This is more of a reminder for those that missed the Android Market leak a few weeks ago . Google updated the Android Market with movie rentals and ebook rentals as well as a few other improvements. The user interface has almost totally changed and is more in-line to Honeycomb and what we must be seeing with Ice Cream Sandwich. Only trouble is no one has got the OTA replace that I’ve heard, but today it’s hitting devices. The leaked market was version 3. 0. 26 and I can confirm my HTC Sensation was indeed upgraded to version 3. 0.
27 this morning along with a few other units operating Android 2. 2 like the picture above. I manually installed the original leak on another phone and it was nearly immediately upgraded by surprise or user action to 3. 0. 27 so this is likely the official version. We originally posted the new market for download available by click here . So this looks to be the ultimate build, version 3. 0. 27 rolling out to devices as we speak. It isn’t hitting phones as fast as I concept but you all need to receive it shortly (if you didn’t already manually update). I will find it available for direct download and will update this post with the download link shortly. What do you guys think of the new market, does it seem to corresponding to panels in home windows Phone 7? check out our new android market review . )
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Google updated the Android Market with movie rentals and guide rentals in addition to a few other improvements. The user interface has very nearly thoroughly changed and is more in-line to Honeycomb and what we need to be seeing with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Only issue is no one has got the OTA replace that I’ve heard, but just now it’s hitting devices. The leaked market was model 3. 0.
26 and i’m able to confirm my HTC Sensation was indeed upgraded to version 3. 0.
27 this morning at the side of a few other devices running Android 2. 2 like the image above. I manually installed the authentic leak on another phone and it was practically instantly upgraded unexpectedly or user action to 3. 0. 27 so this is most likely the official version. We originally published the new market for obtain available by click here . So this seems to be the final build, version 3. 0. 27 rolling out to units as we speak. It isn’t hitting phones as rapid as I concept but you all should receive it shortly (if you didn’t already manually update). i’m able to find it available for direct download and will update this post with the download link shortly. What do you guys assume of the new market, does it seem to similar to panels in windows Phone 7? take a look at our new android market review . )
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Russian company Yota Devices is proud to announce the availability of one of the first, if not one of the most unique, smartphones to come out of Russia. The dual display [#protected_0#] will debut first in Russia and parts of Europe and the Middle East before going to the world next year.
In an unusual reversal of conventions, the YotaPhone is hardly notable from the inside. A 1.7 GHz dual-core processor drives the device together with 2 GB of RAM. It has 32 GB of internal storage, support for GSM and LTE networks, a 13 megapixel autofocus rear camera, and a 1 megapixel front-facing camera. The real treat, however, comes from the outside. On both sides, even.
On the front is an acceptable 4.3-inch 720p screen with a 1280
New forecast data about the number of microprocessor shipments show that the global market for processors will rise to 1.50 billion chips by the end of this year, up from 1.21 billion in 2012. Processors included in the data are traditional chips from the likes of Intel and AMD, found in desktop PCs and servers, as well as mobile System-on-a-Chip (SoC) solutions found in smartphones and tablets. The vast majority of these SoC designs are based on the ARM architecture. Big names in the smartphone and tablet processor market include Qualcomm, Samsung, NVIDIA and Apple.
Although the end of the year is just a few weeks away, the data is still only a best estimate as Q3′s numbers have yet to be finalised and Q4 has yet to finish. However, overall processor shipments grew by 27 percent in Q1 and 24 percent in Q2, compared to their respective quarters in 2012. Q3 is expected to see a growth of around 19 percent and Q4 is forecast to boost the total numbers for the year with a 24 percent growth.
The PC market that traditionally drove the growth of the microprocessor segment has slowed. The new mobile platforms have more than picked up the slack, delivering both large volumes and fast growth for processor shipments.
While traditional desktop PC shipments are dropping, sales of smartphones and tablets are increasing. According to the report by IHS, a global information company, processor shipments for PCs are declining. During the second quarter of 2013, processor shipments for PCs dropped to 84.3 million units, down from 89.9 million in Q2 2012.
The opposite trend is found in the smartphone and tablet market. Based on the shipments for Q2 2012 and 2013, smartphone processor shipments grew by 38 percent from 147.9 million to 204.2 million units. While tablet processor shipments rose from 38.3 million units to 53.5 million, which is a growth of some 40 percent!
“The overall processor market would not be so healthy if it weren’t for smartphones and tablets,” said Gerry Xu, senior analyst, processor research for IHS. “The PC market that traditionally drove the growth of the microprocessor segment has slowed. The new mobile platforms have more than picked up the slack, delivering both large volumes and fast growth for processor shipments.”
