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ComScore Reports Android Smartphone Share Grows To 40 Percent

The latest US smartphone subscriber numbers are in and ComScore has gathered the data for all to compare. According to their survey of more than 30,000 US mobile subscribers from March to June, Google’s Android platform continues to dominate, now hitting a 40.1 percent share.

With Google’s Android in the top spot, Apple’s iOS comes in second followed by RIM’s BlackBerry, Microsoft’s Windows Phone, and Nokia’s Symbian. Android not only dominated in market share, but also saw a much higher growth rate with a point change of 5.4.

Apple also grew from March to June, but not by much. And looking at ComScore’s report from last period, we see that Apple’s May and June subscriber shares remained the same, while Android had a 2-point growth.

The mobile platforms from RIM, Microsoft, and Nokia all saw a decrease in subscriber share, with the BlackBerry dropping the most. Like Apple, Microsoft’s subscriber share in June remains unchanged from May. Additionally, ComScore reported on the top mobile OEMs, with Samsung remaining on top, followed in order by LG, Motorola, Apple, and RIM.

[via ComScore]


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Smart Optimus 1.6TB SSD Reads 1GB Per Second

Smart Modular Technologies introduced today an enterprise level SSD that has just about the largest capacity and fastest reading speed of any SSD on the market right now. Called the Optimus, the SSD boasts capacities from 200GB up to 1.6TB and read speeds of up to 1GB per second, all packed into a 2.5-inch form factor.

The Optimus SSD uses a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 6Gb/s interface that offers 1000MB/s read speeds and 500MB/s write speeds. It comes in capacities of 200GB, 400GB, 800GB, and 1.6TB. And, since it’s targeting the enterprise market, it also promises to be fail-safe with an added range of technologies, including FlashGuard, DriveGuard, and EverGuard, to ensure the safety of your data and the longevity of the drive. Smart Modular even offers a 5-year warranty.

No pricing information has been revealed yet, although it’s certainly going to be a figure that will keep us loyal to our standard hard drives. However, the technologies introduced with the Optimus SSD will likely trickle down eventually for consumers, making this a nice preview of what’s ahead.

[via Geek]


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IDC: Apple At The Top, Worldwide Smartphone Market Grows 65.4% In Q2 2011

According to a new report from market research firm IDC, the worldwide mobile phone market has grown 65.4% in the second quarter of 2011 when compared to the same quarter last year. Results from Q2 2011 also mark the third consecutive month in which sales were over 100 million units. And who’s right up at the top? Well, we already know that’s Apple.

“The smartphone market crowned a new leader in 2Q11, and its name is Apple,” said IDC senior research analyst Ramon Llamas. “Ever since the first iPhone launched in 2007, Apple has made market-setting strides in hardware, software, and channel development to grab mindshare and market share. Demand has been so strong that even models that have been out for one or two years are still being sought out. With an expected refresh later this year, volumes are set to reach higher levels.”

IDC had previously reported the top five mobile phone vendors in the world, based on shipment volumes of both smartphones and feature phones. But now taking a look at only smartphone figures, Apple is leading the pack with 19.1% share of the market, followed in order by Samsung, Nokia, Research In Motion, and HTC.

We’ve also seen a similar ranking when looking at Q2 2011 profits. Apple grabbed the top spot with a whopping two-thirds of the industry’s profits, followed in order by Samsung, RIM, and HTC. Nokia, Motorola, Sony-Ericsson, and LG had all reported losses.

Apple’s rise to the top comes at a time when former heavy-weight Nokia is in transition. The iPhone has also increased in both consumer and business use and maintained strong demand in both emerging and developed markets. However, Apple has yet to surpass Nokia’s quarterly record of 28.1 million units. But they look set to do so with it being only a matter of time.

Samsung saw the largest growth year-over-year largely thanks to the popularity of its Galaxy S smartphones, while RIM posted the smallest year-over-year growth after having released very few new models and facing increasingly more competitors for its enterprise market.

[via Businesswire]


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IDC: Apple At The Top, Worldwide Smartphone Market Grows 65.4% In Q2 2011 is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Google Responds to Microsoft’s Gotcha Moment in Patent War Situation [UPDATE: Microsoft Responds Again]

Just yesterday there was a rather interesting announcement made by mister David Drummond, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Google which noted how Microsoft and Apple had joined forces to purchase patents then used to stop the progress of Android via amounts of cash required to be payed per Android-toting device manufactured. This original announcement was responded to by Microsoft who then noted that they’d offered to have Google join in on their bids for the patent collection they’re now using, now Google has responded back. Sort of like a high school message board, wouldn’t you say?

Drummond’s response to the email which Microsoft presented showing irrefutable evidence that Google was indeed invited to join in on the bid for the collection of patents now in question was made a short while ago today. Drummond notes that Google does not find it surprising that Microsoft would want to “divert attention” away from the subject at hand with “a false gotcha!” while continuing to “fail to address the substance of the issue” the group had raised.

