It is not a word typically associated with Apple’s iOS devices, but some recent figures for the smartphone market in the U.K. shows their growth has been in the “entry-level” segment of the market. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech recently compiled data for the quarter ending June 2013 and found iOS had “surged” to 30.5% of the British smartphone market. This surge may not have come from where one would expect, according to Dominic Sunnebo with Kantar who noted:
“Although the flagship iPhone 5 was widely credited with boosting Apple’s global results last week, much of the market share growth for iOS in Britain is thanks to the competitively priced iPhone 4 attracting first time smartphone buyers. More than a third of iPhone 4’s sold were to consumers who have never owned a smartphone before, compared with just one in 10 new customers buying the iPhone 5.”
According to Sunnebo, this could lead to Apple being able to grow their customer base through higher end devices as Apple enjoys the highest level of consumer loyalty for its operating systems and devices. Apple will need all the help they can get as they continue to battle the Android juggernaut for market share. In Britain, Android currently controls 56.2% of the market and in other markets Android holds an even more commanding lead.
Kantar also noted that Windows phones enjoyed a relatively strong position as the number three smartphone OS in Britain, although it continues to struggle in the U.S. where market share dipped slightly.
source: Kantar Worldpanel
Android tablets have been on the upswing lately in terms of market share, and that trend looks to be continuing. In the first quarter of 2013, Android tabs account for just over 50% of tablets shipped, and that number how grown to 67% at the expense of Apple tablet market share. Compared to last year in Q2, Android tablets have grown from 51.4% to 67%, while Apple tabs dropped from 47.2% to 28.3%. Total units for Android tablets increased from 18.5 million to a whopping 34.6 million, which is a very impressive growth. Overall, the tablet market has seen a 43% growth year-over-year.
There’s a handful of new tablets slated for a holiday release this year, and we already have new Galaxy tabs and a rumored Nexus 10 tablet coming up. It’s definitely going to be interesting to see how those devices affect Android’s total market share.
source: Strategy Analytics
Samsung makes an effort to compete for the top spot in whatever market they get into, whether that’s smartphones, tablets, or mobile processors. Up until this point, Samsung has used several ARM designed processor cores in their mobile processors, but they’ve never invested into developing custom cores like Qualcomm has with their Krait cores. This is all about to change, however, as Samsung is looking to get away from the traditional Cortex-A15 and A7 cores that are currently used in their Exynos processors.
Samsung will reportedly begin designing their own custom ARMv7 cores for production soon and will hopefully be put into mobile devices sometime in 2014. This is definitely a bold move, especially in a market that’s so heavily dominated by Qualcomm processors (even in Samsung’s own devices), but if anyone has the money and resources to develop custom cores like this, it would be a company like Samsung.
What do you think? Do you think this will help Samsung devices’ performance in a few years? Let us know in the comments.
via: Android Authority
We’ve known for a while that the Moto X will come in multiple customizable colors. One of Motorola’s newest employees, Guy Kawasaki, just showed us one of the colors, maybe accidentally. Kawasaki posted photos of a Motorola campus party that was held last week at their corporate headquarters, and in one of the pictures, which you see above, shows someone holding what looks an awful lot like a neon green Moto X.
There were probably other Moto X devices at the event, but this looks to be the only one that got posted in Kawasaki’s Google+ album. There’s only a few more days until we have all of the official info of the highly anticipated device and don’t have to rely on these leaks!
Security wasn’t really a big part of Google’s Android 4.3 announcement, which might sound odd considering how big of a deal device security has been in these past few weeks. However, that doesn’t mean Google hasn’t done anything to target malicious apps; instead of loading up Android 4.3 with beefy security features, they took those security features and implemented them into Google’s Play services application that’s updated separately from Android versions. Read more
Apple continued to see erosion of its previously successful claims of patent infringement against Samsung after the US Patent Office rejected Apple patent claims included in the “pinch to zoom” patent. U.S. Patent No. 7,844,915 (the 915 patent) was one of the patents included in Apple’s big lawsuit against Samsung last year in which Apple was initially awarded $1.05 Billion in damages. The 915 patent included 21 claims, all of which were rejected by the USPTO which determined the claims were anticipated by previous patents or unpatentable. Read more
Remember when Google Hangouts was named Babel? It turns out, Babel is actually something completely different now – a Google based universal language translation service of sorts. Android VP Hugo Barra spoke to The UK Times, explaining that Google is trying to create a translator that works so that when you speak into your phone’s microphone in one language, it can automatically translate into another language to the person on the other end of a coll. It’s genius, complicated, and like something you see in the movies.
Barra says that the project is still in its early stages, and the biggest issue seems to be background noise that is affecting audio input for translation. Without background noise, real time translation accuracy is reportedly 100%.
Source: Slash Gear
As the Moto X launch draws nearer and nearer, there was some rising speculation on whether the device would be available for T-Mobile. We now have evidence that suggests that, indeed, the Moto X will come to the UnCarrier. While nothing is confirmed, a Moto X variant known as the XT1053 has recently made its way through the FCC’s approval process, including all of T-Mobile’s standard bands (AWS HSPA+, LTE, bands 2 and 17). This theoretically could be compatible on AT&T’s network as well, but since we’ve already seen a variant for AT&T, we assume that this one’s built for T-Mobile. Check out the source link below for the documents and other information.
I know, the first thing you thought of when Google announced the new Nexus 7 was what is it like inside? That inner geek in you just can’t stop. Well surprisingly the Nexus 7 has processors, cables, a display, and all the things you would find on any other tablet. Don’t believe me? Just check out iFixit’s teardown and see for yourself. Of course, if you ever find that you need to conduct a repair on your coveted second generation Nexus 7, then you will definitely want to check it out.
All you will need is Phillips #0 screwdriver, plastic opening tools, and a spudger. It scored a 7 out of 10 for ease of repairability, but I’m not too good with that stuff, so I would probably just spend the the mula to get it fixed. Hit the break for some more pics and the source link for more information.
There has been some speculation that a Nokia patent has been blocking Google from adding “multi-user” support on Android phones— however, Dan Morrill of Google has taken to Reddit to explain the decision publicly.
Apparently, the problem stems from the phones themselves and the nature that we use them. While tablets receive emails and instant messages, something like a phone call may be too important to just “hold off” or send directly to voicemail while another user is logged in. What does Android do when a phone call comes in for another user? What about a text?
These kinds of questions are what’s keeping Google from adding “multi-user” support. Do any of you have an idea of how this could work? Personally, I always thought that multi-user support on phones would always be a luxury, but not a necessity. I, for one, would never use it, but bragging to my iFriends about the feature would always be nice…
Source: Android Reddit