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Facebook’s Mobile User Count Reveals Android And iOS Users Are Neck And Neck… But Android Is Growing At A Faster Rate

 

It’s no secret that more and more users of mobile devices prefer Android over everything else, but it also appears that more of us use Facebook on our devices compared to well… everyone else. I know you’re all slightly perplexed at where I am going, so let me explain— the Facebook app is no doubt a mainstay on mobile devices everywhere… regardless of what mobile OS the app is on. However— it appears there are more Facebook for Android users than Facebook for iPhone users. In fact– research indicates Facebook’s Android user count is growing much faster than its iPhone user base, despite the Facebook app being found on a lower percentage of Android devices. Through some raw data compiled by Benedict Evans, data shows that since September 2011, Facebook for Android had a 66 million monthly active user count (MAU) and Facebook for iPhone had a 91 million MAU. Moving to November 2012, Android had grown to a 192.8 million MAU while iPhone only had a 147.2 million MAU. The data shows that Facebook’s Android users helped Facebook reach a total of 604 million mobile users by the end of Q3 2012, which is tremendous.

As exciting as the findings are, there are some things to note. While there are more Facebook Android users than iPhone users, there are more Facebook iOS users overall when the iPad user base is taken into account. As it stands, there is a 48 million MAU for iPad users, which brings the total to 195.2 million MAU, just slightly more than the overall Android user base. In addition, the study could not take into account the integration that may not have been taken advantage of with iOS6 users, so the number could very well dwarf the number of Android users.

Still, the fact that Android users are not only adopting Facebook mobile at a faster rate, but are also contributing Facebook’s overall growth is certainly nothing to sneeze at. It will be interesting to see how the numbers grow as Facebook continues to get better and better for the Android platform.

source: TechCrunch

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Facebook’s Mobile User Count Reveals Android And iOS Users Are Neck And Neck… But Android Is Growing At A Faster Rate

 

It’s no secret that more and more users of mobile devices prefer Android over everything else, but it also appears that more of us use Facebook on our devices compared to well… everyone else. I know you’re all slightly perplexed at where I am going, so let me explain— the Facebook app is no doubt a mainstay on mobile devices everywhere… regardless of what mobile OS the app is on. However— it appears there are more Facebook for Android users than Facebook for iPhone users. In fact– research indicates Facebook’s Android user count is growing much faster than its iPhone user base, despite the Facebook app being found on a lower percentage of Android devices. Through some raw data compiled by Benedict Evans, data shows that since September 2011, Facebook for Android had a 66 million monthly active user count (MAU) and Facebook for iPhone had a 91 million MAU. Moving to November 2012, Android had grown to a 192.8 million MAU while iPhone only had a 147.2 million MAU. The data shows that Facebook’s Android users helped Facebook reach a total of 604 million mobile users by the end of Q3 2012, which is tremendous.

As exciting as the findings are, there are some things to note. While there are more Facebook Android users than iPhone users, there are more Facebook iOS users overall when the iPad user base is taken into account. As it stands, there is a 48 million MAU for iPad users, which brings the total to 195.2 million MAU, just slightly more than the overall Android user base. In addition, the study could not take into account the integration that may not have been taken advantage of with iOS6 users, so the number could very well dwarf the number of Android users.

Still, the fact that Android users are not only adopting Facebook mobile at a faster rate, but are also contributing Facebook’s overall growth is certainly nothing to sneeze at. It will be interesting to see how the numbers grow as Facebook continues to get better and better for the Android platform.

source: TechCrunch

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Facebook’s Mobile User Count Reveals Android And iOS Users Are Neck And Neck… But Android Is Growing At A Faster Rate

 

It’s no secret that more and more users of mobile devices prefer Android over everything else, but it also appears that more of us use Facebook on our devices compared to well… everyone else. I know you’re all slightly perplexed at where I am going, so let me explain— the Facebook app is no doubt a mainstay on mobile devices everywhere… regardless of what mobile OS the app is on. However— it appears there are more Facebook for Android users than Facebook for iPhone users. In fact– research indicates Facebook’s Android user count is growing much faster than its iPhone user base, despite the Facebook app being found on a lower percentage of Android devices. Through some raw data compiled by Benedict Evans, data shows that since September 2011, Facebook for Android had a 66 million monthly active user count (MAU) and Facebook for iPhone had a 91 million MAU. Moving to November 2012, Android had grown to a 192.8 million MAU while iPhone only had a 147.2 million MAU. The data shows that Facebook’s Android users helped Facebook reach a total of 604 million mobile users by the end of Q3 2012, which is tremendous.

As exciting as the findings are, there are some things to note. While there are more Facebook Android users than iPhone users, there are more Facebook iOS users overall when the iPad user base is taken into account. As it stands, there is a 48 million MAU for iPad users, which brings the total to 195.2 million MAU, just slightly more than the overall Android user base. In addition, the study could not take into account the integration that may not have been taken advantage of with iOS6 users, so the number could very well dwarf the number of Android users.

