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  • Windows 7 to be fastest growing smartphone OS - report (good news for emerging markets)

    01/19/2011 1:48:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    TechEye.Net ^ | 01/19/2011 | Matthew Finnegan
    Analysts at Ovum have announced a number of predictions for the telecoms industry in 2011, with expectations that Windows 7 will become the fastest growing platform for smartphones, while the mobile landgrab in emerging markets will begin to slow down with emphasis shifting to broadband. It is thought that telecoms markets in the emerging markets of Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America will see intensified competition that will lead to lower prices, slower growth and indeed lower margins. It is noted by Ovum analyst Angel Dobardziev that the “land grab phase” which occurred in the last decade will begin...
  • Qualcomm 1.2GHz dual core ARM demonstrated

    01/14/2011 2:00:32 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 14 January 2011 09:51 | Fuad Abazovic
    Big GHz fight in 2011 Qualcomm has decided to show its dual Scorpion based MSM8x60 mobile CPU and it also told the world that this CPU can hit 1.2GHz, per core that is. The chip has an Adreno 220 GPU that we know little about and of course its a 45nm chip since 28nm should be only ready in the latter part of 2011. The chip should be able to do high definition stereoscopic 3D video, and multi-party video conferencing as well as some nice gaming. It is intended for tablets and phones and you can bet that you will...
  • TI OMAP 4440 1.5GHz in 2H 2011

    01/14/2011 1:52:40 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 14 January 2011 10:08 | Fuad Abazovic
    Heating up clock wars Whether you like it or not, the ARM revolution is happening today and these small chips are starting to matter to the world just as much as Intel and AMD chips do. They will get to many tablets and mobile phones in 2011 and onward and most of the 2011 models are dual-core. We just mentioned the 1.5GHz OMAP 4440 chip yesterday and we got confirmation from a source close to Texas Instruments that this fancy fast chip can ship in the second half of 2011. Texas (non-chainsaw) chaps do believe that that have a good...
  • AMD’s lack of vision extends beyond CEO’s office ( Apple's Tablet impacting )

    01/13/2011 12:56:31 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Jan. 13, 2011, 12:01 a.m. EST | Therese Poletti, MarketWatch
    Commentary: Board just as culpable for chip maker’s current fateSAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s board of directors may have booted CEO Dirk Meyer over a lack of strategic vision for the mobile market, but the chip maker’s problems are not going to be solved by a little house cleaning in the top suite. In fact, the board is just as responsible for signing off on decisions that distracted the company and perhaps factored into why AMD missed out on major growth areas. Earlier this week, AMD stunned both Wall Street and Silicon Valley with the news that...
  • Nokia N8 Review: Nokia's New Flagship ( Camera with phone attached??)

    01/13/2011 11:29:59 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 1/12/2011 1:00:00 AM | Mithun Chandrasekhar
    I remember one of the first mobile phones I ever used being a Nokia 5110i. It was among Nokia’s earliest of devices that packed an easy to use and straightforward interface in a supremely well-built package. Since we didn’t have as many phone launches each month back then as there are stars in the sky, the 5110i served me very well for more than 3 years without showing any signs of aging. That was in the mid to late 90’s. Fast forward to the end of this decade and we see Nokia’s current flagship, the N8-00, continuing to hold on...
  • TI plans dual-core OMAP 4440 at 1.5GHz

    01/13/2011 9:12:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 13 January 2011 09:23 | Fuad Abazovic
    Gigahertz wars in sight Tegra 2 is the only Cortex A9 based dual-core chip that is actually shipping and you can even buy some products based on it. Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 Cortex A9 based dual-core chip clocked at 1GHz is also supposed to ship in Q1 2011 in USA, inside the RIM Playbook Blackberry tablet. It gets more interesting as Texas instrument already announced a faster iteration of the Cortex A9 based dual-core chip, this time clocked at 1.5GHz. The company calls it the OMAP 4440 and it is again a 45nm chip. Just as TI 4430 it...
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia arc leaked in photos, video ( Smartphone hands on HDMI Output)

    01/10/2011 8:20:17 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Mobileburn.com ^ | Wednesday January 05, 2011. | Michael Oryl
    Video of images :Youtube version --Sony Ericsson XPERIA arc ******************************************And Handson:Sony Ericsson's beautiful Xperia arc - photos and video preview************************************EXCERPTS**********************************Gallery by Michael Oryl on Saturday January 08, 2011.We got the chance to spend a few minutes with Sony Ericsson's latest smartphone, the Xperia arc. The extremely sexy arc features a curved rear cover, as the name suggest, that measures only 8.7mm thick in its middle. The arc is powered by Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone OS, which shines through on a 4.2-inch touchscreen display that Sony Ericsson says is powered by Sony's Bravia engine, the same technology used on Sony's...
  • Motorola Atrix 4G: Most Powerful Android Phone Ever?