What Drummond means and says furthermore is that anyone other than the public domain / open-source community owning said Novell patents would take away any group’s ability to defend themselves against attacks by those who WOULD own said patents. Drummond maintains that it is Microsoft and the rest of Google’s competitors who are aiming to use what they’ve purchased in a “patent war” which would stifle production of devices and stop innovation rather than allowing these patents to stay open and free so that it is features and devices that make a company prosper.

Drummond notes that a joint acquisition of the Norvell patents was an ingenious strategy made by Microsoft and the rest of Google’s partners so that Google would pay for the right to keep and assert these patents to defend Android against those who would, again, use said patents to wage war on those manufacturers without the cash to get in on the deal.

What’s ultimately happened though already is the there U.S. Department of Justice has intervened (this was before this whole new back and forth started) and forced Microsoft to sell the patents it bought and demanded that the winning group (Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, EMC), give a license to the open-source community. The Department of Justic again said that this set of changes was “necessary to protect competition and innovation in the open source software community.” You can read all about that case here.

We’ll continue to cover this massively important cat fight as it plays out into the future.

UPDATE: Frank Shaw, aka who we’ve been referring to as Microsoft on Twitter thus far, has replied again in several Tweets, underwriting the importance of the situation of course. In his series of Tweets, saying that instead of what Drummond says, Google wanted the patents all for themselves so that they could sue others instead. What a silly fight this is turning out to be, yes?


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Google Responds to Microsoft’s Gotcha Moment in Patent War Situation [UPDATE: Microsoft Responds Again] is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Verizon Release Dates Leaked For Droid Bionic, XOOM 4G, And More

An internal Verizon document has leaked, revealing the exact launch dates for several phones and tablets that we’ve all been eagerly awaiting. Some of these devices have already been announced, some have only been rumored, and one in particular is way past due.

Motorola’s long delayed 4G LTE dual-core flagship phone, the Droid Bionic, has been confirmed for a launch next month. But now we get an exact date for September 8. Also scheduled for release that date, is Motorola’s 4G LTE version of the XOOM tablet and the 4G LTE BlackBerry Curve 9370.

Other interesting bits to note from the leak is that the rumored handset designed for women, the HTC Bliss, is scheduled for a September 29 launch. There also looks to be a replacement for the LG Revolution in late October and what might possibly be the 4G LTE 8.9-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab in November.

[via IGN]


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Verizon Release Dates Leaked For Droid Bionic, XOOM 4G, And More is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Former Microsoft Exec Steven VanRoekel Named U.S. Federal CIO

The White House announced Thursday that President Obama intends to name the country’s second federal CIO Steven VanRoekel to replace its first, that being the outgoing Vivek Kundra. WanRoekel has been several different leaders in the past including a Microsoft executive and managing director of the Federal Communications Devision of the US government. VanRoekel previously served 15 years at Microsoft where his final position was as Microsoft’s Windows Server and Tools Division, followed by a year+ stint at the FCC starting in 2009, ending at this newest appointment.

While VanRoekel worked with the FCC, one of his primary jobs was to redesign their basic website and primary web-based face. Below you’ll be able to see before and after screenshots of the site improved by VanRoekel. He furthermore added a vastly improved commenting system to the new site as well. VanRoekel spoke in April about the new site design noting that it was “built in the cloud, and developed with open source software, and that the new FCC.gov lowers barriers to future development as part of a long-term IT cost-cutting strategy.” VanRoekel had one position between the FCC and the CIO, that being the executive director of Citizen and Organizational Engagement at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

On the other hand Kundra, who served as the nation’s first CIO (that being the Chief Information Officer) started his post as assigned by President Obama on March 5th, 2009, and recently announced that he’d be leaving the job for a new position to take a fellowship at Harvard. Kundra had previously been CTO of the District of Columbia. Kundra’s stressing of visibility for accountability in managing $80 billion in federal IT spending led way to to a Federal IT Dashboard where IT projects are rated by agency and photos of every CIO in charge of said projects are on display.

Some points are being raised on VanRoekel’s appointment to CIO. The first point raised is that VanRoekel donated $50,000 to President Obama’s 2009 inauguration festivities, this similar to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie Ballmer, plus Bill and Melinda Gates, all of this according to opensecrets.org. In addition, Google’s Eric Schmidt is serving on the White House Office and Technology Policy board along with Craig Mundie, the chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft.

Then there’s Ray Bjorklund, an analyst at FedSources, who notes that VanRoekel “has obviously been well positioned in industry” and that there may be trouble in the future: “You can’t take on major government positions like that and play favorites – that’s not the right thing to do,” said Bjorklund. “Industry may have suspicions, but they may not be well founded suspicions,” he said.

Whether or not there actually is any “playing favorites” or inappropriate selecting of candidates for official government posts from high-up tech posts is up for debate.

