We ran a piece on our sister site, windowsphoneforums.net, on how Nokia is going to be placing a slow and steady stream of Windows powered handsets into the market throughout 2012. They will be innovative handsets and promise to deliver a phenomenal user experience.
While we recognize the fact that this site is dedicated to Android enthusiasts, we are very curious as to what the readers feel about the often dismissed ecosystem reemerging once again. The poll ask: Do you think Windows will become a viable competitor in 2013 because, as you well know, it needs a chance to get on it's feet in 2012 and be exposed to the consumer market.
So, to the best of your abilities, set aside any bias and give us your perspective on what you see happening on the OS playground in 2013. Will iOS and Android still reign supreme or will Microsoft reemerge and begin to siphon competitors away? Perhaps you think it will just simply flounder and fade into obscurity?
Source: Windows Phone Forum
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Jan 20, 2012 - 10:49 AM - by dgstorm
Above pic is an artist's mockup
A researcher at London Centre for Nanotechnology, named Arman Ahnood, is working on a prototype phone that uses an OLED display combined with solar-cells. He teases the possibility of a self-sustaining smartphone in the future, as he works toward that lofty goal. Here's a quote from the Engadget article with some details on the budding tech,
Right now, the efficiency is far too low to come close to self-sustainability, but it's really cool to see that there are folks actively working to make it a reality. That's one of the great things about technology... it always has an optimistic view of the future as it marches inevitably towards it.
Ahnood's handiwork relies on an array of solar cells that surround and sit beneath the phone's display. Currently, the system averages 11 percent efficiency in its energy capture, with a peak efficiency of 18 percent. Naturally, there are gains to be made. Of the light generated from OLEDs, Ahnood approximates that only 36 percent is actually projected outward. Critically speaking, this also suggests that similar power savings could be achieved with dimmer, more efficient displays, but we'll let that slide. As it stands, Ahnood's system is able to generate approximately five milliwatts of additional power, given a screen size of 3.7-inches.
Jan 20, 2012 - 10:34 AM - by dgstorm
According to a new report from market strategy firm iGR, not only is Android the top selling smartphone in the U.S. at 47% of the market, but Samsung is the Android of choice amongst those. Apple's iOS was second to Android with 24%. This is not really surprising news for most Android fans, especially since we are the ones driving those numbers, but there were some additional figures that were interesting. Among consumers that purchased Android, 45% of them did some research before buying, and 27% considered Google's reputation as a reason to purchase.
The study bases its findings on 2011 US smartphone sales data, and the profiling of Android users as well. Here's a quote from iGR Research Analyst, Sarah Thoman, who authored the study, "Understanding why consumers select specific brands and certain smartphones is critical to the success of OEMs in the highly competitive U.S. handset market. While a user's current handset brand influences the selection of a new Android smartphone, many other factors also come into play. For example, handset display quality and functionality also highly influenced the smartphone purchase decision."
What do you guys think? What is your favorite brand of Android?
Source: Android.net via PhoneArena
Jan 20, 2012 - 10:11 AM - by dgstorm
There is a new update to the Google Maps app in the Market that fixes some bugs for tablets and phones. The new version is 6.1.1, and you should see an update notification if you already have it installed. Some of the specific issues it addresses are:
- It fixes a bug involving starting the Navigation app on certain Honeycomb devices
- It also fixes an issue with phone numbers on the search result page
Source: Android Market - Google Maps
Jan 20, 2012 - 9:50 AM - by dgstorm
It was only just about a year ago that the most exciting new phone that everyone was talking about was the HTC Thunderbolt. It's amazing how much things can change in a year. Verizon is now selling the venerable ex-flagship smartphone at the big fat price of zero dollars on a new contract now. This special will only last through January 26th, so for some folks this could be a good deal on a once very popular phone. There are still a ton of people out their rockin' the Tbolt. In fact, I have several friends who still use and love theirs. Here is a link below, in case you know someone who could take advantage of this offer.
Source: ThunderboltForums via Verizon Wireless
On the eve of MWC 2012, HTC is hosting an event on Feb 26. The rumor floating around the blogosphere is that HTC will unveil their Tegra 3 Quad-Core Endeavor (Edge) which will surely grab everyone's attention right before MWC kicks off. If the Taiwanese company does in fact unveil this beast early, it will be interesting to see if they can keep the momentum going through the rest of the conference.
One thing is for sure they will have everyone's attention all to themselves on Feb 26th and what better way to keep it than unveiling the Endeavor. This will definitely be one to watch.
Jan 19, 2012 - 9:55 PM - by WenWM
It seems not everyone is a fan of the original black and gray colors the Droid Razr was released with, because now there is a new alternative. Adding to the original colors, Motorola is going to start putting out purple/violet Razrs. Along with the new color availability, they dropped the price down by a whole $100 to a reasonable $199 with a new 2 year contract. This price drop is due to the fact that the new Droid Razr Maxx is set to be released fairly soon, and so they're doing their best to get you in a new Droid Razr one way or the other.
Jan 19, 2012 - 4:00 PM - by dgstorm
In our fourth video in the Macktion video series from TabletRoms, we have an interview with the accessories manufacturer ZipKord. Macktion interviews Jeffrey Rudd, President of ZipKord. In the interview, he details some of the interesting new products they are showing off at CES this year like the "2-3-7 USB", a device that helps you get power to your tablet when you are virtually anywhere. Check out more in the video and the TabletRoms source link below, and you can find the ZipKord products at the link below.
