Chinese Android market share doubles in 2011, Apple stays far behind

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There are many reasons why we love the little green robot. But if there is something we can (and do) brag about is its market dominance. In just a few years, our favorite mobile OS has taken over the market. It seems China’s Android market share has gone to a whole other level, though.

Analysys International’s studies show that Android numbers have doubled in 2011. Google’s OS went from a 33.6% market share to a whopping 68.4% in China. But we know that Android is booming all over the place, right?

What is more surprising is the iOS market share in the same country. Apple ended 2011 with a mere 5.7% market share. This number is quite surprising, especially considering the fact the main operating systems have a much fiercer battle going on in the US, and many other countries.

It is also surprising to see that good ol’ Symbian is beating iOS by quite a bit, holding 18.7% of China’s market share. This could be due to the fact that other operating systems have a greater variety of affordable options. Android is very well known for being very accessible in that sense. And this is mostly what has helped Android reach such a successful state.

The same report also suggest that it could be very possible that the iPhone stayed behind due to the fact that the iPhone 4 and 4S look exactly the same. Seems like the iPhone is seen as a status symbol in China (like many other places), and there hasn’t been a good incentive for upgrading to a 4S – Interesting concept.

Must be nice living in a place where most smartphone owners have Android, right? We just wonder how many of these devices are high-end, or at least as expensive as an iPhone.

[Source: Macworld Via: Android Central]


LG renames Optimus LTE to Optimus True HD LTE to highlight non-Pentile screen

When it comes to Pentile matrix displays, there are three major opinions: those who don’t know, those who don’t care, and those who absolutely can’t stand them. LG seems to be squarely in the third camp, and they want to make sure that Chinese customers know exactly where they stand. To that end they’ve renamed their current flagship Optimus LTE (known as the LG Nitro HD and the LG Spectrum here in the States) to “Optimus True HD LTE”, highlighting the fact that their 4.5-inch IPS 720p panels use a standard matrix layout. The first market to see the change will be Hong Kong.

Why is this a bid deal? Well, to save a little on production costs, some AMOLED display panels (including most of the ones from LG’s in-country rival Samsung) use a Pentile layout. Pentile screens differ from standard screens in that each green sub-pixel shares either a red or blue subpixel with the cells to the immediate right or left. When compared to a more traditional LCD display, which has each subpixel using the standard red-green-blue layout across all display cells, it’s technically less sharp by about 30%. See the illustration below:

Samsung and LG extend their rivalry to the television market, where they square off for the Best Picture title among videophiles. And having seen 4.5-inch 720p displays using both types of panel, I can say that normal users won’t be seriously impacted one way or the other. But if you must, must have the absolute best technical fidelity, LG’s technically in the right here. LG also took the time to criticize the color saturation on Samsung’s displays (which can be a much more visible problem for some users) and their more rapid power draw, something we’re not equipped to verify. It’s also worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy S III will probably be using a Super AMOLED HD + screen, with a standard, non-Pentile layout.

Too bad LG couldn’t put all that effort into getting an Ice Cream Sandwich update out for the Optimus True HD LTE…

[via Engadget]


HTC One V to begin shipping on April 23rd for UK customers

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The HTC One X and One S have been making their rounds around the world. But it seems the HTC One V is taking its sweet time to start hitting the streets (depending on your market). UK residents who have been thinking of purchasing the HTC Legend’s revival will be happy to know that the device will start shipping soon for those that pre-order the device.

According to retailer Carphone Warehouse, the HTC One V is expected to start shipping to customers starting the week of April 23rd. UK customers will be able to get the device for free after signing a contract with plans as low as £20.50 from Orange, O2 and Vodafone.

Amazon is also accepting pre-orders, with an April 26th expected delivery date. You can purchase the HTC One V without a contract for £226.10 (about $358 US dollars). It is SIM-unlocked, so you will be able to use the device with any GSM carrier of your choice.

