Thursday, December 27, 2012

Find: Indystate from Pew - One in four Americans now owns a tablet

One in four Americans now owns a tablet, according to Pew Research

iPad mini vs. Nexus 7

The Pew Research Center just released some data on the growing adoption of ebooks, but buried amongst its survey data was a more interesting tidbit — the group's latest survey shows that a full 25 percent of Americans own some type of tablet. That's not including those who may own a more traditional E Ink reader — though it's a self-reported survey, so there's always the potential for confusion amongst the 2,252 respondents. That's up significantly from the ten percent of respondents who said they owned a tablet as of December of 2011 and marks a pretty significant rise for a product category that essentially did not exist three years ago. Tablet ownership has even surpassed that of e-reader ownership, despite the higher cost of...

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Find: leaks on nvidias next tegra chip

Nvidia needs lte tech. Maybe buy another chipmaker -- broadcom?

All we know about Nvidia's next-generation Tegra chip

Nvidia's Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip for smartphones and tablets is getting a bit long in the tooth, but the company still hasn't officially announced when its successor, an SoC codenamed "Wayne," will be available in shipping products. We expect an official announcement soon—perhaps even at Nvidia's press conference at CES—but for now we're still piecing together information from older announcements and alleged leaks.

One such leak appeared this week, courtesy of Chinese-language site ChipHell. If it's legitimate (and it does appear to line up with information we already knew), it points to Wayne being a powerful SoC best suited for high-end tablets, but also a good fit for small, inexpensive ARM-based laptops or desktops. What we know so far paints a remarkably complete picture of what Wayne looks like, what it will be good at, and just how much better it will be than Tegra 3.

The CPU and GPU: a big step up

This leaked slide gives us a clear look at Wayne. You know, if it isn't faked.

As in any SoC, the biggest focus is going to be on the CPU and the GPU. Tegra 3 combined four Cortex-A9 CPU cores with an extra low-power "companion core" that will switch on when a device is asleep or idle to continue performing background tasks. Wayne changes those A9 cores in for higher-performing Cortex-A15 cores. While we don't know clock speeds yet, you need look no further than our Nexus 10 review to see how thoroughly even a dual-core Cortex-A15 beats a quad-core Cortex-A9.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Find: Indystate - android os - Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean slowly eat away at Gingerbread

Getting better. 


Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean slowly eat away at Gingerbread

Google just released new Android platform distribution numbers for the end of November. While software fragmentation is still definitely a problem for smartphones and tablets running the open-source operating system, the numbers paint a picture of slow but continuous improvement: 34.2 percent of all users are now running Ice Cream Sandwich or newer. That's a considerable improvement from just six months ago when Ice Cream Sandwich accounted for a paltry seven percent of all Android devices. Now, at 6.8 percent, both versions of Jelly Bean have nearly overtaken that number by themselves.

Though Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean continue to grow, Gingerbread and older versions continue to account for the lion's share of Android usage. Versions 1.5 through 3.2 account for nearly two-thirds of the pie at 65.8 percent, and a good chunk of that is going to stick around for the long-term. It seems unlikely that most of the Froyo devices and a good number of the Gingerbread devices will see any sort of updates going forward, so we're going to be waiting for those phones to break or be replaced before they disappear.

These statistics are also the first to include Android 4.2, the new version of Jelly Bean released last month. It accounted for just 0.8 percent of the Android pie, a small but relatively impressive number given this version of Android is shipping pretty much exclusively on the new Nexus 4 handset, the Nexus 10 tablet, and new-and-upgraded Nexus 7 tablets. Most handset makers are still discussing (or not discussing, or canceling) Ice Cream Sandwich and Android 4.1 updates, and the Android 4.2 builds of third-party Android distributions like CyanogenMod are still in the very early stages. So it may be awhile before we see these numbers begin to spike in earnest.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Find: Top wireless carriers to accelerate text-to-911 capabilities

Top wireless carriers to accelerate text-to-911 capabilities

FCCUnder an agreement announced Thursday, AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA Inc. will do "major deployments" of so-called text-to-911 in the U.S. next year, the FCC says.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Find: Indystate y12q3 tablets - apple 51, android 49

Apple 51
Samsung 20
Amazon 9
Asus 9

Before the new iPads. 


Android Tablets Gain Momentum in the Third Quarter, Expectations Remain High for the Holiday Quarter, According to IDC

Worldwide tablet shipments totaled 27.8 million units in the third quarter of 2012 (3Q12), according to preliminary data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Find: Indystate worldwide smatphones y12q3 - Samsung 1/3, Apple 1/6, down from there

But before iPhone 5. Next quarter will be closer. 


Looking backward and forward: The explosive smartphone scene in 2013

What started off as a grim year for smartphone sales turned into an optimistic look forward. 2012 saw record returns for Samsung and its arch rival Apple, as both companies experienced tremendous growth in sales numbers and worldwide market share. And with this year's handset models, the two competitors essentially set the precedent for what sells in today's smartphone market.


As consumers face an onslaught of sales from retailers—and as handset makers consistently push forward new models—the market has become more than just a two-tyke playground. Consumers should have choices like never before in 2013, what with RIM trying for a comeback and Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 aiming to take off. Ars chatted with a few analysts about what the 2013 landscape might look like, which brands will make it through the year into the next, and which companies will need to straighten up their act to make it at all.