The report also mentioned the impact of low-cost devices from China. These smartphones and tablets have boosted the shipments by companies like MediaTek, Allwinner and Rockchip, who are not only seeing success in the white-label market but are also breaking into the mainstream with supply contracts for companies like Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo.
Based in New York – Digital Industries, Inc. has officially put the gaming industry on notice. With the launch of Map Slide, traditional mobile games will soon have developers updating their apps to stay competitive.
Digital Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its latest game app, “Map Slide”. Map Slide is the ultimate slash and slide game app where your finger is your weapon. The game play is simple and intriguing at the same time. The aim is to chop out the green letters that spell the name of a particular country. Players must be careful not to slide out the red letters. The actual shape of the country is the foundation of every level. There are also in-game advances that can help players beat any of the 250 plus levels.
Ben Anokute, President at Digital Industries explains, “People are addicted to their hand held devices, and this is the perfect game to feed the addiction.”
Map Slide is available to download on the App Store for iOS devices. It requires iOS 6 or later, and it is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The app is optimized for the iPhone 5. It will soon be available on all Android devices.
Digital Industries adds, “We spent quite some time developing Map Slide and we believe that gamers will enjoy it as much as we did”.
The game is suitable for all ages.
For further information on the app and to download it, visit website.
* iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* This app is optimized for iPhone 5
* 49.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Map Slide 1.0 is only .99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
Digital Industries Inc., founded in 2013 by Ben Anokute, is a mobile apps development company. They also recently launched another successful mobile game entitled, Man vs Men. Copyright (C) 2013 Digital Industries Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.
For years now I’ve been arguing that market share doesn’t matter in mobile. Only I was wrong. Not about market share not mattering, but about why it doesn’t matter, at least not yet. Charles Arthur, however, does a fantastic job explaining why. The Guardian:
Because it’s easy to measure market share — much easier than measuring installed base, which requires large panels of people who you interview on a regular, repeated basis. (ComScore does this in the US, where it provides a picture of the installed base of smartphone users that is consistent back to the end of 2009. Its figures for the three months to September 2013 show a 51.8% installed base for Android — that’s 76.6m — and 40.6% for iPhone — that’s 60m. It’s not 80% Android; not even close.)
I’d argue a step further, as well. Why is it important how many phones run Android? Is it important how many phones run *Nix? It’s probably going to get to the point where what matters is how many phones can access the Google Play Store vs. the iOS App Store. Whether it one day matters or how many can access the Samsung app store will be something interesting to see as well. In the meantime, read Arthur’s article via the link below.
Today, Blackberry released their preliminary financial results for the second quarter of the fiscal year 2014, and it’s worse than imagined. While nobody believed BB10 would fully resurrect the once mighty smartphone company, nobody expected operating losses approaching billion, either.
According to Yahoo! finance, Blackberry will also remove itself from the consumer market, opting to focus on enterprise and end-to-end solutions instead. They’ll also trim their lineup from six devices to four, with two high-end offerings and two lower-specced phones.
Blackberry will also cut 4,500 jobs, and attempt to reduce their operating expenditures by 50% before the end of Q1 FY 2015.
In addition to the operating loss of 0-995 million, the Waterloo, Canada company will also see a pre-tax inventory charge of 0-960 million, primarily attributable to Z10 devices. Blackberry did make .6 billion, of which half is service revenue, and expects to see revenue on 3.7 million smartphones, primarily BB7 devices.
The company expects their adjusted net loss to hover in the 0 million range, or about .50 per share. At the time of writing, Blackberry stock is currently trading at .73, and has fallen .80 on the day, which is more in tune with their GAAP loss of 0 or so.
This marks an end to Blackberry’s consumer presence, and a sad exit for a once prominent and ubiquitous company. While the enterprise market got them to where they were, programs like BYOD and Apple’s increasingly strong presence in enterprise will prove difficult. Google is also pushing hard, and has many top-tier companies “going Google”. Blackberry may find sourcing contracts for enterprise or government difficult in the current landscape.
It seems even the most obvious solutions for survival may no longer be viable for Blackberry.
The trend in the smartphone market continues with Android leading the sales of smartphones in the United States. Most of that is thanks to the Galaxy S4, but iOS isn’t far behind. Apple‘s iOS is also creeping up, and all set to become stronger competition with iOS 7 and the new iPhone coming later this year. According to new studies, Google’s Android grabbed 52% of smartphone sales in the United States. The figures coming from sales from March through May.
However, it exhibited little growth from the figures during the same time period from last year. On the contrary, during the same time-frame, Apple’s still popular iOS was able to grab 41.9% of smartphone sales in the United States. The figures reveal an increase of 3.5% from that of the sales figure a year back. Some are attributing the gain to the sales from T-mobile offering the iPhone, and not an increase of popularity over Android.
