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Google-owned Motorola Mobility has closed down its India website and is reducing headcount in the world's second largest mobile phone market in terms of subscribers amid rising operational cost.


The company will cut around 1,200 jobs across 13 countries, including India and China, in addition to 4,000 lay offs it announced last year.


When contacted, Motorola spokesperson said, "These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer. It's obviously very hard for the employees concerned, and we are committed to helping them through this difficult transition."


Google bought the money-losing cellphone maker for $12.5 billion last year, its largest acquisition ever, aiming to use Motorola Mobility's armory of patents to fend off legal attacks on its Android mobile platform and expand beyond its software business.


Source: WallStreetJournal

 




Samsung Asia, a subsidiary of the Samsung Electronics will buy a 5 percent stake Wacom, which translates to roughly $58.7 million dollars,, according to South Korea's news agency "yonhapnews".  Wacom is the popular stylus maker and it's technology is used in both the first and second generation Galaxy Note.


The transaction, Wacom says, will allow Samsung to ensure "stable and timely access to Wacom's proprietary digital pen technology." Needless to say, this strategic partnership means expect more S Pen-enabled products in the future from Samsung.


Samsung will buy 20,996 common shares of Wacom on February 19th at a price of 255,510 Japanese yen per share.  See official document here.

 

 

 


 

 

Looks like the Galaxy S IV was received 40% higher than the Galaxy S III did when it first came out in UK. Phones4U shared this information based on the number of customers who had their names listed to get hold of this much-talked about phone. An executive of the mobile retailer further said that the Galaxy S 4 has received the "most number of pre-registrations of any other smartphone" that were introduced this year. He even added that it could even be the best-selling smartphone this year.


Just recently, Samsung announced that its former flagship phone has already reached 50 million sales since it has been formally introduced in March last year. Prior to S 4's launch, Samsung announced that it aims to sell 100 million units of the Galaxy S IV and they are possibly on the way to doing so. If they could sustain this kind of interest in the S 4, then it's highly likely that they'll achieve this goal. Galaxy S IV units will ship on April and already, people have lined up to be the first to get the device.

 



According to Korean ETNEws reports, about 70% of the first 10 million Samsung Galaxy S4 production batch will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, instead of its own Exynos 5 Octa.


The reason claimed by the site is that the System LSI division could not iron out the performance and design issues before it could be mass produced to satisfy the demand for Galaxy S4. Also because the fact that Samsung wants to bring the Galaxy S4 to as many markets as possible by the end of first half of this year and waiting for the Exynos chip could have led to delay in some markets.


Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 is a quad-core chip that clocks at 1.9GHz whereas Samsung's Exynos 5410 comes with four Cortex-A15 cores clocking at 1.6GHz and four Cortex-A7 1.2GHz cores and supports ARM's big.LITTLE architecture.


Source: etnews

 



According to DRAMeXchange, a division of global research firm TrendForce, in the first quarter of 2013 smartphone shipments increased steadily worldwide, with total shipments reaching 216.4 million units, 9.4% Quarter on Quarter growth. Since the beginning of 2012, smartphone shipment figures have been up every quarter despite seasonality, indication the electronic device is here to stay.


Looking at first-tier manufacturers' shipment volumes, Samsung continues to take the lead in the first quarter as the maker uses its vertically integrated supply chain, global marketing, and various sales channels to its advantage. Samsung's smartphones series is expected to see 65M units shipped this quarter, which accounts for 30% of the global market.


As for Apple, the iPhone 5 has been unable to satisfy consumers' desire for innovation, and shipments were unsatisfactory as Android manufacturers have stepped up to the plate. The Cupertino company shipped a mere 37.5 million units in the first quarter, giving them 17.3% market share, a decrease of 1.2% from the previous quarter. Currently, circumstances surrounding the announcement of Apple's new device are unclear, while Samsung, HTC, Sony, and other global corporations are planning product unveilings for the second quarter, which will likely lead to another dip in Apple's shipments.


