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The iphone 4 which is available in some countries is $299 USD. Lumia/Nokia sells a $25 phone in India. Plus it's time for IDC to recognize Google Android and Forked Android as it's a different OS.
Samsung falls for the 2nd oldest ad agency plan - "Apple's ONLY selling more because of marketing so you need to spend a giant boatload of money!" Samsung bought that hook, line & sinker. So, of course, they shout out a lot of reasons that samsung phones are "better." But ultimately, they are not much of a selling point because consumers are not stupid. This might have been a selling point 7 years when smartphones/iphones were first out and people were weighing about...
Actual usage is more important than PR announced "activations" or third party guesses on shipments? How could that be? It's much more important that millions of shipped boxes are sitting in back rooms, isn't it? Isn't it? By that measure, Android is WAY AHEAD! Sounds like a Samsung ad - each store has tens of thousands of our devices in the back rooms! Apple - only a few hundred.
This happens with every release - Apple drops different "rumors" to different employees to track who leaks what ... and of course, Apple gets to push other news off the page - it's a win, win and no severance pay. :-)
Until recently, it was hard to buy macs in China not just distribution but because they really didn't understand why anyone would pay 5-10 times the price for a personal computer AND it didn't run WINDOWS out of the box (in Chinese, of course). But just like the switchover in the US in the 90's when PC users would/could not believe there was a better experience, once they started to see others using it and of course, as income rose and of course, the world class look &...
There are two takeaways - a) basically they repeated everything Apple is doing by saying, We're offering it too! But ulimately it's like a Linux Developer's Conference or a TED talk - you it's all just a suggestion because Google doesn't even control the large majority of where Android is headed - Samsung, Amazon, Xiaomi and MS/Nokia all shoot off in their own direction so b) the only people really on board is Google's own phone group - Nexus and as far as we can tell,...
The official in-store apple products returning is 6/27 - though itunes cards are back.
Ms basically built their business by first bundling the office apps to kill their competition who sold standalone apps - then leveraging it with licensing of the WIN OS to bring everyone in line. Just as they've never bundled a full version of Outlook with Mac Office to discourage enterprise from even thinking of switching. Mac users either got Entourage or Outlook lite but never the same access as WIN Office users. Only a few specific employees of certain dept need the...
This doesn't mean much of anything - they admit SAmsung offered the best price meaning they looked around, I'm sure Apple offered a 10% discount but look, Samsung is offering their "flagship" phone after an hour on sale at 50% off (BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE) to every co sumer, of course, the Swiss Rails would get a better discount but that's the normal course of action or Android, it's the race to the bottom - people only buy at a bargain price so this is nothing really. Plus,...
Nest is done. Google will fold into a Google Home brand within a year - Faddell will leave soon so whatever he promises won;t mean anything when he's gone and it's not named Nest anymore. Of course, Google will drive most of the employees away - after all, how smart could they be if they weren't working for Google already? And since Google doesn't believe in customer service, there will be a giant hole in the market for anyone to step in. Of course, Apple won;t - Apple...
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