Apple is the top smartphone vendor for 2011, but Android OS continues to lead market share

The great Apple vs. Android debate continues to press on. In the latest chapter of the competition, Apple strutted its stuff as the world’s top smartphone vendor by marketshare in 2011 at 19 percent, according to Gartner. This is due to a big charge during Q4 in which Apple grabbed 23.8 percent of the overall market. In the quarter alone, Apple sold 35.5 million handsets, a 121.4 percent increase from Q4 2010. Amidst all of Apple’s success, it also helped the company take over as the third largest seller of smartphones, behind Nokia and Samsung. This seems to fall in line with Kantar’s recent findings.

While Apple continues to make a big push in the smartphone battle, Android continues to win the software war. The Android OS was the top OS, having 50.9 percent of the overall smartphone market. While Android had a major advantage in the quarter, Gartner reports it is down compared to the previous quarter—where the Android OS had 53 percent of the overall smartphone market. Remember folks, independent researchers such as Nielsen continue to highlight the Android OS as having the most overall influence and advantage over all other software platforms. I’m sure you’re all dying to see more findings about Gartner’s report, so why don’t you hit the break to see the full press release.


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Google Wallet prepaid security flaw gets fixed, Brute-force issue remains

Last week we told you about the brute-force issue for rooted users with Google Wallet, which then followed by an issue for non-rooted users that left the prepaid card vulnerable. Google just announced the non-rooted prepaid issue has been resolved. Since this issue could be vulnerable to anyone, they felt a fix was necessary. If you remember, Google made a statement regarding the brut-force issue of which they said you shouldn’t root your phone or simply don’t use Google Wallet if you’re rooted. Unfortunately, if you like to root your phone, that isn’t going to make you happy. Plus, if your phone isn’t rooted, couldn’t a potential thief root your phone?

Either way, regardless if you’re rooted or not, you need to lock your phone. I know it makes it slower to to unlock your phone, but the only sure way to protect anything and everything (Google Wallet or otherwise) on your devices is to either use a lock code or pattern. Sure, there are remote wipes, but you may not even realize your phone is out of your possession until damage has been done.

Hit the break for the statement from Osama Bedier, Vice President, Google Wallet and Payments


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Get your Android figurines at local retailers, But hurry!!

Limited edition Android figurines have been hard to get, but a run of non-limited edition figurines are landing at retailers such as Urban Outfitters, FYE, and Barnes and Noble. You will find various themes including the Abominable snowman, Taxi cab driver, and businessman. These aren’t part of the limited edition designer series or special editions, but will sure to be popular at $10 each.  You better run to your local store today because they won’t last long. No word on a European release, but hopefully soon.

source: phandroid

 

Guide: How to Add Widgets to Your Screens (Beginners)

One of the best features that Android devices have is called “Widgets“. It’s a great way to have more information available to you at first glance, rather than relying on Notifications or ‘badges‘ like you see on iOS devices. Sure, they let you know that something is new within that app, but it doesn’t give you a glimpse on what that really is without either pulling down your Notification bar, or opening up the app. If you’re a busy body like me, and need to get the information fast, widgets are the way to go!

To add a widget to your screen(s), simply follow the steps below. One thing to remember however is that you won’t be able to add a widget to a screen that doesn’t have the space for it. For that reason, you’ll need to make sure there’s some free space on your screen. If you have no free space available, you’ll need to decide on what needs to be deleted to make room. To delete a widget, or any app shortcut for that matter, simply Press and Hold it until you see a ‘Trash Bin‘ on the top or bottom of your screen. Once you see it, still holding the widget or shortcut, drag it over top of the trash bin. That’s it.

Continue below for steps on adding Widgets.

Motorola DROID 3 Springs Two Leaks

 

The Motorola DROID 3 is getting updated! Relax, it’s not Ice Cream Sandwich. Two Motorola-signed builds for the soon-to-be defunct slider were recently leaked on XDA. These leaks are flashable on a fully stock phone, which will remain rootable after the update. These are beta builds found on a Motorola QA server, and seem close to final and very stable, but there’s no guarantee these will become the official versions to get pushed to customers.

So what exactly do these updates contain? They seem to be maintenance releases that include camera updates, increased speed in MotoBlur, better battery life, a new baseband, and updated icons for select apps. There may be more, but without an official changelog, it’s hard to say.


