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In today’s conference call after the Q2 2013 fiscal results, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer revealed that Apple products are selling like gangbusters in East Asia. In China and Japan both, iPad sales more than doubled this quarter from the quarter the year prior. In China specifically, iPad sales were up 138% from last year.
iPhone sales are also up hugely since the last year. In Japan the iPhone has secured the top sales spot for the last four quarters. That’s the first time a non-Japanese company has been able to dominate the Japanese smartphone market for a solid year. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company has seen a tremendous amount of interest in the iPhone 4 in China, and they’ve made price adjustments to make it more attractive to what he said was a massive potential market for first-time purchasers.
Apple brought in .8 billion in revenue from China, up 11% year-over-year. That’s in spite of the media troubles that Apple has faced in China, though the company has handled the Chinese government’s reaction more capably than others that have come under media attack in the People’s Republic.
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The folks behind the Pocket app are celebrating one year. To clarify, they are celebrating the one-year anniversary of when they changed the name from Read It Later to Pocket. Regardless of the specific anniversary though, it looks like those who are using Pocket on an Android device now have an update waiting for them. In addition to the app update, this celebration also comes with some interesting comments on sharing.
It seems Pocket users (across all platforms) are now sharing more than 35 million items per month. While that certainly sounds like a large number, the interesting part here is that sharing over email is used more often than sharing over social networks. According to the data from Pocket, users are sharing over email more than twice as often than they are on social networks. You can get an idea of that from the image sitting below, however email sharing is double that of Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr combined.
Of course, these details about sharing seem to connect with the new features. First up, this release of Pocket makes it easier to share content with friends using the Send to Friend option. Those on the receiving end of the share will see the shared items directly in Pocket. There is also a new share menu that will highlight your recent apps and friends.
Shifting away from the sharing aspect and there is still a few remaining goodies. Here we have a feature called Instant Sync which will sync across multiple devices as well as an auto full-screen mode that works in both the Article and Web View. Finally, last up was the unspecified, but always welcomed “bug fixes and improvements.” With that, those with Pocket already installed can grab the update using the Play Store on their device. All others, Pocket can be found using this Google Play Store link.
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New X Phone rumors surface, won’t have customizable hardware; Motorola will reportedly make a Nexus phone this year0
There’s been a plethora of rumors concerning the Motorola X Phone this month. Some have claimed that the X Phone will offers customizable hardware and others have claimed that it’s slated for a November launch. And now another rumor coming from Android and Me is giving us more details about the phone.
This is just a rumor, as we can’t confirm any of this. However, the rumor seems to fall in line with some of the previous reports we’ve seen.
Android and Me‘s sources say that the X Phone’s launch date will be in July. It was originally slated for June, but manufacturing issues have caused a delay. The Wall Street Journal reported on this last year, saying that Motorola was facing “manufacturing and supply-chain management” issues.
The X Phone will have an ‘exclusive” launch in July with a broader launch around Thanksgiving, which falls in line with previous November launch rumors. This could indicate a few things. The device could be sold exclusively online for a time or it may not be available in certain markets until the broader launch in November. If a July launch is in mind, we should hear of it at Google I/O in May.
According to the source, the X Phone will also be user customizable, which follows up with earlier rumors. However, it does not appear that hardware can be modified aside from internal storage. Instead, users will be able to customize the design of the phone with some personalized software settings. Users will be able to order the device in a large quantity of colors while also being able to modify the material of the outer casing. Buyers will be able to pick from plastic, metal and carbon fiber.
Motorola will also allow buyers to further customize the hardware, but not with the first X Phone release. The company may want the idea to take off before getting into something so ambitious like hardware customization, which makes a lot of sense considering that devices could get very costly very fast.
The source says the X Phone will be a formidable HTC One competitor, but it won’t be a Galaxy S4 or iPhone 6 killer. The X Phone brand will, for the most part, be marketed as a customizable phone that is able to connect up to a multitude of Google products, such as Google Glass and the smartwatch. Motorola seems to have more of a focus with software than hardware with the X Phone, so it would make sense to not have top-of-the-line hardware.
Android and Me‘s source also says that the X Phone will feature a Motorola logo on the back of the device, which will act as a touch sensitive button that allows you to launch various commands. There is a very high possibility that this could be true.
A couple of weeks ago, Google filed an application for a patent that would put back panel touch controls on a smartphone or tablet. What the source describes on the X Phone is nearly identical to the description of the back panel touch controls patent.
Another source told Android and Me that Google’s smartwatch could be made available around the time the X Phone launches, which would also make sense since the X Phone is supposed to have some sort of functionality between the smartwatch, Google Glass and possibly other Google products. It’s possible that the smartwatch could be an accessory to accompany the X Phone.
In addition to the X Phone, Motorola will be launching their own Nexus device at the end of the year. This device will not be apart of the X Phone brand, but it is interesting that Motorola could be making a Nexus device, as previous rumors indicated that LG could be making the next Nexus device.
