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Android Took the Number One Spot on Mobile Market Share in the U.S.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Android operating system of Google took the number one spot in the U.S. smartphone market share, taking almost half of the mobile OS market share in the Q4 2011.

Comscore data revealed that as of the end of last year, the number of smartphone users in the country reached to 97.9 million. Google’s Android has 47.3 per cent market share, an increase by 2.5 percentage points from September.

Meanwhile, Apple stayed at number 2 spot with 29.6 per cent of the smartphone market share, an increase by 2.2 percentage points. RIM took the 3rd spot with 16 per cent market share. Microsoft was ranked number 4 with 4.7 per cent and followed by Symbian with 1.4 per cent.

Samsung was ranked number one handset manufacturer which got 25.3 per cent market share. LG was ranked at number two with 20 per cent share and the number 3 spot belonged to Motorola with 13.3 per cent share. They were followed by Apple with 12.4 per cent market share and RIM with 6.7 per cent share.

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U.S government wants military to use Android phones

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Mobile news – Some officials from the United States that are anitcipated to get Android devices for the managing of the important documents of the government over cellular networks. This is the latest news that can be seen online. In the past, this conclusion has already been debated. And now, apparently, it has already been at last arranged as a motion. The first persons to receive the said Android phone are the U.S. soldiers and the officials from the federal agencies, and next on the line would be the officials from the local governments decision on why prefer to Android devices rather than IOS or other alternative operating systems. So here is the answer: It was said that Apple refused to bestow to the government the capability to change its system in order to fit its own design, while Android didn’t denied such privileges.

The military will be receiving transfigured versions of Android phones, modified by the Android operating system. In this condition, it will be a lot more invulnerable, dependable and secured in saving important documents, while keeping the main features of Android still in a normal use as a smartphone. In the following months, the distribution of these Android devices will be launced.
Primarily, Android was manufactured by the company Android Inc. It was bought by Google in the year 2005, and now it is a mobile operating system from the said company. From Android’s humble debuts, it has become the home of the famous tablets and smartphones, but also a landlord of other gadgets and less high-profile devices. Google delivers their source code as an open-source underneath the Apache license though Android i not a charity project.

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Ways and Tips to Upgrade Your Old Android Phone with the Latest Android Firmware

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Mobile news – One of the negative aspects of Android operating system is the slow release of the latest version for older models. Worst, the company sometimes never release an updated version for older units. A company may not be interested to spend its resources to products that it no longer sells or a certain carrier and the developer can’t agree when to provide an update.

If you have an old Android phone and can’t get the latest available firmware, the best you can do (aside from buying a new one) is to install unofficial Android firmware on your unit.

The following are tips and ways to upgrade your old android phone with the unofficial firmware.

Keep in mind that installing unofficial Android firmware could lead to loss of warranty from the maker. So, install at your own risk.

It is important to read instructions for installation process for the specific model of your unit and carefully follow them. Your patience and time are badly needed. Even though the chance of making your phone inoperable because you did something wrong during the installation process is fairly low, it is still possible that this can happen.

Bear in mind that some features of your old Android version may not be available after successfully installing the unofficial firmware. The positive side is that you can have all the features of the new custom Android firmware upon completing the installation process correctly.

CyanogenMod and MIUI are the two major choices in the unauthorized Android firmware development community. Both are officially released by Google and are built on the Android source code in which their latest versions are based on Android 2.3 known as Gingerbread. The teams for CyanogenMod and MIUI are currently working on Android 4.0 version called as Ice Cream Sandwich.

CyanogenMod has default UI and all its components are all similar to Android release, no unnecessary additional features while the MIUI completely customized the Android UI with one that similar to iOS from Apple.

Popular Android phones are most likely supported by either of the community. If it happens that you own an unpopular one, it is still possible that somebody is currently working on a port for your Android device. Just search your model from both communities or in Android forums. However, be aware that several features of your unit may not work after installing any experimental Android firmware.

