According to new numbers coming out of ABI Research today, approximately 302 million smart phones shipped last year worldwide, with sales up 71% in 2010 when compared to 2009.
If you’ve been following our coverage of Apple’s keynote this morning, you’ll already know that rumors Steve Jobs would present the event are true. And the first thing on Steve’s agenda, as is common at these events, is to talk about Apple’s success, noting that its iPad has over 90% of the market share and has generated $9.5 billion in … Read More
With the mobile software market constantly growing, it’s becoming clear that Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android are becoming the dominant forces in the market, with Nokia’s Ovi Store and RIM’s BlackBerry App World coming up the rear.
Despite recent reports that suggest Apple is working on a smaller version of its iPhone, “people briefed on Apple’s plans” have told the New York Times that although the company is looking into offering a cheaper model of the device, it will not be smaller than the current size. One source said that the company is hard at work on … Read More
In an effort to compete with the large selection of Android smartphones in the current market, it has been suggested that Apple is working on a smaller, cheaper version of iPhone (nano?) which would be available without the need to sign up for a contract. The Bloomberg report published today cites “people who have been briefed on the matter,” and … Read More
Interesting news from the world of all things Mickey Mouse, namely Disney with the movie company all set to release its own smartphone in Japan. Set for a release in February, Disney’s handset will be powered by a modified version of Google’s Android OS and will essentially be a rebadged Sharp Galapagos 003SH. The Galapagos’ specs stack up well; powered by … Read More
A promotion for the launch of the Verizon iPhone 4 will see the carrier hand out Visa debit cards loaded with up to $200 to customers who have recently purchased an Android device and are looking to make the switch to iOS. Those that bought a phone between November 26th and January 10th are entitled to the Visa cards when … Read More
Last year’s CES was dubbed the ‘CES of the tablet’ by many, and with so many being shown off this week, 2011 doesn’t look to be any different. The most interesting to many including yours truly is a video showing off Google’s upcoming tablet-specific version of Android dubbed Honeycomb. Pushing Android to the lofty heights of version 3.0, Honeycomb is … Read More
We’ve reported on Android being crammed onto an iPhone before, but now hackers have upped the ante with Gingerbread being ported over. Just like past hacks, this version of Google’s Android 2.3 is only available for installation on an iPhone 3G and is based on the existing iDroid system. That’s good news because it allows users to dual-boot between iOS … Read More
Android and Apple’s iOS browser market share are both growing far faster than BlackBerry as we enter the new year. Blackberry is almost standing still to be honest. Overall iOS browser share is still well over double that of Android, and towards the end of 2010 it started to accelerate and grow much faster than Android. Currently iOS browser market … Read More
There’s nothing iPhone fans like to throw at Android users more than the good old fragmentation argument. With so many manufacturers using the open-source Android operating system and building their own hardware as they see fit, the issue of a fragmented development environment has been thrown at Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) on a regular basis. The whole thing is a storm in a … Read More
Around 7 months ago there was a flurry of videos on YouTube of people jailbreaking and installing Android on their iPhone. Some were fake, but eventually a real one emerged. And Hacker “planetbeing” showed us all an iPhone 2G running Android! David Wong even showed us a way to dual boot an iPhone with both iPhone OS (as it was … Read More
Despite stealing the title for best-selling smartphone in the third quarter of 2010, Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone only holds 26.2% of the market, whereas devices running Google’s Android software hold a commanding 44%. New data released by Canalys today shows that Apple took the top spot as best-selling smartphone vendor in the U.S., narrowly beating RIM’s 24.2%. Apple achieved the greatest shipments … Read More
The PSP Phone took one step closer to reality recently when Engadget posted photos of what appears to be an early prototype of a Sony Ericsson handset featuring PSP-style controls. Rumors of a PSP branded phone have been around for a while, and given these new photos it looks like most of them were true. Key hardware specs are fairly … Read More
During the six months leading up to August of this year smartphone handset sales break down like this: Android : 32% iPhone : 25% Blackberry : 26% While Apple’s iPhone market share has held steady, Android’s has grown. Overall the iPhone’s install base has actually grown slightly to 29%, and RIM’s Blackberry share has dropped. But the real winner is … Read More