Samsung shows no signs of slowing down according to Strategy Analytics. They released numbers for the 1st quarter and Samsung hit a new record in terms of smartphone market share. They sold 69.4 million smartphones, which equates to a 33.1% market share, 4.2% higher than the 1st quarter 2012. Most of that increase came at the expense of Apple, which was at 17.9%, down from 22.8%. Apple could be peaking…
Woody Oh , Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics said, “Apple grew just 7 percent annually and shipped 37.4 million iPhones worldwide in Q1 2013. Apple’s global mobile phone marketshare is approaching a peak. Apple will need to launch new models, or partner with additional major carriers like China Mobile, if it wants to expand significantly beyond its current ceiling of 10 percent global volume share.”
source: Strategy Analytics
Google and easter eggs go hand in hand so it’s no surprise that one was uncovered within Google Glass. If you’re lucky enough to have one of the Explorer Editions of Glass, you can go to Settings and Device Info, View Licences, and tap the touchpad nine times. When completed, you will see a bunch of images of the entire Project Glass team. Apparently team member, Mike LeBeau snuck it in as a tribute to his colleagues.
It’s hard to believe that Google I/O is only a couple of weeks away. The conference itself is always a exciting, but you can’t forget the parties either. Lookout’s Annual Kickoff party is always a blast, and we are excited to offer our readers a chance to get a ticket because it’s one you don’t want to miss. If delicious food, unlimited drinks, great entertainment and cool giveaways sounds like fun to you, then you will want to enter this contest right now. We have 10 tickets (plus one guest) to give away and the details are as follows:
When: Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 pm
Where: Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA
What: Lookout’s annual Google I/O kickoff party. Drinks will start flowing at 7:30 pm at Terra Gallery in San Francisco and we’ll have tasty food and awesome entertainment. Free giveaways for the first 200 who show up at the door (arrive early: we had a line around the block last year!). *Please note that this event is 21 and over.
The only caveat is that you need to get yourself to San Francisco on your own because travel arrangements are not included.
To enter, just comment below on what you want to see at this year’s Google I/O. Is it a newer Nexus 7, Key Lime Pie, a Nexus Q 2, or something entirely different? We will take entries through May 3rd at 12:00pm EST. We will pick 10 random winners shortly after.
**Be sure to use a real email address for your account because that is how we will contact you.
Congratulations to the following winners….
You will receive an email with instructions shortly, and be sure to say hello because I will be there as well!!
It looks like ASUS has another Intel-based tablet up its sleeves according to a sighting in GFX Benmarks. While the Fonepad is smaller, this one will feature a 10,1-inch (1920 x 1080) display. It bares the model number of ME302C and it has the Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ clocked at 1.6GHz along with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It also appears to be part of the Eee family, which might mean it will be a Transformer type of tablet with an optional keyboard dock. We really don’t have much to go on so we will have to wait until more information leaks.
Sony continues to lead the race to see which phone manufacturer can use the most letters in the alphabet. The Xperia ZR, codenamed Dogo, seems to be an Xperia Z variant. It will sport a 4.6-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm CPU, 2GB of RAM, 13MP Exmor RS camera, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot, and 2,300mAh battery. As to the CPU, it wasn’t specified if it’s an S4 Pro or the newer 600 series. Also of note is that it’s water resistant with an IP/IP58 rating, which is higher that the IP55/IP57 rating for the Xperia Z. As far as design, it seems more like the Xperia ZL because it sports a glass body. We have no idea when this will be released, so stay tuned for more information as it happens.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt recently said some interesting things regarding Google Glass. He said using the voice recognition capabilities and talking to Glass is “the weirdest thing” while he was at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government yesterday. He thinks that we have to develop a new etiquette to deal with products such as Glass because they can record video and bring up information that only the wearer can see. He also admitted, “There are obviously places where Google Glasses are inappropriate.” We already saw one bar ban Google Glass, and that was before the Explorer Editions were even sent out.
There’s no question that people will need to get used to Glass, but I think it goes for both the people without Glass as well as the people with Glass. How comfortable are owners of Glass going to be using it everywhere? At the same time how comfortable will be those that don’t own Glass going to be around those that do?
HTC is clearing the air in regards to the injunction that was ordered in the Netherlands on Nokia’s behalf. They want to make it clear the injunction wasn’t on the HTC one, but it was on STM, manufacturers of the microphone on the HTC One. Nokia had an exclusive arrangement with STM for these microphones and HTC bought them in good faith. In fact, HTC was found to be blameless in the case. Regardless, HTC can’t buy microphones from STM anymore, but HTC wanted to make it clear that they are still able to utilize the microphones they bought before the injunction was granted. HTC is already working on an improved design and will transition to it when the current STM supply runs out. Hit the break for HTC’s full statement.
I was actually wondering if it would ever happen, but it looks like the Jelly Bean update is officially rolling for the T-Mobile HTC One S. Of course it isn’t the latest version of Jelly Bean, but Android 4.1.1 still brings a lot of new features such as Google Now. The file size is pretty high at 675.49MB so you need to be connected to WiFI for this one. You should receive your update automatically, but you can always check to see if you can manually pull it by going to Settings/About/Software Updates. Let us know if you received your update yet.
A couple of weeks ago we heard that LG is ahead of Samsung in terms of bringing a flexible display to market. Now LG is saying they will unveil a smartphone with a flexible OLED display towards the end of the year according to LG’s vice president of mobile Yoon Bu-hyun. Samsung, on the other hand, hasn’t committed to when we will see their first offering.
It will be interesting to see if either company will utilize these displays on one of their flagship devices at first or offer a completely different phone. I can’t imagine either company will have a tremendous supply at the beginning, so don’t expect to see them on popular models such as the Optimus G 2, Galaxy S 5, or Galaxy Note III.