Posts Tagged ‘Android’

Mobile News | Android Browser Continues to Increase its Market Share

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

According to StatCounter mobile news, the built-in Android browser continues to increase its market share.

Android was ahead to Research in Motion’s BlackBerry browser in March last year to get the 4th spot. Since that time, Android browser has grown significantly, overcoming Apple, Opera and Nokia’s mobile web browsers.

Last February 2012, Android beating the Opera’s 21.7% market share by reaching 22.6% share, the first time they beat the Opera.

Apple’s iPhone continues to increase its share with 21.06% while the market share of Nokia and BlackBerry continues to go downward with their 11.24% and 6.53% market share respectively.

However, StatCounter mobile news did not include the share for browsers from iPhone and iPod. It noted that if combine, Apple’s iOS browser will be at the top spot with 25.36%. The iPad is excluded.

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.

e Mobile News .net (c) 2012

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.

e Mobile News .net (c) 2012

Windows Phone as the heart of attraction in CES 2012 |Mobile News

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Mobile news presents… People in CES 2012 were looking forward to witness the HTC Titan II and Nokia Lumia 900 that both run with Windows Phone OS – a good news for Nokia to hit the market possibly this year.

Nokia’s CEO Steve Ballmer stated that, “The past year has really been the whole push to build what clearly can be the strong third ecosystem in the smartphone market, with a very differentiated point of view,”

The CES 2012 event was full of anticipation from attendees that have been looking forward on Nokia’s new generation smartphones especially the Lumia series and other Windows Phone smartphones.

“Why Windows Phone is Making Waves at CES” and “How Nokia’s Lumia 900 Windows Phone Won CES before It Even Started” are the questions that thumped the curiosity of individuals.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone VS Google’s Android
Microsoft gives the best and stable features to smartphones that will run Windows Phone while the Google’s Android OS allows manufacturers and carriers to customize the handset for their exposure.

Microsoft allows OEMs and carries to append features but is limited.

Microsoft Senior Product Manager Greg Sullivan announced that Nokia is allowed to append features such as pinning apps as Live Tiles on homesrceen and improving app level while HTC was granted to customize Titan II like adding a live tile HTC Hub and extra feature for the Camera that would allow to capture panorama mode and auto fix.

The Titan II of HTC has a 16 mega-pixel rear-facing camera while others have 8 mega-pixels and 12 mega-pixel rear-facing cameras and some of them don’t give satisfactory.

If Microsoft has its own Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, Google also has its own Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. According to an analyst Charles Golvin of Forrester that, “I think the excitement around ICS is really for developers to be able to craft apps that go seamlessly across phone and tablet,”

Galaxy Note and Sony Xperia are not too catchy for this year’s CES, we’ve been witnessing high-powered devices with multi-processor and it doesn’t seem to be new. The entry of Nokia is the most interesting as we tend to focus on new player, see what they can give to customers.

Nokia and Microsoft Alliance
As Nokia have been producing quality phones before, its OS makes the consumer disappointed. But now, after the announcement of the two companies Nokia and Microsoft collaboration earlier this year, people tend to look forward on what these two giant companies could give us.

According to Sullivan, “There’s been a great amount of pent-up demand to see the results of this relationship. Because of our different approach, I think every Windows phone is going to be the flagship. It’s true the Nokia relationship is unique, so we’ll see some great collaboration, but we have great collaboration with other partners as well.”
In fact, the Nokia unleashed its Lumia 710 and 900 overseas while the Lumia 800 was exclusive to Canada for now.

The Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan II are having an intense competition concerning the interest of the people; Sullivan says that, “I love all my children equally”. Though the Nokia Lumia 900 is ahead just a little bit than HTC’s Titan II, it is still up to the consumer.

Microsoft’s Journey
According to some critics, for Microsoft to hit the market share or divert the interest of the customer, they must acquire four main things to be able to succeed. First, give quality efforts in investing the market. Second, winning “flagship” positioning with carriers for several devices over the course of the year, Third, offering a range of devices on each carrier network and forth convince people that Windows Phone OS is lot way better than iOS, why should they will buy it.

And not to forget Nokia, they have to work harder to attract people as they have only just begun in the game.

Nevertheless, the collaboration of the two companies is a massive Ice Breaker in the smartphone industry. They might bit the highest rank this year or not but they have done unique ideas on smartphones. (c) 2012

Slow Progress on Mobile Payments by 2012

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Mobile news… By 2012, operator partnerships will start a partial small-scale mobile payment and Apple will have a big role on wallet apps according to some analysts and the acceptance of mass-market will escape that division.

Payments on mobiles and the Near Field Communication (NFC) were full of disappointments this year, 2011.