    01/06/2011 11:02:18 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    CallingAllGeeks ^ | January 6, 2011 | Siddie
    Motorola always come up with out-of-the-world advertisements and tag lines for most of their products, one of them being the newly unveiled Motorola Atrix 4G Android phone. Motorola are calling it the world’s most powerful smartphone, though I’d like to add an ‘yet’ to that statement.The phone was released earlier today at CES, and our buddies at Engadget gave out a nice sneak-peak on the phone and what all the hype is all about. < Image Credit > Here below is the specifications of the Motorola Atrix and the “worlds most powerful smartphone” statement will now make sense; Comes packed...
  • Ballmer confirms Windows for ARM

    01/06/2011 9:07:03 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 06 January 2011 11:25 | Peter Scott
    New desktop OS in the making Delightfully understated Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed that Redmond will include ARM support in its upcoming operating systems. Mind you, Microsoft has already introduced several mobile operating systems geared towards ARM devices, but this time around it appears that the outfit's next proper desktop OS will support ARM. Over the past few weeks we reported about the development on several occasions and we heard the first rumours of a ARM support in the summer of 2010. According to our sources, Microsoft developers are already developing optimized versions of Office and other popular MS...
  • Your Apps Are Watching You

    12/18/2010 5:23:18 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 28 replies · 2+ views
    WSJ ^ | 12/18/10 | SCOTT THURM and YUKARI IWATANI KANE
    A WSJ Investigation finds that iPhone and Android apps are breaching the privacy of smartphone usersFew devices know more personal details about people than the smartphones in their pockets: phone numbers, current location, often the owner's real name—even a unique ID number that can never be changed or turned off. These phones don't keep secrets. They are sharing this personal data widely and regularly, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found. An examination of 101 popular smartphone "apps"—games and other software applications for iPhone and Android phones—showed that 56 transmitted the phone's unique device ID to other companies without users'...
  • LG Optimus 2X: first dual-core smartphone launches with Android, 4-inch display, 1080p recording

    12/17/2010 8:16:28 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 1+ views
    engadget ^ | Dec 15th 2010 9:00PM | Chris Ziegler
    That's right, it's official. Needless to say, that LG Star we recently got our paws on is very real, though it won't go by that name at retail -- just as LG's own release materials had suggested, this monster has picked up the Optimus 2X name as it morphs from a prototype into brutally fast, overpowered reality. At the phone's heart beats a dual-core Tegra 2 processor running at 1GHz, the first such configuration to be officially announced by any smartphone manufacturer (though we're expecting others any day now). In case you're wondering how such power might be used, well,...
  • TI Reveals OMAP4440 Specs: Dual 1.5GHz Cortex A9, 25% Faster GPU, HDMI 1.4 3D, 1080p60 (Tablets?)

    12/08/2010 1:00:14 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 12/8/2010 9:00:00 AM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    Next year is looking to be a very important year for smartphone and tablet performance. Just as we saw widespread migration to the ARM Cortex A8 and Qualcomm Scorpion CPU cores in smartphones in 2010, in the next 12 months we will see the first tablets and smartphones based on dual-core SoCs from TI, Qualcomm and NVIDIA. The long awaited Tegra 2 will start shipping in smartphones and tablets in early 2011, and Qualcomm will have its own 45nm dual-core Snapdragon SoCs featured in devices as well. Today TI is announcing more details on its OMAP 4440, a high performance...
  • Consumers Weigh in on Their New Smart Phones – iPhone v. Motorola v. BlackBerry v. Samsung v. HTC

