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March 29, 2013

Facebook Phone Launch on April 4th ?

The reports, if accurate, could explain the long speculation about a "Facebook phone" to help the social network better monetize its mobile platform by featuring Facebook prominently on the phone.

Facebook phone rumors explode after Android event announced - Computerworld: Speculation about Facebook's hardware plans exploded yet again after the company late Thursday invited reporters to a press event on April 4 at its offices in Menlo Park, Calif.

The invitation reads: "Come See Our New Home on Android."Another report on "9 to 5 Google" said Facebook designing the software for the new smartphone, which would be made by Taiwan's HTC.

Not long after the invitations were sent, several news sites have speculated that Facebook is developing an Android-based smartphone.

Facebook might not be building a phone -- designing hardware from scratch, manufacturing handsets and putting them on shelves. But the social network's invitation to an April 4 press conference, at which Facebook promises to unveil its "new home on Android," has stoked a new wave of speculation that the social network is readying a smartphone that will put Facebook front-and-center.

TechCrunch's Josh Constine writes that sources suggest Facebook will show off a modified version of Google's Android operating system that "will have all sorts of extra Facebook functionality built in."

"Imagine Facebook’s integration with iOS 6, but on steroids, and built by Facebook itself. It could have a heavy reliance on Facebook’s native apps like Messenger, easy social sharing from anywhere on the phone, and more," writes Constine.

Businessinsider reports

According to people familiar with the development of the marketing campaign for the Facebook/HTC phone, the advertisements are designed to focus on the potential user of the device, not on the hardware or software," says Gurman.
Sources  familiar with the developments suggests that the  smartphone that offers deeper Facebook integration would be a major boon to the social network's increasingly critical push to be more present, more accessible and more frequently used on people's smartphones. Unlike mobile-first social applications such as Instagram, Foursquare and Pheed, Facebook launched years before smartphones were de rigueur and has been left playing catch up.
Earlier this month news leaked of an HTC phone with a Facebook button on it. Facebook and HTC have worked together in the past on a phone, but it was a flop.
A Facebook phone based on Android has been rumored since September 2010. New discussion of the phone has popped up annually.

March 26, 2013

BlackBerry Z10 US Launch fails, UK Canada and India shows impressive sales

BlackBerry Z10 Phones Fly Like Penguins Off Shelves In U.S. - Forbes: BlackBerry’s new device, the Z10, has now been introduced in a number of markets including the United States. It appears to have had a strong launch in places like Canada, the United Kingdom and India.In contrast, the launch in the U.S. by AT&T has been listless. The reason the BlackBerry launch has gone better in Canada, United Kingdom and India compared to the United States is because in those countries the supply has been in balance with the number of BlackBerry loyalists.

Although BlackBerry has yet to release initial sales numbers for the Z10, these two studies indicate trouble for BlackBerry this quarter. However, both Deutsche Bank and Hudson Square noted that BlackBerry users may be waiting for the upcoming Q10, which offers a full traditional BlackBerry keyboard instead of a touchscreen. 

The Q10 is scheduled to arrive on April 26, but initial rumors indicate that its price is fairly steep - an unlocked 16 GB Q10 will cost approximately $800 - more than the $760 Z10. 

March 14, 2013

Windows Phone Shows Strong Growth in Italy and UK,

 A report from consumer research company Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that Windows Phone has gained a significant market share boost in Europe, specifically in Italy and the UK.

 Microsoft’s mobile OS  marketshare in Italy  alone   has surpassed 13.9% market share for 2012, compared to 2.8% just a year ago. Furthermore, 2012 has been a strong year for Windows Phone in UK as well, where it nearly tripled its market share from 2.2% in 2011 to 5.9% in 2012. 

In France  and Spain, Windows Phone grew its market share from 3.7% to 4.1% and 0.4% to 1.8%, respectively. However, in Germany, the mobile OS marks a slight drop from 3.0% to 2.6%. Nokia, in particular, is experiencing a major boost in the sales of their Lumia smartphones. Its smartphone sales share amounts to 6.2% (35% for Samsung and 32% for Apple), which is 50% more than what the company managed to sell in 2011. 

According to Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the jump in the WP’s European market share is great, but 2013 will pose a far greater challenge in the face of the Chinese and US markets.