This week, Apple Inc. released its fiscal fourth quarter earnings, and research firm iSuppli Corp. weighted in the results. The facts look pretty good for the iPhone maker.
In fact, according to iSuppli, Apple has continued to gain in market share in the global smartphone market in 2009, even as Research in Motion has released new BlackBerry models and Palm rolled out the Pre. The iPhone actually accounted for about 12.1 percent of global shipments of smartphones in the second calendar quarter of 2008, which was up from 10.1 percent a year earlier, and the research firm predicts that the third-quarter will look pretty good for Apple as well.
It is also no surprise that the iPhone has outperformed the other smartphones in the market, increasing by 37 percent for the calendar year (estimated at press time), but the category has seen continued growth despite a slowdown in the overall economy. Shipments of mobile smartphone handsets are set to increase by about 11.6 percent this calendar year when compared to last year. The i(phone)’s have it, this is truly a year for Apple’s handset.
MetroPCS Breaks Out the Code, T-Mobile Introduces New Models
MetroPCS has broken the news on the Samsung Code, the first of its Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphones. No, that sentence isn’t in some sort of cipher, nor does it have any hidden messages, but yet it doesn’t seem quite right. OK, what is immediately (or maybe not) clear is that this handset isn’t running the latest version of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system.
While the company has touted its new Windows Mobile 6.5 (with the promise of Windows Mobile 7 on deck for next year), MetroPCS has introduced a smartphone that is a little behind the curve. Actually, in an ironic sense it is worth mentioning that the only other smartphone available from MetroPCS is the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330. But no pun intended.
Still, for those MetroPCS customers, the Code (SCH-i220) isn’t a bad handest. It features a full QWETY keyboard, includes Outlook synchronization and Microsoft Office Mobile Suite and full 3G support. It is available now for $299.99 with a $50 prepaid monthly plan that includes unlimited voice, text and data.
On the T-Mobile front, this week the carrier announced that the Motorola Cliq is now available for $199 plus activation fees. The handset will be available to other carriers next month. The handset is one of Motorola’s new models to run the Google Android operating system, and is designed for those who know how to click via the social networks. This handset, which is available in both white and black is designed to offer easy access to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. It is of course a 3G handset, and features full HTML mobile Web browsing, Wi-Fi and has a built-in 5 megapixel digital camera.
This week the rumor mill is also working overtime, and the word is that the T-Mobile Behold II, which is also running on the Google Android OS, will be beauty to the beholder’s come November 18. Rumored specs say that this one will feature the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, and that it will offer a 3.2-inch AMOLED touch screen, and include a 5 megapixel digital camera with flash and auto-focus, as well as Wi-Fi and aGPS support. We’ll be anxious to see if the rumors hold to this release date for the Behold II.