Our collective blood pressure here at Mobot is off the charts, thanks to the volume of salt we ingest on a daily basis when relaying the latest smartphone news. However, we're duty bound to report even the silliest of the silly.
Whether the nonsense originated from “sources familiar with the matter”, “sources in the supply chain” (a Digitimes favourite), “a trusted source who doesn’t wish to be named”, or straight from the horse’s mouth, our news archives are littered with stuff that simply didn’t happen.
I won’t lie to you here: I didn’t go back and scan through all 6,349,172 of our news stories. Instead, I racked my aging brain and picked five stories that kinda stood out for whatever reason.
Ready? Let’s rock, nonsense-style!
If there’s one thing Jan loves more than Windows Phone 7, it’s analysts making all sorts of crazy predictions.
Back in May 2011, research2guidance suggested that the number of apps on the Android Market would surpass the App Store come August 2011.
However, it was none other than research2guidance who reported that, in Q3 2011, the number of active apps on the Android Market was 319,161, compared to 459,589 on Apple’s App Store.
Why do I remember this story? I have no freakin’ idea.
In the run up to the HP TouchPad’s European launch, HP boss Eric Cador yelled: “In the PC world, with fewer ways of differentiating HP’s products from our competitors, we became number one; in the tablet world we’re going to become better than number one. We call it number one plus.”
Of course, HP ultimately pulled the plug on the TouchPad after just a few weeks, and sold ‘em all off for cheap. Ah well. Better luck with the HP Slate 8, guys.
More crazy talk from overzealous corporate bigwigs here. This time it’s the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play getting bigged up to high heaven after its Mobile World Congress 2011 unveiling.
"The first thing [the Xperia Play] does is put Sony Ericsson firmly back in the game of smartphones," boomed Sony Ericsson’s MD, David “Dave” Hilton.
"It puts our smartphones out there with the latest Android technology, the benefits of that coupled with the best of Sony technology that make using a Sony Ericsson much more satisfying, much more enjoyable and frankly much more cool than using an iPhone."
During Q1 2011, BlackBerry Messenger was quite widely tipped to make an appearance on iOS and Android. Fifteen months later? Er...
While some rumours sounded fairly believable – that RIM would tease Android and iOS chaps with a stripped-down BlackBerry Messenger experience, this story in particular turned out to be a balls-out lie.
A college student claimed that Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of RIM, had chosen a Social Media lecture to announce that BlackBerry Messenger would hit Apple’s App Store in April 2011. The whole thing - including the lecture - was made up. Sigh.
Er, officially we’ll have to see what happens with regards to both of these headlines, but if either of them bear fruit, I will eat Jan’s smelly socks.
Amusingly, we all had a good laugh when Pyramid predicted that Windows Phone would grab the smartphone throne in 2015, but the analysts felt the need to clarify: “Some people have misinterpreted our statement, thinking that Windows Phone (WP) will establish its leadership in 2015. As you can see from Exhibit 1, we actually believe that this will happen much earlier – as early as 2013.”
Amazing. Long may the salty goodness continue.