Your Thursday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.
Nokia sells Vertu, shuffles execs, announces plans to cut 10,000 more jobs (via BGR)
Nokia lost $1.2 billion in the fourth quarter last year and another $1.7 billion in the first quarter as the company attempted to regain its footing in an industry that passed it by several years ago. The vendor has shed thousands of jobs recently, and on Thursday Nokia announced it will lay off 10,000 more workers between now and the end of 2013 as it reshuffles a number of executives.
iOS app success is a “lottery”: 60% (or more) of developers don’t break even (via Ars Technica)
Ouch. It appears Apple’s success is not exactly fuelling a trickle down economy. Interesting to compare these numbers to what’s happening on Windows Phone and Android.
Microsoft Windows 8 tablet unveiling said to be slated for Monday (via BGR)
Microsoft sent out a press invitation on Thursday for a “major announcement” slated to take place in Los Angeles on Monday, June 18th, and All Things D is reporting that it will center around Windows RT-based tablets. According to All Things D, Microsoft is expected not just to show off its ARM-based Windows 8 tablets at the event but also to “highlight some of the kinds of programs and services that will run on the products, according to sources outside the company.”
Nokia Versus Android: Death by a Thousand Cuts (via ReadWriteWeb)
iPhone was just a harbinger of Nokia’s dire situation. The company’s real undoing has been the rise of Android. This is where Google’s proxy army, its manufacturing partners, comes into play. Nokia has had to battle several giants in its effort to secure a beachhead in top-of-line smartphones and consumer mindshare.
iZettle Releases an API, Making it An Even Better Square Competitor (via BetaKit)
European Square rival iZettle today announced the availability of its API for developers, meaning that third-party software makers can incorporate iZettle-processed payments into their own applications, so that payments can be completed directly in third-party apps, rather than requiring a user to jump out to iZettle’s own software or complete the payment by other means offline.
Carat: The Brilliant App That Increases Your Battery Life By Showing What Other Apps To Kill (via TechCrunch)
“Kill Pandora – Expected Battery Life Improvement: 1 hour 50 minutes” This is what you’ll learn from Carat, an incredibly useful free new iOS and Android app that’s the first to give you personalized mobile battery life-saving recommendations.