All hail king (or queen?) Samsung

A look at the third-quarter results provided by Canalys shows Samsung currently reigns as the top vendor on the market: 55.5 million smartphones sold last quarter. This is largely due to the handset offerings the company pushed forward within the last year, including the top-selling Galaxy SIII. Samsung managed to increase its global market share from 22 percent this time last year to 32 percent. It also nearly doubled its profit in the third quarter, hitting its very own all-time record for handset shipments. Overall, Samsung made about $47.6 billion in sales and increased revenue by 26 percent.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Find: Indystate - why is the ios device majority the network traffic minority? The Android engagement paradox

Because the online mobile experience isn't as engaging.

The Android engagement paradox

IBM’s Digital Analytics Benchmark reported US Black Friday sales and the news is reasonably good. Overall online sales grew by 17.4% while mobile grew to make up 24% of traffic.

The data goes further to show the split between device types. I illustrate this split with the following graphs:

Of the 24% of traffic made up by mobile devices, phones contributed 13% and tablets 11% (or 54% and 46% of mobile respectively). Of the phone traffic, iOS devices were about two thirds of traffic and Android one third. Of tablet traffic, iPad was 88%, Kindle and Nook were 5.5% Galaxy Tab was 1.8% and other tablets were 4.4%.

Overall, iOS was 77% generated mobile traffic and Android (excl. Kindle, Nook) was 23%.

That’s an interesting snapshot of the consumption of mobile devices, but is there a pattern here? I also took a look at the same data from 2011 and 2010.

Besides the pattern of significant mobile growth (from 5.2% to 24% of online in two years) there is the curious effect of iOS growth outpacing Android growth. Android went from 1.43% of Black Friday shopping traffic in 2010 to 4.92% in 2012. In same time iOS went from 3.85% to 18.46%. In other words, while Android is up by a factor of 3.4, iOS is up by a factor of 4.8.

The reason is evident in the graphs above: the iPad is now the predominant mobile shopping device. You can observe the pattern in the following graph:

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Find: How mobile is taking over our computing load, hour by hour

How mobile is taking over our computing load, hour by hour

Although mobile has been coming on strong as a primary means of computing, it still lags overall desktop internet usage. But for some publishers who started on the web, there are already moments during the week when mobile drives the majority of traffic or sales.


The Guardian’s traffic by hour

The Guardian’s Anthony Sullivan, group product manager for Guardian Core products at Guardian News & Media, said Monday that mobile — both smartphones and tablets — now contributes about 35 percent of traffic overall. That’s up from 10 percent at the start of 2011, when it was primarily smartphone traffic. (See disclosure below)

But at 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. in the morning local time, the Guardian gets more traffic from mobile devices. It also sees more mobile visitors than desktop visitors on Saturdays at 3 p.m. when the Premier League is under way.

Meanwhile, online design store said late last month that on Saturdays between 12:00 a.m. and 6 a.m. local time, it sees 53 percent of its sales from mobile devices. On recent weekends, sales from mobile devices are now up to 40 percent, with weekend mornings before noon leading the way. Saturday evenings are also very popular with mobile users, with 44 percent of users buying on mobile devices between 6 p.m. and midnight.

The numbers are still early and these two properties are pretty popular with mobile users. Sullivan said in a Guardian story that the tipping point in favor of mobile might still be two years away. Fab’s CEO and co-founder Jason Goldberg, however, said based on the fast growth of mobile sales, he believes that Fab will see more parts of the day in which traffic from mobile devices goes over 50 percent in the coming months. And he said mobile will contribute more sales than desktop on certain days “soon.” Currently, 33 percent of Fab’s sales come from mobile devices.

The numbers underscore why mobile is so powerful. And it highlights the continuous nature of computing these days. The reality is today we are constantly on some type of computer throughout the day, moving back and forth between devices for different tasks and different settings. Mobile devices fill in the times when reaching for a laptop or desktop is more difficult, including early mornings, during lunch, as we settle in for the night and during the weekends....

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Find: Ouch! Nokia head of cameras and imaging Damien Dinning has left the company (updated)

Land rover??

Nokia head of cameras and imaging Damien Dinning has left the company (updated)

Nokia 808 PureView

Damien Dinning, a Nokia executive who headed up the company's imaging department, has left the company. Dinning previously worked with Nikon and then oversaw the release of the Nokia N8, the 808 PureView, and the Lumia 920 — three phones with category-leading cameras at the time of their launch. Nokia's cameras and imaging strengths have been a particular focus for the manufacturer as it moved over to Windows Phone devices last year as a way to differentiate its handsets from the competition. There's no word yet on Dinning's next move, but Dinning tweeted a few days ago that he was "incredibly excited" about something happening on December 10th that has nothing to do with Nokia directly — we'll see if he reveals his next move then.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Find: RIM CEO Thorsten Heins: 'we have this one shot with BlackBerry 10'

They have good aim, but can they execute?

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins: 'we have this one shot with BlackBerry 10'

Thorsten Heins interview

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has spent the past week on a media blitz, speaking to multiple outlets about his plans for the BlackBerry 10 launch on January 30th. RIM will be missing the important holiday shopping season with that launch date, so it's no surprise to see Heins making the rounds. The good news for RIM is that Heins is a relatively open and candid CEO — especially compared to his predecessors — and not afraid to drop a hint or two about the company's future plans.

We sat down with Heins to discuss the current state of BB10 and RIM's plans for the launch, and we managed to gather a few of the aforementioned hints about ambitious plans for "mobile computing." RIM wants to do more than just survive in the smartphone space....

