smartphones http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/950/ en IDC: Competition Affecting PC Sales Shifts From Tablets to Smartphones and Phablets http://www.maximumpc.com/idc_competition_affecting_pc_sales_shifts_tablets_smartphones_and_phablets_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/smartphone_0.jpg" alt="Smartphone" title="Smartphone" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Windows XP replacement activity helped ease PC shipment declines in 2014</h3> <p>It wasn't that long ago when analysts had the PC market pegged for extinction in favor of tablets. Somehow they envisioned us all getting real work done on iPads and Android slate -- not even in a parallel universe where everything is topsy-turvy could such a scenario exists. Fast forward to today and things look quite a bit different. <strong>According to IDC, pressure from tablets seems to be waning, while smartphones and phablets are beginning to compete with PCs for disposable income</strong>.</p> <p>"In the best case for PCs, we'd see a significant wave of replacements as users who spent on phones and tablets in recent years decide they really need to update their PC. Features like touch or convertibility, as well as Windows 10 could make systems more versatile and appealing, along with lower prices," <a href="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS25267114" target="_blank">said Loren Loverde</a>, Vice President, Worldwide PC Trackers. "However, we've seen steady progress on prices and new designs over the past year, and replacements are stabilizing PC shipments but not boosting total volume. Going forward, as younger generations become more mobile and web oriented, and emerging regions in particular prioritize converged devices (or economy in number of devices to purchase), the PC market will continue to face tough competition and be more focused on replacements, with limited potential for growth."</p> <p>IDC now expects PC shipments to slip 2.7 percent in 2014, an improvement over the previous forecast of a 3.7 percent decline. That's mainly due to a better-than-expected third quarter in which entry-level models running Windows 8 with Bing won favor among consumers. Chromebooks also helped boost the low-end commercial segment, IDC says.</p> <p>Though overall PC sales are still declining, shipments still total in the hundreds of millions. Last year saw 315.1 million PC shipments, with this year on pace to see another 306.7 million shipments. Looking a little further down the road, IDC expects to see 291.9 million shipments in 2018.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/highwaysagency/11235762823" target="_blank">Flickr (Highways Agency)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/idc_competition_affecting_pc_sales_shifts_tablets_smartphones_and_phablets_2014#comments computers Hardware idc pcs phablets smartphones tablets News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:33:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28991 at http://www.maximumpc.com HuddleLamp Can Combine Multiple Mobile Displays on the Fly http://www.maximumpc.com/huddlelamp_can_combine_multiple_mobile_displays_fly355 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/huddlelamp_setting.jpg" alt="HuddleLamp" title="HuddleLamp" width="228" height="203" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Opens up exciting possibilities for cross-device interplay</h3> <p>The population of mobile devices that are almost all screen has exploded in recent years to a point that it is now common for a single person to have many such all-screen smart devices. This brings us to the question: Why is there no app and/or hardware solution for <strong>seamlessly combining multiple smartphones and tablets — even if those belonging to the same platform — into one giant display</strong> on the fly?. While a mainstream solution has yet to show up, a partnership between the Human-Computer Interaction Group of the University of Konstanz, the Intel ICRI Cities at University College London (UCL), and the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC) has yielded something that ought to please some passionate and adventurous developers.</p> <p>The <a href="http://huddlelamp.org/" target="_blank">HuddleLamp</a> is essentially a desk lamp that has a motion-tracking RGB-D camera built in to track the movements and positions of both hands and mobile devices on a flat surface, allowing for some pretty exciting interplay between devices and users.