Another survey and another great result for Samsung Co! Recently, a survey was carried out by the name of mystery shoppers to know the 3 best smartphones and tablets. This survey was not a public one, but, involved some of the biggest retailers' of smartphones. Among the retailers, the biggest name were John lewis, Everything Eveywhere, O2, 3, PC World, Malpins, and Phone 4.
The survey turned out to be one side as most of the retailers named Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 as the best phones. Only competitor behind these phones was iPhone 5 who was nominated by only two of the retailers. Even though, there was an advertising campaign of other phones going on at the retailer's but they recommended Samsung's phone best in terms of quality and demand. There were no commissions provided to the retailers, but, it was just fabulous quality of Samsung that has led to such inspiring results.
Although the most anticipated Galaxy S IV hasn't been officially out, its browser benchmark has already been released and it is not so surprising to see that it beat out all the top-performing smart phones in the market today. Apple comes in at number two. Things do get better and better, don't they?
Using Browsermark 2.0, a GT-I9500 device beat the rest and it is safe to believe that this is the Galaxy S IV. It somehow confirms that it runs on Android 4.2.1. Samsung has not verified the test but it looks authentic because the ISP is registered to Samsung India.
It won't be long until the much-awaited device gets launched. Then, we could verify if it clocks in at the same speed as the "GT-I9500". But knowing Samsung, I'm pretty sure it'll reveal even better clues the following days leading to the main event. Best to sit tight and enjoy the others cringe at this new powerhouse.
According to comScore, Android is the leading operating system for smartphones in the market today. However, it was Apple that took the number one spot for manufacturers of smartphones. The figure for Android share should not be surprising at all, considering there are many carriers that support this operating system.
In addition, more people shifted from ordinary handsets to smartphones, possibly because of holiday sales and promos. The number of people who own smartphones increased as well and is now at 125.9 million, and it is still growing.
Apple trails at 36.3% on the number of people who bought smart phones from them. Other operating systems share a very small percentage of the smartphone market share, but this could easily shift, as long as less popular carriers improve their specs and designs. Furthermore, other carriers should be more open to selling different Android units as well.
Today Sammobile received, through their insider the first pre-list about upcoming Android updates from the Korean giant. Samsung will update the Galaxy S II and Note to Android 4.2.2 but this will be the last update for these devices.
But there is more according to the first pre-list, Samsung will only update 5 devices to Android 5.0, which is not yet announced by Google but is expected to be announced at the upcoming Google IO.
According to unwiredview, here are the devices expected to get Android 5.0 at some point:
- Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500)
- Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505)
- Galaxy S III (GT-I9300)
- Galaxy S III LTE (GT-I9305)
- Galaxy Note 8.0 3G (GT-N5100)
- Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE (GT-N5105)
- Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi (GT-N5110)
- Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100)
- Galaxy Note II LTE (GT-N7105)
- Galaxy Note 10.1 3G (GT-N8000)
- Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE (GT-N8005)
- Galaxy Note 10.1 Wi-Fi (GT-N8010)
As for Android 4.2, this should be rolled-out to the following Samsung devices (which reportedly won't be updated further):
- Galaxy S III Mini (GT-I8190)
- Galaxy S II (GT-I9100)
- Galaxy S II Plus (GT-I9105)
- Galaxy Grand (GT-I9080)
- Galaxy Grand Duos (GT-I9082)
- Galaxy Young (GT-S6310)
- Galaxy Young Duos (GT-S6312)
- Galaxy Fame (GT-S6810)
- Galaxy Premier (GT-I9260)
- Galaxy Express (GT-I8730)
- Galaxy Xcover 2 (GT-S7710)
- Galaxy Note (GT-N7000)
- Galaxy Ace 2 (GT-I8160)
- Galaxy Beam (GT-I8350)
- Galaxy S Advance (GT-I9070)
Please note: the list isn't complete yet.