Apple shareholders were relieved that the anticipation for the S 4 that has been a bane to their stock price has already burst. Investors were quite happy to know that the Galaxy S 4 wasn't really what they expected. In a way, they were really anticipating something that could outdo the iPhone 5 and luckily for them, it didn't happen, to the chagrin of many.
Samsung did spend a lot in building the anticipation only to see many people disappointed over its features. They were rooting for something that is ground breaking and even mind-blowing. The Apple stock rose up to $443.66 a day after the Samsung S 4 has been launched and many don't see it as that of a big threat to the success and profitability of Apple.
This does not mean to say, however, that the S 4 does not have awesome features. Apple people were just expecting something really innovative and surprising. Many analysts were also disappointed with the actual performance of the S 4 at the event and although it's still likely that they might reach or come close to their objective, it is enough for Apple shareholders to keep their stocks and wait until the iPhone 5s (or 6) is released.
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.
Samsung now holds 25.4 percent of the smartphone market, with an increase of 1.3 percent over the previous quarter, coming in behind Apple, which reigns supreme with a 40.6 share that was mostly stagnant compared over the course of three months.
Motorola made the leap to third with 7 percent (up 0.1 percentage points). HTC and LG followed with 6.7 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively.
Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in October with 52.2 percent market share (up 0.4 percentage points), followed by Apple with 40.6 percent (up 0.2 percentage points), BlackBerry with 3.6 percent, Microsoft with 3.2 percent (up 0.2 percentage points) and Symbian with 0.2 percent.
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
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.
SuperBeam is a free app that offers easy and fast file transfer between Android 4.0+ devices using WiFi Direct. Devices can be paired using QR Code scanning (with the included scanner) or NFC if available (just like Samsung's proprietary S-Beam).
- Share files between devices using NFC or QR code scanning.
- Blazing fast transfer speeds using WiFi direct.
- Switches to hotspot mode automatically for devices that doesn't support WiFi direct.
- Can use existing WiFi network connection between devices.
- Share single or multiple files of any type (photos, videos, zip files, APK's... You name it!)
- Works with all 3rd party file managers and photo galleries.
- Light and dark color themes.
- Advanced settings for geeks!
Better plan choices are coming for AT&T customers who feel like the usual 20GB data limit is a bit short for them. Newer pooled plans to be offered allow more internet usage as well as calls and text messages.
Customers can now choose 20-50 GB plans for all their mobile data requirements and these naturally come in various budgets as well. For example, the 30 GB plan is around $300/month, which is quite expensive for a family who needs more data than the typical option. An increment of $100 for every 10 GB additional is implemented on the plan prices.
AT&T also sets limits as to the number of users who can share in a particular plan. Aside from the additional fee to be paid for each smartphone that will join in an account, only a total of 10 devices will only be allowed to be associated with the account. Businesses are allowed more number of devices, so it is a more attractive option if you are a company. Naturally, usage in excess of the plan allotted will be charged $15/GB. Another option is a data-only plan for a monthly fee of $335 that will allow you to use up to 50 GB data. No unlimited plan exists as of moment.