Still, the fact that Android users are not only adopting Facebook mobile at a faster rate, but are also contributing Facebook’s overall growth is certainly nothing to sneeze at. It will be interesting to see how the numbers grow as Facebook continues to get better and better for the Android platform.

source: TechCrunch

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comScore releases November 2012 market share for US smartphones

 

It’s always fun to look back at a previous year and see what kinds of smartphones were the most popular. comScore has released their data about popular smartphone platforms from a three-month period ending in November of 2012, studying about 30,000 phones. There’s plenty of interesting information, but it’s mostly what we’ve expected. Samsung and Apple continue to dominate smartphone sales, with LG, Motorola, and HTC rounding out the top 5. (Sony is apparently not faring as well in the States.) Both Samsung and Apple are still growing over this three-month period, with Samsung starting with 25.7% and ending with 26.9%, and Apple starting and ending with 17.1% and 18.5%. LG actually started off this period with 18.2% but slipped to 17.5%, giving Apple the number 2 spot. Motorola fell about 0.8% to 10.4% and HTC fell 0.4% to 5.9%, but neither moved up or down the charts. None of the percentages are drastic, but it just backs up what we already know and expect from the smartphone market.

Android still powers over half of the 123.3 million phones in the US, and grew from 52.6% to 53.7%, and Apple’s iOS claims about 30%. Neither Android or iOS fell in market share; their positive growth came from eating up what’s left of RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian software. It’s not good news for Microsoft’s new Windows 8, but I don’t think any of us were too worried about those tiles messing up our little green friend, were we?

There’s also a third chart that shows what people do with their phones, which surprised me a bit to learn that only 28% of people use their phone to listen to music. Hit the source below if you want to get into more of the nitty-gritty statistics.

source: comScore

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comScore releases November 2012 market share for US smartphones

 

It’s always fun to look back at a previous year and see what kinds of smartphones were the most popular. comScore has released their data about popular smartphone platforms from a three-month period ending in November of 2012, studying about 30,000 phones. There’s plenty of interesting information, but it’s mostly what we’ve expected. Samsung and Apple continue to dominate smartphone sales, with LG, Motorola, and HTC rounding out the top 5. (Sony is apparently not faring as well in the States.) Both Samsung and Apple are still growing over this three-month period, with Samsung starting with 25.7% and ending with 26.9%, and Apple starting and ending with 17.1% and 18.5%. LG actually started off this period with 18.2% but slipped to 17.5%, giving Apple the number 2 spot. Motorola fell about 0.8% to 10.4% and HTC fell 0.4% to 5.9%, but neither moved up or down the charts. None of the percentages are drastic, but it just backs up what we already know and expect from the smartphone market.

Android still powers over half of the 123.3 million phones in the US, and grew from 52.6% to 53.7%, and Apple’s iOS claims about 30%. Neither Android or iOS fell in market share; their positive growth came from eating up what’s left of RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian software. It’s not good news for Microsoft’s new Windows 8, but I don’t think any of us were too worried about those tiles messing up our little green friend, were we?

There’s also a third chart that shows what people do with their phones, which surprised me a bit to learn that only 28% of people use their phone to listen to music. Hit the source below if you want to get into more of the nitty-gritty statistics.

source: comScore

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comScore releases November 2012 market share for US smartphones

 

It’s always fun to look back at a previous year and see what kinds of smartphones were the most popular. comScore has released their data about popular smartphone platforms from a three-month period ending in November of 2012, studying about 30,000 phones. There’s plenty of interesting information, but it’s mostly what we’ve expected. Samsung and Apple continue to dominate smartphone sales, with LG, Motorola, and HTC rounding out the top 5. (Sony is apparently not faring as well in the States.) Both Samsung and Apple are still growing over this three-month period, with Samsung starting with 25.7% and ending with 26.9%, and Apple starting and ending with 17.1% and 18.5%. LG actually started off this period with 18.2% but slipped to 17.5%, giving Apple the number 2 spot. Motorola fell about 0.8% to 10.4% and HTC fell 0.4% to 5.9%, but neither moved up or down the charts. None of the percentages are drastic, but it just backs up what we already know and expect from the smartphone market.

Android still powers over half of the 123.3 million phones in the US, and grew from 52.6% to 53.7%, and Apple’s iOS claims about 30%. Neither Android or iOS fell in market share; their positive growth came from eating up what’s left of RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian software. It’s not good news for Microsoft’s new Windows 8, but I don’t think any of us were too worried about those tiles messing up our little green friend, were we?

There’s also a third chart that shows what people do with their phones, which surprised me a bit to learn that only 28% of people use their phone to listen to music. Hit the source below if you want to get into more of the nitty-gritty statistics.

source: comScore

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Vuzix releases the M100 Smart Glasses SDK emulator for app testing

Vuzix began showing off their Google Glass competitor back in November. At the time they offered some details in terms of the glasses, mainly covering the specs and the fact that they would eventually be opening them up for developers. Simply put, Vuzix was planning to release an SDK that allowed to developers to create apps for the glasses. And well, Vuzix has released the beginning stages of the SDK today.

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According to details coming from Vuzix, this release is Phase 1 and it will provide developers with the software required to start writing code using the PC emulator for Android. With this bit of the SDK available, developers will be able to begin writing as well as testing their apps.

The SDK will be available for new developers as well as those who were pre-registered and can be found in the Vuzix developer center at developer.vuzix.com. As part of the developer program, those involved will be able to get support, technical advice and regular updates as well as early access to the M100 smart glasses. Further details from Vuzix notes that the M100 SDK will be available in a Gold and Silver version and that these will be delivered in stages and include frequent updates.

Otherwise, developers and the SDK aside, the M100 smart glasses will be running Android and feature a built-in color display, integrated head tracker and GPS as well as a camera that will allow for the capture of still images and video. When the M100 smart glasses were originally announced, Vuzix had said that they would feature a WQVGA display with a 16:9 aspect ratio that gave the impression looking at a 4-inch display from 14-inches.

