Why you should NOT buy a Nexus 4, iPad mini, and other popular electronic devices.
Clark Griswold's reaction to receiving a pre-paid Jelly of the Month Club membership instead of an expected bonus check in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is exactly what it feels like to buy the 'wrong' piece of technology. For example, let's say you plunk down $200 on a subsidized top-of-the-line dual-core smartphone, and then as soon as the return/exchange period expires, the manufacture releases an upgraded quad-core model with more bells and whistles. You can shake an angry fist at Mount Olympus all you want, you're still locked into a two-year agreement. Sometimes these situations are unavoidable, but many times they're not.
Smaller tablets are all the rage these days, but all those 7-inch slates don't exactly lend themselves to family time. Heck, even the current crop of larger size tablets are mostly geared towards single-user scenarios. Archos is hoping to change that perception with its new FamilyPad, a 13.3-inch Android tablet designed to "bring back game night" and put a "digital twist on family time."
Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and every online store and brick-and-mortar retail shop was barred from selling Samsung Galaxy S III and Apple iPhone 5 devices. Do you turn to the Galaxy Note as well? That's barred too. In fact, you can't even buy a Jelly Bean device in this made-up scenario, because it infringes on Apple's patents. None of this has happened, mind you, but it could in a worst case scenario now that everything mentioned has been added to an ongoing lawsuit between Apple and Samsung.
Compared to a year ago, worldwide sales of mobile phones dropped 3.1 percent to 428 million in the third quarter of 2012, but broken down by category, smartphone sales are surging. According to the latest data compiled by Gartner, smartphone sales are up nearly 47 percent from one year ago. Overall, 4 out of every 10 mobile phones shipped is categorized as a smartphone.
Unlike in the US, Apple was handed a resounding defeat during its legal truffle with Samsung in the UK. Unfortunately for Apple however, the judge did a bit more than throw the case out. Judge Robin Jacob ordered the company to publically apologize to Samsung on the front page of its website, and gave them a tight timeline to comply. How did Apple respond? First they posted a halfhearted apology, then when the judge ordered them to try again, they used a bit of web trickery to hide the proper apology, regardless of browser type or resolution. The judge as you could imagine, was not impressed.
Microsoft is reportedly in the process of porting its Office productivity suite over to iOS and Android devices. This isn't the first we've heard of Office Mobile, nor has Microsoft officially confirmed the news, but screenshots and inside information have all but tipped the release as imminent. It will ship first to iOS and then Android, starting in early 2013, perhaps as early as February.
It's no secret that Google's open source Android platform is the popular kid on the block, but even Google may not have envisioned a time when its mobile OS would account for 75 percent of all smartphones. Yet here we are, with Android installed on three out every four smartphones shipped in the third quarter of 2012, according to data by International Data Corporation (IDC).
Windows Phone 8 launches on October 29th, but if a smartphone platform launches in a vacuum, does it make a sound? Microsoft announced its launch date ages ago, however in almost record time, Google has put together a media event on the very same day. Coincidence? Perhaps, but then again these two tech rivals seem to revel in sticking it to each other any chance they get. The Google event carries the vague tag line “The playground is open”, however sources of the NextWeb have been much more specific. Phones, tablets, and Android 4.2 are all on the docket, and with a lineup like that, I wouldn’t want to be launching a competing smartphone OS with single digit market share on the same day. Poor Microsoft just can’t seem to catch a break.
Hit the jump to read all the juicy details of the Google event.
Unless you're willing to rely on the cloud, the amount of built-in storage is paramount when picking out tablets like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, both of which neglect the user any easy way of adding expandable storage space. If you're a fan of the Nexus 7, you'll be happy to know that Google is rumored to be launching a 32GB model in time for the holidays. Currently the Nexus 7 is available in 8GB and 16GB flavors.
Hardly a month goes by without Adobe plugging holes in its widely used Flash Player. On Monday, the San Jose-based software company ensured that October did not turn out to be one of those rare months by updating Flash Player across all the four platforms it is available on.