</p> <p>“This enables a new breed of spatially-aware multi-user and multi-device applications for around-the-table collaboration without an interactive tabletop. At any time users can add or remove displays and reconfigure them in space in an ad-hoc manner without the need of installing any software or attaching markers,” reads the official HubbleLamp page. “Additionally, hands are tracked to detect interactions above and between displays, enabling fluent cross-device interactions. We contribute a novel hybrid sensing approach that uses RGB and depth data to increase tracking quality and a technical evaluation of its capabilities and limitations. For enabling installation-free ad-hoc collaboration, we also introduce a web-based architecture and JavaScript API for future HuddleLamp applications. Finally, we demonstrate the resulting design space using five examples of cross-device interaction techniques."</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XkmwG588zp0" width="620" height="320" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Image Credit: HuddleLamp</em></p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/huddlelamp_can_combine_multiple_mobile_displays_fly355#comments huddlelamp mobile displays multi-display Research smartphones tablets News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:12:46 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28784 at http://www.maximumpc.com Mobile Gadgets Now Outnumber Humans http://www.maximumpc.com/mobile_gadgets_now_outnumber_humans_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cellphones.jpg" alt="Cellphones" title="Cellphones" width="228" height="202" style="float: right;" />Your fun fact of the day</h3> <p>Do you fear that one day we'll all become servants of our robotic overlords? If you want to fuel that fear, think about how they might communicate with each other, and then consider that the <strong>number of active mobile devices is higher than the human population</strong>, marking a milestone that electronic gadgets have never reached before. Many of these mobile devices also happen to be considered "smart."</p> <p>Eric Mack over at <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/there-are-now-more-gadgets-on-earth-than-people/" target="_blank"><em>CNET</em> did some digging</a> on the matter, though what prompted his curiosity is a mystery we have yet to solve -- perhaps Mack is already working for the other side? Or maybe we're just paranoid. Either way, the human population sits at a few million below 7.2 billion people, with 2 people being added per second (or 1.2 percent annually), according to the U.S. Census Bereau's <a href="http://www.census.gov/popclock/" target="_blank">world population counter</a>.</p> <p>If you direct your browser to <a href="https://gsmaintelligence.com/" target="_blank">GSMA Intelligence</a>, you'll see that by comparison there are over 7.2 billion mobile connections and growing fast. How fast? Over five times the rate of the human population counter.</p> <p>Silliness aside, it's a rather remarkable milestone, though whether it's a good or bad one is up for debate. As pointed out by Kevin Kimberlin, Chairman of Spencer Trask &amp; Co., "No other technology has impacted us like the mobile phone. It's the fastest growing man-made phenomenon ever -- from zero to 7.1 billion in three decades."</p> <p>Also interesting is that all these mobile devices are owned by less than half of the human population.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/tanzen80/10104582706/" target="_blank">Flickr (Antonio Fucito)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/mobile_gadgets_now_outnumber_humans_2014#comments cellphones Hardware mobile population smartphones technology News Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:12:39 +0000 Paul Lilly 28676 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft May Start Using Lumia Brand on Tablets, 'Nokia by Microsoft' for Smartphones http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_may_start_using_lumia_brand_tablets_nokia_microsoft_smartphones_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_2.jpg" alt="Microsoft" title="Microsoft" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />The next generation of Surface tablets might get a name change to Lumia</h3> <p>After successfully <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/done_deal_nokia_completes_sale_mobile_unit_microsoft_2014">acquiring Nokia's Devices and Services business</a> (basically the company's mobile division) for around $7.2 billion, Microsoft's next task is to figure out how to juggle its different brands. The Redmond outfit might already have it figured out -- word on the web is that Microsoft is planning to market its smartphones as "Nokia by Microsoft" and use the Lumia brand for its tablets.</p> <p>News of the brand strategy comes from Twitter user <a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/06/28/pretty-exciting-microsoft-reportedly-final-stages-licensing-nokia-brand-purpose-calling-handsets-nokia-microsoft-furthermore-say-goodbye-surface/" target="_blank">@evleaks</a>, who it's worth pointing out is often correct about such things. According to @evleaks, Microsoft is in the final stages of licensing the Nokia brand. Previous reports about the takeover deal stated that Microsoft would be able to utilize the Nokia brand for 18 months.