Find: Who wants a Firefox phone? Take a visual trip through Firefox's mobile OS

A completely open source mobile os will be nice. 

Who wants a Firefox phone? Take a visual trip through Firefox's mobile OS

Over a year ago, Mozilla announced its plans to work on its own mobile operating system, dubbed Firefox OS. The company officially made a prototype simulator available for developers and anyone curious enough to play around with it (though it's still in early alpha). The OS does take some of Android’s core functionality so it works on Android-capable handsets, but Mozilla also built the UI and application stack around Gecko, the Firefox HTML rendering engine.

While the advent of yet another mobile operating system might seem a little redundant, what with webOS and Chrome OS already in the wild, Firefox OS is actually a good thing. Though there are already a number of existing open source software projects with the same goal, Mozilla's is based on B2G, or Boot to Gecko. The platform is entirely based on standards-based Web technologies (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) and this makes the barrier to entry for developers quite low. By publishing the code and the OS simulator now, Mozilla opens the door for developers to begin making applications for it.

Though it’s not technically a 1.0 release, the simulator will make it easier for developers to stay current with future updates to Firefox OS. It's easy to install—all you have to do is download the file from Mozilla and then right-click and open it up in the latest version of Firefox. The browser will then install the Simulator as an add-on. Once it's finished, you'll be able to launch the simulator yourself with a one-click button.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Find: Imagination Technologies buys MIPS, hopes to compete with ARM processors

Arm gpu designer buys old line cpu maker. Must be for the patents, otherwise I see little connection. 

Silicon shakeup: Imagination Technologies buys MIPS, hopes to compete with ARM processors

Imagination Technologies PowerVR devices stock press 1200

Two companies you've probably never heard of have struck a deal that could help shape the future of the processor industry. Imagination Technologies, whose PowerVR GPUs power every Apple iPad and iPhone, the PlayStation Vita, loads of Intel Atom chips and a great many Android devices as well, has agreed to buy CPU designer MIPS for $60 million. Remember when AMD bought ATI? It's a little bit like that, but for mobile and embedded devices.

Typically, Imagination's graphics are baked into silicon alongside an ARM-based processor, but ARM has been threatening to steal some graphics customers as of late, putting its own Mali GPUs into Samsung products like Google's Nexus 10 tablet. With this deal, Imagination could theoretically compete.

Find: Imagination Technologies buys MIPS, hopes to compete with ARM processors

Arm gpu designer buys old line cpu maker. Must be for the patents, otherwise I see little connection. 

Silicon shakeup: Imagination Technologies buys MIPS, hopes to compete with ARM processors

Imagination Technologies PowerVR devices stock press 1200

Two companies you've probably never heard of have struck a deal that could help shape the future of the processor industry. Imagination Technologies, whose PowerVR GPUs power every Apple iPad and iPhone, the PlayStation Vita, loads of Intel Atom chips and a great many Android devices as well, has agreed to buy CPU designer MIPS for $60 million. Remember when AMD bought ATI? It's a little bit like that, but for mobile and embedded devices.

Typically, Imagination's graphics are baked into silicon alongside an ARM-based processor, but ARM has been threatening to steal some graphics customers as of late, putting its own Mali GPUs into Samsung products like Google's Nexus 10 tablet. With this deal, Imagination could theoretically compete.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Find: idc's indystate - Android hits 75 percent market share for smartphones

Apple at 16, everyone yes at single digits. 

Android hits 75 percent market share for smartphones

Android goes Google's Android software for mobile devices was running on 75 percent of smartphones shipped in the third quarter, as the search company extended its lead over Apple, according to research firm IDC.

Find: Carriers switch on stolen cellphone database

Ok. Well that took too long to do. 

AT&T and T-Mobile switch on stolen cellphone database (update: Verizon and Sprint too)

cell tower stock 1024

AT&T and T-Mobile have introduced a database that will track stolen cellphones and keep them from being used on the carriers' networks. All four major US carriers agreed to contribute to the database back in April; CTIA executive Chris Guttman-McCabe told IDG News that AT&T and T-Mobile have collaborated first because their GSM networks are essentially interchangeable.

"The goal is to not only protect the consumer by cancelling the service, but by ultimately protecting the consumer by drying up the after market for stolen phones."

It's not clear when Verizon and Sprint will introduce their own efforts, but all four carriers will operate a combined database by the end of November next year. The database records the unique IMEI...

Friday, November 2, 2012

Find: Pirates are pillaging $10B apps store markets

Surprised it took this long. 

Pirates are pillaging $10B apps store markets

Online PiracyLong the scourge ofthe movie, music and video-game industries, pirates have turned their attention to apps, making a significant dent in
mobile-app store sales.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Find: Mozilla focusing on mobile

Update on Firefox Marketplace

Modern browsers based on open standards (like Firefox) enable developers to create amazing Web applications and websites. Mozilla is rapidly increasing the capabilities of the browser platform, which means developers can build more and more of their applications using Web technologies and we’ve been working hard to add more capabilities to the Web as a platform.

We first started working on building these capabilities into the Web and developing our own Firefox Marketplace last year. And, we have seen on the Web and particularly in mobile – Apps, those focused experiences are gaining massive adoption by consumers.

The future is mobile and we’ve made amazing progress with exposing Web APIs across platforms. We’re working to unlock the power of the Web on mobile, just as we did on desktop.

