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Welcome to The After Math, where we attempt to summarize this week’s tech news through numbers, decimal places and percentages.
The launch of the Xbox One may be behind us, but we still have plenty of numbers to crunch. Speaking of ones, this week we saw a record-setting auction for an old Apple 1, a multi-tabbed refresh of our inbox and the release of Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends Report. Add to that some big names taking the stage at D11, an anti-graffiti drone and a rather bizarre-looking harp, and you have this week’s After Math. Join us after the break for the digits.
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The After Math: Internet trends, Apple TVs and Samsung’s Finnish triumph
Speaking at AllThingsD’s D11 conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook just dropped the latest sales figure for the Apple TV: 13 million (compare that to Roku’s sales of 5 million in the US), with “about half” sold in the last year. Despite being prodded by interviewers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Cook repeated his “area of great interest” line (again) regarding TV, only mentioning that the company does have a “grand vision” in place. Surprised by the hockey puck’s popularity? You’re not the only one, as Cook followed up on Steve Jobs’ proclamation that” no one wants to buy a box,” claiming “Frankly, the popularity of the Apple TV has become much larger than we thought it would. We aren’t marketing it.”
Last year at the conference he reported sales of 2.7 million Apple TVs for the year, and the company noted 2 million sold in Q1 2013. He also followed his predecessor’s stance that the current TV experience needs remodeling “When you look at the TV experience, it’s not an experience that I think many people love…still an experience that is too much like 10 or 20 years ago.” As usual however, despite the “interest,” if you’re looking for a hint that Apple is going to join the likes of Google and Microsoft in trying to shift the balance of the TV market, Cook — like Jobs before him — is keeping those details to himself.
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Tim Cook: 13 million Apple TVs sold, half in the last year; ‘grand vision’ for TV
Nokia might have been bested by Samsung’s global phone shipments for a while, but there was always one vanguard — the Finnish public, who have patriotically stood by (and bought up) Nokia smartphones over the last few difficult years. It looks like rivals have very much broken through, however, with IDC reporting that Samsung was responsible for the highest number of phone sales in the last quarter, claiming 36 percent against Nokia’s 33 percent market share. Third place was Apple, trailing with 14 percent, while other manufacturers soaked up the remaining 16 percent. According to Digitoday, the change was due to the continuing shift to smartphones, one that shows no signs of slowing down.
Via: Android Beat
Source: Digitoday (Finnish)
While Eric Schmidt’s proclamation that “most” new TVs would have Google TV embedded last year didn’t come true, LG stated today that it’s bringing the platform to more regions soon. The Korea Times reports an unnamed company executive at the KCTA Digital Cable Show stated the platform is yielding good returns, with average sales of 10,000 units per month. He went on to state that LG Electronics would bring Google TVs to Korea later this year — following the integrated IPTV boxes offered by LG Uplus — and China after that. Microsoft is apparently ready to follow Google TV’s lead with HDMI passthrough and TV overlays, we’ll see if it can gain traction at home and overseas before others catch up.
Source: Korea Times
Lenovo’s just announced its Q4 and full year 2012/13 financial results, and it’s touched new highs on the two most important indices. It earned $127 million on $7.8 billion in revenue for the quarter and $34 billion for the full year, both records for the company, while netting $635 million in profit for the full year — another all-time high. The only sore spot for Q4 was Lenovo’s laptop business, which dropped two percent over last year to $4.2 billion, but that’s a far milder plummet than many PC makers saw — thanks to a 74 percent revenue growth in China. Otherwise, desktop PCs held flat for the company at $2.4 billion during an otherwise down period, and it held firm as China’s number two smartphone manufacturer, seeing shipments grow at 206 percent year-over-year, double the average rate. It remains to be seen if Lenovo can continue to buck the downward PC trend that’s continued unabated with the release of Windows 8 — but if not, maybe we’d finally see some of its smartphones over here.
Source: Business Wire