[via ComputerWorld]


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Nokia N9 Official Countdown Begins With 49 Days Until Launch

The official countdown page for the much anticipated Nokia N9 MeeGo handset is now live. Showing 49 days left, the clock confirms a mid-September launch, although that date may only be for its release in some European markets. A US release has still not been confirmed.

The European carrier, Orange, has confirmed previously that the N9 would launch in Switzerland on September 19, and that lines right up with the countdown. It may then be followed by Sweden, which is reported to receive the handset on September 23. But oddly, other major European markets such as the UK, Germany, and France have yet to get confirmed dates. Pricing has also not been revealed, although it’s said to be quite affordable with an attached service plan.

The N9 features a slick 3.9-inch touchscreen display covered by Gorilla Glass on a pillow-shaped body with an 8-megapixel camera equipped with Carl Zeiss optics. Nokia’s first Windows Phone, codenamed the Sea Ray, is almost identical in form and may make its debut during an August 17 event.

However, both phones are slated to launch in Europe first, with the N9 coming out first in September followed by the Sea Ray, rumored for sometime in November.

[via Engadget]


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Android May Rule OS Marketshare – But Apple Still The Worlds Largest Smartphone Manufacturer

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Okay, this is what irks me when studies like this one from ComScore are released. Yes, we all know Android owns the marketshare when it comes to smartphone OS’s. But to be fair, in the Android vs. iPhone debate there are probably more low-end Android devices and tablets than there are high-end ones that can match the iPhone. So let’s compare “apples to apples.” It’s either Android vs. iOS, a specific handset vs. the iPhone, or a specific smartphone manufacturer vs. Apple. Following those lines, exactly which manufacturer’s cuisine reigns supreme? Well, it’s Apple.

According to the IDC research firm, Apple is the world’s leading manufacturer when it comes to smartphones. That’s pretty impressive given the fact the company only makes ONE specific smartphone every year and they’ve already seen a growth of 142% since last year. Following closely behind Apple is Samsung which may give us more insight as to why Apple has focused their legal efforts on them. So, even if Android had a 99% marketshare that number doesn’t sound so impressive if most of those devices are low-end smartphones from multiple no-name manufacturers in China.

Why is this info important? Because this means we have yet to see one Android manufacturer (or Android device) that has been able to take the top spot from Apple. Samsung is doing a good job but they release a plethora of low to high end phones with the only real threat to the iPhone being their Galaxy S II line. I remember when the Nexus One was released it was going to take the smartphone world by storm. It was to be the “new iPhone” only with more power, more open and available for every carrier. Things didn’t exactly pan out for that device, so I’m now rooting for the Nexus Three (Prime). Here’s to hoping that device will capture the hearts (and wallets) of the world like the iPhone has and become Android’s breakout star.

[Via Engadget]


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Get Paid to View Ads on Your Android Device – Introducing Tooyoou

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A few days ago we posted an article talking about the horribly invasive ads popping up on our Android devices thanks to some apps in the Market using an ad system dubbed Airpush. It was probably the worst marketing idea we’ve since the beginning of this Android thing and it was unanimous that nobody wanted it on their devices, and we wouldn’t use apps that displayed those ads.

Today, we have a new type of ad system. I know what you’re thinking “KILL IT WITH FIRE!” but would you believe that there is an app on the Market that actually PAYS YOU to view ads on your phone? Now that I have your attention, Tooyoou is an app in the Market that allows you to place a small banner ad on your homescreen in the form of a widget and you get paid through your Paypal account for as long as the widget stays there. Essentially, the company is giving you a percentage of the ad-revenue they’re making off these ads and you don’t have to do anything but give up some precious screen real estate. Easy right?

If you guys have learned one thing about me by now it’s that I like to save my monies. So think about it. Even if you’re only making somewhere around $15 a month on these ads (a very optimistic estimate), anyone with good financial sense would tell you to save that money and by the time your contract is up, you will have enough money to pay for that upgrade and then some.

This app is very new and there are a few things I’m wary on. For one, Tooyoou requires a lot of permissions which always makes me a bit paranoid. Second, the app requires a constant data connection which has me wondering how this could potentially affect my battery life. I’ll have to give it a spin for a few days and keep a close eye on it. But what do you guys think? Excited to start making money off of your vacant homescreens? Or is the cost of yet another ad on your Android device enough to drive you mad?

[Market Link]


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Verizon’s LG Enlighten is a Mid-Range Slider with a Possible August 25th Release

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Earlier today we learned the the LG Gelato Q would launch on Verizon as the LG Enlighten and thanks to some new information picked up by DroidLife we are being enlightened (I know, I know) on what to expect when the phone launches on Verizon, supposedly around August 25th. The handset will fill the void left by the LG Ally a similar handset in terms of specs. The Enlighten features a slide-out keyboard, 800MHz processor, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Similarly to the Ally, we don’t expect this one to steal the hearts of the public upon release.

[via DroidLife]


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