Google’s Android Lost Revenue In 2010

Today’s mobile roundup features the new Samsung Galaxy SIII, Android losing money in 2010, the latest information on dropped calls experienced by mobile subscribers and more.

Samsung Galaxy SIII

Samsung finally unveiled the Samsung Galaxy SIII at their Unpacked event at London’s Earl’s Court yesterday.  The phone is larger than its predecessor the Galaxy SII and offers new features such as, S Voice, Smart alert, Smart Stay and a lot more.  For the full specifications and features of the phone, see here for SiliconANGLE’s coverage of the device.

Android lost revenue in 2010

Presiding over the Google-Oracle case, US District Judge William Alsup concurred that Google’s Android platform resulted in a net loss for the company in every quarter of 2010 despite generating an estimated $97.7 million in revenue for the first quarter of the said year.

The revelation came during the the damages hearing of the Google-Oracle case.  The jury is still deliberating as to whether or not Google violated Oracle’s copyright.  The jury sent out a note to the judge asking what would happen if they cannot come up with a unanimous verdict.  The judge sent the jury home, telling them to continue deliberations today.

Millions of US subscribers experience 5 dropped calls per month

Rebtel, the world’s largest mobile VoIP company after Skype, announced the results of a recent call-quality survey conducted among U.S. mobile users based on their experiences with carriers, smartphone devices and communication apps.

The report stated that approximately 2 out of 5 (39%) mobile users admitted experiencing more than 5 dropped calls per month.  The report also showed that having a clear call connection is very important to 89% of respondents, with 84% of those claiming they are at least somewhat likely to switch smartphones as a result of poor quality.   While 78% stated they would be likely to switch carriers due to poor network performance.

“The findings of our first call quality survey demonstrate mobile users have high expectations for a clear connection during calls, and with 40% of American mobile users experiencing multiple dropped calls each month, it’s clear that carriers and handset manufacturers have a long way to go to provide the level of service that customers demand and expect,” says Rebtel CEO Andreas Bernstrom.

LG unveils Optimus LTE2

Not to be trumped by Samsung’s new Galaxy SIII, LG unveils the Optimus LTE2.  The phone features a TrueHD IPS screen, most likely 720p, a total 2GB of RAM memory, LTE support, a main camera that will feature high response and voice activation feature, some sort of wireless charging option, a high capacity 2150mAh battery.  While the CPU is currently unconfirmed, bets are on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4.  The device is expected to arrive in Korea by mid-May.

RIM continues to plummet

Research in Motion’s shares dropped to an 8-year-low even after they demoed the BlackBerry 10 – the new mobile operating system which they hoped would change their fate.  The BB10 didn’t seem to inspire investors as they doubt that it will be strong enough to compete with Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android and even Microsoft’s Windows Phone.  RIM’s stocks closed at $12.04 in NASDAQ yesterday.

“We don’t see any scenario where BB10 can compete meaningfully against the three major smartphone operating systems: iOS, Android, and Windows Phone,” said Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair in a note to clients.

“Our longer term view is that RIM will be forced to focus on the low-end, emerging market opportunity, as we believe that segment remains the only jump ball the company and its products will be able to grasp.”