March comScore MobiLens Report is in, Echoing Samsung’s Reign

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.

source: comScore

Orbotix Gets Busy – Sphero Now in 96 Countries, New Apps Coming April

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.

Sprint’s HTC EVO One – A Former Favorite Is Getting A Refresh

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? 

Humble Bundle Data Finds Android Customers More Generous than Windows or Mac

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

White Motorola RAZR Joins Clove March 29th

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).

source: Clove
via: UnwiredReview 

HTC Looks To Be Entering The Portable Media Player Fray

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! 

Nokia N9 Owners, Get a Taste of Android Ice Cream Sandwich

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.

Panasonic Eluga drops March 29th in Japan, Europe in April

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
via: Androinica

Huawei’s Ascend D Quad XL – Perhaps World’s Fastest Smartphone Indeed

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.

Lawsuit Brought Against Google Over Quality of Apps

Get this, plaintiffs Dodd Harris and Stephen Sabatino have brought a lawsuit against Google claiming, “Google fails to test Android phone programs for its online store, and then will not refund customers who purchase defective apps.” They go on to equate this to unfair and fraudulent business practices, for which they want damages and an injunction.

Help This Infectious New Game Go Viral – Patient Zero

It’s 2012 and together, we can help start the mass outbreak of the zombie apocalypse, as well as a slew of other bizarre infections. It doesn’t matter how much you wash your hands, these infections have evolved to transmit themselves over our wireless network infrastructure.

This is the premise of Patient Zero, a new game by a fresh developer, EgonDev. In this pandemic game, infections get transferred by players coming within proximity of each other in the real world. Players infected with your virus will carry it and infect more players. The ultimate goal is to be Patient Zero for the most devastatingly sweeping virus in the world. Here’s a few screenshot to help give you an idea of how it works.

The game is currently in  open beta, and needs more players to get the sickness spreading.

The concept behind this game has some real potential. For those of you familiar with them, you can almost liken it to a modernized/easier/themed game of either  “Where’s George” or perhaps even the street pass feature of the Nintendo 3DS.

Mwhahaha, looks like I’ve successfully caused people near me to contract Luposlipaphobia.

If you’re ready to get down with the sickness, check it out in the Play Store.

Download on Play Store

via: Reddit 


News Flash! Tablets Are A Hot Item – 155% Gain between Q4 2010 and Q4 2011

Tablets are hot. The numbers don’t lie.  According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker, worldwide media tablet shipments into sales channels rose by 56.1% on a sequential basis in Q4 2011 to 28.2 million units worldwide. That’s a whopping 155% increase  over the fourth quarter of 2010. Ultimately this all equates to a total  of 68.7 million units worldwide for the entirety 2011. The results have shocked analaysts and promped them to up their 2012 forecast to 106.1 million units, formerly a  forecast of 87.7 million units.

So where is Android in all this?

As predicted, Android gobbled market share in Q4 2011, thanks in no small part to the Amazon Kindle Fire’s resounding success. Android grew its market share from 32.3% in Q3  to 44.6% in Q4. As a result, iOS slipped from 61.6% market share to 54.7%. It appears the tables are continuing to turn. Looking ahead, IDC expects Android to continue to grow its share of the market at the expense of iOS.

Of course Apple won’t necessarily be hurting much. Tom Mainelli, the research director, had this to say:

“As the sole vendor shipping iOS products, Apple will remain dominant in terms of worldwide vendor unit shipments. However, the sheer number of vendors shipping low-priced, Android-based tablets means that Google’s OS will overtake Apple’s in terms of worldwide market share by 2015. We expect iOS to remain the revenue market share leader through the end of our 2016 forecast period and beyond.”

For better or worse, tablets are claiming the future.

source: IDC
via: BusinessWire 


Xperia Sola Sports a Glove Friendly Touch Screen

A hands on with the freshly announced Xperia Sola has found its way online. As we mentioned earlier, this device features a technology Sony refers to as “floating touch.” What this does is allow the phone to track your finger movement above the screen. It also allows you to use the device with non-capacitive input or more commonly, gloved fingers. See it in action just past the break.  

Kernel Governors, Modules, I/O Schedulers, and CPU Tweaks – The Master List

Whether you’re a novice or a pro, when it comes to rooting and flashing things to your phone it seems there’s always something new to learn. The topics in the title are often the least understood and yet the most sought after enhancements to our devices. That being said they generate a lot of questions and typically few concise answers. For instance, have you ever wondered any of the following?

  • “OK I have flashed this xyz kernel. What’re all these governors? How do I know which one is the best for me? How do I tweak them to bias their characters towards Battery-life/Performance/Balance between the Two?”
  • “What’s this about these modules that come with the kernel? What are they? How do I use them. Are they any good? Is it OK to neglect them?”
  • “What roles does an I/O scheduler play? How do I choose a reliable I/O scheduler?”
  • “Can I have more control on CPU? Can I get more info and tweaks on dual core CPU, bus frequency, etc?”
If so, you should check out droidphile‘s post over on XDA’s forums. Droidphile writes,
“Hope this thread could give you answers for all these questions. We’re covering governors, modules, i/o schedulers that comes with Siyah kernel, plus more. That should cover almost all the popular governors/modules/io schedulers! Many people seem to get lost in Kernel dev threads without getting answers about governors and such.”
The thread is extensive! 18 popular governors are finally clearly defined. Sample Governor tweaks are given. INIT.D scripts are explained. A comprehensive list of modules and there functions are listed, and so much more. Hit the source link to be taken to a treasure trove of Android knowledge.

source: XDA