While RIM may be deemed the company that launched the true smartphone revolution with its BlackBerry devices and coined the very concept, Apple will always be termed as the company which popularized the notion of smartphones. And its not surprising to note now that iOS and Android smartphones dominate the total shipments of the smartphones made during the last quarter of 2012.
We have been hearing about the upcoming OS release from Google, termed Jelly Bean. Google hasn’t given a definite date of the release of Android 5.0 but rumors have it that the company may be planning to unveil the OS during the third quarter this year. The third quarter also features Google I/O, the annual developer conference of Google. And if the rumors be true, Google may actually launch Jelly Bean at the very occasion.
There have been rumors that NSA was contemplating the use of Android devices. Now, personnel from NSA have officially confirmed this. NSA is actually using the modern smartphone devices as an off-the-shelf solution and then modifies and incorporates hardware and software it needs on these devices. It has been confirmed now that NSA is currently using some 100 Motorola Android phones on secure networks, being used by NSA employees under Project Fishbowl.
ZTE is perhaps one of the very few mobile companies which have witnessed a major growth in recent times. It witnessed a growth of terminal shipments by 50% in 2011 and was able to increase it’s smartphone shipments by a whopping 400%. Now at MWC 2012, ZTE is flaunting a number of new smartphone devices, which comprise of both Android and Windows Phone smartphones, with which it aims to break into world’s top smartphone markets.
As the Mobile World Congress date draws near, we expect to find out more news about the upcoming smartphones brought by the world’s biggest developers. But until then, we could start and make some predictions about a leaked photographed that apparently showcases Sony’s upcoming ST25i “Kumquat” Android smartphone.
Hauwei is a company that has been struggling to insert itself in the skinny and overcrowded space of the US mobile market. So far, they have stepped forward at CES 2012 with some prototypes called Ascend P1 S that left some people craving for more. Now, we have heard news that Huawei is setting up a conference due on February 26th, which is just one day before the Mobile World Congress starts, planning to share some details about their upcoming Diamond series high-end Android phones.
Even if Apple iOS is still toping the lists of every survey done this year, this is not what is going to happen in the next 12 months according to a study done by the research firm Ovum, who has been in charge of bringing comprehensible analysis to the masses for some time now.
HTC has been rolling out some of the finest smartphones. However, the company has still been struggling due to the fierce competition put forth by Samsung and Apple both of which seems to be leading from the front. HTC does seem to plan for a comeback for the Sense 4.0 device which it plans to unleash soon. However, you won’t have to wait till it’s launch to know the details of the device. A recent leak has detailed out some of the features of this highly-anticipated device which include a new user interface, a new mail app and awesome integration with Dropbox, giving you 50 GB of free storage. Read further to know about more features.
According to the most recent earnings report communicated by Google officials, Android is the main operating system for mobile users with more than 250 million activations. The report does not include the secondary market with all second hand smartphones sold over the world. Under the circumstances, Android Market is doing more than well with over 11 billion app downloads.
Introducing with the Belkin’s Bluetooth Car Hands-Free Kit for Apple iPod touch, iPhone, Blackberry and Android Smartphones. Enjoy the ultimate in-car solution for making calls and listening to music with a smartphone through your stereo system. Talk hands-free, listen to audio files stored on your phone, or even stream Internet radio at the touch of a button. Calls and music are routed through the car stereo for great sound over your own speaker system.
AT&T starts CTIA off right by introducing five new smartphones to its Android lineup and announces five smartphones availability of Motorola ATRIX 2, Samsung DoubleTime, Samsung Captivate Glide, Pantech Pocket and prepaid AT&T Avail, which bring total count of new Android devices this year to 19……………….
Soundfreaq’s SFQ-1 Sound Platform Bluetooth Wireless Audio System. Soundfreaq’s Sound Platform delivers high-Fidelity sound performance with the convenience of Bluetooth wireless. No longer do you need to dock your smart device just to play music. Soundfreaq’s Sound Platform lets you stream all of your audio wirelessly with Bluetooth, so you can keep multi-tasking with your device. Now you can play your music and continue to write emails and texts, browse the web, play games and use apps all while you keep your device exactly where it belongs – at your fingertips.
SwiftKey X Android keyboard replacement app has been updated with new features that make it even more useful and this smart Android keyboard SwiftKey X now learns from your blog, gives you stats on your typing. SwiftKey X is available to download now and the update is free for current users, new users will have to spend $4 USD for the phone version and $5 for the tablet version……………..
A new application was recently developed for rooted Android smartphones to allow individuals to control their Android smartphone with with a PS3 controller called Sixaxis Controller App and you have do just little for use PS3 DualShock 3 controller to play games on android device, grab your DualShock 3 controller, your Android smartphone and the Sixaxis Controller App from the Android Market. Sixaxis controller will not supported to all device, therefore it is strongly recommended that you try the Sixaxis Compatibility Checker (available for free in the Android Market) before purchasing this app……………
The company behind the popular augmented reality app for the iPhone and Android smartphones, Layar has announced that Layar 5.0 is now available (in full-fledged non-beta form) for both Android and iPhone. This new version of Layar makes a number of improvements over the previous version, including the ability to share layers on Facebook and Twitter.
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