Android’s got a pretty steady grip on the market right now, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going away anytime soon. Canalys, a marketing research firm, has recent reports backing up that statement, and the statistics may even be a little bit scary.
By 2017, Android is expected to hit 1 billion phone shipments— annually. And this is all with Android expected to lose 0.6% of its market share, standing tall at a total of 67.1%. Right now, Android ships 470 million phones annually, so that figure is expected to more than double. Oh, and one more thing— this is only counting phones, and not tablets, or any other type of device Google launches four years from now running Android.
Windows Phone is expected to take a pretty solid chunk of the market too, as it is expected to see 400% growth between now and 2017. Check out the full presser after the break.
We already knew Samsung was selling the Galaxy S 4 by the truckload, but more numbers have come in that solidify Samsung’s place in the smartphone market. According to Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley, Samsung outsold Apple in the month of May, thanks largely to the Galaxy S 4. On three of the four major carriers, (Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile) The S 4 was the top selling smartphone for the month. On AT&T, it was still outsold by the iPhone 5, but three out of four isn’t bad, right? Those numbers are also fairly impressive because Verizon didn’t even offer the S 4 until late May.
According to Walkley, strong marketing, as well as support from the SIII and Note II, helped bump Samsung up to the number one spot. This marks the first time Samsung has taken that spot since Apple debuted their iPhone 5 at the end of last year.
source: Business Insider
The Nvidia Shield is primarily a gaming device, no question about it. But it benefits from being an Android gaming device, meaning it gets to take advantage of having basic Android features. An Nvidia released video shows how the Shield’s touchscreen display can be used to browse the web, check emails, navigate maps, and read books, among more. When browsing, the left joystick is used to scroll, while the right is used to move a cursor to select links.
I imagine most Shield owners are going to also be smartphone owners, so these could seem like unnecessary features for a gaming device. You can see it all in the video after the break.
It looks like T-Mobile is making good on a rumor made back in May suggesting that they would be releasing an LTE variant of the ever popular Galaxy S 3. If you head on over to T-Mobile’s web site you’ll see that you can pick up this device for lowly price of $69.99 down and $20 per month for the 2-year contract. If you’re just wanting to pick up the device itself you’ll pay $549.99 out of pocket. Whichever way you decide, it’ll land you the Marble White 16GB version of the device. We’re not sure if we’ll see different colors or storage options down the road.
Even though it’s recommended that you drop the extra few dollars on either the Galaxy S 4 or the HTC One this still makes for a great mid-range phone for those who aren’t out for the latest and greatest. Of course we have our own recommendations but we’ll let you make the decision. If you’re looking for a device that’s still top notch, you can hit the source link below. Enjoy!
While Google is allowing more devices to come equipped with stock Android, they are also making their stock apps available on more devices. Google Keyboard, which packs in all of the features that were introduced on the stock Jelly Bean keyboard, is now available in the Play Store for all 4.0+ devices. Features that third party clients like Swype and Swiftkey already had, like gesture typing, voice dictation, word prediction and autocompletion are included in this keyboard, which could make it a popular replacement.
My first impressions of using Google Keyboard are that it’s snappy, easy to use, and seems to predict what I’m trying to say almost as well as Swiftkey. However, I’m only going to be able to get a full grasp of it after trying it out for a few days. You can download the keyboard for your phone or tablet from the link after the break.
The Sony Xperia Z could be released on T-Mobile before we know it. We told you about the possibility a few months ago, and now thanks to a finding by G for Games, we have more reason to believe that the Xperia Z is coming to the United States very soon. A long list of support documents for the Xperia Z were found in a search on T-Mobile’s website. The pages are locked if you try heading to them, but the fact that they even exist suggest that T-Mobile could be very close to launching the phone.
As a reminder, the Xperia Z is a dust-proof, water-resistant 5-inch, 1080p display smartphone powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, and includes a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video. It’s a top end phone that should we welcomed with open arms from T-Mobile customers. Could it compete with the likes of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4? It has the potential, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Source: G 4 Games
I have been a loyal user of SwiftKey for a while now, but another keyboard replacement app called TypeSmart from Comet Apps might change that. I have been playing with it over the last couple of days and I like what I see. From what I have found with most keyboard replacements is that they always seem to be too gimmicky with an interface that will only attract a few people. TypeSmart went in another direction by trying to improve upon what’s out there without trying to develop a brand new way to type.
