The Android vs. iOS war seems to be never ending. Today Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt said that Android is willing the war against iOS. This news comes after Android snared 72 percent of the market in the third quarter of 2012, while Apple had 14 percent, according to Gartner Inc.
"This is a huge platform change; this is of the scale of 20 years ago -- Microsoft versus Apple," he said. "We're winning that war pretty clearly now." These remarks directly reflect Google's ever growing confidence in Android as a viable marketing platform. Google's strategy of giving away its OS and letting the profits from device sales which run the OS go completely to the device manufacture seems to be paying off.
"The core strategy is to make a bigger pie," Schmidt said. "We will end up with a not perfectly controlled and not perfectly managed bigger pie by virtue of open systems."
RIM are getting ready to ramp up the BlackBerry experience with their BB10 handset, teasing that they're "Re-designed. Re-engineered. Re-invented". Let's just hope that this is enough to compete with the seriously tough competition.
Well, this image has arrived as a slight teaser on the new BB10 handset, and is parted of the registration campaign for news updates on BB10. Apart from this there's nothing more to add, but the huge reveal will take place on January 30.
So we'll see in just over a month if RIM can compete in a very different market - something I'm not convinced they'll be able to pull off. But, I guess we'll have to wait and see.
It looks like Microsoft's Windows Phone might be selling a bit better than some people were expecting. Previously, blogs had used the publicly available monthly active user count to figure out a ratio between users of the Windows Phone Facebook app and the total number of handsets sold.
WMPowerUser has again used this method to approximate the number of devices sold since October, and the number is promising:
Using the number of Monthly Active Facebook users as a guide, we can see around 627,000 MAU of the built-in Facebook app has been added since the 1st October 2012, the start of the quarter. Last year over the same period less than 150,000 was added by the 15th December.
Using the same ratio of 6.756 handsets per active Facebook user, The Next Web arrives at an estimate of just over 4.2 million handsets sold since the beginning of the quarter. WPPowerUser actually places the number higher, around 7 million, meaning that we could actually see over 10 million Windows Phone devices sold this quarter.
Microsoft may again be relevant in mobile.
Oh, God. The iPhone 5 was just released a couple of months ago, yet rumors have already started up for its successor. Rumors are placing the next iPhone5 as launching in June of 2013. The rumor comes courtesy of Jefferies analyst Peter Misek's note released earlier this morning.
He has predicted large things for Apple, including saying that Apple TV was in full production and would be released by the end of the year, something that has seemingly proven false. However, he predicted that an iPhone 4S was coming while everyone else predicted that the iPhone 5 would be the next device.
Chalk that up as a win. So, in his note he says to expect the new iPhone 5S to come with a new "super HD camera/screen, a better battery, and NFC." He's also expecting "possible updates [to] include an IGZO screen for Retina+, 128GB storage." He predicts that the device will make a showing in June, 2013 and be available in 6 to 8 colors, much like the new iPod Touch is.
Apple better not release this new device so quickly after I bought my iPhone 5!
Amazon has discounted the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" by $50 for today. The e-reader turned tablet has been a staple in Amazon's lineup and they are surely trying to capitalize on the holiday shopping by discounting it for today only. If you head over to Amazon, you'll get a $50 discount off of the 8.9" model.
This means you can pick up the entry level WiFi model for a mere $200, which puts it at the same price point as the Google Nexus 7. The deal is only sticking around for today, so you'll have to make a decision quickly. Use promocode "FIREHD89" (without quotes) during checkout to receive the discount.
Samsung and Apple aren't the only smartphone powerhouses around, you know, there are other players at the moment - they just don't make the same headlines.
Well, LG are here - and they've announced that they've sold 10 million units of their "L-Series" of handsets. LG's L-series is the company's low- to mid-range set of devices, with their G-series enjoying the higher end of the market.
Sure, the more expensive, more powerful G-series devices are great - but the low- to mid-range market is still a very big market. As you can see from the 10 million sales, they're selling quite well. We have reviewed one of the L-series, the Optimus L5 right here. We'll have reviews on the Optimus L5 and L7 in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
CES 2013 is nearly here, and we know Samsung is going to show off some seriously cool new gear - but what should we expect? A new tease at the Galaxy S IV? 4K TVs? Something else? Well, they've got a new teaser video, which you can watch below:
The teaser is dubbed "Get Ready" and says that "the world awaits" - yes, yes we do await. Then a bunch of words flash across the screen, including innovation, dream, wonder, something new, ideas, design, technology, dreams, the future - and most of all, GET READY.
January 8-11 bashes onto the screen, and voila - finished. What should we expect? Something new interests me - I'd love to see something new from Samsung, and that excites me. What would you like to see from Samsung at CES 2013? We'll be there, reporting from the show floor.
Stand alone MP3 players have all but gone the way of the dinosaurs with the surge of smart phones that have built in MP3 playback. The problem for this is most of us like to listen to our tunes while we work out or do other activities where large smart phones get in the way. Samsung has just launched the new Galaxy Muse MP3 player that should solve this problem.
