mobile brands

Mobile World Congress '14: What to Expect from the World's Biggest Mobile Stage

Posted by Barry Silverstein on February 20, 2014 06:44 PM

Mobile World Congress, the largest annual event of its kind showcasing mobile innovations, will once again take place in Barcelona from Feb. 24-27. While Samsung was arguably the dominant player at last year's event and will surely be prominent again, old names like LG and Nokia, and newer ones like Huawei and Lenovo, are likely to steal some of the spotlight at this year's MWC. Wearables are also expected to play a leading role.

Samsung's big splash, via a promotion it has named "Unpacked 5," is expected to be the announcement of the Galaxy S5, which may well include the unveiling of the next iteration of Galaxy Gear, the wearable smartwatch that competitors are now trying to match. In fact, according to Bloomberg, HTC, the Taiwanese smartphone maker that has been battered by declining sales, is rumored to be demonstrating a smartwatch, "the first of three wearable devices," at MWC.

Not to be outdone, the Chinese company Huawei released a teaser video that offers glimpses of a few spiffy tablets and a smartphone with Siri-like intelligence. Rumored but unconfirmed is Huawei's introduction of a smartwatch as well. Smartphone manufacturer ZTE said last November it would launch a smartwatch in 2014 but was not expected to have one available at MWC.Continue reading...

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In the News: Comcast, Apple, Walmart and more

Posted by Dale Buss on February 13, 2014 09:27 AM

In the News

Comcast acquires Time Warner Cable in mammoth deal as it eyes Netflix turf.

Apple says it doesn't procure blood metal and talks about launching updated TV set-top box.

Walmart sees pitchman Mike Rowe come to defense of retailer on social media.

GM recalls 600,000 older vehicles to replace ignition switches.

Avon nears bribery settlement.

Cisco sees growth hit by sagging tech demand.

Fiat taps Sean "Diddy" Combs to tout 500 line worldwide.

Ford reveals GPS privacy practices.

Intuit sees Super Bowl ad pay off.

Kind sues Clif Bar in nutrition bar packaging dust-up.

Lexus keeps crown in J.D. Power reliability survey.Continue reading...

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Apple Seeks FDA's Advice On Journey to More Powerful Personal Tech

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 3, 2014 03:26 PM

At a critical juncture for Apple, the house that Jobs built is now turning to health and fitness as the antidote to slipping iPhone sales and public criticism that the brand has lost its defining innovation and design mojo.

The company is reportedly working on a sensor-laden iWatch that works in tandem with a “Healthbook” app to monitor and store personal data on steps taken, calories burned, blood pressure, hydration levels and other blood-related metrics like glucose levels, following the growing popularity of health-monitoring devices like Nike's FuelBand, FitBit and dozens of others than debuted at this year's CES

Apple executives Jeff Williams, SVP operations, Bud Tribble, VP software technology, and Michael O’Reilly, a recent hire and former chief medical officer for Masimo, creator of non-invasive technology that measures blood oxygen, met in December with Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg about “mobile medical applications," according to the New York Times.

Mark A. McAndrew, a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister said the out of the ordinary meetings signaled that, “They are either trying to get the lay of the land for regulatory pathways with medical devices and apps and this was an initial meeting, or Apple has been trying to push something through the FDA for a while and they’ve had hangups.”Continue reading...

executive decision

Could Microsoft's Enterprise Chief Lead Company to Mobile Greatness?

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 31, 2014 02:53 PM

It's been nearly six months since Microsoft launched its CEO search and announced that Steve Ballmer would be stepping down. And while months of rumors have led industry analyts to mull who might fill the seat, from Ford CEO Alan Mulally to Ericsson's CEO Hans Vestberg, it seems a candidate has finally been confirmed. 

According to reports, Satya Nadella, who leads Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, is now the internal frontrunner, with a possible announcement coming in early February, according to Re/code. That doesn't mean that Nadella is the only remaining candidate, however. According to reporting (that's been disputed) by SiliconANGLE, Google SVP of Chrome and Apps, Sundar Pichai, is still being wooed by Microsoft's board.Continue reading...

brand strategy

Lenovo Aims to Build Global Tech Brand to Rival Samsung, Apple

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 30, 2014 02:28 PM

Google’s mobile phone experiment has ended after just 22 months with the announcement that it sold Motorola's handset business to China's Lenovo Group for $2.91 billion. 

Following its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility in 2012 to "supercharge Android," Google has uncharacteristically struggled to boost its market share in the mobile hardware business, with Motorola's global share of the smartphone market falling to about 1 percent in 2013. 

So while Google will retain Motorola's bank of 20,000 patents to be used to build up its successful Android brand, the aging brand's fate in hardware now lies in the hands of Lenovo—a little-known Chinese company that has been making some big moves in the tech world lately. In a blog post on the news, Motorola hailed Lenovo as its new brand steward.

“Lenovo has the expertise and track record to scale Motorola into a major player within the Android ecosystem,” Google CEO Larry Page wrote in a blog post about the sale. His sentiments are echoed by IDC analyst Ramon Llamas, who told the Wall Street Journal, "This gives Lenovo the all important foothold to get into North America.”Continue reading...

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In the News: Google, Facebook, Nintendo and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 30, 2014 09:26 AM

In the News

Google sells Motorola to Lenovo for $2.9 billion but is keeping patents, as company wins from Super Bowl-advertising activity on web.

Facebook reports 64 percent jump in fourth-quarter revenue thanks to continued growth in advertising on mobile.

Nintendo tries to save its gaming kingdom but still rules out smartphones.

Apple restructure of website may point to new Apple TV focus.

Delta Airlines goes Eighties in latest creative safety video.

Dow Chemical defends spinoff strategy.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles scraps dividend and gives glum outlook for Europe and Brazil.Continue reading...

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In the News: Snapchat, Fiat, Revlon and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 2, 2014 09:01 AM

In the News

Snapchat and Skype suffer major security breaches.

Fiat buys rest of Chrysler from UAW and won't do IPO.

Revlon pulls out of China.

Airbus Group rebrand takes off.

Apple denies claims it's cooperating with NSA.

Berkshire Hathaway fails to post customary growth.

Boeing creates tensions within union by important vote on Friday.

Cracker Barrel says it's not for sale.

FedEx faces legal assault over cigarettes sent to New Yorkers.

Ford adds solar cells to recharge electric concept car and retains title as top-selling US car brand.Continue reading...

e-commerce

With Smartphones in Hand, Consumers Stretch Cyber Monday Sales to New Recond

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 3, 2013 03:53 PM

Cyber Monday sales set a new one-day record for online shopping yesterday with an increase of 20 percent over 2012, while mobile sales increased 55 perent year-over-year and now account for more than 17 percent of total online sales for Cyber Monday.

Walmart, Amazon and eBay were the day's big winners, as Walmart.com quickly sold out of its entire stock of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, with CEO Joel Anderson proclaiming, "There's no way ... that it won't finish as our biggest Cyber Monday ever," according to USA Today. "I think 2013 will be remembered as the year online went mobile." 

Amazon offered half-off Mattel and Fisher-Price products, 46 percent off a Canon digital camera and 65 percent off men and women’s cashmere, while eBay promoted more than 80 percent off diamond stud earrings. 

Most consumers accessed the deals via tablets, while mobile phones were used most for browsing. Tablets accounted for 12 percent of purchases versus 5.5 percent from smartphones.Continue reading...

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