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Good news for Google: the Canalys research firm has found that Google's Android OS dominated the worldwide smart device market in the second quarter. Canalys, which analyzes shipments in 56 countries around the world, found that Android was the leader in 35 of them, leading to the operating system's secure hold on 48 percent market share during the quarter. Android shipments reached 51.9 million, showing massive growth of 379 percent compared with the second quarter of 2010. The OS is especially popular in South Korea, where it captured a whopping 85 percent of the market share. Taiwan wasn't far behind with 71 percent. Android market share only seems to be going up, because as recently as January... Read more...
Android's rise to dominance as a smartphone/tablet OS has reshaped the mobile OS market--but recent actions by both Microsoft and Oracle could damage the operating system's appeal. Oracle and Google are locked in an ongoing lawsuit over Android's alleged infringement on certain Java-related patents, while both Oracle and Microsoft are negotiating licensing agreements with Android device manufacturers. While this is an ongoing situation, pressure has mounted in recent weeks.  Last week, news broke that Microsoft has demanded Samsung pay it $15 per Android device. The deal is similar to one the software giant reached with HTC last year; that handset manufacturer pays Microsoft $5 per Android... Read more...
According to one report, Microsoft’s app store known as the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace may now have 25,000 applications. In comparison to Apple’s App Store, this figure may not sound like much. The Windows Phone App List claims the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace has 25,076 applications. According to WP7applist, however, the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace only has 24,878 applications, and 4,044 of those applications are “inactive.” Regardless, one thing is clear: the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace is growing. When Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 last year, the marketplace had only 1,000 applications. By March, the store had reached 11,500 applications. Although the Windows Phone... Read more...
And just like that, Angry Birds is making a move to infiltrate the minds of even more smartphone users. Windows Phone 7 remained one of the only phone platforms in the world that didn't have an available app, but Rovio has remedied that. This week, Angry Birds came to WP7, causing yet another mobile gaming uproar. The news is quite simple: there's a wild new app out on a wild new platform, and it can be downloaded now for $2.99. Yes, it's free on Android and just $0.99 on iOS, but it's not like WP7 gamers are going to pass on it just because they have to give up a Starbucks latte. Right? Are you in?... Read more...
Nokia's in a weird place. As if they weren't already in a weird place. They decided long ago to side with Microsoft and use Windows Phone 7 as their smartphone OS, shuffling MeeGo under the mattress in order to do so. But the N9 was already in the development pipeline. And the N9 ran on MeeGo. So, Nokia decided to go ahead and launch the N9 with MeeGo, hopefully selling a few while tiding over Nokia fans until 'Sea Ray' phones could launch with WP7 later this year. But we're guessing Stephen Elop, Nokia's CEO, never saw this kind of reaction coming. By and large, analysts and media members have praised MeeGo and the N9 in general, leading many to wonder why on Earth Nokia would do away with MeeGo... Read more...
During Microsoft's recent "Mango" launch event in New York City, a number of new faces were shown off. Microsoft's partner list for Windows Phone 7 is growing, and while Nokia is obviously "the new face" of the operating system, HTC is also a huge name that the company's trying to court. And now, it seems like it's a date. HTC has in the past supported Android in a major way, with the "Sense" overlay being an entity in and of itself. But the company's obviously willing to try their hand at something a bit different...something like WP7. HTC's CEO spoke this week regarding that possibility, and he stated that plans are in motion to bring a Mango-based phone to market from HTC. The outspoken Peter... Read more...
More Angry Birds? Of course! Who could be tired of Rovio's runaway hit? There's no question that the company is definitely milking this hit for all that it's worth, but every instance of Angry Birds is so good that we're forgiving them for this one. In fact, we're celebrating it. Windows Phone 7 remains one of the only platforms that Angry Birds has yet to infiltrate, but all of that changes in late June. Over on the Windows Phone Blog, Microsoft has confirmed a number of upcoming titles, and Rovio themselves have tweeted a confirmation. June 29th marks the launch date for the WP7 version of Angry Birds, and it'll cost $2.99 for a game with 195 levels. That's just one of the many game titles... Read more...
