t’s been an exciting few days for Research in Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM) and RIM fans alike. Since I last wrote about the challenges RIM faces as it proceeds through its transition period, RIM has released a new version of its popular instant messenger, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) and officially announced three new OS7 devices.
BlackBerry Messenger 6...<Read more>
Last week has been tough for Research in Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM). RIM, the maker of BlackBerry handsets and services, has introduced the BlackBerry PlayBook last year, and debut the tablet in the U.S. and Canada on March.
The APAC launch...<Read more>
Q1 2011 Global Mobile Phone Market Share Analysis
According to a recent research report from Strategy Analytics, the global mobile phone sales volume for the first quarter of 2011 reached 350.1 million units, a YOY growth of 17.3%. It has been estimated that the shipments for each quarter of this year will be more than 300 million units while the demand for smart phones increases greatly, mainly because the smart phone consumer demand grows quickly in the mature world phone market and the phones with multiple SIM cards have become very popular in the emerging market....<Read more>
Research in Motion (RIM), the makers of the BlackBerry smartphone line, and Microsoft have agreed to a partnership in which RIM will begin putting Microsoft's Bing and maps applications on new BlackBerry products. Additionally, RIM will begin using the Windows operating system, replacing the old BlackBerry operating system.
This will help RIM move forward in their quest to knock off market share from Google's Android platform and Apple's iPhone series. BlackBerry had been losing market share to both of these competitors over the last fear years as the touchscreen applications market became huge, leaving RIM and their BlackBerry line behind....<Read more>
Apple announced their profits from their iPhone and iPad technologies, showing they had increase their sales and use during the past quarter. This growth moved Apple to having half of all the profits in this growing market. With more people purchasing smartphones and tablet devices, Apple has shown considerable growth with their products and is constantly introducing new products into their collection available.
With the recent partnership with Research in Motion and Microsoft to begin using the Windows Phone 7 operating system, Apple has an opportunity to increase their market share as people will turn away from BlackBerry products (made by RIM) until after that partnership is worked out and the new BlackBerry line is introduced. This can help Apple to exceed expectations for units produced and sold of their iPhone and iPad lines....<Read more>
Research in Motion, the Canadian tech company developing the new generation of Blackberry smart phones, has seen its market share and profits slip in the last financial quarter. This is despite the fact that it has unveiled two new Blackberry Bold models, the 9900 and 9930, which are both powered by the Blackberry 7 operating system, considered a next step to the new and more powerful QNX-based system due for release in early 2012. Both systems should allow for better internet navigation and the ability to utilize third party apps, such those supported by Android-based platforms....<Read more>
For the first time in the second quarter, US consumers have bought more smartphones than cell phones. More than half the handsets sold to US consumers were smartphones this quarter, up eight percent from last quarter, according to the NPD Group. Apple iPhone was a big seller because of its release on Verizon, accounting for fourteen percent of the US mobile-phone market. It beat its' big rivals in the smart phone business, HTC, Motorola, and Research in Motion. The launch of the iPhone 4 really helped Apple beat its competitors, because it was able to expand its market share away from AT&T, with whom it had previously had an exclusive contract. Although the move to Verizon came at the expense of some of Android's sales, the Android still managed to account for half the smartphone sales this quarter....<Read more>