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Samsung sold more than 300M phones in 2011

December 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Samsung has sold out over 300 million phones in this  current year, a first for the company’s history, the company stated on Sunday.

Samsung has obtained a title of the top smartphone manufacturer in the world in late October. Earlier the Apple crowned the title for a single quarter in this year. Before that, it was Nokia to occupy the title. Samsung shipped 27.8 million smartphones in the third quarter alone, accounting for 23.8 percent of the smartphone market. The company has sold a great number of  “dumb” phones as well.  Shin Jong-Kyun, President of Samsung Mobile, reported,

We are incredibly proud of this record-breaking sales milestone and have exceeded the annual target announced early this year, which is testament to the enduring appeal of Samsung phones with consumers around the world.

The firm sold about 280 million phones last year. The launch of the much expected, popular Galaxy S II line would be the reason for crowning the title. By September, the Galaxy S II line had shipped more than 10 million units around the world.

Next up for Samsung in the U.S. is the launch of the hyped Galaxy Nexus, which has a 4.65-inch screen and blazing 4G data speeds but still has not been given a release date. The phone was supposedly delayed because Verizon wanted Google Wallet software removed before the launch. Google, Samsung and Verizon’s last official comment about the release date said the phone would launch before the end of the year.

Source: venturebeat

HP is Now the World’s Greenest IT Company

November 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Greenpeace has updated its guide to greener electronics ranking and has revealed a new leader on Wednesday.

Earlier,  Nokia had the credit of being leader of green product, now HP has occupied the position of the greenest of them all. According to Greenpeace, HP has scored much well than other firms because of its sustainable operations energy criteria. HP scored 5.9/10. Dell also outranked Nokia by leading energy criteria and its attempts to reduce its overall emissions. It scored 5.1/10. Nokia was given the score of 4.9/10. But it is to be noticed that, however, both HP and Dell were criticized of not utilizing “green” materials in their products.

But Nokia still holds the priority in green product terms. It is now down because of its lack of using energy from sustainable sources and its goals of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Apple was trailing the pack in the last ranking. It has now moved up five positions thereby touching the fourth place with 4.6/10.  and was glorified because of its green products and “relatively strong” green operations. Greenpeace also remembered to mention the massive usage of energy by HP to be the existing problem. On the other hand, Nintendo, as usual, did not included in the ranking anymore. Greenpeace ranked RIM at last place and gave a report that “RIM needs to improve reporting and disclosure of its environmental performance compared to other mobile phone makers.”

Philips, Sony Ericsson, Samsung scored 4.5/10, 4.2/10, 4.1 /10 respectively. Companies like Toshiba, LG and Acer failed to score well in Greenpeace’s guide.

 Source: tomshardware

Leaked Timeline Points To Post-Black Friday Galaxy Nexus Launch

November 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Few devices have inspired a following quite as pursuit as the Galaxy Nexus, and the fans of this device will be happy to come to know that a recently leaked Verizon document pegs Samsung and Google’s recent collaboration with a post-Black Friday launch window. A fistful of Droid-Life’s sources says that the Galaxy Nexus is slated to unveil the week after Black Friday,  idea which is supposedly corroborated by an image of a Verizon time-line.

It is not easy to state the expectation of consumers, but it appears to be a promotions schedule that lays out when each of Verizon’s handsets will get their holiday marketing push. It resembles Droid RAZR and it will be part of Verizon’s holiday spotlight through Christmas, while the poor Rezound has to make do with a mere two weeks in the limelight. At the same time, the marketing effort for Samsung’s entire portfolio, included Galaxy Nexus apparently kick off after Thanksgiving, and could run straight through the holidays alongside the RAZR. It is also said that Verizon has probably consumed a pretty penny to snatch the Galaxy Nexus before anyone else in the U.S., and it is no wonder that it too may be getting a pronounced promotional push to drive sales.

The timeline does not provide strong confirmation (Verizon could easily start their marketing efforts in advance of the launch to build hype), but the timing surly seems to make sound reason. A post-Black Friday launch means people are already on the spur of the moment to make some purchases, and it gives Verizon enough time to enhance the Galaxy Nexus in the run up to your gift-giving holiday of choice.

Source: techcrunch

Xerox praised for customer service standards

November 1, 2011 Leave a comment

CRM Online could be one among the programmes used by businesses looking to enhance customer relations following recent news about Xerox.

The global management company has been positioned in the JD Power and Associates Certified Technology Service & Support (CTSS) Hall of Fame because of the high standard of service provided to customers and clients.

As one of the industry’s most esteemed acceptance, the JD Power and Associates CTSS programme has honored certification to Xerox for five consecutive years.

Bill Steenburgh, senior vice president of Xerox Services, says that the recognition has come as a evidence for the organization was meeting and fulfilling all the needs of customers.

“We strive to exceed expectations and this honour validates the impressive commitment of our people,” he added.

Using CRM Online, businesses are able to grow the productivity of employees with the usage of a popular interface which is both personal and natural.

Additionally, CRM Online lets companies to generate company connections across its activities and discrete units.

Source: outsourceryADNFCR-1370-ID-800780799-ADNFCR

Nokia Vs. The Industry: A Look At The Global Battle Over Mobile Advertising [Infographic]

November 1, 2011 Leave a comment

It is well known that Mobile advertising is a furore right now. According to comScore, mobile advertising is estimated to touch $2.5 billion by 2014, with $2.7 billion projected in mobile ad revenues for the current year and $6.6 billion by 2016.