And while we have yet to see any public release date for the M100 smart glasses, Vuzix will have them on display during CES.

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Comscore: Samsung, Android Take Lion’s Share US Smartphone Market, Apple Distant Second

Apple had very high hopes that the release of the new flagship gadget, the iPhone 5, would turn around their dwindling market share being taken by Google in the US back in September.  4 months after the release of the new smartphone, the company’s market share in the US according to comScore had not increased much and Android remains the most preferred and used operating system on mobile devices.  According to figures from comScore released yesterday there were on average 123.3 million smartphone users in the US by the end of November 2012 and an average of 53.7 percent of them used Android devices.

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ComScore is an international Internet information provider that provides consumer insight information to leading companies for successful marketing, trading strategies and to boost sales.  Their newest results are based on survey of 30,000 consumers, a part of their MobiLens research.  This research revealed that Apple comes second as to Android as the most used operating system with 35% of the smartphone market and 26.9 % of the overall mobile phone market.  Interestingly, Samsung remains the most dominant handset in the US with a 26.9% share followed by Apple’s iPhone taking 18.5% of the market.  Apple displaced LG from the second position after the launch of the iPhone 5 as the South Korean company now commands 17.5% of the market.  The other two companies on the top five of the most popular handsets in the market are Motorola on the fourth position with a 10.4% market share and HTC with a 5.9% market share.

This survey did not include holiday shopping figures as this is the time when most handsets were bought and the figures should upset these results.

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ComScore also discovered that the number of users using smartphones keeps climbing and is now at 53% and like their previous studies in August, the war is between Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.  The results show that Android is still dominating the market with 53.7% market share up from 52.6% back in August while Apple’s iOS has also gained a little from 34.3% to 35%.  RIM’s blackberry, Microsoft’s Windows phone and windows Mobile OS and Symbian are still on a downward spiral as they continue to lose market share.  RIM lost 1% in the 3 months from August to November from 8.3% to 7.3%, Microsoft lost 0.6% from 3.6% to 3.0% and Symbian is almost extinct as it is now in use on 0.5% of the devices down from 0.7% in August 2012.

 

Top Smartphone Platforms

Aug ‘12 Nov ‘12 Change
Google 52.6% 53.7% 1.1
Apple 34.3% 35.0% 0.7
RIM 8.3% 7.3% -1.0
Microsoft 3.6% 3.0% -0.6
Symbian 0.7% 0.5% -0.2
Total Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A

 

Source: comScore MobiLens

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Nexus 4 sales unofficially estimated to be around 400,000 so far

There is no question that the Nexus 4 is the hottest Android device right now, but how many did they sell? Since the wait times have been so long, the assumption is there could be millions in play or was it just the fact that LG and Google went too conservative in their estimates? Well you certainly aren’t going to get this information from Google so the only thing left to do is a little sleuthing. No problem since Android has the biggest enthusiasts around. Nexus 4 owners took their IMEI numbers and backtracked the production number of their devices by adding it to the end of an LG mobile link (see below). The site returns the IMEI followed by a long string of characters. Hit the break to interpret the results.

Example result: LGE960 ACAGBK 212KPHG188745 20121206 GLOBAL/GLOBAL N N

LGE960 = phone model
A = ?
CA = Country where the device was sold. (Others include ‘US’ for the U.S., ‘HK’ for Hong Kong, ‘AU’ for Australia and so on.)
G = Storage (G = 16GB, 8 = 8GB)
BK = Color
2 = ?
12 = Production Month (November)
K = Production Country (Korea)
PHG = ?
188745 = The line or production number, showing that phone was the 188,745th device made.
2012121206 = The production date in YYYYMMDD format

Again, this is only an interpolation, but it looks like 70,000 units were sold in October, 90,000 in November, and 210,000 in December. I can’t imagine the “real” numbers being too far off. The December figures below show shared data from various Nexus 4 owners.

DECEMBER
165000
264000
265133 14-th ADEUBK GERMANY
266133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
267133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
268133 15-th ADEUBK GERMANY
269133 15-th ADEUBK GERMANY
270133 15-th ASWSBK SWS Switzerland (looks like around 500 units)
271133 16-th AISRBK Israel
272133 15-th ADEUBK Germany
273133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
274133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
275133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
277133 17-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
278133 17-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
279133 16-th AMYSBK
280123 17-th AMYSBK
289000 18-th UK
300123 19-th ADEGBK
305112 19-th ACA8BK
306000 28-Oct (?) AUSGBK, 211KPPB306000 “csn” is also very different from the “surroundings”
306001 8-Oct AUSGBK 211KPHG306001 esnoutgodate=null >>Never shipped?
306009 4-th Dec AUSGBK 212KPHG306009 esnoutgodate=null
306010 19-th AUS8BK 212KPYR306010 esnoutgodate=null
306020 19-th AUS8BK esnoutgodate=null
314001 19-th AFRGBK
314002 19-th ADEGBK
314050 19-th ADEGBK
314123 19-th ADEGBK
315112 19-th ADE8BK
319123 20-th ADEGBK
320123 20-th ADEGBK
321123 20-th AAUGBK
325112 20-th AUSGBK
330123 20-th AUSGBK
340123 21-th ACAGBK
350123 22-th AUS8BK
360123 26-th AUSGBK
365123 27-th AUS8BK
370123 27-th AUSGBK
374110 28-th AUSGBK

source: Techcrunch / IMEI Link (add your IMEI to the end of the link)

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YouTube remote control not just a Google TV feature anymore

Last November Google introduced an update to its YouTube app that allows users to remotely control video playback on their Google TV devices. Debuting at CES, the feature will soon be available on even more smart TVs, regardless of whether or not they run Google’s Android-based platform.

