HTC sees first profitable quarter in three years after Google sale

HTC posted a very respectable profit in Q1 of 2018 thanks to deal with Google. The agreement in question was originally announced towards the end of 2017, hence why the profit isn’t exactly surprising despite lackluster hardware sales, but it certainly puts the Taiwan-based company back on track after a tough year.

The deal between the companies saw Google purchase a big part of HTC’s development team, which includes hundreds of hardware and software engineers, for a total of $1.1 billion in the hope of improving the Pixel line of smartphones. And now, after taking into account HTC’s losses …


Cortana on Microsoft Launcher sees new beta features

Microsoft Launcher is currently ranked sixth in the free personalization category of the Google Play Store. The app is free to download and has some great features, especially when it comes to integration within the Microsoft ecosystem. It also has some decent options to customize your home screen. The most recent addition to the launcher is Cortana integration. The app is capable of placing Cortana voice commands both on your home screen as well as the feed that appears on the launcher when you swipe right. The launcher version of Cortana may not offer as many features as the dedicated app, …

The HP Elite x3 sees a huge price cut on the Microsoft Store

The HP Elite x3 was one of the last two devices to ship with Windows 10 Mobile. It is considered one of the best handsets to run the OS, and if you are so inclined to pick up a new smartphone running a defunct OS, the Elite is a solid choice. Microsoft has slashed the price of the phone from $799 to $299 on the Microsoft Store. In order to sweeten the deal even more, that price is for the bundle. The bundle includes the HP Desk Dock, which allows you to connect the phone to a monitor and other peripherals. It then uses Windows Continuum to create a desktop-esque experience powered …

Analyst sees 2018 Apple iPhone Xs priced at $899 and up

Last week, we told you that Apple is cutting the cost of the parts and labor required to produce the Apple iPhone X sequels expected later this year. To refresh your memory, KGI Securities Apple analyst Ming-Chi-Kuo expects a trio of new iPhone models to be introduced in September. The Apple iPhone Xs will be a sequel to the tenth anniversary model and will come with a 5.8-inch AMOLED display. A huge 6.5-inch AMOLED screen is expected for the Apple iPhone Xs Plus, while a 6.1-inch LCD screen will adorn the Apple iPhone 9. Although all three phones will include an edge-to-edge display, the TrueDepth …

Top Apple analyst sees 100 million 6.1-inch LCD equipped iPhone units shipped this year

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is considered to be the best Apple analyst in the world. Kuo is plugged into Apple in such a way, that no other analyst comes close when it comes to making predictions about future products or estimating how many units of a model will be sold. Kuo says that Apple will be selling three new models in 2018. All three will be equipped with the TrueDepth Camera, and offer Face ID. Two will feature OLED panels of 5.8-inches and 6.5-inches. Those are believed to be the Apple iPhone Xs and Apple iPhone Xs Plus, respectively.

According to Kuo, the third model will …

Chip maker TSMC sees shipments of top shelf smartphones declining this year

TSMC, the company that produced the A11 bionic SoC for the trio of 2017 Apple iPhone models, is expecting a decline in the shipment of high-end smartphones in 2018. C.C. Wei, co-chief executive of TSMC, sees declining shipments this year for high-end handsets. He sees shipments of mid-to low-end handsets actually increasing during 2018. TSMC expects wafer based revenue for mobile phones to come in flat this year, compared with 2017.

The company has already received the word that it will be the sole producer of the Apple A12 chipset which will be found in the 2018 iPhone models. TSMC also …

Analyst sees iPhone X leading to a 'super long cycle' for Apple

Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson wrote a note to the firm’s clients today that is very bullish as far as Apple is concerned. Of course, the securities house has been high on the tech titan going back to the days when Gene Munster was covering the company for Piper Jaffray. Today, Olson wrote that thanks to the iPhone X, Apple is in line “to experience a strong multi-year iPhone trajectory, not the short-lived ‘super cycle’ that was anticipated.”

The analyst cites a growing interest in augmented reality, led by developers pushing out new, interesting AR based apps for the App Store. Also …

Apple HomePod manufacturer sees facial recognition eventually coming to smart speakers

The company that assembles Apple’s HomePod smart speaker, Inventec Appliances, said last week that it expects features offered by 3D-sensing cameras to eventually be available on smart speakers. That would include facial and image recognition that could make the product “more convenient and…easier to use,” according to Inventec Appliances president David Ho. The executive did say that he isn’t sure that a smart speaker with AI would be in demand by consumers.

While Ho didn’t mention Apple’s HomePod by name, he did say that Inventec Appliances is also producing a voice enabled smart speaker …

Analyst sees no supercycle for Apple, but predicts strong iPhone X sales

Raymond James’ Apple analyst Tavis McCourt wrote a note to clients today. In his message, McCourt stated that the big supercycle that was supposed to pump up Apple’s revenue and profits thanks to the new innovative 2017 iPhone models, might not take place. But thanks to what he sees as strong Apple iPhone X demand, the analyst expects Apple to report higher earnings next year as the average selling price of the iPhone rises as much as 10% in 2018.

McCourt’s note includes some data not favorable to Apple. He says that 37% of iPhone owners plan to upgrade to a 2017 iPhone over the next 12 …

Cook: Our products are not only for the rich; analyst sees big drop in Apple's stock after tomorrow

Some people complain that Apple manufacturers devices for the rich and wealthy, and that as a result, they are priced out of purchasing Apple products. But if you ask Apple CEO Tim Cook, he will disagree. Speaking to Fortune, Cook points out that an Apple iPad and an Apple iPhone can be purchased for less than $300 each.  “And so these are not for the rich,” said the executive. The Chief Executive also pointed out that with an active installed base of over 1 billion products, Apple couldn’t be manufacturing just for the rich since there aren’t that many rich people in the world. Cook also …