Tag: mobile

Intel managers fume over call to “sell” decimation

decimationChipzilla’s managers are incandescent with rage that they are being ordered to “sell” Intel’s decimation of staff to the people who are given the boot.

Intel wants to get rid of more than 11 percent of its staff as it realises that it has lost the battle for the hearts and minds of the mobile industry.  It is shutting down its projects to build chips for Mobile Phones and Tablets.

Techeye has been told that a special webcast is scheduled on Monday for managers only, and it appears that it will be part of a hard core sales pitch to  pressurise managers to convince employees to take voluntary redundancy.

As one manager moaned: “Why the Fuck do I have to deliver the VSP Bullshit to my affected reports instead of them doing their own dirty work?”

He said it was bad enough when Intel’s front line were told to trap staff to hit SSL targets and then force them to have the ISP blood on their hands through the respect and dignity execution.”

“Will probably be required to take waterboarding training next,” he muttered.

The comment has appeared on a staff site called “the lay-off” and already has attracted a few comments from hacked off fellow managers.  Oddly one does not seem particularly upset at front line manager’s (FLMs) plight.

“OP, please, do not protect and SLMs. They are falsch/fake/trash, low level life forms (respect to 10% of them who R exceptions), protecting ONLY their fat asses.”

Another thought that the whole situation proved that Intel had “really had become a shit place to work”.


Americans cutting their wires

huge.5.27492Americans are starting to give up on land based broadband are are connecting using their mobiles rather than  fixed, wired Internet connections to their homes.

The study, conducted for the Commerce Department by the U.S. Census Bureau suggests that Low-income Americans are still one of the biggest demographics to rely solely on their phones to get online. Nearly a third of households earning less than $25,000 a year exclusively use mobile Internet to browse the Web. That’s up from 16 percent in 2013. It seems that you have to be fairly wealthy in the US to have a land-based wired connection to your home.

But it seems that those with higher incomes are also ditching their wired Internet access at similar or even faster rates. In 2013, 8 percent of households making between $50,000 and $75,000 a year were mobile-only. Fast-forward a couple of years, and that figure is 18 percent.

Seventeen percent of households making between $75,000 and $100,000 are mobile-only now, compared with 8 percent two years ago. And 15 percent of households earning more than $100,000 are mobile-only, versus 6 percent in 2013. One in five US households are now mobile-only, compared with one in 10 in 2013.

This suggests that mobile Internet access may no longer be explained simply as the result of financial hardship but could be a conscious choice, at least for wealthier people, who are deciding it’s not necessary to have both.


Nokia confirms return to smartphone market

nokia-in-advanced-talks-to-acquire-alcatel-lucents-wireless-business-reportsThe former maker of rubber gear, a company called Nokia, has confirmed that it will be getting back into the mobile market after selling it all off to Microsoft.

The company’s CEO Rajeev Suri told MWC 2016 the company’s plans to return to the mobile market. In fact Nokia did first mention it last year but nothing seemed to have happened.

Suri said that Nokia’s return might not necessarily be in the near future. “There’s no timeline, there’s no rush. It could happen in 2016, it could happen later.”

Apparently the compan is waiting for the right partner and doesn’t want to rush into anything. After all it has just been through one big divorce and it is not happy to do that again for a while.

He also confirmed that Nokia will not be making the phones themselves, but rather license out the brand to a manufacturer, kind of like what Google is doing with its Nexus phones, and they also want to be in control of the process.

“We want to be in a position to design the devices in question with appropriate control measures in case they don’t meet expectations.”

It will be harder to find a partner who will be willing to accept those terms, we guess.

Nokia buries the hatchet with Samsung

5442919397_645c8efbbf_bNokia has buried the hatchet with Samsung and smoked the peace pipe over a long running patent dispute.

The deal was hammered out in arbitration verdict and will boost Nokia’s patent sales by “hundreds of millions of euros.”

Nokia said the settlement would lift sales at its patent unit Nokia Technologies to around $1.1 billion in 2015.

Nokia added it expects to receive at least $1.3 billion cash during 2016-2018 related to its settled and ongoing arbitrations, including the Samsung award. Nokia has a similar dispute with LG Electronics.

All this leaves Nokia free to start plotting its comeback after suffering so badly it had to flog its smartphone business to Microsoft.


Nadella does not need big mobile share

nadellaMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella has said that he does not need to expand Microsoft’s Windows mobile share for it to pay off.

It is probably just as well, Windows is on about 1.7 per cent of mobile phones globally and increasing that share will be a little tricky.

However Nadella is not weeping and wailing much about it.  He said that Vole will be doing itself a disservice if it measures its success by just looking at market share. Instead it was more important to look about how people use these products.

“If you think of [how people use products as] more like a graph, these [devices] are all nodes. Sometimes the user will use all of these devices … sometimes they’ll use only one or two of our devices and some other platforms — so be it.”

Microsoft can make a killing out of  Windows phones even if no one uses them because people use Windows 10 or Xbox or Office and they’re all one and the same.

“We want to make sure that we are completing the experience across all of these devices,” he said.

Expensive smartphones can’t phone very well

mobileSmartphones appear to have lost their way and are not as good as doing what they are supposed to do – make phone calls.

According to an Ofcom study, smartphone makers have been so busy packing gadgets into their smartphones they have forgotten that they are supposed to make calls.

The research, conducted in controlled lab conditions on a selection of popular smartphones and non-smart phones currently on the market, found that on a 2G network the cheaper handsets were much better at picking up weak signals.

