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Android bests Apple


While it might seem that everyone you know has an iPhone, the rest of the world is using Android. News today that Google’s operating system captured 79 percent of the smartphone market in 2013 wasn’t exactly welcome for Apple.

Here are some of the details from MarketWatch’s Benjamin Pimentel:

Smartphones using Google Inc.’s Android operating system remained No. 1 last year, with 79% of the more than 1 billion devices sold in 2013, up from 69% in the year-earlier period, IDC said. Apple’s iOS was at No. 2 with 15%, which is down from 19% in 2012. Microsoft’s Windows Phone was at No. 3 with 3%, followed by BlackBerry with 2%.

It was the first time that smartphone shipments surpassed 1 billion, although IDC also noted that “the era of double-digit annual growth has only a few years remaining.”

The industry group also highlighted an important trend that could be critical for Apple, the growth of the market for cheaper smartphones.

IDC analyst Ryan Reith said sub-$200 smartphones made up 43% of the total market in 2013, up from 31% in 2012 and 21% in 2011. That segment of the market is expected to reach about 54% in 2017, he added.

“It’s practically all Android,” he told MarketWatch. “The low end of the market is going to continue to grow.”

PCWorld’s story by Martyn Williams led with the shipment numbers and said that growth is likely to continue:

The figure, which represents a new smartphone for roughly one out of every seven people on the planet, is all the more impressive when it’s compared to the year before. In 2012, total shipments were 725 million phones, so last year saw an additional 275 million smartphones sold—a jump of 39 percent over 2012.

“I think there is still some energy to be had,” said Ramon Llamas, one of the IDC analysts who worked on the report. “Last year we saw pretty similar growth. It bodes well for the market.”

IDC estimated that 79 percent of smartphones shipped in 2013—just under four out of every five—were running Android.

In the global market, second-ranked Apple iOS isn’t even close. Apple devices accounted for just over 15 percent of shipments at 153 million, an increase of 13 percent on the previous year.

However, the Apple number compared to Android isn’t perhaps as bad as it seems. The company managed that market share from a handful of phones that are generally the most expensive on sale in any market.

Even Nokia, which is being acquired by Microsoft, is getting into the Android game, according to a Bloomberg story by Adam Ewing:

Nokia Oyj (NOK1V), whose mobile-phone business is set to become part of Microsoft (MSFT) Corp., plans to introduce handsets that run on the Android operating system made by the software maker’s rival Google (GOOG) Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

The Finnish manufacturer is preparing to present more than one lower-end Android smartphones this month to tap into growth in countries such as India, said one of the people, asking not to be named because the devices haven’t been made public. The phones, which will have access to a Nokia application store rather than that of Google’s, are set to be announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which starts Feb. 24.

Nokia has struggled to win back users from Android devices and Apple Inc.’s iPhone with its Lumia smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows software. Cheaper Android devices from manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) have gained customers at Nokia’s expense in regions such as Asia.

Doug Dawson, a spokesman for Espoo, Finland-based Nokia, declined to comment on the company’s Android plan.

The move means Microsoft is set to own a business that makes phones using software from one of its fiercest competitors. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, is aiming to complete its purchase of Nokia’s handset unit this quarter.

But as Tom Warren points out in a story for The Verge, this might not be so shocking since Microsoft may be considering allowing Android apps on Windows phones:

Of Microsoft’s many challenges in mobile, none loom larger than the app deficit: it only takes a popular new title like Flappy Bird to highlight what the company is missing out on. Windows 8 apps are also few and far between, and Microsoft is stuck in a position where it’s struggling to generate developer interest in its latest style of apps across phones and tablets. Some argue Microsoft should dump Windows Phone and create its own “forked” version of Android — not unlike what Amazon has done with its Kindle Fire tablets — while others claim that’s an unreasonably difficult task. With a new, mobile- and cloud-focused CEO in placeNokia’s decision to build an Android phone, and rumors of Android apps coming to Windows, could we finally see Microsoft experimenting with Google’s forbidden fruit?

Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company is seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone. While planning is ongoing and it’s still early, we’re told that some inside Microsoft favor the idea of simply enabling Android apps inside its Windows and Windows Phone Stores, while others believe it could lead to the death of the Windows platform altogether. The mixed (and strong) feelings internally highlight that Microsoft will need to be careful with any radical move.

