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Webrooming More Prevalent Than Showrooming Among Millennials

Source: http://www.marketingcharts.com/wp/interactive/webrooming-more-prevalent-than-showrooming-among-millennials-29712/

For all the research and attention paid to showrooming, webrooming (doing research online and then buying in-store) is actually a far more popular activity among Millennials (aged 18-35) across several product categories, according to [pdf] survey results from the Urban Land Institute. For electronics items (computers, tablets, cellphones, TV/audio equipment, etc.), 50% of respondents prefer […]

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 news No Comments

Android and Samsung dominate the phone market in Q1

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/14/gartner-android-samsung-q1-2013/

Gartner Android and Samsung dominate the phone market in Q1

If you’ve been following the trends, Gartner’s mobile phone market figures for the first quarter of 2013 won’t surprise. The research firm estimates that Android was on 74.4 percent of all smartphones sold in the period, with Samsung the key beneficiary of such dominance. While the Korean behemoth doesn’t release solid sales figures, Gartner believes its market-flooding strategy has paid off, topping the league with 30.8 percent market share — Apple has a firm grip on second place, with 18.2 percent, which is well ahead of LG, which has 4.8 percent. Samsung is also king of the mobile phone space, owning 23.6 percent of the market, ahead of Nokia, which has fallen to 14.8 percent share. Gartner’s research also found that feature phone sales are slowing, so we guess that it’s only a matter of time ! before t he humble candybar goes the way of the netbook.

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Source: Gartner

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 digital No Comments

Android metrics show Jelly Bean adoption overtaking Ice Cream Sandwich

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/01/android-versions-may-2013/

Google dashboard metrics show Android 4 near 60 percent of active users

Google’s big shake-up of Android version metrics has already given us a better understanding of where the platform’s active users truly stand. Now that we’re a month into the new methodology, we have a good sense of where those users are going — and they’re moving to Jelly Bean in droves. Android 4.1 and 4.2 combined grew to represent 28.4 percent of regular usage, or enough to finally overtake Ice Cream Sandwich at 27.5 percent. Not surprisingly, the transition to the newer OS involved a balanced mix of users either upgrading from ICS (down by 1.8 percent) or transitioning from devices running Gingerbread or earlier (down 1.7 percent). It will be a long while before Jelly Bean becomes the dominant platform, if it ever does, but we’re not expecting a slowdown in adoption when flagships like the Galaxy S 4 and One are luring many of us into an upgrade.

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 news No Comments

Smartphones out-shipped feature phones for the first time ever worldwide, says IDC

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/26/smartphones-out-shipped-feature-phones-IDC/

Smartphones outsell feature phones for the first time, says IDC

Q1 2013 marks the first time that smartphones made up the majority of cellphones shipped across the world, according to numbers from industry analyst IDC. 216 million handsets with computer-like functionality left factories compared to 419 million total, making up a solid 51.6 percent of the pie. Another trend spotted by the pollster was the emergence of Chinese phone makers, particularly ZTE and Huawei, who’ve notably displaced Blackberry and Nokia in the top five for smartphones sold.

Meanwhile, Samsung improved its lead over Apple in smartphone shipments over last quarter, jumping from 29 percent to a 32.7 percent share in Q1, while Apple slid from 21.8 percent to 17.3 percent. Sony dropped out of the top 5 in that category, while LG surged to 3rd place at 10.3 million units shipped, with Huawei and ZTE rounding out the top 5. Meanwhi! le, Sams ung and Nokia continued to dominate overall cellphone shipments with a 27.5 and 14.8 percent share of the overall market, respectively. However, Nokia itself isn’t too optimistic about the feature phone portion of those sales continuing, as it mentioned in its last financial statement. And the fact that people are happy to surf the web on their phones? As we’ve seen, that doesn’t bode too well for the computer industry.

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Friday, April 26th, 2013 news No Comments

BBC iPlayer viewing on tablets overtakes that on phones

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/19/bbc-iplayer-viewing-on-tablets-overtakes-that-on-phones/

BBC iPlayer viewing on tablets overtakes that on phones

When we think of BBC iPlayer use on mobile devices, we most often picture someone catching up on dramas with their smartphone during the commute home. Not anymore: newly available March stats from the Beeb reveal that tablet viewing has overtaken phone viewing for the first time. The difference is slight — tablets are only 200,000 requests ahead, at 41 million — but it’s enough to suggest that many now prefer bigger screens when they’re away from a computer or TV. While the broadcaster hasn’t directly explained the change in demographics, it’s not hard to see a possible explanation based on viewer habits. The BBC notes that most tablet-bound iPlayer users watch TV, and most iPlayer TV time overlaps that of traditional viewing, when audiences are more likely to be at home with the larger devices at hand. If you’re one to curl up on the couch to watch Panorama on an iPad or Android slate, then, you may just be part of a growing trend.

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Friday, April 19th, 2013 news No Comments

Android Was Supposed To Be a Camera OS

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5994852/android-was-supposed-to-be-a-camera-os

Android Was Supposed To Be a Camera OSAndy Rubin, the now-departed former boss of Google’s Android division, has revealed that the OS was initially developed to power digital cameras, before the slump in snapper sales encouraged his team to turn it into a mobile phone system.

“The exact same platform, the exact same operating system we built for cameras, that became Android for cellphones,” Rubin told attendees at an economic forum in Tokyo. “We decided digital cameras wasn’t actually a big enough market. I was worried about Microsoft and I was worried about Symbian, I wasn’t worried about iPhone yet.”

