For a 12 week period, ending on August 7th 2011, analyst firm Kantar Worldpanel has reported Android now has a 47.1% hold on the smartphone market in the UK. Following up Android is Blackberry at 21.5% and Apple at 20.8%. Bringing up the rear is Symbian with 7.2%, Windows Mobile 7 at 1.7%, Bada for 0.8% and Windows Mobile showing 0.7%. Hey Microsoft, you’re almost not even existing at all in the smartphone world. In comparison with the same 12 weeks last year, Android has shown an increase of 24.2% compared to a decline for Apple by 7.2%. Symbian has taken a huge nose dive down by 19.1%.
Medion has announced two new members to the Android family – the Medion Lifetab P9514 and an Android 2.3 smartphone that hasn’t been given an official name yet.
The Lifetab P9514 is the latest 10-inch tablet to hit the market. Medion’s new tablet will run Nvidia’s Tegra 2 CPU, Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), and weigh 720g. The Lifetab P9514 will initially come in just one storage size, although it hasn’t yet been decided if that’s 16GB or 32GB.
The smartphone will have a 4.3-inch screen, run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and offer a 5MP camera. Not much else is known about the phone at this point.
No words on pricing yet, but both devices are expected to land in Q4.
Keep checking back as we’ll be sure to post updates as we receive them!
Just a few days ago Sony Ericsson unveiled the Xperia Arc S, an upgraded version of the Xperia Arc. Clove Technology in the UK has announced today that their stock for this device is expected to arrive September 26th for £349.99 including taxes ($563.89 USD). You’ll be able to snag this sexy Android smartphone in two colors, Midnight Blue and Pure White. You can order the blue right here or the white here. Anyone looking to get your hands on one?
The Sony Tablet S, in both 16 and 32 GB flavors, is now available for pre-order in the US with shipping dates “on or about” September 16th. Prices start at $499 for the 16GB version and $599 for the 32GB model.
There is no new information on a release date for Sony’s other new tablet, the dual-screen Tablet P, but it is still expected to be available later this year.
Keep checking back as we’ll be sure to post updates on the Tablet P when we receive them!
You have to love Android for the simple fact that there are so many form factors available. Manufacturers are continuing to see a need to combine devices with docks like the Motorola LapDoc, the ASUS Padfone, and even the ASUS Transformer.
Korean Telecom unveiled the KT SpiderPad at the IFA Conference, which might be the coolest Android device(s) yet. For starters, the phone has a 4.5-inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB of storage, microHDMI, and microUSB. Things could stop there, and most of us would be impressed. What separates this from everything else is it pretty much does it all. It can become a tablet, gaming system, and a laptop using accessories. Check it out:
One more video after the break
Rocking an HTC Flyer, but want some Honeycomb love? Well it’s looking to be close as a full RUU has been leaked with ROMs sure to follow. Note though, this leaked ROM is not meant to be flashed in its entirety as it’s a vary early beta release. This is only recommended for developers at this time. Keep an eye out as we’ll update you as this continues. Check out the source link for all the details.
Vodafone Germany has announced that they are launching two new Vodafone-branded tablets. The Vodafone Smart Tab will be available in a 7 and 10 inch version and arrives with the following specifications:
- Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
- Qualcomm 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB Internal Memory (expandable to 32GB with a MicroSD card)
- 5MP rear camera
- 2MP front camera
- 1280×800 pixel resolution
Both models of the Smart Tab will be available in Germany at the end of November.
Hit the break for a copy of the press release!
No longer an iPhone exclusive, Parrot just released AR.FreeFlight in the Android Market which lets you control your AR.Drone Quadricopter up to 50 meters away using your Android phone (thanks to WiFi). What makes this special is that you will also be able to view the live footage taken by the Drone’s two built-in cameras.
We are also expecting Parrot to launch the augmented reality AR.Race app for Android in the near future. Currently it is available on iOS, and it creates virtual racetracks for you to follow.
AR.FreeFlight is free, but unfortunately the AR.Drone isn’t. It will set you back around $299, but this has to be one of the coolest geek gadgets around. Honey, I think I know what I want for Christmas!
Hit the source link to download or hit our apps database for the QR code.
[via android market]
UK retailer Dixons has slashed the price of their Motorola XOOM WiFi version down to £329 ($530 U.S.). That’s a big discount considering the device started at £499 and is now lower than the £399 it was at a few short weeks ago. Dixons has made a similar discount on the XOOM 3G version now available for £399 ($643 U.S.). If you can’t wait, this might be a good time to buy. It’s no mystery that the XOOM has had a hard time making it’s mark, but perhaps more price cuts will help. There is sure to be more deals right around the corner as retailers clear stock and get ready for the holidays.
Acer subsidiary Gateway started shipping a rebranded Acer Iconia Tab A500 as the Gateway TP Series A60. It’s priced at 399 CAD ($404) and is available at Future Shop now.
The specs are essentially the same: Android 3.1 Honeycomb, 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) screen, NVIDIA Tegra 2, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 5MP rear camera, and 2MP front camera.
For the short term, the Acer Iconia is probably the better alternative since it’s scheduled to receive the Android 3.2 update on September 10th, and it probably won’t include this look-a-like.
[via future shop]