What’s clear from all of this is that Android is the true king of the smartphone market, something app developers need to continue to pay attention to as they make new games and ways to make life a little easier. It’s also something for large, multi-national firms to consider as they develop and work on their apps. As more people enter the content game, those who have the best means of deliver will win the battle for people’s attention.


Bloomberg seeks tech reporter in Tokyo


Bloomberg News seeks a technology reporter in its Tokyo bureau to cover the technology industry.

Knowledge and understanding of technology, media and telecommunications companies is essential. Business reporting at a major newspaper or wire service is preferred.

The successful applicant will be required to break news, handle daily coverage and write enterprise pieces, including trend stories and profiles of the industry’s biggest newsmakers.

Candidates should have the ability to work under real-time deadline pressure while maintaining attention to detail and accuracy. They should also have superior reporting and writing skills.

- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
- Journalism qualification is preferred
- Experience in reporting or writing business news is preferred
- Knowledge of the economy, financial markets, business and technology is desirable
- Experience working in a real-time news environment is preferred
- Proficiency in English and Japanese is a plus.

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WSJ hires Barr from USA Today to cover Google


Wall Street Journal technology editor Jonathan Krim sent out the following staff announcement on Monday afternoon:

As all of us know, Google is a rather large establishment. In recent months, it has gotten even bigger, with broader ambitions and forays into areas well beyond its core business. The sheer scope and size of this company is such that no individual reporter can be expected to be on top of it all. And so we are adding a second reporter to the beat, to work side by side with Rolfe Winkler on this critical mission.

I’m delighted to announce that Alistair Barr, a seasoned tech reporter with a penchant for scoops, will be joining us next month. Alistair currently is senior tech reporter for USA Today, and before that covered e-commerce at Reuters. Originally from Great Britain, Alistair began his reporting on the finance side, working for Kiplinger’s, Bloomberg in London and then Marketwatch for several years before joining Reuters.

In his spare time, Alistair likes to grow vegetables and ski, presumably not at the same time.

We look forward to the formidable WinklerBarr partnership doing great things on this amazing beat.

Barr had joined USA Today in August.

Venture Beat

VentureBeat names new ME, hires new staffers


Tech news site VentureBeat announced several new appointments among its editorial staff, including a new managing editor.

These appointments come on the heels of a record year for the outlet, which saw a 48 percent increase in audience reach.

“I’m really psyched to see what this team comes up with in 2014,” Dylan Tweney, editor-in-chief of VentureBeat, in an email. “Reilly scored a nice scoop with his very first story — about how the NYPD is beta-testing Google Glass. Harrison has only been here a day and a half and he’s already published six stories. Jolie and Devindra have shown great leadership over the past few years. And the edit team is fired up. It’s exciting to work with journalists this passionate and committed!”

The promotions and new hires are:

  • Jolie O’Dell, managing editor: O’Dell joined VentureBeat in 2011. Previously, she was at Mashable and ReadWrite. O’Dell has authored four books, including two books on consumer technologies, and is an active and passionate speaker at technology conferences such as DEMO, Intel’s AppUp, Node Summit, and VentureBeat’s many conferences.
  • Harrison Weber, news editor (New York desk): Weber is a journalist based in New York City. A former Editor for The Next Web, he most recently helped launch FullStart, an education-focused publication powered by 100+ contributing entrepreneurs. Weber has been profiled by Forbes, Business Insider and Pando Daily.
  • Devindra Hardawar, senior editor: Hardawar started VentureBeat’s New York bureau in 2010. As Senior Editor, he is focusing his expertise on mobile hardware and software. Hardawar is a regular guest on NPR, and has appeared as an expert source on CNBC.
  • Christina Farr, investigative reporter: Since 2012, Farr has broken some of VentureBeat’s biggest stories. Among them, an exclusive first look at the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which landed VentureBeat on the TODAY Show, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, BBC,  USA Today, The Guardian and countless other outlets around the world. Prior to VentureBeat, Farr was a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, The Next Web and Digital Trends. She has also appeared on CNBC, ABC and Fox News.
  • Richard Byrne Reilly, reporter: Reilly joins the San Francisco desk of VentureBeat to cover Apple, Facebook, Twitter and other leading technology companies. His work has appeared in New York magazine, FoxNews.com, the New York Post, Red Herring, the San Francisco Examiner, the Pittsburgh Tribune, and many other publications.

