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Android adoption rates slowing, less than 3% of phones run ICS

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 1, 2012 3:32 pm

Most Android phones, it would seem, are not running the latest and greatest Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. Google recently released some very detailed data about the Android landscape, which included percents of phone OSs that checked into Google Play over a 14 day period. Some of the numbers are surprising.




63.7% of the phones that checked into (used) Google Play over the 14 day period were based on the outdated, yet still functional Gingerbread (Android 2.3). Only 2.9% were running the latest and greatest Ice Cream Sandwich. The adoption rate of the latest upgrade has been slow, to say the least. But why? After all, 850,000 devices were activated per day in February.


Each time a new version of Android was released (historically), the adoption rate slowed. It took 2.1 a month to reach 25% of Android devices. It took 2.2 three times as long (three months) to reach the same point. It took a whopping 6 months for Gingerbread (2.3) to reach the same point. Part of this is due to the Android market being bigger. More people have to upgrade the software than just have new people buy phones.


Another issue is people are locked into contracts which prevent them, without extra cost, from buying a new phone. With it being almost 2 years since the release of many of these 2.1 and 2.2 phones, I would venture to guess that people will go shopping and the adoption of Ice Cream Sandwich to increase. But that's just a guess.

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Smartphone market grows by over 40%, overall market shrinks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 1, 2012 2:05 pm

We know that smartphones are the hot device to have right now, but to have a market grow by 40% when the technology has been around for a while is nothing short of incredible. But, that's just what the smartphone market did this past year ending with Q1 2012. It grew a whopping 42.5%, yet the entire phone market shrunk by 1.5%.




Inside those market changes, companies exchanged blows for market share. Apple and Samsung snatched up over a combined 50%, leaving the remaining to be split among the 4 other major players. Samsung just about tripled its market share over the year, with a huge boost coming from 4Q11 to 1Q12 range.


Apple grew quite a bit across the 3Q11 to 4Q11 where Samsung's growth was flat. You can see how the interplay of the companies has affects on the others. Nokia, RIM, and HTC all experienced general declines to under 10% market share a piece. HTC and Nokia, I would expect, will get a bump on the heels of the successful One and Lumia series.

Download of the Day: Foobar2000 1.1.12 beta 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 1, 2012 12:48 pm

Our Download of the Day is foobar2000 1.1.12 beta 4.




foobar2000 1.1.12 beta 4 is here, with a full change log:


  • Fixed Musepack HTTP streaming bugs.
  • Fixed incorrect MP3 decoder behavior on certain rare files.
  • Fixed crash reporter dialog crash (duh).
  • Detection of proxy server settings from Internet Explorer.
  • Fixed multi-channel FLAC encoding (channel mask now gets preserved).
  • Fixed multi-channel WavPack decoding (channel mask now gets preserved).
  • Now possible to use HDCD & DTS decoder components with ALAC.
  • Changed MP3 tag reading behaviors when multiple tags are present.
  • ID3v2 content now takes priority over APE and then ID3v1.
  • Various time-consuming operations such as conversion or ReplayGain-scanning now prevent the computer from automatically going to sleep (opt-out).
  • Tuned ReplayGain scanner for fast multicore CPU / slow HDD scenarios (beta 4).
  • Fixed Converter misbehavior on files with misplaced "cuesheet" tags (beta 4).
  • Improved performance when playing MP3 files from internet HTTP sources (beta 4).

    You can download foobar2000 1.1.12 beta 4 here.

  • Improved compatibility with Apple's HFS driver (beta 4).

Cyanogenmod 9 is now available for the Tegra 3-powered HTC One X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 1, 2012 12:10 pm

Owner of an NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered HTC One X? Been waiting for Cyanogenmod 9? Today is your lucky day! Cyanogenmod 9 has been released for the Tegra 3-powered HTC One X, with the interface offering a much more stock Android 4.0 ICS feel, with HTC's Sense 4.0 UI locked back in its closet.




With Cyanogenmod 9 loaded, the HTC One X looks more like Samsung's stock GALAXY Nexus, which isn't so much of a bad thing if you're not a fan of HTC's Sense 4.0 UI. The people behind the release, TripNRaVeR of the TripNDroid Mobile Engineering team are the ones who released this particular build, and whilst they've used the open-source Cyanogenmod 9 files, the release is not 'officially sanctioned' by the Cyanongenmod 9 group.


Most functions work on the HTC One X, apart from the camera and Wi-Fi hotspot functions. There is one revision the Cyanogenmod 9 build brings to HTC One X users, is that it remaps the device's hardware buttons. The multitasking button has been reworked to initiate the 'menu' function, whilst the multitasking menu is now made available by holding down the home button.

Peter Jackson is 'meh' toward the panning of his 48fps 'Hobbit' footage, will stick to 24fps for trailers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 1, 2012 11:09 am

Ok, ok, 48fps wasn't well received by critics and users from Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' footage, but that doesn't mean he's sitting in a room crying about it. Most viewers' issues with the footage was that it looked too realistic, or that it felt like it were shot on video.




On top of this, viewers' blamed the blemishes on actors and sets which were all-too-visible without the help of motion blur. Jackson has insisted that the footage lacked special effects and color correction, and that showing the 48fps trailer was too short to judge the increased frame rate.