Some smartphones require a minimum signal 10 times stronger than the best non-smart phone before they can make or receive a call, according to Ofcom’s research.

This is particularly important because mobile operators are under pressure to  increase coverage, particularly in rural areas.  Ofcom thinks that  t while network infrastructure investment is seen as key to improving coverage, handsets also play a significant role.

Smartphones encased in glass and metal rather than the plastic typically used in cheaper mobiles have contributed to calls being cut off. On average, the smartphones Ofcom tested required a minimum 2G signal seven times stronger than the average non-smartphone.

On 3G networks the worst performer needed a signal nine times stronger than the minimum recommended by the GSMA, the mobile industry’s standards body.

On faster 4G mobile broadband the bottom of the class required seven times the recommended signal strength to send data back and forth.

Some smartphones are cut off if  held in the left or right hand, owing to the position of the antenna.

Ofcom did not name the poor performers  arguing that the number of devices it tested was not sufficient to make statistically significant comparisons between individual smartphones.

A spokesman added: “We tested a small number of mobile phones, not for ranking but to understand how handsets performed in different situations. As no one device consistently outperformed the others we chose not to list the handsets.”

King of Pop wants to be the new Apple

pepsiA maker of fizzy, brown, bubbly stuff which removes rust off old coins wants to get into the smartphone business.

Pepsi, which once thought it was a good idea to promote itself using the alleged kiddie-fiddler  and coke fan Michael Jackson, now thinks that there are not enough smartphones in the world.

The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn which says that Pepsi’s official Weibo has also teased a phone. It has a 5.5-inch screen with a 1080p resolution and 13MP camera, the device is allegedly powered by a 1.7 GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. What’s more, the phone, which is expected to be called the Pepsi P1, and is likely to cost only $200.

The Pepsi phone is pretty much standard fare. It does not even have a bottle opener, not that fizzy, brown, bubbly stuff comes in bottles much these days.

It is thought that Pepsi has licensed its brand to another device manufacturer but it is not clear which one or why.

Still the phone’s low cost and Pepsi’s brand recognition could mean that it does ok. We are not holding our breath.

Sony might pull out of smartphone market

sonyNext year will be Sony’s last chance to make cash out of smartphones or it will pull out of the market.

The outfits’ CEO has flagged next year as a make-or-break year for its struggling smartphones, saying he will consider other options for the business if it failed to turn profitable.

Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai has engineered a successful restructuring drive at Sony, with recent results showing improvement thanks to cost cuts, an exit from weak businesses such as PCs, as well as strong sales of image sensors and videogames.

However Sony’s smartphone business is a blot on his perfect restructuring.

“We will continue with the business as long as we are on track with the scenario of breaking even next year. Otherwise, we haven’t eliminated the consideration of alternative options.”

Sony and other Japanese electronics makers have struggled to compete with cheaper Asian rivals, but then again few are making money out of smartphones.

Sony phones including its Xperia-branded smartphones held only 17.5 percent of the market in Japan and less than 1 percent in the North America, according to company data last year.

“I do have a feeling that a turnaround in our electronics business has shown progress. The result of three years of restructuring are starting to show. But we still need to carry out estructuring in smartphones,” Hirai said.

Things are looking up for LG


SHORPY_11565a.previewLG, which has been having a rough time lately, expects sales at its mobile division to improve starting from the fourth quarter.

Speaking at a launch event for the new V10 smartphone, LG mobile division chief Cho Juno told reporters the firm will use the high-end device as well as new mid-to-low tier products to boost market share.

He declined to give any specific targets but hinted that the new devices should help LG’s bottom line considerably.

LG will start selling the V10 smartphone in South Korea on October 8.

The V10 has two front cameras and a small secondary screen that works independently from the main 5.7-inch display, is priced at $679.6 which is 11 percent lower than domestic rival Samsung cheapest Galaxy Note 5 phablet model.

The firm also said it is preparing its own mobile payments service but declined to elaborate further.

Of course even if the V10 is well priced, and gets good reviews, LG has to deal with the fact that smartphone sales all over the world are falling faster than Julie Cruise on her way to a Twin Peaks remake.


Nvidia tinkers with its high end

nvidiaGPU maker Nvidia is making a few changes at its ultra-high-end, and introducing a “new” mobile GPU that’s not really a mobile.

The GeForce GTX 980 has not shipped with the traditional “M” on the end of the model number. For Nvidia fans looking to buy a notebook with the chip inside it, that would not be a problem – they would know that this was not a mobile chip.

Nvidia has done its best to configure the GPU so that it will not drain the battery too fast. It has made some careful optimisations of the components that accompany the GPU. This includes changes to the memory, voltage regulation module, and PCB.

This helped Nvidia take the full desktop GeForce GTX 980 GPU (GM204) and cram it into mobile form factors. These helped it achieve high frequencies at lower-than-typical voltages.

The GPUs are paired to 7Gbps GDDR5 memory and heatsinks with up to 2X the cooling capacity.

Notebooks powered by this GPU will be unlocked, and fully overclockable. And they’ll also offer users the ability to alter fan curves.

The GeForce GTX 980 will apparently allow notebooks powered by the GPU to push multiple screens or power VR gear.

MSI GT80 is huge for a mobile PC, and packs in a mechanical keyboard and 18.4” display and we suspect you will need to be as rich as Croesus to own one. But it is telling that the gaming market is becoming so important that Nvidia is prepared to tinker with its top of the range models to make them fit into notebooks – even if they are not true mobile chips.