It is Q1 earnings report time and we are showing you some of the most interesting ones out there. We also have good news for Windows Phone lovers, who got a pretty neat feature today. In other news, Google Glass is getting some mean competition from Asian manufacturers!
Apple has just released its second quarter results for 2014 and things couldn’t look brighter for Cupetino’s giant. Apple reported $10.2 billion in earnings, with about $45.6 billion in revenue. This exceeded the company’s expectations, as well as last year’s $43.6 billion in revenue for the same quarter.
It’s also interesting to see 43.7 million iPhones were sold, but tablets didn’t follow the same success. Apple sold 16.3 million iPads, while 2013’s second quarter report showed 19.5 million devices sold.
Opinion: I (and many industry experts) actually thought Apple wouldn’t have a such a great quarter. We shall see how things will get once the iPhone 6, Air, or whatever it may be called, comes to market. We are expecting drastic changes, with bigger form factors. I may not be the biggest Apple fan, but I really want to see what they bring to the table next!
While Apple is raking in all the cash, Korean manufacturer LG is not doing so well. LG Display, to be more specific, reported some major losses. Net loss reached 81.9 billion won (about 78.9 million USD), while last year the company reported a profit of 3.48 billion won during the same period.
What’s interesting is that LG Display reported operating profits that were higher than expected. LG Display claims this loss is mostly due to low of demand for electronics during the quarter and lack of tax incentives. Is this really the case?
Opinion: LG Display works with many manufacturers to make displays. Could this mean that less companies are interested in LG’s panels, or that smartphone consumption is actually lowering?
It may seem weird, but until today Windows only allowed Android and iOS to control PCs via the official remote desktop app. Microsoft has changed this by releasing the Microsoft Remote Desktop Preview app for Windows Phone, allowing the platform’s users to access their desktop computers on-the-go.
You can go ahead and download the app straight from the Windows Phone app store.
Opinion: It always upsets me, but these moves seem to happen more often than we would expect. Google often releases apps for iOS before Android, for example. But let’s get back to the topic – remote desktop functionality.
I used to love it, but now that mobile devices support more formats and there are cloud services available, I no longer find the need for them. Do you?
Google Glass competitors emerge all over Asia!
Google Glass may be the most popular and better-implemented smart glass device, but it is far from perfect. The industry needs to keep developing this form factor and many Asian manufacturers are giving eye-mounted smart devices a try.
- Sony Patents weird head-mounted display
- Thanko puts a miniature camera in goggles
- Japanese manufacturer Westunitis makes light-weight smart glasses
Opinion: I have used Google Glass and must say that, while it is a very cool gadget, it needs a lot of polishing. I wonder how other manufacturers can improve upon this market. I almost wish the concept was more simplified, much like what Android Wear did for the smart watch market.
Google Glass just seems too buggy, crowded and rushed. For now, my favorite Glass feature is using it as the best conversation starter at my favorite bars.