So if you live in the UK and have pre-ordered this bad boy, you will probably have your hands all over it in less than 2 weeks. Are any of you signing up for the HTC One V?

[Via: The Verge]


DROID RAZR locked bootloader gets an early work-around

Hands-down the biggest dissapointment of the Motorola DROID RAZR launch announcement was the fact that despite Moto’s commitment to more open bootloaders, the flagship phone would be locked down just like previous Motorola-Verizon devices. Even after considerable customer backlash and unlocking the bootloader on the international GSM RAZR, not to mention the fact that both Samsung and HTC have provided unlocked bootloaders for their own Verizon phones, Motorola has stood frustratingly firm. Now a pair of modders have found away around the locked bootloader, opening up the possibility for true custom ROMs.

The mod comes from Eternity Project forum users “kholk” and “[mbm]“ using what’s known as a kernel execution or “kexec”. This loads up a secondary kernel directly into a device’s memory, running on top of the original “locked” kernel. This is significant because it will allow users to run custom kernels instead of relying on the latest kernels delivered by Motorola and Verizon. While custom ROMs and recoveries are possible on devices without an unlocked bootloader, they’re always something of a hack job, and must rely on older kernels. This usually means that ROMs of newer operating systems, e.g. Ice Cream Sandwich, are severely limited in their utility, stability and performance.

Not that the current project is perfect. After the custom kernel is executed, only one of the DROID RAZR’s 2 CPU cores will work, and some phones just seem to reject the mod entirely. This is probably due to some component being supplied by two or more OEMs, but there’s no way to be sure. The installation is easy, assuming you’ve already got some kind of custom recovery installed, but you may want to wait until the kinks are worked out before trying this solution. It carries a higher than normal chance to brick your DROID RAZR. On the plus side, waiting a few weeks for a more complete version should allow ROM devs to gets some fancy new versions of Android ready for the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : DROID RAZR
    Manufactuer : Motorola
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : October 18, 2011
    Release Date : November 03, 2011
    Also Known As :
Display
  • Screen Size : 4.3 Inch
  • Resolution :
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED Advanced qHD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.15 Inch
  • Width : 2.71 Inch
  • Depth : 0.27 Inch
  • Weight : 127 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1780 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 8.9 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
Hardware
    CPU : OMAP 4430
    CPU Clock Speed : 1200 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16.384 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • CDMA
    CDMA Band:
  • 800
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1700
  • 1900
  • 2100
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via Droid-Life]


Study: 1 in 5 US residents do not have access to the internet, smartphones breaking through social classes

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People of my generation had the chance to experience what I like to call the Big Tech Bang. This made-up term refers to the beginning of the communications era. I remember the days when even house phones were a luxury. We used to play games outdoors (not video games), and actually knew every kid in the neighborhood.

Things have changed since then. We no longer need to go to the library, and anyone and anything is reachable with the press of a few buttons. Most of the younger generations can no longer see a world without internet. This is a thought that mostly hits me in situations like one I had last week, when I accepted a Facebook friend request from a 6-year old neighbor.

He just finished learning how to read and write. And he now knows how to use a computer as much as I did when I was about 13. He also uses his parents smartphones seamlessly. But is the whole country (or world) adapting to such a lifestyle?

According to a study held by Pew Internet, 22% of Americans do not have access to the internet. This is a rather surprising statistic. But according to the study, this percentage of the population is mostly made up of Senior Citizens, those that preferred to take the survey in Spanish, adults with less than a high school education and those with incomes lower than $30,000 a year.

This does not mean that the world is not moving forward, though. The study has also found that most people are adopting the new form of communication. Among other statistics, we can see that about 19% of the US population has a tablet, and 87% have a cellphone.

It seems smartphones and tablets are changing the whole story. Internet access is no longer exclusive to computers. And this seems to be breaking through social classes more successfully than Marx ever dreamed of.

