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Three out of four smartphones sold has Android

November 5th, 2012 Written by Steve McNeice

Android is by far the most popular mobile operating system, a new study by market research firm IDC found that 75.0 percent of the 181.1 million smartphones shipped in Q3 2012 run Google’s mobile operating system. Apple’s iOS-based iPhones account for 14.9 percent of the market and BlackBerry has the bronze medal with a marketshare of 4.3 percent. The fourth place is occupied by Symbian with 2.3 percent and Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform has only a mere 2.0 percent of the market.

Compared to the same period last year, Android is one of the biggest winners as the platform saw its marketshare rise from 57.5 percent to 75.0 percent. The biggest loser is Symbian, this operating system saw its marketshare collapse from 14.6 percent to 2.3 percent, and BlackBerry’s marketshare also took a big hit from 9.5 percent to 4.3 percent.
The Android smartphone operating system was found on three out of every four smartphones shipped during the third quarter of 2012 (3Q12). According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, total Android smartphone shipments worldwide reached 136.0 million units, accounting for 75.0% of the 181.1 million smartphones shipped in 3Q12. The 91.5% year-over-year growth was nearly double the overall market growth rate of 46.4%.

“Android has been one of the primary growth engines of the smartphone market since it was launched in 2008,” said Ramon Llamas, research manager, Mobile Phones at IDC. “In every year since then, Android has effectively outpaced the market and taken market share from the competition. In addition, the combination of smartphone vendors, mobile operators, and end-users who have embraced Android has driven shipment volumes higher. Even today, more vendors are introducing their first Android-powered smartphones to market.”

“The share decline of smartphone operating systems not named iOS since Android’s introduction isn’t a coincidence,” said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. “The smartphone operating system isn’t an isolated product, it’s a crucial part of a larger technology ecosystem. Google has a thriving, multi-faceted product portfolio. Many of its competitors, with weaker tie-ins to the mobile OS, do not. This factor and others have led to loss of share for competitors with few exceptions.”

Mobile Operating System Highlights
Android, having topped the 100 million unit mark last quarter, reached a new record level in a single quarter. By comparison, Android’s total volumes for the quarter were greater than the total number of smartphones shipped in 2007, the year that Android was officially announced. Samsung once again led all vendors in this space, but saw its market share decline as numerous smaller vendors increased their production.

iOS was a distant second place to Android, but was the only other mobile operating system to amass double-digit market share for the quarter. The late quarter launch of the iPhone 5 and lower prices on older models prevented total shipment volumes from slipping to 3Q11 levels. But without a splashy new OS-driven feature like Siri in 2011 and FaceTime in 2010, the iPhone 5 relied on its larger, but not wider, screen and LTE connectivity to drive growth.

BlackBerry’s market share continued to sink, falling to just over 4% by the end of the quarter. With the launch of BlackBerry 10 yet to come in 2013, BlackBerry will continue to rely on its aging BlackBerry 7 platform, and equally aging device line-up. Still, demand for BlackBerry and its wildly popular BBM service is strong within multiple key markets worldwide, and the number of subscribers continues to increase.

Symbian posted the largest year-on-year decline of the leading operating systems. Nokia remains the largest vendor still supporting Symbian, along with Japanese vendors Fujitsu, Sharp, and Sony. Each of these vendors is in the midst of transitioning to other operating systems and IDC believes that they will cease shipping Symbian-powered smartphones in 2013. At the same time, the installed base of Symbian users will continue well after the last Symbian smartphone ships.

Windows Phone marked its second anniversary with a total of just 3.6 million units shipped worldwide, fewer than the total number of Symbian units shipped. Even with the backing of multiple smartphone market leaders, Windows Phone has yet to make a significant dent into Android’s and iOS’s collective market share. That could change in 4Q12, when multiple Windows Phone 8 smartphones will reach the market.

Linux volume declined for the third straight quarter as did its year-over-year growth. Samsung accounted for the majority of shipments once again, but like most other vendors competing with Linux-powered smartphones, most of its attention went towards Android instead. Still, that has not deterred other vendors from experimenting, or at least considering the open-source operating system, as multiple reports of Firefox, Sailfish, and Tizen plan to release new Linux-based experiences in the future.

Sony Xperia Tablet Pictures & Specifications Leaked

August 10th, 2012 Written by Steve McNeice

Sony is reportedly working on a successor to Tablet S. The new tablet is simply called “Xperia Tablet” and it uses a much slimmer design (8.8 mm thick) with decreased weight though it keeps the Tablet S’ folded-magazine aesthetics. Some pictures of the tablet has been posted on xda-developers forum by a member who claims to be a Sony employee. The tablet has a 9.4-inch display with true black technology and thin bezel while the back upper part of the back has a textured black surface with Xperia logo.

