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Monday, May 30, 2011

RIM CEO Job On The Line as RIM Falls Behind Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 11:18 AM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...of_co_ceos.html

"With Apple's iPhone now significantly outperforming Research in Motion's BlackBerry line and the company struggling to respond, some investors have called for a change in leadership at the Canadian smartphone maker."

No big shock I suppose, as it happens in other industries too. Company not performing and they look at the top for someone's head to roll. Makes me wonder what might happen over at Microsoft if things keep going the way they are.

Tags: job, ceo, rim

Monday, January 3, 2011

Apple V. Android, Still Going Strong

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.9to5mac.com/45665/apple-...e+Intelligence)

"Apple's battle with Android continues with the latest Nielsen market share data revealing iOS remains the dominant smartphone OS, at least right now."

I can only imagine what this graph would look like if/when Apple brings the iPhone to Verizon, but if I had to guess I'd say that the spread between Apple and Android would widen considerably, and RIM wouldn't be so close to either of them. Regardless, the real news is the death of non-smartphones, as 45% of those picking up a new phone opted for a smartphone, and why wouldn't they with all the discounted choices out there. I think 2011 is going to be an interesting year in the smartphone marketplace, what are your thoughts?.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Business Smartphone Score: iPhone 23% - Rest 77%

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 11:30 PM

http://www.edibleapple.com/iphone-a...t=Google+Reader

"While many people may think of the iPhone as a cool little gadget good for playing games and browsing the web, Apple's smartphoen (sic) is quietly making serious inroads into corporate America and threatening RIM's longtime stranglehold in the business market."

Interesting that the iPhone has captured nearly a quarter of the business smartphone market, according to these statistics from September 2010. As with all statistics, there are gotchas. This number only counts smartphones that are company-reimbursed, and misses anyone using a personal smartphone for business. But not bad considering that RIM has a decade head start. The story goes on to report that iDevices are making headway in large companies like Bank of America and Citigroup, and that JP Morgan Chase is planning to give an iPad to each investment banker for field use. All well and good, but in my travels (in a lot of airports and on a lot of airplanes), Blackberries still rule by a lot larger margin, but I am seeing lots of iPads amongst travelers.


Friday, October 29, 2010

iPhone Tops BlackBerry in Worldwide Sales (2010 Q3)

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/2010102...bileapplerimidc

"Apple has for the first time outpaced Blackberry-maker Research in Motion in global smartphone sales thanks to the success of its iPhone 4, a report said Friday.Industry tracker IDC said Apple sold 14.1 million iPhone units in the third quarter while Canada's Research in Motion shipped 12.4 million Blackberry devices." 

Interesting statistic. I am seeing more and more iPhones wherever I travel. However, it seems to me that the BlackBerry still rules in the corporate world. Just get on an airplane and count the numbers of (business-looking) people using BlackBerries, and then count the comparable number of iPhone users. No contest, in this admittedly unscientific poll. But, to put it all into perspective, of 340.5 million phones sold in this time period, Nokia sold 110.4 million, Samsung sold 71.4 million, with LG coming in a distant third at 28.4 million. Apple is fourth. I'm struggling to remember when I last saw an ad for a Nokia phone, but obviously however they're marketing their products is still working. Anyone out there own a Nokia phone? 


Sunday, July 18, 2010

RIM, Nokia and HTC Dispute Apple's Claim of Universal Death Grip

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 09:30 AM

http://news.yahoo.com/s/zd/20100717/tc_zd/252846

"Research in Motion, Nokia, and HTC hit back at Apple Friday after chief executive Steve Jobs claimed that all smartphones have "weak spots" that could lead to the "death grip" problems witnessed on the Apple iPhone 4."

image source: Mad 4 Mobile Phones

Research in Motion (RIM), Nokia and HTC have all responded to last Friday's Apple claim that all the leading smartphones have "weak spots" leading to the "death grip." RIM's response was that Apple's claim was "unacceptable," and that RIM have used "innovative designs which reduce the risk of dropped calls, especially in areas of low coverage." Nokia's response acknowledged that the problem is real, but that their phones have been designed "... to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand." HTC's response (referring to the Droid Eris) was that "at the end of the day, customers aren't seeing a problem with our device, and that's the ultimate measure." Samsung had not responded at the time of this article. I don't know about you, readers, but I'm not eager to go back to the days of the brick-phone. I'll keep my iPhone 4, thank you!


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Apple Still King in App Downloads

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.businessinsider.com/rim-...+Alley+Insider)

"BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is still beating Apple when it comes to smartphone market share, but when it comes to mobile app downloads, Apple is crushing RIM."