Verizon Wireless will soon get its first Windows Phone 7 smartphone in the form of the HTC Trophy. The Trophy will feature a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.8-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, 16GB of storage, and global connectivity capabilities. In addition to the mobile gaming features that come with the Windows Phone platform, customers who buy a HTC Trophy before July 15 will get a free Xbox 360 console game. The HTC Trophy will be available online on May 26 and in Verizon Wireless Stores on June 2 for $149.99 after rebate and with a contract. HTC Trophy™ Brings Windows Phone 7 To Verizon Wireless Combine Business and Play with a Smartphone That Lets Customers Do What They Love 05/19/2011... Read more...
At its financial analyst meeting earlier this week, Intel unveiled a series of strategic changes to its roadmap and gave investors a peek at the company's general strategy for the next few years. We've already touched on the company's decision to ramp more powerful Atom processors and its new, 15W mainstream notebook TDP target, but the company is playing a deeper game. If Medfield lives up to expectations, it'll be the first Intel SoC truly capable of challenging ARM. Later this year, Intel will introduce Medfield, its 32nm Atom SoC. The current solution, Moorestown, did reduce Atom's platform-level power consumption, but not enough to make the chip attractive to smartphone designers. Medfield... Read more...
At a glance, the Venue Pro looks just like the Venue. And specifications-wise, they're largely the same as well. The Venue Pro has the same 4.1" AMOLED display (800 x 480 resolution), 1GHz QSD8250 Snapdragon processor, 8GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and no extra microSD card slot -- an unfortunate staple of numerous WP7 devices. However, the Venue Pro is 2mm thicker than the Venue, thanks to its slide-out QWERTY keyboard. There's a virtual keyboard for those who'd rather not use the physical buttons, but having a keyboard could be a major selling point for those who may be interested in trying WP7 but are coming from a BlackBerry world. Also of interest is the fact that the... Read more...
Not too long ago, we took a look at Dell's Venue smartphone. A slate-styled phone with Android 2.2 along with the company's own Stage UI. But it's arguable that the Venue is the quiet brother compared to the boisterous Venue Pro. Those who closely follow the smartphone space will likely remember Dell's early ambitions, and while the Aero never posed much of a threat to any other Android phone, the Venue Pro -- once known as the Lightning -- always seemed like a formidable competitor.  At a glance, the Venue Pro looks just like the Venue. And specifications-wise, they're largely the same as well. The Venue Pro has the same 4.1" AMOLED display (800 x 480 resolution), 1GHz QSD8250 Snapdragon... Read more...
Of the six smart phones on the market that run Microsoft's latest phone OS, Windows Phone 7, HTC designed and manufactures three of them. It's latest, and most expensive, is Sprint's first-and currently only-WP7 option, the HTC Arrive and it arrived at Sprint just last month. That said, the HTC Arrive offers a combination of Microsoft's latest and easily most impressive handset OS to date, along with a slide-out backlit keyboard and HTC's unmistakable design quality.  So there's at least a bit of differentiation to the product to pique the interest of thumb-texters looking at a WP7-equipped device.  Also, the Arrive we tested was running the updated version of Windows Phone 7, known... Read more...
We never really assumed that this wasn't a done-deal, but now it's truly a done-deal. There's no turning back for Nokia, who has just revealed a "definitive agreement" with Microsoft to utilize their Windows Phone 7 operation system on smartphones. The deal is likely being announced to give consumers and analysts alike a bit of heads-up when it comes to progress. Many have wondered exactly how long it would take Nokia to effectively integrate WP7 into their wares, and it looks like the partnership is humming along ahead of schedule. There's reportedly been "significant progress" on incorporation, and now the two are diving headfirst into "a portfolio of new Nokia devices." The company's already... Read more...
Nokia is turning over a new leaf. The company has been taken over by an ex-Microsoft vet, and they're largely ditching Symbian in order to focus on Windows Phone 7. It's a fresh start for an old company and there's better no way to say that to the public than by changing how they perceive you. For Nokia, that starts with their famed font. Nokia Sans was the previous font of choice, and it was iconic in nature. It was everything in Nokia's branding, and for hardcore fans, it may be hard to see let go. The new font, which takes over starting this week, is called Nokia Pure. The company claims that this font provides 'beauty in supreme usability,' but it remains to be seen if people latch on. To... Read more...
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