Google has announced that it is partnering with smart TV manufacturers including Sony, Panasonic, Bang & Olufsen, and LG to bring the experience to even more living rooms in 2013. Those companies will be showing off their latest sets, which will feature the latest version of YouTube’s app for the big screen (complete with 1080p playback), at CES next week. Later in the year we can expect the trend to continue with companies like Samsung, Sharp, and Vizio.

Using the app paired with a TV, users can watch a video on their HD set while easily searching for the next on their smartphone, all uninterrupted. You can even queue up entire playlists.

Does the move suggest Google will be moving further away from their own Google TV and instead focusing on a more integrated experience with other platforms? That’s doubtful Google loves ubiquity, even if it means a killer feature or app my not be exclusively theirs. Regardless, YouTube is making itself right at home in the living room.

[via Google]

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Android still on top in comScore’s November 2012 market share report

comScore has delivered its market share report for November 2012, and unsurprisingly, Android finds itself at the top of the charts yet again. For the three month period ending in November 2012, Android’s market share grew to 53.7%, up 1.1 percentage points from the three month period ending August 2012. iOS was on the rise in that period too, gaining 0.7 percentage points over the period ending in November to settle at 35%.

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This growth for iOS and Android, however small, came at the expense of RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian, all of which were down in the three month period ending November 2012. None of those companies have much further they can drop, with Symbian in particular now holding onto just 0.5% market share. Of course, an important thing to remember is that Windows Phone 8 had just been released when comScore collected its stats for November. Couple that with the fact that RIM is gearing up to launch BlackBerry 10 at the end of this month, and we might just see both companies begin to climb up the rankings in comScore’s next report.

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Who was at the top of the list for mobile OEM market share? Samsung, yet again. The company experienced growth in the three month period ending in November 2012, climbing 1.2 percentage points to a 26.9% share. Apple was up too, enjoying 18.5% market share after gaining 1.4 percentage points. LG, Motorola, and HTC rank on the top five list as well, though unfortunately they all took a loss in overall market share during the period.

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comScore says that 123.3 million people in the US owned smartphones at the end of the period, which means that smartphones have achieved 53% market penetration. 75.9% said they use their smartphones to send text messages to other phones, while using downloaded apps and using mobile browsers rounded out the top three in comScore’s mobile content usage chart with 54.2% and 52.1% respectively. If you’ve got a few minutes, be sure to read through comScore’s full report – it houses a lot of interesting data on the smartphone market.

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Nexus 4 sales unofficially estimated to be around 400,000 so far

There is no question that the Nexus 4 is the hottest Android device right now, but how many did they sell? Since the wait times have been so long, the assumption is there could be millions in play or was it just the fact that LG and Google went too conservative in their estimates? Well you certainly aren’t going to get this information from Google so the only thing left to do is a little sleuthing. No problem since Android has the biggest enthusiasts around. Nexus 4 owners took their IMEI numbers and backtracked the production number of their devices by adding it to the end of an LG mobile link (see below). The site returns the IMEI followed by a long string of characters. Hit the break to interpret the results.

Example result: LGE960 ACAGBK 212KPHG188745 20121206 GLOBAL/GLOBAL N N

LGE960 = phone model
A = ?
CA = Country where the device was sold. (Others include ‘US’ for the U.S., ‘HK’ for Hong Kong, ‘AU’ for Australia and so on.)
G = Storage (G = 16GB, 8 = 8GB)
BK = Color
2 = ?
12 = Production Month (November)
K = Production Country (Korea)
PHG = ?
188745 = The line or production number, showing that phone was the 188,745th device made.
2012121206 = The production date in YYYYMMDD format

Again, this is only an interpolation, but it looks like 70,000 units were sold in October, 90,000 in November, and 210,000 in December. I can’t imagine the “real” numbers being too far off. The December figures below show shared data from various Nexus 4 owners.

DECEMBER
165000
264000
265133 14-th ADEUBK GERMANY
266133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
267133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
268133 15-th ADEUBK GERMANY
269133 15-th ADEUBK GERMANY
270133 15-th ASWSBK SWS Switzerland (looks like around 500 units)
271133 16-th AISRBK Israel
272133 15-th ADEUBK Germany
273133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
274133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
275133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
277133 17-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
278133 17-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
279133 16-th AMYSBK
280123 17-th AMYSBK
289000 18-th UK
300123 19-th ADEGBK
305112 19-th ACA8BK
306000 28-Oct (?) AUSGBK, 211KPPB306000 “csn” is also very different from the “surroundings”
306001 8-Oct AUSGBK 211KPHG306001 esnoutgodate=null >>Never shipped?
306009 4-th Dec AUSGBK 212KPHG306009 esnoutgodate=null
306010 19-th AUS8BK 212KPYR306010 esnoutgodate=null
306020 19-th AUS8BK esnoutgodate=null
314001 19-th AFRGBK
314002 19-th ADEGBK
314050 19-th ADEGBK
314123 19-th ADEGBK
315112 19-th ADE8BK
319123 20-th ADEGBK
320123 20-th ADEGBK
321123 20-th AAUGBK
325112 20-th AUSGBK
330123 20-th AUSGBK
340123 21-th ACAGBK
350123 22-th AUS8BK
360123 26-th AUSGBK
365123 27-th AUS8BK
370123 27-th AUSGBK
374110 28-th AUSGBK

source: Techcrunch / IMEI Link (add your IMEI to the end of the link)

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Samsung finally reaches one million Galaxy Note 2 sales in Korea

Samsung has reached another milestone in its Samsung Galaxy Note 2 endeavors, but it may not seem all that significant compared to some of the others. The South Korean manufacturer has finally reached one million units sold for the “phablet” line in its home country.

