Earlier today we posted IDC’s analytics which heralded Samsung as champion among vendors for both units shipped and market share. Now, the latest comScore has just became available and it too spouts the resounding success of Samsung. To that end, IDC cited the company’s ridiculous 267% year-over-year change. As far as just this past March, though, Samsung has found itself on top with 26% ownership of the market. The leader is followed by LG at 19.3%, Apple at 14%, Motorola at 12.8%, and HTC at 6% with the remaining percentage points being tussled over by “Other.” Also of interest here is the breakdown of mobile operating systems. As of this past three month average, Google Android acquired 3.7 points bringing it to 51%: an insurmountable majority in the making. Bravo to Samsung for leading the charge.
Orbotix has posted an end of March progress report and things are looking good. The company’s product, Sphero, has rolled its way into 95 new countries, in addition to the US, since shipping began last December. As a thank you for waiting patiently, Orbotix has offered a 10% discount on international orders using the code “GETROLLING.”
If you already have a Sphero, like me, there’s some cool news for you too.
The original HTC EVO made waves on Sprint for being one of the first “big” phones and of course, more importantly, for being the first 4G enabled phone. It’s been about two years since then so perhaps your EVO and your contract have begun to wear thin. If so, you may be excited by the rumors going around. A tipster in communication with our friends at Phandroid has detailed the existence of an up and coming HTC EVO One. Obviously, we knew we were going to see something soon. Sprint and HTC have a collaborative event scheduled for April 4th. At the time of that writing we speculated the focus of the event may be the HTC One X, but now…now I’m not so sure. The EVO was a landmark device for Sprint and in my opinion most deserving of a special press congress. I’m sure we’ll hear more about this on April 4th, if not sooner, but in the mean time, what do we know so far?
Here’s an interesting statistic for your day. For quite a while now, numerous blogs have ragged on Android users and their unwillingness to pay for apps. The Humble Bundle cites these blog posts, saying that,
“[they] brand Android users as “cheap pessimists” and disproportionally resistant to spend money on apps when compared to other platforms, especially when it comes to games.”
The Humble Bundle team has made an interesting discovery though. During the Humble Bundle 2 sale, they have been conducting an informal experiment, asking users to check a box if they are on Android. The team was looking for a platform breakdown. What they found surprised them.
“Android users are actually pretty generous, to the tune of a $7.43 average purchase price. This puts Android users well-above Windows ($5.73) slightly above Mac ($7.02), but below the still mighty Linux ($9.92).”
This goes completely counter to the Android user stereotype of being too cheap to pay for apps. Rather, make good apps and they will come apparently, and these are pretty good games by the way. Be sure to grab them from the Humble Bundle before the sale ends in 5 days.
source: Humble Bundle Blog
If you have been waiting on this one, I’m sure it has felt entirely too long. The UK white RAZR was initially thought to be released on February 22nd. Then the date became March 1st. Then, silence. Those days came and went and the white RAZR seemingly faded out of existence for the past month. All of a sudden, however, the illustrious white RAZR has come back on the radar with a new date in tow, March 29th. Get it then, SIM free and unlocked from Clove, which by the way is accepting orders now at £382.80, VAT included. Clove will also be throwing in a pair of free folding speakers (a £20 value).
It’s no secret. The iPod owns the portable media player sector, but that hasn’t stopped Android OEMs from taking a stab it. Most recently, the Samsung Galaxy Players have been top dog for team Android, but it appears HTC is near ready to join in the fun and with a novel design it seems. The screenshots you see here in this post are taken from a patent filing from Q1 2011. In the illustrations (another after the break) you can clearly see a kickstand as well as multiple speaker grills. This thing looks like its ready to crank it up to 11, no sweat, and since its HTC, a device like this has got to have Beats on board. Of particular interest is that it appears the speakers are ordinarily hidden and you slide the two back halves to create the surround sound experience. Speaking of Surround, we’ve seen an approach similar to this on the Windows powered HTC Surround. Looks like they saved the better stuff for Android!
Make no mistake, the Nokia N9 is a beautiful piece of hardware. The software, however, is obviously not my favorite. It would seem the NitDroid project agrees. The culmination of their latest efforts have produced an alpha build of Android 4.0.3, Ice Cream Sandwich, specifically for the Nokia N9. For an alpha build the aspects successfully working are actually quite extensive. Even cooler is the addition of a boot selection screen, meaning upon powering on the device you’ll have the option to boot into the default Mee-Go OS or Android. . Being alpha, there are a few things inevitably missing, accelerometer and Wi-Fi are a couple high priority aspects, but otherwise it truly looks to be working well, including access to the mobile network. Whether you own an N9 or not, you’re going to want to see…what could have been.
For those of you who didn’t catch the announcement of Panasonic’s Eluga at MWC, what we’ve got here is a 4.3″ device with a TI OMAP 4430, the very same of which resides inside the Motorola RAZR. From the hands on impression at MWC, however, it seems it may not be as fluid as the RAZR, despite the similarity. You’ll also find 1GB of RAM inside as well as 8GB of embedded storage. Unfortunately this one will ship with Gingerbread and a relatively small 1150mAh battery. It’s been a while since MWC, though, so maybe Panasonic has had time to retool the onboard software for enhanced performance. Plus it has dust and water resistance certification going for it. That’s pretty awesome, right? Expect the first wave of them to hit Japan in March, followed by Europe in April. Pricing and US availability are yet to be seen.
source: NTT DoCoMo
Ever heard of the Android x86? It’s a team project devoted to porting Android to x86 computer architecture, which pretty much covers most PCs, like for instance Asus Eee PCs. I loaded Android x86 on my former Eee PC back when the project featured early builds of Honeycomb. Now, the project has moved on to Ice Cream Sandwich and the result looks sweet.
The Nvidia Tegra 3, Qualcomm S4, and now the Apple A5X…all of these beastly new quad chipsets claim to be the best. Don’t make any judgement yet. There’s another contender here to join the fray, and it just may be a winner. I’m referring to Huawei’s K3V2. Developed in house by Huawei, this quad core monster comes in 1.2 & 1.5 gigahertz configurations and features a 16 core GPU. For those of you keeping track at home, that’s 4 more than the Tegra 3. From the look of these benchmarks, it makes a difference.