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Combined, Apple and Samsung take 109% of profits in mobile

"That's impossible!" you're probably thinking. How could Apple and Samsung take more than 100% of the profits in the mobile business? It's because most other companies are in the red, that's how, at least according to analysts from Canaccord Genuity.

Apple's share of the total profits in the mobile phone business went up from 53% in Q2 to 56% in Q3 this year. Samsung share also increased, going from 49% to 53%. According to Strategy Analytics, Apple rakes in more profits than the mobile divisions of Samsung, Nokia, LG, Motorola, Huawei and Lenovo combined.

The only other company that wasn’t in the red was Sony, which went from 1% to breakeven (0%).

Nokia, HTC and LG went from breakeven to -1% in Q3, while Motorola and BlackBerry took the biggest hits (-2% to -3% and -1% to -4% respectively).

Note that these calculations don't include Chinese makers like Lenovo, ZTE and Huawei (which are in or near the Top 5 smartphone makers worldwide).

The numbers will look different had those companies been included, but it's still pretty telling of the state of the mobile industry. Another thing not taken into account is that some Android vendors include profits from tablets into their number

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Xolo launches new Q1000 Opus with Broadcom chipset

Okay, so Indian smartphone maker Xolo just announced the Q1000 Opus, a version of the already available Xolo Q1000. It has a 5" 720p screen and a quad-core chipset. The Opus doesn’t seem to be a dual-SIM phone like the regular Q1000.

Another difference is that the chipset used is made by Broadcom rather than MediaTek, though both feature quad-core Cortex-A7 CPUs running at 1.2GHz. There is a difference in the GPUs though, the Broadcom chipset uses a VideoCore GPU rather than a PowerVR SGX544.

The Xolo Q1000 Opus has HSPA+, Wi-Fi connectivity with Miracast for wireless TV-out, plus GPS and GLONASS positioning. Unfortunately, that's all the info available on the phone right now.

The Opus will be available for sale by the end of this month, pricing info is not available yet.

Xolo is keen to point out that this marks a new partnership for chipset supply – the company also has devices with MediaTek, Nvidia and Intel chipsets.

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Europe lets airlines operate 3G and LTE services during flights

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Android 4.4 KitKat factory images available for a trio of Nexus devices

Google has released the Android 4.4 KitKat binaries and factory images for the LG Nexus 4, the original Asus Nexus 7 and Samsung Nexus 10.

In the KitKat announcement bulletin, Google said the factory images will come after the OTA updates have started rolling out for all devices, but it has jumped the gun and now users eager to have a taste of the latest version of Android can do flash those themselves.

Mind you, if the bootloader of your Nexus product is locked, then your user data will get deleted. If it’s not, then you’ll be presented with an option to skip the data wiping and just install the update.

Now, follow the source link below and get cracking. You can find beautifully laid out instructions on the exact steps of the flashing process following the via link. Happy flashing!

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MVC Award October!

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Google brings autofill to Chrome for iOS, improves it on Android

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Motorola Moto G beats Nexus 4 in AnTuTu

XDA-Developers member jonmorris got his Moto G and shared some early benchmarks and battery stats of the sub-$200 Android handset. Also, it turns out the Moto G has a feature called Trusted devices, which disables the lockscreen when the phone is connected to a certain Bluetooth device.

This is a great alternative to the Motorola Skip (which requires NFC and the Moto G doesn’t have that) and will work great with Bluetooth headsets and smartwatches.

Anyway, back to the benchmarks. In AnTuTu, the Moto G scored 17,263, which puts it ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S III and a bit behind the Nexus 4. Those are some pretty surprising results, considering those two are flagships only a year old and the Cortex-A7 based Snapdragon 400 is no performance monster.


AnTuTu

  • Motorola Moto X
    19,031
  • LG Nexus 4
    18,096
  • Motorola Moto G
    17,236
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    16,301

This is only one benchmark and doesn’t necessarily show real-life performance, but it’s still very impressive.

A battery app reports that the Moto G loses a percentage of batter charge in about 17 minutes and the whole 2,070mAh battery lasts just under 20 hours. jonmorris also reports that the battery life seems better than that of the Nexus 5.

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Amazon’s Lovefilm finally launches iPhone app in the UK

Whereas Netflix has expanded quickly onto numerous mobile platforms in the UK, Amazon can't claim the same for its own streaming service, Lovefilm. Aside from the obvious Kindle support, Lovefilm's iOS app has been iPad-only for two years, with iPhon...
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Samsung goes on a bragging spree, relases an infographic

Samsung obviously likes to give itself a pat on the back from time to time, but when you dish out millions of top tier hardware that pushes technological advancement forward we can’t really say it’s not deserved.

The biggest manufacturer of mobile phones – smart or otherwise – has gone to its Twitter, Facebook and Google+ accounts to show off a neat infographic on the company’s progress during this year.

As of 2013 Samsung has sold more than 100 million Galaxy S series (that’s without the Note devices) smartphones, sold over 40 million Galaxy S4s (10 million of those coming in the first month), sold 5 million Galaxy Note 3s in the first month, introduced a smartwatch and generally delivered proper upgrades to its entire lineup.

Here’s the infographic in full.

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