Android and iOS account for 92.3% of the Smartphone Pie

 

 
That’s a big slice of the pie even for those with a substancial appetite, like Google.

So the Q1 2013 numbers are in and its Google domination all the way …

Of the 216 million units shipped in the first quarter of the year Google, Samsung and in fact anyone else promoting Android is onto a winner

  • Android – 75%
  • iOS – 17.3%
  • Windows Phone 3.2% (of which Nokia is 75%)
  • Blackberry 2.9%

The big news is that Microsoft have leapfrogged Blackberry to steal 3rd spot. Blackberry have slipped their share from 6% this time last year to a 2.9% this year according to IDC.

Apple have moved from 22.5% share this time last year while Android grew from 56.9%, truly stunning and thanks almost exclusively to Samsung!

Source : IDC

Skype on Android on BB10

20130210-232241.jpgBlackberry announce Skype on the BB10 platform and reports are circulating that it is just an Android version running in the emulation!

These reports are rather negative reporting Blackberry as cheats, the version available is allegedly the Ice Cream Sandwich iteration.

I can’t see the issue myself, in fact if it gets the apps on the platform who cares? You install an app and it works, so what can possibly be the problem, when an app is not available that’s a more annoying situation.

It makes you think that sometime along the way RIM, at the time, made the wrong decision and should have picked Google rather than purchasing QNX (April 2009)

The QNX platform behind many vehicle systems is impressive, with technology that makes it truly real time, but it’s the uphill struggle of starting from scratch when you need the community that’s the real issue.

So on the flip side then perhaps someone had an epiphany to run an Android emulation on QNX to help bridge the gap of that struggle, IMHO this is the case, after all you can’t possibly come to market with the same level of support as the existing established players, being 2 years late doesn’t help either!

BB10 is completely new to the core, it’s not compatible with the previous versions of Blackberry it uses activsync to talk email messages, unlike previous versions.

Remember if your bashing Blackberry, we need them, imagine how much innovation comes from competition.

I say Bravo Waterloo, good move with the emulation, and fingers crossed it works out for you….

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Mobile Device News

20130204-010028.jpgIt’s busy busy at the gadget end of the mobile world and although it’s not all about the bling its still our most favourite part.

So here’s a round up of the latest action,

  • Blackberry (formally RIM) release Z10 and Q10, they look great, let’s hope it all works out for them. I have to say I’m looking forward to playing with one.
  • Blackberry have also said they will release BB10 for Playbook, that lovely little bargain of a tablet, could spark a revival for the pint sized beauty, more apps would also help!
  • Samsung to launch the XCover2 S7710 builders phone, waterproof to 1m for up to an hour and pretty rugged, great if you need tough.
  • Samsung have been busy, soon we also get the Ativ Odyssey I930 Windows Phone, running Redmond’s latest release 8, can it give the Lumia’s a run for their money?
  • LG announce their Spirit 4G with all mod cons and a staggering $199 price tag. With 4.5′ screen, dual core CPU 5MP camera and running the latest in Jelly Bean, this is a bargain, I couldn’t however find any info on this device in the UK.
  • February 19th should see the launch simultaneously in New York and London of HTC’s flagship M7, this beast gets 1.7Ghz snapdragon CPU, 13MP camera and pixel density that’s off the scale at 469ppi (iPhone5 has 326ppi) can’t want to play with this one, looks great to.
  • Nokia are having better times at the moment with the Lumia’s doing well, the rumour is a 38MP Windows Phone will release this year, sounds mad but I bet the pictures will be good.
  • Ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this is the most important news I could find, lots more to come over the following weeks.

    Having hoped to be at MWC this year I got a ticket, then tried to book a fight, everything is booked solid and priced through the roof, I need to be more organised for 2014 MWC!

    I’m test driving a Nokia Lumia 820 so will write up experiences over the next few weeks, what is cool is that Nokia have released the 3D information to allow you to print your own backs, well assuming you have a 3d printer that is.

    Picture: Nokia 2650 2004 Nokia sold 35 millions of these storm trooper phones.