To this end, and based on what we have learned through our efforts to date, we’re now focusing our Marketplace offering. While we previously believed that desktop was the right initial first step to building out an HTML5 app ecosystem, we now believe that we need to pivot further and lead the way with mobile.

We’re not in any way changing our commitment to add features to Desktop as we still feel that Apps are as relevant on desktop as any other environment, but we do need to focus on mobile for the next few releases and as such you won’t see any changes in Desktop for a short period. As soon as mobile has caught up to desktop in features related to Apps we will refocus.

This means:

1) Mobile platforms will be the first target for our HTML5 apps, with desktop to follow providing the means for users to discover and manage their experience;

2) Initial platform targets are Firefox OS and Firefox for Android, with others to follow from our successes there.

We’re happy with the progress we’ve made and excited to share more soon about the next steps for the Web apps ecosystem and Firefox Marketplace. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Find: Day One journal creator Paul Mayne: 'expressing things without filters is liberating'

Day One journal creator Paul Mayne: 'expressing things without filters is liberating'

paul mayne

Paul Mayne is founder and designer at Bloom Built, a Salt Lake City company that produces Day One, a journaling app for iOS and Mac. With Day One, Mayne has become known as one of the rare developers who can effortlessly create a powerful yet minimalist and refined user experience. Mayne took a few minutes to talk to The Verge about why we should journal, his first memory of the internet, and the app most important to his daily productivity. You can find him on Twitter at @paulmayne.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Find: Google publishes more guidelines to help developers build 'quality tablet apps'

This can't hurt. Google tablets are hurting. 

Google publishes more guidelines to help developers build 'quality tablet apps'

Nexus 7 box

Google took the launch of the Nexus 7 as an opportunity to spur developers into making higher-quality tablet apps, a problem that has plagued the platform since the launch of the Xoom early last year. Now, with increased pressure from Amazon in the form of its new Kindle Fire hardware and the looming launch of Windows 8 tablets, Google has put together another tool for developers in the form of its tablet app quality checklist. In ten easy steps, Google lays out the most important things developers needs to do for their tablet apps to be successful, including optimizing for larger screens, taking advantage of a tablet's extra space, and adjusting fonts and widgets.

The list goes into plenty of detail for each item, with a number of...

Find: Path co-founder Dustin Mierau - 'an app without design is like a good story printed on a dot matrix printer'

He likes Greensboro NC dev shop iconfactory. 

Path co-founder Dustin Mierau: 'an app without design is like a good story printed on a dot matrix printer'

dustin mierau path 1020

Dustin Mierau is co-founder and Chief Designer at Path, a journal and social network for Android and iPhone. Before Path, he co-founded Macster, which eventually became Napster for Mac. Mierau took a few minutes to talk to The Verge about the finer points of designing great software, how to stay focused, and about remembering the internet before it was filled with ads. You can find him on Twitter at @dmierau.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Find: Japanese carrier SoftBank buys control of Sprint for $20 billion

Japanese carriers reappearing on international scene. 

CNBC: Japanese carrier SoftBank buys control of Sprint for $20 billion

Sprint store (STOCK)

Sprint confirmed on Friday that it was in talks to sell more than two thirds of Sprint Nextel stock to Japan's third-place wireless carrier, SoftBank — and now CNBC reports that a deal has been accepted by the boards of both companies. The deal is the latest in a series of acquisitions by SoftBank, and as Nikkei reported earlier, the carrier intends to use the Sprint buyout to expand its global business, and lower its costs for devices and networking equipment. CNBC says SoftBank will buy $8 billion of shares from Sprint and $12 billion worth from shareholders, and that Sprint will receive proceeds from a bond sale to help it complete its acquisition of Clearwire. CNBC says the deal is expected to be announced tomorrow, so stay tuned...

Mobile data usage in the US has more than doubled in the last year

Mobile data usage in the US has more than doubled in the last year

Wireless tower (shutterstock)

CTIA has released the latest data from its semi-annual wireless industry survey, it seems that the continued growth of LTE networks and corresponding strong sales for smartphones in the US have lead to mobile broadband usage more than doubling over the last year. The most recent CTIA data, obtained by All Things D, shows that US carriers handled 1.16 trillion megabytes of data between July 2011 and June 2012, up 104 percent from the 568 billion megabytes used between July 2010 and June 2011. During the timeframe of this huge increase, we've seen Verizon's LTE network grow by leaps and bounds, AT&T and Sprint launch true LTE networks of their own, and dominating performances from both Apple and Samsung — and that's without taking into...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Find: indyState by itu and ctia - Cell phones hit six billion worldwide

Talk is cheap: Cell phones hit six billion worldwide

It’s something that we all knew but perhaps didn’t fully appreciate—just about all of us have cell phones now, and we use them a lot.

According to new figures published by the International Telecommunications Union on Thursday, the global population has purchased 6 billion cellphone subscriptions. Fully a third of those, for a total of two billion, are from China and India.

As smartphone prices continue to fall, and more people have access to other data devices, the ITU also reported mobile broadband continues to rapidly grow.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Find: A behind-the-scenes look at LinkedIn’s mobile engineering

A behind-the-scenes look at LinkedIn’s mobile engineering

Aurich Lawson

LinkedIn is the career-oriented social network that prides itself on professional excellence. But the company's original mobile offering was anything but—it left much to be desired. There was an iPhone application, but no support for Android or tablets. The backend was a rickety Ruby on Rails contraption; afflicted with seemingly insurmountable scalability problems. And despite serving only seven or eight percent of the LinkedIn population, the company's original mobile build required approximately 30 servers in order to operate. This was clearly not made to sustain a growing mobile user base.