    11/19/2010 5:43:22 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    The Investor Place ^ | November 19, 2010 | By Paul Carton, Vice President of Research, ChangeWave
    ChangeWave survey looks at reactions and impressions of new smart phone owners An onslaught of new smart phones have hit the market recently as manufacturers battle one another to meet the sharply escalating demand for new features and leading-edge technologies. To find out which manufacturers are currently winning and losing this battle, we asked 1,212 consumers who had purchased smart phones within the past six months to rate their new models. The ChangeWave survey was completed November 2, 2010. Customer Satisfaction Ratings First off, we looked at customer satisfaction with the new smart phones that respondents had purchased during the...
  • Steve Wozniak: Android will be the dominant smartphone platform

    11/18/2010 10:58:49 AM PST · by dangerdoc · 18 replies
    Engadget ^ | 11/18/10 | Thomas Ricker
    Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, has never been one to mince words. Today's no different as demonstrated in an interview with the Dutch-language De Telegraaf newspaper in The Netherlands. The first revelation is an admission that Apple had collaborated with a well-known Japanese consumer electronics company in 2004 to develop a phone that was ahead of its time. Woz is quoted as saying that while Apple was content with the quality, it "wanted something that could amaze the world." Obviously, the phone was shelved followed by Apple's announcement of the iPhone in January 2007. Woz then moved on to the topic...
  • New Arm Processor to Bring 3D, Gaming to Smartphones

    11/10/2010 12:07:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Nov 10, 2010 9:50 am | Agam Shah, IDG News
    Arm hopes to bring high-performance graphics applications such as 3D imaging and gaming to handheld devices like smartphones while keeping battery life intact with a new graphics processor design it announced on Wednesday.Everyday multimedia applications like video playback and image recognition draw a lot of battery life, but the company's new Mali T604 graphics processor will accelerate those applications while drawing less power, said Ian Smythe, director of marketing at ARM. The Mali T604 will be able to handle 3D imaging and full high-definition video.
  • Shortages Could Hurt Windows Phone 7 Launch In U.S

    11/02/2010 10:23:42 AM PDT · by WebFocus
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/02/2010 | Matt Rosoff
    European mobile phone operator Orange is facing shortages of Windows Phone 7 handsets, and is offering vouchers to disappointed customers. The shortages could bode problems for the phone's U.S. launch later this month. According to a report in Mobile Today, Orange sent an e-mail to managers of its retail stores warning of shortages for both the HTC Mozart and Samsung Omnia, and is offering 20-pound vouchers for customers who can't get a phone they preordered. The shortage is most likely caused by scarce supplies of the components used in touch screens. Shortages of AMOLED screens affected both HTC and Samsung...
  • MeeGo 1.1 Has Arrived For Intel Atom & ARMv7

    10/28/2010 12:46:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Phoronix ^ | October 28, 2010 | Michael Larabel
    The developers behind the MeeGo operating system, the Linux-based distribution that married Moblin and Maemo, have just released version 1.1. MeeGo 1.1 is available for Intel Atom and ARMv7 architectures and comes in the netbook, IVI (in-vehicle information/entertainment systems), and handset editions. Besides the core MeeGo OS hitting 1.1, the MeeGo SDK 1.1 has reached beta and will be released before the MeeGo Summit next month in Dublin. The MeeGo 1.1 software stack is comprised of the Linux 2.6.35 kernel, X.Org Server 1.9.0, Qt 4.7, and Qt Mobility 1.0.2, among other updated packages since the MeeGo 1.0 release earlier this...
  • Apple Has Already Won the Flash-HTML5 War

    10/27/2010 11:50:00 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    gigaom ^ | Oct. 27, 2010, 8:10am | Ryan Lawler
    A majority of web video is now HTML5-ready, according to new research from MeFeedia, showing that web standards — and Apple — are winning the day when it comes to how video is delivered and viewed online. The research shows that the amount of video viewable in an HTML5 video player has doubled in the last five months and now accounts for 54 percent of all video content online. It’s important to note that HTML5 video is not replacing Flash video on the web, but augmenting it; most HTML5 videos today are available through a universal embed code that autodetects...
  • Nvidia's Tegra May Finally Power a Smartphone, Thanks to LG

    10/27/2010 11:44:30 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach
    gigaom.com ^ | Aug. 19, 2010 | Kevin C. Tofel
    LG Electronics will reportedly use an Nvidia dual-core mobile Tegra applications processor in a number of smartphones this year, marking the first real step for Nvidia in the handset market, according to the Wall Street Journal. The chip company has previously shown impressive demos of the Tegra 2 processor, but few handset makers have officially announced the use of Nvidia chips, instead opting for those by Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Samsung.
  • Phone 7: Another Vista or another XP? -- We scratch beneath the surface and find a bit of both