For comparison’s sake, it didn’t take the Samsung Galaxy S3 nearly as long to reach one million (in fact, the device sold 2.5 million units in just 100 days in Korea) but it’s hard to compare the two due to their different circumstances.

First of all, you have to wonder whether or not more people in Korea prefer the size of the Galaxy S3 line over that of the Note 2. The market has shaped up that way for the entirety of the world, too — the Samsung Galaxy S3 reached over 10 million pre-sales worldwide leading up to its launch, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, as of late November, is just over 5 million.

Secondly, smartphone culture in Korea might be a lot different than what us “westerners” are used to. A lot of people the world over tend to stick with the smartphones they fall in love with a lot longer than most, so perhaps they just haven’t been compelled to upgrade for one reason or another.

Without access to more trends and numbers I can’t say why, exactly, the Note 2′s growth hasn’t been as explosive as the Galaxy S3′s, but I’d still wager to guess that size is the most significant factor. If rumors regarding the Samsung Galaxy S4 are true we should be seeing the next smartphone in Samsung’s flagship lineup come with S Pen support, and the performance of such a device (we imagine it’ll be around that 5 inch range but not quite as big as the Galaxy Note 2) will help further determine which factor has folks favoring the Galaxy S line a great deal more than any other.

[MK News via SammyHub]

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Digital division of Barnes & Noble received financial boost from British Pearson

nook-5The Media unit of Barnes & Noble Inc has given a boost to the national bookstore operator following the buying of Pearson Plc of 5 percent stake of the said division, estimated to be at $89.5 million. The acquisition of the British education and media publisher sent the shares of Barnes & Noble Inc skyrocketing with as much as 9.7 percent last Friday.

The Nook Media unit makes up the digital business of the American bookstore business, which includes the store’s Nook digital bookstore and Nook tablets and e-readers, as well as 674 college bookstores in the entire United States.

Pearson Plc owns both the Penguin Group publishing house and the Financial Times news agency.

The investment of Pearson follows Microsoft Corp’s investment in April which gave the digital business of  Barnes & Noble $300 million in cash. The move of Microsoft was a positive one  as it increased the bookstore’s shares up to 79 percent afterwards. Microsoft and Barnes & Noble concluded their deal in October.

Following the deal with Pearson, Barnes & Noble will be owning 78.2 percent of its digital business, while Microsoft will have around 16.8 percent ownership.

“We always believed that Microsoft was as interested in Barnes & Noble’s opportunity in education as it was in the digital consumer arena,” Janney Montgomery Scott analyst  David Strasser said.

“But after this investment from Pearson, it is more clear that Nook Media has its sight set on transforming the way education is administered in the US and around the world,” Scott  wrote in a research note to clients.

Barnes & Noble’s Nook unit had been a hit revenue source after it was launched in 2009 as more and more readers buy ebooks. But product development and marketing expenditures to   stay competitive against rivals like Amazon also made the venture expensive to maintain.

Last November, Barnes & Noble said that its Media unit has increased its quarterly loss following the division’s increasing spending to develop its r-readers and tablets so it could compete with its bigger rivals–Apple Inc and Amazon.

The company also announced on Friday that sales during the holiday season will not hit the targets as preliminary results and sales trends show demand for its products.

The top US bookstore operator planned to give figures of its holiday sales on January 3. During November, the company said that its digital product sales during the four-day weekend on Thanksgiving–usually the busiest time of the year for retailers–had doubled compared to its last year sales figures. Barnes & Noble said that the increased in sales due to the advertising effort by Target Corp and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Some early findings find the 2012 holiday season to be the worst yet for retailers since the 2008 financial crisis as sales targets are falling well below expectations.

Barnes & Noble shares rose as much as 6.1 percent on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday afternoon, from $15.23 to $15.74. The company shares were the fourth highest gainer in percentage in the stock brokerage during that day.

source: reuters

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2 gets OTA update that brings multi-window feature

Samsung-Galaxy-Note-ATT-multi-windowTexas-based carrier AT&T reportedly started rolling out an update that would bring the multi-window feature to its Galaxy Note 2 devices. This is, of course, good news to all Note 2 owners under the umbrella of AT&T but the fact is, it is the fourth major carrier to roll out this update. Many were actually expecting to receive firmware update last month because rumors about it started to build up on November 5th…or even earlier.

Engadget reported on the 26th that AT&T allegedly confirmed through email that an update will be rolled today. Some owners have successfully updated their device confirming reports about this update. The carrier didn’t release information whether the update will be done in phases or not. However, since there are owners who cannot pull the update down, it seems like that’s what AT&T is doing to minimize stress in its servers.

Reports indicate that the update is being rolled out over-the-air and not via Samsung KIES. More often owners will receive notifications but they are also advised to manually check for it by going to Settings => About phone. It is said to be a minor update that brings along a few features and bug fixes so owners should not expect a huge bump to their current firmware.

Android system natively support multi-tasking but the multi-window feature allows users to run two apps simultaneously. Basically, this makes Note 2 with its 5.5-inch display more like a tablet than a smartphone as it brings true multitasking to smaller screens.