The latest installment of Apple’s flagship device, the Apple iPhone 5 was the best-seller during the three-month period ending May. Despite launching the iPhone just in April, 2013, T-Mobile was extremely successful managing a good chunk of 1st time smartphone buyers. As a matter of fact, 28% of T-mobile users eying to change their phones are considering iPhone as the first option. According to reports.
iOS is followed by the Windows Phone. Microsoft’s Window Phone could get hold of 4.6% market share during the three-month period ending May. Which certainly isn’t much and only a mere 1% gain from what we saw previously reported for last year.
This is just one report of many, during a specific time frame of device sales, so we’ll take it all with a grain of salt. Plus, we already know Android is the best. Right?
Technology research firm Gartner has released its report on world smartphone sales for the first quarter of 2013. The report puts both Android and Samsung as leaders in their respective markets, with Android accounting for 74.4% of all smartphone units sold and Samsung controlling 30.8% of the smartphone market.
Android has continued its stratospheric rise to prominence, with its market share increasing 17.5% year on year. Every other major smartphone operating system suffered losses, except for Microsoft’s Windows Phone, although the improvement from 1.9% to 2.9% probably isn’t the result Redmond was hoping for.
Google’s nearest competitor, Apple’s iOS dropped from 22.5% to 18.2%, continuing its slow decline. Blackberry’s (formerly known as Research In Motion) marketshare was cut in half and Samsung’s ill-fated Bada OS and Nokia’s decaying Symbian, both continued their trip to the operating system graveyard, as they couldn’t even muster a single percent each.
Smartphone sales increased from 147 million units sold in Q1 2012 to 210 million, however, interestingly all smartphone markets declined, with the exception of the Asia/Pacific region, which grew 6.4% year on year. Total handset sales reached 426 million in Q1 2013, an 0.7% increase compared with the same period last year.
Samsung continued its growth, albeit not as record-breaking as we have grown accustomed to, with it now controlling 30.8% of the market. Apple came in second with 18.2% of the market and LG, on the back of its successes with the Nexus 4, Optimus G and Optimus G Pro, rounded out the top 3.
Chinese manufacturers ZTE and Huawei completed the top 5, with device makers Nokia, HTC, Lenovo, Sony and Co. making up the “others” section. Gartner also claims that budding operating systems Tizen, Firefox OS and Ubuntu will not affect the smartphone market in any great manner.
Both Android and Samsung are at the top of their respective food chains right now and it doesn’t look like this will change anytime soon. Samsung has recently released its flagship smartphone in the Galaxy S4 and Android will be bolstered by the introduction of the S4 as well as the launch of the HTC One, meaning it would not come as a surprise if Google and Samsung can muster up even bigger numbers in the upcoming quarters.
Do you think Android can grow even larger than it is now? Will new operating systems affect the market?
Samsung has jumped to the number one slot in most major markets around the world, so it’s no surprise that the company is at the top in an emerging market like India as well. The company’s dominance is evident in the latest market share numbers released by CMR (Cyber Media Research) as a part of their India Mobile Handsets Market Review 2012.
Around 221.6 million mobile handsets were shipped in India in 2012, registering an overall growth of 20.8% from the previous year. Of course, while that number is very impressive, 206.4 million devices out of that are feature phones, which are still extremely popular in a budget-oriented market like India.
That being said, in the past year, smartphone shipments have seen a growth of 35.7% to 15.2 million smartphones compared to 2011, and a whopping 75.2% growth in the second half of the year compared to H1 2012. This stunning growth is, in part, because of the increasing number of smartphones that fall in the 0-0 available from local manufacturers such as Micromax, Karbonn, Lava, and more.
As expected, out of the 15.2 million, 43.1% of the devices were from Samsung, with Nokia a very distant second with 13.3%. With its very popular low-end to mid-range offerings that the company released in India in 2012, Sony managed to push out Blackberry for the third spot, with an 8.2% share of the market.
It’s also important to note that these numbers don’t include any smartphone with a display size bigger than 5 inches, which CMR considers to fall in the “phablet” category, which leaves out the very popular Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 from consideration. While the distinction can be made for devices shipped in 2012, a year in which the “phablet” was still a niche category, things will certainly have to change in 2013, with every device manufacturer, whether internationally-renowned or local, release smartphones with display sizes larger than 5 inches.
With smartphones becoming more and more budget-friendly, the report also states that there could possibly be a 100% growth in smartphone shipments this year, and while feature phones would still dominate, the numbers would fall significantly. With the standard of devices rising, and the competition between manufacturers heating up, 2013 is going to be a great year for the smartphone scene in India!