Another important thing to do before installing unofficial Android apps is to root your phone. Rooting is the process of unlocking the security settings put in place in OS to allow alteration on it. You may visit sites similar to http://forum.xda-developers.com and http://www.addictivetips.com/mobile/how-to-root-your-android-phone-device/ for your guidance in rooting.

You need to back-up your recent firmware and phone data in case you decide to reactivate your phone from previous version. Android apps such as ClockworkMod ROM Manager can help you to have back-up easily. For more information about this Android app, visit the developer’s site.

Get ready with the default android apps from Google if you are installing CyanogenMod since it does not include Google apps that usually pre-installed on any Android phones. You need to download a ZIP file containing installation packages for Android apps such as Android Market and Google Search.

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WerBoot Secure Anywhere for Android Phone |Mobile News

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Mobile news presents… Now days, many people tend to use smartphones that run Google’s Android OS. These smarphones are in a high risk of being stolen. In New York City, 40 percent from robberies stole cell phones that estimate over 11, 000 cell phones were stolen within the city alone.

Do not worry if you are an Android user, why? There is an application that will help you track your stolen smartphone. Security Anywhere Mobile is an application created by WeBroot to identify whether your smartphone is lost or stolen or even track your phone.

When your phone is missing, you can send signals to secure your smartphone – in that case, your smartphone is no longer usable. You can also delete data and information such as personal information, contacts, messages, email and other important data. You can also navigate your smartphone through the use of the application so you could see where your smartphone is located.

If you have lost your smartphone now, then Secure anywhere can initiate a loud alarm for you to locate your smartphone. The application also works with a temporary password to a family member or a friend in case of forgetting your password – so you could access to your smartphone.

A free version of WerBoot Secure Anywhere is available in Android Market. For full version, it requires $19.99.

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Sony Xperia S |Mobile News

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Mobile news presents… Sony introduces in behalf of Ericson the Xperia S. The Xperia has a solid and class design of a smartphone with a curved back and an idiosyncratic plastic narrow piece unravelling its buttons from the main screen.

The Xperia has a 4.3 inch display that supports 720p HD resolution for inspiring movie watching. It has a 12 mega-pixel that gives excellent images compared to other smartphone devices.

The device is equipped with a 1.5 GHz processor for faster and smarter processes with 32GB of internal storage.

The Sony Xperia runs with Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread as announced by Sony but will have the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Firmware update sooner and more modern skin for the device.

It is also equipped with HDMI-out port and NFC package. As Xperia is a product of Sony, the device will focus its features on movies and music as an access to the Sony Entertainment Network that differs to other leading smartphones.

The device was also believed to be the key player of Sony this year having the most excellent video and music player performance.

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Samsung Galaxy Note |Mobile News

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Mobile news… Samsung introduces its first largest smartphone and not a small tablet, Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note is a 5-inch smartphone that is easy to carry and the largest version of Galaxy SII. Samsung Galaxy Note had already earned massive fans in smartphone section unlike to those other large smartphones as Galaxy Note looks promising.

When in terms of its designs and structures, Galaxy Note has a bigger size and its design really resemble to Galaxy SII – it’s like Galaxy SII was stretched. But when you are starting to use it, it is hard to reach every side of the screen due to its wideness unless you really have 3-inch thumb. At this case, you can comfortably use the Galaxy Note through the help of your other hand, if not; there is a high possibility of dropping your phone.

The phone is composed of plastics which weighs the phone light enough from its size. The phone is slimmer and that makes it easy to hold but overall, the Galaxy Note is Solid. It has a rubberized cover in the back and because it is an Android supported smartphopne, it has the 3 standard navigation button wich are Menu, Home and Back. The Galaxy Note has also a power button located at the upper right side and a volume rocker at the upper left side. The power button and volume rocker are high enough to reach if you are using one hand. But it always matter how you use the Galaxy Note.

Overall the Galaxy Note is good, nice design and light enough. Its plastic body makes the phone cheap and one thing, the phone is too big to use it one-hand.

About the display, the Galaxy Note has a 5.3 inch super AMOLED display that makes the smartphone powerful and gives a finer graphics experiences. Galaxy Note is also the first smartphone to be equipped with HD display that can give a highest resolution of 1280×800 pixels.