Nokia and HTC are other companies who have found themselves having smaller shares in the beginning of this year, with Nokia down 0.9% and HTC down 0.4%. Sony and Lenovo seem to be among the few companies that have actually registered a growth. Sony, which recently launched its Xperia Z smartphone, has climbed all the way from 3.5% to... 3.8%, while Lenovo currently controls 3.9% of the market, up from 3.3% in 2012.


Source: dramexchange

 



Samsung Electronics Co., the world'slargest smartphone maker, said Wednesday that it has decided to buy a 10 percent stake in Pantech Corp., South Korea's third-largest handset maker.


The deal, valued at around US$47.6 million, will help further solidify bilateral cooperation in smartphone and other business areas, it said.


Samsung has confirmed the deal, providing a statement to TNW that explains it will be a passive investor with no input into Pantech's management decisions - presumably to offset any anti-competitive concerns:


Samsung Electronics has agreed to acquire a 10-percent stake in Pantech, valued at approximately KRW 53 billion. The investment is aimed at solidifying our relationship with Pantech, a key component customer of Samsung. Samsung will have no involvement in Pantech's business management in any way or form.


In the domestic market, Pantech trails behind Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. in mobile phone shipments.



There's constant talk of fragmentation within the Android device market, only one factor is obvious: Samsung rules. Samsung presently includes a 63% share of Android mobile products, including mobile phones and phablets.


Actually, Samsung controls the mixture of other producers with a ratio of nearly 2:1. HTC, (the maker from the popular HTC One phone series) and LG are available in second and third, correspondingly. Altogether, HTC, LG, The new sony, Motorola and all sorts of others constitute under 37% of total marketshare.


Because it works out, Samsung's Galaxy S series isn't just Samsung's most widely used smartphone series, it comprises the very best most popular Android mobile phones overall. Based on our data, the only real non-Samsung Android phones to hack the very best 10 would be the HTC One and Motorola's Android Razr, which will make up only 1.3% and 1.1%, correspondingly, of active Android mobile phones.


Source: localytics



A man who was a candidate for a skull-replacement operation was recently fitted a 3D-printed replica skull that was scanned and patterned for accurate measurement. An astounding 75% of his skull was replaced and the prosthetic has special holes and textures for cells and bone to cling and grow into.


This breakthrough is a very important step for people who need reconstructive bone surgery. The company that made the prosthetics was Oxford Performance Materials and confirms that these 3D-printed prosthetics will also be useful in other body-part replacement operations.


Many people will surely see the benefits of this biotechnological breakthrough. Who would have thought that digital printing may actually be used to advance Medicine and Science? Furthermore, 3D printing is slowly gaining ground in many different industries and sometime soon, the cost of using such kind of technology will already be very affordable. When that time comes, many will already be able to pay for limb replacement or other body part-replacement procedures.


Link: news.com.au

 



A new study has found for the first time ever that the majority of Americans now own smartphones. According to the Pew Research Center, 56% of Americans who are 18 and older now own smartphones, up from 46% in February of 2012, while overall cell phone penetration has grown from 88% in 2012 to 91%.


Statements from the report:

 

  • 55% of cell phone owners say that their phone is a smartphone.
  • 58% of cell phone owners say that their phone operates on a smartphone platform common to the U.S. market.

Taken together, 61% of cell owners said yes to at least one of these questions and are classified as smartphone owners. Because 91% of the adult population now owns some kind of cell phone, that means that 56% of all American adults are now smartphone adopters. One third (35%) have some other kind of cell phone that is not a smartphone, and the remaining 9% of Americans do not own a cell phone at all.


Full report here


 

Latest Android OS install stats are out, While Gingerbread still remains the largest major version of the platform, its dominance is decreasing steadily. As of today, Gingerbread only represented 47%, down from 50% in December.

 

Second place was Ice Cream Sandwich with 29$ up from 27% in December. The two versions of Jelly Bean totaled up to 10%, ICS 4.1 accounts for 9%, while ICS 4.2 is on a measly 1.2% of devices.