    10/21/2010 8:20:09 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | 21st October 2010 10:11 GMT | Bill Ray
    Review We've been playing with a Windows Phone 7 device for a week or so now, and have been surprisingly impressed with the detail, though sadly disappointed with the bigger picture. Microsoft has put a lot into Windows Phone 7, and plans to spend a fortune developing it, but while the interface and functionality has a host of beautiful touches - from the dots that fly around the place showing activity, to the elegant animations bringing a minimalist interface to life - the whole fails to satisfy entirely and one can't help feeling there's still a lot of work to...
  • The Windows Phone 7 Review

    10/20/2010 6:05:12 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 10/20/2010 7:00:00 | Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug
    Introduction This isn’t going to be a story about Microsoft’s return to dominance. Nor is it going to be the story of Microsoft’s failure to compete in the smartphone space. These mobile wars have only just begun and despite the advantage enjoyed by Apple and Google, there is no end in sight. In another twelve months we will see fierce competition from HP, Microsoft and Nokia. There’s a lot at stake, and no company is willing to give up the opportunity to own the next-PC market without a hell of a fight. Today is the beginning of Microsoft’s fight. In...
  • Android Avalanche: A Complete List Of The Android Phones So Far

    10/18/2010 7:01:40 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies
    Techcrunch ^ | Oct 19, 2009 | David Diaz
    Google CEO Eric Schmidt stated emphatically during Google’s most recent earnings call that “Android adoption is about to explode.” We agree – despite developer hiccups, Android is about to have its moment in the sun. An avalanche of new devices are hitting worldwide markets, and some of them are serious contenders. Our bet is that the upcoming Motorola Droid will be the breakout winner from this batch of phones. But here’s the complete list of officially announced Android phones, as well as stuff that’s just rumored at this point. Bookmark this post, and keep a lookout for updates. Here are...
  • Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7 smartphones

    10/11/2010 12:26:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 11 October 2010 Last updated at 13:21 ET | Tim Weber Business editor, BBC News website
    Microsoft's Ashley Highfield shows Rory Cellan-Jones the mobile operating system's features. Microsoft has launched Windows Phone 7, its latest attempt to break into the lucrative smartphone market. Until now the company has failed to provide a credible challenge to rival operating systems from Apple, Google, Research in Motion and Nokia. Mobile phone operators predict smartphones will have a 70% market share in just three years.Microsoft says it has made Windows Phone 7 more user-friendly, rebuilding the operating system from bottom up.The phone system's experience is built around so-called hubs that aggregate content like contacts, pictures, documents, and music and video....
  • Amazon to Create Its Own App Store for Android - The app market waters are about to get very deep

    10/11/2010 9:06:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | October 8, 2010 8:17 AM | Mark Kurlyandchik
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon is making a deeper foray into the smartphone world by creating its own independent app market for Android devices. Amazon already competes with iTunes with Amazon MP3, but is seemingly stepping up against Apple and Google with the latest announcement. According to the report, Amazon would charge developers 30% of an apps' profits, mirroring the same 30/70 split employed by both Apple and Google in their respective app stores. There is also a stipulation that apps sold on Amazon would not be allowed to be sold for a lower price anywhere else. The one...
  • Acer Netbooks Will Dual-Boot Android and Windows 7

    10/11/2010 8:32:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    PCWorld ^ | October 07, 2010 2:36 PM | Katherine Noyes, PCWorld
    In what will surely provide a boost to Google's Android platform outside the smartphone arena, computer maker Acer reportedly announced on Wednesday that all of its upcoming dual-core netbooks will run both Android and Windows 7.The announcement was made at Acer's Taiwan launch of its new dual-core Aspire One netbooks, which will feature Intel's Atom 550 processor as well as Android, according to a report in DigiTimes. The move is expected to increase demand by providing "more efficiency to consumers" while costing Acer very little, the report said. Also included in the new "Happy" Aspire One netbooks will be a...
  • Microsoft Sues Motorola Over Android Smartphones

