Android and iOS continue to fight for the US smartphone market and according to a recent NPD study, both companies saw an increase in marketshare for Q2 2011. Android takes 52% of the marketshare whilst Apple plays with its 29%. webOS, Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile all stuck with 5% shares with no yearly change which left BlackBerry OS to have an 11% decline. Google's new toy, Motorola, saw a 3% year-on-year decline, with [surprisingly] the biggest loss coming from Android-based unit sales.
This was a 50% drop to 22% of the market. Interesting, isn't it? Maybe Google can swing things around for Motorola now that they own them. Only time will tell.
Apple's next "absolutely different" product rumored, could we see something revolutionary, magic, again?
Think back before the iPod, could you have imagined how much it would change the industry? What about the iPhone? Could you have predicted that? Well, Makorakara, a Japanese site has published a rumor on what the next "absolutely different" Apple product could be. The rumor contains no detail at all, but here it is:
According to anonymous source in Asian supplier company, Apple seems to be preparing project to release new Mac line-up which is absolutely different from current products until end of this year.
Though this source does not told in detail, this new Mac line seems to be clearly different products from current ones, so new product name could be given.
Now, they say it's a new "Mac line", and if it were up to my "expertise", I would be guessing a touchscreen Mac? Or maybe a touchscreen MacBook? But, personally... if I was in control of this, here is my idea - let me know what you think:
Are wings enough to save Vodafone and Red Bull? Well, we'll find out later this year when another mobile reseller enters the market in Red Bull branding. Vodafone has announced that it has signed up an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) with a difference. The difference? Red Bull branding. This will bring Red Bull branded handsets, "competitive" tariffs" and access to Red Bull TV services through the handset, as well as exclusive ticket access to Red Bull events. Oh and probably, wings.
Red Bull isn't new to this mobile game however, they operate Red Bull MOBILE in Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Belgium, Poland and South Africa. Red Bull MOBILE is slated to launch later in the year with pricing and handset offerings to follow.
Here's something useful from iOS 5! Following the devastating earthquake and following tsunami on March 11 of this year in Japan, Apple has added a new early earthquake warning notification option in their upcoming iOS 5. Japan-based iOS 5 users can turn on early earthquake notifications at the very bottom of the iOS 5 Notification Center settings pane. All that is required is the flick a switch (as shown below in the picture) and if an earthquake hits, you'll get anything from a few seconds to one or two minutes warning before the earthquake hits.
Time profiled Japan's earthquake warning system this year and explains the history of the system:
Japan has the most advanced earthquake early-warning system in the world. A nationwide online system launched in 2007, it detects tremors, calculates an earthquake's epicenter and sends out brief warnings from its 1,000-plus seismographs scattered throughout the country, one of the most earthquake-prone nations on the planet.
For those of us who can't read Japanese, the picture above also says that the feature may reduce your battery life as it is always connected to Japan's earthquake warning system.
It was only two weeks ago that Apple had beta 5 of their upcoming iOS 5 software but now developers can get their dirty mits on iOS 5 beta 6 if they wish.
iOS 5 beta 6 includes new betas for iTunes, XCode and Apple TV. If anyone else spots anything of value on the beta, please comment below! Enjoy! You can grab it here, if you're a developer that is.
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It seems Apple have shrunk the size of the Samsung Galaxy S to make it look more like a clone of the iPhone in their latest Dutch lawsuit filing. As you can see in the picture below, not only have Apple shrunk the physical size of the Galaxy S handset, but they've also gone into the App Drawer so it looks identical to the home screen of the iPhone. Android users will know, this is not how the phone looks like by default, as there is a desktop with widgets - not Apps like the iOS.
Apple have shrunk the Galaxy S by what seems around 10%, to look absolutely identical in physical size to the iPhone so they can cry fowl that Samsung are copying their design. It was only last week in which Apple submitted shrunken pictures of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet from Samsung, in which they filed a picture misrepresenting the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as an incorrect 4:3 aspect ratio, while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is actually a 16:10 ratio.
