Philip Elmer-DeWitt on Florian Mueller.

Is he being blackmailed? Has his child been kidnapped? Did he merely sell out?

Not my words…they’re the sub-healine of the article.

I’ve been thinking about writing about this abrubt and sudden shift im Mueller’s reporting too, but I’m glad someone esle did.

Anyhow, I have noticed the same thing, and I’m not sure what’s going on because up until recently Mueller seemed to be more level-headed. His recent articles almost reak of one-sided reporting.
Considering that he has trumpeted Apple’s victories in the past, and also pretty much all Android OEM’s losses it just seems weird.

I’m very interested to see if something else surfaces on this in the (near) future…

Apple was the number 1 mobile phone vendor in the US last quarter.

That’s right, not smart phone vendor, mobile phone vendor.

I have suspected Apple to be at the top spot for quite some time, but this is the first time it’s been confirmed by Strategy Analytics, and NPD concurs.

Ultimately those numbers mean nothing, but it is telling that web usage, app downloads, and other data paint a clear picture.

Apple’s FY12 numbers.

Apple Inc. released it’s FY12 report yesterday:

- Sales up 45%, net sales 156,5 billion, up from 108,2 billion
- Earnings up 59,5%
- R&D 3,4 billion, up by around 1 billion
- Gross margin 43,9%, up from 40,5%
- Cash up 40 billion to 121,25 billion, up from 81,57 billion

Apple is trading at 595 USD at the moment, down from over 700 USD a few weeks ago. Any questions?

Google’s Eric Schmidt must be high.

So, AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg interviewed Eric Schmidt…

Choice cuts:

- Talking about the “big four” of tech…not metal…, and why he left out Microsoft again:

Deliberate.

Counting out Microsoft? Ever? Right.

- On Apple ditching Google maps in iOS 6:

Apple should have kept our maps.

Sure, so you could collect even more data for free, selling it to your customers…the advertising industry.

- On Android phones vs. iPhones:

Four times more Android phones than Apple phones. 500 million phones already in use. Doing 1.3 million activations a day. We’ll be at 1 billion mobile devices in a year.

Really? Last time I checked there were around 250 million iPhones in use, yes, just iPhones. You would think the guy can at least count.
Anyhow: Marked for October 2013 – 1 billion Android phones.

- On FRAND/SEP patents:

I can’t talk about it because I don’t know the details and “because it actually just gets me too upset.” Patent wars are a disaster for all of us. Everyone can find prior art for everything. So the new trick is to get judges to block devices country by country. It’s bad for innovation, it’s bad for choices.

Says the big guy at the company that copies everything, and initiates FRAND patent litigation through Motorola all around the world.

- On integrated ecosystems/devices, and if anyone can compete with Apple:

Google is doing that with Chromebooks.

Yeah, that is working out real well…

- On Google’s “end game”:

We want to be in the center of the information revolution. “The world doesn’t need more copycat products; it needs innovative products.”

LOL! Sorry, had to…

- On which company he would like to be CEO at:

I was on Apple’s board, and I’ll always have a soft spot for them. I was very good friends and very close to Steve Jobs, and we miss him dearly.

Damn…what an asshat.

So, in closing, yes – it seems he’s high as a kite.

Googlerola won’t upgrade the Photon 4G, Electrify, and Atrix 4G to ICS.

Every few months, it seems, we hear a new version of an old story: the maker of an expensive smartphone announces it won’t be upgraded to the latest version of Android, and consumers cry foul.

…and we’re not even talking about Jelly Bean…

…Motorola told customers they would upgrade the phones for 18 months after they came out, a statement that drove sales of the devices. Second, Google owns both Android and Motorola, making it all the more puzzling why the business units didn’t work together to make an upgrade happen.
Finally, there are signs that for some Android devotees, Motorola’s abandonment of its year-old phones is the last straw.

Open.