</p> <p>Microsoft just recently used the Nokia brand to launch its first Android phone, the Nokia X2. Depending on what other Android plans Microsoft has, the company may want to be careful with its branding to prevent confusion between phones built on Google's platform and Windows Phone devices.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_may_start_using_lumia_brand_tablets_nokia_microsoft_smartphones_2014#comments lumia microsoft mobile nokia by microsoft slates smartphones Surface tablets News Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:50:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28090 at http://www.maximumpc.com IDC Expects Smartphone Growth to Slow to Single Digits by 2017 http://www.maximumpc.com/idc_expects_smartphone_growth_slow_single_digits_2017 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/smartphone.jpg" alt="Samsung Smartphone" title="Samsung Smartphone" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Smartphone growth won't be explosive forever</h3> <p>Hardware makers are in a mad rush to cash in on the mobile craze, including smartphones, which are hot ticket items right now. However, growth in the smartphone sector won't always be astronomical, as has mostly been the case up to this point. Instead, market research firm <strong>International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that smartphone growth will drop to single-digit territory</strong> within the next few years.</p> <p>Based on IDC's research, worldwide smartphone shipments could dip to an 8.3 percent annual growth rate in 2017 and 6.2 percent in 2018. As it stands, smartphone volume in 2013 jumped past 1 billion units for the first time, representing a staggering 39.2 percent growth rate compared to 2012.</p> <p>As impressive as that is, 2014 will mark the beginning of slowed growth, IDC says.</p> <p>"In North America we see more than 200 million smartphones in active use, not to mention the number of feature phones still being used," <a href="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24701614" target="_blank">said Ryan Reith</a>, Program Director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "2014 will be an enormous transition year for the smartphone market. Not only will growth decline more than ever before, but the driving forces behind smartphone adoption are changing. New markets for growth bring different rules to play by and 'premium' will not be a major factor in the regions driving overall market growth."</p> <p>Though smartphone demand might be changing, IDC doesn't see much changing in terms of platform choice. Throughout its forecast, IDC expects Android to remain on top with iOS remaining a clear No. 2, followed by Windows Phone and BlackBerry.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/idc_expects_smartphone_growth_slow_single_digits_2017#comments Hardware idc international data corporation mobile smartphones News Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:20:23 +0000 Paul Lilly 27355 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung's 8Gb LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM Will Lead to Faster, 4K Ultra HD Phones http://www.maximumpc.com/samsungs_8gb_lpddr4_mobile_dram_will_lead_faster_4k_ultra_hd_phones <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_8gb_lpddr4.jpg" alt="Samsung 8Gb LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM" title="Samsung 8Gb LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Mobile DRAM will soon become the most popular type of DRAM around</h3> <p>Samsung is closing out the year by introducing what it claims is the industry's first <strong>8-gigabit (Gb), low power double data rate 4 (LPDDR4), mobile DRAM</strong> built a on 20nm-class manufacturing process technology. Using the new chips, DRAM players can cram 1 gigabyte (GB) on a single die, which is the largest density available for DRAM components today, Samsung says. The chips are also fast and power efficient.</p> <p>According to Samsung, the new LPDDR4 interface provides 50 percent higher performance than even the fastest LPDDR3 or DDR3 memory interfaces, and it does it while consuming around 40 percent less energy at just 1.1 volts. This combination of speed and power efficiency will translate into faster, more responsible applications, advanced features, and even higher resolution displays, all while maximizing battery life.</p> <p>"This next-generation LPDDR4 DRAM will contribute significantly to faster growth of the global mobile DRAM market, which will soon comprise the largest share of the entire DRAM market," <a href="http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/?p=31752" target="_blank">said Young-Hyun Jun</a>, executive vice president, memory sales &amp; marketing, Samsung Electronics. "We will continue introducing the most advanced mobile DRAM one step ahead of the rest of the industry so that global OEMs can launch innovative mobile devices with exceptional user convenience in the timeliest manner."