Lenovo's Motorola-led mobile unit continued to struggle in Q4 2017

Lenovo’s smartphone business continued to struggle in the quarter ending March 31. The period in question corresponds to Q4 of Lenovo’s fiscal 2017 year and, despite an improvement over last year’s results, the overall mobile unit is still quite a way from becoming profitable.

During the three-month period, the business recorded a pre-tax loss of $142 million, a significant improvement over last year’s loss of $220 million. However, the results aren’t because of an improved business performance. Instead, the unit actually saw a revenue decline during the period of over $430 million, down …


Apple iPhone X contributed 35% of the smartphone industry's global Q4 profits

According to data from Counterpoint Research that was shared on cable business channel CNBC, Apple bucked the trend by reporting a 1% gain in calendar fourth quarter profits from global smartphones sales, year-over-year. The entire industry reported a 1% decline for the same time period. And the one handset that was responsible for the majority of industry profits during the period was the Apple iPhone X.

The tenth-anniversary iPhone, priced at $999 and up, accounted for 35% of smartphone profits even though the phone was available for only two months of the calendar fourth quarter (November …

Verizon vs AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint Q4 metrics show that promos backfire

If you want to know how did the big four mobile carriers do in the last quarter, look no further than the research firm Strategy Analytics report that ranks Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint by subscribers, net adds (including the valuable postpaid segment), and the average monthly churn rate that crudely shows how satisfied the users …

Apple collected record 51% of global smartphone revenue in Q4; iPhone had strong Q4 in China

Securities house Morgan Stanley said today that Apple had a strong showing in China during the fourth calendar quarter of 2017. On a sequential basis, Apple’s handset shipments rose 12% during the final three months of last year, compared to the third quarter results. During the same time period, deliveries of Android phones declined 17% in China. But Morgan Stanley adds that overall iPhone growth in the country is slowing as Android users upgrading to a new phone are choosing models produced domestically from Huawei and Oppo.

Analysts at the brokerage firm say that Chinese phone manufacturers …

Apple collected record 51% of global smartphone revenue on Q4; iPhone had strong Q4 in China

Securities house Morgan Stanley said today that Apple had a strong showing in China during the fourth calendar quarter of 2017. On a sequential basis, Apple’s handset shipments rose 12% during the final three months of last year, compared to the third quarter results. During the same time period, deliveries of Android phones declined 17% in China. But Morgan Stanley adds that overall iPhone growth in the country is slowing as Android users upgrading to a new phone are choosing models produced domestically from Huawei and Oppo.

Analysts at the brokerage firm say that Chinese phone manufacturers …

Canalys says Apple Watch outsold the entire Swiss watch industry in Q4 2017

Besides luxury chocolates and a neutral geopolitical outlook, Switzerland is known for its precision timepieces. But in this day and age it would appear that smartwatches beat out Swiss watches when it comes to units sold. In fact, based on fourth quarter stats computed by market researcher Canalys and the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, the Apple Watch alone outsold Swiss watches in the three month period that ran from October to December.

Since Apple doesn’t release Apple Watch sales, Canalys had to estimate that over 8 million units of the Apple Watch were shipped during the final …

Apple led in worldwide shipments of tablets in Q4; Amazon finished second, surpassing Samsung

The Apple iPad was the most shipped tablet in the world during the fourth quarter of 2017. For the three months from October through December, Apple delivered 13.2 million slates; that was up .6% from the 13.1 million that it shipped during the same quarter in 2016. Apple owned 26.6% of the global tablet market during the last three months of 2017. Cupertino’s focus on the iPad Pro should continue this year. The next version of the high-end iPad is expected to be equipped with an edge-to-edge screen, similar to the iPhone X, and include the TrueDepth Camera and Face ID.

Usually you would …

Nokia's Q4 financial reports better than expected

Nokia Campus in Espoo, Finland
Telecommunications giant Nokia’s financial results for Q4 2017 are out and they are better than the initial predictions. The company reported $1,2 billion operating profit for Q4 – up from the $1,101 billion forecast. 
What made the 9% increase a reality was the multi-year patent license agreement, signed between the Finnish company and another network Goliath – Huawei, which brought in $260,4 million, with more revenue expected during the term of the contract.
Despite …

Nokia's Q4 financial reports better than expected.

Nokia Campus in Espoo, Finland
Telecommunications giant Nokia’s financial results for Q4 2017 are out and they are better than the initial predictions. The company reported $1,2 billion operating profit for Q4 – up from the $1,101 billion forecast. 
What made the 9% increase a reality was the multi-year patent license agreement, signed between the Finnish company and another network Goliath – Huawei, which brought in $260,4 million, with more revenue expected during the term of the contract.
Despite …

Google Play topped the Apple App store in the number of Q4 downloads

Thanks to Android users in markets like India, Indonesia, and Brazil, the Google Play Store set a record with more than 19 billion apps downloaded globally during the fourth quarter of 2017. This figure includes only new installations; re-installs and app updates do not count. The data, compiled by App Annie, shows that downloads from the Google Play Store out numbered downloads from the App Store by 145% during the three months from October through December. Games, Finance and Personalization were the categories with the biggest growth on the Google Play Store year-over-year. Shopping and Finance …