If there was any doubt that HTC was in some hot water, this news should probably dispel all that. HTC CEO Peter Chou has stepped back from some of his duties in order to focus on putting the company back on the smartphone map.
HTC has had several senior level executives leave over the past months and years and it looks like the latest has announced a departure. The interesting twist here, this departure is coming just four months after the arrival. According to a Bloomberg report, Lorain Wong will be leaving the company.
As if the struggling company doesn't have enough to worry about, Blackberry, if it survives long enough, might have a new fierce rival as Samsung opens up its Samsung Solutions Exchange. Rather than simply being yet another store filled with business-friendly apps, Solutions Exchange is also a program to bring in developers to port or create apps that directly answer the needs of Samsung's enterprise customers.
Because working together, instead of suing each other, is sometimes more beneficial, if not less expensive, the biggest names in printer technology have joined forces to push for a common goal. The Mopria Alliance is a non-profit organization that will seek to improve the technology and user experience of printing from smartphones and tablets.
Android and iOS might have to start keeping themselves on their toes as a third player builds itself up to take on the two industry leaders. Nokia has announced its decision to sell its Devices & Service business to Microsoft, practically giving Microsoft the ability to make its own devices and put the fate of its mobile devices in its own hands.
T-Mobile began the UNcarrier approach back in March. At the time they announced Simple Choice plans for individuals. Those same plans then came available for families in mid-July and as of today they are available for business users. T-Mobile is pushing these plans as being able to provide customers with "more flexibility and choice about how they buy and use wireless devices."
Amidst the smorgasbord of other earnings calls, Google has reported its second quarter results for 2013, showing a significant jump in revenue over the same quarter last year. The Internet giant saw revenue jump all over the board, with site, network, and other revenues representing increases over Q2 2012 ranging from 7-percent to 138-percent.
Samsung paired with up Jay-Z for the launch of his latest album. This partnership brought the release of the Magna Carta Holy Grail app that allowed one million people to grab the full album a few days before the public release. This was a fairly unique way to launch an album and not only assured one million people would have the album, but with what sounded good came some bad.
Samsung launched the Magna Carta Holy Grail app back in late-June with the promise that users would be able to download the complete Jay-Z album a few days ahead of the general release. Samsung had the app available for those Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4 and the Galaxy Note II. The free album offer would be available for the first million people that installed the app.
Two analysts with firm Macquarie have told Business Insider that Google is looking to increase its revenue from Play Store sales by altering the percentage that goes to carriers, and the percentage that it retains for itself. Google hasn't commented on the rumor, but according to the analysts, developers' income won't be affected.