</p> <p>Samsung's 8Gb LPDDRD4 uses a new Low Voltage Swing Terminated Logic (LVSTL) I/O interface that the company originally submitted to JEDEC and has since become a standard specification for LPDDR4 DRAM. This interface will enable a data transfer rate per pin of 3,200 megabits per second (Mbps), or twice that of the 20nm-class LPDDR3 DRAM that's now in mass production.</p> <p>What this means for end users is that device makers can start building premium mobile products such as large screen UHD 4K smartphones, tablets, and ultra-slim notebooks.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/samsungs_8gb_lpddr4_mobile_dram_will_lead_faster_4k_ultra_hd_phones#comments 8GB DRAM Hardware lpddr4 mobile samsung smartphones News Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:28:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 26969 at http://www.maximumpc.com Worldwide Smartphone Shipments to Exceed 1 Billion This Year, 1.7 Billion by 2017 http://www.maximumpc.com/worldwide_smartphone_shipments_exceed_1_billion_year_17_billion_2017 <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/iphone-5c-colors.jpg" alt="iPhone 5C" title="iPhone 5C" width="200" height="149" style="float: right;" />Decline in average selling prices encouraging sales, IDC says</span></h3> <p>The <strong><a href="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24461213" target="_blank">IDC</a> </strong>says that smartphone shipments should be more than 39 percent higher than those in 2012 by the close of this year with totals exceeding 1 billion units. &nbsp;By 2017, the number is expected to approach 1.7 billion units worldwide. The major culprit is a steady decline in average selling prices (ASPs).</p> <div> <div class="ichartsembed"> <div id="ichartsembed" style="position: relative; height: 474px; width: 620px;"> <div style="position: absolute; top: 0px; left: 0px; text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://accounts.icharts.net/icharts/embed/M33bzylB" width="460" height="474" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>This year, the IDC suggests that the average selling price of a smartphone will be just $337, a 12.8 percent decrease from $387 last year. With an ASP as low as $267 by 2017. The lower prices and accompanying carrier subsidies mean that many people who would otherwise have purchased a dumbphone are walking out of stores with smartphones.&nbsp;</p> <p>“Particularly within emerging markets, where price sensitivity and elasticity are so important, prices will come down for smartphones to move beyond the urban elite and into the hands of mass market users,” says Ramon Llamas, IDC Mobile Phone team research manager. “Every vendor is closely eyeing how far down they can price their devices while still realizing a profit and offering a robust smartphone experience.”</p> <p>With phone manufacturers fighting for the lowest price, how do you think companies are going to maintain profit margins? Let us know in the comments.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/worldwide_smartphone_shipments_exceed_1_billion_year_17_billion_2017#comments dumbphone feature phone idc selling price smartphones News Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:53:57 +0000 Ben Kim 26777 at http://www.maximumpc.com ARM Denies Claims Of Working On 128-bit Chips http://www.maximumpc.com/arm_denies_claims_working_128-bit_chips_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160391/arm.jpg" width="250" height="125" style="float: right;" />ARM has "no plans" for chips because they "aren't needed"</h3> <p>Rumors have buzzed surrounding <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/arm" target="_blank"><strong>ARM Holdings'</strong></a> possible release of 128-bit chip designs to power various new smartphones. Most recently, via <a href="http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/385579/arm-not-working-on-128-bit-chips" target="_blank">PCPro UK</a>, the company was cited by the <a href="http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131119001029#ystfuv" target="_blank">Korea Herald</a> to promise 128-bit architecture "within the next two years."&nbsp;</p> <p>It wouldn't be surprising to see these chips being manufactured, since according to claims made by the Korea Herald, these types of chips would be all but required if smartphones are to feature more striking features like facial recognition and fingerprint scanning. Despite this story, however, ARM has denied all claims that they're hard at work on said chips.&nbsp;</p> <p>Chief marketing officer Ian Drew fired back with a blog post via ARM company blog, in which he states that there are "absolutely no plans underway for 128 bit ARM-based chips because they simply aren't needed."&nbsp;</p> <p>A statement like that leaves little room for speculation, but it's not as if there isn't space on the market for these types of chips. What's your take on the matter?