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Mobile by numbers: BlackBerry 10, 4G, Three UK and Microsoft 4Afrika

Podcast - 6th February 2013

We start this week's podcast by talking about the launch of BlackBerry 10 before moving on to discuss a 4G promise from Three UK.

The numerical theme continues with the Microsoft 4Afrika project, a handful of quarterly results and some investment news. Plus there’s worrying new malware and a curious Apple trademark application.

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Goodbye RIM, hello BlackBerry

Mark Bridge writes:

Apple launches a new product and BlackBerry pushes it out of the headlines. Who’d have thought it, eh?

Yes, Apple’s new $799 128GB iPad didn’t get much of a mention in the mobile press last week - thanks to the new BlackBerry 10 platform and two new smartphones. Memories of Stephen Bates’s awkward BBC interviews were soon forgotten as the touchscreen Z10 appeared and quickly hit the shelves of UK retailers.

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Qualcomm quarterly results show profits up 36%

Mobile technology business Qualcomm has announced results for the first quarter of its financial year. Revenue was up 29% year-on-year to $6.02 billion, while net income rose by 36% to $1.91 billion.

Shipments of Qualcomm’s MSM chips for smart devices were up 17% year-on-year to 182 million units.

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Forthcoming developer-friendly Firefox smartphones revealed

The Mozilla Foundation has announced details of two new smartphones that’ll run the Firefox OS mobile operating system.

Both have been designed for use by developers and aren’t targeted at consumers.

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Smartphone chip revenue jumps as Qualcomm maintains its lead

A recent research report from Strategy Analytics shows that the smartphone applications processor market grew by 58% year-on-year in Q3 2012, reaching $3.8 billion.

Qualcomm was estimated to have a 42% revenue share of the smartphone applications processor market in Q3 2012, followed by Samsung with 27%.

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