The second quarter numbers from ComScore are out, and for the period of time ending May 2010 it seems Android is making some major headway in the U.S. smartphone market. Anyone with eyes could see this, but having numbers on paper is always helpful.
According to ComScore's numbers, Google's Android was the only one to take a larger piece of the pie with their market share jumping from 9.0% to 13.0%. The other big boys like RIM, Apple, Microsoft and Palm saw small drops in their market shares that add up to about what Android saw in their increase. Of course, the third quarter scores will probably look a lot different when the iPhone 4 is taken into account, so Google can't sit on their laurels just yet.
Another Android phone getting ready to hit shelves isn't usually huge news, but a phone equipped with a projector is definitely exciting. Singapore has dibs on the Samsung Galaxy Beam, the first projector equipped phone which will be available from StarHub on July 17th.
The Beam, which was originally dubbed "Halo" when unveiled at the Mobile World Congress, sports a lot of the usual features from new Android phones: 3.7" Super AMOLED display, Android 2.1 onboard with 2.2 a possibility soon, an 8mp camera, WiFI, and Bluetooth. But the pico projector is the big selling point; a Texas Instruments powered DLP setup that can put up an image on a wall from about 50 inches away. In a dark area, the lens can show a video or image 800 by 400 pixels and has enough lumens to throw a vivid 60-inch image onto a wall.
Some are writing Flash off as a platform that is on its way out the door, but Adobe has different ideas. Latching themselves onto the 3D train that has started to become all the rage, Adobe Systems is working hard to implement 3D technology into Flash Player, and plans to demonstrate the technology at the Adobe Max trade show in Los Angeles, CA in October.
Thibault Imbert, a Flash product manager at Adobe, said that the session is "going to be big" and "If you are into 3D development for games, augmented reality or just interactive stuff like Web sites, you just can't miss the session," in his blog. While 3D tools are already implemented into the Flash platform the new platform is reported to take full advantage of new technologies being released in 3D for media and game developers.
George Lucas has pimped out my childhood heroes from Star Wars to some crap products over the years, but the latest pimpage with TomTom for voice packs is very cool. I don't even own a TomTom GPS device and I want one just so I can get this Yoda voce pack.
A video commercial behind the scenes look at the recoding of the voice direction is posted on YouTube. This has to be one of the best commercials I have ever seen. The recording tech at one point tells Yoda, "You're gonna kill people if you give directions like that."
Verizon Wireless has announced that it has added a new netbook to its line of subsidized machines. The new netbook is the Samsung N150. The little machine has an Intel Atom N450 CPU at 1.66GHz and runs Windows 7 Starter.
It has 1GB of Ram, Intel GMA 3150 graphics, a webcam, 160GB HDD, WiFi, and 3G connectivity via an integrated Verizon modem. The netbook also has Bluetooth and a 6-cell battery good for up to 7 hours per charge.
Lots of iPhone users can tell you that the screen on the smartphone is very fragile. Drop it one time onto a hard surface and odds are you will be looking for a replacement screen.
With the new iPhone 4 having glass on the back and front a sturdy case is in order. A new case from Ballistic Cases has surfaced called the Ballistic HC specifically for the iPhone 4 smartphone.
If a design is good enough for your t-shirt, it's apparently good enough for your notebook too. Dell has announced that it has added new designs from the crowd sourced t-shirt design firm Threadless.
Dell has 11 new designs that are available in its Dell Design Studio. The designs are varied and the coolest one is pictured here called "Rocket Bird". The other designs are interesting too.
I kind of like those Leica cameras and their old school looks. I don't like the fact that the things tend to cost in the range of $7000 though. If you are like me and you want the Lecia looks in a cheaper package the Likea MPH might be for you.
The Likea MPH is a much cheaper clone of the camera and uses real 35mm film. There are a couple caveats to that Likea camera though.
So you thought just having an Android phone would solidify your geek cred? Not anymore; with the phones being everywhere you've got to work a little harder. Now Ubuntu on your Nexus One? That will score you the Geek Seal of Approval. A modder at Nexus One Hacks has managed to get Ubuntu up and running on the N1 without even pulling off the Android OS. While it may be difficult to get all your apps to play nicely with Linux (like usual), it's still cool to be able to say your phone dual boots, right? Want to give it a go? He shows you how in the video below:
It's time for the iPod Touch rumors to start making their way across the newswaves. Apple's newest gen of the iPod Touch, expected to hit stores in September, is looking to keep pace with the iPhone 4 with a few features.
According to a couple reports from the UK, the new iPod Touch will include a front facing 5 mp camera, gyroscope for games, and Facetime Chat ability directly from the iPhone 4. The gyroscope, when paired with the Touch's accelerometer, is said to enables additional motion gestures and superior precision for more advanced gaming, according to Apple.