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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 ^ | 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
    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 ^ | 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...