Rubin showed off a presentation he put together in 2004, which showed a digital camera connecting to a computer and uploading images to a central server known as theā€¦ Android Datacenter. Once he’d switched it to a mobile OS, Android and Rubin’s team were acquired by Google in 2005. [PC World]


Android Was Supposed To Be a Camera OSOur newest offspring Gizmodo UK is gobbling up the news in a different timezone, so check them out if you need another Giz fix.

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 news No Comments

connected device shipments up 29.1 percent in 2012, smartphones and tablets rule

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/21/idc-connected-device-shipments-q4-2012/

IDC: connected device shipments up 29.1 percent in 2012, smartphones and tablets rule

Researchers at IDC have had their ears to the ground keeping tabs on shipments for specific types of devices, and now they’ve painted a bigger picture of the hardware battlefield in 2012. “Smart connected devices” — a category which includes desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones — saw a total of 367.7 million units shipped in Q4 2012, up 28.3 percent from the year before. In total, over 1.2 billion units were shipped last year, marking a 29.1 percent upswing from 2011. Naturally, tablets and smartphones drove the boost by carving out roughly 60 percent of the year’s combined marketshare, while PCs and notebook shipments sank by 4.1 and 3.4 percent, respectively.

While Samsung and Apple each claimed crowns in specific gadget divisions, Sammy came out on top with smart connected devices in 2012 as a whole (and in Q4) thanks to a 20.8 percent marketshare, beating Cupertino by 2.6 percent. Lenovo finished in third place with a 6.5 percent slice, while HP and Dell trailed behind with 4.8 and 3.2 percent, respectively. IDC notes that Cook. and Co. could have come in a more distant second, but the debut of the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini pulled it out of a slump from earlier in the year.

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Friday, February 22nd, 2013 digital No Comments

BlackBerry says TIFF vulnerability exposes enterprise servers to malware

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/18/blackberry-tiff-vulnerability/

BlackBerry says TIFF vulnerability exposes enterprise servers to malware

BlackBerry has always prided itself on its top-notch security features, so it’s a little worrying to see the company release a “high severity” advisory today warning of a potential exploit. According to the Waterloo-based operation:

Vulnerabilities exist in how the BlackBerry MDS Connection Service and the BlackBerry Messaging Agent process TIFF images for rendering on the BlackBerry smartphone.

Essentially, hackers could rig a TIFF file with malware and then trick a BlackBerry user into loading it via webpage, email or an embedded message, thus allowing the bad guys into their company’s Enterprise Server. BlackBerry hasn’t received any reports of attacks just yet, but urges IT administrators to update their BES software all the same. The update is available at the source, as are several temporary workarounds for those that can’t update their installations just yet.

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Source: BlackBerry Knowledge Base

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Monday, February 18th, 2013 news No Comments

iPhone up to 35 percent of US smartphone share in November, Android steady

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/03/comscore-iphone-up-to-35-percent-of-us-share-in-november/

ComScore iPhone up to 35 percent of US smartphone share in November, Android on an even keel

Smartphone launches sometimes have to build up steam before they can go full speed ahead. Apple might be learning this first-hand, based on ComScore’s figures. After a lackluster October, the company’s just-reported November smartphone market share in the US was up sharply, to 35 percent; while the spike isn’t directly credited to the iPhone 5, rapidly growing availability of the company’s newest smartphone certainly didn’t hurt. Android was still comfortably ruling the roost at 53.7 percent, although its share was only a slight increase over October. As such, most of Apple’s gain during the month came from smaller rivals’ pain.

It was a more familiar story among individual phone makers. Samsung had a comfortable lead at 26.9 percent of the larger American cellphone market in November, while Apple padded its advantage over a sinking LG to hit 18.5 percent. With Motorola and HTC also on the downward slide, the US market this fall was increasingly mirroring its global counterpart, where it was really Apple and Samsung’s game to play — others might have to be content watching from the sidelines in the future.

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Friday, January 4th, 2013 news No Comments

PowerVR Series 6 mobile GPUs are almost here, we go eyes-on with a test chip (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/03/powervr-series-6-test-chip/

PowerVR Series 6 mobile GPUs are almost here, we go handson with a test chip video

Imagination Technologies is on a high right now. Throughout 2012, the company’s PowerVR graphics processors continued to monopolize the iPhone and iPad as well as appearing in (late 2011) Android flagships, the PlayStation Vita and even the first Clover Trail-powered Windows 8 tablets. But you know what? That’s old news, because all those devices run current-gen PowerVR Series 5 silicon. Most new top-end devices in 2013 and 2014 will either contain the latest Mali GPUs from rival ARM, or they’ll pack PowerVR Series 6, aka Rogue. This latter chip is currently being developed by at least eight different smartphone and tablet manufacturers and is expected to make a good bit of noise at CES next week.

But who’s going to wait that long if they don’t absolutely have to? To get a fuller understanding of what awaits us in the coming weeks and months, we scoped out a Rogue test chip at Imagination’s sparkly new HQ just outside of London, UK. The test silicon doesn’t represent the true power of Se! ries 6 b ecause it’s running on an FPGA board that severely limits its bandwidth, but it’s still able to show off one crucial advantage: namely the ability to run OpenGL ES 3.0 games and apps. This API is all about improving mobile graphics through making smarter use of GPU compute, without annoying the battery, and the three exclusive demos after the break show just how it pulls that off.

 

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