Android handsets failed at twice the rate of iPhone units during Q2 2017

The latest State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report was just issued by Blancco Technology Group and it revealed that during the second quarter, one out of every four Android devices failed worldwide. That was more than double the 12% of iPhone models that failed globally during the same three month period. In North America, the gap was even wider with 24% of Android phones going down vs just 8% of iPhone handsets. Strangely, in Asia the numbers were reversed with 60% of iPhones failing versus 28% of Android flavored handsets.

From April through June, Samsung handsets accounted …


Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best-selling Android phone in Q2 2017, but iPhone 7 is king of the world

The only real competitor for Samsung’s flagships are Apple’s iPhones, so there will be no surprise if the Galaxy S8 will be the best-selling Android smartphone in 2017. But for now, let’s just say that it’s the most popular product among Android fans in the second quarter.

The latest research from Strategy Analytics suggests Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones shipped 19 million units worldwide. That makes these two devices world’s best-selling Android phones in Q2 2017.

Apple’s iPhone 7 remains world’s most popular smartphone model overall with no less …

Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus are the most shipped smartphones during Q2 2017

According to fresh data from Strategy Analytics, the Apple iPhone 7 was the most popular smartphone in the world for the second quarter of 2017 followed by the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Apple shipped 16.9 million units of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 from April through June, and 15.1 million of the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus during the same time period. The two handsets had 4.7% and 4.2% of the global smartphone market respectively.

In third place was the Samsung Galaxy S8, which had 10.2 million units shipped world-wide in the period. The larger Samsung Galaxy S8+ was next as 9 million pieces of that model …

OpenSignal: Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint LTE speed and reliability Q2 report

Gather around, carrier fandom, we’ve got the latest Q2 metrics on speed, availability, latency and 3G fallback for the big four US networks, courtesy of the OpenSignal’s communal methodology. There are some notable changes since the info that came out before unlimited plans took over, namely that T-Mobile took all the glory for itself, while Verizon and AT&T are still making most of the money there is to make in the industry.
Our measured average speeds on Verizon and AT&T’s networks have clearly dropped, almost certainly a result of new unlimited …

Google parent Alphabet reports lower Q2 profit thanks to EU fine

Google parent Alphabet reported its 2017 second quarter earnings today after the closing bell. The company reported a 21% year-over-year increase in revenue from the $21.5 billion reported during last year’s second quarter. $25.1 billion flowed into the company’s coffers during the period from April through June. Earnings per share, at $5.01, topped Wall Street expectations of $4.49. Paid clicks rose 52%, but the cost per click dropped 23%. The Street was looking for a smaller 15% drop, which means that advertisers paid much less to advertise on Google than expected.

Also negatively affecting …

Samsung may have passed Apple's profits for the first time, buoyed by Q2 chip sales

According to Cheong Chang-won from Nomura Securities: “A super cycle was expected for Samsung’s semiconductor and display businesses, but it has turned out to be an ultra-super cycle for the memory chip business.” A hint of how would that ultra cycle translate to Samsung’s earnings was given on Friday, when the company issued its mandated profit forecast for Q2, saying that it has likely made $12.1 billion in operating profit.
Since Samsung usually reports the final audited numbers a few weeks after its forecast with a very small margin of surprise, …

Samsung projected to record highest ever quarterly profits, as it announces Q2 earnings estimates

2016 was a difficult year for Samsung, hands down. After its Galaxy Note 7 phone was widely publicized for its flammability, Sammy continued to struggle in Q1 this year, marking a 9% decrease in year-on-year operating profits. However, the Korean giant has now announced estimates of its Q2 figures that show it is entering the second half of the year, having recorded its highest ever operating profit in this April-June period.

The company has said that revenue in the quarter ending in June rose to roughly $52 billion (60 trillion won), making for an operating profit …

LG's Q2 profits lower than expected, struggling mobile division to blame

LG Electronics has announced its operating profit estimates for the second quarter of 2017. Judging by the reported preliminary April-June profit of 664 billion won ($574.49 million), it is estimated that the tech giant will record a year-over-year increase of about 14%. 
While this growth is by no means meager, the financial results actually fall beneath the expectations of several market analysts, who forecasted that the South Korean company would post a net income of about 755 billion won or $654 million. 
Moreover, …

Apple misses the mark, sells 50.8 million iPhone units in fiscal Q2 vs. expectations of 52 million

Apple reported its fiscal second quarter earnings this afternoon. The tech titan said that it fell short of Wall Street expectations pertaining to iPhone sales. With analysts expecting about 52 million iPhone handsets to have been rung up in the three months ended in March, Apple said that 50.8 million units were actually sold. CEO Tim Cook told CNBC that the company is noticing “a delay in purchasing behavior.” That could be due to the 10th anniversary Apple iPhone 8 that is expected to be released later this year with many new features, including an AMOLED screen. As Apple’s CEO points out, Consumers …

Thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Samsung expects a record breaking Q2

A report sent to clients by IBK Securities says that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ will help the manufacturer set a new record for second quarter operating profits. After taking a big hit last year when the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was pulled off the market after a pair of recalls, this could be a very profitable rebound for Samsung and its investors. The previous record was set during the third quarter of 2013. Back then, Samsung reported operating profits of $9.2 billion USD thanks to the launch of the red hot Samsung Galaxy S4.

This year, IBK sees Samsung producing a 49% gain …