For the first time in 14 years, Nokia doesn't lead the cell phone market.
Given Samsung's fanatical following and the widespread popularity of the company's Galaxy S III device in particular, it's hardly shocking that Samsung would sit on top of the cell phone market. Nevertheless, Samsung's ascent to the top, in terms of market share, is pretty remarkable, considering Nokia has held the No. 1 spot for the past 14 years. Samsung is set to seize the crown by the end of the year.
LG's Nexus 4 shipments have been "scarce and erratic," Google says.
Google's Nexus 4 debut is an prime example of how not to launch a product. There's nothing wrong with the hardware, mind you, it's the lack of availability that's driving potential buyers batty. How could Google have so ineptly predicted the strong demand than an unlocked and affordable smartphone running the latest version of Android would elicit? That's a great question, and Google is content to partially pass the buck.
Motorola makes good on its promise to bring Jelly Bean to the Atrix HD.
Just in time for the holidays, AT&T today announced that it's gift wrapped Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for Motorola Atrix HD smartphone owners. The over-the-air (OTA) update brings the Atrix HD up to speed with Google's latest and greatest major version of Android (the 4.2 build, also called Jelly Bean, is actually the newest available), and makes it AT&T's fourth Jelly Bean device, joining the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III, and HTC One X.
A dramatic shift in the smartphone market is taking place, Informa says.
Samsung's Galaxy S III and Apple's iPhone 5 are two of the most popular smartphone models in existence right now, and they both happen to be on the higher end of the pricing spectrum. Barring any special promotions or sales pricing, each device will typically set you back $200 with a two-year service agreement, which is the norm for a top-of-the-line device. By 2017, however, lower cost smartphones will dominate the mainstream market. So says a study from research firm Informa, which predicts that just over half -- 52 percent -- of all smartphones will be priced below $150 by 2017.
The Internet is a tough place to try and keep a secret, so why bother? Evidently we're not the only ones that feel that way. After rumors, uh, surfaced that Surface RT would show up in third-party retail stores, Best Buy reached out to Maximum PC to confirm that it plans on selling the Windows RT-based tablet online starting December 12, 2012, and in select retail and Mobile specialty stores nationwide beginning Sunday, December 16.
Mark you calendars if you're interested in owning what Samsung claims is the world's first 4G LTE camera on Big Red. Otherwise known as the Galaxy Camera, Samsung's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-powered point-and-shoot will be available at Verizon Wireless on December 13 for $550. That's low-end DSLR territory, but is it worth it? Let's have a look at some of the features the Galaxy Camera brings to the table.
As Jelly Bean increases its footprint, the vast majority of Android users are still rocking early builds of the open source OS.
It appears Google's latest major version of Android is getting off to a relatively quick start, at least compared to prior versions. With another month in the books, Android 4.1 and 4.2 (Jelly Bean) now collectively account for 6.7 percent of all active Android devices, which are devices that have accessed Google Play within a 14-day period, according to Google's Android Developer channel.
The tablet market is scorching hot, there's no arguing that. But does it have the legs to go the distance? International Data Corporation (IDC) believes it does, at least for the next several years. Tablets are selling so well that IDC just lifted its sales forecast for every year from now until 2016, at which time tablet shipments are forecast to more than double over where they're at today.
Microsoft's Surface RT tablet ended up on our controversial list of "Holiday Gifts to Avoid" because it lacks a x86 foundation (and therefore won't run all your fancy Windows 7 applications), is slow to load apps (initially), and is sitting behind a bare ecosystem. Surface Pro looks to be a better, albeit more expensive option when it launches in January 2013, but even so, Surface RT could rack up sales of more than a million units by the end of the year.
Might 2013 be the year that Android grapple's the tablet crown from Apple's iPad family (in terms of market share)? It's looking more and more likely. In addition to the handful of worthy 7-inch contenders -- Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, and Nook HD -- tablet makers are now starting to focus on affordable 10-inch slates that don't suck. Toshiba is hoping its new Excite 10 SE qualifies as such a tablet.