Other recent appointments include reporters Jordan Novet (eg-GigaOm) and Eric Blattberg (ex-Crowdfunding.org), who joined the team in late 2013. Together, Novet and Blattburg fill out VentureBeat’s coverage of enterprise cloud and big data technologies.

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Reuters seeks Apple reporter


The Reuters San Francisco Bureau is seeking a top-notch beat reporter to lead coverage of Apple, one of the world’s most interesting and important companies.

The position also involves working closely with bureau colleagues in covering the remarkable array of business and technology developments that are currently under way in Silicon Valley.

The successful candidate will be an experienced business reporter who is equally comfortable handling fast-breaking news and deep enterprise reporting. The ability to develop sources, break news, write quickly and clearly, and work effectively with a highly secretive company are essential.

Creativity with story ideas, discernment in deciding what’s news and what isn’t, and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in San Francisco, New York and multiple bureaus in Asia are also crucial.

The Apple beat is among the most competitive in all of journalism, and thus the successful candidate must be someone who thrives on that competition and is willing to go the extra mile to break news.

The position also involves occasional coverage of everything from plane crashes to sporting events, depending on the bureau’s needs.

To apply, go here.


Bloomberg seeks tech reporter in Madrid


Bloomberg News seeks a technology reporter for its Madrid bureau.

The ideal candidate will develop sources at Spain’s telecommunications, technology and media companies to break news on corporate moves such as M&A, personnel changes and industry alliances.

He or she will work closely with colleagues in the pan-European technology team to break news and write enterprise pieces, while also contributing to the bureau’s broader coverage of Spanish news.

-Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
-Proven track record breaking news
-Experience working in a real-time news environment is preferred
-Fluency in English and Spanish, and the ability to write concisely under deadline pressure in English is essential.

To apply, go here.

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Weber of Reuters joining The Information as ME


Jonathan Weber, a veteran editor and journalism entrepreneur and who is currently West Coast bureau chief for Reuters, will be joining the tech news site The Information as managing editor.

Jessica Lessin, the founder of The Information, writes, “Jonathan is the perfect fit to oversee our newsroom and help me chart our editorial vision. He’s highly respected throughout Silicon Valley and the media industry as a sharp editor and deep thinker about the future of news–and in fact was someone that a number of people told me I should try to hire when I was starting The Information. He’ll join in early March. You can follow him on Twitter here.

“Jonathan caught the entrepreneurial bug long before we did. After a stint as a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times, he served as co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Industry Standard, an icon of the dot-com era that set a high standard for business journalism about the tech industry.

“He later founded New West Publishing, an online journalism venture that covered politics, culture and business in the Rocky Mountain West. He was also co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Bay Citizen, which published a slew of important investigate stories about the Bay Area. At Reuters, he has overseen coverage of Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and a range of other topics including municipal finance and West Coast energy issues.”

Read more here. The Information is also hiring Tom Dotan of the Los Angeles Business Journal.


Dealreporter seeks tech reporter


Dealreporter, a digital news service that is part of the Mergermarket Group, has an opening for a business journalist to cover companies in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors.

This role is entirely focused on original reporting and is a great opportunity for a reporter looking to move into an investigative journalism position in a high-profile beat. There is no aggregation or re-writing of other news reports in this position.

Articles may range from an exclusive report on companies for sale to analyzing how a new product will impact the fortunes of companies. Dealreporter stories are read by major hedge funds, institutional investors, investment banks and corporations.

The right candidate will work with a team to generate original story ideas, make new sources and quickly pick up financial information. Overtime, the candidate will have an opportunity to develop industry executives, private equity/venture capital executives or M&A advisors as sources. The right candidate should be as happy reporting a story independently as working with a team of reporters based around the world. The ideal candidate will have previous experience working at a technology or financial news service, website or newspaper. Candidates with experience working as a sellside or buyside financial analyst will also be considered.

Key Skills:

  •  Keen interest in the business of technology
  •  Ability to interview senior executives and dealmakers
  •  Strong aptitude for understanding SEC filings, balance sheets etc
  •  Ability to pick up on trends and develop original angles for stories

This role can be based in either New York, San Francisco or Washington DC.

Please send your resume and cover letter to Ed Mullane, TMT editor, at ed.mullane@dealreporter.com. Successful applicants will be invited to send clips and for phone interviews.


