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Arris closes deal to buy Motorola Home cable and internet biz from Google

Posted by wicked April - 18 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off

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About a year and a half after Google announced its acquisition of Motorola, it’s closed a deal to sell the Motorola Home half to Arris. Motorola Home covers the company’s cable TV and internet device, which combined with Arris’ existing businesses creates what it’s calling “the Premier Video Delivery and Broadband Technology Company.” Meanwhile, Google keeps the Motorola Mobility half that covers its cellphones, tablets and of course, the related patents. The move cost Arris $2.2 billion in cash along with 10.6 million shares of its stock issued to Google. That’s on top of 10.6 million shares for Comcast in return for its $150 million investment, making them equal part (7.7 percent) owners with the folks from Mountain View. What does all of this mean? Your next cable-provided box will probably say Arris on it, and any faint dream of Motorola-built Android TV set-top boxes becoming widely available is officially over.

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Larry Page Says There Have Now Been 750M Android Activations

Posted by wicked March - 13 - 2013 - Wednesday Comments Off

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In Larry Page’s note moments ago about Andy Rubin stepping down as head of Android to be replaced by Sundar Pichai, he also provided an update on Android device activations: there are now 750 million of them, across smartphones and tablets from 60 hardware makers. This an update on the 500 million figure noted in September 2012.

From Page’s note:

Fast forward to today. The pace of innovation has never been greater, and Android is the most used mobile operating system in the world: we have a global partnership of over 60 manufacturers; more than 750 million devices have been activated globally; and 25 billion apps have now been downloaded from Google Play. Pretty extraordinary progress for a decade’s work.

And here’s a visualization of how Android has grown, courtesy of Benedict Evans.

By many estimates from analysts, Google’s Android is currently the world’s biggest smartphone platform. The most recent figures from Gartner, for example, put it at 70% of the market in terms of recent devices sold. Activations are a slightly more nebulous stat, however, because, as Evans points out, they don’t include, for example, Android devices sold in countries where Google services might get used, such as China. And they don’t count secondary-owners of devices, as you may sometimes get in developing markets.

750 million Android activations implies an active base of somewhere around 675 million, Evans says. “Plus China, of course.” As a point of comparison, iOS is at about 400 million.

Analyst Horace Dediu, based on today’s 750-million figure and historical growth, predicts that Android will reach 1 billion activations by mid-August 2013.

Last week, Google provided an update on how ebooks and music have been progressing on the platform: there are now over 5 million ebooks and 18 million songs available on Google Play, one year on after it got rebranded from its previous name of Android Market.

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NVIDIA posts Q4 2013 earnings: $1.1 billion in revenue, $174 million in profit

Posted by wicked February - 14 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off

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NVIDIA posts Q4 2013 earnings

Earnings may be down slightly sequentially for the graphics and mobile CPU powerhouse, but things are still looking good compared to the same period last year. For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 NVIDIA is reporting $1.1 billion in revenue, a small dip from last quarter’s record $1.2 billion, but up from 2012′s $950 million. That’s an increase of 16.1 percent year-over-year and, perhaps most importantly, net income was up 50 percent to $174 million. That does, however, mark a significant drop from Q3′s $209 million in profits. Still, while it didn’t offer specific numbers in its press release (those may come during the company’s earnings call later today), NVIDIA declared that its Tegra business was continuing to grow. And its GPU division continued to put up impressive numbers, raking in $3.2 billion for the year, despite a sagging PC market. If you’d like to dig into all the financial particulars check out the PR after the break.

Update: In its earnings call, NVIDIA said Tegra products for smartphones and tablets, which include recent Windows RT models, have risen 50 percent year-over-year to around $540 million. NVIDIA is also currently sampling 4G LTE modems with its Tegra 4 processor, which was announced at CES this year. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said that “LTE modems will allow Tegra to enter into new markets where LTE is necessary.” Later in the call, Huang gave praise to the much-hyped Project Shield, stating that the portable console will be a great companion device for GeForce, thus enhancing their case for the GPU. “We have more than just Android application processors,” he said. “We have Android, we have Windows RT, we have Shield. Tegra is not just for smartphones.”

Nicole Lee contributed to this report.