</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/arm_denies_claims_working_128-bit_chips_2013#comments ARM blogs chip manufacturing news smartphones News Sat, 23 Nov 2013 23:35:48 +0000 Brittany Vincent 26757 at http://www.maximumpc.com Consumer Electronic Devices Only Have 3 Months Before Facing Obsolescence http://www.maximumpc.com/consumer_electronic_devices_only_have_3_months_facing_obsolescence2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/never_obsolete.jpg" alt="Never Obsolete eMachine" title="Never Obsolete eMachine" width="228" height="204" style="float: right;" />Something newer and better is always looming</h3> <p>Every PC builder faces the same question when picking out new parts: Should I buy Product X or wait for Product Y? That's because there's always a faster graphics card around the corner, a more capacious solid state drive on the horizon, or a new CPU architecture on the verge of being announced. No matter how long you play the waiting game, it's impossible to stay ahead of the curve for any real length of time. The same is true for <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/consumer_electronics">consumer electronics</a></strong>, though would you have guessed that three months is the average lifecycle of a mobile device?</p> <p><a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20131021PD208.html" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a> and the sources from the upstream supply chain it spoke with, gadgets like tablets, smartphones, and notebooks enjoy a mere three months on the market before something better comes along. The life expectancy of mobile devices used to be twice as long, but "fierce competition" means consumers are almost constantly being inundated with newer products.</p> <p>This can be problematic for vendors who risk getting stuck with old inventory that they just bought. To prevent that from happening, vendors have turned to short-term orders to the upstream suppliers rather than inking long-term contracts like they used to.</p> <p>The way products are sold is changing, too. For example, within the last few months, every major wireless carrier in the U.S. has implemented a frequent upgrade program that allows customers to trade-up their smartphone for a newer model at least once a year.</p> <p>It will be interesting to see what other trends emerge as a result of this.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/consumer_electronic_devices_only_have_3_months_facing_obsolescence2013#comments consumer electronics Hardware lifecycle mobile smartphones tablets News Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:32:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 26538 at http://www.maximumpc.com Smartphone Sales Headed to 1 Billion Units and Beyond in 2013 http://www.maximumpc.com/smartphone_sales_headed_1_billion_units_and_beyond_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/smartphones_0.jpg" alt="Smartphones" title="Smartphones" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Smartphone shipments zoom past feature phones</h3> <p><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/smartphones"><strong>Smartphones</strong></a> are prevalent no matter where you go, and the reason for that is because there are so many of them in the wild. According to CCS Insight, global smartphone sales will surpass 1 billion units by the end of the year even though overall growth in the mobile phone sector has been slowing down as of late. By the end of 2013, smartphones will account for 55 percent of total mobile phone shipments, leaving plenty of room for growth as feature phone holdouts upgrade their handsets.</p> <p>By 2017, CCS Insight believes smartphones will account for more than three-fourths -- 78 percent -- of a total of 2.19 billion mobile phones sold around the globe.</p> <p>"The insatiable demand for smartphones keeps growing, with over one billion smartphones expected to be sold in 2013. This explosive growth is occurring despite the overall market for mobile phones slowing down, as the mix of new sales is firmly shifting to more-capable smart devices," <a href="http://www.ccsinsight.com/press/company-news/1724-4g-gathers-momentum-as-smartphones-smash-one-billion-units-in-2013?format=pdf" target="_blank">said Marina Koytcheva (PDF)</a>, CCS Insight's Director of Forecasting.</p> <p>Another reason why feature-phone shipments are yielding to smartphones is because profit margins are being squeezed hard, CCS Insight says. It's now led by just three companies, including Nokia, Samsung, and TCL Alcatel OneTouch. CCS Insight says it's a cutthroat business, adding a bit of intrigue as to whether Microsoft will opt to compete following its acquisition of Nokia.