In August, 84.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones,  and the count keeps on increasing. In the U.S., the bigs in mobile OSs, iOS, RIM, Symbian, and Windows, are competing for market share, with Android presently topping the pack.

Similar to U.S., Europe do contains more numbers for smartphone usage:  comScore of July 2011 reports, 88.4 million mobile subscribers (in the EU5) were using smartphone. Symbian topped the smartphone platforms with 37.8 percent of market share in Europe, and Android follows grabbing the second place with 22.3 percent of market share, also leading iOS which is with 20.3 percent market share.

Nokia positioned as the world’s largest maufacturer of smartphone devices by volume, until Apple marched on in June of this year. Earlier of this year, Nokia publicized  its plans to replace Symbian and MeeGo with Windows Phone on most of its high end devices. The Finnish manufacturer  always has a wide array of products, but the company always endeavor to grip a secure base in U.S.

Nokia’s upcoming new Windows phones won’t be getting at U.S. stores for atleat a few more months, but as Chris Weber, U.S. President of Nokia Operations mentioned, those Windows Phones will be the first high-profile Nokia launches in years. Nokia, other than any other companies, is more aware in its struggle to maintain its relevance.  Chris Weber also mentions “The reality is if we are not successful with Windows Phone, it doesn’t matter what we do elsewhere.

But there exist a hope of Nokia will make a big comeback with its Windows Phone. Taking Apple’s table scraps and pushing RIM down may turn out to be a good strategy for Nokia going forward, especially two familiar brands, as John mentions, – Microsoft and Nokia – are better than RIM.

Nokia is being favorable in Europe because of its phones, stores, and service are local, useable, and cheap. If they are capable of profiting on brand recognition and first-time smart-phone customers, it may work.

As you’ll see below, Nokia’s absolute ad requests (which are what makes mobile advertising tick) continue to grow month-to-month, and when it comes to click-through-rates (CTR), Nokia has been consistently outperforming the rest of the industry (abroad), which includes the likes Android, iOS, and RIM.

As the infographic shrewdly reveals, with high ad requests and CTRs, this makes a lot of happy Nokia developers and advertisers. Whether this trend can continue has Nokia moves its Windows Phone-powered devices into the U.S. remains to be seen, but, at the very least, it’s certainly a silver lining.

Without further ado, a look at global Nokia ad requests, CTR, distribution, and top countries:

Source: techcrunch

The King Has Fallen: Samsung Dethrones Apple As Smartphone Leader

October 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Even before the Samsung Galaxy Nexus’s sale is started, Samsung succeeded in attaining the lead against Apple to become the largest mobile phone maker by  revenue in the third quarter of 2011. But Nokia still persist in crowning for mobile phone sales by volume, and for Apple, it has been pushed back by both Nokia and Samsung to take the number three spot in terms of revenue.

At the same time, Samsung has not disclosed the exact numbers, the Guardian spoke to Daiwa Securities technology analyst Jae Lee, who evaluates that Samsung has sold around 28 million phones in the third quarter, Whereas Apple has made only 17 million phones. Yet it is tough comparison to estimate because Apple releases a phone per year while Samsung launches quite a few more than that.

Samsung Galaxy S II has given its hands to achieve the goal of breaking the records in this quarter with sales of 14.9 trillion won up (US $13.5 billion) 37 percent from last year. While declining to offer sales figures for handsets, a Samsung representative conveyed that smart-phones sales had quadrupled the previous quarter, with overall handset shipments increasing by more than 20 percent.

With the result of  Gartner research, the Guardian figures out that 20 percent increase to be shipments of about 86 million handsets between July and September.  It is well known that Samsung is wrapped up in a massive legal wrangle with Apple and still it is capable of possess the crown. Considering Apple, the company’s  CEO Tim Cook intends strategies for Apple’s upcoming quarter, predicting record iPhone and iPad sales. The time will soon show whether the crown will be replaced or it will exist with the same corporation.

Source: techcrunch

Survey says: RIM’s core users are abandoning ship

October 21, 2011 Leave a comment

  The end of research in Motion’s BlackBerry platform seems to be near. A survey says that 30 percent of current companies with 10,000 or more employees those who use BlackBerry devices are to leave for another choice. This trend will erode RIM’s market share and momentum in an area where it was leading for years.

The information is from Enterprise Management Associates by way of InfoWorld. RIM stays not answering the challenge from other competing mobile platforms like Apple iOS and Google Android. It tried to solve the problem by buying QNX which was in vain. RIM will not make its platform on phones until 2012. Though it seems to be a short period, the company is to face risk and trouble in business.

Though the company is noticing BlackBerry user base grow in terms of real numbers, its market share is declining for above stated reasons. Even the lure growing for smartphones cant give its hands in this. The attraction is instead filling the enterprise with Android devices and iPhones because of the growing trend of BYOD, or bring your own device to work. Last month, a Forrester report noted this, emphasizing half of surveyed IT shops are already supporting personal devices in some manner.

The competing services like the new iMessage for Apple’s iOS devices that resemble the BBM service but add text messaging capabilities, adds more pressure to it. Making matters worse recently was a multi-continent outage that disrupted BlackBerry mail for several days; the company is offering $100 in free apps, but if fewer people want RIM handhelds, how does that help?

Source: gigaom