The Galaxy Muse pairs up with Galaxy smart phones, allowing one to use their purchased music during times when a large smartphone is not ideal. Users simply have to sync the Muse with their Galaxy smartphone eliminating the need for a PC to sync with.
Measuring in at 1.7 inches tall by 1.25 inches wide and weighing a mear .48 ounces, the Galaxy Muse will fit comfortably almost anywhere. Unlike most small portable MP3 players the Muse requires no special case to attach it to your clothing thanks to a small clip on the back side. In addition the Muse offers 4Gb of storage space to hold your entire workout music collection! The Galaxy Muse is available now and is offered in white or blue to match your new Galaxy S III.
Samsung are going to roll on with a great 2013, as the Galaxy S IV is already being teased to sport an unbreakable display. The news comes from Reuters, who reports that Samsung "is likely accelerating the launch of it's next-generation flagship Galaxy smartphone - which may come with an unbreakable screen".
The new phone has a cool codename of "Project J", after the mobile division chief JK Shin. Development of the Galaxy S IV could see the light of day in April, according to analysts and tech blogs, reports Reuters.
An unbreakable screen would surely set Samsung apart from the competition - which tout unscratchable screens sporting Gorilla Glass 2, or similar tech. The Galaxy S IV is also set to boast an even bigger display, 13-megapixel camera and a faster quad-core processor. Pixel density on the display should push numbers up to 441 pixels per inch (ppi), which is a massive improvement from the current Galaxy S III which features a pixel density of 306 ppi, and blows the iPhone 5's 326 ppi out of the water.
It wasn't too long ago that most scoffed at the thought of a 5-inch smartphone, but look at where Samsung have taken it with their Galaxy Note range of smartphones. Huawei are now stepping up to the mantle with news of a 6.1-inch smartphone.
The phone would sport a 6.1-inch Full HD 1080p display and a Huawei-designed 1.8GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. Huawei's Senior Vice President, Yu Chengdong, confirmed that the company was working on the 6.1-inch smartphone when speaking with Chinese social network Weibo, on Wednesday.
Chengdong added that the smartphone would be more powerful than its closest competitor, the Galaxy Note II, and would sport a "cooler" design, slimmer bezel, better grip, more stunning display and longer battery life. He said that consumers who are interested in grabbing a bigger smartphone should wait for Huawei's 6.1-inch device, as it's better and most of all, cheaper. It has been reported to have the name Ascend Mate, and would be announced at CES in January 2013.
If you're looking to pick up a new iPad mini for Christmas, now may be the time to do so. Apple has reduced the estimated shipping time down to one week for those in the United States and Canada. This could be because either supply is catching up to the demand or the demand for the products has slipped.
Either way, the iPad mini is expected to ship one week after the order is placed. Other countries are still facing a two-week shipping delay, so Apple could be prioritizing US shipments over the rest of the world. However, the cause of US shipments dropping to one week will likely lead to the other countries' shipment times being reduced as well.
As we previously reported, iPhone 5 supply and demand are starting to equalize, though the iMac, released last week, continues to see shipping estimates slip later and later. Apple warned that the iMac supply would be severely constrained until well into next year.
Just as we all know the sun will rise and set every single day, we know Apple is always working on a new iPhone. The iPhone 5 released this past September, but already we're hearing of a possible leak of an image of the new iPhone, which as of now is being called the iPhone 5S.
A french website called Nowhereelse.fr spotted the images on the iPhone5Parts forums where the supposed iPhone 5S' innards are put side-by-side with the original iPhone 5.
I've labelled this as a 'RumorTT' post, but in case you read past that - here's some salt, too. According to an Ingram Micro source, OS giant Microsoft could be forced to ask retailers and distributors to move a tonne of their Surface stock, which is said to be around three to five million units, that have all been rejected by consumers.
According to the source, Microsoft may be forced to pull a "HP" and sell millions of units at "ridiculously" low prices. If you remember, back in August last year, HP dumped thousands of their poorly received TouchPad's for just $99. Ingram Micro is a distributor of Microsoft products, and have said that the company are looking at multiple options to get the stock flowing.
What gives this rumor more credit is that Microsoft have been utterly silent on sales numbers for Surface, but on the same day Surface was unleashed to the world, Windows 8 was, too. Microsoft have been quick to talk up the Windows 8 numbers - so why not Surface? Unless it's not doing well, you'd want to rub it in your competitors' faces, wouldn't you? Analysts are claiming that if Microsoft were capable of manufacturing between three to five million units to sell in Q4 2012, they're going to have between two to four million left by the years end.
With supply constraints on the iPhone 5 finally easing for Apple Inc. (AAPL), there's no better time than now to debut the iPhone 5 to more than 50 additional markets throughout this month. With shipping delays easing from four weeks to just 2-4 business days, Apple could be on target for their best quarter, ever.
Suppliers are estimating that Apple could sell 45 million iPhone 5's in the Q4 2012 period alone - yes, 45 million. The news comes from DigiTimes' sources within the Apple supply chain, which is higher than the previous estimates of 40 million units.