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/smartphone_sales_headed_1_billion_units_and_beyond_2013#comments ccs insight Hardware mobile smartphones News Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:30:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 26460 at http://www.maximumpc.com AV-Comparatives Compares Mobile Security Software, Finds Only Minor Impact on Battery Life http://www.maximumpc.com/av-comparatives_compares_mobile_security_software_finds_only_minor_impact_battery_life2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/av-comparatives-security.jpg" alt="AV-Comparatives Android" title="AV-Comparatives Android" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />Sixteen mobile AV software suites duke it out</h3> <p>It always feels a little sketchy when an antivirus vendor presents malware statistics and outlines all the growing threats you need to be aware of. While their data might be spot on, the fact that they each have a vested interest in the numbers they're presenting can give skeptics pause. Well, AV-Comparatives doesn't make AV software; it's an independent testing lab and one of the resources we use in our own AV reviews. In its latest report, AV-Comparatives analyzes 16 different mobile <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/security"><strong>security</strong></a> applications to see which ones root out the most malware on smartphones and tablets running Android, as well as their impact on battery life.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/avc_mob_201308_en.pdf" target="_blank">16 products tested (PDF)</a> include AhnLab V3 Mobile, Avast Mobile Security, Baidu Mobile Manager, Bitdefender Mobile Security Premium, ESET Mobile Security, F-Secure Mobile Security, IKARUS Mobile Security, Kaspersky Mobile Security, Kingsoft Mobile Security, Lookout Premium, Sophos Security and Antivirus, Tencent Mobile Manager, Trend Micro Mobile Security, Qihoo 360 MobileSafe, Quick Heal Total Security, and Webroot SecureAnywhere Mobile.</p> <p>Surprisingly, there wasn't a whole lot that separated one product from another. Starting with a look at battery usage, AV-Comparatives found that most of the products only had a minor impact on battery life. The worst offenders in this category were Qihoo and Webroot, the former because it uses "fancy animations" and the latter due to its real-time protection component. Though they came in last, the battery drain still only amounted to around 3 percent.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/av-comparatives-results.jpg" alt="AV-Comparatives Results" title="AV-Comparatives Results" width="438" height="347" /></p> <p>When it came to testing malware protection, AhnLab and Kingsoft both detected 99.9 percent of the nearly 3,000 malware applications that were collected in the four weeks prior to the start of the test. Kaspersky came in a close second at 99.7 percent, followed by Baidu and ESET (both detected 99.6 percent), Bitdefender (99.4 percent), and Avast (99 percent). Several others scored in the 98 percentile, while Ikarus took last place with a 91 percent detection rate.</p> <p>"Mobile security software protects the user against the great majority of threats, and should not, in our opinion, be regarded as merely optional," AV-Comparatives concluded. Nonetheless, many users do not employ such protection, and are at risk. We find this hard to understand, as there is a wide range of software, including free products, that provide a high level of security. The argument that security products affect the performance or battery life of smartphones has very largely been disproved in our test."</p> <p>Do you run AV software on your mobile products?</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/av-comparatives_compares_mobile_security_software_finds_only_minor_impact_battery_life2013#comments android antivirus av-comparatives malware mobile smartphones Software tablets News Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:34:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 26179 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo's Smartphone and Tablet Sales Surpassed PCs for First Time in Second Quarter http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovos_smartphone_and_tablet_sales_surpassed_pcs_first_time_second_quarter2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_notebooks_1.jpg" alt="Lenovo Notebooks" title="Lenovo Notebooks" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />Life is good for Lenovo</h3> <p>What a year it's been for <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/lenovo"><strong>Lenovo</strong></a>. In the second quarter, two independent market research firms -- International Data Corporation (IDC) and Gartner -- crowned Lenovo king of PCs in terms of shipments, and the company continues to find ways to flip a profit in what it considers a "tough" market. Lenovo's revenue for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2013 was $8.8 billion, a 10 percent jump compared to a year ago, while earnings jumped 23 percent year-over-year to $174 million. It wasn't all because of traditional PC sales, though.