Samsung saw record mobile sales during the year’s second quarter and ZTE grew its shipments by an astounding 300 per cent, but the good news doesn’t stand true across the industry. Mobile sales fell 2.3 per cent from the same time last year as consumers delayed upgrades ahead of the impending release of the iPhone 5, researchers at Gartner have found.
And speaking of the iPhone 5, the rumour mill continues to point to a 12 September announcement. But reports that the device would begin shipping to consumers nine days later on 21 September may only apply to US consumers, with those of us in different parts of the world getting our hands on the device beginning early October. Citing sources who have provided accurate Apple data in the past, iMore has said that the second wave of markets to nab the iPhone 5 will begin in the first week of October - likely 5 October.
Ailing retailer HMV has announced plans to launch a social media café in an effort to make itself relevant again. The coffee shop, which will open its doors in Cambridge this weekend, will boast free Wi-Fi, smartphone charging, and caffeine goodness served up by HMV baristas. As for the media side of things, the offerings will favour more lucrative products like iPads and Nexus 7s over the CDs and DVDs of yore.
Another struggling company hoping to revive its fortunes is RIM, which is back in the news after CEO Thorsten Heins announced the Canadian firm is preparing to license its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system to other manufacturers. The platform, due to be released in early 2013, is said to be in the final stages of testing and RIM is currently devising a plan to get BB10 onto devices produced by other companies. No word yet on what exactly that will look like.
Also in licensing news, Microsoft has confirmed that Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung are among the manufacturers that will bring Windows RT devices to market. The operating system, which is optimised for ARM-based processors and touch-screen devices, will launch in late October. And, presumably, tablet PCs from Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung won’t be too far behind. Microsoft’s own Surface tablet is also set for a release this autumn.