This update is part of Samsung’s ultimate plan to bring the latest version of Android to its devices as well as stuff them with many features as possible. Since the roll out has already been started, owners who are not yet getting notifications or still cannot find new updates should not worry as it will eventually arrive. It may take just a few days before all Galaxy Note 2 devices under AT&T network will be getting this update.

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ZTE Nubia Z5 Quad-Core, 5″ 1080p Device Drops Today In China

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the Nubia Z5 other than than the ‘December release date’ update back in early November. All of that changes today as the release of the ZTE Nubia Z5 has officially arrive in China. It looks like the early leaked information was correct regarding some of the specs including the device rocking a 5-inch, 1080p display and a 13MP rear camera. We now know that it’ll also have 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and also Dolby Digital Plus sound to go along with that 1.5Ghz quad core processor.

In the leaks of the device last month, it was being shown side-by-side against an iPhone 5. The pictures were – not too sneakily – comparing how thin the Z5 was compared to the very thin Apple device. As it turns out, it was for good reason. This quad-core beast is only 7.6mm thin which is the clubhouse leader in the 5-inch display market.  What’s even more remarkable is that it still managed to squeeze in a 2300Mah battery all while weighing in at 126g. I know, how much right? We’re looking ¥3,456, or about $550 for the aluminum version and a bank-breaking ¥7,890 (about $1,260) for the titanium edition. There’s no official word on international availability yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

source:  Engadget

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Android US market share continues to decline, Apple hits record high

Just last month Apple managed to retake the number one position in terms of mobile OS market share in the US, overtaking Google’s Android in the process. Today, it appears that trend has continued through the month of November, with Apple reaching its highest ever smartphone market share in the United States.

Figures released today show Android falling to 41.9%, a decline of nearly 11% over the previous year. On the other end of the spectrum, Apple now sits at a staggering 53.3%, a rise of 17.5% year-over-year. While Android has managed to reach nearly 60% at one point, this is the first time in the Cupertino company’s history that it has passed the 50% mark. For comparison, Microsoft’s Windows Phone is having a tough time reaching 3%, having been stuck in limbo since last year. RIM, on the other hand, has all but fallen completely off of the map, dropping nearly 6 points in just 12 months.

In various other parts of the world Android continues to top the charts, constantly setting records for rate of growth. However, it appears as though Apple is once again dominating the US market. Android may be losing the battle, but at least it’s winning the war.

Source: Kantar

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Android US market share continues to decline, Apple hits record high

Just last month Apple managed to retake the number one position in terms of mobile OS market share in the US, overtaking Google’s Android in the process. Today, it appears that trend has continued through the month of November, with Apple reaching its highest ever smartphone market share in the United States.

Figures released today show Android falling to 41.9%, a decline of nearly 11% over the previous year. On the other end of the spectrum, Apple now sits at a staggering 53.3%, a rise of 17.5% year-over-year. While Android has managed to reach nearly 60% at one point, this is the first time in the Cupertino company’s history that it has passed the 50% mark. For comparison, Microsoft’s Windows Phone is having a tough time reaching 3%, having been stuck in limbo since last year. RIM, on the other hand, has all but fallen completely off of the map, dropping nearly 6 points in just 12 months.

In various other parts of the world Android continues to top the charts, constantly setting records for rate of growth. However, it appears as though Apple is once again dominating the US market. Android may be losing the battle, but at least it’s winning the war.

Source: Kantar

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Android US market share continues to decline, Apple hits record high

Just last month Apple managed to retake the number one position in terms of mobile OS market share in the US, overtaking Google’s Android in the process. Today, it appears that trend has continued through the month of November, with Apple reaching its highest ever smartphone market share in the United States.

Figures released today show Android falling to 41.9%, a decline of nearly 11% over the previous year. On the other end of the spectrum, Apple now sits at a staggering 53.3%, a rise of 17.5% year-over-year. While Android has managed to reach nearly 60% at one point, this is the first time in the Cupertino company’s history that it has passed the 50% mark. For comparison, Microsoft’s Windows Phone is having a tough time reaching 3%, having been stuck in limbo since last year. RIM, on the other hand, has all but fallen completely off of the map, dropping nearly 6 points in just 12 months.

In various other parts of the world Android continues to top the charts, constantly setting records for rate of growth. However, it appears as though Apple is once again dominating the US market. Android may be losing the battle, but at least it’s winning the war.

Source: Kantar

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Android US market share continues to decline, Apple hits record high

Just last month Apple managed to retake the number one position in terms of mobile OS market share in the US, overtaking Google’s Android in the process. Today, it appears that trend has continued through the month of November, with Apple reaching its highest ever smartphone market share in the United States.

Figures released today show Android falling to 41.9%, a decline of nearly 11% over the previous year. On the other end of the spectrum, Apple now sits at a staggering 53.3%, a rise of 17.5% year-over-year. While Android has managed to reach nearly 60% at one point, this is the first time in the Cupertino company’s history that it has passed the 50% mark. For comparison, Microsoft’s Windows Phone is having a tough time reaching 3%, having been stuck in limbo since last year. RIM, on the other hand, has all but fallen completely off of the map, dropping nearly 6 points in just 12 months.

In various other parts of the world Android continues to top the charts, constantly setting records for rate of growth. However, it appears as though Apple is once again dominating the US market. Android may be losing the battle, but at least it’s winning the war.

