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Can we trust that selfie?
April 4, 2014 | 2:21 pm

What an honor! Thanks for the #selfie, @BarackObama — David Ortiz (@davidortiz) April 1, 2014 Twice in the last month, two popular selfies were torpedoed across social media. First, it was Ellen DeGeneres’ picture at the Oscars and, most recently, Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz took a selfie with President Barack Obama. The Red Sox visited the White House on Wednesday to celebrate their World Series victory last year, as all professional sports team do in this country. Ortiz’s selfie generated plenty of attention even more than a day after it was taken because it was revealed that it was a big marketing...

Watch out for smartwatches as form factor gets ready for prime time
February 15, 2014 | 10:36 am

WIMM Labs[caption id="attachment_95923" align="alignright" width="209"] Nice concept, not quite there yet.[/caption] With data on smartwatches  reported on often of late, it's interesting to start seeing some numbers against all the buzz. According to a bulletin from International Data Group (IDG), smartwatch shipments worldwide hit 1.9 million units in 2013 for the first time, versus just a few hundred thousand units in 2012. Around 61 percent of the budding platform runs Android, according to Strategy Analytics. Much of the Android lead is attributed to Samsung's Galaxy Gear, but in such a still limited market space, there is of course still plenty of chance...

Kantar data emphasizes Android lead, Apple slide in smartphone sales
January 30, 2014 | 10:15 am

New 4Q 2013 data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech backs up earlier IDC figures for 2013 smartphone sales that suggest Android is continuing to extend its lead across global markets, especially outside the U.S. According to the Kantar analysis, "the three-month period ending December 2013, shows that Android closed out the year strongly across 12 global markets including the United States.  The operating system ended 2013 with a sales share of 50.6 percent, a gain of 4.4 percentage points from the final three months of 2012." Android remained especially strong in Europe, "with 68.6 percent share, while Apple held second place with 18.5 percent."...

Latest IDC data spotlights a billion smartphones shipped in 2013
January 28, 2014 | 6:30 pm

The latest data report from International Data Corporation (IDC) in its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker series has highlighted the record-breaking figure of just over 1 billion smartphones shipped worldwide in 2013, "up 38.4 percent from the 725.3 million units in 2012." Also spotlighting "a difference of less than 1 percent" from its forecast for full-year shipments in 2013, IDC noted that this growth in smartphone demand is cannibalizing the broader mobile phone market, which grew only 4.8 percent over 2013 to a total figure of almost 1.822 billion units. [caption id="attachment_106479" align="aligncenter" width="475"] Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, January...

Samsung’s new year gift to the ebook community: The gatefold screen?
January 22, 2014 | 4:26 pm

[caption id="attachment_8049" align="alignright" width="168"] The Readius - an earlier less successful effort in foldable screen technology.[/caption] The reporting around CES 2014 included plenty of rumors and hints from a supposedly closed-doors presentation of Samsung's latest contribution to smartphone technology: A workable folding screen. Solid details are sparse, with no official Samsung announcement, but Korean and other industry sources indicated that this was am AMOLED screen, 5.68” in size, based on a plastic-style substrate. This follows earlier statements from Samsung that it would have a foldable touchscreen ready for market by 2015, but the screen displayed at CES has been described as...

IDC Numbers Show Tablets Up One Third, iPads Stalled
November 1, 2013 | 10:16 am

idcAdding to the slew of quarterly market data, the latest issue of International Data Corporation (IDC)'s Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker showed worldwide tablet shipments up 36.7 percent on the same time last year and 7 percent on the previous quarter. And, notes IDC, "Android products once again drove much of the shipment growth in the market as iOS growth stalled and Windows tablets continued to struggle to win over consumers. With no new iPad product launches in the second or third quarter to drive volume, Apple experienced a quarter-over-quarter decline in shipments from 14.6 million in 2Q13 to 14.1 million...

Samsung Hogs the Jelly Beans, Eats Apple and BlackBerry For Lunch In Smartphone Fruit Market
October 31, 2013 | 7:30 pm

samsungLatest 3Q2013 figures on the state of the global mobile phone market from technology market intelligence house ABI Research show Samsung chewing into other vendors' market share, and especially at the expense of proprietary OS platforms like Apple and BlackBerry. "Samsung retained its lead in handset shipments and grew its share of smartphone shipments to 35%, while Apple share remained flat at 14%," stated the report. Thanks in part to Samsung, Android remains by far the most popular OS, and is also increasing its lead. "Supported by strong Android shipment growth from Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi, and Samsung, Android reached a new...

Flexible screens herald a world of bendy books?
October 10, 2013 | 4:29 pm

flexible screensNew form factors and display formats for ereaders, smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices could be in the offing with the advent of new technologies for curved and flexible screens - some of them just about to debut on the market. Samsung, for example, has just announced its Samsung Galaxy Round, claimed to be "the world’s first curved display smartphone, to be available October 10th in Korea," with a 5.7” Full HD Super AMOLED curved screen. Not to be outdone, meanwhile, Korean rival LG has announced mass production of the "world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones." “The flexible display market...

Latest tablet PC panel shipments show demand bounceback, name-brand price cuts
September 27, 2013 | 5:00 pm

U.S. market research and consulting firm NPD DisplaySearch has released its latest Monthly Tablet PC Panel Shipment Value Chain Report for July 2013, indicating an 8 percent rise over June shipment figures. And according to the data, the increase came from shipments of 7” panels, now 49 percent of all shipments, and of no-brand budget tablet models. White-box devices now accounted for 59 of all 7” panels and 43 percent of all tablet PC panel shipments, according to the report. “It’s been increasingly challenging for Apple, Samsung, and other name brands to gain greater market share because low-priced private-label brands continue...

Android still lacks iPod Touch alternative
September 12, 2013 | 5:18 am

galaxyplayerWhy is there still no good Android alternative to the iPod Touch? I last posed this question over two years ago, when Apple’s imposition of the 30% fee policies to apps with stores first caused me to question whether it was worth staying with the platform. At the time, there just weren’t any good options, though the Galaxy Player on the horizon looked promising. At the moment, there still aren’t (though plenty of people have been calling for one). My iPod Touch is getting pretty long in the tooth, and I’d like to replace it with an Android device....

In the Tablet Space, Size Definitely Matters
September 3, 2013 | 10:50 am

tabletAfter the triumph of the generic 7-inch tablet as everyone's favorite cheap digital companion, we now are seeing manufacturers, and especially Android OEMs, pushing in the opposite direction, with ever larger devices. Samsung, virtual creator of the phablet category with its Galaxy Note devices, is now upping the ante even further with reports of a huge Galaxy Note 12.2 device, larger than most actual tablets. Acer, meanwhile, as reported on Slashgear, has just announced in time for the IFA Consumer Electronics show in Berlin an even huger 24-inch all-in-one Android desktop, the DA241HL, running on a NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip, the same...

Google’s WIMM Labs acquisition flags prospects for wrist e-readers
August 31, 2013 | 8:56 pm

The news that Google has quietly been the owner for a year now of smartwatch startup WIMM Labs confirms the prospects for a new generation of smart wrist devices that I highlighted earlier in TeleRead. And with Samsung's Galaxy Gear wrist device now only days away from launch, it looks like this new generation will be rolling out with at least some of the devices running varieties of Android, with access—at least in principle—to the library of e-reader apps on the Google Play Store. WIMM Labs already has one device, the WIMM One, based on Android. And although this unit hardly challenges...