RIM today said their BlackBerry App World has 20 million registered users that are downloading approximately 1 million apps daily. They did the math after this announcement and figured out, based on the January total of 3 billion apps from Apple that the App Store users are downloading between 10 and 20 million apps a day. That is a wide range and as the pioneer in this app store business it makes sense that they would be king of the downloads. The point they are trying to make is that even though RIM is the leader in market share, the app store advantage that Apple has is the key to long-term growth. What are your thoughts?


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Apple and RIM Rake in the Profits

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.9to5mac.com/wsj-smartpho...pple-blackberry

"The Wall Steet Journal (paywall) notes that Apple and RIM are making disporportionately high profits on their smartphones while the rest of the industry is in a race to the bottom (sound like NetBook vs. Laptop market?)."

So Apple and Rim sell only about 3% of the cellphones in the world but snagged 35% of the operating profits total. That isn't too shabby, and it's only going to get better according to the article. Deutsche Bank analyst Modoff expects the two companies to move that market share up to about 5% and rake in 58% of the total operating profits. What stands out even more is that Apple is doing it with basically one phone.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Apple and RIM Continue to Kick Butt

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/06/0...dustry-profits/

"When you look at sales of the iPhone or Blackberry as a percentage of total cell phone sales, they are still a tiny smidgen of the one billion phones estimated to be sold this year. But when you look at what really matters-their share of revenues or operating profits-the picture looks a lot different. Deutsche Bank analyst Brian Modoff calculated the share of operating profits going to each major mobile handset manufacturer and came up with the eye-opening chart above. It shows Apple (pink) and RIM (turquoise) increasingly taking a disproportionate share of industry profits, mostly at the expense of Nokia's diminishing handset operating profits (blue)."

Jeez... It really is a two-pony race at this point. Interestingly enough, HTC isn't included on the list, so I have to wonder just how accurate it is seeing as HTC makes pretty much every Windows Mobile phone on the market. More analysis over at Tech Crunch if this sort of thing does it for you.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

RIM Forgets It's 2009

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

http://jkontherun.com/2009/06/01/no...e-windows-only/

"[S]ince I visited the link using Safari on the Mac I get the message for "Other BlackBerry Smartphone Users." As you can see in the image above, "This page requires Windows Internet Explorer 5.5 or later, running on Windows. If you want to update your BlackBerry Device Software, you will need to revisit this page using Windows Internet Explorer." The update process stops at this point, as RIM will not even let Mac users download the update. There is no way around having to either fire up Windows on the Mac using Boot Camp or a virtual machine, or simply skipping the update. This is just ludicrous in this day and age, and RIM needs to get its act together."

It's ridiculous, frankly, that in the year 2009 a company makes a patching mechanism for a cross-platform product that only works on one of those platforms. As James notes, RIM needs to get its act together in that regard.

And it's not even like the updater will work on Firefox on Windows, either! Honestly, requiring Windows and requiring IE?

Come on RIM, seriously. That wasn't even cool in 2004 and smacks of the same kind of stupidity I dealt with in Sony a few months ago when they wrapped their ISO for a Blu Ray player update in a Windows executable that literally did nothing but drop the ISO out of the archive (they archived and made a self-extractor out of an ISO!) and onto your desktop.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

RIM Brewing Up Storm II

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.reuters.com/article/tech...439320520090504

"TORONTO (Reuters) - Research In Motion is planning a next-generation version of its touchscreen BlackBerry Storm smartphone as part of a continuing push into the retail market, its co-CEO said on Monday. "We see this very large and untapped consumer market," Jim Balsillie said during a presentation to analysts and investors, adding that more than half of RIM's 25 million subscribers now fall into the non-corporate category."

Not that I expected him to come out and say the sales and reviews were disappointing, but Jesus, calling the Storm a "huge success" after initial reviews were, at best, lukewarm. It may not be the flop that some believe it is (in fact, I like it a lot, and as Jeff notes, it seems to be selling somewhat well) but when the most common refrain people can make when talking about your product is that it's a 1.0 product, you need to really evaluate its success in the market.

Tags: hardware, rim, storm

Blackberry Curve Bumps iPhone for Top Spot

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

http://theappleblog.com/2009/05/04/...-in-popularity/

"Lower prices and wider availability are likely responsible, but whatever the reason, Apple probably isn't super pleased with the news today that Research in Motion's BlackBerry Curve has surpassed the iPhone as the No. 1 most popular smartphone in the U.S."

Ouch. I would agree they are probably not happy about slipping to number 2 on the list generated by The NPD Group, a wireless industry market research company. And right behind the iPhone on the list is the RIM Storm. In fact, RIM takes 3 of the top 5 spots with their Pearl (non-flip version) in number 4 followed by the T-Mobile G1. The stats were compiled over a three month period ending in March, which showed that RIM's smartphone market share increased 15% to almost 50% of the market. Apple and Palm both dropped about 10% during the same period. This was attributed to an aggressive "buy-one-get-one" promotion. It probably doesn't hurt that they have more carriers than the iPhone either.


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