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Apple has placed an order for 15 million iPhone 5s to ship in September to netbook-maker Pegatron Technologies, a supplier, according to DigiTimes sources.
The sources also said that the iPhone 5 isn’t very different from the iPhone 4.
Pegatron is a big Apple supplier, and worked with them on the iPhone 4, which allowed them to expand their plants. We wrote yesterday about how Apple uses its cash to help its suppliers expand plant and equipment, and get exclusivity and discounts on components in exchange.
A handful of Android devices this week became the first to gain access to Hulu Plus, a subscription-based service for online movies and television programs. The software is free, but most content on Hulu Plus is only accessible by paying a $7.99 monthly fee. Similar to Netflix, Hulu Plus is only available for small subset of Android phones during the initial rollout; likely due to testing each individual Android phone model to ensure it meets the appropriate Digital Rights Management (DRM) requirements.
For now, Hulu Plus is only supported on the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, and three Motorola phones: the Droid 2, Droid X, and Atrix 4G. In a blog post announcing the new software, the folks at Hulu Plus said it “expects to add to the number of Android smartphones and will be making additional device announcements throughout the year.”
I have both a Nexus One and a trial subscription to Hulu Plus, so I gave the software a try earlier this week. I found it to work quite well, even over a 3G connection. The menus are intuitive and the video quality is on par with other high-quality video streaming services.
In other Android news related to video quality, Sony Ericsson announced two new smartphones that borrow from Sony’s high definition television technology. The Xperia Active and Xperia Ray both use the Bravia Mobile Engine to enhance video playback on their “Reality Displays”, bringing improved contrast, color management and noise reduction. Although I haven’t seen either of these phones yet — they aren’t due to arrive until the third quarter of 2011 — the video demonstration shows promise:
Aside from the display technology, Sony Ericsson is trying to differentiate the Active by ruggedizing it for exercise. The capacitive touch screen works even with water or sweat on the screen and can survive up to one meter in water for 30 minutes. Various sports tracking software applications are also pre-installed.
These models may help Sony Ericsson’s market share, but Android’s as a whole is showing some slowness; at least in the U.S. Earlier this week, Charlie Wolf, an analyst from Needham & Co., suggested that out that Android’s market share in the U.S. fell to 49.5 percent from 52.4 percent in the first quarter of 2011.
This marks the first decline for Android in any region of the world and is largely due to the Verizon iPhone, thinks Wolf. If true, it’s likely that Android’s market share will continue to be challenged this year as a new iPhone is expected for both Verizon and AT&T in September. In addition to new hardware, the iPhone’s software looks good too; even from an Android owner’s point of view.
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Here is an article that is interesting. W Hotels have their new iPhone app. I think it is great except for the store. I don’t believe that people can actually choose from such an amount of articles in an environment that was most definitely not created for mobile phone use. Check the app out.
W Hotels is driving new and existing guests to its locations by letting them book rooms, order room service and get insider access via an iPhone application.
The company has integrated tips, fashion finds and incorporated a music platform with exclusive content. The app is available for free download in Apple’s App Store.
“The W global iPhone app extends the W lifestyle by providing value with exclusive music content, W Insider tips, fashion finds, trends and access to W Hotel’s The Store,” said a W Hotels spokesperson, New York.
“The app serves as a clear business driver for W Hotels as guests are now booking guestrooms and looking for content through mobile apps,” the spokesperson said.
In addition to booking rooms, consumers can check out the local weather, get directions or browse photos.
Guests can connect with friends and family via Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare directly via the W Hotels app.
Consumers can also view and order from the hotel’s in-room dining menus or treat someone else to champagne or snacks to any guest room at any location.
Consumers can order room service or request something else via the app
The app also offers special events and exclusive W Happenings.
Guests can click on the insider tab on each hotel page to view the promotions occurring.
The “I Need” tab lets consumers request immediate service and they can ask for special requests or send the hotel an email via the app.
Additionally, the Special Offers page lets consumers check out what is happening at W Hotels around the world, as well as lets them find a special deal for their next stay.
“The global iPhone application is a vital, new communication channel for W Hotels that allows further connection with the target audience, while bringing to life the passions of the W brand,” the W spokesperson said.
“The W iPhone app is another way for W loyalists to stay connected 24/7. Starwood and W Hotels are committed to capitalizing on the digital space to transform the guest experience.”
Rimma Kats is staff reporter on Mobile Commerce Daily and Mobile Marketer. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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You can see delivery receipts, read receipts, typing notifications, and more. It uses push notifications.
Now, it’s all included in iMessage, and brand new real time messaging app for iOS.
One thing WhatsApp still has, however, is cross-platform messaging. There are no plans for iMessage to become an open protocol that other operating systems could use.
Apple, a company many said had repeatedly delayed the development and launch of the iPhone for fear that it might cannibalize its iPod business, is now a “mobile devices company” with a smartphone that is undoubtedly its flagship device. Chief Executive Steve Jobs and Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook have both publicly acknowledged this major transition on several occasions, including on stage while unveiling the iPad and on earnings calls while speaking with analysts. Apple is growing at an unheard of pace and stockpiling mountains of cash, all thanks to its mobile business. Personal Computers, Apple’s core business for nearly 30 years, now play second fiddle to the company’s mobile devices in terms of both revenue and mind share. On the other side of the table, old rival Microsoft is doing all it can to regain its footing in the mobile space after letting its Windows Mobile platform grow stale and moldy. Windows Mobile’s replacement, Windows Phone, is still in its infancy but early reports have suggested adoption has been slow at best. So where does Microsoft go from here?
Read the whole interesting story at BGR: With possible Nokia deal, Microsoft could try to become the next Apple.
The United States International Trade Commission said Thursday that it will re-investigate patent infringement claims that Nokia filed against Apple in May 2010.In March, an ITC panel ruled that Apple did not infringe on Nokia’s patents related to speech and data transmission, device positioning, and antenna configurations, and this time around it will only examine two of the five patents named in the original case. That’s just a fraction of the patent suits Nokia has filed against the Cupertino-based company, though. Paul Melin, Nokia’s vice president of intellectual property, said Nokia now has 46 patent suits open against Apple as of March, when Nokia claimed the iPhone maker was infringing on seven additional patents. Read
After we have published our global findings from our Q1 smartphone forecasts, a number of tech bloggers, journalists, amateur telecom fans, people passionate about their own phones and others picked up on the very last sentence of our précis: “By 2015, Windows Phone will establish itself as the leader in the smartphone OS space.”
Some people have misinterpreted our statement, thinking that Windows Phone (WP) will establish its leadership in 2015. As you can see from Exhibit 1, we actually believe that this will happen much earlier – as early as 2013. Some of you loved this projection and agreed with it, othersargued thatthe potential margin of error was too large, and still others disregarded it. While I respect all the opinions, this blog is mostly aimed at readers who want to understand better how we came to the projection.