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  • Google releases first KitKat phone – Nexus 5


    Google has released the Nexus 5, the new phone running the latest Android OS – KitKat. The phone packed with featured replaces Nexus 4.

    Hardware

    The Nexus 5 is built by LG, the company that built the last Nexus phone. The smartphone features a five-inch, 1080p HD screen. Powered by a 2.26 GHz Snapdragon processor. The 8-megapixel camera comes with features to correct small hand movements and take better quality pictures in low-light situations and fast-moving objects. The camera also works with Google+ features to edit and share photos.

    One of the biggest plus point of the Nexus 5 is the price. The 16GB version starts at $350 and the 32GB model starts at $400. The price is a lot cheaper when compared to similarly spec’ed  off-contract smart phones from Samsung, Apple and others.

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    Software

    The newest version of Android OS named KitKat 4.4 is debuted with Nexus 5. Google Now, a search system is now integrated with the OS making it easier to gathers data from the location and preferences. The new setting are geared to give users better search results.

    The Hangouts is the default text messaging, calling and video calling app. Google claims that KitKat uses less memory when compared to older version. The OS is claimed to perform faster and is claimed to be suitable for the old phones and new phones with not-so-powerful specifications.


  • HTC and Apple settle out-of-court


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    HTC to pay Apple $6 to $8 patent licensing fee

    Apple and rival smartphone maker have settled out-of-course and signed-in a 10-year agreement of licensing fee. All the lawsuits between Apple and HTC were withdrawn following the agreement. HTC will reportedly pay Apple a fee ranging from $6 to $8 per phone.

    After the agreement, Apple will benefit from 30-35 million projected sales of HTC Android phones to be shipped in 2013. The patent licensing deal between the two smartphone makers extends to next 10 years, but further details of the agreement is kept secret.

    HTC is told to be paying licensing fee of $5 per phone to Microsoft too. This licensing deal is expected to help Apple in bringing other smartphone makers like Samsung and Motorola in the negotiation table. It can also serve as the blueprint for Apple in the ongoing patent litigations.


  • Apple’s CEO Tim Cook’s first year in office


    It has been one year (on August 24) Tim Cook was appointed the CEO of Apple to replace Steve Jobs. On August 24, 2011 Steve Jobs named Cook the new CEO as he resigned.

    The first year has been very successful for Tim Cook. Immediately after taking office, Apple’s revenue had continued to go in the upward trend. Recently Apple’s market value is valued more than the values of internet and tech giants Google and Microsoft, combined. Google and Microsoft are the two biggest competition in Apples smartphone and computer operating system business. While Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows OS have a way bigger market share in the respective platforms, Apple has smaller unit market share but way bigger revenue share.

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    Tim Cook’s some important milestones in his first year in office:

    • August 24, 2011 – Steve Jobs resigned and suggested Tim Cook as the new CEO of Apple.
    • October 4, 2011 – Cook unveils iPhone 4S with Siri, iPhone personal assistant
    • October 5, 2011 – Steve Jobs died
    • February 13, 2012 – Apple stock reached $500 per share – the value of the company reaching $500 billion.
    • March 7, 2012 – Apple released 3rd-generation iPad.
    • August 20, 2012 – Apple leaves behind Microsoft as the company with the largest market capitalization

  • Sex on the first date – may be an Android user!


    An online survey by a match making website shows that while comparing iOS, Android and BlackBerry phone users, Android mobile phone users were found to have a higher chance of sex on the first date.  An internet surveys on 1,068 Canadian singles conducted from October 13 to 15 of 2011 was analyzed to come to these conclusion.

    The dating site Match.com found that 62 percent of Android using singles have had sex on the first date. The percentage of iPhone and BlackBerry users who had sex on the first date were 57 percent and 48 percent respectively. Summarizing the result:

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    • Android users – 62 %
    • iOS users – 57%
    • BlackBerry – 48 %

    One night stands:

    • Android users – 55 %
    • iOS users – 50%
    • BlackBerry – 47.6 %

    Visiting dating websites:

    • Android users – 72 %
    • iOS users – 58%
    • BlackBerry – 50 %

    When the users were surveyed for office romance, it was found to be highest among iPhone users. Nearly 1/4th of the iPhone user respondents of the survey admitted of having a romance with a colleague in the last five years.

    72 percent of Blackberry users admitted drinking alcohol on the first date.


  • Does Kindle Fire’s popularity hurt Android?


    A very interesting analysis about how the popularity of Kindle Fire can hurt the Android vision of Google.

    And the stronger the Kindle Fire is as a product, the more damage it will do to Google’s vision of Android. Google talks about openness and freedom but the real reason it began work on Android was to create a platform it could use to deliver its ads and services…

    It seems, Apple’s notion that Kindle Fire’s popularity will ultimately help iOS – has some truth.

    Kindle Fire runs a customized version of an old version of Android. Google had told that the version used in Kindle, Android 2.2 Froyo, was not ready for tablet in 2010 and warned hardware manufacturers not to use the software in tablet computers. After that Google has released two major versions of the operating system – Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Will the popularity of Kindle Fire will undermine the relevancy of the new versions of the OS?

    ‘Fragmentation’, as Apple’s late co-founder termed the problem with Android OS seems like more real in current time although it’s market share is going up. iOS is there but Microsoft’s Windows 8 also seems like a real contender in the mobile market. I guess, the battle is going to be much heated in the coming year.