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Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 5:30PM ET

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2013 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 530PM ET

It’s not Monday and we’re finally back to our original recording schedule of the Engadget HD podcast. You can tune in live at on this Wednesday edition at 5:30PM and be be a part of it. Start by reviewing the list of topics after the break, then participate in the live chat.

Japan plans to broadcast 2014 World Cup in 4K
ITU approves the H.265 video format
LG has found 300 homes for its $20K, 84-inch, 4K TV in Korea so far
Apple TV software update brings Bluetooth keyboard support, music from iTunes in the Cloud
HDHomeRun Prime beta update for DLNA streaming is live
‘User friendly’ XBMC for Android build rolls out for set-top boxes and mobile devices
Ceton Companion becomes My Media Center and is available for Windows 8
Sony Entertainment Network web store now live in North America and Brazil
Netflix and YouTube’s DIAL promises to be open alternative to AirPlay
Netflix streaming most dominant on HDTVs, more than double PC and tablets
Netflix Q4 earnings show 2 million new customers streaming in the US, 6 million total internationally
Samsung reports $8.27 billion in profits for Q4 2012
AT&T lost $3.9 billion in Q4 2012, earned $7.3 billion profit for the year
Verizon adds ‘record-high’ 2.1 million subscribers in Q4 2012, but still makes a loss
Logitech Q3 earnings reveal plans to sell off Harmony remote, video security divisions
Jurassic Park 3D Blu-ray comes home April 23rd after its one-week theatrical return
Lucasfilm postpones Star Wars Episode II and III 3D, focusing on Abrams-directed Episode VII

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AT&T lost $3.9 billion in Q4 2012, earned $7.3 billion profit for the year

Posted by wicked January - 25 - 2013 - Friday Comments Off

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AT&T boasts TKTK results for Q4 2012,

American telecommunications giant AT&T announced its Q4 2012 financial results this afternoon, which reflect $3.9 billion in losses for Ma Bell’s final fiscal quarter of last year. However, the company’s also posting “record smartphone sales” of 10.2 million last quarter — “the most by any US carrier,” it claims. As it’s Q4, the results for the full year are also in; AT&T revealed $7.3 billion in net income across the entirety of 2012. That’s what we’d call a marked change from last year’s losses.

In terms of phones, AT&T activated 8.6 million new iPhone customers (16 percent of which were totally new to the company), up 1 million over 2011′s Q4 and nearly double that of Q3 2012. No specific number is given on Android sign-ups, but AT&T’s calling it the “best-ever sales quarter for Android smartphones” — when those 8.6 million iPhones are subtracted from the overall Q4 2012 sales of phones (10 million), it’s not looking so good for non-Apple built devices. On the U-verse front, the latest lifetime subscriber numbers reflect 8 million TV and high-speed internet users, with 192K joining in Q4 2012.

Operating revenues just barely exceeded those of 2011, reaching $127.4 billion, offset by $114.4 billion in expenses (down $3 billion over 2011). Customer numbers also grew in 2012, by a healthy 1.086 million people, the vast majority of which are contract customers (approximately 70 percent). Needless to say, things seem to have gone pretty okay for AT&T in 2012, despite a rocky final quarter. Not too bad for the least loved mobile carrier in the US.

Update: This post originally reflected $3.9 billion in profit for Q4 2012, when it should’ve reflected losses. Please excuse our error!

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AT&T boasts $3.9 billion profit in Q4 2012, $7.2 billion profit for the year

Posted by wicked January - 24 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off

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AT&T boasts TKTK results for Q4 2012,

American telecommunications giant AT&T announced its Q4 2012 financial results this afternoon, which reflect $3.9 billion in net profit for Ma Bell’s final fiscal quarter of last year. The company’s also posting “record smartphone sales” of 10.2 million last quarter — “the most by any US carrier,” it claims. As it’s Q4, the results for the full year are also in; AT&T revealed $7.264 billion in net income across the entirety of 2012. That’s what we’d call a marked change from last year’s losses.

In terms of phones, AT&T signed up 8.6 million new iPhone customers (16 percent of which were totally new to the company), up 1 million over 2011′s Q4 and more than double that of Q3 2012. No specific number is given on Android sign-ups, but AT&T’s calling it the “best-ever sales quarter for Android smartphones.”

