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Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Declined 6 Per Cent and Smartphones Grew 27 Per Cent in Second Quarter of 2009 August 12, 2009

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Worldwide mobile phone sales totalled 286.1 million units in the second quarter of 2009, a 6.1 per cent decrease from the second quarter of 2008, according to Gartner, Inc. Smartphone sales surpassed 40 million units, a 27 per cent increase from the same period last year, representing the fastest-growing segment of the mobile-devices market (see Table 2).

The recession continued to suppress replacement sales in both mature and emerging markets. The distribution channel has dealt with lower demand and financial pressure by using up 13.9 million units of existing stock before ordering more. Gartner expects the gap between sell-in to the channel and sell-through to customers will reduce in the second half of 2009 as the channel starts to restock.

Table 1
Worldwide Mobile Terminal Sales to End Users in 2Q09 (Thousands of Units)

Company

2Q09

Sales

2Q09 Market

Share (%)

2Q08

Sales

2Q08 Market

Share (%)

Nokia

105,413.3 36.8 120,353.3 39.5

Samsung

55,430.2 19.3 46,376.0 15.2

LG

30,497.0 10.7 26,698.9 8.8

Motorola

15,947.8 5.6 30,371.8 10.0

Sony Ericsson

13,574.2 4.7 22,951.7 7.5

Others

65,260.2

23.0 57,970.6 19.0

Total

286,122.7

100

304,722.3

100

Note: This table includes iDEN shipments but excludes ODM-to-OEM shipments.
Source: Gartner (August 2009)

Nokia maintained its leadership position, but its portfolio remained heavily skewed toward low-end devices. Its flagship high-end N97 smartphone met little enthusiasm at its launch in the second quarter of 2009 and has sold just 500,000 units in the channel since it started to ship in June, compared to Apple’s iPhone 3G S, which sold 1 million units in its first weekend. “The right high-end product and an increased focus on services and content are vital for Nokia if it wants to both revamp its brand and please investors with a more promising outlook in ASPs and margins,” said Ms Milanesi.[…] (more…)

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Motorola launches MOTODEV studio for Android developers July 26, 2009

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Motorola really wants you to develop for Android handsets. More specifically, they really want you to develop for Motorola-made Android handsets. That’s why they’ve launched MOTODEV, an Android development resource for crackin’ out apps purposed for Motorola handsets.

It’s a two-part initiative, one seemingly a bit more exclusive than the other. If you can get into Motorola’s “App Accelerator Program”, they’ll set you up with early access to the tools and specs, pre-release handsets (for testing purposes), direct private access to Motorola’s Android crew, and some level of assistance in marketing your app. You’ll presumably have to prove you’re up to snuff – and, unless Moto is feelin’ lucky, sign an NDA.

The other, more accessible half of the program is the release of MOTODEV Studio, a development environment specifically tuned for development on Moto Android handsets.

Of course, this is all a bit null until Motorola actually releases an Android handset – but headstarts are always welcome. Plus, it gave Motorola a reason to draw a bunch of sweet-ass Android graphics like the ones above, not to mention this next one:

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For more information on anything related to Motorola/Android dev, check out http://developer.motorola.com/

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Android Donut Out: Full Multitouch, Universal Search, Automated Backups AND Better Performance July 26, 2009

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Google’s dropped new code for Android Donut and it sounds too good to be true. People at XDA Developers are reporting it has system-wide multitouch, universal search, text-to-speech, automated backups, a new camera app, and Click to view image somehow, supposedly better performance.

Also intriguing is CDMA support–as in the kind of network that Sprint runs–adding on to Sprint’s Dan Hesse remark that Android is coming to Sprint this year and rumors that it’ll be Hero. You can see a lot of the new Donut features  in action here, like universal search, in this video from the Google I/O conference.

Folks at XDA are working on a build that’ll run on the Dream (G1), though it works in the emulator right now. [XDA Developers, Images via XDA’s cyanogen, Thanks Will!]

via Android Donut Out: Full Multitouch, Universal Search, Automated Backups AND Better Performance.