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  • A smartphone in tablet war – dual screen smartphone from Sprint Nextel


    sprint-dual-screen-echo1 Sprint Nextel Corp. has unveiled a dual screen Smartphone named, the Echo, manufactured by by Kyocera Corp. The two 3.5-inch touch screens can be stacked side-by-side to work like a tablet. The two screens can do multiple tasks and drag and drop items from one screen to another.With the dual screens open a 4.7 inch screen is available for use.

    The Echo runs on Google’s Android software and is available for $199,99 after mail-in rebate. This device, when on sale in this spring, is expected to compete with other Android phones from HTC and Samsung.

    Some of the notable features in the Echo are: 5-megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and digital zoom, 720p HD camcorder, Stereo Bluetooth, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 1 GB on board memory and 8 GB MicroSD card slot.


  • Acer’s unveiled MS Windows and Android tablets, dual screen laptop, and a smartphone


    acer-phone-touch The second largest computer manufacturer, Acer, might be one more tablet device player in the market to compete with Apple’s iPad. Acer is releasing Android based 7-inch and 10.1-inch tablets arriving to the store by next April. A 10.1-inch tablet running Microsoft Windows 7, with front- and rear-facing cameras, is expected to hit the store shelves as early as February 2011.

    All three devices are told to feature WiFi and 3G.

    During the Nov. 23 press conference in New York City, Acer also showed a 4.8-inch touch-screen (with 1024×480 resolution), Android-powered smartphone and a 14-inch dual-screen laptop. The Iconia laptop with 2.93GHz Intel Core i5-480M processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, Intel HD integrated graphics is something to look forward to.

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    Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, the nearest iPad rival, is told to have sold 600,000 units within a month of release. With entry of various tablets, the market leader, iPad, holding a comfortable 95.5 percent of the worldwide tablet market, need to do more than innovation to retain a fraction of that share.

    Apple is also expected to come up with the second generation of its iPad in the first couple of months next year, just in time to compete with the new entry in the market.


  • Google Documents adds mobile editing for Android and iPhone


    Google Documents had its mobile version for the last three years but, it was not truly mobile. The mobile version used to be read-only.

    In a latest announcement from Google, it is rolling out the updated version of Google Docs with edit support. The update will be rolled out in the next few days for English-language users around the world. The updated Docs is compatible with Android-based handsets running Froyo version 2.2 and iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running Apple iOS V3 or higher.

    Although writing or massive editing in a phone might not be that convenient, minor correction or reviews are best done on the go. Microsoft in is latest release, has also included its Office package in Windows Phone 7. Apple is also selling its iPad versions of text editor, spreadsheet, and presentation software.

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  • Barnes & Noble announced Nook Color


    nook-in-color Barnes and Noble had always wanted it’s book reader to be colorful. The e-ink technology in its original device couldn’t display color. That was the reason they added an additional color display – a tiny one at the bottom.

    Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color, announced today, will go on sale in the US on Nov. 19 at a price of $250. The 7-inch Android tablet PC will run videos and apps, with an options of reading books, magazines and newspapers.

    The LG LCD touchscreen can display 1024×600 full-color, is covered with a glare-free laminated coating for comfortable reading.

    The half inch device is under a pound in weight and featuring 8 GB of internal memory and a microSD slot for additional storage. B&N claims the battery life of 8 hours on the Wi-Fi enabled device.

    More than 100 color newspapers and magazines in a light enough device sounds exciting! The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Rolling Stone are some of the magazines to look forward to in the Nook Color.

    Apart from feeling the competitive heat, Apple has something to feel good about – Nook doesn’t support Flash. Looks like Flash is going to be the thing of past soon!


  • Steve Jobs says No to a 7″ iPad


    pouring-water-on-7-inch-ipad In the Apple’s Quarterly earnings call on Monday night (Oct. 18, 2010), Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, made a surprise appearance to tell that Google’s Android isn’t really an open platform. He also told that he thinks 7″ screen tablet is too small for a better computing experience. This is the answer to the latest rumor of smaller screened iPad from Apple in near future.

    Some of the highlights of his talk are:

    • Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones in the quarter which represents a 91% unit growth over the year-ago quarter. He compared the number to 12.1 million Blackberry’s sold in RIM’s quarter ending in August.
    • He defended Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s statement of 200,000 Android activations to 275,000 iOS devices per day on average for the past 30 days. He also compared Android App Store’s 90,000 apps to 300,000 Apps in the Apple’s App Store
    • 7″ screen is 45% as large as iPad’s 10-inch screen. “Seven-inch tablets are …. too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad “
    • Android market is very fragmented and is not as open as told by Google. With “more than 100 different versions of Android software on 244 different handsets,” the developers need to be more focused on testing the apps on every devices than on real software development.
    • Apple sold 4.2 million iPads since April. Mac sales totaled 3.9 million (up 27%) in the quarter.

    Although Apple surpassed quarterly earning expectation again with strong sales of iPhone, the iPad sales and its margin were not that exciting. You can listen the full show in the Apple website by clicking here.

    Apple might be considering a larger screen iPad as Steve Jobs thinks the near 10″ screen is the smallest good-enough screen size.