 

The decrease in Gingerbread and increase in Ice Cream Sandwich is actually welcome news, especially since we want to see more users getting the latest UI available, that remained fairly consistent throughout subsequent platform releases. Take a look at the breakdown at the screenshot.

 

 

 




According to new figures from analyst Strategy Analytics. The analyst estimates that 152.1 million Android smartphones were shipped globally in the quarter, nearly double the amount shipped in the year ago quarter, around 80.6 million, bringing Android's global smartphone market share from 51% at the end of 2011 to 70% at the end of 2012.


iOS saw modest gains, with 47.8 million units shipped up from 37.0, but failed to top out at even one third of Android's marketshare. Every other platform barely registered. Symbian, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Bada struggled to hit 7.9 percent marketshare.


The global smartphone shipments for the full year 2012 reached a record 700.1 million units.

 

Source: Android And Me




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.

 




The Android distribution chart shows the total number of users of various Android firmware and many developers and news writers use this as a basis for their projects and reports. This is critical information for those who want to create updates and versions of their applications and it is also a good PR booster for Android, since it shows the total number of users, which can easily be compared to those who use other platforms.


It seems that the old way of data collection to display the actual number of users is inaccurate and is not really doing their PR good in the process. Google changed the way they collect data and now only shows the firmware of active Android devices that visit the Google Play Store, which will yield a better and more updated result.


According to Android Developers, the new way of data collection "reflects the percentage of those that use the Android and Google Play most" as compared to the old method of tallying those who only use the Google servers. Because of this, Jelly Bean users jump to 25% from 16.5% using the old method of data collection.


Source: Android Developers




Google Play Store revenue is up 90% compared to first quarter last year, according to App Annie. This report also shows that 90% of the applications are also available in the Apple App Store, which somehow shows the increase in the number of Android device users as well.


Various graphs were presented that shows Google's stellar 2013 performance-and the year's not even halfway yet. Japan tops the countries that posted the most growth in application revenue, while South Korea and the US come in second and third places. However, when it comes to app downloads; the US still leads the pack with South Korea falling in second place.


Furthermore, according to the research, games account for 80% of Google Play applications revenue and others such as communication, productivity, tools and paid social apps make up the rest of the 20%. However, Apple still posts higher revenues than Google when it comes to applications but it does not mean that Google is far behind. In fact, it's quickly catching up and Android developers are the happiest!


Source: thenextweb



There were some significant changes in the percentage of devices running the different versions of Android. Just ten months ago Android 2.3.3+ was probably the most predominant Android version by using it running on about 50% of all active Android devices.


Because the historic milestone where Android 4.1 became the predominant version of Android, Jelly Bean continues its rise and last month Android 4.1 and 4.2 had a combined 45 percent share, but Android 4.3 was missing from Google's statistics. Finally after more than two months Android 4.3 has begun to make and impact. Its current share is 1.Five percent.


Android 4.3's adoption now appears to be inline, if not better, with the adoption rate of previous releases. For example, Android 4.2 was launched in mid-November 2012 and by December 3rd 2012 it registered a 0.8 percent share and by January 3rd single.2 percent share. 4.3's 1.Five percent share seems about right.


The Android 4.x versions (including 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3) now runs on over two thirds of Android devices. The data are generated by Google using data collected throughout a 7-day period ending on October 2, 2013. All Android versions over the age of Android 2.2 no longer figure in Google's numbers they do not support the new Google Play Store app, which is used as the way of measuring activity.


Gingerbread usage has become significantly within third and is heading towards getting used on a just a quarter of Android devices. The only real other versions of Android which come in Google's numbers are Android 2.2 Froyo, with a 2.2 percent share, and Honeycomb with a stubborn 0.1 percent share. Every time Google releases these numbers I expect Honeycomb to possess disappeared, but it always seems to manage a look and feel.


Samsung is planning to start its Android 4.3 rollout for that its Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 during October and upgrades already are happening for HTC One owners. This should mean that Android 4.3's share increases while Android 4.1 and 4.2 decrease. October should also see the release of Android 4.4 KitKat.