Apple - are you scared? Well, you must be. How about instead of playing like spoilt bullies, you bring out something that changes the industry again, instead of being stagnant and attacking the competition with lies.
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CyanogenMod mastermind, Steve Kondik has taken a job as a software engineer with Samsung Mobile. Kondik, famous for the range of CyanogenMod custom ROMs which unlock a slew of additional features and functions for Android-based handsets, as well as removing some of the unwanted bloatware that manu manufacturers and mobile networks pump into their handsets.
CyanogenMod has seen over 500,000 installs and Kondik has quite the following because of the additional features and clean look of it's interface. The next questions is whether Kondik will continue his work on CyanogenMod, but he has said his "Side project (CM) is not affiliated in any way with my employer." I've always wanted to mess with a custom ROM with my HTC Desire, but the last time I tried, I fried the PCB. Sob.
Kal-El has been slightly delayed, so we won't see a launch of the chip for a few months yet, but the first tablet based on the new quad-core 40nm Tegra 3 chip, codenamed Kal-El, is going to find it's way into the next-gen ASUS Transformer 2 tablet. The ASUS Transformer has been quite popular, it has near-invincible (almost Superman-like strength?), a keyboard dock with an extra battery and impressive performance all-round. I've been loving my Transformer since I bought it.
NVIDIA CEO, Jen Hsun Huang, said at the last conference call that despite having four cores, Kal-El consumes less power than it's dual-core brother, the Tegra 2. This is a big step for NVIDIA and Huang also said that there are many companies who are working with Kal-El-based designs.
One of the big features ASUS was pushing when it launched the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 not long ago is its durable, scratch-resistant, super tough glass. The screen is actually made out of chemically strengthened "Corning Gorilla Glass" that helps protect it from all the bumps and scratches tablets are prone to get.
A video has just been uploaded to YouTube from ASUS which really puts it to the test, with the ultimate goal being to see how much it can withstand before it reaches breaking point.
Normally the thought of rubbing car keys, coins or wood screws all over one of your shiny gadgets would have you cringing pretty quickly, but as you'll see in the video above, in the case of the ASUS Transformer TF101, all the aforementioned talk about the screen isn't just marketing and it really is quite the durable, protective piece of equipment.......... within reason of course (refer to the end of the video).
Apple's next-gen iPad 3 has been delayed until 2012 due to issues with manufacturing the Retina-based display. DigiTimes is reporting that two Apple supply partners for the screen are unable to reach a good yield. Apple's high-resolution 9.7-inch panel is reported to be cranking out an impressive 2048 x 1536 resolution. Because the screen has a high-resolution, it requires a much larger backlight source to properly illuminate the screen.
Surprisingly, the supply partners who are having issues are competitors to Apple, Samsung and LG. They've both been unable to reach a suitable manufacturing yield on the high-res display. Sharp is Apple's primary provider and were not mentioned with having issues with the screen. It seems Apple want to guarantee a certain minimum level of product supply which is probably why they're holding out on Samsung and LG to get their yields up.
Apple was originally set to launch its iPad 3 in the second half of 2011 with a supply volume of 1.5-2 million units in the third quarter and 5-6 million in the fourth quarter, but Apple's supply chain partners have recently discovered that the related figures have all already been deleted.
Samsung has issued a press release today unveiling the white version of their ever-so-popular iPhone competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S II. The announcement has been expected for a while but is now official. It's specced identically to the black version, but is now available in white. The white Galaxy S II will launch today in Korea and globally sometime in the near future.
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Google didn't just have news today of purchasing Motorola for $12.5 billion, Larry Page also announced that Android has a total of 150 million (that's 150,000,000!!) activated devices worldwide. That's up from the 130 million mark that they hit last month, and Google are continuing to activate over 550,000 new devices each and every day!
To compare this Oranges to... Apples... Apple have only sold a total of 222 million iOS-based devices to date, including the iPod, iPhone and iPad! If we look at the numbers between last month and this month, 130 to 150 million, that would edge closer to 650,000 activations per day... very nice Google. A pat on the green back for you, my friend. Now, release Android 4.x already!
