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Good news for fans of the little green robot: According to Nielsen, as of June, Android tops the U.S. smartphone OS market, grabbing a full 39 percent market share. Apple, its closest competitor, finished a distant second at 28 percent. Bringing up the rear are BlackBerry OS at 20 percent and Windows Phone 7 at 9 percent. On the hardware front, however, Apple still managed to retain the title of top manufacturer. In all fairness, Apple’s victory in this category is relatively easy since it is the only company to produce iOS devices; meanwhile, Android’s OS finds its way to devices made by Motorola, HTC, and Samsung. RIM, the makers of Blackberry, surprisingly finished a close second to Apple in the manufacturing department, commanding a 20 percent chunk of the market. Nielsen based its results on a sample of roughly 20,000 people, all of whom are postpaid customers. Read more from TechCrunch.
Considering that Apple and AT&T are reportedly prepping staff for a September launch of the iPhone 5, there couldn’t be a better time to report survey results that say 35 percent of consumers will buy Apple’s next generation smartphone. The survey, conducted by PriceGrabber, found that respondents want several things that would influence their purchasing decision: a better battery life, a lower cost, 4G network compatibility, a larger screen and an improved camera.
Hulu, the online video service that streams popular TV shows from ABC, NBC, and Fox, is reportedly shopping around for potential bidders, according to Dan Rayburn, an analyst with Frost and Sullivan. Rayburn says Hulu and its owners have been meeting with suitors from Yahoo, Google, and Apple, and are seeking as much as $2 billion. While none of these meetings have been independently confirmed, most of the rumors say Apple will be the company to purchase Hulu. The belief is that acquiring Hulu would bolster Apple’s iTunes Store and help it compete with Netflix’s subscription streaming service with one of its own. “Content is king,” says James McQuivey, an analyst with Forrester Research. “People spend four to five hours a day watching TV. If you get them to your platform, it immediately becomes relevant.” Hulu currently streams TV episodes and movies on many devices, including the Roku, Xbox 360, iPad, and iPhone through its monthly subscription service Hulu Plus. An alliance with Apple might mean pulling Hulu off other devices, but Rayburn asks, “then why spend $2 billion to get it?” Hulu says it will have one million Hulu Plus subscribers by year’s end. Read more from USA Today.
A U.S. International Trade Commission judge issued an initial ruling that HTC violated two key patents owned by Apple, a move that dragged HTC’s stock to a six-month low in Taiwan trading and raised uncertainty about the company, writes Roger Cheng for CNET. In response, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says his company will support its key Android partner in its patent fight with Apple.
Apple has long had to deal with unscrupulous counterfeiters creating and hawking fake iPods and iPhones–any fashion house would say it’s the price for having the sexiest products–but now the company is faced with deception on a much larger scale, with whole retail locations set up to look like authentic Apple stores (with varying degrees of success) popping up around the globe. Ironically, these stores are often selling authentic Apple products–likely the result of profitable and illegal resale efforts.