Sprint CEO Dan Hesse stated in a recent Mobile World Live interview that iPhone users are more profitable for the carrier because they use less data than Android users.
“iPhone customers have a lower level of churn, and they actually use less data on average than a high-end, 4G Android device,” said the executive. So from a cost point of view and a customer lifetime value perspective. They’re more profitable than the average smartphone customer.”
Hesse stated that iPhone users also bring the carrier some heavy subsidies, which are another big part of how the company determines the iPhone’s impact on its bottom line.
Sprint spent a reported $20 million to bring the iPhone onboard last fall. Other terms of the deal reportedly included Sprint’s purchase of 30 million iPhone units.
Apple’s next iPhone will likely have LTE 4G connectivity, a 3.5″ or slightly larger screen and will arrive in Fall of 2012, reports iMore. The site has a history of accurate rumors including the announcement of the new iPad and the fact that it would also have LTE technology.
An Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for the “phablet” has been pushed back to Q2. But Samsung is offering a consolation prize for the delay.
Samsung joyously announced today that a new “premium suite upgrade” including Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is headed to Galaxy Note owners sometime in the second quarter. This sounds great, unless you remember that Samsung told us to expect Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy Note in the first quarter of 2012.
AT&T said Thursday that the HTC Vivid update to Android 4.0 is now available via Wi-Fi or a PC connected to the smartphone.
The Vivid is the first U.S. smartphone to receive Android 4.0, also called Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), as an update, and the first to be issued by a wireless carrier, AT&T said.
ICS is an important update to many smartphone users, most of whom have smartphones running Android 2.3. Users have pushed Google to better coordinate with carriers and manufacturers to provide timely updates.
The iPhone 4 and 4S aren’t really that far from this idea, their case consisting of two pieces of glass and a steel frame.
Some problems immediately come to mind. While the glass material used in modern smartphones is quite tough, a smartphone made entirely out of glass could easily be damaged in a fall. Furthermore, the iPhone is chock-full of sensors, some of which might have problems functioning in a (transparent) glass enclosure – though Apple’s application addresses this problem by suggesting some parts of the glass case can be made opaque
Microsoft is building Windows 8 to handle a wide range of screen resolutions. But it’s unclear whether hardware makers will take advantage.
Microsoft said it is building support for multiple screen resolutions into its new Windows 8 operating system, including support for resolutions that will match the new iPad screen’s sharpness and clarity.
Already skirting the edge of irrelevance, Android tablets are at risk of being completely overwhelmed by Apple’s new iPad.
The most successful “pure” Android tablet line, Samsung’s extensive Galaxy Tab series, holds a pitiful worldwide tablet market share of about 6 percent — and this is across four different Galaxy form factors. Amazon and Barnes & Noble are doing comparatively better with their tablets, but these devices aren’t branded as Android products. Instead, Google’s operating system simply runs in the background, providing OS support for Amazon and B&N wrappers.