No Internet, No Fun – Android USB Tethering July 10, 2009

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Over at my private blog android.rabold.org I have posted a small comparison of Android tethering applications (using your phone as a modem to surf the Internet with your desktop PC). Due to a broken DSL modem I had to grab my T-Mobile G1, started googling the web for a solution, and came up with PdaNet and azilink:

PdaNet was the first to try: Installation is pretty straight forward. No separate packages and downloads needed. Just double click the executable, follow the instructions and you’re done. You’ll get a background application, a special USB driver for the Android phone and a modem driver – plus a new app on your Android phone. What I instantly liked about it – besides the installation process – is the tray icon. I know that a lot of people hate applications which put themselves into the tray but in this case it’s really the easiest in terms of usability. A click on the icon opens a context menu where you simply select “Connect” and you’re done! It’s such easy… At least in theory because it seems there is an issue with PdaNet and my Vista system. It crashed immediately 😦 I played around and had a quick search in the Internet (via my mobile again) but haven’t found an immediate solution for the problem. So I turned to the next tethering software candidate…

Check out the full article over at android.rabold.org

Android and the threat of fragmentation July 4, 2009

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[2009 might be the year of Android.. Google claims around 20 devices will be in the market by the end of this year. It would give a long-awaited boost to the proliferation of Android, but not necessarily a boost for developers. Guest blogger Gabor Torok looks at what the appearance of Android variants could mean in terms of fragmentation.]

via VisionMobile :: blog :: Android and the threat of fragmentation.

HTC Dream aka G1 was the first Android device offered by T-Mobile. It took quite a bit of time for the next Android-based mobile phone, HTC Magic, to appear and be available first in Europe by Vodafone, with Asia and North-America (MyTouch 3G or G2 from T-Mobile) to follow in H2 2009. Oddly enough, the third and last device to date will also be manufactured by HTC: it’s called Hero and unlike the previous two it is not Google-branded and can be purchased unlocked. Even if the number of models powered by this platform is relatively low, it’s worth discussing how developers may be affected by the differences between these variants.[…]

What does this mean for developers?
Android developers haven’t had to worry about differences between platform versions and various handsets thus far. It’s simply because T-Mobile G1 had been left alone for a very long period and it was enough to write applications for that single device only. This has changed with the introduction of Magic and will be complicated further with the other upcoming models.

First of all and most importantly, existing applications originally written for the first Android handset will run on new devices without any modifications, i.e. they’re binary forward compatible. At least in theory, since there are signs and reported difficulties indicating that some applications need to be re-built and build environments re-configured for a successful deployment with the new SDK. In any case, Google is trying to keep source compatibility between releases, too, however, one should not expect 100% accuracy in their attempt (see Android 1.5 Version Notes for removed APIs, for example). (more…)

Android, iPhone Dominate Mobile Browsing in April 2009 May 27, 2009

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Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone together accounted for almost three-quarters of web browsing on mobile devices in April, yet not even 10 percent of device sales, according to the most recent Mobile Metrics Report from AdMob. But they were the only two — Symbian-, RIM- and Windows Mobile- based devices all outsold Apple and Google; their users’ web browsing, meanwhile, came in significantly lower.

The browsing usage data of the iPhone and G1 (the U.S. name of the only Android-based phone at the moment) makes sense, given how the rest of the industry is still largely playing catch-up to the strong Internet experiences these two devices provide. That gulf should narrow, however, as the web browsing capabilities of more and more devices get beefed up.

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iPhone apps are Google’s biggest threat in mobile search May 25, 2009

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Google created the Android mobile OS because it wants its search engine to remain relevant as the world migrates more toward mobile computing. But Google’s biggest challenge in mobile search is not other search engines or platforms, it’s apps — particularly iPhone apps.

When I filled up the iPhone with mobile apps as part of my recent experiment, one of the first apps that I downloaded and put on the iPhone home screen was the Google app. Since Google is the home page on all the PCs and laptops that I work on, I assumed my behavior on the iPhone would be similar to the computer. I was wrong.

Once I downloaded a fleet of useful iPhone apps, I quickly discovered that I used Google far less on the iPhone than I do on a computer – even over Wi-Fi, and even when doing many of the same activities. That is partly due to the fact that mobile search needs to improve, but it is also do to the nature of the smartphone itself.