Now, a little over a year has passed since LinkedIn relaunched its mobile applications and website. And the company recently marked the anniversary by debuting a number of new mobile features, including real-time notifications and support for accessing company pages from mobile apps.

Mobile is gradually becoming a central part of the LinkedIn landscape. The company says roughly 23 percent of its users access the site through one of its mobile applications, up from ten percent last year. As our friends at Wired reported last month, the underlying design language and development philosophy behind the company’s mobile experience is playing an influential role as the company works to revamp its website.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Find: Pew survey - Half of US adults now have smartphone or tablet, more reading in browser than apps

Survey: Half of US adults now have smartphone or tablet

News going mobile Half of all adult Americans now own either a tablet computer or a smartphone, and one-third use their mobile devices to view news stories and video clips at least once a week, a new report from Pew Research finds.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Find: Texas Instruments admits defeat, moves focus away from smartphone processors

Really? What's left then? 

Texas Instruments admits defeat, moves focus away from smartphone processors
Gallery Photo: Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire HD hands-on pictures

Chipmaker Texas Instruments (TI) has announced a major shift in its business strategy, moving away from consumer electronics devices such as smartphones and tablets and towards embedded applications such as computer systems in cars. Speaking at an investor meeting on Tuesday, VP for embedded processing Greg Delagi described the consumer electronics market as "less attractive as we go forward," according to a report from Reuters.

The announcement comes as TI's OMAP platform continues to lose ground to rivals such as Qualcomm and Nvidia. While OMAP processors are still used in some high-profile devices such as Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, shown above, recent flagship smartphones from companies such as HTC, Motorola, and Nokia have favored...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Find: Boeing to outfit planes for in-flight cellphone use by 2013

Boeing to outfit planes for in-flight cellphone use by 2013

United Boeing 757-200 CC InSapphoWeTrust Flickr

Boeing has announced plans to outfit some of its aircraft with equipment that would allow for in-flight cellphone use. In a press release issued Wednesday, the company said it has begun installing connectivity systems on all 747 and 777 planes, and that they should be completely cellphone-friendly by 2013. The manufacturer's 787 Dreamliner planes already include kits that allow for cellphone use, though Boeing plans to upgrade them with additional capabilities by the end of the year.

In addition to allowing for incoming and outgoing calls, these systems will provide Wi-Fi connectivity and live TV broadcasts, though it remains to be seen whether they actually take off. The equipment would still need to be approved by the FAA, which has...

Friday, September 21, 2012

Find: Apple's custom ARM approach for A6 pays off in JavaScript performance

Ars Technica Apple's custom ARM approach for A6 pays off in JavaScript performance

Apple's iPhone 5 is the fastest smartphone ever tested using the WebKit team's SunSpider JavaScript benchmark, apparently due to the custom core design of the A6 processor. The benchmark performs over twice as fast on the A6 as it does on the A5 processor in the iPhone 4S, and even bests smartphones running Intel's x86-based Atom processors, according to AnandTech.

AnandTech published an extensive SunSpider benchmark comparison on Wednesday morning, including results from an iPhone 5 test unit and two dozen other smartphones. The iPhone 5 turned in an impressive 914.7ms time, easily besting the 2250.0ms of the iPhone 4S—almost 2.5 times as fast. It also beat the current top Android device, Samsung's Galaxy SIII, which ran the benchmark in 1442.9ms. (The iPhone 5 is 1.6 times faster.)

It's important to note that SunSpider isn't the best measure of raw performance across platforms. JavaScript engines vary from browser to browser on different platforms, and Apple almost certainly employs optimizations in iOS that would be difficult to replicate in Android or WP7 on every available handset. However, it's notable that the iPhone 5's A6 processor is executing JavaScript significantly faster than the only Atom-based smartphone currently available, the Lava XOLO X900, which turned in a 1279.4ms score.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Find: Firefox OS approaches - ZTE aiming for Q1 2013 launch

ZTE aiming for Q1 2013 launch for Firefox OS smartphone

ZTE logo (STOCK)

ZTE is coordinating with Mozilla to release a handset running Firefox OS in the first quarter of next year. The Wall Street Journal and Reuters both report that ZTE is looking to diversify its product portfolio to shift reliance away from Android and Windows Phone. According to ZTE spokesperson David Dai Shu, the company is working with "a regional telecom carrier outside of China." It’s unclear exactly who ZTE is referring to, but Mozilla has previously announced partnerships with carriers such as Sprint, Telef√≥nica and Deutsche Telekom.

The cost of licensing Windows Phone was revealed back in January, with ZTE paying Microsoft between $20 and $30 for each handset it produced running the operating system. ZTE may also be paying a...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Find: Mobile Device Privacy Act, meant to stop Carrier IQ-style data collection, introduced in Congress

Mobile Device Privacy Act, meant to stop Carrier IQ-style data collection, introduced in Congress

AT&T LG Nitro Carrier IQ stock 900

After asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Carrier IQ's controversial tracking practices, US Representative Edward Markey has sponsored legislation to prevent it or other companies from collecting data without informing customers. The Mobile Device Privacy Act, drafted in January and introduced to the House of Representatives on Wednesday, requires companies that sell mobile devices or phone and data subscriptions to inform consumers if any "monitoring software" is included. If so, it must also detail the type of information that could be collected, who it's being sent to, and how it will be used. What's more, customers must consent to the tracking and be free to opt out even if they initially agree to have information...