Source: TabletRoms and ZipKord
Jan 19, 2012 - 3:45 PM - by dgstorm
Google's Andy Rubin shared the latest statistics for their amazing Android OS and everything that runs along with it. Apparently, we are now up to 700,000 activations per day, at a total of 250 Million Android devices activated! Furthermore, we hit the 11 Billion mark for Android Market downloads.
If Androids weren't so cool, I'd worry they were a virus, they are spreading so rapidly!
Jan 19, 2012 - 3:10 PM - by dgstorm
Horace Dediu of Asymco used some data published by Jeremy Reimer along with some smartphone stats, updated PC data and Apple numbers from research firm Gartner, and put together a graph plotting the growth history of the PC over the last 37 years. The graph is quite telling, and really hammers home the harsh, almost Darwinian nature of evolving technologies. You can actually see certain "species" of personal computing devices die out, while others continue to thrive. However, it looks like the new "mutants" on the block, the smartphone and the tablet are contributing to the possible extinction of the PC.
It's interesting to see the sharp rise of the Android and iOS devices as they explode onto the market. In fact, Android and iOS "account for a higher shipment volume than the entire PC industry." It will be interesting to see if ultrabooks help to evolve the PC enough to keep the species alive. If not, then the future may hold some PC/Tablet/smartphone mutation hybrid that we are not yet aware of...
It's getting close folks. EU Regulators on Thursday set a deadline of Feb 13 for the Google takeover of Motorola Mobility. U.S. antitrust regulators are also assessing the deal. Motorola shareholders have already given the OK and it still remains a mystery what exactly Google is looking for out of the deal.
Right on the heels of SOPA being killed the Feds in Virginia have shut down one of the world's largest file-sharing sites, Megaupload.com, and charged its founder and others with violating piracy laws. The Associated Press broke the story and reported that the indictment accuses Megaupload.com’s owner of "costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content."
The indictment also claims that at one point the site was the 13th most popular website in the world. Maybe there is some truth to the unlucky number 13 after all.
Source: CBS Atlanta
Jan 19, 2012 - 1:21 PM - by dgstorm
Although this new isn't directly related to Verizon, it is nevertheless relevant to all carriers, since they tend to follow each other's leads sometimes. The United States' second largest mobile phone carrier, AT&T, has made plans to sharply raise their pricing on data plans for smartphones and tablets. They are calling this move a response to an explosion in data usage. These new pricing plans will only affect new users, and current customers are grandfathered into their existing plans.
Mark Siegel, an AT&T spokesman explained that with customers consumption of video and music, estimates show that data usage is increasing 40 percent every year, which spurred the company toward this action. Here's a quote from the Yahoo article with details of the new pricing,
It makes you wonder how long before Verizon sees this as an opportunity to do the same...
From January 22, AT&T customers will pay $20 for a 300-megabyte monthly data plan, up from $15 for 200-mb currently. Users with higher requirements can also opt for $30 for 3 gigabytes -- versus $25 for 2 GB previously -- or $50 for 5 GB, up from $45 for 4 GB.
Source: Yahoo! News
Jan 19, 2012 - 12:57 PM - by dgstorm
A new update for the Asus Transformer Prime is rolling out now. The update is a driver fix for the GPS system, that supposedly addresses the GPS problems that have plagued some users of the tablet. Unfortunately, there are many users who experienced the GPS issue, that have indicated this update did not actually fix their problems. Some folks over at AndroidPolice have even done some preliminary testing with the new update which did not yield favorable results. Additionally some users even experienced the update failing on download. If you want to experiment with it yourself, you should get it manually with the following instructions,
Goto ASUS.com, goto SUPPORT>DOWNLOADS>Put in Transformer Prime. Select Android OS and then FIRMWARE. Download this: Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201 Firmware: V126.96.36.199 Only for US SKU (Android 4.0.3)
It will be a ~300mb zip file. Once its downloaded, extract it, its a zip inside of a zip. Once you get the new zip, place it on /sdcard/ and power off your device.
Once I turned mine BACK on, I went to System, About Tablet and checked for a FW upgrade. It saw the file I put on and allowed me to reinstall 4.0.3 ICS, afterwhich I was able to get tonights OTA.
I know this isnt anything special, but trying to get info out of the current thread is tough.
If your device doesn't see an update after you put the zip on your tab, try powering off, holding POWER and VOLUME DOWN and then pressing VOLUME UP once you get to the screen with tiny text. It will attempt to update that way but fail, and youll get a message once you get back to your homescreen that a update failed and you can attempt it again that way.
Source: TransformerForums via AndroidPolice
Jan 19, 2012 - 11:40 AM - by dgstorm
The Google+ Mobile Site just added a couple of new features to their repertoire with a new update. The new features are:
- “What’s Hot” stream = you can check out the most interesting content being shared on Google+ with a quick flick... you just swipe to the right of your Circles stream.
- The ability to see who +1′d a post = to see who +1′d a post, just click on the +1 count underneath the post
These are pretty nifty features they added. Supposedly, they plan on having the same features for the Google+ App very soon too.
Source: GooglePlusTalk.net and Google+ - Google+ Mobile
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