    10/04/2010 7:59:37 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 28 replies
    EnterpriseMobileToday ^ | 1 October 2010 | Stuart J. Johnston
    Microsoft has been talking smack to Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) of late, charging the search giant's Android operating system isn't as "free" as the company says it is and hinting that Android could end up entangled in a patent infringement lawsuit. But talk is cheap. On Friday, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) took a much bolder step, suing Motorola (NYSE: MOT) for allegedly infringing nine of the software titan's patents in its Droid mobile handsets, which are powered by Android. "Microsoft filed an action today in the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against...
  • Samsung ships 5 million Galaxy S smartphones

    10/08/2010 11:02:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Tuesday, 05 October 2010 12:54 | Peter Scott
    Samsung has announced that it has managed to ship 5 million Galaxy S smartphones over the past three and a half months. Although Apple managed to ship three million iPhone 4 units in the first month of sales, the success of the Galaxy S is still impressive and perhaps even a bit surprising. The Galaxy S is Samsung’s flagship Android smartphone. It packs a 4-inch Super AMOLED 800x480 display, 1GHz processor and it bears a striking resemblance to Apple’s first generation iPhone, although it’s a bit thinner. It’s also worth noting that the Galaxy S has just launched in Japan,...
  • Nokia sells 260,000 smartphones a day

    09/24/2010 7:04:46 PM PDT · by PugetSoundSoldier · 26 replies
    Mobile Crunch ^ | September 14, 2010 | Simon Chester
    For all the crap Nokia has been getting lately about falling behind, not innovating, or releasing products that don’t really compare with the competition, you could be forgiven in thinking that they may be on death’s door. So you’d probably be surprised to hear that Nokia still move more smartphones than the Big Two. How many you ask? Try about 260,000 a day. To put that into perspective, last I heard, Apple ship somewhere around 80,000 iPhones per day, and Android activate 200,000 devices per day.
  • ARM Aims at Intel, Cortex A15 Headed for Smartphones, Notebooks and Servers

    09/09/2010 10:27:38 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 9/9/2010 12:01:00 AM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    Last month TI announced it was the first to license ARM’s next-generation Eagle core. Today, ARM is announcing the official name of that core: it’s the ARM Cortex A15. Architectural details are light, and ARM is stating that first silicon will ship in 2012 at 32/28nm. Here’s what we do know. The Cortex A15 will be a multi-core CPU, designs can have as few as a single core but most will have 2 - 4 cores depending on their target market. The cores will all be superscalar out-of-order designs and support Long Physical Address Extensions (greater than 32-bit memory addressing)....
  • Verizon's Galaxy S to Blast Off on Thursday ( Webinfo out now on Samsung Fascinate @ Verizone )

    09/08/2010 8:16:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | September 7, 2010 10:12 AM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Bleeding-edge Android smartphone goes on sale Thursday at storesSamsung's Galaxy S may be late to the Android game, but it quickly established itself as the Android phone to beat, selling one million units in the U.S. alone in its first 45 days of availability on Sprint and AT&T.  Likewise, the "Fascinate" on Verizon may be off to a late start versus its brethren -- the T-Mobile Vibrant, the AT&T Captivate, and the Samsung Epic 4G (Galaxy S Pro) -- but seems destined to be a hot seller in its own right. Verizon, the largest cellular service provider in the U.S., aired a commercial last night revealing that the Fascinate...
  • Can you hear me now? Of course; I'm on a land line

    09/06/2010 7:28:47 PM PDT · by thecodont · 50 replies
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | September 6, 2010 | By Stephen Randall
    Sitting here in my den, I have two ways that I can call you and two ways that I can get a call from you. One of them has been around since the late 1800s and still does pretty much what it did when it was invented. The other is virtually magic in a box — and that box isn't much bigger than a deck of cards. One sits like a weird dusty antique on my desk. It's not pretty. No talented designer has ever bothered to make it museum-worthy. When it rings, I hear the same sound, no matter...
  • Huawei Goes Populist with Android, Launches "First Affordable Smartphone"