According to a group director of ABI research, John Delvin that, “There has been progress, but not as much as people had hoped for. We now also have a number of handsets with NFC, albeit a small number, and not as many as people were saying there would be at the start of the year,”

According to them that Google Wallet was expected to hit the market by 2012, but this won’t alarm the industry though it is not far along as expect but instead, still moving forward.

“I remember speaking to a number of operators in the May-June time frame and they were still very much convinced that companies would pay them to carry their cards. Their mindset was that if Visa doesn’t pay them MasterCard will. That was quite a blinkered strategy,” said Delvin.

He also stated that Google changed its strategy in starting the Google wallet; they have encouraged operators from some countries like UK to associate with them forming one platform.
Operators will be launching commercial services to compete with Google and their associated operators next year. Verizon Wireless which was a member of the Isis payment venture appealed to Google requesting not to equip the Galaxy Nexus with Google Wallet app on operator’s version.
“It is about being first to market right now and the likes of Verizon will be very wary that if consumers start using Google Wallet it is going to be very difficult to change them from that in the future,” Delvin said.
According to ABI, that payments and mobile wallets must be everywhere, transferable and interchangeable for it to be able to have a long term relationship with NFC but no one could give any opinion for now. “But eventually they will find a “happy medium,” which will serve Google and the operators, as well as consumers” Delvin said.

CCS Insight which was a research company predicted that Google will give live announcement in UK on 2012 though Google haven’t announced of their motion yet on other countries.

“But the competition with Google isn’t all bad. That different large companies enter the space helps show that it is a legitimate market” said Jaymee Johnson (Isis Head Marketing)

Isis will establish bases on Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas and launch services sooner on mid-2012.

“In those two cities, consumers will be able to walk into a carrier retail store and choose between multiple smartphones, load their choice of mobile payment card onto the phone, and then use the mobile payment system at both national chains and local stores… Eventually, Isis will have nationwide coverage, but real scale won’t come until 2013 and 2014” said Johnson.

About 34 million to 80 million smartphones will be shipped with NFC by next year. It will grow more by 2016 about 552 million according to ABI.

According to CCS Insight that payment system will be the source of NFC success and by 2015, payment efforts will follow.

NFC is not the only technology we can use in payments, Paypal also announced about their interest on using barcodes and will be using it by 2012.

Apple will be expected to make strategies and launching services and grab market share from operators by 2012 according to some analysts.

Senior Analyst Mark Beccue of ABI announced, “Apple will launch a mobile wallet product in 2012. Apple’s operator partners will allow Apple to offer their mobile wallet to consumers who have iPhones, regardless of whether or not the operator has a competing mobile wallet,”

iPhone5 will be expected to be equipped with NFC for iTunes payment according to CCS insight. (c) 2012

Top 5 Progresses on Mobile this 2012 | Mobile News

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Mobile news presents… The previous year has been a dramatic event for smartphone manufacturers who have been rapidly enhancing their handset for competition, terminating competitors on the market place and even beating them on court.

Here are some and best predictions on mobile industry this 2012.

1. The growth of Quad-core smartphones
On the previous year, we had witnessed Dual-core begun to merge with smartphones for faster cell phone experiences. It was started with HTC Edge followed by LG, Motorola and Smasung.

But what we should expect in 2012? Well, Quad-core processors on smartphones will wipe out the Dual-core era especially iPhone 5 and 6 are expected to have Quad-core processor. 2012 will be a new year for smartphone competition with Quad-core processors.

2. iPhone will go bigger
As Phone 4s was released and little bit bigger than iPhone 4, expect on 2012 that Apple will release its iPhone 5 with wider screen supported by Retina Display that will compete other giant smartphone manufacturers.

3. Windows Phone goes cheaper
Microsoft decided to lower down their budget for Nokia to be able to produce affordable smartphones with Windows Phone OS.

This will give a chance on Nokia to be part of the intensive competition on smartphones Industry.

4. Android keeps its top spot, but fragmentation still rules
Google’s Android ranked no. 1 as announced by a survey conducted on a three-month period which was ended last November, earning more than 50 percent of Global market share and still incontrovertible in the top smartphone chart.

But in some case, it is obvious that there is no fragmentation on new Ice Cream Sandwich Firmware. No updates for Galaxy SII and some of HTC handset until spring.

5. Apple and Samsung will still have their resemblances
As last year shows us about the patent war of Apple against Samsung, 2012 is still the year of patent war from these two giant manufacturers.

Expect in 2012 that more handset from Samsung will be banned on some territories while Apple will still find ways of accusing Samsung on their handsets.

More progress on these two giant manufacturers on their handset, but it was said that their broken relationship is not one of the nuisances to be fixed. (c) 2012