profit on each sale. That means that Apple’s gross margin lags behind rivals Amazon and Google, producers of the Echo and Home line of smart speakers, respectively.

Amazon, which created the smart speaker category with the first widespread rollout of the Amazon Echo in 2015, has a 56% gross margin on its Echo devices. …


IDC: Pixel shipments surge, Essential phone lags in 2017

A couple of tweets from IDC”s research director Francisco Jeronimo, revealed that Google doubled the number of Pixel handsets it shipped last year to 3.9 million handsets. That is a strong performance on an annual basis, but the Pixel made up just a small percentage of the global market. In fact, it is less than 1%. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL didn’t launch until the fourth quarter of 2017 which means that much of the strong showing was due to sales of the original generation models.

The Pixel handsets have a way to go to compete with the likes of the iPhone and the Galaxy S line. Of course, …