    09/06/2010 9:35:40 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | September 3, 2010 8:12 AM | Mark Kurlyandchik
    Handset will run between $100 and $200 without a contract Huawei, most recently in the news because of a group of Senator's opposition to the Chinese telecommunications company's dealings with Sprint, is hoping to garner public support by launching an affordable Android smartphone, dubbed the Ideos. The Ideos was announced yesterday at the IFA conference in Berlin. Specs include: Android 2.22.8-inch capacitive QVGA touchscreen display 320 x 240 resolution528 MHz processor3.2 megapixel autofocus camera HSDPA 3G Wi-Fi3G hotspot capabilities for up to eight devicesmicro-SD card slot The Ideos was developed with plenty of input from Google itself, Nexus One style, which should be a...
  • Samsung boosts smartphone sales target for 2010

    09/05/2010 8:36:48 AM PDT · by PugetSoundSoldier · 11 replies
    Fierce Wireless ^ | September 3, 2010 | Phil Goldstein
    Samsung increased its smartphone sales target for the year, and the company hopes to boost both its smartphone market share and handset profit margin into the double digits, a top executive said. J.K. Shin, the president of Samsung's Mobile communications division, told reporters on the sidelines of the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin that Samsung expects to ship 25 million smartphones this year, up from a previous target of 18 million. That earlier target, announced in February, was itself triple the number of smartphones Samsung shipped in 2009. The recalibration reflects in part Samsung's growing confidence in the smartphone...
  • Verizon Roadmap Is Android Heavy

    08/20/2010 11:24:26 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    InformationWeek ^ | August 20, 2010 01:14 PM | Esther Shein InformationWeek
    Android fever has hit Verizon Wireless, which is reportedly preparing to launch several Android-powered devices including the Motorola Droid Pro and the LG enV Touch 2. A Verizon Wireless spokeswoman declined to confirm the phones’ release, saying “We don’t pre-announce our phones.” However, a leaked roadmap detailing the carrier’s plans for the rest of 2010 and further down the road reveal the Droid Pro may see possible release in November, as well as another Motorola device in the works that will run Android 2.2, according to website Boy Genius Report. The Droid Pro will reportedly have a 1.3 GHz CPU,...
  • Intel looks to expand beyond PCs with McAfee buy ( Some possible rationale for the move)

    08/20/2010 10:41:08 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Thu Aug 19, 7:31 pm ET | Alexei Oreskovic and Sinead Carew Alexei Oreskovic And Sinead Carew
    SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Intel Corp (INTC.O) will pay $7.7 billion for security software maker McAfee Inc (MFE.N), making its largest-ever acquisition to bolster the appeal of its chips as it tries to expand from PCs into the burgeoning market for Web-connected gadgets. Analysts say the deal, the latest in a flurry of high-premium acquisitions, could give the world's largest chip maker a leg up as it competes against a growing field of rivals designing technology to power smartphones, tablet PCs and newfangled televisions. It underscores how security has become a concern in a world of Web-enabled devices. Swallowing...
  • Group Test: smartphone satnav apps

    08/19/2010 9:45:36 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    The Register (UK) ^ | 19th August 2010 07:02 GMT | Alun Taylor
    Product Round-up Unless you spend serious time behind the wheel of your car and regularly need to drive to places you have never been before and couldn't locate on a map if your life depended on it, a satnav application for your mobile phone may well be all the guidance assistance you will ever need. Apart from being cheaper than a standalone PND - Personal Navigation Device, natch - a GPS-equipped phone has the benefit of always being with you when you need it rather than sat in a box at home. I've regularly set off into the wide blue...
  • T-Mobile USA plans high-speed Android phone

    08/18/2010 1:52:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    al Reuters ^ | 8/18/2010
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE), said that a device based on Google Inc's (GOOG.O) Android software will be its first phone to take advantage of a new high-speed upgrade to its mobile network. T-Mobile USA, the fourth biggest U.S. mobile service, said it would provide more details about the new G2 phone in coming weeks. The device will be the first to support HSPA plus, which T-Mobile USA has made available in 50 metropolitan markets with more than 85 million inhabitants. T-Mobile USA did not say which manufacturer would make the G2. HTC...
  • Nvidia CEO: We have a CPU strategy

    08/14/2010 10:50:06 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    CNET ^ | August 12, 2010 9:54 PM PDT | Brooke Crothers
    Nvidia's chief executive officer is emphatic that his company has a strategy for building processors beyond its mainstay graphics chips. During an interview with CNET, Jen-Hsun Huang addressed a longstanding issue with the company's chips that has become a financial bruden, as well as speaking about ongoing Intel litigation and the resolution of its graphics chip defect issue. Chief executive of Nvidia, Jen-Hsun Huang On Thursday, Nvidia reported a second-quarter net loss of $141 million, or 25 cents per share, worse than the net loss of $105.3 million, or 19 cents a share, a year earlier. The graphics processing unit...
  • Sales Soar For Google’s Android Smartphone System

