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November 21, 2016


Abdul Muis

Here's the press release we've been waiting for:


And the Apple iCar escape route seems to be still alive:
Recently in this month, Apple’s director of product integrity sent a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which carries a passage concerning Apple is keen on being a part of the self-sufficient vehicle development, however he wrote that “Apple uses machine learning to make its products and services smarter, more intuitive, and more personal. The company is investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.”


@Wayne Brady
Sorry, but I have no idea what you want to say here.


About smartwatches:

Apple Watch sales go over a cliff: Down 2.8 meellion per quarter in a year
If a wearable does much more than measure your pulse, it hardly has a pulse


Samsung Galaxy S8 will not have a headphone jack.

Per "wertigon" Ekström

Samsung Galaxy 8 will flop just like the 6 did, then. If I wanted an iPhone clone I would simply get an iPhone.

Thanks to this move Samsung will see millions of customers either hold off or switch to another Android brand.

Idiots. :)

Per "wertigon" Ekström


The biggest problem with the watch is that it is limited to the iPhone owners.

If they already own an iPhone the watch is maybe appealing - but so far Apple has not been able to find a killer app for it.

So the proposition is simple. Either Apple finds a true killer app for the watch - and so far they have not - or it will fizzle and die. If they do find a killer app it will propel iPhone market share growth yet again.

Given the loyalty of the Apple customers, the exact day of iWatch death is hard to predict however...

Per "wertigon" Ekström


Yeah but you are drinking the Apple Kool-Aid. No offense. :)

You are an Apple loyalist. It's not a bad thing to be one, but that does make your perspective biased and skewed. I've myself been a Nintendo loyalist since forever - even bought a Wii U - and for me they provide value. But they are increasingly becoming a relic of the nineties. The Switch might change things for them, but most probably it will be like the Gamecube - a decent system pushing maybe 40-50M units, but not the smash hit they need it to be.

Never underestimate the ability for these types of companies to come from nowhere and hit a home run. But do not overestimate their ability to change the world, either.


Last week the age-old topic from this blog came to my mind. I was having my car having an oil change and whatever the current kilometers requires to be replaced. One-hour job.
There is a free "lounge" with WiFi and power outlets. Free coffee etc. I spent hour there working, got my car keys and after that spent half an hour extra for finishing what I was doing.
My employer definitely didn't mind. I saved an hour and more from the evening by doing this in the middle of working day without losing any hours from the project. I like my car, it's terrific, but I have to say it's these little services (that I willingly pay extra for) which likely make me choose Mercedes again the next time I'm buying a car.

(Now apply this to mobile phone brands and services. I'm sure you get the picture.)

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Hi Everybody

On the installed base numbers. Statista has a count of the installed base, out on Seeking Alpha. They have July 2016 global numbers as 2.16 B Android, 518M iPhone, 24M Windows & 22M other. This is remarkably similar to my numbers. Just as a note, as a 'second opinion' on the installed base and OS share split. My numbers are .. once again .. golden. (You're welcome!) See for yourself at

Tomi Ahonen :-)


Nokia D1C pricing leaked; to start at Rs 10,000: Report

Abdul Muis


I was wondering if future Blackberry phone, which will be build by TCL, would be counted as TCL or blackberry?
BlackBerry Ltd said China’s TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd would make and sell BlackBerry-branded mobile devices globally, the Canadian smartphone pioneer’s first licensing deal since its transition to a software company.

Abdul Muis


Just an update for your data....
"BlackBerry's hardware user base (and this includes all BlackBerry devices) continues its relentless decline. According to BlackBerry's Q2 fiscal 2017 Financial Information report, BlackBerry only had 18 million users. Total."

It seems your 'guess' at BB number is very accurate....

Abdul Muis
Tim Cook takes pay cut after Apple misses 2016 revenue targets

"............... Apple disclosed 2016 net sales of $215.6 billion, 3.6 percent short of its target of $223.68 billion. The tech giant's operating income of $60 billion also fell short of targets by .5 percent...................."

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