October is not far from now but folks who are drawn to open-source devices are already rejoicing with the news that Ubuntu smartphones are going to be introduced that month. Moreover, this February, there will be a sort of a "test drive" using Ubuntu operating system on a Google Nexus phone. Along with Samsung, these two tech giants are inviting developers and enthusiasts to beta, tweaking and experimenting with an open source smartphone before the formal unveiling of the said Ubuntu phones.
Ubuntu's introduction as a potential competitor to Apple's IOS and Google's Android is somewhat polarizing. Furthermore, there is Microsoft Windows to take its share in the smartphone market. Many open-source patrons are naturally waiting for October to come, but it remains to be seen if much of the other smartphone enthusiasts will shift from their current operating systems and are willing to actually try Ubuntu smartphones. One thing is sure; Ubuntu phones will surely be promising when it comes to modification and the potential results of collaboration between talented developers and devotees.
HTC might really have a legitimate reason to announce that pre-orders for the HTC One have exceeded their expectations and that more people in US have pre-registered for info and to purchase their flagship smartphone.
If anything, HTC truly needs plenty of similar news and encouragement since they have suffered a lot of set-backs last year and this year is no exception. The company is in a tough predicament following the delay of shipment and launch of its HTC One in various key markets. Because of this, it may have to launch very close to the Samsung Galaxy S 4's, which is quite a competition to beat.
Another likely rival is Sony's waterproof Xperia Z, which has been aggressively marketing its newest smartphone over Europe and Asia. Because of the delay in the production of components, the company will only be able to ship less than 300,000 units, which can easily push away potential HTC One clients who are not willing to wait too long.
While most US carriers have delayed the launch of the Galaxy S 4 because of supply shortage, such as Sprint and T-Mobile, US Cellular will carry on as scheduled and will release its Samsung Galaxy S 4 stocks for those who pre-ordered on April 26th. It has just given its word that the phone will arrive on time.
Furthermore, as if that's not too good to be true, they will also throw in a free Galaxy S 4 S View Flip cover that is a $60 gift value. The S View Flip cover is the perfect accessory to your Galaxy S 4 because it protects your phone without adding much bulk.
The Galaxy S 4 16GB version from US Cellular costs $ 199.99 for a two-year contract. US Cellular is still taking pre-orders up until today so hurry if you want to be one of the first people to own the device. That is if all goes well with the April 26th shipment and if it doesn't, we're pretty sure you won't be the only ones to deal with the S 4 delay.
According flurry.com, there are 10 percent more active Android devices in use around the world than iOS devices, and it looks like this trend is likely to continue. At the recent All Things D conference Apple's CEO Tim Cook spoke on stage with Walt Mossberg, he mentioned Android users spend 20 percent less time using apps on their devices compared to iOS users.
So what are the reasons for this? One reason could be that Android phones are becoming so prevalent that many users are switching from feature phones to Android smartphones but actually they don't want/need/know about the smartphone features and so spend less time in apps but more time using the phone as just a simple phone.
In this report from flurry.com, arguing that there is more than one race for mobile market share occurring simultaneously. They analyzed four years worth of Flurry's data to understand who is ahead in which contests, discuss the apparent strengths and weaknesses of the competitors, and consider the implications for the overall mobile ecosystem.