Monthly Archives: February 2010

Richard Waters

Finally, after all the vague feel-good comments, a real fact about Android phone sales to sink your teeth into. Speaking at the big mobile industry bash in Barcelona today, Eric Schmidt said handset makers were currently shipping 60,000 units a day with the Google software platform installed.

If that figure is sustainable, it adds up to nearly 22m a year. Compare that to Microsoft, which said that “more than 20m” Windows Mobile phones were shipped in 2008. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Apple may feel Flash has no future on the iPhone or iPad, but Adobe is making announcements  at the Mobile World Congress today that are likely to increase its penetration with developers.

Adobe is unveiling its AIR platform on mobile devices, starting with Android-based phones. Read more

Paul Taylor

Personal Tech in the FT’s Business Life section this week takes a look at Bluetooth headsets:

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Chris Nuttall

Microsoft and the Bungie independent studio gave an impressive demonstration of Halo:Reach , the next major instalment of the blockbuster Xbox franchise, at a media event in San Francisco  on Thursday evening.

The first-person shooter was one of more than a dozen games shown by Microsoftat its X10 event , in a bullish demonstration of its firepower for the year ahead.

It was an optimistic end to the week for the industry. Electronic Arts  and Activision Blizzard issued downbeat forecasts  on Monday and Wednesday and figures from the NPD research firm on Thursday showed that software sales fell 12 per cent in January. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Facebook revealed on Wednesday that more than 100m people use the social network on their mobiles every month. That’s around a quarter of their total membership.

As seems to be the norm for Facebook at the moment, even with such big numbers, the growth rate is huge – in September it had 65m mobile users. That suggests the number is likely to double annually. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

The music industry has taken another beating in the blogosphere over the last 24 hours after the head of Warner Music lashed out against online music streaming services such as Spotify and We7.

“Free streaming services are clearly not net positive for the industry, and, as far as Warner Music is concerned, will not be licensed,” Edgar Bronfman Jr, Warner Music’s chairman, said on the major label’s analyst call yesterday.

“The sort of ‘Get all of the music you want for free and then, with a few bells and whistles, maybe we can move you to a premium price’ strategy is not the kind of approach to business we’ll be supporting in the future.” Read more

Chris Nuttall

The new iPad represents high levels of profitability for Apple, according to a breakdown of the price of its components and manufacturing cost by the iSuppli research firm.

Apple appears to have marked up the cost of 3G versions of the iPad considerably and its 32Gb model will offer it the biggest margins if iSuppli’s estimates are correct. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Attendees at the high-nerd-quotient International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week have been getting a sexy preview of what’s in store at the more mainstream Mobile World Congress phone show in Barcelona next week.

Texas Instruments has been showing how phones will have gesture capabilities as they take advantage of more powerful processors such as TI’s forthcoming Omap 4. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Google Buzz, announced today, aims to bring together a slew of Google services and a stew of social networking ideas.

The challenge for Google is to make its Swiss-army-knife complexity appealing to a public that might prefer the separate simplicity of 140-character tweets and the close social connections enabled by Facebook. Read more

Chris Nuttall

2010 is the 25th anniversary of the .com domain and dotcom companies appear to be back in rude health, judging by their domination of Super Bowl ads this year.

Google’s Super Bowl debut on Sunday night, with Parisian Love, was a low-budget affair. It was a rerun of an ad it has been showing online for months on YouTube. Read more