Find: Intel moves into mobile - Motorola and Intel announce new RAZR

Motorola and Intel announce new RAZR i

Razr i colors

Today in London, Motorola is announcing the first fruits of its multi-year, multi-device partnership with Intel — a revamped Droid RAZR M called the RAZR i. While the two phones look almost identical externally, the most important characteristic is an Intel Medfield processor that the chipmaker says is its first to reach speeds of 2GHz. The phone is one of the first Android devices to feature Intel's new chipset, and only the second we'll actually be able to buy, following the Orange San Diego.

Motorola says that the phone will be available in October in the UK, France, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico. It will be partnering with Orange, T-Mobile, Phones4U, Virgin Media, and Tesco in the UK, and with E+, o2, Sparhandy, and Phone...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Find: Mark Zuckerberg promises a native Android app, says betting on HTML5 for mobile was a 'mistake'

Html5 not ready for prime mobile time yet!

Mark Zuckerberg promises a native Android app, says betting on HTML5 for mobile was a 'mistake'

zuckerberg disrupt

Speaking with Michael Arrington at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that "we've had a bunch of missteps on [mobile]," specifically referring to its mobile app strategy. "The biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too much on HTML5 instead of native... We burnt two years." He said that the company would also drop HTML5 in its Android app as well, and that a native version would be coming "soon."

"Native is going to be the approach."

"We're betting completely on it," he said, referring to native apps. "Native is going to be the approach that we go with for iOS and Android." Much of the same infrastructure that Facebook built for iOS will be re-applied to Android, but as for an ETA for the...

Find: Apple debuts long-awaited iPhone 5 with 4-inch display, LTE

Nice, but more of the same?

Apple debuts long-awaited iPhone 5 with 4-inch display, LTE

Apple officially unveiled the newest iPhone at an event today in San Francisco. The iPhone 5, which has a taller and narrower screen than previous models, will ship with the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 6.

The phone measures 7.6 millimeters thick and weighs 112 grams, which is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 retains the retina display pixel density of the iPhone 4S at 326ppi, but it now has a 4-inch 16:9 display at a 1136x640 resolution, with 44 percent more color saturation than the 4S. Because of the added screen real estate, the phone can now show five rows of icons on its home screen.

The new iPhone applies black bars to the sides of the screen for apps that aren't updated for the new resolution.

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of marketing, noted that many of Apple's own apps, including iWork, GarageBand, and iMovie have been updated for the new screen. For apps that have not been updated to the new display resolution, Apple says it will either center the apps or "subtly place black borders on each side."

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Find: Nokia Announces Lumia 920 & 820 Running Windows Phone 8

Nokia Announces Lumia 920 & 820 Running Windows Phone 8

Nokia just announced its next-generation Windows Phone 8 devices: the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. Both are pentaband devices (available in both LTE and HSPA+ versions later this year, Q4 to be exact), powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 SoC running at 1.5GHz. The 920 features an 8.7MP rear facing camera with optical image stabilization and F/2.0 lens. Around front is 1.2MP F/2.4. The 820 has no OIS for the 8MP rear facing camera and a VGA front facing camera.

Both phones support wireless charging via the Qi standard. The 920 has an integrated 2000mAh battery, while the 820 has a smaller, removable, 1650mAh battery.

The 920 features a 4.5-inch WXGA IPS LCD, while the 820 uses a 4.3-inch OLED WVGA panel. 

Both support Nokia's super sensitive touch that allows even someone wearing gloves to use the capacitive touchscreen. Synaptics is responsible for the touch controller in both the 920 and 820.

Only the 820 has a microSD card slot, while the 920 features 32GB of on-board NAND. 

The 920 measures 130mm x 70.8mm x 10.7mm and weighs 185g. The 820 is smaller at 123.8mm x 68.5mm x 9.9mm and 160g. Full network support for both phones is as follows:

GSM850/900/1800/1900 WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100
LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600
Speed: LTE Cat3 100Mbps/50Mbps HSDPA+ Dual Carrier cat24 (42 Mbps) HSUPA cat 6: 5.8 Mbps
NFC, 802.11a/b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth 3.1 are all supported.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Find: Amazon's Appstore for Android tops 50,000 apps

Amazon's Appstore for Android tops 50,000 apps ahead of today's event


Amazon's Appstore has passed the all-important 50,000 app mark after less than 18 months. The retail giant launched the Appstore back in March last year as a precursor to the November release of its Kindle Fire tablet, luring in Android users with exclusive and free app promotions. It surpassed 30,000 apps six months ago and, according to the official store figures, now offers 50,505 Android apps.

Although we recently confirmed an Amazon smartphone is in the works, the company is widely expected to launch a pair of Kindle tablets today — so how many of those 50,505 apps are going to be compatible with the new tablets? The Appstore lists 31,429 as being Kindle Fire compatible — a very healthy figure, but many of those apps may not be...

Find: Mobile gamers overtake 'core' gamers in the US, says NPD

Mobile gamers overtake 'core' gamers in the US, says NPD

Guinness Mobile Games

It's no secret that mobile gaming is growing, but according to a new report from the NPD group it now represents the largest segement of gamers in the US. Based on 8,488 surveys, NPD estimates that mobile gamers represent 22 percent of the market, a nine percent jump from 2011. Last year "core" gamers held the number one spot with an estimated 23 percent of the market. The report breaks down people who play games into six types — mobile, digital, core, light PC, avid PC, and family/ kid gamers — and aside from the mobile segment, only one other group saw an increase compared to 2011, with digital gamers seeing a slight four percent jump year-over-year. "We see a tremendous impact from mobile gaming, particularly on smartphones and...

