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LG Provides More Details on Ice Cream Sandwich Rollout

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

On Monday LG reported some additional information on the roll-out of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for its various smartphones. The confirmation was made by the company about the availability of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Optimus 2X, the Optimus Black, the Optimus 3D and the Optimus LTE.

On its Facebook page, the company has posted that they are also continuing to evaluate the ICS OS to find whether it is compatible with the functionality, features and performance of other LG smartphones to make the ICS OS available on as many LG smartphones as possible.

The company made its vow to post an upgrade schedule, as well as details about other phones that will get ICS, on its Facebook page and local LG Web sites around next month.

The announcement has been made several weeks after LG confirmed that its Optimus 2x, known as the G2x here in the states, will in fact receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update. There was some uncertainty existing about the company’s ICS plans after a representative on LG’s Indian Facebook page said the Optimus 2X would not receive Ice Cream Sandwich.

The first device to receive Ice Cream Sandwich will be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It was already released overseas earlier this month. The OS will be available on Verizon Wireless in the U.S., but the carrier has not yet announced a release date. At the same time, rumors spread out that, however, it will hit U.S. stores on Dec. 8.

For more details, head on PCMag’s full review of Ice Cream Sandwich.

Source: pcmag

Rumor Has It: Apple Planning 15-Inch MacBook Air

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

People know that rumors of a sort of MacBook Pro/MacBook Air occurrence for the past few months and it seems that Digitimes  may be confirming the arrival of a larger, ultrabook-like 15-inch MacBook Air.

The source hopes on the rumor that Apple is working on updated 11.6-inch, 13.3-inch and 15-inch models. This will be entirely different from the Pro line. Analysts do have a hope that this will result in the drive down of current MBA prices as Apple tries to head off the coming flood of Windows-based ultrabooks – 30-50 at CES alone, according to some estimates. This partially confirms rumors that Apple’s next 15- inchers will comparatively be thinner and lighter thatn the current MacBook Pro line-up.

Source: techcrunch

IPhone stays on top as mobile OS share stabilizes

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Android possess the largest mobile OS usage by share, based on ad impressions, with iOS coming in second and BlackBerry in third, according to Millenial Media’s just-released monthly Mobile Mixreport. The shares have not really shifted at all since last quarter, mentioning that mobile worker may be expecting the smartphone market entering into a period of relative stability, at least in terms of how the OS pie is divided.

Android stayed on top with 56 percent of the connected device and smartphone OS mix; Apple stood in the second place with 28 percent for iOS. BlackBerry possessed the next-most-significant ratio of share with 13 percent. All of these were exactly the same during Millenial’s third-quarter Mobile Mix report,  covering the period of July to September. This could be a good news for Apple, which is still standing high atop the device pile, for ad impressions among all manufacturers, with 23.5 percent of impressions among the top 15 device manufacturers and 12.53 percent of the top single-device impressions going to the iPhone.

Apple’s share grew slightly compared to the third quarter results, Samsung and HTC has also faced a lot of growth. Considering HTC, it has surpass Samsung and was able to score second spot among manufacturers of devices. As Kevin has noted previously, China’s Huawei has also been creeping up the charts. But the combat for the second seems to be one that mostly affects the distribution of Android sales; IOS, as per its relatively stable market share, doesn’t appear to be all that affected by power struggles among the Android hardware maker ranks, at least during the past few months.

Apple also continues to grab a large portion of mobile advertising spending compared with Android, covering 40 percent of application advertising dollars versus 50 percent for Android devices. Apple’s position slid one percentage point between last quarter and October, while Android ‘s rose one point. Rather interestingly, in the month of October, the gaming application slid from a long-held first place position among the categories of apps that get the most ad impressions, replaced by music and entertainment apps which were in second place during last quarter.

Source: gigaom

Survey: For enterprise workers, iPhone beats BlackBerry

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Enterprise has long been the projecting part of RIM and its BlackBerry devices, but it has been infiltrated by Apple and its challenger, the iPhone. A quarterly survey of enterprise companies by commercial Wi-Fi provider iPass, the iPhone has a 45 percentage of market share of mobile employee usage, surpassing the undisputed king BlackBerry. This is the first time that BlackBerry has been overtaken.

IPass’s Mobile WorkForce Report was released on Wednesday. It has collected data from a survey of more than 2,300 mobile enterprise workers at 1,100 companies between the end of September and the end of October. Many of the world’s richest companies are on the iPhone vogue already. Apple said last month that “90 percent of Fortune 500 companies” are distributing iPhones for their workers. But the iPass’s report provides a bit of broader picture of differently sized companies that have iPhones on their network. The iPhones’ popularity for mobile workers is not the outcome of taking market share from RIM. It is also because of the expansion of market too. The report says,

Today 95 percent of mobile employees have smartphones, up from 85 percent in 2010, with 91 percent using their smartphone for work — a 26 percent rise compared to 2010.

At the Mobilize conference in September, a crew of mobile IT execs declared 2011 the year smartphones got their own reputed place in the enterprise. “2011 was the year mobile IT was born,” Bob Tinker, CEO of MobileIron, said at the time. “It was the year the IT industry figured out mobile, and it’s the year that mobile figured out IT … Every small, medium and large enterprise around the world is going to be deploying smartphones and tablets at scale over the next 12 to 18 months.”

