As the worlds of communication and technology increasingly become mobile-first, the traditional desktop PC continues to go the way of the dodo bird. The analysts at Gartner are today publishing their annual devices forecast, and they project 2014 to be another banner year for mobile — and its biggest player, Android.
We are just getting into reporting season, where some (but not all) handset makers tell us how many handsets they’ve sold in the last three months, but Strategy Analytics has taken a punt to say that Q3 will be the quarter that we have hit a major milestone: there are now more than 1 billion smartphones in use worldwide — 1.038 billion, to be exact.
The worldwide explosion in smartphone sales is well and truly emulated in Australia, with already more mobile phone subscribers than people, and with all handsets including smartphones, now standing at around six million.
Worldwide business intelligence platform, analytic applications and performance management software revenue hit US$12.2 billion in 2011, a 16.4 percent increase from 2010 revenue of US$10.5 billion, to take the position as the year’s second-fastest growing sector in the overall worldwide enterprise software market.
HTC today officially released its financials for Q3, and the news continues to be bad for the Taiwanese smartphone maker: the company reported revenues of 70.2 billion Taiwan dollars ($2.4 billion), down 23% from last quarter’s $3 billion and 48% compared to the same quarter last year.
AT T is ending its $39 billion bid for T-Mobile, a proposed merger that had drawn considerable pushback from federal regulators and rival carrier Sprint. AT T also announced it will pay T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom some $4 billion in breakup fees....
After a $1.2 billion acquisition deal with UK-based Sage Group fell through late last week, Australia's largest business software maker MYOB has been acquired by US private equity firm Bain Capital for an undisclosed sum.
Baidu’s efforts to strengthen its mobile advertising business appear to finally be bearing fruit. Investors were reassured by the Chinese search giant’s 3Q outlook, sending its stock price soaring 14% to $15.72 in after hours trading.