Nokia will unveil its very own iPhone-killer next week, a touchscreen device until now called the ‘Tube’.
Following up last week’s introduction of the first Android-powered touchscreen device, HTC’s Dream, the Nokia gadget is the first device from the manufacturer to employ this technology.
Nokia will introduce its new handset in London next week on October 2. While the company has declined to comment on the launch, a Gartner analyst observed the company continues to lag behind Apple, “We have been wating for the market leader to respond to Apple’s iPhone for a year and a half now.”
The company does have a good track record, the same report explains, observing that while Nokia was late to introduce devices capable of accessing 3G network, the devices it did offer quickly achieved wide market acceptance. Continue reading →
Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf thinks Research In Motion is deluded in its guidance, slamming the firm with an under-perform rating on strength of increased competition from the iPhone and other manufacturers.
Wolf despatched the following message to clients today: “RIM reported second quarter results in line with guidance. The major disappointment was guidance going forward – the prospect of lower gross margins extending through 2010. We believe the company is fooling itself in ignoring the increasingly hostile competitive environment. We’re maintaining our under perform rating and reducing 2009 and 2010 earnings estimates. ”
Sony Ericsson has today confirmed plans to offer its very own unlimited music download service, launching the service – PlayNow plus – in Sweden this year, with an international roll-out penned for 2009.
Like Nokia’s ‘Comes With Music’ service (which Nokia chiefs take pains to say will cost more money than just the handset price), Somy Ericsson’s music attempt will let users download unlimited music at a fixed rate.
The company is reaching deals with operators, under which music downloaded through the service won’t count against a users’ data plan, carriers will instead get a slice of the $15/month subs fees. Continue reading →
The Official Charts Company (OCC) has launched a music subscription chart, which ranks the most played tracks by UK users of subscription services.
Data is based on that supplied by Napster, Omnifone (which operates the Music Station service, currently run through Vodafone), HMV and the Nokia Music Store.
Initially, the data will comprise a weekly Top 500 most-played tracks for industry use, with top-line market stats for each week. The data will be incorporated into the OCC’s definitive online database in 2009. The chart company will also add data from additional subs services as they launch in the UK. Continue reading →
Universal Music boss Jean-Bernard Lévy, CEO of Vivendi and owner of Universal Music told the Financial Times that label revenues climbed 5% in the first half of 2008.
He seemed pretty optimistic, pointing to the flurry of new music services the company is involved with, he said “I really believe we are at the turning point for the music industry and I didn’t say that two years ago.”
Other innovations with potential to increase revenue included possible future deals with companies such as Apple, as well as existing arrangements with the social networking site MySpace, announced last spring, he suggested. Continue reading →
Nokia may charge a premium for handsets equipped with its ‘Comes With Music’ plan, a report claims – though detractors have quickly poked holes in what’s being said (see comment below).
Symbian.com claims the first two such handsets to go on sale in the UK cost a fair bit extra if you want a load of music too. The 5310 costs between £132.99 and £145.99 on the site on its own, and £214.99 with Nokia’s tunes – so an extra £70 or more. The Nokia N95 8GB is selling for £394.99 on its own, or £479.99 with the music… Continue reading →