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  HTC Q1 2013 Earnings Reveal 98 Percent Decline in YoY Profit Smartphone vendor HTC, today announces unaudited consolidated results for 1Q 2013. According to the press release, total revenues were NT$42.8 billion,  operating income was NT$43 million and net income after tax was NT$85 million ($2.85 million).  Analyst were expecting earnings of NT$467.5 million, according to Reuters. These figures represent 98 percent year-over-year fall in net profit, which was NT$10.9 billion in Q1 2012. “As HTC failed to establish its brand image by selling its most important flagship phone on time, it’ll be very difficultRead More
Google is set to Launch a New Nexus 7 this July; Could be Priced at $149 According to Reuters, Google is planning to launch a new version of their popular Nexus 7 tablet this July, according to two sources. Google Inc will launch a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet powered by Qualcomm Inc’s Snapdragon processor around July, two sources told Reuters, as the software giant pushes deeper into the cut-price mobile hardware market,  Clare Jim reports for Reuters. “Google is aiming to ship as many as eight million of the Asustek-made tablets in theRead More
John Gruber, MG Sielger and Others discussed iOS 7, New iPhone and More on Branch This Branch, started by MG Sielger, is a must read for all Apple fans. It involve  a list of reputable list of tech writers such as John Gruber, Tim Stevens, Federico Viticci, Clayton Morris,  Rene Ritchie,  Matthew Panzarino  and Mark Gurman discussed the latest Apple rumors they have heard on the grapevine. Here are some of the highlights of the conversation: Rene Ritchie: I’ve heard from several sources that there was/is an event planned for April, new 9.7Read More
iPhone 5 is Britain’s Most Popular Smartphone in March According to a report from the Press Association (via uSwitch), Apple’s iPhone 5 became the most popular smartphone in Britain during the month of March. The iPhone fended off competitions from  Sony Xperia Z and Samsung Galaxy S3. According to the report, “the Samsung S3 had been the UK’s number one handset for 10 months but lost its top spot after the S4 handset was unveiled on March 14.” However, it’s not all bad news for Samsung. According to the report: [quote] ..the popular GalaxyRead More
Apple Expected to Release an Ultra HD iTV; Mass Production could be an Issue Yep, this rumor that won’t go away. Digitimes is now reporting that Apple is reportedly continuing to develop a TV rumored full-fledged, which is likely to feature Ultra HD (3840 by 2160), Siri, motion control functions and Internet connectivity. This information came courtesy of industry supply chain sources, according to the report. We have reported that Apple to launch a full-fledged TV set in time Christmas based on information from a reliable source. “Apple and Foxconn Electronics have been in discussionsRead More
Digitimes is reporting that Amazon is set to use a 4.7-inch screen for its upcoming smartphone. According to information from the industry supply chain sources, Amazon’s phone is due to be released in the second quarter of 2013. “Amazon is reportedly going to use a 4.7-inch screen for its smartphone that is expected to be released in the second quarter of 2013,” Sammi Huang and Alex Wolfgram report for Digitimes. “The company was previously considering a 4.3-inch screen but later scrapped the idea after witnessing increased demand for larger size screensRead More
Apple in Court for Allegedly Copying “Siri” from Chinese Firm  According to a report in the Times of India, Apple Apple appeared in a Shanghai court on today, for allegedly infringing the software patent of  Shanghai’s Zhizhen Network Technology Co. The software in question relates to Siri, a virtual personal assistant, found in the iPhone 4S/5. Zhizhen says it patented its “Xiao i Robot” software in 2004, while Apple’s Siri, which made its debut with the release of the iPhone 4S in 2011, was first developed in 2007. According to the report, Shanghai’s Zhizhen Network Technology Co. claims Apple infringed its patent for voiceRead More
According to etnews, a Korea-based news agency, Samsung is looking to spend large sums of money to lure game developers into building titles for the Tizen operating system. “Instead of developing games by itself or acquiring a game developer, the smartphone giant is going to bombard the game developers with money to create a Tizen ecosphere,” Bae Wook-jin writes for etnews. “Samsung Electronics started to contact the smartphone game publishers to introduce 100 most popular iPhone and Android games in Tizen version by this June.” Wooke-jin credited industry sources and anRead More
Apple Set to Increase Order of Thin-film Touch Panel in 3Q13 Digitimes is reporting that Thin-film touch panel providers are expected to see an increase in orders from Apple in 3Q13, according to information from Industry sources. “Thin-film touch panel suppliers for Apple are expected to see a large increase in orders from the company in the third quarter of 2013 in preparation for the release of Apple’s next-generation iPad,” Siu Han and Alex Wolfgram report for Digitimes. “The new model is expected to use the same thin-film DITO (G/F2) touch panelRead More
Apple Did Not Send a Request for Quotation Document to Samsung According to a report from  Korea Economic Daily (via iDownloadblog) Apple did not send a Request for Quotation (RFQ) documents to Samsung for procurement of iPad and iPad mini display. The report claims that Apple sent out its requests for quotation for new Retina screens to LG Display, Sharp, Japan Display and AU Optronics, but not to Samsung Display.  If true, this move could see Samsung slipped down the list of Apple’s suppliers. The request for quotation document is sent by AppleRead More
Despite Delay New HTC One Hits Record Pre-Order The Wall Street Journal along with other news outlet are reporting that new HTC One smartphone has been delayed due to problems in sourcing camera components and metal casings for the device. “HTC Corp. is pushing back the rollout of its new flagship smartphone due in part to some component shortages, a setback for the Taiwanese smartphone maker which is banking on the HTC One to turn around its flagging sales,” Lorraine Luk reports. “Several retail distributors and telecom operators including Vodafone Group PLC said HTC hasRead More
Samsung Galaxy S4
According to a report from  IHS iSuppli Mobile Handset Cost Model Service the HSPA+ version of Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S4 smartphone has a $236 bill of materials (BOM). This figure is apparently up significantly from the BOM of the Galaxy S III. The BOM of the HSPA+ version of the S4 is $30.40 higher than for the equivalent version of the Galaxy S III, a 15 percent increase, according to the report. “Although its hardware is not radically different from the Galaxy S III introduced in April of 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S4 includes someRead More