Google’s smartphone lead over Apple is shrinking!

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Google’s Android operating system is still leading the pack when it come to smartphone sales in the United States; however, Apple iOS is right on their tail.

From March to April, 52 percent of all the United States were Google’s Android based phones, showing a little gain from their standing this time last year.

In the same breathe, iOS took home 41.9 percent of the U.S. smartphone sales.  Apple partnership with T-Mobile had to do with at least some of their sales increase.

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech global consumer insight director Dominic Sunnebo had this to say, “The highly anticipated release of the iPhone on T-Mobile has benefited iOS in the latest three-month period,  though it has not yet impacted T-Mobile’s share in the market.”

The iPhone 5 was the best selling smartphone for T-Mobile over the quarter ending in May, even through the carrier ;launched the phone in mid April.  T-Mobile also managed to bring in a lot of first time smartphone buyers.

“Among all T-Mobile subscribers who picked up an iPhone from March through May, 53 percent upgraded from a feature phone,” Said Kantar. “That compares with the average of 45 percent of iPhone buyers who jump from a feature phone.  The iPhone also stands to gain more T-Mobile customers down the road.  Among T-Mobile subscribers who plan to change their phones over the coming year, 28 percent are eyeing the iPhone.”

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Samsung to Offer a Galaxy S4 Mini!

 

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Today, Samsung has announced that they are releasing a smaller, lower-end version of the popular Galaxy S4 Mini with a 4.3 – inch screen.

Samsung has continually released smartphones with larger and larger screens; however, not every consumer is ready for the 5-inch screen of the Galaxy S4.  This newer smaller  Samsung Galaxy s4 will be more focused to the cost-conscious buyers, but the company has not announced the price for the new device or when it will hit the stores.

Even though the new device shares a lot of the same software features as it’s older sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S4, the hardware for the device is a step down.

The smaller model will be lighter, at only 3.8 ounces compared to the 4.6 ounce weight of its predecessor.  It will ave a 1.7GHz dual-core processor instead of a 1.9GHz quad-core model.  Its battery has been rated at 1,900mAh instead of the 2,600mAh of the Galaxy S4.

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An American Customer Satisfaction report has been released! We have the ratings for Apple, Samsung, BlackBerry, Motorola and more!

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According to a new report, Apple customers are not as happy with their handsets as they were last year.  This is not to say that they are unhappy with Apple, just a little less satisfied then they were last year with their phones.

According to today’s report on American Customer Satisfaction, Apple has received a score of 81 out of 100 when it cam to customer satisfaction.  However, the company has dropped from its overall rating of 83 in 2012.  It seems that the iPhone rating is bringing down the Apple’s overall rating of 86 for their tablet, desktop, and laptop business.

Released in the same report, customer satisfaction with Motorola phones has increased 5 percent from last year to 77, Nokia had an increase of 1 percent to 76, and Samsung has posted the the largest gain since last year of 7 percent to 76.

The ACSI report said, “The improvement [for Samsung] is the largest yet for any cellphone manufacturer,” and,”Nevertheless, Samsung still remains behind industry leader Apple.”

HTC and LG both also saw a decline on the report, while BlackBerry had the same rating as last year at 69.

These handset’s results really shouldn’t be a shock to any of us.  Samsung’s latest devices, the Galaxy S4 included, have made the brand more popular with users; however, Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone 5, wasn’t viewed as a major leap over it’s prior generations.

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Google talks about their issues with fragmentation on Android powered devices!

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The engineers of the Google Android team claim to be working diligently to make sure that Android updates are given to new devices in a timely fashion.

During the Google I/O developer conference, 11 members of the Android development team answered the questions of the audience of developers.  The team did acknowledge the fragmentation issue with Android’s; however, they said the plan is to continue at a rapid pace of innovation.

Engineering director for the Android platform, Dave Burke, had this to say, “This is something we think about a lot.” “And we’re working internally to streamline the development process and make the software more layered.”

As Google rapidly released software updates, Fragmentation has been a major issue for Android powered devices since its inception.  Device makers and operators have not been able to keep up.  What this means to the consumer is, some devices don’t get updates for months while others do not get the new software at all.

Literally, there are millions of devices still running Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread.  Google originally released these two versions in May and December of 2010.  Google has extremely altered the Android programming interfaces since then.

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BlackBerry makes some major Announcements about some of their new releases at BlackBerry Live!

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If there has been on thing that BlackBerry has been wanting to tell the world it’s the message that they are back in the game.

Thorston Heins, CEO of BlackBerry, is quoted as saying at his keynote address during BlackBerry Live on Tuesday, “It hasn’t been that easy, and there’s still a lot of work to do, but man, have we reached a solid ground with this company.”

BlackBerry gave us a lot of insight to were they will be headed in the near future, and boy was there a lot.  They announced that they will be releasing a device in the form of a budget-friendly BlackBerry Q5.  They also announced the release of the updated BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10.1.  One of the major milestones was that their are now 120,000 apps available to BlackBerry users; however, probably the most shocking announcement was BlackBerry’s decision to open up BlackBerry Messenger to Multiple platforms, starting with iOS and Android.

All of these announcements were released in order to build excitement and momentum at BlackBerry.  Over the last few months, BlackBerry has launched a brand new platform, worked to repair its scarred reputation and fleshed out its product portfolio to three products.

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Apple’s next generation iPhone has started production!

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According to a report based out of Japan says that the production of at least one major piece of the next iPhone will begin next month.

Sharp will begin mass production of the display panel for the next iPhone model in June at its Kameyama plant in Mie prefecture, according to a report from major Japanese industrial newspaper Nikkan Kogyo.

Production of the next iPhone’s display is said to bring Sharp’s Kameyama plant to full production, which, according to reports, has not been operating anywhere near full capacity.

The newspaper also said that the specification to the next iPhone, rumored to be called the iPhone 5S, are “similar” to the current model.

There have been a fe rumors out there that the next iPhone release will be delayed; however, analysts have issued stern warnings that Apple needs to bring out the next iPhone no later that the third calender quarter.

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Wanting a home security system? Why not use you old smartphones and devices?

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Have you ever worried about what is going on in your house while you are not home?  Do you have a couple of old smartphones laying around that you just can’t bare to throw them out?  Then we may have the solution for both of these issues.  There are now some new apps that can turn your old smartphones into remote security cameras for home monitoring.

Launched last month, Presence converts a spare Internet-connected iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into a free live camera with real-time video and audio streaming, motion detection and notifications.

Gene Wang, chief executive of the Palo Alto had this to say, “Essentially we give you an inexpensive security system that you can use to monitor your house, or help you watch kids, cats, elderly relatives or act as a baby or nanny cam.”

According to Wang, Presence stand apart from traditional monitoring systems because of its free do it yourself system that can be set up simply by downloading and configuring the app.

Basically, the consumer will install and login to their account from two separate devices.  They all they have to do is start Presence on one of the devices and then they can view it on the other.

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