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2 years ago

comScore: Android building on its lead, Samsung still top manufacturer

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comScore today released its latest MobiLens report, which shows that Samsung is maintaining its lead among mobile phone manufacturers, while Android is continuing to grow at the top of the mobile OS heap. The data, representing the total U.S. mobile phone marketshare for November, December and January, shows that Samsung, despite a tenth of a point drop from its October score, remains the number one manufactuer with 25.4% of the total marketshare. LG and Motorola also saw slight drops, down to 19.7% and 13.2% respectively. Apple, reaping the benefits of its iPhone 4S release, saw a 2% gain in the market, now maintaining a 12.8% share, while RIM stayed dead even with 6.6%.

Among all mobile operating systems, Android remains top dog with 48.6% of total marketshare, up 2.3% from the last quarter. Number two iOS also saw a gain with 29.5% of the market. RIM, Windows, and Symbian all saw losses, coming in at third, fourth, and fifth respectively.

Mobile content usage is up across the board, with 74.6% of all mobile phone owners using their device to text message. 48.6% of the market use apps on their device, while 48.5% use their device's mobile browser. Social networking, playing games, and listening to music are up as well at 35.7%, 31.8%, and 24.5% respectively. comScore's full report can be found at the source link.

Source: comScore

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2 years ago

Galaxy Note 'premium suite' coming soon (and so is that Ice Cream Sandwich update, by the way)

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Oh, Internet. How you love to make something out of nothing. A new trailer for Rovio's Angry Birds Space appeared today, indicating that the game would launch first on the Samsung Galaxy Note. At the end of the trailer, Samsung teased that a "galactic update" would soon land on the Note, along with a "premium suite." That, for some reason, has lead some people to believe (and write on the Internet) that the promised Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note may have been canceled.

Confused? The (warped) logic goes something like this -- Samsung reportedly once planned a "value pack" for the original Galaxy S (a phone which launched in 2010 with Eclair), in lieu of a full update to ICS. Therefore, because Samsung is using similar language here, it must also have dropped ICS for the Galaxy Note. Only, that "value pack" thing was bull, too.

So, yeah. In essence, it's nothing more than FUD. The idea that Samsung would leave the Galaxy Note, a flagship device that is barely four months old, on Gingerbread, is ridiculous. And to suggest it based on such flimsy evidence is irresponsible. The Galaxy Note, along with the Galaxy S II, was one of the first Samsung devices to be confirmed for an ICS update. The official line from Samsung has always been that it's on the way, and we've even seen fairly stable leaked builds for the GT-N7000 and GT-i9220 variants surface online in recent weeks.

So calm down, folks, we've seen absolutely nothing to suggest that the Galaxy Note ICS update is in any danger of not materializing. (When it gets it is another matter.)

If you want to check out that Angry Birds Space trailer for yourself, we've got it embedded after the break.

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2 years ago

Verizon announces list of phones to get Ice Cream Sandwich update

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No real surprises here -- the XYBOARDS already had been announced, same for the Xoom and the Rezound. It's good to see the ThunderBolt and Droid Incredible 2 make it.

Here's the full list

  • HTC: ThunderBolt, Droid Incredible 2, Rhyme, Rezound
  • Motorola: Xoom, Bionic, RAZR/RAZR MAXX, Droid XYBOARD 8.2/10.1, Droid 4
  • Samsung: Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 7.7
  • LG: Spectrum

No word on when the updates will come.

Source: Verizon

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2 years ago

Hands-on with ViewSonic's 4e and 4s dual-SIM Android phones

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  Another fringe smartphone manufacturer, ViewSonic, continued their attack on the dual-SIM market at this year's Mobile World Congress in addition to showing off some new tablets. The ViewPhone 4e and 4s are both disctinctly mid-range phones, while the higher-end model, the 5e, wasn't on display. The 4e runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with plans of an update to ICS shortly, and is powered by a modest 650 MHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. One the back it's packing a 3 megapixel fixed-focus camera while the front constitutes a sad little 3.5-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen. "Affordable" is going to be the key word when thinking about this one. The 4e will be hitting Europe in Q2.   Climbing up the food chain is ViewPhone 4s. It runs ICS, and has a 1 GHz processor with 512 MB of RAM, and while the display is also 3.5 inches, the resolution is bumped up to 960 x 640. The camera on the back clocks in at 5 megapixels with flash and autofocus, plus it's accompanied by a secondary video camera on the front. It'll be launching in June in Europe.     

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2 years ago

Temple Run for Android to be released on March 27

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Imangi Studios announced today that the much anticipated Android version of its wildly-popular Temple Run will be available on Tuesday, March 27 in the Android Market. 

"We are excited to finally share the Android release date with our fans who have been so enthusiastic and supportive of Temple Run,” said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios. “By expanding to more mobile devices, we hope to provide the same addictive and fast-paced gameplay to an entirely new group of players."

For those unaware, Temple Run is a fast-paced game of reflexes in which your runner collects coins while avoiding danger and falling off of the path. Temple Run for iOS was released in August of 2011 and, according to the studio, has been downloaded by 6% of the total US population.

Source:  Imangi Studios 

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2 years ago

Second Sony LTE phone rumored for June launch in Korea

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We recently learned that Sony will be launching the Xperia Ion in LTE markets outside of the United States, and now there's a flurry of online rumors suggesting manufacturer may be preparing a second LTE handset for the second half of the year. Korean news site MT.co.kr reports via sources within Sony that an LTE smartphone "other than the Xperia Ion" could be making its way to South Korea as early as this June.