When I’m sitting at a computer, I typically use Google at least 2-3 times per hour. It’s usually the first place I go to get information. Google is not as much of a sleuth as it is a concierge. For example, when I’m pulling up a site, I often don’t use a bookmark or type the URL into the address bar. It’s just quicker to open my home page (Google) and type in the company name. This behavior is a bit lazy, but it’s effective because it’s the path of least resistance.

However, the opposite is true on smartphones — especially the iPhone with so many specialized apps and no qwerty keyboard. In my tests with the iPhone, I discovered that Google is usually my last resort for finding information. In fact, I typically only use Google search 2-3 times per day from the iPhone.

Typing is just not as fast on a smartphone (even with the full qwerty keyboard on BlackBerry). Pointing, scrolling, and selecting are all much easier and quicker. As a result, many of the things that I would usually do with a Google search from my computer, I do through an app on the iPhone. For example:

  • Instead of looking up a business address on Google, I use the universal White Pages app on the iPhone
  • Instead of looking up a local business category (e.g. “Computer recycling”) in Google, I use the Yellow Pages app, which will even automatically calculate my location via GPS, if I allow it
  • Instead of looking up a local taxi company when I’m traveling, I can use the Taxi Magic app on the iPhone (again, it will automatically get my location from GPS if I allow it)
  • Instead of looking up local restaurants in Google, I can use the Yelp iPhone app
  • Instead of searching for the professional credentials of a business associate on Google and being unsure if the results will have pages that might not work well on a smartphone, I can use the Linkedin or Facebook iPhone apps to do a quick people search.
  • Instead of using news aggregators like Google News and Techmeme – which I tend to use on my PC – on the iPhone I usually go straight to news sites with strong iPhone apps or pages, such as AP News, Reuters, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and MoneyWatch (a CBS sister site to TechRepublic).

The last example points to one of the reasons why mobile apps trump mobile search. With mobile search you don’t always know whether the stuff you click on in the search results will be viewable or functional on your smartphone. But if you have a mobile app or site that’s designed for that smartphone then you can be relatively confident that a search using that app will quickly return results (and links) that are optimized for a smartphone.

Read more on the following page. It is a quite interesting article about usage of apps on phones.

via iPhone apps are Google’s biggest threat in mobile search | Tech Sanity Check | TechRepublic.com.

glympse goes live on Android — NaviGadget May 24, 2009

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glympse goes live on Android — NaviGadget.

Glympse is a service that lets you share your location for a specified amount of time from an instant, to 2 minutes, or to a few hours. It really is a good alternative to those short phone conversations updating multiple people where you are and even easier than texting. What you do with glympse is either “send” or “receive” one. The good part is the receiver never has to install any applications – they just need to click on a URL sent out by the service. Being constantly watched is a scary idea but the timer function of glympse should give you a bit of a peace of mind knowing any glympse you sent will eventually expire.


http://www.navigadget.com/index.php/2009/05/21/glympse-goes-live-on-android

An interesting article about testing the service could found under:
Sharing Where You Are When You Care to Share

HTC Magic con Google now available from Vodafone Spain April 28, 2009

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My new phone: It will come 😉

That’s right, folks. Earlier today, Vodafone Spain officially launched the highly anticipated HTC Magic (con Google, for you Español speaking readers).

While it may not be got for free (read: 139€ for the phone on the cheapest plan w/ mandatory 18 month contract) like its UK sibling (expected to launch in early May), the real point is that it is here, now (in Spain at least).

via HTC Magic con Google now available from Vodafone Spain.

The Smartphone Wars: Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Palm, Google, and Nokia Do Battle For Handheld Supremacy | Walt Mossberg | Mossblog | AllThingsD April 16, 2009

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The handheld computer is the new PC–the most exciting, promising new platform for running software and connecting to cloud-based services. What do I mean by a handheld computer? Well, it could be one of the new generation of super smartphones, like Apple’s iPhone–which pioneered the new generation–or phones powered by Google’s Android operating system, or the latest BlackBerries from Research in Motion. Or, it could be a small tablet powered by the iPhone’s OS and user interface; by Android; or by other competitors, like Palm’s new webOS.

via The Smartphone Wars: Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Palm, Google, and Nokia Do Battle For Handheld Supremacy | Walt Mossberg | Mossblog | AllThingsD.