In the ongoing battle of Android vs Apple, it’s clear who the winner is in terms of market share. Nothing is slowing Android down, but analysts are always trying to find something that points towards Android in a negative way. The latest comes from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster who surveyed 100 developers about their thoughts on the different mobile platforms and Apple won hands down.
The Galaxy Nexus debuted on Verizon for an expensive price of $299 back in December of last year. Like all phones, the price always drops after the early adopters are bagged. It dropped to $199 back in April and now it’s going to $149. As prices drop on phones, it always means the end of life is closer.
As further evidence, in Best Buy inventory systems there is an “X” for the supply code. This means it can’t be re-ordered and usually spells the end of life.
The Optimus L Series is nearly complete. The Optimus L5 is going to finally make its debut in the UK, Germany, and France in the coming weeks. There’s really nothing about this device to get too excited about, but it should please the consumers coveting mid-range phones. It will also hit the Middle East, CIS, Asia, Central and South America with dual SIM capabilities. No word on North America, but they do mention that NFC “Tag & Play” will be available in Europe and North America for mobile commerce and peer-to-peer sharing so they must have something in mind.
Full specs include:
- 4.0-inch HVGA display
- Cortex A5 800MHz processor
- 4GB Internal Storage / Micro SD support (up to 32GB)
- 5.0 MP rear camera – AF with LED Flash
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 1,500mAh battery
- Size: 118.3 x 66.5 x 9.5 (mm)
Full press release after the break:
It’s one thing to sell the most Android phones to consumers, but Samsung wants to make sure they are the Top Dog in Enterprise as well. We heard about SAFE earlier in the year. It stands for Samsung Approved For Enterprise and the Galaxy S III will be the first Samsung phone in the U.S. to get the SAFE designation. With the Galaxy S III and SAFE, you get support for 338 IT Policies, which includes on-device AES-256 bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, and support for Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions. As BYOD (bring your own device) is adopted more throughout the Enterprise community, phones such as these make things a lot easier for IT departments.
To me the presser below implies that there will be separate models with the SAFE branding, but it’s not the case. All Galaxy S III’s will have the SAFE capabilities and that means you can buy it from any of the five major carriers (Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular). To further entice sales, Samsung is offering a Trade-In Program called SAFE2SWITCH to make it easier for users to make the switch to what is now the most popular Android phone in the world.
Full press release after the break:
It appears the CyanogenMod team have been busy as usual and have a couple nightly builds ready for some of today’s newest devices. Right now you can download a nightly build for both the Transformer Pad 300 and the International version of the Galaxy S III. Since these builds are very early in production you can expect a few quirks along they way but overall response has been fairly positive. All the important things like data, WiFi, and Bluetooth are working so if you’ve been waiting to trick out your new i9300 or TF300T, I’d say give it a go. Head to the source link for further details and download links. Happy hacking!
I’m not sure we need anymore evidence of the upcoming Google Nexus tablet, but a photo showed up on Picasa with EXIF data suggesting it came from a Nexus 7. This isn’t the first time we heard the name “Nexus 7,” but we’re still wondering if it’s a codename or the actual name. The picture itself isn’t revealing. It’s of a ceiling and has a resolution of 1280 x 960 which suggests it came from the front-facing lens.
I live and work in that area of Northern California known as Silicon Valley… the center of tech innovation. Since I moved out here in 1996 I’ve been working in the tech industry and have seen many a technology come and go, from Palm Pilots to Pocket PC’s to Blackberries.
The Fruity Revolution
Once Apple redefined the smartphone in 2007, the mobile landscape started to change. Gone was the vast variety of feature phones and PDA’s as more and more people got iPhones. Apple essentially redefined what a smartphone should be. There’s no disputing that fact. And for the longest time, Apple had no real competition, allowing them to saturate the market with their devices and increase the mind share of their mobile brand.
The Green Robot Wars
Seemingly out of nowhere in 2008, Google came out with their first public iteration of the Android mobile operating system, known as Cupcake. It was showcased on the now historic G1, a QWERTY slider on T-Mobile in the United States, also known as the HTC Dream elsewhere. It didn’t exactly take the mobile world by storm, but it was a very important release since it showed a glimmer of possible competition to the OS from Cupertino.
Three years later, Android has grown tremendously through follow-up releases Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and now Ice Cream Sandwich. Android is in its fourth major release and has matured to a mobile OS that rivals the Apple juggernaut. As a matter of fact, it has now surpassed iOS in market share worldwide. With over 900,000 daily activations, Android is still growing and its app ecosystem is robust.
One of the major reasons the Logitech Revue Google TV set-top box didn’t catch on is that it launched for $299, a price point that was hard to swallow for a first-gen device. Logitech bailed and put it on $99 clearance (which is when I got one).
Sony is learning from Logitech’s mistakes and is launching its new NSZ-GS7 Google TV set-top box at $199, a more reasonable price point, especially for a device running the latest version of Google TV. It also comes with a QWERTY keyboard remote with a track pad/button combo on the flip side. Looks like a very nice package, and now you can pre-order one from J&R. No word on when it will ship, but the page does state it’s “coming soon”.
Tempted? Hit the source link to pre-order.
For one week, Google is promoting Collectibles Week, an initiative to drive in-game sales for over 20 games in the Play Store. Using the psychological and persuasive technique known as scarcity, Google hopes to get gamers to buy or unlock limited edition items within these games. After the week is over, those items will no longer be available.
The collectible items range from Android themed clothing for Stardom: The A-List to a special gilded rifle, gold knuckles, and lots of gold for Crime City. Collectibles Week ends this Friday, so get your collectible item now.
Participating games are slightly different between the U.S. and internationally. Click the appropriate source link for your list.
We may have seen our fair share of Siri clones out here in the Android world, but there’s one that’s looking to put all other virtual assistants to shame called Robin. This virtual assistant is aimed specifically for use when driving and allows drivers to use voice in/out and hand gestures in order to establish communication with the device. Robin comes jam-packed with the abilities and features such as give navigation, real-time traffic and parking information, gas prices, weather and more. When you’re sitting in rush hour or just plain bored during your drive, Robin can narrate personal Twitter news and even tell a joke or two.
The app is currently in beta, but it’s certainly looking like it’s on the right track for impressing users. Hit the break to see the full presser from the developers as well as grab the QR code and Play Store links.