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Find: Lady Gaga to release next album, 'Artpop,' as iPad and iPhone app

Lady Gaga to release next album, 'Artpop,' as iPad and iPhone app

lady gaga ipad_1020

Singer Lady Gaga will release her next album, Artpop, as an app for Apple's iPad and iPhone, as well as in traditional physical and digital formats. Writing in a post on her Little Monsters social networking site yesterday, Gaga announced that the interactive album, set to be released in Spring 2013, will include "chats, films for every song, extra music, content, gaga inspired games, fashion updates, magazines, and more."

As well as iOS, the Artpop app will reportedly be "mobile and computer compatible," though it is not clear whether it will be available for Android or other smartphone platforms — in her personal message, Gaga advised fans to "start asking for IPADS FOR XMAS!" She follows in the footsteps of fellow musician Sting,...

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Find: Lenovo expanding its smartphone business

Lenovo expanding its smartphone business

Lenovo is planning to expand its smartphone business beyond its home market in China but isn't ready to enter the U.S. market yet.

Bloomberg News reported today that the No. 2 PC maker, which has an executive headquarters in Morrisville that employs about 2,000, plans to expand smartphone sales to India, the Philippines and Indonesia. The company quoted Milko Van Duijl, president of the Asia-Pacific and Latin American regions, as saying that the company already has lined up distribution partners in those countries.

Lenovo launched smartphone sales in China two-and-a-half years ago. Van Duijl told Bloomberg that focusing on emerging markets first will enable the company to expand its smartphone business yet avoid the hurdles of high marketing costs and intellectual property issues that it would face in the U.S. and western Europe.

You can read the Bloomberg story here

Find: Windows Phone 8 will reportedly launch October 29th

Windows Phone 8 will reportedly launch October 29th

Windows Phone 8 hed

It's shaping up to be a hell of an October for Microsoft. We've known for a while that Windows 8 will be available (alongside a large and growing set of hardware) on October 26th, but according to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley Windows Phone 8 is set to be launched only three days later. On the 29th, Microsoft will reportedly have an event on the West coast to launch the new operating system, and then handsets running the new OS (one of which we've already seen) will be available a week or so later. The timing certainly makes sense: the four days following that announcement are Microsoft's Build conference, where developers will have a chance to talk about all things Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. This fall we'll finally get a chance to answer...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Find: Indystate - Nokia Grows its Share of Windows Phone Market

Nokia Grows its Share of Windows Phone Market, But That Market May Not Be Growing Fast Enough

A new study shows that Windows Phone is growing and Nokia is gaining an increasing share of that market.

Given those two trends, one might think things are just dandy for both Microsoft and Nokia.

Of course, we all know that’s not necessarily the case.

The problem is that Windows Phone share, though growing, is not growing nearly fast enough, particularly for Nokia, which has bet its company on the success of Microsoft’s phone operating system.

The study, conducted by Localytics, shows that just since January the number of Windows Phone handsets has grown 312 percent worldwide and 273 percent in the United States. Nokia’s share of the global Windows Phone market, meanwhile has gone from 22 percent of the market to nearly 60 percent (and its U.S. share has gone from zero to 32 percent.)

The problem is that Microsoft and Nokia’s market share, even with the growth, is not enough to support either company’s broader ambitions.

Both are counting Microsoft’s next software update–Windows Phone 8–to allow the companies to make some serious inroads against the competition.

The plus side of the new software is it adds a built-in wallet, more customizable home page and is based on the same Windows NT core used by the company’s desktop software. The down side is that the software won’t run on any existing phones–including the current crop of devices from Nokia, HTC and Samsung.

Details on the first Windows Phone 8 devices are expected to be announced at a joint event on Sept. 5 in New York.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Find: fingerprint locking on ios - Apple buys AuthenTec for its finger scanning and nfc tech

Good idea. 

Apple wanted AuthenTec's "new technology" ASAP for future products

Aurich Lawson

Apple may be planning to add 2D fingerprint sensors to a future version of the iPhone, according to details revealed in a recent Securities & Exchange Commission filing. The PREM14A document (hat tip to TNW) was filed as a result of Apple's buyout of security chip firm AuthenTec, and it reveals more details about the agreement between the two companies, as well as hints about Apple's future engineering plans.

The SEC document reveals that Apple had been after biometric security company AuthenTec's unspecified "new technology" for almost a year ("late 2011") before it decided to go ahead and buy the company in July. At the time, AuthenTec had been approaching a number of consumer electronics companies—Apple included—to try to sell licenses for its unspecified technology. Apple was apparently the only company to try to move forward with an agreement—cost seemingly deterred others—but negotiations ended up falling apart in early 2012. That's when Apple began entertaining the idea of a buyout, offering AuthenTec $7 per share, for a total of $356 million.

According to the document, Apple tried to woo AuthenTec by arguing that its offer would allow the company to develop technology for just one platform instead of many.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Find: Simple Strategies for Smooth Animation on the iPhone

Simple Strategies for Smooth Animation on the iPhone

The iPhone was revolutionary for its use of direct manipulation – the feeling that you’re really holding content in your hands and manipulating it with your fingertips. While many mobile platforms have touch, it is the realistic physics and fluid animation of the iPhone that sets it apart from its competitors.