Another leak from last month suggests that Xperia Tablet will have a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 6000mAh battery, 3G connectivity and it’ll be running “Android 4.0 or later”. It’ll be available in three capacities; 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with price tags of $449.99, $549.99 and $649.99 respectively. Sony will release a lot of accessories to accompany this tablet and a Surface-like cover keyboard will cost $99.

Sony is expected to announce Xperia Tablet on August 14 while retail availability will be in September.

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August 9th, 2012 Written by Steve McNeice

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Exogear Exovolt Plus Battery Pack

August 9th, 2012 Written by Steve McNeice

The Exogear Exovolt Plus battery is the world’s first stackable battery pack. Each battery provides a 5,200mA Lithium Polymer battery, 4 LED battery power status indicator lights and Auto-Safety Protection System (Double Circuit Protection, Overheat Protection, Short-Circuit Protection and Automatic Input/Output Control). The Exovolt Plus is designed for Apple’s iPod, iPhone and iPad. It also works with most smartphones and tablets. The main unit retails for $89.95, while the sub unit is priced at $49.95.

No straight-to-desktop booting in Windows 8 RTM

August 8th, 2012 Written by Steve McNeice

ZD Net’s Mary Jo Foley reports Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 will block the ability to boot straight to desktop, forcing users to use the new interface formerly known as “Metro”.

One of those tweaks is the decision to block users from setting up their Windows 8 machines to boot straight to the Desktop, circumventing the tiled Start screen, formerly known as the Metro screen. (There’s still no external word as to how Microsoft is planning to rebrand “Metro.” It seems the Softies are backing away from the Metro terminology due to pressure of some kind from Metro AG, one of its European retail partners.)

Rafael Rivera, coauthor of the forthcoming Windows 8 Secrets, said he has verified that users cannot boot straight to the Desktop in Windows 8. With Windows 8 test builds, users could create shortcut that switches to the Windows 8 Desktop. Those who didn’t want to boot to the tiled Start screen could schedule this shortcut to be activated immediately after a user logged onto Windows 8.

Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8

June 22nd, 2012 Written by Steve McNeice

Microsoft officially presented Windows Phone 8, a new mobile operating system based on the same Windows NT kernel as Windows 8, making it easier for software developers to make apps for both versions of Windows. The operating systems share the same driver model and several frameworks, but the bad news is that Windows Phone 7 users will not be able to upgrade to WP8. Instead, they will receive a (very) minor update called Windows Phone 7.8. Full details at Windows Team Blog.

With Windows Phone 8, the similarity is more than skin deep. We’ve based the next release of Windows Phone on the rock-solid technology core of Windows 8. It means Windows Phone and its bigger sibling will share common networking, security, media and web browser technology, and a common file system. That translates into better performance, more features, and new opportunities for app developers and hardware makers to innovate faster.

This new shared core—along with all the extra work we’ve done on top of it—opens up a new world of capabilities, which you don’t have to be a techie to appreciate. Here’s a taste:

  • Multi-core processor support: As reviewers have noted, Windows Phone runs buttery smooth on phones with a single processor. But piggybacking on the Windows core provides support for multiple cores—so we’re ready for whatever hardware makers dream up.
  • Bigger, sharper screens: Windows Phone 8 supports two new screen resolutions—1280×768 and 1280×720, opening the door to amazing new handsets with high-definition 720p displays.
  • More flexible storage: Windows Phone 8 supports removable MicroSD cards, so you can stuff your phone with extra photos, music, and whatever else is important to you, and then easily move it all onto your PC.
  • NFC wireless sharing: If you haven’t heard the term “NFC” yet, I’m betting you soon will. This emerging wireless technology lets phones share things over short distances. In Windows Phone 8, it helps make sharing photos, Office docs, and contact info easier—just tap your phone another NFC-equipped device. How cool is that?
  • Internet Explorer 10: The next version of Windows Phone comes with the same web browsing engine that’s headed for Window 8 PCs and tablets. IE10 is faster and more secure, with advanced anti-phishing features like SmartScreen Filter to block dangerous websites and malware.
  • Wallet: Windows Phone 8’s new digital Wallet feature does two great things. It can keep debit and credit cards, coupons, boarding passes, and other important info right at your fingertips. And when paired with a secure SIM from your carrier, you can also pay for things with a tap of your phone at compatible checkout counters.
  • Better maps and directions: Windows Phone 8 builds in Nokia mapping as part of the platform. Our partnership will provide more detailed maps and turn-by-turn directions in many countries, plus the ability to store maps offline on your phone so you can work with maps without a data connection.
  • Cooler apps and games: Basing Windows Phone 8 on the Windows core will unleash a new wave of amazing apps and especially games, for reasons I’ll touch on in a moment.