</p> <p>Lenovo started expanding its reach into mobile as part of its transformation into a "PC Plus" company. It was a smart move on Lenovo's part, as it saw combined sales of smartphones and tablets surpass PCs for the first time ever during the quarter, the company said.</p> <p>"In a tough PC market, Lenovo became the clear No. 1 for the first time and continues to improve profitability. Our strong performance in PC is fueled by balanced growth, through our consistent execution of the right strategy," <a href="http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1705" target="_blank">said Yang Yuanqing</a>, chairman and CEO, Lenovo." While driving profitable growth in our core PC business, we are rapidly transforming our company into a PC Plus company. The PC Plus market requires fast, efficient innovation as it moves quickly from premium products to mainstream ones and from mature market domination to emerging market hyper growth. This kind of market plays to Lenovo’s proven strengths. Lenovo is now better positioned than our competition to take advantage of these clear trends."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_tablet_1.jpg" alt="Lenovo Tablet" title="Lenovo Tablet" width="620" height="475" /></p> <p>Lenovo's an underdog in the handheld mobile market, which is currently dominated by Samsung and Apple. However, counting Lenovo out of the race would be a mistake when you consider the success it's been able to achieve in a slumping PC market, seemingly defying the odds quarter after quarter.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovos_smartphone_and_tablet_sales_surpassed_pcs_first_time_second_quarter2013#comments financial report Hardware lenovo pcs smartphones tablets News Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:25:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 26129 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Plans to Gradually Shift Focus Away from Windows http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_plans_gradually_shift_focus_away_windows654 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u69/acer_chromebook.jpg" alt="Acer Chromebook" title="Acer Chromebook" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Will concentrate on expanding its Chrome OS and Android device portfolio</h3> <p>Back in December 2012, Acer president Jim Wang said it was too early to say whether Windows 8 was a success or not. Some seven months later — a period during which the company suffered a quarterly loss and the world a shoddy 8-inch Windows 8 tablet from Acer — the Taiwanese company seems to have found the answer.</p> <p>"We are trying to grow our non-Windows business as soon as possible," President Jim Wang told investors in a conference call last week. "Android is very popular in smartphones and dominant in tablets…I also see a new market there for Chromebooks."</p> <p>The company is a Chromebook veteran, having been around since the very beginning. Now, it is trying to prop up the share its Chromebook sales have in its overall notebook sales from the current 3 percent to 5 percent (which won’t be all that difficult to achieve if it continues to make products like the the <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/report_acer_could_replace_iconia_w3_early_september512" target="_blank">Iconia W3 Windows 8 tablet</a></strong>). By the end of next year, the <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/acer-to-step-up-non-windows-business-after-buyers-succumb-to-pc-confusion-7000019202/" target="_blank">beleaguered PC vendor sees Android and Chrome OS products making up around 30 percent of its overall revenue.</a></p> <p>Despite all his eagerness to expand Acer’s non-Windows business, Wang admitted that traditional PCs are “the best IT device for productivity", with alternatives just not being good enough. "However, at today's stage, the user feels very puzzled,” he added. “They need some convincing reason so that they will start to buy the real PC again.”</p> <p>Further, he feels Steve Jobs death has only made matters worse, for consumers no longer know “whom they have to listen to” now that he is no longer around (yes, he actually said that).</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none;" href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_plans_gradually_shift_focus_away_windows654#comments Acer android chrome os chromebooks iconia w3 pc smartphones tablets windows 8 News Tue, 13 Aug 2013 07:55:28 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 26105 at http://www.maximumpc.com Ubuntu Boss Full of Praise for Microsoft’s 'Design Vision' http://www.maximumpc.com/ubuntu_boss_full_praise_microsoft%E2%80%99s_design_vision320 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/ubuntu_for_phones.jpg" alt="Ubuntu Edge Smartphone" title="Ubuntu Edge Smartphone" width="228" height="139" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Lauds Microsoft for being bold with Windows 8</h3> <p>Despite all the flak that Microsoft has drawn in recent times over Windows 8, its strategy of pursuing design continuity across traditional PCs and smart devices has won it a few admirers as well — some of them from unlikely quarters.