These sources are some of the international wireless chipset suppliers, who are claiming the pull-in orders from Apple are going up. With some of the chipset suppliers revealing that their sales are likely to hit record highs in their fourth quarters. DigiTimes' sources have said "Taiwan-based IC backend service providers including Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), Adentec and STATS ChipPAC arre also expected to perform better than expected in the fourth quarter, buoyed by orders from chipset vendors".
Apple's iPhone 5 stock is improving again, with the Cupertino-based company removing their imposed limit of two iPhone 5's per customer. They did have a "limit two per customer" as the image shows below, and now that little bit has been removed.
Shipping times for the iPhone 5 in some countries has been dropping to just 2-4 business days. MacRumors reports that they've heard from an "Apple Retail source" that has said that the restrictions on retail iPhone 5 purchases has eased - from two per transaction and a ten-phone lifetime limit to ten phones per transaction and no lifetime limit.
The ten-phone limit won't affect most sane customers, but those who buy in bulk and sell them overseas where the iPhone 5 isn't for sale will be a bit happier with this news. The iPad mini does keep its two-per-customer limit, with the following notice popping up on the Apple Online Store if you attempt to purchase more than two:
A maximum of 2 iPad can be purchased per customer. Please adjust the total quantity of iPad in your order before checking out.
AT&T has started handing out updates to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for users with a Samsung Galaxy S III. Unfortunately for most users, the update isn't being handed out in the traditional manner. Instead of coming over-the-air, as most updates have been, AT&T is only handing out the update via the Samsung Kies desktop application.
This means interested parties will need to plug in their device to their computer and follow the instructions that Samsung has provided here. AT&T Galaxy S III users are just now getting Android 4.1, even though the Nexus 4 is shipping with 4.2. It's now time to play the waiting game again to see how long it will be before Galaxy S III users get Android 4.2.
iPhone 5 seems to be a hot seller in China, China Unicom reported to have seen more than 100,000 pre-orders
It's probably a good thing that Apple finally got approval to sell its iPhone in China. China is a booming economy and one of the largest developing markets for mobile gadgets. China Unicom, China's second largest wireless carrier, started accepting reservations for the new iPhone 5 on Monday.
The device doesn't launch until December 14, and pre-orders have only been accepted for two days, but reports are saying that they have already seen 100,000 pre-orders in the first day alone. The iPhone 4 saw only 50,000 first day pre-orders, so Apple and its investors should be happy about reaching this new market.
Wish Apple offered the iPhone 5 in more colors than just black and white? Well, Anostyle has your back with their new anodization service. Anostyle will take your iPhone 5 and coat it in a variety of colors using the same process that Apple does: anodization. This process is much stronger than painting as the color is in the metal.
Wow. BGR author Jonathan Geller sent in his iPhone 5 and had the company deck it out in gold--classy. For the small cost of another iPhone, $249 in other words, you can get your iPhone 5 tinted to a different color. An iPad mini can also be done and will set you back $299.
I definitely think I will see about getting my iPhone 5 done as this black is just a bit boring and not flashy enough for my tastes. If/when I get it done, I'll report on the quality of the product. Until then, it looks like quite the deal, considering Colorware charges a price in the neighborhood of $850.
Rumor has it Samsung is working on a new mid-range Galaxy Note II as well as a new tablet of great proportions. The new rumored tablet is of the 13.3-inch variety, a bit bigger than most competitors and quite a bit bigger than Samsung's popular Note II.
The new mid-range Note II is said to ditch the sPen so that true Note owners are treated to something special. It's also thought that Samsung will not make use of a SuperAMOLED screen in the new Note II.
The rumored tablet would come with a 13.3-inch screen and a QWERTY dock option so that Samsung could directly fight the ASUS Transformer tablet. It's not clear whether or not the tablet would run Windows 8 or Android.
If you've got a Samsung Galaxy Note Ii and you're not impressed with its stock 3100mAh battery, then you do have yourself some options from Mugen Power.
The company have offered an extended battery that is a whopping 6400mAh beast, model number HLI-N7100XL. I wonder what the XL means? Nikolai Lebedovsky, marketing manager at Mugen Power Batteries has said that the company worked quite hard to jam pack as much power into the extended battery as possible.
The company's main goal was to keep its usability intact, but without the trouble of constantly charging, or walking around with a portable USB-powered charger:
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is an amazing device with great set of functions and brilliant screen. Users are happy to enjoy all the functions of this phone, but the battery life is a real limitation if you want to get it all. We worked hard on this project and managed to fit additional 3300mAh capacity into that new battery. Our solution gives customers added battery life to stay connected longer without recharges and make more with the smartphone than ever before.
If you blinked, you probably missed it. The 8GB Google Nexus 4 is again out of stock after being briefly back in stock. Google has updated the product page on the Play Store to simply say "Out of Stock." The 16GB version of the phone, a bit less popular due to its higher price, will ship in 6 to 7 weeks according to the product page.
The device features an incredibly low price when you factor in the fact that it comes without a contract. My iPhone was this much, but I had to resign a two-year contract. The general consensus is that Google is subsidizing the phone to continue to take away market share from iOS and other smartphones.
It's not clear when Google will have more stock of the budget-priced and feature-packed smartphone, but we'll be sure to let you know as soon as we do so that you'll have the best chances at getting one.