Motorola on Thursday reported third-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates thanks to strong sales of the company’s Android-powered smartphones. Motorola doubled Wall Street’s EPS estimate of $0.06, reporting earnings of $0.12 per share in the September quarter. The company earned $0.13 per share in the third quarter last year. Revenue of $3.3 billion was up 11% from the third quarter last year, but it narrowly missed analysts’ expectation of $3.4 billion. Revenue from device sales last quarter totaled $2.4 billion, up 20% year-over-year. The vendor shipped 11.6 million devices including 4.8 million smartphones and just 100,000 XOOM tablets, and operating losses totaled $32 million compared to $34 million in the same quarter last year. Motorola shipped 400,000 XOOM tablets last quarter and 250,000 units in the first quarter of 2011. Motorola Mobility chairman and CEO Sanjay Jha noted in a statement that the company continues to make progress toward closing the proposed merger with Google. Motorola’s full press release follows below.
Rogers has been on a roll as of late when it comes to updating their Android line-up of devices. Last night in Toronto they held the launch party for the Samsung Infuse 4G and today, Future Shop has outed the pricing of the soon-to-be released device. $149 is what you’ll be looking at should you decide to agree to a new 3-year contract but if contracts aren’t really your thing, then you’ll be looking to hand over $550. That said; keep in mind the Samsung Galaxy S II is starting to arrive at Bell and Virgin Mobile retail shops all across Canada and only costs $50 more off contract.
If you’ve been holding off picking up an Android tablet simply due to cost then Staples wants your business. To entice you, they’re now offering $100 off select tablet purchases with the coupon above. You’ll need to print it off in order to use it but that’s the easy part — the hard part? Selecting what tablet you’ll be buying. The coupon is valid through 7/30/11 at Staples locations across the U.S. with the Nook being the only Android tablet excluded.
Looking to try Slacker Premium Radio out? Although Slacker Radio has a basic free version available for all there is nothing like having on-demand access to Slacker’s whole music library in addition to ad-free customizable radio. Not forgetting the many other great features Slacker offers:
If you want to get your hands on T-Mobile’s MyTouch 4G Slide, and don’t want to wait for it to show up in stores on July 27, you can now place your order at T-Mobile website. The MyTouch 4G Slide (check out the initial review) is HTC’s latest tech, thrown into a package with a horizontal sliding qwerty, and one heck of a camera. It will cost you $200 after contract and a pesky mail-in rebate, or $500 if you want to buy it outright. My first impressions tell me that it’s a great update from the original MyTouch slider, or even the MyTouch 4G. We’ve got an ongoing Q&A thread in the forums, and I’ll have a full detailed review shortly. If you’re ready to buy, hit the source link and have at it!
OK, it might not be right now but you can at least take comfort in knowing your order is placed for one of the most anticipated Android devices out there these days. If you head on over to the Virgin Mobile website, you’ll find the Samsung Galaxy S II available for $170 or $599 outright. We’ve reached out to some retail locations as well to inquire — many of which stated they have stock available for pick up. In the meantime, you can check out our Samsung Galaxy S II review.
Need more juice for your HTC ThunderBolt? Yeah, you do, especially if you’re rocking LTE on this thing. It just sucks through a battery. You’re going to need an extended battery. And the official HTC 2750 mAh extended battery for the HTC ThunderBolt is now on sale for $39.95.
Lenovo this morning officially unwrapped a pair of Android Tablets — the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad. Both tablets spot a 10.1-inch touchscreens *at 1280×800), NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor and Android 3.1. The IdeaPad K1 — which we spotted a day early at Office Depot in New York — weighs 1.63 pounds and is the first Honeycomb tablet with Netflix support along with HDMI out.
One fortunate side-effect of all the craziness going on at the expensive end of the smartphone spectrum is that more-affordable devices are starting to become faster and better. Last year’s HTC Wildfire underwhelmed us a little, with its sub-par QVGA screen and relatively meager 384MB of RAM. But earlier this year HTC refreshed many of its mid-range products, and it’s arguably the Wildfire that’s received the biggest boost. The new HTC Wildfire S has a sharper, brighter screen, a faster CPU and more RAM than the original. And like the rest of HTC’s “S” series, it ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Delta Air Lines’ Android app just got a little update that brings a couple of cool features. If you’re logged in, you can now view and change your seat assignments (provided there are any seats left), as well as view the standby/upgrade lists. It’s not going to help you get to first class any quicker (you peasant), but it’s another nice addition to a very nice mobile travel app.
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