Episode 083

On this week’s special one day early edition episode: Google bought an AI company. Apple, Nokia, and Samsung reported their financial earnings, and no one was happy. Google and Samsung agreed to share some patents, though they don’t say how many, nor how much money changed hands. There are also a few more device rumors, but seriously, when aren’t there? And finally, questions about Nokia’s Asha phones, Yahoo!’s mobile strategy (do they even have one?), and the current state of Microsoft.

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[Episode 083, 28 minutes, 28 seconds, 26.1 MB]

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Episode 083

One thought on “Episode 083

  1. rcadden says:

    Only wanted to comment on the Nokia/Apple/Samsung numbers reporting. It’s really no surprise, for a few reasons:

    1. Nokia BLEW OUT the 52x series in Q3. Like, ridiculously so, at least in the U.S. Across T-Mobile, AT&T, and even MetroPCS (the lowest of the low prepaid), as cheap as $30. So they killed their low-end potential for Q4.

    2. Apple’s iPhone 5c was on sale from free at pretty much every major retailer in the U.S. in Q3 and continuing into Q4.

    3. Samsung’s GSIII and GS4 were both at blow-out prices in Q4 in the U.S., primarily around the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. That’s why unit sales might have gone up, but revenue/profit dropped. A phone that normally retails at $149 dropped to anywhere between free and $50, depending on the various promotions. This also affected Nokia’s higher-end sales. Why would you drop $99.99+ on a 1020 or 1520 or 92x when you could get a GS4 for basically free?

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