Source: Kantar

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Android US market share continues to decline, Apple hits record high

Just last month Apple managed to retake the number one position in terms of mobile OS market share in the US, overtaking Google’s Android in the process. Today, it appears that trend has continued through the month of November, with Apple reaching its highest ever smartphone market share in the United States.

Figures released today show Android falling to 41.9%, a decline of nearly 11% over the previous year. On the other end of the spectrum, Apple now sits at a staggering 53.3%, a rise of 17.5% year-over-year. While Android has managed to reach nearly 60% at one point, this is the first time in the Cupertino company’s history that it has passed the 50% mark. For comparison, Microsoft’s Windows Phone is having a tough time reaching 3%, having been stuck in limbo since last year. RIM, on the other hand, has all but fallen completely off of the map, dropping nearly 6 points in just 12 months.

In various other parts of the world Android continues to top the charts, constantly setting records for rate of growth. However, it appears as though Apple is once again dominating the US market. Android may be losing the battle, but at least it’s winning the war.

Source: Kantar

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Android US market share continues to decline, Apple hits record high

Just last month Apple managed to retake the number one position in terms of mobile OS market share in the US, overtaking Google’s Android in the process. Today, it appears that trend has continued through the month of November, with Apple reaching its highest ever smartphone market share in the United States.

Figures released today show Android falling to 41.9%, a decline of nearly 11% over the previous year. On the other end of the spectrum, Apple now sits at a staggering 53.3%, a rise of 17.5% year-over-year. While Android has managed to reach nearly 60% at one point, this is the first time in the Cupertino company’s history that it has passed the 50% mark. For comparison, Microsoft’s Windows Phone is having a tough time reaching 3%, having been stuck in limbo since last year. RIM, on the other hand, has all but fallen completely off of the map, dropping nearly 6 points in just 12 months.

In various other parts of the world Android continues to top the charts, constantly setting records for rate of growth. However, it appears as though Apple is once again dominating the US market. Android may be losing the battle, but at least it’s winning the war.

Source: Kantar

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Kantar: iPhone 5 boosts Apple’s US smartphone share to 53.3 percent, Android still tops in Europe

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: the launch of a flagship, brand-defining smartphone gives its creator a swift leap in market share immediately afterwards. There’s no surprise that the iPhone 5 will have improved Apple’s standing in the US, then, but Kantar Worldpanel’s market share study suggests that the lift was more than some expected. The firm estimates that Apple climbed to 53.3 percent of American smartphone share in the three months leading up to late November. The figure is both Apple’s highest ever for the country as well as its first venture past the 50 percent mark. Android in this climate held on to 41.9 percent of the market, hinting that many of those market-shifting iPhone sales came after October. Kantar expects a similar story this month, although it’s not predicting how well the Cupertino crew will fare beyond that.

Lest anyone take the results out of context, Kantar points out that it’s often a Google-friendly world. Android represents 61 percent of smartphone sales in the five largest European countries, while Apple’s share in countries like Brazil and China is still small. There is an upside for Microsoft on this wider scale — a year of Nokia Lumia sales and the early results of the Windows Phone 8 launch have reportedly pushed Redmond’s platform back up to 4.7 percent in those five European nations. We’re a long way from going beyond a two-horse race in the smartphone field, but there’s at least hints of change on the horizon.

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Meizu MX2 Hits Russia, China, and Hong Kong Markets

The Meizu MX2, one of the new flagship phone releases from China, has hit the market in China, Hong Kong, and Russia.

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In China, the phone retails for RMB 2,499, or roughly US $400 for the 16GB version, and RMB 2,999 or $480 for the 32GB version. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, it is selling for HK$2999 or US $386 for the 16GB model, and HK$3299 or US $425 for the 32GB model. In Russia, the 16GB smartphone is up for grabs for the price of 17997 rubles or $587, and the 32GB smartphone is available for 19997 rubles or US $650, which means the device is more expensive in Russia than in the first two areas mentioned. There is still no word on the 64GB model of the smartphone in any of said markets.

This device was formally introduced during the end of November, when the company revealed its list of key specifications. The Meizu MX2 boasts of a Quad core, 1600 MHz, MX5S processor, that is based on ARM Cortex A9 architecture. It also packs 2GB of LPDDR2 RAM, and a choice among 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB of user storage. There is, however, no support for expansion via a microSD card. As for its operating system, it comes with Flyme 2.0 OS, which is based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Meizu MX2’s “gapless” display measures 4.4 inches, and sports a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels a pixel density of 343 pixels per inch, and 16 million colors. This display features a light sensor and a proximity sensor, as well.

It draws its power from a non-removable 1800 mAh battery, which has enough battery life to offer around 13 hours of talk time and 380 hours of standby time.

On its front is a 2-megapixel camera whereas on its rear is a an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, face detection, panorama, back-illuminated sensor, and the capability to record videos in Full HD.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, and GPS.

Lastly, the handset has dimensions of 4.92 x 2.56 x 0.40 inches and weighs 142 grams.

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Sony Xperia ‘Yuga’ prototype revealed in leaked images

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It's been a while since we've had reliable leaked details about Sony's upcoming 2013 torch-bearer, codenamed "Yuga". The device had been rumored to sport a 5-inch 1080p display of the kind set to become increasingly common at the high end in the next twelve months. Back in November, the first set of leaked photos showed an unassuming slab-shaped design with Sony branding.