    BB10 goes Live

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    The cats out of the bag, finally! Thorsten Heins unveiled BB10 in a global launch from New York City this morning. We watched live from IBM Connect13 and impressed is the best way to sum up the thinking

    Firstly Thorsten shared how challenging the year had been, how risky BB10 was and he honoured his predecessors Jim Balsallie and Mike Lazaridis for all their work in helping build the future company. This new company will be called Blackberry was also announced, no more RIM, one brand globally for all aspects of the company.

    The devices then appeared from the floor on poles, gliding up slowly, the Z10 (touchscreen) and the Q10 (Physical Keyboard) It’s a difficult challenge these days to create a differentiator with hardware, rectangular, no buttons lots of screen, how different can it be? Blackberry have done pretty well here, with glass weave lightweight materials, contoured easy hold and different colours available, well we saw white.

    The Z sports a 4.2′ screen, 8mp camera and allegedly will retail sim-free at £480.

    Thorsten handed over to Vivek to deliver some demos and this is where it got good…..

  • Blackberry Flow, if you have used expose on a mac its like that, seamless switching between apps one thumb.
  • Blackberry Hub, very cool all your collaboration in one place. Email, Twitter Facebook, Linked in …. You can post tweats or Facebook updates directly from Hub, no need to switch to the apps. While watching a movie you can slide from the left to peak at your incoming messages.
  • The Smart keyboard, is able to work out what you meant to type and even learns what mistakes you make over time, rumoured to be the best touchscreen keyboard ever, type away when the word appears you want simply swipe up to accept, neat! There is the Q series with proper keyboard for those die hard crackberry fans.
  • Blackberry Balance was featured in the demo, this is already out there on existing BB devices and sits well on the new platform, it’s like having 2 devices in one, personal and work and you switch between them.
  • Blackberry Reminder, this is a new feature and allows you to save all types of content into one place, a folder for a project for example. It could be pictures, emails, bookmarks anything.

  • Many other aspects where shown and overall it was a good launch of what looks to be a great product. Available from tomorrow in the UK and not until March in the U.S, the UK consumers must feel special.

    In reflection then, is it about the device? not really no. its about the apps with 70,000 expected and 100,000 within a month, not a bad start.

    Will it save them? Lets hope so, time will tell, with Microsoft investing heavily its going to be tough for RIM and its to close to call IMHO. If it is about investment Microsoft will surly win that one so lets see how loyal the fans are, and how appealing the device is to consumers of other platforms, many of which are bored and looking for a change, and therefore a shift.

    So is patience a virtue?

    Shares in Blackberry were down after the launch.

    A big day tomorrow for RIM, the most important one in their history?

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    This was a real tweet, I liked it!

    One day to go before RIM start the journey to their survival! Here at IBM Connect 2013 you don’t see many Blackberry users, plus I have not seen a single Playbook! As we are in North America it may be slightly skewed in comparison to Europe but its bad none the less.

    BB10 devices I have seen look great, feel great and the interface is excellent, Blackberry Hub looks good so lets hope for all of us they can survive and make a comeback.

    We need RIM as they keep Apple, Google and Microsoft on their toes, we enjoy the benefits of hefty competition everyday in the devices we use.

    Attending an event tomorrow that will stream live the New York show, more to follow on this story.

    RIM sets a date for BB10, about time to!

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    RIM has published 30th January 2013 for the global launch of its new platform, BB10.

    The launch will include 2 new handsets and its server platform, putting an end to the ongoing speculation as to when it would show up to the smartphone party.

    Originally due in the Summer BB10 is even missing a trip in the Coca-Cola Truck for its January debut. There has been speculation that RIM delayed as autumn is a busy time and that January will allow them to grab the headlines with a simultaneous global launch, or maybe it’s just not ready?

    Device-wise they will be launching 2 handsets, a touchscreen and a qwerty device, both top of the line and they will be introducing more budget handsets later in the year.

    Time will tell if this is the saviour the Waterloo based company is hoping for.

    RIM closed up 3.41% today