When it comes to Android, Samsung has been the reigning king, and it doesn’t appear that’s going to change anytime soon. As of right now, 63.3% of all Android devices has a Samsung logo on it. This includes phones and tablets, and let’s not forget about phablets or phonblets (whatever the kids are calling them these days). The next closest manufacturer is HTC with only 6.5%
When it comes to smartphones alone, the top 10 phones represent a 40.2% market share, but Samsung owns a total of 8 of them for a 37.8% market share. Only the HTC One and the DROID RAZR was able to make the list, and their combined market share is only 2.4%. The Galaxy Ace actually has a larger market share than both of these phones, which is mind boggling.
Survey time again folks. Gotta love these things. Whenever I come across surveys like this they tend to always beg more questions than provide any useful statistics. However, I’ll digress for a moment to report the news. According to a recent study over at Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), this year exhibited a greater influx of Android users moving over to Apple’s OS and the iPhone was much greater when compared to last year’s iPhone launch. According to Mike Levin, CIRP partner and co-founder “Ideally, Apple attracts a significant percent of its customers from Android and other systems,”.
Furthermore, according to the research, during this year’s most recent iPhone launch the company saw a pretty hefty increase in users coming from a previous iPhone, most likely as a result of there being very few consumers left in the U.S. without a smartphone. According to the graph above by CIRP, in Sept of 2012 there was a 16% jump from individuals moving from an Android smartphone to the Apple operating system. The study goes on to further state that this year the number jumped to 21% with the launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c devices. Read more
Samsung has set their deadlines for updating the current crop of Galaxy devices to Android 4.3, and so far we’ve already seen the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S 4 already receiving the update. There’s just one device that hasn’t gotten any attention; the Galaxy Note II.
According to a lucky user in India, he managed to get his Note II updated to 4.3 at a local service station. This means that Samsung is busy loading the 4.3 update onto their services to prepare for an OTA rollout, which means international and unlocked users should see the update by the end of the month. On the carrier side of things, that also means that it’s very like that most carriers should hit their deadlines by the end of the month. AT&T and Sprint are slated for a November 20th rollout, with Verizon following on the 29th and T-Mobile right on their heels with a December 2nd update.
The update should bring a few extra features to the Note II, similar to what we’ve seen in the SIII update. Since it does have the S-Pen also, we may see a few features trickle down from the Note 3 as well.
During the many, many lawsuits and court battles that Samsung and Apple have engaged in, there have been some occasions where each company has had access to private documents and information from the other company. Of course, that information should only ever be used in the context of the legal battles, but apparently Samsung had a different idea.
In one phase of Apple and Samsung’s patent fight, Apple gave Samsung confidential documents explaining their patent agreements with companies like Nokia, Ericsson, Sharp, and Philips. The court issued a protective order that was supposed to prevent Samsung from doing anything with those documents that wasn’t related to the lawsuit. According to Apple, Samsung leaked that information to roughly 90 employees and 130 unauthorized lawyers, which is a pretty big leak. Samsung executive Dr. Seungho Ahn attempted to use the information to strong-arm Nokia into a licensing agreement, but now that Nokia has joined Apple’s side in a motion for sanctions, I’m sure Samsung regrets the idea. Read more
While Google has abandoned the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.4 KitKat, that never stops the resilient devs over at XDA. A dev team by the name of “SlimRoms” has built KitKat straight from source and made it available for most variants of the Galaxy Nexus, and all was left was the Sprint Galaxy Nexus (toroplus). If you wish to flash this, you will need your bootloader to be unlocked and have a custom recovery installed. Considering this is still in alpha stages, so bugs may be prevalent.
Head over to the source link for the XDA thread and for download links.
With Samsung possibly shifting its focus to tablets for 2014, we have some new information on one of their upcoming tablets. Passing through the FCC again is the Galaxy Note 12.2, but this time it seems to be the WiFi-only model. The previous FCC filing had only LTE bands that were supported in Korea; therefore, we were unsure if this massive tablet would make its way onto U.S. shores. A WiFi-only model could prove that this will indeed be available in the United States.
The Galaxy Note 12.2 is set to be available in early 2014. The tablet has a 12.2-inch screen with a 2560×1600 resolution. Under the hood will be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor/Samsung’s own Exynos 5420 (depending upon your market), 3GB of RAM, and Android 4.3 or maybe even Android 4.4 KitKat. And in true Note fashion, the S Pen stylus is sure to be on board.
Android 4.3 is eventually making its way to all versions of the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Following the Sprint and Verizon S4s getting 4.3 last week, it’s US Cellular’s turn to get the new software. In addition to 4.3, firmware version R970VXUAMJA brings Galaxy Gear support, Samsung’s KNOX enterprise security suite, and various bundled apps including Mobile TV, Slacker Radio and Amazon Shopping.
We’re still waiting for 4.3 to land on the AT&T and T-Mobile S4s. According to a leaked timetable, it looks like they will come on November 13 and 18, respectively.
Source: Samsung Support
Curves seem to be all the rage these days, and LG certainly has an option for you in the G Flex. The phone launches in Korea next week on November 12th, and Europe will be getting the device in December. France’s ‘Orange’ cell service provider will be getting the device next month as well.
Along with its curved, flexible six-inch OLED screen, the device comes with 2GB RAM and a 13 MP shooter.
The initial announcement didn’t mention anything about price, but now we have some more information— the Korean price will be 999,900 Won, or about $940.
It’s still tough to tell whether this device or Samsung’s Galaxy Round wins the head-to-head match-up between the two most prominent curved-display smartphones, but we should know soon enough.
If you weren’t sure whether you were going to buy that new Nexus 7 (or even a Nexus 8) or a Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition), there may now be a reason to sway you to the Samsung side of the debate.
Samsung is now giving away up to $600-worth in freebies to those who purchase a Samsung tablet in the United States— the list of tablets includes the Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi, Galaxy Tab 3 Wi-Fi, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition and finally, Galaxy Tab 3 Kids (and Samsung HomeSync).
Hit the break for a list of the freebies that Samsung is offering.
According to Twitter’s @evleaks, Verizon plans on kicking off the holiday season with some modest deals. For Cyber Monday, online shopping’s Black Friday, Verizon will take $150 off of Samsung tablets. It’s unclear whether this apply to the on-contract or off-contract prices. Also from Samsung will be the Galaxy Note II for $50 on-contract. More intriguingly is that the Motorola RAZR HD and Samsung Galaxy S III (from last year) will be just $1 dollar. Perhaps Verizon is trying to clean out stock on those devices? If you are a deal-stealer, this batch is certainly worth a look. But with the Moto X dropping to $99 and set to get Moto Maker treatment, we’re not sure why you would look at something else. This year, Cyber Monday is on December 2, so make note of that on your calendar.