Today a couple of fresh images have emerged, showing what seems to be the exact same device. There's the same unique earpiece design, and the same back cover which, like LG 's Optimus G and Nexus 4, seems to be coated in glass. The source of the leaked shots, Russian site Mobile-Review, says the device will be powered by "the latest chipset from Qualcomm." presumably a Snapdragon S4 Pro. The site dismisses other recent rumors of a Samsung Exynos-powered Sony flagship.

The back design happens to match up closely with an FCC filing for the Japanese variant of this phone, which carries the model number SO-02E. That listing suggested the device would pack a 2330mAh battery.

For the past several years, Sony Mobile has used CES as a launch platform for its new high-end stuff. So, with the pace of leaks increasing, and FCC filings starting to appear, we think it's likely the "Yuga" could be revealed in just a few weeks in Las Vegas. Whatever Sony shows at its CES press conference, we'll be there to cover it live.

Source: Mobile-Review (Russian)

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Rovio cuts mobile game prices for winter sale

If you’ve been eyeing an HD version of one of Rovio‘s games but didn’t want to shell out full price, then you’ll be pleased to know that the company has dropped the prices on all of its games in a new winter sale. Of course, you can get the standard, ad-supported versions for free, but for some HD goodness, Rovio is now only charging $1. That isn’t bad for an HD game, so it’s time to stock up.

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Unfortunately, you’ll still see a few ads as you play some of these games, so you’re really only paying for the HD coat of paint. These discounts apply to Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Star Wars, Bad Piggies, and Amazing Alex, so all of Rovio’s most recent games are covered in this promotion. We’re kind of surprised to see Angry Birds Star Wars among the list of discounted games, considering that it only launched at the beginning of November.

This is just one of many sales we’ll see this holiday season. Many app and game publishers like to discount their apps around the holidays so they stay at the top of “most popular” lists as people are getting new devices left and right. This, in turn, leads to even more sales, which is why we see so many publishers offering discounts around this time of year.

Rovio’s sale is going on over at both the Google Play Store (you can see all of the deals on Rovio’s app page) and the Amazon Appstore, but the discounts are also available on the PC versions of these games if you’d prefer to play on a larger screen. There isn’t any word on when this sale is going to end, so it may not be a bad idea to buy sooner rather than later. Are you planning on picking anything up while all of these games are cheap?

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Official Nexus 7 audio dock gets unboxed on Youtube

Here's a look at the elusive Nexus 7 docking station live and in color on Youtube. We don't have a lot of information here, just that the fellow posting the video bought it at Yodobashi Camera in the Akihabara district in Japan. He had the opportunity to buy it a day early, and like any of us would, he jumped on it. 

It looks to be the same dock we saw in late November, utilizing the pogo pons for charging and audio. That dock is no longer "coming soon" on the Asus Japan site, but it is listed as out of stock. There is no listing on the ASUS America site or the Global site. 

We're not sure of what the availability will be, or if it is even coming to the states. We assume that it will, as the demand for the Nexus 7 is still very high. The dock would make for a great holiday gift, so hopefully we see it offered very soon.

Discuss it in the Nexus 7 forums

Source: Youtube; via  +William Gunther!

 

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Report: Google to sell over 1 million Nexus 7 tablets in December

According to a report from Digitimes, sales of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet are on pace to surpass 1 million units for the month of December. The boost from a November estimate of 800,000 to 900,000 tablets shipped can be attributed to strong holiday sales. It also comes a month after Google revamped its Nexus 7 lineup with larger storage options and the addition of a 3G-enabled model.

Overall, from information gathered from Google and ASUS’ supply chain partners, an expected 2-4 million Nexus 7 slates will have shipped by the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. December will mark the first time Google has surpassed the 1 million monthly sales mark since the tablet launched back in July. An estimated 2-3 million units had been sold as of the end of October, putting a total year-end figure somewhere in the 4-7 million range, surpassing Google’s initial goal of 3 million.

In comparison, the same report sees Amazon moving 3-4 million Kindle Fire tablets over Q4 and Apple’s manufacturing partners have plans to ship a combined 3.5 million iPad mini slates between November and December. The uptick in tablet demand coincides with a decreased number of notebook shipments.

 

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Leak suggests Samsung ATIV S to launch in Canada with Bell on December 14th

Leak suggests Samsung ATIV S to launch in Canada with Bell on December 14th

The S III-esque ATIV S didn’t materialize on Canadian carriers in November as we’d expected, but a supposed leak from Bell’s internal system shows it might well be launching before the holidays. Samsung’s first (but not only) handset running Windows Phone 8 is arriving December 14th at Bell, according to MobileSyrup’s source, which also reports SIM-free pricing of $599.95 (Canadian dollars), or $79.95 on a three-year contract. We can’t confirm the numbers, but it should only be a few days before you can find out how much of that Christmas budget you’ll need to repurpose for your own treat. And, with a new phone to play with, you won’t even notice the thinly-veiled disappointment caused by your bargain bin gifts.

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Amazon updates Flow for Android with text recognition and group scanning

Amazon updates Flow for Android with text recognition and group scanning

Amazon’s augmented reality app for bargain hunters on-the-go, Flow, just got a bit handier with the recent addition of deeper search functionality. Released initially on iOS in November of 2011 and subsequently made available to Android users this past July, the app allows users to browse and compare prices in Amazon’s inventory by scanning items in brick-and-mortar shops. And now, with this latest Android-only update, users will also be able to incorporate text, URLs and phone numbers into their image queries, as well as scan and receive data on a slew of items in one pass. It’s live now on Google Play, so hit up the source below to get your download started.

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