Investor’s Business Daily seeks tech reporter


Investor’s Business Daily is seeking a full-time technology reporter for its Silicon Valley bureau, located in Sunnyvale. The ideal candidate has a strong grasp of technology issues, an interest in the stock market and knowledge of financial statements. Candidates must understand how businesses and financial markets work and be familiar with key technologies, industry players, current conditions and trends.

We’re looking for people who are thorough, know how to find information, can win access to important people and can pull telling details from them once they land the interview. We want people who can recognize the not-so-obvious stories that no one else sees. Speed is essential to meet deadlines for the IBD newspaper and its website, Investors.com. We will provide training on using computer databases and stock charts to analyze technology companies and glean trends.

IBD is a national newspaper and financial website known for innovative coverage and fact-based analysis of the stock market, economy, business and public policy. We offer an environment that encourages and rewards learning and professional growth, the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how to invest successfully, and the prime location for any technology journalist, Silicon Valley.

At least three years of relevant journalism experience is preferred but will consider other candidates with strong skills. A four-year college degree is required.

Submit resume, cover letter and at least three writing samples to IBDnewsjobs@investors.com. Writing samples can be attached as Word documents or PDFs or pasted into the message. Please put Tech Reporter in the email subject field.


Business Insider seeks tech reporter for paid service


Business Insider is looking for a driven and resourceful Tech Reporter to join a new reporting team at our paid industry research service, BI Intelligence.

This journalist will be tasked with developing a deep network of tech industry sources and writing and reporting high-impact industry news, including briefs for our daily morning newsletters aimed at mobile computing and digital payments professionals.

What Is BI Intelligence?

BI Intelligence is a subscription research service from Business Insider that provides in-depth analysis and trade news about the tech industry. The service has experienced rapid growth since its launch in mid-2012, and has expanded from its original focus on mobile computing to cover additional tech-related topics, including digital payments and video. Check out BI Intelligence here.

Who’s Right For The Job?

The candidate must have enough experience to hit the ground running and make an immediate contribution. Recent college or journalism school graduates will only be considered if they have completed stints as interns or at school papers, and demonstrate a knack for business journalism. The right candidate will demonstrate a track record in mastering a news beat, and producing scoops. Knowledge of the key tech and mobile industry trends is a big plus.

The ideal Tech Reporter will feel comfortable speaking daily with top leaders and analysts across all the areas we cover, including mobile computing, digital payments, and e-commerce. This person will be an excellent writer who can turn out clear copy that simplifies complicated issues and industries, without dumbing them down.

Desired Skills & Experience:

If this role is for you, here are some of the other traits you must possess:

  •     One to three years experience as a business, tech, or trade reporter preferred. Recent college or journalism school graduates will be considered only with an established track record in professional-quality business reporting
  •     An ability to identify the news and information that is ahead of the curve and will help our subscribers do their jobs better
  •     Ability to write clearly and rapidly about complicated topics, without becoming bogged down in jargon
  •     A passion for detail and accuracy, and an intolerance for sloppy or poorly sourced reporting
  •     Persistence and creativity in reporting — the kind of doggedness that turns tips or hunches into scoops
  •     Ability to work in a team-oriented and fast-paced environment, alongside analysts and editors
  •     Bachelor’s degree or higher. College-level knowledge of statistics, calculus, accounting and/or economics preferred


  •     Comfortable with all aspects of modern beat reporting: phone interviewing, attending industry events, cultivating insider sources online and offline.
  •     Experience interviewing CEOs and top entrepreneurs
  •     Solid grounding in business analysis fundamentals
  •     Strong communication skills
  •     An interest in data-driven stories and trends
  •     Knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint is helpful, but not required

The Tech Reporter will report to the Senior Reporter, who will head a team of industry/trade reporters at BI Intelligence. The role is full-time and based in our New York City offices. No requests for off-site or part-time work will be considered.

This role offers a unique opportunity for an early-career business journalist who is interested in writing for an influential and sophisticated industry audience that already numbers in the thousands, with exposure to the Business Insider audience approaching 40 million. It’s also an opportunity to help build a service that’s redefining what a professional tech research service can be.

If interested, please email a short cover letter, two published clips or writing samples, and a resume to BI Intelligence Editorial Director Marcelo Ballvé (BIIJobs@businessinsider.com). Please include Tech Reporter in the subject line.