A comment from Sony Ericsson’s President and CEO, Bert Nordberg, seems to parellel the company’s recently released third quarter 2011 financial data figures quite nicely:
“Android-based Xperia smartphone sales now account for more than 80% of sales… We will continue to invest in the smartphone market, shifting the entire portfolio to smartphones during 2012.”
The report shows that Sony Ericsson enjoyed an increase of 33% of sales quarter-on-quarter, but also that only 9.5 million units were shipped during this time, a decrease of 9% YOY. The decrease comes from a decline in demand for their feature phones and explains the company’s strong desire to shift entirely over to their Android meal ticket, which saw an increase that helped offset some of that decline. Sony Ericsson’s income before taxes were £31,000,00 (that’s $43 million US).
This month marks the 10 year anniversary of the joining of Sony and Ericsson, a partnership that is up for renewal. It has been rumored that Sony may buy out the Ericsson side, a move that some believe would benefit this new Android-only direction and provide a integral leap in smartphone design, portable gaming systems and tablets moving forward.
Latest of phony applications to hit the Interweb is this pretty impressive Netflix for Android look-a-like. The app is a Trojan with one focus, to steal your account information. According to Symantec, the application is designed to send user’s log-in info to a remote server spouting that there is a compatibility issue with your device and then attempts to uninstall itself. When Symantic attempted to reach the server in question it appeared to be offline today.
Technically, the creators of the application could hijack your account and gain access to portions of all kinds of info, but rest assured, they will not be able to gain any of your credit card information, as the website only shows the last four digits of your card number. And according to Elinor Mills of Cnet.com, “It might be a test run for a phony mobile banking app, which could yield access to much more sensitive information.”
Well, I was never a huge fan of the game, however, I can hardly believe it’s been 10 years since the initial release of Grand Theft Auto III. In an effort to commemorate the game’s 10th anniversary the team is releasing the software and making it available for select Android devices sometime in the fall.
Supported devices at launch:
Android Phones: Droid X2, HTC Evo 2, LG Optimus 2X, Motorola Atrix, Samsung Galaxy S2
Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
In addition, they’re throwing in a limited-edition action figure of the game’s main character, Claude. The action figure is at a 1:6 scale and comes dressed with his initial outfit from the game, cargo pants and a bomber jacket. Furthermore, a detailed arsenal of weapons will accompany the action figure such as his classic bat, grenades, hand gun, assault rifle, knife and sniper rifle. The collectors item will run your pockets $149.99 however, Social Club is offering the chance for three lucky winners to snag it for free. All you have to do is fill out the form here by Sunday, Oct 16th and you’re all set.
After much blood, sweat and tears, it has been my utmost pleasure watching Android defile and violate the HP Touchpad in ways and places it never knew existed. Without further ado, check out the Alpha release of CM7 and feel free to shout hallelujah in the streets if you want. Take note that there will still be numerous bugs so be patient and provide as much feedback as you can so as to improve the experience. A few things won’t work as expected but it will only be a matter of time until our ever hard at work developers community tames the wild beast. For now, feel free to drool over the video demo available after the break. And if you were one of the lucky sun of a guns to pick up the device during the fire sale….I hate you. Enjoy :)
Google just announced earnings, and they destroyed expectations as earnings came in a $2.73 billion while revenue was $7.51 billion. During the conference call, Google CEO Larry Page had some interesting things to say regarding Ice Cream Sandwich, which will be unveiled next Wednesday October 19 in Hong Kong.
“I’m super excited about the soon to be released new version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich. That’s right, Ice Cream Sandwich. You don’t believe what we’ve managed to get done in this release,” said Page.
Other interesting things to note is that Android now has 190 million activations in 130 countries, up from 135 million 3 months ago. Google+ has over 40 million users, and over 3.4 billion photos have been uploaded to date.
In the ongoing Apple vs. Samsung war, it looks like Apple has put a nail in the coffin one more time, this time in Australia. A little over a week ago Apple rejected a proposal from Samsung to end this tablet battle. What’s even more crazy is right before the ruling was to go down to possibly ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, Samsung set up a temporary store two doors down from the Sydney Apple Store. Yesterday, the Federal Court granted Apple’s injunction to ban the Tab 10.1 in Australia until a trial is had to resolve the patient disputes between the two companies. Samsung has stated they would kill the release of the 10.1 if the injunction was granted as, without holiday sales, the tablet would be “dead” by the time it actually hit stores. The two players will be returning to court today to see if Samsung will be allowed to sell a modified version minus the technology that Apple sited in the complaint on two patents. Well, there you have it folks. I know this is getting old, but news is news. Take it as you will.
After months of anticipation, we may finally see the launch of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 2, packed with that drool-worthy NVIDIA Kal-El quad-core processor we’ve been dreaming about. The online retailer, LambdaTek Component Shop, shows the Transformer 2 (listed as model number TF201-1I020A) as in-stock on November 7th, which would make good on ASUS CEO Jerry Shen’s comments last week that the device would indeed launch by the end of the year. Interestingly enough, the price is set at £537.85 (tax included) or about $739.77 USD, which is an increase of more than 45% from Shen’s remarks regarding its projected retail cost.
Let’s check out those specs:
- Runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb
- NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor
- 10.1-inch display
- 32GB of storage
- 1GB of RAM
The folks over at QuickOffice were hanging around CTIA this week and were extremely pleased to reveal a new update to the popular and widely used office application for Android. The new QuickOffice 5.0 will offer new features to compliment both smartphones and tablets. We can expect a ton of UI tweaks and the new ability to share your work with friends and colleagues on Twitter, Facebook and even LinkedIn. In addition, they have added some other welcomed add-ons such as popular note taking apps like Catch and Evernote. The fine folks at QuickOffice say the software update can be expected around mid-November at its original launch price. As a major fan and user of QuickOffice myself, I highly look forward to using the productivity application on both my tablet and smartphone. Check out the quick pics and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.
Pics courtesy of Droid Life
Panasonic has made an official announcement for their two new BizPad Android tablets that targets business consumers with a need for a “rugged strength” device while on the go. Protections the tab offers include water, dust and shock resistance to ensure your business doesn’t come to a screeching halt while you’re away from the office. Plus, expanding the device’s power is made easier with an interchangeable battery pack for those extended business activities. Additional features include:
- IC card reader/writer IC (in accordance with NFC)
- Enhanced security features
- Runs Android Honeycomb 3.2
- Optional 3G
Panasonic’s 7-inch JT-580VT Series will be available this December and their 10.1-inch JT-581VT Series should be released in January; the cost of each has yet to be firmed up.
Hit the break for the full press release.
On the heels of yesterday’s announcement of SAFE, Samsung announced the Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program which is an enterprise mobility ecosystem for Samsung and its enterprise solution partners. The program will allow enterprise solution partners to implement their solutions on Samsung mobile devices more efficiently.
There are four tiers of membership and depending on what tier, enterprise partners are provided with technical support for solution development on Samsung mobile devices, joint marketing and sales support through Samsung’s enterprise mobility website, and enterprise mobility focused events to ultimately develop business opportunities together.
“The Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program is a true testament to Samsung’s growing and influential enterprise presence and our dedication to facilitating a cooperative environment for our business-to-business partners,” said Ken Daniels, Sr. Director of Strategic Alliances at Samsung Telecommunications America. “Our new program aims to not only redefine the relationships between Samsung and its enterprise partners, but in doing so, to ultimately enhance the experience of employees and consumers who utilize our enterprise-ready devices.”
Full press release after the break: