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The NEC Medias is not only “the world’s slimmest smartphone”, it’s also selling really well. The handset, which we have shown you last month, was the best-selling cell phone in Japan between March 14 and March 20, according to market research firm Gfk Japan [JP].
To recap, the NEC Medias is just 8.7mm thick and features a 4-inch LCD touchscreen with 480 x 854 resolution, Android 2.2, a 5.1MP CMOS camera, a digital TV tuner, e-wallet function, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Version 2.1+ EDR, a microSDHC card slot etc.
Here’s the full top 10:
- NEC Medias
- iPhone 4 / 16GB
- Sharp IS05
- iPhone 4 / 32GB
- Samsung Galaxy S
- Sharp SH009
- Toshiba IS04
- Panasonic P-07B
- Kyocera Kantan Keitai K005
- Sharp IS03
Via IT Media [JP]
The smartphone market is expected to see increased competition during the next several years, with major manufacturers leapfrogging each other for greater pieces of market share.
According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the smartphone market will grow by nearly 50 percent during 2011, as more companies adopt the devices for greater mobility management.
While multiple recent reports pronounce Android to be the king of the smartphone market for years to come, IDC’s analysis found that Windows Phone devices will see significant growth during the next several years.
During 2011, IDC predicts that the Android operating system will lead all OS with a 39.5 percent market share, with Nokia’s Symbian OS taking 20.9 percent. Apple’s iOS will be third with 15.7 percent, followed by Research In Motion’s BlackBerry OS with 14.9 percent and Windows Mobile with 5.5 percent. However, Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft, using the Windows Phone, will fuel the manufacturer’s market from 2011 through 2015, achieving a compound annual growth rate of 67.1 percent during those years.
IDC predicts that by 2015, the Nokia-Microsoft partnership will produce the second largest market share at 20.9 percent, behind only Android, whose share will grow to 45.4 percent. Apple’s iOS will remain third with 15.3 percent, followed by the BlackBerry OS with 13.7 percent. With Nokia all but abandoning the Symbian OS, its CAGR between 2011 and 2015 will be a 65 percent loss, resulting in a 0.2 percent market share in 2015.
“Nokia’s recent announcement to shift from Symbian to Windows Phone will have significant implications for the smartphone market going forward,” said Ramon Llamas, a senior research analyst in IDC’s mobile devices technology and trends team. “Up until the launch of Windows Phone 7 last year, Microsoft has steadily lost market share while other operating systems have brought forth new and appealing experiences. The new alliance brings together Nokia’s hardware capabilities and Windows Phone’s differentiated platform. We expect the first devices to launch in 2012. By 2015, IDC expects Windows Phone to be number 2 operating system worldwide behind Android.”
An intriguing variable in the projections is AT&T’s recent rumored acquisition of T-Mobile, which would combine the second- and fourth-largest providers in the U.S. The merger might have a possible affect on both providers’ users and the types of smartphones being sold.
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San Francisco – Global smartphone sales will soar 50 per cent this year compared to 2010, with Google’s Android set to extend its lead as the world’s most popular operating system for the devices, according to a study released Tuesday by research group IDC.
The study estimated that the number of smartphones in use this year will reach roughly 450 million, some 147 million more than in 2010.
Devices running Google’s Android OS will dominate with a 39.5-per- cent market share, rising to 45.4 per cent by 2015. Apple’s iOS devices will decline slightly from 15.7 per cent this year to 15.3 per cent in 2015.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 will gain the benefits of an alliance with Nokia to jump from a market share of just 5.5 per cent this year to 20.9 per cent in 2015, making it the number two mobile OS in the world after Android, the study predicted.
Most of that gain will come at the expense of Nokia’s Symbian OS, which is predicted to go from 20.9 per cent to just 0.2 per cent in 2015. Blackberry’s share will decline from 14.9 per cent in 2011 to 13.7 per cent by mid-decade.
‘Overall market growth in 2010 was exceptional,’ said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. ‘Last year’s high market growth was due in part to pent-up demand from a challenging 2009, when many buyers held off on mobile phone purchases. The expected market growth for 2011, while still notable, will taper off somewhat from what we saw in 2010.’
- Android Will Lead Smartphone Market In 5 Years, Says Ovum
Android will lead smartphone market in 5 years, says Ovum
Posted by Devina Divecha on Sun 27 Mar 2011
Android Army or Apply fanboy… 2016 will see the deciding votes cast?
An independent telecoms analyst has forecasted that the global smartphone market will grow twice in size by 2016, with Android leading the pack.
Ovum has released a report showing that Android will have more than a 20 percent market share lead over Apple’s iOS.
According to Ovum’s forecast, smartphones will represent 40 percent of the mobile phone market between 2010 and 2016, with Asia-Pacific will be the largest region, shipping over 200 million handsets by 2016. Western Europe will have 175 million and North America will have 165 million shipments each.
By 2016, Android will have a 38 percent share in the market, Apple’s iOS will have 17.5 percent, Windows Phone 7 will be close at 17.2 percent and BlackBerry trails with 16.5 percent.
With the large number of manufacturers turning to Android, and with this forecast, you’ll probably have an Android handset in the near future.
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Technology is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand and stabs you in the back with the other. And modern technology has proven this phrase to be more true than anything else. Not over-the-top dangers like an exploding battery or overheating computers. Dangers of mundane, everyday use of our phones and Tablets and laptops.
Let me start with a startling new one. Your phone may be the reason you will look ten years older than you are, get early deep-set wrinkles, get crow’s feet around your eyes faster, need power glasses much quicker and go in for botox and plastic surgery much earlier than anticipated. And no, this is not a ‘maybe’ and a ‘you might’ situation. This is pretty much guaranteed.
Studies have shown that the ultimate convergence device, the god phone, the tool that can do all, is also great business for plastic surgeons. Think about it. We use it to browse the Web, read long emails, get onto Facebook, play games, type out every minute of our life on Twitter, create complex documents, use 25 different apps in multi-tasking mode – all on a screen that is about three inches big and a keyboard that has ridiculously small keys.
Without even knowing it we are contorting our faces, squinting our eyes, straining our face muscles, frowning down, creasing our foreheads and generally doing everything to make sure our faces show the brunt we bear of our forever connected lives. Plastic surgeons have found that their clients are coming in much younger and have deep wrinkles at the strangest of places. New surveys show that phone usage minus voice calls has risen by almost 3,000 per cent. Smartphone sales are now outstripping the sale of any other device. More people are going online for the first time on a mobile phone and more than 15 billion apps have been downloaded. Each of these is a sure pointer towards a faster ageing and wrinklier planet of people.
The Toilet Bowl in your pocket
They’ve said it before and they’ve proved it before. Your phone is extremely unhygienic. It’s just that nobody is willing to listen. So, let me try and put it in a different way. Your mobile phone is 1,000 times more unhygienic, germ-infested, bacteria- laden and dirtier than the inside of your toilet bowl. Would you put your lips one inch close to the inside of your toilet bowl and still be comfortable? Would you be able to repeatedly and lovingly kiss your toilet seat? Well, then maybe you should stop physically kissing your phone irrespective of how much you love the person on the other side (making those smacking
muuuahhh air-kissing sounds is pretty sickening too, but mainly to the people around you).
Everything you touch, every person’s hand you shake, every doorknob you open – all things in contact with your hands are instantly transferred to your phone. You breathe into your phone, you spray all the lovely insides of your mouth directly onto your phone when you speak loudly. A cold, a cough, all the nice little viruses that give you a fever end up smack bang on your phone. And they all stay there. Consider this: have you noticed that your cold or cough seems to last longer than it used to, and usually recurs? It may well be your germ-infested little communicator that is guilty.
They lurk everywhere
There are others. Big ones. Constantly checking your phone to see if you have a new mail every ten seconds, setting mobile Facebook to refresh every minute, posting to Twitter as soon as you wake up about the exciting fact that you’ve woken up, tapping hard on the red light of your BlackBerry to see if it has malfunctioned if it doesn’t flash every few minutes – all these are signs of mobile phone addiction. Stiff fingers, painful joints, wrists that seem to burn and and palms that aren’t as supple as they used to be are all sure pointers to mobile carpal tunnel syndrome.
And the dangers of using a cellphone pressed against your ears for long periods of time every day and what it is doing to your brain are no longer question marks. It is harmful – just how much is the the only part left to solve.
The idea to write this column isn’t to frighten you off technology. It is more a cautionary tale. Technology is the greatest enabler, the only true catalyst to propel us into the future. Its abuse and misuse is the real danger. Wipe your cellphone clean every night with a cotton wipe. Use larger devices like Tablets and netbooks to do the bulk of your on-the-move work. Shut off your mobile phone when you get back home. The humbling experience that you’re not that important and the world continues to revolve without you may not be good for your ego. But it will be great for your face.
Rajiv Makhni is managing editor, Technology, NDTV and the anchor of Gadget Guru, Cell Guru and Newsnet 3. Follow Rajiv on Twitter at twitter.com/RajivMakhni
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US mobile phone carrier AT&T, which is going to expand its reach with the recently announced acquisition of T-Mobile USA, will start offering a 3D-capabile smartphone in matter of months.
The LG Thrill 4G (better known as LG Optimus 3D) via AT&T will be the first smartphone to come with 3D technology, which will allow usrs to enjoy pictures or other content in 3D without any need to wear speasial glasses.
The glasses-free 3D technology is already available with the Nintendo 3DS game system, but, the LG is the first to bring it to the phones.
The upcoming handset runs Google’s Android OS 2.2, and features a 4.3-inch, 3D touchscreen, 1GHz dual-core, dual-channel processor, 8GB of on-board memory along with an 8GB microSD card.
The device also comes equipped with a 5-megapixel 3D photo snapper and a HSPA+ 14.4 modem. The camera is capable of recording 720p 3D HD videos as well as 1080p 2D videos.
Pricing for the LG Thrill 4G smartphone is yet to be announced.
Given yesterday’s news of AT&T purchase of T-Mobile, it is slightly ironic that the very first phone we’ve seen up close at CTIA this year is a T-Mobile phone. And even more ironic, the T-Mobile Astound uses the Symbian platform, which Nokia made pretty clear it had washed its hands of last month. But don’t dismiss the Astound immediately; for its price, it has some pretty solid specs.
The Astound will cost $80 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile. Nokia told us that the phone is targeted at first-time smartphone users who don’t want to pay a lot of money for a data plan. And T-Mobile is following through on this promise; Astound owners can pay as low as $10 a month for this type of plan.
If the Astound looks familiar, it is because it is the T-Mobile branded version of the Nokia C7, an unlocked global Symbian phone. The two are very similar, but the C7 has an all-black color scheme and it does not have the most recent version of Symbian.
The Astound sports an 8-megapixel camera with HD video capture, a 3.5-inch AMOLED display, and 8GB of memory. Note: Out of all the phones I review, I still hold that Nokia phones have some of the best cameras. I didn’t really get a chance to play with the Astound’s snapper other than a few pictures in a dark bar, but what I shot looked pretty decent.
The phone itself is quite attractive with a white and silver color scheme and slim profile. I didn’t like how buried the microSD card slot was on this phone; you have to remove the back as well as the battery to get to it. The SIM card slot is nicely labeled however (see picture).
While the Astound might be attractive on the outside, Symbian is still, well, Symbian. Although it is a powerful and full-featured platform, its whole aesthetic feels dated and static compared to Android 2.3, Apple’s iOS, and even the latest version of RIM’s BlackBerry OS. Thankfully, this is the most recent version of Symbian S^3 so you get a portrait QWERTY keyboard and an browser improved from the previous versions.
Nokia officials had no comment on its relationship with Microsoft, but they did hint that there will be more Symbian phones to come. The Astound will be available April 6 online as well as at T-Mobile stores.
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Chances are you lock your door when you leave home, don’t leave the keys in the ignition when you run into the 7-Eleven for milk and have at least some kind of security software on your computer.
But what about your smartphone?
For many people, a phone these days is a mobile office crammed with valuable contacts, a digital wallet from which you buy songs on iTunes or shoes on Amazon, and a portal to your online bank account.
Rather than locking the phones like bank vaults, most smartphone owners treat their devices with as much concern as they do Monopoly money.
According to a survey by data-security provider Symantec, 54 percent of smartphone users do not have a password lock on their phones when they turn them on or wake them from sleep mode.
“I think there’s definitely an awareness gap right now,” said Mark Kanok, group product manager for the Norton mobile division at Symantec.
“Just a few years ago, your phone was a phone. Then the iPhone comes out and people are downloading apps. People are now starting to ask the questions about, ‘How is this going to affect my privacy, what happens if I lose it,’ things like that.”
On top of the dangers of your phone being lost or stolen, there are also a growing number of malicious apps designed to steal data from it or rack up huge texting bills.
Last week, Google pulled several dozen free apps from its Android market that had been stuffed with damaging code.
Symantec estimated that the apps were downloaded anywhere from 50,000 to 200,000 times in a four-day period before they were pulled.
John Thode, vice president and general manager of the mobility product group at Dell, said many smartphone users don’t realize the value of their device until it’s gone.
“The reality is that, yeah, whenever you lose your phone or your phone breaks, there’s an instant panic that comes around,” he said. “Holy smokes, where are my contacts? How do I get back my whole life?”
That concern is magnified when an employer starts giving out smartphones to its workers or lets those workers connect their personal devices to the corporate network, said Mary Chan, vice president of Dell’s enterprise mobile-solutions division. Chan’s group has begun offering security systems and procedures for mobile devices on corporate networks.
She said a compromised phone with access to a corporate network can wreak havoc.
“I think most of the IT and CIO folks are really concerned about managing the device itself, managing what’s being loaded on the device,” she said.
Chan pointed to an estimate by research firm Gartner that about 300 million smartphones will be connected to corporate networks by 2015, with about half those devices being employees’ personal machines.
Much of the security advice for individual smartphone users and corporate managers overlaps.
Install only trusted apps on your phone.
Use Web-based programs that let you remotely track or delete all of the data on your smartphone if it gets lost.
Don’t conduct financial transactions over public or unfamiliar Wi-Fi networks, where your data can flow through a hacker’s router.
Employers can also take additional steps, Chan said, such as letting employees install apps only from a preapproved list.
Another option is keeping valuable corporate data only accessible online, rather than letting individual users download it to their phones.
Phone makers and software developers are pushing out some of these tools to smartphone users.
Apple, for example, offers free software on the iPhone and iPad that lets users remotely set up a password lock if the device gets lost or stolen, track it geographically or even wipe all the data from the machine as a last resort.
Norton Mobile Security for Android devices includes a malware scanner designed to catch crooked apps before they bite you.
Even with technological protection, user awareness can go a long way.
Simple games and screen-saver apps, for example, shouldn’t be asking for permission to access your text messages. If they do, you’re probably better off canceling the installation.
Strong security software and individual vigilance will become even more important over the next few years as phone makers and carriers adopt a technology that will turn your phone into a wireless digital wallet.
So-called near-field communication, or NFC, systems should make life more convenient, letting you store your credit and debit cards and, eventually, your driver’s license digitally on your phone.
You’ll simply wave your phone over a scanner at the cash register to pay and be on your way.
Target for thieves
But as our phones become more valuable to us, they’ll also become a more tempting target for thieves.
“Once NFC starts happening, you’re going to see hackers enter this space in a much more substantial way,” said Thode at Dell.
Apple is rumored to be including an NFC chip in the next-generation iPhone expected this summer, and Samsung has already released the NFC-equipped Nexus S.
Kanok at Norton said the growing need for better smartphone security seems to be sinking in.
“I think the maturity is a little bit lagging behind where we are on the PC front,” he said. “But I think the sensitivity has picked up over the last year.”
A new survey has found that a large number of SMBs aren’t doing enough to address security when it comes to mobile-phone use.
Research firm Canalys, which surveyed 814 SMB respondents, found that 86 percent of SMBs have yet to adopt mobile-phone security throughout their businesses. The research shows what Canalys calls an “alarming gap” between the explosion of mobile phones in the enterprise and their secure usage.
“With Canalys estimating that the U.S. smartphone market will continue to grow by close to 30 percent over the next few years, mobile phone security represents both a big business risk and a market opportunity,” said Canalys principal analyst Pete Cunningham. “The increasing number of private devices entering the workplace adds to the security problem, but smaller companies can’t seem to keep pace with the appropriate protective measures.”
The research also found that BlackBerry smartphones still dominate the SMB space as they were cited as the most widely used by survey respondents. BlackBerry was also the most accepted platform among SMBs surveyed, with Android following in second place.
“The growing acceptance of Android in the enterprise is a concern,” said Canalys enterprise director Matthew Ball. “Android could pose the biggest threat to mobile phone security, as it’s arguably the highest risk platform. The growing number of application downloads-across all platforms-presents the biggest security threat, due to spyware, viruses and other forms of malware.”
However, 66 percent of those SMBs that said they didn’t have a mobile security solution in place said security is an important issue. These companies said that the lack of awareness and cost were the greatest hurdles to the adoption of security solutions.
- see this eWeek article
Juniper Networks introduces smartphone security software
2011 expected to bring another smartphone security headache: Mobile apps
Smartphones: The next big security threat
New WLAN-only Galaxy Tab from Samsung
Berlin (dpa) – Samsung is introducing a more affordable variant of its Galaxy Tab tablet computer. The Galaxy Tab WiFi comes without a 3G module and the related slot for a mobile phone SIM. Its only option for connecting to the internet is via WLAN. The 7-inch device runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo). The Galaxy Tab WiFi is expected in March and will start at around 499 dollars. The existing Galaxy Tab with 3G capability will see its price cut from 799 to 599 dollars.
Sonos music system controlled by smartphone
Berlin (dpa) – Sonos, a specialised manufacturer of wireless music broadcasting in living spaces, has announced a free software application for Android smartphones. The application will allow mobile phones running the Google operating system to remotely control Sonos music systems. Songs and radio broadcasts can be selected directly from the phone, as can volume selection for all rooms. The Sonos Controller for Android also features speech recognition, so you can dictate which songs should be playing.
New Android tablet from Toshiba
Berlin (dpa) – Toshiba is planning to launch an Android-based tablet PC before the end of June. Dubbed the Toshiba Tablet, the device will be equipped with a 10.1-inch 16:10 screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It will feature a front and rear camera, an HDMI output and motion sensors. Toshiba announced both a UMTS version as well as a pure WLAN model; prices are not yet available.
Network storage media with room for two hard disks
Berlin (dpa) – The latest Network Attached Storage device from D- Link is designed to house two S-ATA hard disks. The Sharecenter Shadow DNS-325 can store up to four terabytes of data, music or video files. The device is connected to the network using a Gigabit Ethernet interface. According to D-Link, the maximum data throughput rate is 38 megabits per second. As an option, the DNS-325 can automatically backup files. The device – with built-in 1.2-gigahertz processor, 256 MB RAM and software – costs 279 dollars. Hard disks are not included in the purchase price.
Hands-free unit with surround sound for use in cars
Berlin (dpa) – Manufacturer Jabra is unveiling Freeway, a new surround-sound, hands-free unit for use in vehicles. The 119-dollar device can be retrofitted, has three speakers that produce stereophonic sound, and includes a motion sensor to automatically turn the unit on or off when the car door is opened. The Stone2 headset, an optional accessory, allows users to make calls via voice commands. It is slated to cost 99 dollars. Both products are scheduled to hit stores in the second quarter of 2011.
Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 protects Android, Blackberry
Berlin (dpa) – The Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 smartphone security software now also protects devices running Android and Blackberry. Previously, support had only extended to the mobile operating systems Symbian and Windows Mobile. In addition to warding off viruses, the program can also hide sensitive data and block undesired calls. Should the mobile phone get stolen, it can be locked remotely and located via GPS. The new version for Android and Blackberry, which has already been released, sells for 25 dollars and is valid for one year.
New netbooks from Acer and Samsung
Berlin (dpa) – Acer and Samsung have introduced new 10.1-inch netbooks to the market. Both the Acer Aspire One 522 and Samsung’s NF210 HZ1 come pre-installed with a 250-gigabyte hard disk, one gigabyte RAM and the Windows 7 operating system.
While the Acer netbook is powered by AMD’s 1-gigahertz C-50 Fusion processor and an integrated HD-6250 graphics card, Samsung relies on Intel’s dual-core Atom N550 processor (1.5 GHz), a GMA3150 graphics chip and a UMTS module.
The Acer display offers 1280 x 720 pixels of resolution; the Samsung netbook displays 1024 x 600 pixels. The Aspire One 522, configured as detailed above, sells for 299 dollars, and Samsung’s NF210 HZ1 can be had for 399 dollars.