However, jerky scrolling ruins the experience. The new UI of Twitter for iPhone 4.0 contains many details that could impact performance, so we had to treat 60 frame-per-second animation as a priority. If you are troubleshooting animation performance, this post should provide some useful pointers.

Find: Tablet industry state in q2y12 by ihs - apple at 70%, Samsung 2nd at <10%

Apple expands dominance in tablet market

Apple's iPad Apple's market share climbed to 69.6 percent in the quarter from 58.1 percent in the previous three-month period, according to a report Tuesday from IHS iSuppli

Monday, August 13, 2012

Find: finally, action at Motorola -- Google to lay off 4,000 workers

But we still don't know where we're going with this. 

Google to lay off 4,000 workers at Motorola Mobility

Google MotorolaTwo-thirds of the reductions will be outside the U.S., said the person, who declined to be identified because the matter isn't public. Google is also shutting down about one-third of Motorola Mobility's facilities, a source says.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Find: first arm a15 chip arrives - Samsung chip opens door to "Retina" Android tablets

New Samsung Cortex A15-based chip opens door to "Retina" Android tablets

The block diagram for Samsung's new Exynos 5 Dual SoC

Samsung has just released details about its new Exynos 5 5250 SoC for mobile devices. This dual-core, 1.7GHz chip is the first one on the market to feature the new Cortex A15 CPU architecture from ARM, which will provide substantially improved performance over the Cortex A9-based chips used in most of today's smartphones and tablets.

The chip also includes ARM's new Mali-T604 GPU designed to power Retina-class displays and support high-performance connectivity options like SATA and USB 3.0. These improvements make it a substantial upgrade over current-generation products like NVIDIA's Tegra 3 or Samsung's own Exynos 4. We'll look at different aspects of the chip to see not just how the Exynos 5 and other Cortex A15 SoCs will benefit current tablets, but also how those improvements could lead to more viable laptop replacements.

The CPU: ARM's Cortex A15

Most ARM processors in today's devices, including the NVIDIA Tegra 3 in the Nexus 7 tablet and all variations of the Apple A5 used in newer iPads and iPhones, use Cortex A9-based designs. The A9 excels in power usage, but is more limited when it comes to performance.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Find: Digia to acquire Qt business from Nokia, port it to Android and iOS

Nokia to acquire Qt business from Nokia, port it to Android and iOS

Finnish software company Digia announced today that it is acquiring the Qt software business from Nokia. Digia plans to pick up where Nokia left off: continuing Qt development, but renewing the toolkit’s focus on cross-platform support. The financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

Qt is an open source software development toolkit that was originally created by Norwegian software company Trolltech. Nokia acquired Trolltech in 2008 and subsequently transitioned Qt to an open governance model and a more permissive licensing scheme. Nokia had originally intended to use Qt to provide a unified development framework that would work across Symbian and MeeGo.

Nokia’s decision to abandon its existing mobile platforms in favor of Windows Phone 7 raised some questions about what the failing phone giant would do with Qt. Rumors that the toolkit would soon be sold surfaced earlier this month, alongside news that Nokia was shutting down Qt offices in Australia. In our coverage, we noted that Digia, which acquired the Qt commercial licensing business from Nokia last year, was a likely candidate for buying the remaining Qt assets.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Find: OpenGL celebrates its 20th birthday with two new versions

Es is better, gl is an es superset and gains compute shaders. 

OpenGL celebrates its 20th birthday with two new versions

Enlarge / The SGI Reality Engine revision 2 bumped the number of processors on the Geometry Engine up to 12. This is what graphics power looked like in the olden days.

Dave Fischer, via Wikipedia

The Khronos Group has released two new versions of its 3D graphics APIs. The mobile-oriented OpenGL ES specification has been given a major upgrade to version 3.0, and the desktop OpenGL specification has received a minor update to bring it to version 4.3.

After some years of stagnation and an abandoned attempt to radically change the way OpenGL worked—during which time Microsoft's Direct3D API progressed in leaps and bounds—the Khronos Group has been developing new iterations of the OpenGL standard at a regular clip. While Direct3D has still been first to standardize certain new features, the OpenGL designers are quickly picking them up and integrating them.

OpenGL ES has risen to prominence primarily on the back of the iPhone and Android. Both iOS and Android use OpenGL ES as their 3D API, and the enormous growth in smartphone gaming has made OpenGL ES a critical API for many developers.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Find: GLBenchmark 2.5 Performance on mobiles - apple best on tabs, only competitive on phones

GLBenchmark 2.5 Performance on iOS and Android Devices

Earlier today we published our first results using GLBenchmark 2.5, the long awaited update to one of our most frequently used mobile GPU benchmarks. 

In our first article we ran GLBenchmark 2.5 on devices based on Samsung's Exynos dual and quad SoCs, Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4, NVIDIA's Tegra 2/3 and TI's OMAP 4. We had problems getting older devices to run, which is why we only had the abridged set of starting data on Android. In addition, GLBenchmark 2.5 only supports Android 3.x and up.

GLBenchmark 2.5 is already available in the Google Play store, however the iOS version is still in Apple's review process. Thankfully we've been able to get our hands on the iOS version and now have results for the new iPad, iPad 2 as well as the iPhone 4S. Read on to see how the A5 and A5X stack up in Kishonti's latest OpenGL ES benchmark.