    08/12/2010 11:41:17 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    The Source ^ | * August 12, 2010, 2:47 PM GMT | Gustav Sandstrom
    As the global handset market continues to recover from the recent economic downturn, smartphones based on Google’s open Android platform are taking a fast-growing slice of the pie. While overall mobile phone sales grew 13.8% in the second quarter from a year earlier to around 326 million units, shipments of Android devices soared to 10.6 million from less than one million the year before according to research firm Gartner.The platform has already overtaken Apple’s iPhone OS as the world’s third-largest smartphone operating system after Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS and market leader Symbian–the main platform in Nokia’s smartphones–and is likely...
  • Samsung Epic 4G, the Fastest Android Smartphone, Hits Sprint

    08/12/2010 9:41:09 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | - August 12, 2010 9:36 AM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Epic 4G is packed with the same attractive features as the Vibrant -- plus 4G and front-facing camera The Epic 4G has almost everything you could want in a smart phone -- a blazing fast CPU and GPU, cutting-edge wireless, video-conferencing, and a physical keyboard. The phone impacts the market on Aug. 31. Samsung in May quietly slipped into first place in the overall U.S. mobile market.  However, in the Android smartphone market, it's been forced to endure sitting in third place behind HTC and Motorola.  That was largely because despite having a couple Android handsets (Moment and Intercept) it didn't have a truly dominant...
  • Dell's Streak: a Tiny Tablet That Takes Calls, Too

    08/11/2010 6:53:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | AUGUST 12, 2010 | Walt Mossberg
    In just a few months, Apple's iPad has established that there is indeed a consumer market for a multitouch tablet computer. The 1.5-pound slate with a 10-inch screen has already sold more than 3 million units, even though it costs $499 for the cheapest model, surprising many analysts. And Apple says over 20,000 third-party apps have been written especially for the iPad's large screen and features, in addition to the more than 200,000 iPhone apps it can also run. WSJ's Walt Mossberg takes a look at the Dell Streak, a five-inch Android tablet. He says the device is more of...
  • TI First to License ARM's Next-Generation Eagle Core ( Tablets & Smartphones for 2012 )

    08/09/2010 5:46:50 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 8/9/2010 8:59:00 AM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    In our smartphone and tablet reviews we make sure to spend a good amount of time talking about the silicon powering these devices. There’s no reason that handset and tablet manufacturers shouldn’t be held to the same standards as the PC vendors we’ve worked with for years.  Today the fastest phones are either based on ARM’s Cortex A8 core or a similar architecture as in the case of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon. Starting either late this year or more likely sometime next year we’ll see the first SoCs based on ARM’s first out of order core, the Cortex A9, shipping in phones....
  • Google Makes $1.4 B a Year, and Probably a Lot More, on “Free” Android

    08/06/2010 6:12:35 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 18 replies
    BNET ^ | August 5, 2010 | Erik Sherman
    Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt said that the company now sees 200,000 Android device activations a day. The growth rate should make your eyes cross, because it’s 40 percent over June’s numbers, which were 60 percent over May — and that’s with the introduction of Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 4. In other words, my estimate that Android devices (more than just phones, to be fair) hitting 18 million by the end of this quarter is overly conservative. At 40 percent month over month growth, that would be 26.2 million units this quarter. Many critics wag their figures and say, “Sure, lots...
  • Is Android unstoppable?