Operating revenues just barely exceeded those of 2011, reaching $127.434 billion, offset by $114.437 billion in expenses (down $3 billion over 2011). Customer numbers also grew in 2012, by a healthy 1.086 million people, the vast majority of which are contract customers (approximately 70 percent). Needless to say, things seem to have gone pretty okay for AT&T in 2012.

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Korean Galaxy Note 2 sales reportedly top one million

Posted by wicked December - 31 - 2012 - Monday Comments Off

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It's no secret that Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 has been a big seller around the world. Last month brought news that the 5.5-inch device had shifted five million units worldwide, and now reports from the Korean press suggest that one million of those were sold in Samsung's home country. The Galaxy Note 2 launched in Korea just over three months ago in late September, preceding a wider international launch in October.

Korean news site MK reported the one million milestone today, while also stating that the Note 2 is selling three times as fast as its predecessor. After hitting one million units sold globally before the end of 2011, the original Note went on to sell ten million units in ten months.

With smartphone screen sizes set to increase in 2013, it'll be interesting to see how the Galaxy Note 2 fares in the face of the big-screened competition. Rumors suggest that Samsung is planning to diversify its Note line with a new tablet, possibly in the 7-inch area. Whatever's announced and however big it is, we'll be covering it in full in the new year.

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Korean Galaxy Note 2 sales reportedly top 1 million

Posted by wicked December - 31 - 2012 - Monday Comments Off

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Android Central

It's no secret that Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 has been a big seller around the world. Last month brought news that the 5.5-inch device had shifted five million units worldwide, and now reports from the Korean press suggest that one million of those were sold in Samsung's home country. The Galaxy Note 2 launched in Korea just over three months ago in late September, preceding a wider international launch in October.

Korean news site MK reported the one million milestone today, while also stating that the Note 2 is selling three times as fast as its predecessor. After hitting one million units sold globally before the end of 2011, the original Note went on to sell ten million units in ten months.

With smartphone screen sizes set to increase in 2013, it'll be interesting to see how the Galaxy Note 2 fares in the face of the big-screened competition. Rumors suggest that Samsung is planning to diversify its Note line with a new tablet, possibly in the 7-inch area. Whatever's announced and however big it is, we'll be covering it in full in the new year.

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Huawei spending $93 million on software R&D facility in Helsinki, Finland

Posted by wicked December - 10 - 2012 - Monday Comments Off

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For those Nokia employees on the wrong end of the company’s austerity drive, it seems like another aspiring smartphone power has its eyes on their underutilized talent. Huawei has announced that it’ll invest €70 million ($93 million) in a new R&D facility in Helsinki, fifteen miles down the road from Espoo. The new outfit is tasked with developing software tweaks for its Android smartphones and tablets, as well as the company’s forthcoming Windows Phone 8 hardware. 30 employees will join the company at the start of the process, with 70 more expected join over the next few years as it tries to double its European workforce to 14,000. We’re secretly hoping that the folks from Jolla go and visit their new neighbors in short order — after all, Huawei is still on the hunt for its own OS.

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Engadget Podcast 316 – 11.09.2012

Posted by wicked November - 9 - 2012 - Friday Comments Off

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Couple of questions. Is it Friday yet? The Engadget Podcast tells us that it is. And, where’s it at? Two podcasters and a microphone, that‘s where it’s at, which was at AOL HQ in NYC, and is now in your ear via HTTP. Let’s do this. If we don’t, the hurricanes have won.

Hosts: Brian Heater, Dana Wollman
Producer: Trent Wolbe
Music: Orbital – Never

03:20 – Nexus 10 review
12:00 – Nexus 4 review
17:37 – Samsung Chromebook review (2012)
27:17 – Nokia Lumia 920 review: Windows Phone 8 and (a little bit of) camera magic
33:15 – Ballmer: Windows Phone 8 ‘still small’, but will ‘really ramp quickly’
35:00 – Nook HD review: a high-def tablet with the heart of a reader
39:46 – Kobo Glo review: another illuminated e-reader lights up the market
40:22 – Kobo Mini review: does the world need a smaller e-reader?
44:00 – IDC: Android claims 75 percent of smartphone shipments in Q3, 136 million handsets sold
44:17 – Samsung’s Galaxy S III crosses 30 million sold (Update: More stats!)
44:25 – Samsung Galaxy S III dethrones iPhone 4S as smartphone sales champ for Q3 2012
45:38 – Apple: 3 million iPads sold in three days

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