Regarding tablets, iPass says that they are on the rise, but have a ways to go to be at the smartphone level of penetration in the enterprise, with 44 percent of those surveyed using an iPad at work, related to that of 33 percent in the second quarter of this year. The reason for the surge of mobile devices in adoption among enterprise workers is not necessarily because of the expansion of IT budgets. IPass states the reason as follows:

This is due in part to the adoption of “bring your own device” policies by enterprises. Currently 42 percent of mobile employees use individually-liable smartphones for work, up from 34 percent last year.

IT departments are being faced with people wanting to use their own iPhone or Android phone from home for work, something RIM never figured out.  “RIM never got people to want to pay for the device themselves,” Julie Palen, SVP of enterprise telecom expense management company Tangoe, said in September. “That’s what Apple brought. And Android and Google followed.”

Source: gigaom

Windows Phone Marketplace surpasses 40,000 apps

November 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform now features more than 40,000 apps and games in its Marketplace, according to All About Windows Phone.

Microsoft’s newbie smartphone operating system is way behind in adoption compared to iOS and Android, there are indications that Windows Phone is poised to pick up a lot of steam in 2012, and its phones will feature less-expensive hardware options, 4G LTE and NFC capabilities. Research firms, including Gartner and IDC, have foretold that Windows Phone 7 platform will be the No. 2 among all smartphone platform in the world by 2015.  One thing that will likely help its growth will be Nokia, which has bet the house on Windows Phone 7 and recently debuted its slick-looking Lumia 800 and 710 smartphones.

In August 2011, the Windows Marketplace hit the 30,000-app mark and reached 35,000 mark in October. This emphasizes that the developers are beginning to see the value in having a Windows Phone app on top of having one for iOS and Android. Microsoft has been paying the development costs for some high-profile companies to make Windows Phone 7 apps, as well as coaxing webOS developers to move to the Windows Phone platform  since HP decided to stop manufacturing webOS devices.

It is true that Windows Phone platform does not surpass the Apple’s App Store and Google Android Market which have 500,000 and 300,000 apps respectively. But it is taken into consideration that Windows Phone Platform is only about a year old. This fact make it more impressive.

To catch the Windows Phone 7′ app growth more effectively, take a glance at the graph below:

Source: venturebeat

Amazon will launch a Kindle phone next year

November 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Amazon do already has its Kindle e-reader and its Kindle Fire tablet. Amazon has plans to spread out with Kindle Smartphones too.

The device, so far dubbed the Kindle Phone for want of any other name. According to All Things D, it will be unveiled around this time next year in the fourth of 2012. The source of the information is Citigroup’s research department which bases its theory on intelligence collected from supply chains.

Mark Maheney, an analyst at Citigroup said that supply chain channel checks in Asia led by Kevin Chang, Citi’s Taipei-based hardware research analyst and based on that they hope to unveil an Amazon Smartphone in 4Q12. He also informed that the device will use a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor and QCOM’s 6 series standalone baseband. It seems that QCOM will supply parts for Amazon’s Kindle e-reader.

The phone will run based on Google’ Android operating system (OS). Maheney mentioned that Amazon will consume Microsoft an “OS royalty” for licenses to patents that Microsoft claims cover Android. And, after all, The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet runs Android so we would expect a Kindle Phone to use the same OS. Citigroup estimate the device’s cost between $150 (£95) and  $170 (£107) to make and that it is possible that Amazon will sell it for close to these figures.

The Kindle Fire tablet is available only in the US at present, so the Kindle Phone could be released in the US before other countries too.

Source: theinquirer

Amazon Increasing Kindle Fire Supply to Meet Demand

November 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Amazon has cranked up its Kindle Fire orders to more than 5 million units to meet the holiday season demand.

Anonymous sources from upstream component suppliers report that Amazon has raised up its Kindle Fire orders above 5 million units to be sold before the end of 2011. Amazon has already faced such raise-ups once during the middle of Q3 2011, cranking up the number of units from the original 3.5 million to 4 million units.

The sources states that Amazon has increased its volume to more than 5 million because it believes demand for the Kindle Fire will become even stronger by the time Black Friday passes and consumers are in Holiday shopping mode in December. The benefit from the short-term orders is shared with Amazon’s upstream partners including Wintek, Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), LG Display, Ilitek, Quanta Computer, Aces Connectors and Wah Hong Industrial.

On Wednesday, Amazon cited that the Kindle Fire tablet will support “thousands” of apps right out of the box. The tablet will sport a customized version of Google’s Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” OS, denoting that the most of the apps hosted by Amazon’s own Appstore for Android will be compatible with the device. Owners will also be credited with a free app each day. Thanks to Amazon’s current Free-App-Of-The-Day promotion.

Kindle Fire features a 7-inch IPS display with a 1024 x 600 resolution and 169 pixels per inch. It do provides a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4 SoC clocked at 1 GHz, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, but there is no SD card slot, 8 hours of continuous reading with Wi-Fi turned off, and more.

Source: tomsguide