    08/03/2010 10:58:40 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 159 replies · 36+ views
    Unwired ^ | 03 Aug 10 | Vlad Bobleanta
    What the numbers say Android’s market share grew by an amazing 886% in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the second quarter of 2009. And as exciting as that sounds, it was pretty much to be expected. Back in Q2 2009 Android had 2.8% of the smartphone market. You can only go up from such a measly number, basically. This time last year, Android was on just over a million of the handsets sold. And almost all of those sales were made up by the HTC Dream/G1. Android 1.5 was released during that second quarter of 2009, but by...
  • The Cellular Money Pit

    07/05/2010 5:16:17 AM PDT · by STONEWALLS · 153 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7-3-10 | Karen Blumenthal
    Cellphone plans are fast becoming the collateralized debt obligations of the consumer world, complex and chock full of unpleasant surprises. Blame it on the growing popularity of smartphones such as Apple's iPhone and Motorola's Droid. Now, in addition to choosing among a panoply of voice and text plans, users must contend with data plans to access the Web and all those apps. In the past few weeks, AT&T did away with its $30-a-month unlimited-data plan and began requiring new smartphone subscribers to choose one of two new data plans. That move is expected to be copied by other carriers in...
  • Setting the numbers straight on Windows Phone 7

    05/31/2010 9:16:19 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 4 replies · 411+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | May 28, 2010 at 3:59 PM | Sharon Pian Chan
    Numbers for Microsoft's new mobile phone sales projections are ricocheting around the echo chamber of the tech blogosphere Friday and research firm IDC wants to set them straight. Microsoft plans to start selling a new version of its mobile phone called Windows Phone 7 for the holidays. MobileTechWorld reported Microsoft expects to sell 30 million of the new phones by end of 2011, based on a slide shown at a ReMIX conference. The Thursday report cited IDC, the research firm in Framingham, Mass., as the source. ReMIX is a Microsoft Web developer conference where the company is courting developers to...
  • Google Unveils Killer Android 2.2 OS Update, 100K Android Phones Sold a Day

    05/20/2010 6:01:44 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 502+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | May 20, 2010 3:05 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Google looks to continue its campaign of market domination with great new products In the U.S. Android has reportedly past Apple's iPhone in sales, and worldwide it is expected to surpass the iPhone in units deployed by 2011.  The secret sauce to its success is no secret; Google reemphasized it today.  To date it has 60 Android devices on 59 carriers in 48 countries.   Google shows no signs of slowing down.  Today at its I/O Developer event Google revealed that it is now up to an incredible 100,000 Android activations worldwide per day.  This is particularly noteworthy as it's...
  • Intel Moorestown graduates: Atom Z6xx promises smartphone/MID/tablet prowess

    05/05/2010 8:22:14 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 213+ views
    Slashgear ^ | Wednesday, May 5th 2010 | Chris Davies
    We’ve been talking about Moorestown for months now, but the platform has finally come of age and matured into Intel’s Atom Z6xx series of mobile processors.  The new 45nm chips currently range from 1.5GHz through to 1.9GHz, and bundle Intel GMA600 3D graphics, video encode and decode, as well as memory (up to 2GB) and display controllers onto a single SoC; that’s good enough for PC-style multitasking, 1080p Full HD video and lengthy battery life in smartphones, MIDs, tablets and smartbooks. Compared to the previous Atom Z5xx generation of processors, the new chips use more than 50x less idle power,...
  • Global Smartphone Market Soared 50 Percent Over Past Year

    04/30/2010 1:01:44 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 7 replies · 334+ views
    Paid Content ^ | Apr 30, 2010 12:11 PM ET | Tricia Duryee
    The global smartphone market saw its best quarter for the first time in almost three years, according to Strategy Analytics, a research firm. It found that global smartphone shipments jumped by a gigantic 50 percent to 54 million in Q1 from 36 million in the year-ago period. Smartphones accounted for 18 percent of all smartphones shipped. Nokia (NYSE: NOK) shipped a record 21.5 million smartphones to have a leading market share of 40 percent. RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) shipped the second-most handsets to beat Apple (NSDQ: AAPL). The BlackBerry-maker’s market share stands at 20 percent, while Apple’s is at 16.4 percent....
  • Samsung, Nokia “Patently” Eyeing Palm?

    03/24/2010 4:22:32 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 6 replies · 309+ views
    IBD's Click ^ | 3/24/2010 | Brian Deagon
    Samsung and Nokia (NOK) are likely suitors for struggling smart phone maker Palm (PALM), according to PatentVest, a research firm that keeps close tabs on patents and intellectual property. Speculation that Palm may be acquired flourished after the company disappointed investors with its Mach 18 earnings report. Since then, the value of Palm stock has fallen 70% to about $4, giving it a market cap of about $672 million. An early pioneer and onetime leader in smart phones, Palm based its revival on the launch of its innovative WebOS operating system, and the Palm Pre launched in June to much...