As XperiaBlog points out, this new, high-end device may match the Sony "Hayabusa", a rumored device which appeared on a leaked roadmap earlier in the year, alongside a ~€500 price tag. System info collected by benchmarking apps suggests the device may carry the model number LT29i, and use a Snapdragon S4 CPU with a buttonless 720p display.

Let's take this with an extra-large helping of salt for now, though, as we're still dealing with rumors and speculation here. However, it's no secret that the Xperia S isn't exactly packing the most up-to-date hardware, so we wouldn't be too shocked if a slightly higher-specced version was planned for later in the year.

Source: XperiaBlog

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2 years ago

HTC EVO 3D UK off-contract price falls to £209

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With the first of this year's leading Android phones launching in the next month or so, last year's models are starting to show up online with significantly-discounted prices. Yesterday we saw the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S on sale for under £200, and now the price of the HTC EVO 3D has been lowered to around the same level by one retailer. Asda Direct, which was previously selling the EVO for £250 and £230, is today offering it for a mere £209.

That's still a fair amount of cash, but it's less than half what you'll likely pay for the privilege of owning something like the HTC One X later this year. It's also around £350 less than the initial asking price for the GSM EVO 3D when it launched last August.

Despite its discounted price, the EVO still packs some impressive specs. There's a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 chip inside, a 4.3-inch qHD 3D display, dual 5-megapixel 3D cameras, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and HTC Sense 3. And as we mentioned in our review, the GSM version boasts excellent battery life. Like many other leading HTC handsets, it's due an update to Ice Cream Sandwich later this year, too. If you're not planning on holding out for the next wave of high-end Android phones, we can certainly think of worse ways of spending 200 quid.

Source: Asda Direct

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich adoption grows ever so slightly in February, Gingerbread up a bit, too

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Google's just released the Android platform version statistics for the two weeks ending March 5. As a reminder, these are representative of the entire Android ecosystem and comprise devices that have accessed the Android Market within the last 14 days, so these would be "active" devices. Here's the breakdown:

  • Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.x): Up a little more than half a percentage point to 1.6 percent. That encompasses Android 4.0 through Android 4.0.3.
  • Honeycomb (Android 3.x): Dropped 0.1 percent to 3.3 percent total. That change should be due to the Motorola Xoom and ASUS Transformer and Transformer Prime getting their ICS updates.
  • Gingerbread (Android 2.3): Saw some decent growth, actually, from 58.6 percent in February to 62 percent today.
  • Froyo (Android 2.2): Falls a couple of percentage points to 25.3 percent.
  • Eclair (Android 2.1): Fell a percentage point to 6.6 percent.
  • Donut (Android 1.6) and Cupcake (Android 1.5): Combine for 1.2 percent of active devices. Who's still using these?

And here's a full look at last month's numbers. We'd imagine Ice Cream Sandwich percentage will start trending up now that we've got a new crop of phones on the way, but there's no denying that upgrades are taking entirely too long. 

Source: Android Developers

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2 years ago

HTC One X and One S will launch on every UK network

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One X and S headed to all five major carriers; O2 and Three will range the entry-level HTC One V

If you're hoping to get your hands on an HTC One series phone in the UK, it looks like you'll be spoiled for choice -- O2, Three, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile have all indicated that they'll carry the One X and One S. For the price-conscious, the HTC One V will also be available on O2 and Three. O2 and T-Mobile are listing an April launch date for the One series, while others simply say it's "coming soon."

The One X is HTC's flagship device for 2012, with a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, a 4.7-inch 720p screen, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a brand new version of HTC Sense. The One S takes a small step back from the bleeding edge of tech, with its Snapdragon S4 dual-core chip and a 4.3-inch qHD display. Across the entire HTC One range, the manufacturer's delivering Beats Audio support and some fancy new camera technology. In the U.S., AT&T will get an LTE-toting version of the One X with a Snapdragon S4 chip instead of Tegra 3, while T-Mobile USA will range the One S.

In the UK, though, it's a far cry from last year's situation, in which Vodafone had a one-month lead on other networks with the HTC Sensation. Given that all five networks will be vying for our attention with such a highly-anticipated series of phones, the result should be better deals for consumers. If you're considering picking up one of HTC's shiny new toys, shout out in the comments. And if you haven't already, check out our hands-on coverage of the One X, One S and One V from Mobile World Congress.

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2 years ago

Samsung announces the Galaxy Pocket, a 2.8-inch entry-level smartphone for the UK

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Because it's been at least six days since Samsung announced its last Android smartphone, here's the Galaxy Pocket -- an entry-level device in an extremely compact form factor, sporting a tiny 2.8-inch display. The Pocket runs on an 800MHz processor, just like the Galaxy Mini 2, though due to its diminutive size, screen resolution is limited to a stomach-churning 320x240 (QVGA). It's also got a 2MP rear camera, 3GB internal storage (expandable via microSD card), and a 1200mAh battery. The presence of HSPA support on 900MHz and 2100MHz only suggests the Galaxy Pocket won't be venturing too far outside of Europe.

On the software side, you get the standard blend of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Samsung's TouchWiz UX layer. You probably won't want to hold your breath for an Ice Cream Sandwich update any time soon.

So it's very much an entry-level handset, and we'd expect that to be reflected in the price when this device launches later this year. Samsung has so far only confirmed that the Galaxy Pocket will be available in the UK, but we wouldn't be too surprised to see a wider European launch either.

Head past the break for today's press release in full.

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