TypeSmart’s claim to fame is that it not only does what all the other keyboards do, but there are six cool things that no other keyboard offers. The first is a slide-out number row. I tend to do a lot of my typing in portrait mode and I hate switching to a different keyboard for numbers. I know a lot of keyboards offer long pressing, but that is only good when you only need to type one digit. With TypeSmart, you simply swipe up and the dedicated number row appears. Don’t worry, there is still a separate dedicated number pad if you find that your phone’s display is too small. I would like to see this option added to the settings giving you the ability to always display it without needing the gesture, but a quick swipe up isn’t all that bad.
Lenovo is getting ready to release a pair of affordable tablets for price-conscious users. The first of these devices is the IdeaTab A1000 – a seven inch tablet with 4.2 Jelly Bean,a 1024×600 display, 1.2 GHz dual-core MediaTek processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage, a 0.3 MP front camera, and a 3,500 mAh battery. It will run for a cheap $149 with a promo code applied. The price without the promo code is $189.
The second device, the IdeaTab A3000, has the same specs as the A1000 except comes with a front and rear camera and a 1.2 GHz single-core processor. There’s not much of a difference between the two devices, the A3000 even loses one CPU core, and for some reason it costs $229. Confusingly, that’s $80 more than the A1000. The devices aren’t available yet, but they should be soon, if you’re interested.
Source: Unwired Review
We know that Sony’s Xperia Z smartphone is one heck of a smartphone already, but it’s looking like Sony is joining the ranks of HTC and Samsung by having a Google Edition of its flagship in the works behind the scenes. According to an insider confirmed that Google and Sony are currently collaborating on an Xperia Z which would feature stock Android and be released sometime in July. This new model should be fairly identical to the existing version and arrive with a quad-core processor, 5-inch TFT display, 13MP camera and be fully dust and water-resistant– but the main difference is that it will come with the latest version of pure, unmolested Android (which could be Android 4.2.2 or possibly Android 4.3).
The fact that this device is in the works shouldn’t be too surprising considering Sony is a staunch supporter of the AOSP and is often very friendly with the developer community. Of course we will need to wait and hear about a confirmation from Sony and/or Google directly— but all indications is that we’ll hear something sooner than later.
source: Android GS
Making use of before/after effects, NVIDIA showed off the graphics and performance of Dead Trigger 2 with a Tegra 4 processor in comparison to Tegra 3. This is all in preparation for the 2013 E3 gaming conference scheduled for next week. The Tegra series emphasizes low power consumption and high performance for playing audio and video. There are definitely some nice improvements— check it out for yourself after the break.
Samsung has released a new video on YouTube touting the capabilities of the Galaxy Note 8.0. Samsung’s S-Pen equipped note devices previously came in the phablet size hovering around 5.5-inches or the large tablet size at 10-inches. The new device which went on sale this year, tries to bring the Note’s strengths to the small tablet market with an 8-inch screen. Like its siblings, the device sports an S-Pen with “air” capabilities and the ability to run multi-window capable apps.
The video follows a male character throughout his day, first traveling to work, then attending some meetings, and finally running some errands before meeting a girl. Along the way he describes via his voice-over some of the things he can get done with his Galaxy Note 8.0 like reading, scheduling meetings, taking notes, and navigating with the device. Throughout the video, Samsung stresses the Galaxy Note 8.0 is the “best fit” for the demands of daily life.
Check out the video after the break.
The event that Asus began promoting about a month ago with its series of video trailers is now available to watch in its entirety. Asus made use of the “We Transform” mantra as expected, and unveiled some pretty interesting products including the Transformer Pad Infinity, Fonepad Note, MeMoPad HD7, MeMoPad FHD 10 and Transformer Book Trio. Check out the full video after the break.
Developer Days of Wonder has released the Android version of their popular Ticket To Ride title to the Google Play Store. The game is available across a variety of platforms, including a non-digital board game. With an intuitive interface, users should be able to jump right in and play this strategy title, but to do well they may want to check out the video tutorial below to better understand the basic flow and options in the game. Gameplay involves a virtual board with train routes laid out from and to several destinations. Players receive “cards” for trains and destinations with the challenge then to claim routes on the board. The longer your routes, the more points you can earn. However, other players may block your route if they sense your plans. This can not only reduce the length of your routes diminishing your possible points, you could end up holding destinations in your hand which results in negative points.
Radio Shack is unveiling a new deal that will allow customers to trade in their old devices for an in-store credit toward the purchase of any Samsung device.
There are a few caveats, however. The Samsung device you are getting in return must be branded by Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, and the amount of credit you receive for your trade-in varies by device and the accessories that you trade in along with the device. According to Radio Shack, the only two devices that will get you a $300 credit are the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the AT&T 64GB iPhone 5. You also have to sign a new 2-year contract with the purchase of your Samsung phone.
The deal ends on July 7th, so if you’re looking to get a new phone, you may want to take advantage of this program.
Source: Radio Shack