Finally, the source says that Motorola will release more Droid phones release on Verizon this year, as Google inherited an 18 month line of products when the search giant purchased Motorola Mobility.
The rumor could be entirely fake, as the source wasn’t identified nor can the information may be confirmed. However, if the rumor has any weight to it, we should at the very least, hear Google mention its existence at Google I/O in May this year.
Are you looking forward to the X Phone?
I’ve never been affected by any serious malware or virus’ on my Android phone, despite rooting, playing with custom ROMs, and installing the occasional APK downloaded from outside of the Google Play Store. But still the statistics come pouring out decrying that Android is infested with malicious apps and security threats.
Personally I’m in total agreement with Simon Hill; sensible and cautious Android users don’t have anything to worry about. But regardless, let’s have a look at the latest statistics from security experts F-Secure; who of course don’t have an ulterior motive for publishing these statistics, like selling anti-virus software for instance.
Shockingly, Android accounted for 79% of all malware attacks in 2012 according to F-Secure, up from 66.7% in 2011 and 11.25% in 2010. Clearly there appears to be a prevailing trend towards targeting Android, no doubt as a result of the operating system’s growing popularity and open-source accessibility.
iOS, Blackberry, and Windows operating systems on the other hand each received less than 1% of all malware attacks in 2012, which is a pretty massive difference from Android. Ok, but what exactly are we installing which is causing Android so many problems?
We can see that the majority of the malware is coming in the form of Trojans; malware which gains unauthorized access to your device whilst appearing to perform something altogether more desirable. This could be an app which secretly steals and transmits personal information, or a game which tries to install other more malicious applications without your consent. Trojan’s can appear from a large number of sources, including security flaws in web browsers, so it’s not just suspicious apps on the Play Store causing problems.
Other security threats make up much smaller percentages; actively dangerous applications only makes up 1.7% of all threats, and adware accounts for a tiny 2.7%, which is surprising considering Android’s reputation for dodgy advertisement spammed applications.
F-Secure also stated that 21 of the 96 Android threats it identified in Q4 of 2012 came from premium SMS services. These encourage users to rack up additional SMS charges and sometimes even sign unwitting users up to subscription services. It backs up this claim by noting that malware attacks are becoming more and more financially motivated.
Profit-motivated malware attacks now account for substantially more threats than the previously dominant non-financially motivated ones, which could be due to the fact that we are putting far more financial information on our devices than ever before. A problem which could be made worse by the numerous wallet apps being pushed out by developers.
Although these statistics look bad, it’s worth remembering that F-Secure’s definition of malware might be quite different from yours or mine. For example, does an app qualify as malware simply because it requires root access, and therefore could theoretically be a security threat?
I recommend you take this data with a pinch of salt, after all F-Secure certainly has a vested interest in convincing us all that evil is just a click away. Just install a decent free anti-virus app if you’re really that concerned, and relax.
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ZTE is such a dirty girl. They’ll do business with just about anyone, as long as they get some sort of preferential treatment. ZTE was the one and only company to ship a phone using an NVIDIA Tegra 2 and Icera modem. They were also one of the first companies to announce a Tegra 3 phone. And recently they said they’ll be the first handset maker to launch a phone using the Tegra 4. Forgetting about NVIDIA for a second, just last month they announced that the ZTE Grand Memo will be the first device to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.
See where we’re going with this?
Yesterday ZTE made yet another announcement. They’ve signed an agreement with Intel to make a phone using the Atom Z2580. What exactly is so special about that chip? It’s a dual core processor, with each core having HyperThreading support, so Android is going to see it as “four” cores. It also has a wicked fast graphics processor, the PowerVR SGX 544MP2. There’s even an integrated HSPA+ modem that can hit a theoretical 42 Mbps.
So this as yet to be named phone will be fast, but will it stand out from the crowd?
The answer is probably not, which isn’t too surprising. ZTE is known more in emerging economies, but even there they fall behind their Chinese cousins Huawei and Lenovo. We’d love to be proven wrong though, and have this Intel powered ZTE phone be the coolest thing since sliced bread, but we’re not going to hold our breath.
Recommended Reading: Intel’s Clover Trail+: Dual-Core CPU and Graphics Unveiled at MWC
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BlackBerry may have downsized for Mobile World Congress this year but they are there – loud and proud.0
If you are into smartphones and tablets in general you may well have seen from other sites that Mobile World Congress (MWC) is currently taking place in Barcelona, Spain. In previous years BlackBerry have had two large separate areas at the expo but as we detailed a couple of months ago things are a little different for them this time around. Due to the HUGE global launch of BlackBerry 10 that started on January 30th, BlackBerry made the decision a long time ago to not go big at MWC this time around. They are there though and as you can see from the images they have a nice demonstration booth for visitors to the show to come and use BlackBerry smartphones and the PlayBook tablet.
