Survey finds 50% of phones activated last quarter came from Apple, 26% from Samsung

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Apple trumped all other smartphone manufacturers last quarter based on consumers activating a device. The usual Android foes were all far behind Apple with Samsung leading the way. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) conducted a survey with five hundred subjects in the United States and aimed to find which phone brands were most popular among activations. The devices, both old and new, were activated between October and December of last year.


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Amazon Music app gets dedicated Prime Music section

Amazon_Prime_Music_logoAmazon has updated their Music application that brings in a dedicated Prime Music section. You’ll be able to quickly add music to your library and manage what songs you own, and you’ll be able to stream music without adding it to your library first. The search results and filtering methods have also been improved, so finding music you want should be easier now.

Aside from the Prime inclusions, Amazon fixed a few bugs and added support for the OnePlus One. If you use Prime Music, this an update you’ll probably want to grab. If you’re on the fence, you can check out our review of the service here.
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Amazon Prime subscribers in Canada get unlimited cloud storage for photos

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Subscribers of Amazon Prime in Canada now have another incentive to stick with the service. Aside from offering free two-day shipping on a massive amount of items, Amazon will supply unlimited cloud storage for photos. Subscribers get 5GB of Cloud Drive storage; however, photos will not have any affect on that number. Upload as many photos as you want and it will not make a dent in the 5GB of storage.

Hit the break for the full press release.


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Google’s Play Store eclipses Apple’s App Store in number of apps and developers for first time

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Given the differing business models being employed by Google and Apple in getting their mobile operating systems into the hands of consumers, it should be no surprise that despite a jump start by Apple, Google is ahead in many measures. Even in areas where Apple has a lead, Google is steadily marching toward dominance. An example of this occurred in 2014 according to app metrics tracking firm AppFigures whose latest numbers show Google’s Play Store has surpassed Apple’s store in terms of both number of apps and developers.
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Alcatel Onetouch to sell devices in the US through online storefront

alcatel_onetouch_pop_2_family_CES_2015Alcatel Onetouch is launching a new online store to directly sell devices to American consumers this year. The company has had moderate success in European countries, but so far hasn’t made much headway in the key US market. Selling a variety of phones online might just change that.

The store is actually powered by Amazon, so customers can pay for devices with their Amazon account. You can currently purchase the Idol X+ and Idol 2S, as well as the new Pop 7 and Pop 8 tablet that were announced at CES this year. Their planned smartwatches should also be available on the store, whenever those are released. 
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[Deal] Amazon has 33 apps worth $110 for Free today as part of the Free App Of The Day bundle

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It’s New Year’s Eve so it’s time for an app sale, and Amazon is game. As you know, Amazon always offers a Free App Of The Day, but today they are bundling 33 apps for Free. If you were to purchase every app on any other day of the year, it would cost you $110. Now it’s unlikely that you can use all of them, but there just might be a handful that interests you, assuming you don’t mind installing the Amazon App Store on your device. Just remember, these apps will only be updated through the Amazon App Store, so you need to keep that app installed on your device. A little bit of a pain, but it won’t cost you a penny.

Full list of apps, along with the link to all of them, after the break.


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