Apple Pushes Past RIM To Become Fourth Largest Phone Maker
On strong iPhone sales in the last quarter, Apple pushed its way into the top five handset manufacturer list, taking the number four spot from BlackBerry maker RIM. Apple sold 14.1 million phones, garnering a 4.1% share of the mobile phone market. RIM, which sold 12.4 million handsets, held onto fifth place on the list, while Sony Ericsson fell out of the top five standings for the first time since IDC started tracking mobile phone vendors in 2004. The top phone maker, Nokia, held its position, selling 110.4 million units, almost as many as the next three manufacturers combined. Samsung held onto the number two spot with 41.4 million handsets, and LG ranked number three with 28.4 million handsets sold.
Synaptics Says A 'Top Five' Phone Company to Use Its Under-the-Glass Fingerprint Reader
Synaptics today said of the five largest phone manufacturers in the world has agreed to use its Clear ID FS9500 optical, in-display fingerprint sensor. The FS9500 can scan fingerprints through the full thickness of smartphone cover glass, which means device makers can create sleek, button-free designs and still include a fingerprint reader on the front.
Appeals Court Exonerates Samsung in $120M Case
Samsung won a reversal of a $120 million patent-related fine thanks to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.
Vertu to Close Up Shop
Vertu is through. The company plans to shutter its doors and jettison some 200 employees, according to the Financial Times.
Appeals Court Says Samsung Owes Apple $120M
A federal appeals court today reinstated a $120 million patent verdict against Samsung. Samsung was initially found to be infringing on Apple's slide-to-unlock and autocorrect patents in 2014.
Sprint Falls to Become No. 4 US Carrier
Sprint reported its second quarter earnings today and the numbers reveal it has fallen behind competitor T-Mobile in the total number of customers. T-Mobile, which gained a total of 2 million new customers during the second quarter, reported a total customer base on 58.9 million.
Started making phones in 2007.
In 3 years they haven't "toppled" the giant, but they have created enough demand for smartphones for EVERYONE to benefit from all of this!
I expected Apple to make some waves when I got my first iPhone, I expected them to be a solid manufacturer and do well. I just had NO IDEA they would be successfully competing against the hardcore companies like RIM and Nokia.
I wonder if they will continue up?
Why should Nokia operate at a loss if they can sell their aw...
Maybe if RIM's Canadian CEO's spent more time fixing their OS...
The problem is that RIM simply sat on their collective behinds and produced round after round of crap software. Then, of course, justified it as "the new normal." Guys, the Storm should've never been built. The Torch- a beautiful piece of hardware- should not be outclassed by a Palm Pre once you turn it on. And it shouldn't have taken you 3 years to get with the WebKit program.
Developers for RIM are equally PO'd. Wa...
RIM is taking a waxing because their smartphone OS simply isn't powerful enough for 2010. It was a very nice and efficient OS in the days of the Pearl, but it's outclassed in every metric today. I hate writing this
I think samsung could pass nokia next year!
Saw that coming...
The Torch should have been a slam dunk. It should have had a high resolution screen, better camera, and a faster processor. But what they came out with was super awesome...Blackberry. It's still that business phone and can't compete with the juggernaut ...