 

Google Jelly Bean



Google detailed the Android Operating System versions in October and it is has proven that Jelly Bean has transpired the 50% adoption rate mark. The 3 Jelly Bean releases have gain ground at the fee for the outdated versions.


2.3 Gingerbread still forces 26.3% of droid devices, getting fallen more than two percentage points since recently. Will still be the 2nd most widely used single version after 4.1 Jelly Bean, though.


Android ICS Sandwich has lost .8 percent points from it share and it has fallen underneath the 20% . Honeycomb (3.2) continues to be in the .1% threshold.


The 3 releases of Jelly Bean have enhanced their shares. 4.1 rose by .8 points, 4.2 gained 1.9 points, while 4.3 added another .8 points. We anticipate seeing a few of the share from the first couple of Jelly Bean releases transfer to 4.3 within the next couple of several weeks weight loss updates are available in.


Android 4.4 KitKat was introduced in the final moment from the survey, therefore it did not reach the charts. It most likely will not possess a significant share of the market the following month either because it is only going to energy Nexus products with that point.

 

Source: developer.android.com



Google's Android website just released its monthly Android version distribution numbers. The latest stats of the platform saw Android 4.4 KitKat debut with 1.1% share of total share.


Android 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread, and 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the other hand, continue their slow decline. All three versions dropped their cut of the overall distribution. Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich saw their biggest drops with 2.2% and 1.2% drops respectively over the past month.



Source: Android.com



Action Launcher re-imagines the concept of an Android launcher. Put simply, Action Launcher is designed to get you where you need to go, faster.  It looks and feels like a natural launching pad for the Android ecosystem.


Action Launcher offers unique features such as "covers" for icons, that turns any app shortcut into much more than a shortcut, but into an folder. For example, you could have your Chrome icon open Chrome with a single tap or open as a folder with bookmarks to your favorite sites thanks to a double-tap.


The Launcher also allows you to import from existing launcher layout from other launchers such as Apex, Nova, TouchWiz and the stock Android launcher, so you'll instantly feel right at home.

 

Standout features include:


  • * Sliding app drawer for instant access to all your apps
  • * 'Covers', an innovative new way to quickly launch apps and shortcuts without compromising the look of your carefully crafted homescreen. 
  • * Quicksearch, a fast and powerful feature that allows you to search for apps, contacts and even music directly from the action bar. 
  • * Android's unique and powerful action bar is fully integrated into your desktop.
  • * Highly organized customization options
  • * All of the settings you expect from custom launcher: specify apps to hide, adjustable number of home screen pages, grid sizes, page margins, dock toggles, resize any widget, etc.
  • * Strong Play Store integration'




 



Swiftkey grew to become probably the most popular keyboards within the Google Play Store very rapidly after its release. 

 

Today, Swiftkey is providing its third-party keyboard for just $1.99, providing you with a 50% discount. This is actually the laptop keyboard I suggest probably the most to any or all my fellow Android customers. We place it within our top listing of Android keyboards and gave it an excellent review previously.


SWIFTKEY MAKES TOUCHSCREEN TYPING FASTER, EASIER AND MORE PERSONALIZED


  • - SwiftKey takes the hard work out of touchscreen typing, replacing your phone's keyboard with one that understands you.
  • - It provides the world's most accurate autocorrect and next-word prediction in 60 languages.
  • - It connects seamlessly across all of your devices, with SwiftKey Cloud.


SMART & LEARNING


  • - SwiftKey predicts your next word before you've even pressed a key.
  • - It intelligently learns as you type, adapting to you and your way of writing.
  • - SwiftKey doesn't just learn your popular words, it learns how you use them together.


SWIFTKEY CLOUD: CONNECTED & SEAMLESS ACROSS DEVICES


  • - Backup and Sync keeps your personal language insights seamlessly up to date across all your devices.
  • - Teach SwiftKey your writing style based on your language use from your Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Yahoo, SMS and Blog.
  • - Your language model can be enhanced each morning with Trending Phrases based on current news and what's hot on Twitter.


Source: Swiftkey


 


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