Apple has increased their orders for iPhone's for the 2H of 2011, included in this order is the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4 CDMA and of course, the next-gen iPhone 5. They've increased their order by 12% to a staggering 56 million units. The iPhone 5 is said to consist of roughly half of that, so between 25.5 and 26 million handsets. DigiTimes' source has said that the iPhone 5 orders for the 3Q of 2011 have been lowered from 7 million units to 5.5 - 6 million, whilst 4Q order have been raised from 14 to 20 million.
Total iPhone shipments in 2011 will now tally at roughly 95 million units. That sure is a lot of iPhones.
More details, while unconfirmed, are starting to paint quite an attractive picture on HTC's T-Mobile bound 'Ruby' smart phone, which reports are indicating could be launched as early as late September.
The Ruby Android handset is looking to be quite the feature packed number with rumour of a 1.5GHz dual core processor lurking inside and a 4.3-inch qHD display running a resolution of 960 x 540.
Other reported specs include 1GB of RAM, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, as well as an 8 MP rear-facing camera (with dedicated, separate buttons for video and image taking) and front facing 2MP camera.
The ASUS Eee Pad Slider has become quite elusive, the Transformer has been enjoying its time on the market against the iPad, I have one myself and love it to bits over my iPad. But the Slider that is soon to become noticed on shelves is looking quite interesting too. A recent report from Notebook Italia saw a new product page and it looks like the 10.1-inch Android QWERTY-sporting tablet might actually see a September launch, in Italy.
The Slider is said to be coming in both 16GB and 32GB flavors and hitting possibly price points of 479 and 599 overseas, whilst US-based customers can expect $400 and $550 models hitting shelves. It's said to be shipping with Android 3.1 with a promised 3.2 upgrade, QWERTY keypad, 1280x800 WXGA display, dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of memory, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, USB 2.0, mini-HDMI, microSD card reader, WiFi and Bluetooth.
Acer have today launched the industry's first 7-inch tablet powered by Google's Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) OS in the US and Canada. The A100 sports an incredibly portable sub-one pound design, a vibrant 7-inch multi-touch display and a sleek, thin design that is comfortable to use and take virtually anywhere. The A100 features a 7-inch TFT WSVGA screen that has a 1024x600 resolution and high-color contrast, with a 75-degree wide viewing angle.
The Iconia Tab A100 also has Adobe Flash Player 10.3 pre-installed so that Adobe Flash games and websites can be viewed and enjoyed right out of the box. The A100 also includes a HDMI port so that customers can share and enjoy their tablet on a TV in 1080p, the A100 also supports dual-display. If supported, a game can use the A100 as a controller, while watching and experiencing the game on the larger display thanks to its HDMI output.
Acer's beefy Iconia Smart smartphone with 4.8-inch sized touch screen is finally looking to launch around mid-September, this after much anticipation for months since its Europe unveiling back in February.
The 4.8-inch screen is the biggest, boldest feature of the phone, with a resolution of 1024 x 480 (21:9 aspect ratio). With that said, it looks pretty darn decent across the board really, packing a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8MP rear facing camera with LED flash, front facing 2MP camera for video chatting etc, built-in gyroscope, accelerometer, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, DLNA support and 14.4Mbps HSDPA support.
Running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), the Iconia Smart is said to be launching at 499 (around $705 USD) without any service agreements.
Ice Cream Sandwich has been getting some sweet action lately and now it seems there are some leaked screenshots showing the next-gen OS from Google. As you can see from the below shots, the notification bar has received an overhaul, as well as leaving room for bigger icons and updates. The app drawer has gotten an makeover, with different headers for apps and widgets and an integrated link to the market for easy access.
The IRK36b build packs the following:
Brand-new launcher and app drawer interface
Will launch with Google Shopper and support NFC-capable devices
Gmail has been totally re-themed to match ICS (not pictured)
Nexus S will be receiving ICS via update, but the "Nexus Prime" will be getting it first
Mostly UI changes - many older devices should be able to run it
The apps on the homescreen may be "stackable"
Google search bar embedded at the top of the homescreen, a la Honeycomb