Apple’s iPad Loses Market Share to Android in Q4

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Market research firm Strategy Analytics reports that Android based tablets gave gained market share in the fourth quarter at the expense of Apple’s iPad. According to a statement released by Strategy Analytics, tablets running on Android accounted 22% of the tablet PC market in the quarter ending 31st December as compared to only 2.3% in the earlier quarter; an astounding ten-fold increase in market share. Apple’s iPad has borne the brunt of this unexpected rise in Android’s fortunes with market share slipping to 75% in Q4 as compared to 95% in the last quarter. → Read More

Apple to Introduce NFC Service on iPhone

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Apple has the added advantage of possessing a large financial database containing user credit-card numbers, iTunes gift-card balance and even bank data. This data can be easily synchronized to work with NFC-based services. Taylor Hamilton, an analyst at consultant IBISWorld Inc, feels that the introduction of NFC-based services on Apple devices has the potential to turn Apple into a big ticket e-commerce player. The introduction of NFC-based services will give Apple Inc. an opportunity to participate in the $6.2 trillion a year goods and services market in America. Additionally, Apple could potentially save big on credit card processing fees and other overheads by offering a direct bank debit facility to its customers once the NFC-based services are in place. → Read More

Kindle’s Popularity Forces Competitors to Slash Prices

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The nascent but fast growing e-reader market in the United States has largely been dominated by Amazon’s Kindle since its debut back in 2007. In addition to Kindle, Apple’s multi-purpose iPad tablet and Barnes and Noble’s Nook have also made significant inroads into the e-reader space. This has made life difficult for the dozen or so newcomers in this segment. To stay in the reckoning, these companies are now offering their e-readers at a substantial discount to the established players like Kindle and Nook which are currently available at $139 and $149 respectively. Some of the most “attractive” offers are detailed below. → Read More

Motorola’s ‘Xoom’ – Price Tag of $700 and February 17 Release Date

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Motorola’s “Xoom” tablet PC received wholesome praise from reviewers and lay people alike, at the CES 2011 earlier in January. According to details released by Motorola, Xoom will be the first tablet PC to be based on the Android 3; Google’s “Honeycomb” operating system specifically meant for tablets. According to documents leaked from retail chain Best Buy, the Xoom will be available for sale in its stores by February 17th and will sport a price tag of $700. → Read More

Tablet Wars: iPad 2 vs. Xoom vs. PlayBook vs. WebOS Slate

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2010 has been described as the year of the Tablet. Just as the early 1970s saw a number of companies coming out with personal computers, 2010 saw the release of numerous tablet PCs with the Apple iPad being the most popular. While the Apple iPad had the first-mover advantage and quickly captured market share in 2010, the current calendar year will see a number of technology companies coming out with their own tablet PCs. This year’s installment of the popular technology trade show CES saw every tech company worth its salt displaying a tablet prototype or announcing their plans for the same. Among the more prominent tablets displayed at CES 2011 are the Android 3 based Motorola Xoom, the QNX based BlackBerry PlayBook and the HP WebOS tablet. Together, these new releases are expected to dent Apple’s current market share by giving tough competition to Apple’s upcoming iPad 2. → Read More

Post Steve Jobs – Will Apple’s Innovative Streak Continue ?

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For investment bankers and lay people alike, Steven P. Jobs has been the face of Apple Inc. – the company he co-founded in 1976. In the last decade, Apple has come up with a number of iconic and extremely successful products like the Macintosh, iMac, iBook, iPod and the recently launched iPhone. Apple’s ability to recognize and act on consumer trends coupled with some pretty ingenious innovation has seen it emerge as the world’s most valuable technology company surpassing software behemoth Microsoft early last year. Jobs’ latest medical leave announced this Monday has forced analysts to question whether Apple will retain its market leadership once Jobs is gone. Throughout his longstanding career at Apple, Steve Jobs has been intricately involved with all aspects of product design and development. According to Michael A. Cusumano, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, “Steve Jobs has this extraordinary ability to see into the future and instinctively see what people want, he’s done that consistently, in a way no one else has.” → Read More