Unfortunately it's a simple numbers game. Just supporting an app isn't enough. Huge re-writes are for all banking apps are coming very soon. The DFS chairman was on the radio today talking about requiring the next generation of identification protocols for all banking sites and apps. Many will have to be redesigned from the ground up - no small task. No bank is going to commit the resources to this for a platform that doesn't have the user base to justify it.
There is a story on BGR today entitled, "Microsoft’s Windows Phone strategy is as directionless as it’s ever been." According to the article, Microsoft is thinking they just need "another six months or so" for WP to catch on. Oy vey.
Maybe this explains why Verizon took so long to release the 8.1/Denim update for the Lumia Icon. Denim seems to break almost as many features as it added. Verizon skipped the Cyan update completely.
At least I can have the iOS app installed on my iPod Touch and use that from home. But I sure would like to have mobile banking on my mobile phone.
Banking apps are a real issue. I have the Chase Mobile app on my iPhone and love it. Depositing checks via the app/pictures is great for when you get a $5 rebate check from somebody like Staples. Who wants to make a trip to the bank for a $5 check?
Not only is Chase (and others) no longer supporting their apps for WP, but they are actually cutting off functionality of the current version for WP. Just shutting it down! So even if you have an older version installed, it's now dead. Man, that blows!
Samsung just gave away two big differentiators with respect to the iPhone:
1. Removable battery. Samsung fans lambasted the iPhone's lack of a removable battery, citing the convenience of being able to carry an extra battery for long trips, long days at work, etc. No more though. The S6 has gone the way of the non-removable battery.
2. Expandable memory. Another thing Samsung fans pointed to when asked why they chose the Galaxy line vs. iPhone is the expandable memory via miso-sd cards. Ironic that they eliminated this feature just as SanDisk releases a 200GB micro-sd card.
When you figure in the expected short supply of the S6 at launch plus the insanely high price (makes the iPhone look like a bargain), I don't think you need to worry about the Galaxy S6 killing the iPhone.
I'm sure some kind of loss has been baked into NOK's share price for a while. No way to tell what expectations are though. Maybe ANY sale at all will be a positive. Just cleaning up the exit from D&S could be good for the stock and any price at all would be a positive.
I know Nokia is out of the handset business but I still have a romantic attachment to the brand. Even the Microsoft Lumias still have the old Nokia DNA in their design. I used every version of Windows Mobile since before WinCE and always found a reason to walk away disappointed. But WP8 was the first Microsoft mobile os that actually got some things right. Cortana's Bluetooth car integration is the best anywhere - it piddles on Siri - and the WP8 People Hub is the smartest iteration of contact management + social in the business. Lots to love, and the "app gap" is not a big deal for me as I've never been an app hound. Give me my Starbucks app and I'm straight.
I wonder how big a loss Nokia will take on the plant. I bet they're practically GIVING it away at this point, taking pennies on the dollar for the plant. It will be interesting to see how the stock reacts to a final price if/when a deal is made.
My daily driver is an iPhone 6, primarily because I'm a Mac user and because the rest of my family has iPhones. It's the path of least resistance.
I also have a Nokia Lumia Icon (Verizon's version of the 930) that I switch back and forth to. I know Nokia is out of the phone business (for now?) but I was wondering how many of the posters here have stuck with the brand.
I fell in love with Nokia phones back in the heyday of Symbian. I spent several decades after my Symbian days with BlackBerrys and that may be the only platform that could take over my day to day needs, if and when Verizon releases the massive BlackBerry Passport.
And there is no rule that NOK has to trade in exact parity with NOK1V.HE. Market inefficiencies and good old fashioned supply/demand.
Yes, they are just keeping their options open. And with 3.7 BILLION shares outstanding, whats the difference?
Now THAT was funny!
And an iPhone. After the latest revelation about Android malware being able to spy on you even AFTER you think you've turned off your Android phone (story on Yahoo Tech on 2/20/15) folks should RUN from Android.
"Climb Mount Nataka" was the code phrase for attacking Pearl Harbor, issued by Japanese Admiral Tojo.
"Wing Attack Plan R" was the go code for Slim Pickins and his B-52 crew in Dr. Strangelove. The code was issued by the commander of Burbleson AFB, General Jack D. Ripper (played by Sterling Hayden). The code that translated to Wing Attack Plan R, sent to the entire air wing via the CRM114 radio discriminator, was FGD135.
The Eagle Has Landed!! Back to $8, a pretty healthy bounce from $7.50 (6.5%).
I wonder if the plane received a coded message like "Climb Mount Nataka" or "Execute Wing Attack Plan R."
Bonus points to whoever knows who would have send those messages. :)