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Apple holds 60% of touch panel supplies tips analyst

Apple holds 60% of touch panel supplies tips analyst

Apple's grab at the touch panel market - believed to have delayed RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook from launching by a month - is estimated to amount to a whopping 60-percent of the total available manufacturing capacity. According to ThinkEquity analyst Rajesh Ghai, quoted by Barrons, Apple has not only staked its place in the touch segment but lined up alternative suppliers should the ongoing impact of the Japanese earthquake prompt component shortages.

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Motorola XOOM and ATRIX 4G sales failures claims analyst

Motorola XOOM and ATRIX 4G sales failures claims analyst

Motorola's XOOM tablet and ATRIX 4G smartphone sales have reportedly "been disappointing" according to one analyst's channel checks, with sell-through trends suggesting that the smartphone in particular has been impacted by cheap, $49 rivals. Pacific Crest's James Faucette, quotes Forbes, claims the popularity of the iPhone 3GS and HTC Inspire - each of which undercut the ATRIX significantly in AT&T's smartphone line-up - has meant sales were "well below forecast."

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Windows Phone number two smartphone OS by 2015 predicts IDC

Windows Phone number two smartphone OS by 2015 predicts IDC

Android will take the top spot for smartphone OS worldwide in 2011, analysts IDC have predicted, pushing iOS into third place behind Symbian. As for Microsoft, while the Symbian-faithful aren't entirely convinced by Nokia's decision to climb aboard the Windows Phone train, IDC is more confident in the two companies' partnership. "By 2015, IDC expects Windows Phone to be number 2 operating system worldwide behind Android," senior research analyst Ramon Llamas predicts.

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Motorola developing own web-based mobile OS to reduce Android reliance? [Update: Objective-J?]

Motorola developing own web-based mobile OS to reduce Android reliance? [Update: Objective-J?]

Motorola's wholesale switch to Android in late 2009 arguably rescued the company from fading into insignificance, but according to new rumors the cellphone and tablet manufacturer isn't willing to entirely trust Google with its fate. According to InformationWeek's sources, Motorola Mobility is the process of developing a web-based mobile OS, using the talents of various mobile and web engineers recruited from Apple and Adobe.

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Apple voice navigation service could oust Google Maps suggests analyst

Apple voice navigation service could oust Google Maps suggests analyst

Apple is considering using its North Carolina data center - due to come online before the end of 2011 - for a voice interface and navigation service to take on Google Maps Navigation, according to the latest batch of theories from Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi. Detailed in a recent research note, reports AllThingsD, the service could use technology from early-2010 Apple acquisition Siri together with earlier acquisitions in mapping and public data sets, and potentially use crowd-sourced traffic data to intelligently modify calculated routes.

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1m iPad 2 sales claims analyst; Best Buy sold out in 10 mins

1m iPad 2 sales claims analyst; Best Buy sold out in 10 mins

More analysts are weighing in with iPad 2 sales predictions, and for once notorious soothsayer Gene Munster isn't the one offering pie-in-the-sky figures. He predicted around 400,000 iPad 2 sales, constrained because of supply issues that have left the second-gen tablet sold out online, while Wedbush Securities analyst Scott Sutherland believes as many as 1m iPad 2 units could've sold over the weekend.

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iPad 2 supplies to be scarce thanks to super-skinny screen?

iPad 2 supplies to be scarce thanks to super-skinny screen?

Apple's iPad 2 isn't expected to see delays in-between announcement tomorrow and going on sale, but launch numbers could well be limited. According to Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope, Apple's choice of a super-thin glass screen for the second-gen tablet has led to supply chain delays, reports AppleInsider; the issue is supposedly not one of technology, but of yield, and Shope believes "volumes [will] ramp fairly quickly as the process improves"

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