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This Siri Competitor for Android Looks Utterly Awesome [Video]

 

Ever since Apple released Siri for iOS, Android developers have been coming out with their “Siri-killers”. We’ve seen Speaktoit Assistant, Cluzee, Iris, and even Google’s upcoming Project Majel, which promises to improve the current Voice Actions for Android. The latest is called utter! by XDA member brandall, and promises something a little different.

Through a video the developer posted on YouTube, we find out that utter! knows about and can use the apps already installed on your device. For example, when asked “search eBay Galaxy Nexus,” the app responds by displaying the results through the installed eBay app rather than opening a browser.  Of course, if the eBay app was not installed, utter! would indeed use eBay’s web site to return the results.


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SendTab Gets an Unofficial Android App

We realize not everyone who uses Android is completely caught up with Google. Some of us for instance prefer to use browsers like Firefox instead of Chrome. If you’re one of those people you may be missing out on Google’s Chrome To Phone app which lets you send your PC’s active browser page to all of your Android phones, tablets, and TVs instantly. Perhaps you should look into 2SendTab. SendTab is available as an extension for a range of browsers, officially and otherwise. So now you too can experience the awesomeness of Chrome To Phone, but wait, there’s more!

Those of you who currently use Chrome To Phone may even find reason to switch. When using Chrome To Phone, the page is sent to all of your devices with the app installed. 2SendTab one up’s this functionality by allowing you to choose which of your registered devices you intend to view the content on. Also, since it doesn’t depend on a Google account, you can register other devices such as family members and send them your active desktop page if you wish. Nice. It isn’t the prettiest but it gets the job done. Check it out on Android Market for FREE.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus 32GB GSM Models Disappearing From Online Retail Sites

Despite the popularity of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, it’s not difficult to quickly spot one of its most noticeable flaws, and that’s the lack of storage space.  And we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it looks like the 32GB GSM models are slowly dwindling away from online vendors.  According to online retailer Expansys-USA, Samsung Corp has canceled the popular Google experience phone though most only believed it to be delayed.  Why should one care? Well, if you’re the type who has a but-load of music, video and pics, you’re going to be hard pressed with just a 16 GB model in your hand.  Recall that the device does not have expandable storage by way of an SD card slot, so what you get is what you got.  And that will most certainly be a big deal breaker for most.  So, if you’re looking for a 32 GB G-Nex, it looks like Verizon might be your only choice at the moment.  Expansys made an official comment regarding the matter and it appears that Samsung has dropped the device from production altogether.

We’ve just been notified this morning that Samsung have dropped the Galaxy Nexus 32GB from production. At this time it looks like they will not be releasing it. Not good news at all.

Corey
EXPANSYS-USA

And according to the site, the device was showing “discontinued” and now seems to be nowhere in view.  Stay tuned as we dig a little deeper for you and feel free to rant as much as you want in the comments below.

source: XDA Developers
via: Android Community

White Galaxy Nexus Heading to Verizon?

You know that white international version of the Galaxy Nexus we have been seeing lately? Yeah that one, the white one. Well, apparently for you U.S. folks who are just dying to get your hands on an alabaster GNex, you just might be able to get one that works on Verizon’s blazing fast LTE network soon enough. You heard right, according to Droid Life they received word from some “friends” in the industry who say the 16GB version of the white Galaxy Nexus is slated to make a Big Red appearance in the near future.

Supposedly, Verizon’s white phone is going to be of the 16GB flavor only, no 32GB version for us here in the U.S.. It is thought that the price will be around $199 to be on par with the 16GB version of the DROID RAZR, which makes sense. If it’s the price point you are excited about and not the color, you might be happy to hear that a 16GB silver/grey Galaxy Nexus will be joining up with Verizon alongside the white one. We will keep you posted as soon as we hear more.

source: droidlife

The XDA Android Hacker’s Toolkit is Available for Preorder

Jason Tyler, author of Google App Inventor for Android, has a new book on its way and you can pre-order it today. It’s titled, XDA’s Android Hacker’s Toolkit: The Complete Guide to Rooting, ROMs and Theming. For those of you ready to start hacking, but aren’t sure where to start, the XDA developer’s forum has long been a great resource. Tyler’s book presents it in a more easily approached manner, beginning with the basics. 
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