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Today news has surfaced that the HTC One (M7) will be the companies only flagship “One” series smartphone released this year. The first thing that came to our minds was: what about Verizon? We know the new flagship HTC One is arriving on almost all major US carriers in mid March, but now it looks like Verizon might be left completely out in the cold.
Basically they are taking the same route as Samsung and a few others, which is that quality beats quantity. Instead of releasing multiple phones throughout the year, spending millions in research and updates, they’ll just launch a single flagship device. This doesn’t mean we won’t see some mid-range smartphones, this just means they won’t be focusing so much on the high end. We won’t be seeing an HTC One+ anytime soon.
Verizon is the only one left out here. We’ve seen reports that Verizon has their own device in the works, or maybe they’ll only get the DROID DNA which has been readily available for a few months. Recent leaks have unearthed an HTC DLXPLUS, which could be Verizon’s version of the HTC One. Most likely it will carry some sort of ‘DROID’ branding – since this is Verizon and all. Oh and probably a big Verizon logo front and center somewhere too.
What this all comes down to is marketing and brand strategy. HTC will be focusing all of their efforts on this new flagship smartphone we all know as the “One” and we won’t see another one, or the “Two” until next year. At least according to today’s reports. It’s a bold statement and HTC is banking hard on their new smartphone. Will you be buying the One, or opting for the GS IV?
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The recently launched HTC One will be the one and only One phone this year. In other words, you shouldn’t expect a supersized One+ to arrive at some point in the coming months nor should you look forward to a cheaper mid-ranged One-insert-letter-here to hit certain carriers.
The news comes straight from Phil Roberson, head of HTC’s UK and Ireland who went on record to confirm that “this is the One:”
That’s certainly an interesting move for HTC, one that should further strengthen the One brand this year. The Taiwanese company should have done this a few years ago instead of oscillating between various product names that nobody remembers after a while.
Last year, HTC tried to create its own Galaxy-like family, the One handsets, by launching a garden variety of One Android devices that would meet, but that didn’t quite work for the company. After all it does take a few years to build a strong Android brand like Samsung did.
Now it looks like HTC is taking another cue from Apple’s playbook by launching just one flagship device under the One brand. Ironically though, various rumors out there seem to suggest that this may be the year when Apple finally launches more than one new iPhone, therefore slightly modifying its own mobile strategy for the year.
Are you buying the One this year, or are you waiting for something more interesting?
Intel has been making some pretty steady progress with their mobile processor lineup, and now some recent rumors have been confirmed. Today at MWC 2013 Intel has announced they’ll soon be debuting their new Intel Atom dual-core processors, formally known as Clovertrail+. If the ASUS FonePad rocking a dual-core ATOM wasn’t enough, Intel’s now made it official.
Intel has not only confirmed new dual-core Atom processors will be taking the market by storm, but they also plan to release their much improved quad-core variants later this year – yet still be early enough to hopefully compete with the others. The new dual-core Atom is built on a 32nm processor fabrication and will be reaching speeds topping 2.0 GHz.
They’ve also confirmed 1.6GHz, and 1.2GHz flavors and all models will feature Hyperthreading, and GMA GPU’s clocked at 533MHz. Intel hopes for good GPU performance, although it might not top NVIDIA, they should handle most gaming needs, HD video playback, and more. Then Intel also confirmed their new chipset will support cameras up to 16 megapixels, 1080p resolution and higher display support, and much more.
Interestingly enough Intel wants to skip the current 28nm processor fabrication powering most Cortex-A15 processors, and jump right to 22nm for their quad-core chipsets. If they can manage this they might have a serious competitor to the others by the end of the year. We’ve already seen a few phones from Lenovo and Motorola, but we can also expect partners to include ASUS (obviously) and ZTE in the coming months. It looks like between the Samsung Octa-core, NVIDIA’s Tegra 4, Snapdragon 600 and 800, and now Intel things will be getting uber competitive this year. Stay tuned!
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The Chromebook Pixel is real! That’s right Google fans, this week on Android Authority On Air, we discussed what the Chromebook Pixel means for Google. We’re a fan of the hardware, but not all of us are fans of the price. One of the Android Authority regulars has already purchased his and plans on doing a full review later next month. Besides Chromebook Pixel, we hit up Ubuntu Touch which was announced this week. Android fanatics and Ubuntu developers can now download the prepackaged images and flash them on their favorite Nexus devices. On the show we discussed how the Developer Preview of Ubuntu Touch is exactly what it is. A preview, nothing more. Qualcomm and NVIDIA both announced new processors this week and Qualcomm announced what we ended up calling the “God” radio. In Android app news, DashClock Widget continues to gain traction while various extensions appear on the Google Play Store.
This week on Android Authority On Air was a bit of a milestone for us, episode 52. You know what that means, we’re now a year old. So, what did you get us? We like gadget leaks and long walks on the beach… Anyways, for our one year anniversary, we partnered with Cruzerlite for a very special contest.