While it's not exactly news that Android powered phones are taking a huge chunk out of the smartphone market worldwide, it's always interesting to see numbers on paper to back up the claims. Gartner's worldwide numbers show Android taking 17.8 percent of the market share compared to just 1.8 percent at this time last year.
This puts them in third place and nipping at the heels of Research in Motion, BlackBerry's parent company with both still well behind Nokia's Symbian. Also interesting is that Android was the only single OS to see its market share improve, although units sold were up around the board except for Windows Mobile. With WM on its way out to make room for Windows Phone 7, this isn't too big of a surprise.
The latest happenings from around the web - August 13th, 2010
- Intel Core i7 875 K Performance and Overclocking @ Ocaholic
- Intel Core i7-970 Processor Review, Intel's Lower Cost 6-Core Debuts @ Hot Hardware
- Intel i7 970 @ Overclock3D
- Interactive AMD Phenom product ID guide v1.1 @ OCInside.de
- Sapphire ATI 5770 1gig Flex Edition Video Card @ GeekInvaders
- GTX470 Vs 5770 CrossFire: Get in the ring special @ Kitguru
- Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Flex Video Card @ Ninjalane
- Sapphire HD5770 Flex @ LANOC
Shuttle has just unveiled its newest small PC called the XS35. Shuttle was incredibly famous back in the day for its small form factor systems and cases that sold like hot cakes. The fad wore off somewhat and now the Taiwanese company has a larger range of products more than just its XPC range of small computers.
The XS35 is a nettop style system that looks rather neat and is able to be mounted to the back of your monitor using the VESA mount system. The design was inspired by a starry night concept with air vent holes on the side of the system that are supposed to resemble the night sky. It comes with an Intel dual-core Atom D510 processor installed and next generation NVIDIA ION graphics on the more expensive model. If you opt for the cheaper version, it just comes with Intel graphics.
Besides that, squeezed inside the tiny system is also a slim style DVD optical drive, five USB 2.0 ports, a 4-in-1 card reader as well as a D-sub and HDMI connector. At this stage there are no details available on price or availability. If the price is right, it could be a good little system.
I always thought that the iPhone 4 signal issues were overstated and people getting their knickers in a knot over something that can be fixed rather easily. Many people use a phone case or cover anyway and that alone makes the problem go away. In fact, reporters in countries outside of the United States such as Australia are claiming that they are seeing little to no signal issues with the iPhone 4. Could it be a shonky network in the USA?
Anyway, a few websites have popped up since the issue arose and a new contender is iBand Aid who is selling the Antenn-aid for iPhone 4, which is simply a vinyl sticker for your iPhone 4. They claim when it is placed over the lower left corner of your phone it should improve signal performance.
You can pick up a single kit that comes with seven stickers for 4.95 and 1.95 for worldwide shipping - that is about $9 USD all up. Of course, you could just take a random human band aid lying around the house and cut it to size and it wouldn't cost you a thing. But, I guess you do get a choice of several colors and they are already cut to the right size for you. Has anyone actually tried a band aid they have had laying around? Let us know!
Quakecon isn't just about fragging your opponents on your high end gaming rig this year. The big news out of Dallas today is that John Carmack is developing Rage for the iPhone, and it runs at a buttery smooth 60 FPS.
Carmack demoed the game on the iPhone 4 for lucky Quakecon attendees and stated that the game would be out sometime next year, which is the same time the game is supposed to drop on other platforms. Carmack also stated that he is focusing on iOS devices for now, so Android fans will be left in the dark on this one.
MeeGo first made its appearance on tablets at Computex, and now it's officially loose out in the wild. The OS has been installed on an Archos 9 tablet by the guys at openaos.org and is running. The only that's not working is WiFi capability, but that's supposed to be an easy fix. There's only a few photos to be had for now, but I'm sure some sweet video action will be available before too long. MeeGo looks to be a good OS choice for less powerful tablets that may struggle with other choices.
Wondering if the Droid 2 is a worthy upgrade to your Droid but can't get to a store to see them head to head? The folks at Laptopmag have you covered. Check out K.T.'s head to head showcase of the phones:
The Droid 2 does look to be a little more than a streamlined version of the original; the difference in processor power and improved keyboard make it a good step up if you like your Droid and want to stay with that flavor of phone. Other than learning the bottom button layout, it will be really familiar. But you can handle remember four new buttons, right? The Droid 2 dropped today, so get it now before the inevitable "Will be shipped by" sticker arrives on its photo.
According to a report by Engadget, Microsoft is all set to launch the first public beta of Internet Explorer 9 to the world on September 15 in San Francisco.
Early builds of IE9 have been floating around the internet for a while, but the most up-to-date beta builds and builds that are probably considered too buggy for public consumption, have been reserved only for Microsoft beta testers.
The beta that is apparently due to launch into the wild on September 15 will probably be pretty close to what you can expect to see in the final version. At this stage of the game we have no details on when the final version will be ready.
Tired of having to deal with a keyboard to shoot texts to friends, navigate your phonebook, or do a simple search? Google is looking to make your life a lot easier. Voice Actions for Android has been launched by Google, and it's a lot more than using voice to search or dial a number. Check out the video outlining the features by Mike LeBeau, Google's lead engineer for Voice Actions.
Voice Actions include texting, emailing, listening to music, notes, visiting websites, getting directions, and much more. This program is coming preloaded on the Droid 2 and is available on any phone that is running Android 2.2. This is just one more reason for Android phone owners to clamor for the latest OS update for Android that don't already have it.