The rise of mobile is changing the story. Groups that have traditionally been on the other side of the digital divide in basic internet access are using wireless connections to go online. Among smartphone owners, young adults, minorities, those with no college experience, and those with lower household income levels are more likely than other groups to say that their phone is their main source of internet access.

Even beyond smartphones, both African Americans and English-speaking Latinos are as likely as whites to own any sort of mobile phone, and are more likely to use their phones for a wider range of activities.

Those that do not have access to the internet mostly choose to live that way, nowadays. Such citizens are claiming that the internet is not relevant to their needs. But 1 in 5 of them also state that they never learned enough about technology to use the internet. This is quite interesting, as simple life tasks are starting to require the use of an internet-connected device.

As the new generations start taking over the world, these statistics will probably change. The internet is starting to become more necessary, and kids are growing up with these gadgets. That 22% will probably be close to zero once we become Senior Citizens. What an interesting age that will be.

For more details, go ahead and check out the full study by hitting the source link. And tell us, do you know anyone that has no access to the internet? If so, what is the reason?

[Source: Pew Via: Electronista]


Would Instagram have been better off in Twitter’s hands?

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Instagram’s Android release recently shook the Android (and iOS) ecosystem. A huge number of users had been waiting for the image filtering and sharing app to reach Android devices. But such release was overshadowed by the news that were to come some days later. Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion, an acquisition that upset many users.

The main complain was that Facebook has a rather bad reputation with image politics. The social network giant holds rights over any image uploaded to users’ profiles, whether it is a simple memory or a master piece. But would things have been better if another company acquired Instagram?

Recent reports have been stating that Twitter had plans to purchase Instagram, as well. Not many details are known, and the plan could have simply been an idea that never got executed. But people seem to complain much less about Twitter, in comparison with Facebook.

We still have to wait and see what Facebook does with Instagram in the future. It might not be such a horrible idea, after all. But what do you guys think about the matter? Would Instagram be better off in Twitter’s hands? Do you think it shouldn’t have been sold at all?

[Source: The New York Times Via: Electronista]


HTC announces 3 new additions to the Desire series for Chinese carriers

HTC Desire VT T328t

It’s been quite some time since we have heard about any news or future additions to HTC’s Desire series of smartphones. Chinese Android users will be happy to hear that HTC has just introduced 3 new devices that will attempt to reestablish the Desire name into the Android community. Meet the HTC VT T328t, VC T328d and the V T328w. Each phone is destined to a different Chinese carrier yet all three will have nearly identical specs comprising of a 4-inch S-LCD WVGA (854 x 480) display, Sense 4 with ICS, 1 GHz single-core processor, 5 MP camera, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory with microSD card support, and Beats Audio.

HTC plans on having these devices on shelves by the end of the month, however they look to be a Chinese exclusive for now. I don’t want to jump the gun, but does anyone else think that HTC just might be heading down the old path of quantity versus quality? The fact that we are already hearing reports of possible hardware design flaws with their One series, I truly hope that HTC will stay true to their commitment to focus on better quality handsets. Let us know what you think in the comments and hit the break for more images.

HTC Desire VC T328d

HTC Desire V T328w

source: UnwiredView



LG Optimus LTE gets renamed as Optimus True HD LTE

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A device name change is usually due to two reasons. Either it is getting something extra, or it is done for marketing reasons. The LG Optimus LTE has already reached major countries (Spectrum and Nitro in the US), but the South Korean found a good way to hit Samsung by changing the device’s name.

The device will now be named as the LG Optimus True HD LTE. But what exactly does this mean? One would expect the device to have a higher resolution. Maybe even a 1080p resolution, which is considered “real HD” by many. But customers will find that this smartphone also has a 720p display.

The trick here is that this is a way for LG to throw a punch at Samsung. LG believes that Samsung’s HD smartphone displays are not “real HD” due to the fact that they use pentile screens (like the Galaxy Nexus) . These are in fact 1280x720p displays, but have less sub-pixels.

