Samsung’s market share lead expected to double says analyst


With some analysts projecting Samsung’s new Galaxy S 4 will push the company back ahead of Apple in the worldwide smartphone market, the impact could be even more far-reaching according to IHS Research. In the broader cell phone market, Samsung is already number 1 in global shipments, leading second place Nokia by 5 percentage points.  IHS Research is projecting Samsung’s lead should expand to 11 percentage points by the end of 2013.

IHS Research did not project actual market share for 2013. However, two factors are expected to increase Samsung’s lead and likely increase their share from the 29% they currently lay claim to. The first, most obvious item will be the Galaxy S 4 which is already generating massive interest. Samsung uses a strategy of making devices ready for “a massive worldwide rollout through almost every operator” to help get their devices into the hand of as many people as possible notes IHS Research analyst Ian Fogg. The second issue will be Nokia’s continued fade and inability to break into the smartphone market. Even if third place Apple were to experience significant growth, they are still far behind at only 10% of the worldwide market.

source: CNET

Apple beats Samsung in smartphone satisfaction according to J.D. Power


Samsung and Apple have been duking it out with smartphone market share and in the courtroom, but what about customer satisfaction? Unfortunately things haven’t gone too well for Samsung as Apple came out on top for the ninth consecutive year. According to J.D. Power, Apple scored 855 and performed well in design and ease of operation. Unfortunately, Samsung didn’t even make second place as that went to Nokia with a score of 795. Samsung was a close third with 793, followed by Motorola and HTC.

What makes a user satisfied with their phone? Consumers rank performance the highest (29%) followed by ease of operation (26%), physical design (24%), and features (21%). It should also be noted that the customers surveyed owned their current phone for less than a year.

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Samsung’s new Game Pad accessory up for preorder for only $113


When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S 4, they also mentioned a handful of accessories that would go on sale with it. The gamepad was officially shown and sparked quite a bit of interest, especially since it supported devices with up to 6.3 inch screens. If you’ve been keeping up at home, the Note III is rumored to sport a 6.3 inch screen. Anyway, Samsung didn’t give much details about the pricing of their gamepad, but today we’ve got some official news on preorders. Unfortunately, the gamepad will set you back $112.99, which is fairly expensive for a game controller, even one that cradles a 5 inch smartphone.

Personally, I’m sticking with my Power A MOGA controller. I’m generally pretty supportive of Samsung, but it’s hard to pay double for something just because it has a Samsung logo on the top. Anybody going to be preordering one of these?

source: MobileFun

via: Phone Arena

Sony to raise Xperia Z handsets from the dead with software fix


A appears a number of Sony Xperia Z handsets are dying and becoming completely useless. Users are reporting that the phone is acting fine and then all of a sudden, poof, it powers down and cannot be turned on again. There doesn’t seem to be anything obvious that is causing the problem, but Sony is aware of the problem and will fix it with the next update. Unfortunately, no timeline was offered.

Some users have found that a hard restart (power button + volume up) can get it working again, so give it a try if you experience the sudden death.

source: xperiablog


Google Fiber set to expand to Olathe, Kansas



Well the inevitable has happened folks: Google has expanded its Fiber service to the other side of the Kansas City area. From this week, residents in Olathe, Kansas were the lucky recipients of an approval from the City Council which allows for the construction of the hyper-fast network to be used by residents and businesses. Google saw this as a prime opportunity to expand especially since Olathe has become one of the fastest-growing cities in Kansas, has attracted an influx of new businesses and residents— while also creating the golden opportunity to bring in new jobs, grow local and businesses.

Naturally the planning and engineering of the infrastructure still needs to be done, but the hope is that construction will get underway and folks out in Olathe will be able to get in on the pre-registration for the service soon.

source: Google Fiber Blog

Chrome and Android to remain separate products, but expect more overlap


There has always been rumors that Google and Chrome could become one, and last week’s announcement of Andy Rubin leaving the Android team added a little fuel to that fire. The fact that Sundar Pichai, who is also the Senior Vice President for Chrome, will now lead Android, really made people wonder. Well wonder no more because Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said they will remain separate products, but they would probably overlap a little more.

These comments took place in India, which is just one stop in a multi-country Asian tour promoting Internet access. Schmidt was also asked if he plans on leaving Google and selling his 42 percent stake. His response was, “Google is my home,” and later said he has no plans to take on a job in government.

source: Reuters


Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 to be unveiled at IFA 2013


We already know that Samsung is working on the third chapter of the Galaxy Tab series, and it looks like they will be unveiled it in the fall at IFA 2013 in Berlin. This would most likely be at an Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 event, which will obviously feature the unveiling of the Galaxy Note III. We expect to see a 10.1-inch variant along with another smaller variant, around 7 to 8-inches.

There is some bad news for original Galaxy Tab owners in that Samsung will no longer support those devices. As to the Galaxy Tab 2, support will end with the Android 4.2.2 update.

source: SamMobile

Motorola X Phone won’t have customizable hardware after all

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Remember that awesome rumor about the Motorola X Phone’s customizable hardware we told you about less than 12 hours ago?! Well, turns out it was just a rumor. Sources close to the development of the X Phone have completely destroyed our high hopes debunked that rumor, saying it will be very unlikely for the X Phone to launch with customizable hardware.

But, there’s a silver lining to this. The X Phone isn’t the only device Motorola will ever launch again, so the same sources say there is a possibility that Moto will release a phone at some point in the future that does feature user customized hardware. Google wants Motorola devices to be more innovative, so hopefully we don’t see this idea scrapped before it’s tested in a few consumer devices.

source: Phone Arena

Sprint allowing MNVOs to sell modified Sprint Android handsets


Sometimes, a customer doesn’t want to go with one of the big name carriers like Sprint or Verizon. Smaller MNVOs are popular alternatives to the larger (usually contract-centric) carriers. Both options have their place with consumers, but in many situations, MNVOs don’t have a good enough device selection to sway as many costumers. Well, Sprint is looking to give them a hand with a new program that will allow MNVOs to modify certain Sprint handsets to resell to customers. Read more