Updated global smartphone platform shipment numbers show that nearly 80% of the smartphones shipped during the last quarter run on Android.
That’s a significant climb from just under 70% a year ago.
The strong jump can be attributed to the immediate success of Samsung’s flagship device, the Galaxy S4. But the predominantly Android-centric Chinese manufacturers — Huawei, ZTE, and Lenovo — also helped spur growth. Each manufacturer shipped around 11 million units last quarter, according to the latest data from IDC.
The pace of Android’s expansion far exceeded Apple’s, resulting in Apple ceding six percentage points in market share year-over-year.
It should be noted that no new Apple devices have been launched since September 2012. When the iPhone 5 launched, it helped boost quarterly shipments 23% year-over-year.
Android is not the only platform growing, however. Windows Phone grabbed a percentage point to reach 3.7% market share.
Here’s another look at the shipments data in volume terms. Android is dictating global smartphone market growth.
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Motorola’s new flagship handset, Moto X, debuted on August 1st. Wired surveys Google’s two-year journey from the acquisition of Motorola Mobility to the launch of this smartphone. The Moto X is the pioneering device that Google hopes will enhance its hardware portfolio
Google’s flagship tablet the Nexus 7 tablet is even cheaper today.
It appears that Office Depot spilled the news about the prices. Office Depot is also currently displaying the new 32GB version of the Nexus 7 for $249.
We’re unsure what Google plans to do with its 8GB Nexus 7, which was formerly available for $199. There has been some talk that it’ll drop to $99.
Google was supposed to announce the availability of the new 32GB version today at an Android event in New York City, but that was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.
Not too long ago, Samsung faced a big loss against Apple in court, and now, it’s just sat through the announcement of the new iPhone, which sold out its preorders in a matter of hours. What’s a rival manufacturer to do? That’s easy; if you’re Samsung, you attack.
Samsung has crafted a pretty aggressive ad comparing Apple’s flagship iPhone 5 to its own Galaxy S III. You can guess who comes out on top. While the lion’s share of the ad’s criticisms are fair—the S III does have NFC while the iPhone 5 doesn’t, and the same goes for removable battery and microSD storage—the bit referring to Apple’s new connector comes off as a bit snide. But you didn’t expect this to be civil, did you?
Adorned with the clever (admit it, it’s clever) tagline “It doesn’t take a genius,” the ad is due to roll out a bunch of newspapers tomorrow, where it will doubtlessly reach the sort of people who still read newspapers. Clearly Samsung isn’t about to take anything lying down, and who could blame them? The question is, will it work? [CNET]
In a weird twist of events, the hole was actually found by Infoworld, a news site that covers the tech industry. Oracle even gave the publication a public credit for finding and reporting the hole — and waiting to publish the story until Oracle could issue a patch, which it did today.
The flaw had to do with time stamp technology that acts like an internal clock. This clock is the key to keeping data synchronized and safe. When multiple databases are linked together the clock could be manipulated to be inaccurate. This is one of those critical systems that was difficult to fix and affected a long list of Oracle’s products.
The critical patch sent out today fixes a whole bunch of other flaws, too. Some 78 holes will be patched across all of Oracle’s major product families.
Inforworld contends that Oracle executives knew about the time stamp problem and not only downplayed it, but issued a workaround fix that could have caused customers even more headaches and money. Oracle seems to have gotten its act together and really fixed the security flaw this time, Infoworld says.
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