</p> <p>Canonical boss Mark Shuttleworth is one such unlikely admirer of Microsoft’s one-style-fits-all interface strategy: "Microsoft has clearly articulated a design vision that's designed to expand across platforms," the most powerful man in all of Ubuntudom told our sister site <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/ubuntu-may-do-it-better-but-canonical-head-sees-merits-of-windows-8-efforts-1168992#null" target="_blank">Tech Radar</a>. "As much criticism as the [Windows 8] has taken, I have to agree with them. It recognizes it needs to make a bold foundation. It's very difficult to make bold transitions like that without tickling somebody's nose hairs."</p> <p>Actually, on second thought, this isn’t that much of a surprise, especially considering how Canonical is trying to do the same with <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/ubuntu" target="_blank">Ubuntu</a></strong>. But that is precisely where, Shuttleworth insists, all the similarities end.</p> <p>"I think our story scales a bit more smoothly from phone to tablet to PC," he said. “I think we have an advantage in that our core OS is much lighter in a way. Because it works on phones it makes it to the PC faster - we're stripping out all the fat on the phone.”</p> <p>Canonical is currently trying to crowdfund the development of the Ubuntu Edge smartphone (see video), a device that will “dual-boot both the Ubuntu phone OS and Android, and convert into a fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC.” The company is <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge">trying to raise $32 million in an all-or-nothing crowdfunding effort</a>, meaning that if it fails to raise the desired sum it will give up the ambitious project altogether.</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eQLe3iIMN7k?feature=player_embedded" width="620" height="350" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/ubuntu_boss_full_praise_microsoft%E2%80%99s_design_vision320#comments canonical mark shuttleworth maximum tech operating system smartphones Software tablets ubuntu ubuntu edge windows 8 News Sat, 27 Jul 2013 13:10:37 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 26019 at http://www.maximumpc.com We're Drowning in a Sea of Smartphones, Handsets Shipments to Top 1.5 Billion in 2017 http://www.maximumpc.com/were_drowning_sea_smartphones_handsets_shipments_top_15_billion_2017 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lumia_1020_0.jpg" alt="Nokia Lumia 1020" title="Nokia Lumia 1020" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />Smartphone sector is a buyer's market</h3> <p>Unless you live a cave far removed from society (yet somehow have Internet access to read this), chances are high that either you or someone you know owns a smartphone. They're everywhere these days, and if you're in the market for a high-end device, you have more choices than ever. According to <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/ihs_isuppli"><strong>IHS iSuppli</strong></a>, it's this phenomenon of choices, fueled by top brands introducing new flagship models in the first half of 2013, that will contribute to an expected doubling of shipments from 2012 to 2017.</p> <p>Smartphone shipments totaled 712 million in 2012, less than half of the expected 1.5 billion units IHS iSuppli expects to see shipped in 2017. As for 2013, smartphone shipments are on pace to reach 897 million units, followed by 1.1 billion units in 2014 and 1.2 billion in 2015.</p> <p>"The volume of new flagship smartphone releases from top original equipment manufacturers (OEM) this year has been astounding," <a href="http://press.ihs.com/press-release/design-supply-chain/cornucopia-choices-spurs-smartphone-market-double-end-2017" target="_blank">said Wayne Lam</a>, senior analyst for consumer and communications at IHS. "These include the new BlackBerry Z10, the aluminum uni-body HTC One, and an update to the Samsung Galaxy S4 featuring a Full HD 5-inch active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) display."</p> <p>What of Apple's iPhone line? IHS iSuppli says the iPhone franchise appears to be stalling, noting that the 37.4 million units shipped in the first quarter fell below expectations. It's not clear when Apple will launch a new iPhone model, though many suspect it will debut later this year.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/were_drowning_sea_smartphones_handsets_shipments_top_15_billion_2017#comments handsets ihs isuppli mobile smartphones News Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:40:30 +0000 Paul Lilly 25945 at http://www.maximumpc.com