The phone uses the notorious PenTile matrix layout for the subpixel that gives a RG-BG layout instead of RGB layout – this will provide two subpixel in every pixel rather than the usual three. Every pixel contains green subpixel which are red or blue. One thing it differs to RGB display is that the layout lessens the sharpness of the display. Nevertheless, the insufficiency of sharpness is not noticeable at all.
The super AMOLED display will give you super black levels and wider view of angles, the display is also visible even in the presence of sunlight. The 5.3 inch display works well in watching videos, playing games and surfing the internet and gives you satisfactory.

About its hardware and software, The Galaxy Note runs with Google’s Android 2.3.6 which is Gingerbread. The device’s hardware is similar to Galaxy SII but differs to the processors speed as it handles dual core 1.4GHz Cortex A9 rather than Dual core 1.2GHz from SII. The Galaxy Note is equipped with Mali-400 GPU and 1GB of RAM with 2GB phone memory and 16GB USB storage (11GB for user’s storage). The external storage supports microSD card that ranges up to 32GB.

Because it is Samsung’s Galaxy Note, it is mounted with TouchWiz 4.0 interface – that would allow the big smartphone to run with Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The feature TouchWiz of Samsung gives extra functions that are useful.

About its User Interface or UI, the Galaxy Note is just the same with other Android supported smartphones. It has many Homescreen depending on the amount you desire, you can add or remove shortcut applications. You can also group your applications through different homescreens.

The Notification bar can be visible by sliding your finger from the top of the display going down. There you can see the important functions like WIFI, Bluetooth, GPS, Sound and Auto Rotate.

With the Google’s Android Gingerbread, in Galaxy Note, there are many additional basic applications that are lacking from the previous update of the firmware like FM radio, voice recorder, stopwatch and countdown timer. It is also equipped with suitable File Manager, Video Player and Music player. About the video and music player, the device can now support many file formats – that would allow the Galaxy Note to play almost of the files. This shows that the Gingerbread is well built to the device and does not have any bug issues.

Samsung also features the Note taking application to let you draw on screen. The feature was good but doesn’t work very well – the application is not precise.

The device is equipped with powerful hardware but it seemed to differ from other smartphones. The Galaxy Note doesn’t really works smoothly as expected and it lags sometimes on certain applications. You would probably compare it with iPhone or any Windows Phone supported device as these smartphones has inferior hardware but works smoothly – this has been a common error in Android platform.

When in terms of its Handwriting ability, it works perfect recognition as it gives more precise when scribbling – it won’t disappoint you.

However, some applications do not have high resolution and it looks pretty bad on Galaxy Note but it is not a big deal. This is just the start of HD smartphones and soon, HD applications will also rise for HD smartphones.

About its camera, the Galaxy Note has an 8 mega-pixel in the upper most center with a LED flash on its left which is akin to Galaxy SII and one of the best camera on smartphones. The camera gives a precise quantity of details, contrast and color saturation that even in low-light areas, the camera can give satisfactory images. And because it is Galaxy Note, you will experience the massive viewfinder that make things look better.

The camera is also excellent when it comes to video recording, but when it comes to 1080p, the field of view drops down sometimes.

When we talk about video playback, the device works excellent as it gives a wider and clearer view of the video. The phone can almost play all video formats in 1080p resolution but one thing that disappoints is that the internal memory is formatted with FAT and the phone does not read NTFS file. The loud speaker is not loud enough, so it is better to use headphones when watching movies.

About the battery’s life span, it is not really a long last device. The super AMOLED display may only consume less power when on dark images otherwise it consumes a lot when on brighter images. Nevertheless the phone consumes a lot of power.

However, the Galaxy Note is good depending on your interest. Every smartphone has its own kryptonite and Galaxy Note has it also. The Galaxy Note may not resemble to the traditional size of smartphones and it may find you harder to put it on your pocket but it gives you a tablet experience on a 5.3 inch display smartphone.

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