Narrative: Hardware is Hard

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    Narrative: Hardware is Hard (Jan 24, 2017)

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    Snap Cuts Jobs, Changes Management for Hardware Unit (Sep 21, 2017)

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    ★ Amazon is Reportedly Working on Voice Glasses and Home Security Cameras (Sep 20, 2017)

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    WSJ Reports Early iPhone 8 Production Delays, Apple Said to Deal With LG for OLED (Sep 7, 2017)

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    ★ HTC is Exploring Strategic Options Including Sale of Vive VR Unit (Aug 24, 2017)

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    AT&T Launches Own-Brand Tablet with DirecTV Front and Center (Aug 21, 2017)

    AT&T today announced Primetime, an own-brand LTE-enabled tablet which it will sell under an installment model and allow customers to add on to their shared data plans. The device puts the DirecTV services AT&T also sells front and center, meaning that this is not just an opportunity to sell more connected tablets but also another push to connect its wireless and entertainment offerings in bundles. History here throws up some worries: Sprint and Verizon have seen terrible tablet subscriber growth in the past year because they’re passing the two-year anniversary of when they gave away lots of free tablets on two-year contracts, and customers are now churning in big numbers. This tablet from AT&T carries its own brand, and it’s not clear from AT&T’s press release what sort of specs the device has, but there’s a risk that AT&T sees the same churn in 20-24 months when customers have paid these things off. Overall, I’d also argue that AT&T’s bundling of wireless and entertainment hasn’t worked all that well either for its TV business or its wireless business, both of which continue to bleed subscribers, while Verizon bounced back in a big way in Q2 thanks to its big push around unlimited. That, and not TV/wireless bundles, seems to be what’s selling in the US wireless industry at the moment, and AT&T is the odd one out among the major carriers in not promoting the unlimited offerings it re-introduced earlier this year. I’m not sure this tablet changes any of that, and it feels like another attempt to shoehorn DirecTV into a wireless proposition rather than simply leading with what customers are looking for.

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    Essential Phone Reviews Highlight Challenge of Android Differentiation (Aug 18, 2017)

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    ★ Lenovo Reports Q2 Loss, Flat Smartphone Sales (Aug 18, 2017)

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    Essential Begins Phone Sales, Sprint Offers Discount for 18-Month Payment Plan (Aug 17, 2017)

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    Essential Phone Readying to Ship Within a Week, White Model Coming Later (Aug 16, 2017)

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