Furthermore, LG also believes that color saturation and energy efficiency make Samsung’s displays inferior. But such is simply a matter of opinion. Personally, the true blacks and vibrant hues are very enticing. Even if the colors are not seen as “natural.”


Regardless, LG believes that their IPS displays are much better, and considered “True HD.” And from now on, users will be reminded of such every time they read the name of the device. What do you guys say? Do you prefer HD Super AMOLED or HD IPS displays?

[Via: Engadget]


My ideal smartwatch [Opinion and Poll]

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I love watches. Yeah, you can see the time on your phone, which nowadays are in front of your eyes more often than not. However, I’ve gotten a long, long affinity for them ever since I was a kid.

I’m really proud of the fact that I’ve bought each and every watch during my entire life with my own money. Right from the time I bought a talking watch (a digital timepiece that read out the time when you pressed a button) when I was five years old, to my Timex Expedition (pictured below. The metal strap was something I got done the original leather wore out) which I got four years ago.

And I’ve wanted an awesome smartwatch ever since I got my first Android phone. The problem is, the category of devices is still in its infancy, and for that reason the options available have failed to live up to my own expectations from them.

The one I like the most, the i’m Watch, is not even in the same galaxy as my budget. I love the design, especially the fact that the watch itself doesn’t pop out (I’m pretty darn certain I’ll bang the Sony Smartwatch every other day of use) but I cannot ever justify spending $469 on it.

If nothing else compelling comes out, I’ll probably just go for the Motoactv sometime during the summer (if any of you have one, do put in your own reviews in the comments).

Anyway, I was recently discussing with a friend what my idea smartwatch would be, and I thought I might share it with others to see if my demands match those of the most.

4GB on board memory, and bluetooth phone music player control

I don’t have a large music library, so 4GB on board memory would be more than sufficient for me. Plus the only time I’m without my phone is if I’m working out (which I barely do), so simply controlling my phone’s music player would be more than sufficient for 99% of the time.

Receive and make calls

I hate forgetting my phone in my pocket while driving. Despite always wearing straight-fit jeans, I can never get my phone out. Receiving and making calls from the watch would be God-sent.

Google Navigation support

Remember the navigation display in Google’s Project Glass video? I’d love navigation options coming like that on my watch. I love the challenge Google have set themselves with Project Glass, but I feel nearly everything there in the video should be available really soon, in the same UX manner, on a watch. The watch should be what helps you avoid taking your phone out every time.

Taking the navigation feature a step forward, I’d like to have a feature where the watch vibrates to alert me if I miss a turn, or cross my destination.

Voice-to-text

If and when Majel comes out, I would really, really love something that connects to that. Again, it goes back to the Project Glass feature. Receive mail notification? Read it out to me please, and then let me speak my reply. Pretty basic, and yet awesome.

Apps

Have a really simple marketplace, with preferably a website from where a user can add capabilities. If it can’t do that, then it’s not a smartwatch.

Fitbit/Jawbone Up kind of capability

Track my data, and do whatever you want to do with it. Just do it reliably, and let me see it, too.

Customizable dials

It is, after all, a watch. And I’d love to keep designing my own dials (which can potentially be part of the marketplace alongside apps).

At the end of it all, I’d like to know which features do you want. I’ve added those that I’ve mentioned to the poll, but if you’ve got some other ideas that I’ve missed out on, go ahead and shout it out in the comments.

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Lie Detecter App for Android to Catch Lies Detecting Stress & Fears

LIE DETECTOR APPWith Over 4.5Lakh applications in Google’s PLAY Store…, there are hell lot of applications to match your imagination and will surely blow you off if you check the apps this PLAY Store has got. We just now found a very unique application which you might not have ever thought that will be there in the PLAY Store for download, we are talking of an app called “Advanced Lie Detector Plus”.

(This is a preview of the article from Android Advices Click on the Title to read the entire entry.)