According to an annual study, consumer satisfaction for the Apple iPhone is dropping at the gain of Samsung and Google subsidiary Motorola. The Apple iPhone is seeing a slowdown in sales due to the constant release of new competitive products by Samsung and Motorola.
AT&T is no longer blocking Apple FaceTime video chatting over cellphone signals. The company is also going to support pre-loaded video chat apps over LTE without service plan restrictions. These changes will be made before the end of the year. AT&T will allow FaceTime video chats on their data network only for subscribers on shared family data plans.
Google just announced that it’s shutting down Checkout as it transitions to Google Wallet. This change will affect Checkout merchants, Google Play developers, and Chrome Web Store developers.
Google Play developers and Chrome Web Store developers will automatically be transitioned to Wallet.
Google has updated the Google+ Android app today to match the revamped designs on the desktop version of the social network. Google+ for Android now gives users access to automatic photo enhancements and Auto Awesome while they are on-the-go. Other features that have been added to the Google+ Android app includes instant hashtagging and improved notifications.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) reported in the first quarter that the average revenue per store was around $13 million. This is the highest level for a non-holiday quarter. According to Asymco, Apple hit a record $57.60 in revenues per visitor with around $12 of that figure being profit. Apple is outperforming all other retailers on a per-square-foot basis in the U.S. by a large margin too.
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) has sent a letter to Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management that they will not be providing more information about the company unless the board has determined that their proposal is “superior” to the one being offered by founder, Michael Dell. Carl Icahn and Southeastern partnered to offer $12 in cash per share or additional shares to existing investors for Dell earlier this month. That offered countered Michael Dell’s $24.4 billion bid.
Earlier this year, Google decided to discontinue the social streaming media player known as the Nexus Q. However, a new Google media player gadget has been spotted in FCC testing documents with the product name H840. The product code is the H2G2-42, which is a play on the The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
In one the most recent TEDTalks, Google co-founder Sergey Brin discussed why his team at the company wanted to build Google Glass, the gadget with an eye-mounted camera and computer built into a pair of glasses. Brin opened up his speech with a joke by looking at his mobile phone and saying that he was sorry for looking at an e-mail from a Nigerian prince that needs help getting $10 million. Brin said “I like paying attention to these because that’s how we originally funded the company and it’s gone pretty well.”