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.
If all the changes to carrier data plans lately are making you a bit nervous about your current data usage, T-Mobile wants you to know that you can quit worrying and sign up for their new plans with unlimited data packages. Starting July 24, the new Value plans feature a variety of monthly rates for talk, text and unlimited data with 2 GB, 5 GB or 10 GB of high speed data – with no overage charges – for individual and family customers on new two-year agreements. T-Mobile will continue to offer traditional plans under the new T-Mobile Classic plan brand (previously called Even More plans), as well as Monthly4G No Annual Contract plans and Pay As You Go plans. More information and the full press release can be found after the break.
Better not let ol’ Lloyd hear about this — the loveable Om Nom from Cut the Rope is getting his … erm, its … own digital comic series. If you’ve yet to play Cut the Rope, the premise is you have to get dangling candies into Om Nom’s mouth. And it can be surprisingly difficult to do so.
And now comes the fun stuff. BGR on Wednesday toured a number of labs here at Sprint’s Midwest headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas. Some we’re able to talk about and some we can’t unfortunately, but among the ones we can show you is the Sprint Technology Integration Center located down the road from Sprint’s main campus in Lenexa, Kansas. This facility houses 15,000 square feet of laboratory space and the teams that dwell within are focused on network performance testing; devices that enter this lab have already gone through third-party testing and will now undergo validation testing. Sprint has specific requirements outside of compliance standards in order to ensure that devices on its networks meet its high standards, and this lab is home to the majority of equipment used to perform those tests. Among the jewels to be found within the gallery linked below is the ever-popular RF chamber. Foam spikes… gel-filled head positioned oh so carefully… this is one of the staples of cellular labs that we all look forward to seeing. The RF chamber is designed to create very specific test environments for devices in order to provide a level of control that would otherwise be impossible to achieve. There are also a few shots of demos we were given of a couple different test setups, including navigation testing and streaming video testing. The full gallery can be seen via the link below.
Senator Herb Kohl, the chairman of the Senate’s antitrust subcommittee is recommending that federal regulators deny AT&T’s $39 billion planned acquisition of T-Mobile. ”I have concluded that this acquisition, if permitted to proceed, would likely cause substantial harm to competition and consumers, would be contrary to antitrust law and not in the public interest, and therefore should be blocked by your agencies,” Kohl said on Wednesday. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, Congressman John Conyers, and Congressman Edward Markey also recently wrote a letter to the Justice Department and the FCC expressing concern that the acquisition would hurt competition in the U.S. wireless market. “We believe that AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile would be a troubling backward step in federal public policy–a retrenchment from nearly two decades of promoting competition and open markets to acceptance of a duopoly in the wireless marketplace,” the letter said. “Such industry consolidation could reduce competition and increase consumer costs at a time our country can least afford it.” Sprint and its CEO Dan Hesse have also been very involved in trying to stop the merger. While Hesse has argued the deal will “stifle innovation” in the U.S. Wireless market, AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson has argued the opposite and has said it will result in “net job growth.” In June AT&T’s General Counsel Wayne Watts said that the deal, which has been backed by other big tech hitters such as Microsoft, was on schedule for a March 2012 approval.
Well, well. What have we here? We’ve been handed what our tipster says is an early version of the Droid Does page for the Motorola Bionic. We’re told it’s set to go live the first week of August. Specs aren’t any different than we’ve seen, but it’s the price that’s really standing out — $299 on contract. That’s gonna hurt. But we’ve been there before, haven’t we.
The Amazon MP3 app has been updated to version 2.0.10. A couple of the big features of this update are 1.) when you select Automatic Downloads only new content will download and 2.) in your playlist view, you can now see Latest Purchases and Uploads, which is just like the Cloud Player for web.
Already checked out the latest news and rumors in the blogs, and wondering what to do now? Have you checked out the Android Central forums yet today? If not, now’s as good a time as any. Check out some of threads below to help get you started:
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.
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