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The King Has Fallen: Samsung Dethrones Apple As Smartphone Leader

October 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Even before the Samsung Galaxy Nexus’s sale is started, Samsung succeeded in attaining the lead against Apple to become the largest mobile phone maker by  revenue in the third quarter of 2011. But Nokia still persist in crowning for mobile phone sales by volume, and for Apple, it has been pushed back by both Nokia and Samsung to take the number three spot in terms of revenue.

At the same time, Samsung has not disclosed the exact numbers, the Guardian spoke to Daiwa Securities technology analyst Jae Lee, who evaluates that Samsung has sold around 28 million phones in the third quarter, Whereas Apple has made only 17 million phones. Yet it is tough comparison to estimate because Apple releases a phone per year while Samsung launches quite a few more than that.

Samsung Galaxy S II has given its hands to achieve the goal of breaking the records in this quarter with sales of 14.9 trillion won up (US $13.5 billion) 37 percent from last year. While declining to offer sales figures for handsets, a Samsung representative conveyed that smart-phones sales had quadrupled the previous quarter, with overall handset shipments increasing by more than 20 percent.

With the result of  Gartner research, the Guardian figures out that 20 percent increase to be shipments of about 86 million handsets between July and September.  It is well known that Samsung is wrapped up in a massive legal wrangle with Apple and still it is capable of possess the crown. Considering Apple, the company’s  CEO Tim Cook intends strategies for Apple’s upcoming quarter, predicting record iPhone and iPad sales. The time will soon show whether the crown will be replaced or it will exist with the same corporation.

Source: techcrunch

RIM’s PlayBook Push: Buy Two, Get One Free

October 29, 2011 Leave a comment

RIM’s uninvited PlayBook has seen its fair share of price cuts at your local big box retailers, but here is a deal just for all you you business-folk out there.  RIM offers a buy-two-get-one-free deal on their tablets. They make it through their network of authorized resellers from now until the end of 2011.

The offer is not upon any particular PlayBook  models that business users can pick up, but probably all three are on the table.  The deal is made more surprised with a secondary offer that concedes one premium PlayBook accessory per tab purchased, so those just dying to score a leather sleeve, charging pod, or a 6 ft. HDMI cable can rest easy.

It is not a bad deal in essence, but, of course, you or your business actually wants 3 PlayBooks in the first place. Though PlayBook is a product from RIM, they seem to exclude some of the business-savvy  that made BlackBerry omnipresent. And regarding BlackBerry, one should not forget to keep them handy, PlayBook OS 2.0’s release is postponed till February 2012. Until then, the users of BlackBerry have to depend upon BlackBerry Bridge for trivial things like email and BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) for some more days.

Source: techcrunch

Will RIM and Porsche Design Unveil A New BlackBerry Next Week? (Update: Confirmed)

October 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Stuff Middle East reports that RIM and Porsche Design are associating up for an event on Thursday (Oct. 27) that assures to expose an “exclusive collaboration” between the two companies. Photos of a funky-looking BlackBerry supposedly called the “Knight 9980” first surfaced back in September courtesy of a Chinese forum called MaxPDA. It does not resemble any other BlackBerry launched before: the Knight has a more angular steel frame than the typical BlackBerry. Disturbingly, it seems to have a much flatter keyboard.

The reason for the radical change made in its design was because of the Porsche Design team was supposedly in charge. They may be like a strange choice, but Porsche Design has transcended the automotive trappings of its parent company to design everything from feature phones to hard drives to bobsleds, so a special edition smartphone doesn’t come entirely out of the blue.

The unveiling of this device sounds strange because the company has just recently recovered from a multi-continent outage and is striving hard to regain the trust of people. In case, if people decides not to rely on their BlackBerrys, then nothing will drive them to buy another one.

Of Course, fans of limited – edition gadgetry will probably grasp them up.

A RIM representative has confirmed that the invite-only event will be taking place in Dubai next Thursday.

Source: techcrunch

Report: Apple iPad 3 Will Launch in March With Smaller Dock

October 25, 2011 Leave a comment

There is a hap for Apple to roll out the iPad 3 in March 2012. Its is not a surprise while thinking of the company’s previous two tablets, launched recently. Yet the third-generation iPad reportedly possess the smaller dock connector feature that could cause some compatibility with other existing Apple gadgets.

Macotakara claimed according to a “reliable Asian source” that Apple is rushing in the mission of producing iPad 3. The company wants the wholesome device to be ready by the end of January, but the production of iPad 3 will be interrupted by the Chinese New Year holidays,which is from January 22 to 28, slightly earlier than usual.