AMD E-Series APUs Set the High Bar for Notebook Battery Life

June 7th, 2012 Written by Steve McNeice

AMD yesterday announced the launch of its latest AMD E-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) platform. Designed for essential notebook and desktop personal computers which meet basic performance needs at accessible price points, the 2012 AMD E-Series APU enables long battery life and a best-in-class entertainment and media experience, while striking a balance between energy efficiency and unique innovations for brilliant high definition (HD) entertainment.

  • “In 2011, we showed the industry you could get discrete-level GPU power in a notebook without added power consumption or cost, resulting in the most successful notebook platform in AMD’s history,” said Chris Cloran, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Client Business Unit. “Today we raise the bar even higher with our latest APU offering. Our 2012 AMD E-Series APU gives consumers a visually superior choice for everyday performance with the latest graphics technology and nearly three hours more battery life than the competition.”Formerly codenamed “Brazos 2.0,” the 2012 AMD E-Series APU is the feature-rich update to the most successful AMD notebook processor platform ever. Unique benefits of the new platform include:

    Improved mobility with up to 36 percent longer battery life compared to the competition2 . Systems based on the 2012 AMD E-Series APU can deliver up to 11 hours of resting battery life and up to a 90 minute competitive advantage in Web browsing and online flash gaming3;

  • Enhanced video experience with technology to help remove shakes and jitters from online or other video files through AMD Steady Video technology, which has plug-in support for all major Web browsers along with Windows Media Player and the open source VLC player;
  • Leading-edge gaming experience. The 2012 AMD E-Series APU platform is the only essential notebook platform that offers built-in AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics with DirectX 11 and DirectCompute for a more feature-rich experience on the latest games;
  • Superior online experience with AMD Quick Stream technology which prioritizes Internet bandwidth towards video stream buffering or online gaming for a smoother, virtually uninterrupted browsing experience5;
  • 10x faster data transfer speeds (5Gbps) with external hard drives and cameras thanks to two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports;
  • Increased performance through Central Processing Unit (CPU) and Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) frequency boosts;
  • The capability to project to external 3D displays for the latest 3D video and gaming.

Accelerated Experience
Thanks to the compute capabilities in AMD Radeon HD graphics, major Web browsers such as Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome offer an accelerated Web experience on the new AMD E-Series APUs. AMD has collaborated with Microsoft to optimize the new AMD E-Series APUs for key features in Microsoft Windows 8 to help improve the overall experience. Optimizations for HTML5 and full support for the new Metro user interface will help accelerate new Metro-based apps developed for Microsoft’s newest operating system.

Booting Windows 8: Too Fast To Interrupt

May 24th, 2012 Written by Steve McNeice

Remember the days of people complaining about their computer booting too slow? Now, people are going to complain about it booting too fast.

Intel preps NUC mini computer

May 2nd, 2012 Written by Steve McNeice

ntel is working on NUC (Next Unit of Computing), a Mini PC with a 100mm x 100mm form factor. The system is equipped with an Intel Core i3/i5 Sandy Bridge processor, integrated graphics (Intel HD 3000), Thunderbolt, HDMI, and USB 3.0. The system is designed for the digital signage market.
There’s a heatsink and fan assembly on board, too, and the mini PCIe connectors leave the door open for added functionality. Because it runs an Intel Core i5 CPU instead of the ARM processors found in options such as the Cotton Candy and Raspberry Pi, the NUC promises to be a more powerful mini-desktop. But don’t get too excited: Intel envisions it as a component in digital signage instead. Look for Intel’s mini-PC at a kiosk near you in the second half of 2012, when it’s expected to drop.

ntel is working on NUC (Next Unit of Computing), a Mini PC with a 100mm x 100mm form factor. The system is equipped with an Intel Core i3/i5 Sandy Bridge processor, integrated graphics (Intel HD 3000), Thunderbolt, HDMI, and USB 3.0. The system is designed for the digital signage market.
There’s a heatsink and fan assembly on board, too, and the mini PCIe connectors leave the door open for added functionality. Because it runs an Intel Core i5 CPU instead of the ARM processors found in options such as the Cotton Candy and Raspberry Pi, the NUC promises to be a more powerful mini-desktop. But don’t get too excited: Intel envisions it as a component in digital signage instead. Look for Intel’s mini-PC at a kiosk near you in the second half of 2012, when it’s expected to drop.

HP Windows 8 Tablet Unveiled

May 1st, 2012 Written by Steve McNeice

Hewlett-Packard plans to release a new x86 Windows 8 tablet in the near future. Designed for business and professional users, the gadget features an x86 processor, a 10.1 inch display with Microsoft’s new touch-friendly Metro user interface and a battery that provides up to 10-hour of operation time. Measuring at only 9.2mm thick and weighing at about 1.5 pounds, the HP Windows 8 tablet also supports for finger or digital pen input. Stay tuned for more updates.

HP Windows 8 Tablet

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