Mobile Phone

Samsung warns of Q2 profit slump as LCD business dives

Samsung warns of Q2 profit slump as LCD business dives

Samsung has warned investors to expect a dive in Q2 2011 performance, with the revelation that - despite strong sales of smartphones, like the 3m-selling Galaxy S II - a slump in the LCD business would see profits drop year-on-year by as much as 1.51 trillion won ($1.42bn). The company has promised to reveal full details on July 29 when it releases a full earnings report, but analysts are already pointing to the similarities between the dire Q1 2011 performance and this latest quarter.

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Nokia’s $200m R&D ransom spawned a decade of paranoia

Nokia’s $200m R&D ransom spawned a decade of paranoia

A mass exodus of Nokia R&D engineers in 1997 led to the company paying $200m in what amounted to retainer bribes, newly released documents in Finland confirm today, with the company held to ransom by a surprise staff walkout. The paperwork reveals that product developer Jyrki Hallikainen persuaded 44 of his R&D peers to ditch Nokia and set up a new company with the help of Philips, Helsingen Sanomat reports, forcing then mobile phone chief Pekka Ala-Pietilä to open the company checkbook and sign off roughly $4.5m apiece in order to convince them not to leave.

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Nokia closes US and UK online stores today

Nokia closes US and UK online stores today

Nokia has shuttered its US online store, following the similar closures of the UK store and others in mainland Europe. Those in the US looking for an unlocked Nokia handset are directed to Amazon instead, with no further orders being taken from today.

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Nokia sells off Messaging service as Finns continue to slim

Nokia sells off Messaging service as Finns continue to slim

Nokia has scythed off another part of its business, selling its operator-branded messaging service - which provides email, IM and social networking systems to carriers including Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile USA - to Synchronica, a mobile messaging specialist based in the UK. The deal will see Nokia hand over multiple contracts for the white label service, along with the Nokia Messaging source code for clients and servers.

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Shift away from landlines continues

Shift away from landlines continues

Everyone I know has a mobile phone of some sort. Even my grandmother and mom have one, even though they rarely answer the phones. When it comes to the segment of the population most likely to have and use smartphones it's the younger and tech savvy that are most often leaving the landline behind for mobile phones only. The latest FCC wireless communications report has been published and sheds a bit of light on the number of users leaving landlines behind.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA ray and XPERIA active arrive, plus txt messager

Sony Ericsson XPERIA ray and XPERIA active arrive, plus txt messager

Sony Ericsson has unveiled a trio of new devices, including a pair of Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphones and a QWERTY featurephone for the messaging-obsessed. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA ray looks a whole lot like the X10, but is considerably smaller, Crave reports, with a 3.3-inch 854 x 480 touchscreen, 9.4mm thick chassis and 100g weight.

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Apple could buy lion’s share of mobile rivals in cash estimate analysts

Apple could buy lion’s share of mobile rivals in cash estimate analysts

Apple could feasibly buy the bulk of its competitors using its cash reserves alone, it's been suggested, with only Samsung proving beyond its reach should Steve Jobs decide to go on a bizarre cellular spending spree. Asymco crunched the stats and figured that, with Apple likely to announce $70bn in cash and other immediate assets in its Q2 2011 financial results, it could readily snap up Nokia, RIM, LG, Motorola Mobility, Sony Ericsson and LG.

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Fujitsu and Folli Follie team for launch of F-022 smelly phone in China

Fujitsu and Folli Follie team for launch of F-022 smelly phone in China

There are undoubtedly some very strange gadgets in China. I have seen more than a few that offer smells or allow the user to spray scents on a special part of the device. Each time I see something that offers smells for the user, I wonder if it smells particularly bad in some areas of the world. The new phone is called the F-022 and Folli Follie is a popular brand in China for watches, jewelry and other accessories for women.

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Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman and txt pro ape Android (but fall short)

Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman and txt pro ape Android (but fall short)

Sony Ericsson has announced a pair of new feature-phones, though while the Mix Walkman and txt pro may look like they're running Android, in fact they've just borrowed the skin from the XPERIA mini. Both the QWERTY-toting txt pro and the all-touch Mix Walkman get 3-inch 400 x 240 displays and 3.2-megapixel cameras, FM radios, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (though no 3G) and a microSD card slot.

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Nokia slashes Q2 outlook as Symbian woes continue; Hopes WP7.1 will save all in Q4

Nokia slashes Q2 outlook as Symbian woes continue; Hopes WP7.1 will save all in Q4

Nokia has already frustrated recent Symbian device owners today, by releasing the Anna-toting E6 and X7 but not an upgrade for existing handsets to the newest version of the platform. Now the company is upsetting investors, with a warning that its Q2 2011 financial results will be worse than previously expected. Demand for existing handsets has slumped, leading Nokia to predict net sales "substantially below" the earlier estimate of €6.1bn to €6.6bn.

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Nokia phone/tablet strategy leak alleges Windows 8 slates and Vanjoki “backup”

Nokia phone/tablet strategy leak alleges Windows 8 slates and Vanjoki “backup”

Details on Nokia's alleged phone and tablet strategy for 2012 and 2013 have emerged, suggesting that the company is indeed looking to Windows 8 for its slates and that Maemo 6 will be rolled out for one final hurrah before being effectively dropped. Arch insider Eldar Murtazin has spilt the beans, claiming that Nokia is looking to release 5-7 mid-to-high end Symbian^3 handsets in 2012, along with a single tablet.

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Intel To Design ZTE Mobile Phone For Sale In China?

Intel To Design ZTE Mobile Phone For Sale In China?

According to Bloomberg sources, Intel may be attempting to secure a spot for their mobile chips by first infiltrating the Chinese phone market. Their sources claim that Intel has submitted designs of a handset based on a version of Intel's Atom microprocessor. The phone will be manufactured by ZTE Corp and may go on sale in China.

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