Jackson has now stated there will be no 48fps trailer, boo. Jackson also adds that he is now "very aware of the strobing, the flicker and the artifacts" when he's watching regular 24fps cinema. This mirrors what I've said before, yes it's hard to go to higher fps, but once you've been there for a while and go back - the old 24fps viewing just feels really bad.

RumorTT: Samsung GALAXY S III's 4.8-inch display caught on camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 1, 2012 10:28 am

The latest teaser for Samsung's GALAXY S III is here, which seems to have taken on a NEXUS-style look. There's not much to go on here, but this shot is posing next to a ruler, so we can get a look at how tall the phone is, and we can guesstimate on the screen size.




Taking into consideration this isn't exact, it looks like the GALAXY S III sports a 4.8-inch display. But, we will have concrete information just days from now, because Samsung has an unveiling event of the GALAXY S III in London. But, that's not all, there's also another photo of the S III, below.




This photo looks very much like Samsung's GALAXY Nexus with its sexy curved design. Whatever is released, you can be sure people are going to go crazy over it. Samsung is beginning to be the new Apple with excitement building, that's for sure.

Mark Zuckerberg has joined Viddy, posts a video of his dog playing around

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 1, 2012 9:28 am

I was sitting around a bonfire at my brothers house last week when my mate Daniel turns to me, laughing, and tells me to check out this new app on his iPhone called 'Viddy'. He said it was the Instagram of video. After showing me Snoop Dogg driving his car and just looking at the road, and various other videos - I could see it had the potential of being an acquisition target by Facebook, or similar.




Now Facebook founder himself, Mark Zuckerberg, has joined the ranks of thousands by signing up for the video sharing mobile app, Viddy. Zuckerberg posted up his first video under the nickname 'Zuck', which featured his dog, Beast, playing around in his house. Zuck's first video received more than 1,200 likes from other users, but this number should expand exponentially should Zuck share it on his Facebook page which sports 13 million subscribers.


A photo of his dog received more than 250,000 likes, with Viddy benefitting big time from such huge exposure. Viddy has also just hit 15 million users, but the celebrities joining the Viddy game are growing by the day. Viddy has just recently had a new injection of funding from rockstar investors such as Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Skull Candy's Jeff Kearl, Jay-Z, and more.

Hitachi/WD announce the storage industry's first 12Gb/sec SAS drive, even The Flash is impressed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: May 1, 2012 8:00 am

Thought the 6Gb/s limit was fast enough? Well, nope. Most SSDs can hit 500MB/sec without a problem, so a jump was needed. Enter Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) which is now a Western Digital company, where they've proudly announced the storage industry's first technology demonstration of a 12 gigabit per second (12Gb/s) SAS SSD.




Yes, 12Gb/s is what I said. SAS SSDs and hard disk drives have a strong bond with SCSI, and continue to be the building blocks of choice for enterprise and cloud-based storage. 12Gb/s SAS takes this one step further by being a broadly supported industry standard that is capable of delivering twice the throughput compared to today's 6Gb/s SAS solutions, all whilst maintaining established, known enterprise protocols and attributes.


One of the features, and limitations, of today's SAS drives is a second interface port that provides additional bandwidth to the drive. With 12Gb/s on each of these ports, a drive could send and receive data at 12Gb/s which would give a total available interface bandwidth of an insane 4.8GB/s per drive. With this speed, you can just imagine what enterprise and cloud datacenters could do, reducing latency, and more.


We should see more info on these drives over time, and I'm sure our storage editor Chris will get his paws on one ASAP. I think he blew a fuse when he received this info.

Acer unveil their new 24" IPS-based display, the Acer B243PWL

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 1, 2012 7:20 am

Acer has just announced their latest monitor on the block, the Acer B243PWL. This monitor features the premium IPS technology for great colors and wide viewing angles, up to 178-degrees both horizontally and vertically which makes it perfect for swivelling, pivoting and multi-monitor setups.




The B243PWL is also EPEAT Gold registered, meaning it has reached the highest caliber of EPEAT certification possible, where it has met all of EPEAT's environmental measures plus at least 75-percent of EPEAT's optional criteria. The B243PWL is LED-backlit which reduces energy consumption by 68-percent than standard CCFL-backlit displays.


Spec-wise, we're looking at a resolution of 1920x1200 and a 60Hz refresh rate. It sports DisplayPort, where it can deliver all of your digital imaging and audio through one small cable. The screen also features both a VGA and DVI connection in case you haven't got DisplayPort on your system yet. Filling out the specs, we're looking at 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and a brightness of 300 nits.


The Acer B243PWL is available through Acer's authorized resellers in the U.S. starting from $329.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 release date leaked, expect it on 11/13/12

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 1, 2012 6:26 am

We all know it's coming, the next Call of Duty title is Black Ops 2, but when is it coming is the question. Every year around the holidays, Call of Duty: Something comes out, and now we have a Black Ops 2 release date to share with you: 11/13/12.




Where did this release date come from? Well, and image of the PS3 and Xbox 360 pre-order cards for US chain Target were posted on IGN. We all know that Call of Duty comes at this time of the year, but now we have some pretty much undeniable proof.


We should expect some Black Ops 2 trailers and details over the coming months.

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