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Barnes & Noble aim to make Nook tablets more appealing Friday, 3rd May 2013
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Top U.S. bookstore chain Barnes & Noble is looking to boost interest in its Nook device by offering access to Google Apps Store after dropping in sales last season.
The move will see the number of apps in Nook HD rise from 10,000 to 750,000, amongst which will include Google services such as Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, and the web browser Chrome.
Speaking to CNBC, chief executive of Barnes & Noble, William Lynch said: “This deal is about plugging that gap. Consumers told us they wanted more apps."
As Nook made little progress against its competitors such as Apple’s iPad and Amazon.com’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble have decided to reverse the fall in sales by announcing that as of Friday Google Play will be installed in Nook HD and Nook HD devices.
Barnes & Noble went on to add that existing customers will have access to download the app through Nook’s online store as well as via automatic update.
Samsung creeps in on Apple’s share of smartphone market Friday, 26th April 2013
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Samsung Electronics Co Ltd managed to move in on rival Apple Inc.’s market share in the latest quarter, as sales of its phones rose to account for one third of the global market.
Research from IDC found sales of the iPhone 5 helped Apple’s volumes grow 6.6 per cent to 37.4 million phones in the quarter from a year before, but it wasn’t enough to stop its share of the market falling to 17.3 per cent from 23 per cent.
Android-powered devices from Samsung increased its shipments around 60 per cent to 70.7 million, giving it a 32.7 per cent share of the market, up from a 28.8 per cent stake a year before. In fact, IDC reported Samsung managed to ship more smartphones in the first quarter than the next four rival vendors combined.
Arcadia Group to introduce series of shopping apps Wednesday, 20th March 2013
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Arcadia Group is set to introduce a series of iPad shopping apps for Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Topman and Wallis.
The fashion retail reported a 20 per cent boost in e-commerce in the financial year to 2012, with international sales up a further 33 per cent.
The apps will launch in May, with Android versions slated for an autumn release.
Apple rumoured to be working on a cheaper iPhone Wednesday, 9th January 2013
Apple Inc.'s iPhone 5. Photo credit: Apple Inc.
Apple Inc could be working on a lower-end iPhone as it looks to compete with its aggressively-priced smartphone rivals.
According to the Wall Street Journal, people briefed on the matter have said a plan to develop a cheaper device is progressing, with a less expensive version of its flagship iPhone possibly entering the market later this year.
It’s thought the lower-end phone will resemble a standard iPhone, but will use a different casing, such as one out of polycarbonate plastic, to lower costs. Other aspects of the phone could remain the same or be recycled from older iPhone models.
Sources cited by the paper said Apple could still decide to scrap the plan. The tech giant has faced renewed competition in recent quarters as rival Android made gains on its market share.
Apple shares tumble as competition mounts Thursday, 6th December 2012
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Shares in Apple dropped by almost six per cent yesterday as competition in the mobile device market continues to intensify.
Shares in the technology giant have remained on a downward trajectory since September amid growing concern about Apple’s ability to fend off mounting competition from Google’s Android smartphones and tablet computers, amongst others.
Samsung has also chipped away at Apple’s dominance of the tablet computer market with its Galaxy range.
Apple is up 33 per cent this year, but the company is down almost 24 per cent from its record peak of USD 705.07 on 21 September. Stock slid more than 6.4 per cent yesterday to close at USD 538.7923.
M-commerce drives high street sales as £1 in every £10 spent via mobile Tuesday, 25th September 2012
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New research finds £1 in every £10 spent via a mobile channel, as high street stores continue to see a rise in sales from mobile commerce.
According to a report by City AM, the latest findings from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) found that mobile sales are set to grow by 23 per cent in the next year, whilst already accounting for £45 billion in sales, just under 10 per cent of all high street revenue.
Conducted on behalf of software company Netsuite, the figures take in to account purchases made on smartphones and tablets, using mobile discount vouchers, and transactions made after products were researched on mobile devices.
Of the 200 high street retailers that were surveyed for the CEBR report, 87 per cent predicted a rise in sales next year, expecting an average 10 per cent increase.
“In the context of a difficult macroeconomic climate, retailers’ expectations seem very positive and may ultimately prove to be somewhat optimistic – but it’s clear that the importance of alternate revenue streams such as mobile commerce can be a crucial component for retail success moving forward,” the CEBR’s Colin Edwards said.
Samsung banned from selling Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US Wednesday, 27th June 2012
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A US court has banned the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the States, while it considers the firm’s patent dispute with rival tech giant Apple.
The trial for the case is scheduled to begin in California on 30 July, but Apple has already won a preliminary injunction against Samsung, with all sales of its Tab 10.1 tablet put on hold until a decision is made.
Speaking in San Francisco on Tuesday, US District Judge Lucy Koh said the injunction is justified by the similarity between Samsung’s tablet and the iPad, after Apple has previously claimed the tech giant “slavishly copied” its best-selling device.
"Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products," Koh said.
Apple will have to pay a £2.6 million bond before the tablet can be banned in case the injunction is later found to be unnecessary.
iPads on the up for transactions while mobile retail traffic dips Tuesday, 26th June 2012
Apple iPad. Photo credit: Apple Inc
Despite a dip in traffic for the first time, sales continued a steady month-on-month rise for May as conversion rates for mobile devices improved.
The latest research from Affiliate Window found that although retail traffic for mobile phones fell, the volume of sales through devices rose 7.85 per cent from 7.32 per cent the month before, suggesting conversion rates through mobile devices have strengthened.
Last month saw strong growth for the iPad as an m-commerce device, improving its share of sales week on week. Week 20 saw the iPad account for 53 per cent of mobile sales, rising to 64 per cent by week 23. This rise is thought to have had a knock-on-effect in the amount of transactions made through the iPhone and Android devices during this time, which both decreased significantly during the period.
The most popular categories for mobile traffic were Fashion and Clothing retail, which accounted for 35 per cent of all mobile traffic, above the percentage of desktop traffic the category receives, at 28.56 per cent. Electrical retail came in at 13.99 per cent, whilst Group Buying accounted for 10.21 per cent, both below their split of desktop traffic of 15.26 per cent and 12.61 per cent respectively.
50% of Britons own a smartphone, according to study Tuesday, 21st February 2012
A study conducted by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has revealed that over half of the British population, around 50.3 per cent, currently owns a smartphone.
Global consumer insight director Dominic Sunnebo revealed that Android is holding onto the lead, although Apple has increased its market share in the UK to 29.1 per cent from 21.7 per cent a year ago.
Windows Phone 7 also climbed as it took over 2 per cent of the market for the very first time.
The study also found that around 81 per cent of handset owners have accessed social networking sites and apps on their devices in the past month.
BlackBerry loses market share to iPhone and Android Friday, 30th December 2011
Barack Obama holding his BlackBerry
Research in Motion Ltd continued to lose US market share with its BlackBerry device, while Apple Inc.’s iPhone and Google Inc.’s Android carried on gaining among smartphone users.
BlackBerry’s share of the US smartphone market fell to 16.6 per cent in November, down 3.1 per cent from October, according to comScore.Inc.
Apple’s share of the market grew 1.4 per cent last month to 28.7 per cent, while phones running Google’s Android system now account for 46.9 per cent of the US smartphone market, up 3.1 per cent from October.
Smartphones continued to grow in popularity, with 91.4 million Americans using smartphones in November, up 8 per cent from October, according to comScore.