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Monday 20 September 2010

Android Surpasses Windows Mobile In U.S.    [ 20-09-2010 18:55 ]

Author: Ivanov Konstantin   Source: Engadget     Translation by: Paul Smith    Send news to friend  Discuss in forum

Android has overtaken Windows Mobile to become the third largest smartphone OS, by marketshare, in the U.S. The figures from ComScore show that in the period between April and July this year Android surged ahead to claim an extra 5% of the U.S. smartphone market, whilst Microsoft's Windows Mobile dropped 2.2%. Of course this is the now outdated OS that Microsoft will soon replace with Win Phone 7 and Microsoft themselves have admitted to having 'missed a cycle' with Windows Mobile.

The interesting thing about these figures, beyond Android's growth, is what is happening to the other operating systems. The ComScore figures show that not one of the other operating systems that they track showed any sign of growth in the time period covered, indeed most actually shrank in market share. RIM's Blackberry OS lost 1.8% and Apple didn't fare much better with a 1.3% drop. It is worth pointing out though that the iPhone 4 won't have affected these results so Apple's score may very well have jumped up in the period afterwards.

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iPad With Facetime For Q2 2011?    [ 20-09-2010 18:42 ]

Author: Ivanov Konstantin   Source: DigiTimes     Translation by: Paul Smith    Send news to friend  Discuss in forum

An iPad supporting Facetime isn't so much an object of speculation in and of itself as it is a guaranteed certainty. The only aspect of the matter being speculated upon is 'when'? Well DigiTimes are citing some of the manufacturers producing components for Apple as giving hints that we can expect a new iPad, avec Facetime, sometime early next year. In fact that can be narrowed down a little further to sometime during Q2 of next year. That would put an iPad2 launch sometime in the Spring (hopefully).

The manufacturers DigiTimes references include TPK Touch Solutions, Wintek, Cando, and Chimei Innolux. The other interesting tidbit to come out of these companies is that the display components they are working on for the next gen iPad are for a screen measuring 9.7 inches. That doesn't preclude the rumoured smaller iPad that some have been talking about, but it doesn't do anything to prop up such rumours either.

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Apple Strongarms Newsday Into Removing Funny Ad    [ 20-09-2010 18:29 ]

Author: Irina Turina   Source: IntoMobile     Translation by: Paul Smith    Send news to friend  Discuss in forum

Apple can be a killjoy. Who would have though eh? You remember that great little ad Newsday put out showing the guy swatting a fly with his iPad with the punchline that the iPad can't do everything that a newspaper can? Good wasn't it? Pretty funny too, and of course the multitudes that saw it thought so too. Not so much Apple and their lawyers.

Apple stepped into the middle of this lighthearted and comical situation and dished out a healthy dose of killyjoy. They demanded that the ad be taken down or Newsday would find itself persona non gratis in the App Store. Newsday of course has complied since they obviously want to be able to continue offerring their apps. The question remains though, are Apple so bereft of humour, and more importantly common sense, that they can't allow for an original, funny, and engaging ad to show one of their products in even the tiniest of bad lights?

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Video: Samsung Release Promo for Galaxy Tab    [ 20-09-2010 18:20 ]

Author: Ivanov Konstantin     Translation by: Paul Smith    Send news to friend  Discuss in forum

The Samsung Galaxy Tab, as the first Android powered tablet on the market, has obviouly garnered a bit of interest. Sadly this is mostly due to reports of ridiculously high pricing, some £800 on Amazon UK, for example. Well none of that has stopped Samsung from putting out a promo for its new device. It contains all the usual corporate staples of hipster types using the device whilst reclining in chairs drinking coffee or of people smiling whenever they so much as see the device.  All that aside the promo focuses very much on portability; the device is shown being used 'out and about' for the most part with one hipster even going so far as to shove it in his back pocket. Let's just hope he doesn't forget and sit down!

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