Macotakara says that the iPad 3 will be having the same number of pins as like the current generation iPad except that this third generation iPad will be smaller in size. This may create problems in connection as the current, larger connector  of other Apple products may not match this iPad. But the size of screen is same as that of iPad 2, but it could not say whether or not the device would get upgraded to a retina display.

There are apparent evidence that Apple is ready to kick off production on the iPad 3. All Things D reported last week that evidence in supply chains like increased iPad orders, imply that the rumored device is headed into production. It is guessed that the device may appear sometime in March. The iPad 2 was launched on 11, March 2011.

Much more rumors hang around about iPad 3. It is said that iPad 3 will be lighter and thinner. But the price of the iPad cannot be guessed, especially now Amazon has announced Kindle Fire tablet at  $199, it is widely specualted that the 7-inch table will be the first device to outrun the iPad for its money.

That said, according to Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White, Apple will debut a cheaper iPad in addition to the iPad 3 in order to keep a competitive edge.

Apple, of course, refused to pass comment on the rumors.

Source: pcmag

Apple changes up iPad 2 Smart Covers

October 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Apple has not only made update to the MacBook Pro line, but also in iPad Cover. Yes, iPad Smart Cover product section is changed on the Apple Store at present. The Smart Cover is Apple’s Magnetic flap/stand accessory. This Smart Cover acts as a protector for the iPad 2’s display.

Few changes were made on Monday to the Smart cover listings. Among them the most significant updates are that the company has dropped the orange Smart Cover entirely from its offerings, and replaced it with a dark gray color of choice. Both the orange and the new dark gray version are polyurethane Smart Covers. These polyurethane Smart Covers are not more expensive Italian leather variety.

The polyurethane Smart Covers now also feature color-matched microfiber linings for each color option, including light gray, blue, green, pink and the new dark gray designs. Earlier, the  color-matched interiors were limited to the leather Smart Covers.

On Apple’s main iPad site, the orange version still seems to be as mentioned above, the polyurethane versions still all have the same gray microfiber lining, and the dark gray cover hasn’t yet been added, but the dark gray cover is listed as “In Stock” and ready to ship on Apple’s online store.

Source: gigaom

Survey says: RIM’s core users are abandoning ship

October 21, 2011 Leave a comment

  The end of research in Motion’s BlackBerry platform seems to be near. A survey says that 30 percent of current companies with 10,000 or more employees those who use BlackBerry devices are to leave for another choice. This trend will erode RIM’s market share and momentum in an area where it was leading for years.

The information is from Enterprise Management Associates by way of InfoWorld. RIM stays not answering the challenge from other competing mobile platforms like Apple iOS and Google Android. It tried to solve the problem by buying QNX which was in vain. RIM will not make its platform on phones until 2012. Though it seems to be a short period, the company is to face risk and trouble in business.

Though the company is noticing BlackBerry user base grow in terms of real numbers, its market share is declining for above stated reasons. Even the lure growing for smartphones cant give its hands in this. The attraction is instead filling the enterprise with Android devices and iPhones because of the growing trend of BYOD, or bring your own device to work. Last month, a Forrester report noted this, emphasizing half of surveyed IT shops are already supporting personal devices in some manner.

The competing services like the new iMessage for Apple’s iOS devices that resemble the BBM service but add text messaging capabilities, adds more pressure to it. Making matters worse recently was a multi-continent outage that disrupted BlackBerry mail for several days; the company is offering $100 in free apps, but if fewer people want RIM handhelds, how does that help?

Source: gigaom

Motorola Admiral Hits Sprint On October 23 With $100 Price Tag

October 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Move over, Kyocera DuraMax — Sprint has officially announced the Motorola Admiral, the first Android smartphone in their growing Direct Connect lineup, in recent.

The Admiral works with a 1.2 GHz processor, 4GB of internal storage, and 3G hotspot support which are packed in a mil-spec 810G compliant body. The 3.1-inch Video Graphics Display(VGA) constricted in Gorilla Glass fixed above a 4 row QWERTY keyboard. A 5- mega-pixel camera fills the device’s rear.

Keeping aside the lasting and stable body, the Admiral’s another claim to success is its support for Sprint’s CDMA-powered Direct Connect.  With the iDEN network slated to be shuttered in favor of bolstering their CDMA coverage, Direct Connect lets users to chirp to fellow Sprint and Nextel customers with the same reckless abandon as before.

If you’ve been waiting for a rough-and-tumble smartphone that lets you take orders to your crew as well as it lets you fire off a few emails, the Admiral may be worth a second glance. Expect it to hit Sprint’s sales channels on October 23 for $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

Source: techcrunch