SFDesigner:DW’s Weekly Mobile Wunderlist #003

The last week was a mixture of announcements from a number of platforms, frameworks and manufacturers. In general news, there were a number of Q3 shipment reports. The first is from IDC, that stated that total global number of mobile shipments increased by 12.8% year-over-year, which is higher than the 9.3% that they predicted. When examined at the company level, Samsung and ZTE were the biggest jumps in the quarter, increasing 23% and 57.9% respectively. Apple slipped down to fifth place. LG had the worst report, with shipments declining by nearly 26%.

In other industry reports, Canalys also published their Q3 shipment report for smartphones. The report confirms previous reports with Samsung leading globally, however in the USA, HTC beat Samsung and Apple with a shipment of 5.7 million smartphones.

Links:

  • “IDC: Samsung, ZTE see jump in mobile shipments…” / Engadget
  • “Canalys: HTC overtakes Apple as top smartphone vendor in US” / Electronista

Apple iOS

In iPhone 4S news, the offical launch date for the C-Spire network in the US, and Hong King, South Korea and 12 other countries was announced for November 11th (which is also the launch date of the Motorola Droid RAZR–see below). One notable exception was the announcement that US Cellular was offered the iPhone 4S, but turned the offer down based on “unacceptable terms” required by Apple to include the device in their offerings.

In addition, Apple has been working quickly to address the battery drain issue that has been reported in iOS 5 by pushing two updates to their developers for version 5.0.1, and 5.0.2. A ship date for the update has not been announced.

In other Apple news, the Garageband application that was formerly for the iPad has been retooled to work for the smaller form-factor of the iPhone. It is available in the app store.

Realted to the Apple app store model, Apple also made announcements that all future applications released next year in the Mac App Store (for OS X applications) will require sandboxing.

Links

  • Apple Press Release / Apple
  • “iPhone 4S arriving in Hong Kong, South Korea…” / Engadget
  • “US Cellular: We said no to Apple’s iPhone” / FierceWireless
  • “Apple to Require Mac App Store Sandboxing Next Year” / PC Magainze

Google Android

The world of Android was relatively quiet for the week with information about some release dates, and information on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich adoption.

The biggest announcement was from Barnes & Noble, who announced the new Nook Tablet and a price reduction on the original Nook Color. The Nook Tablet will launch on November 16th for $249, with the Nook Color coming in at $199. Also reduced is the Nook Simple Touch, now at $99. The Nook Tablet has the same design as the Nook Color offering Netflix, Hulu Plus pre-loaded on the device. The device also supports expandable memory (via microSD) and a 7″ IPS display. The device runs Gingerbread and uses the existing Barnes and Noble Marketplace.

ASUS has indicated that they will launch the Transformer Prime on November 9th, and will release two additional Android tablets later in 2012. For the Transformer Prime, as well as the Eee Pad Slider, they will both ship with Honeycomb, but will get Ice Cream Sandwich updates at some point in the future. As a side note, ASUS also will continue working with Microsoft’s Windows platform and indicated it will ship tablets based on the Windows 8 OS in 2012 as well.

Android also recently beat Opera Mini for total worldwide browser usage according to Net Applications. In October 2011, Android’s Browser share was 18.7%, beating Opera Mini’s 13.1%. The largest share is owned by Apple’s Mobile Safari which grew from 55.6% to 62.2%.

Google released and update to the Android Market SDK (3.3.11) which adds support for auto-update by default, allowing updates to only happen when conntected to WiFi, and automatically place shortcuts on the home screen.

Motorola and HTC announced three new products the Xoom 2, Xoom 2 Media Edition and the Rezound featuring Beats Audio. Samsung also started shipping the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, an update of the original Galaxy Tab shipped last year. The previously announced Motorola Droid RAZR has an official ship date of 11/11/11 at 11:11 a.m.

Finally, Engadget has provided an aggregation of the devices that have announced either officially or have been rumored to support Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) in the future. Check out the link below for more information.

Links

New Devices

Motorola Xoom 2

Motorola Xoom 2

Specs:

  • 10.1″ 1280 x 720 HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb (Upgradable to 4.0)
  • ~630 g / 22 oz
  • 5 MP rear camera with 720p HD video capture
  • 2 MP front camera
  • 2GB RAM
  • 64GB built-in memory
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition

Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition

Specs:

  • 8.2″ HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb (Upgradable to 4.0)
  • 20% improvement in graphics performance over the Xoom 1

HTC Rezound

HTC Rezound (Verizon)

Specs:

  • 4.3″ HD Super LCD, 720×1280
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread / Sense 3.5 (Upgradable to 4.0)
  • 8 MP rear camera with 1080p HD video capture
  • 2 MP front camera
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB built-in memory / 16GB microSD
  • Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR
  • Beats Audio

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

Specs:

  • 7″ IPS VividView display, 1024×600 resolution
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3.x Gingerbread
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB built-in memory /  microSD slot expandable
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi 

Microsoft Windows Phone

The recently announced Nokia Lumia 800 has a confirmed release date in the UK of November 16th. In addition, Nokia announced that the Nokia Maps application will be available to all Windows Phone devices (without voice navigation) in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Acer announced their first Windows Phone device, the Allegro, to be released soon in France. The device will get a new feature called “Fast Charge” that will allow the device to charge 2.5 times faster than other Acer devices.

In other Windows Phone application news, Microsoft approved ChevronWP7, an application for unlocking the device allowing for home-brew applications to be tested and run on unlocked devices.

Finally, the popular Spotify music service will release their Windows Phone 7 application sometime in the next few days with feature parity with their current iOS and Android versions.

Links

  • Phones Review
  • “Windows Phone Mango Acer Allegro…” / Pocket-Lint
  • “Nokia Maps will appear for other Windows Phones…” / Phone Arena
  • “Windows Phone unlocker ChervronWP7 Labs is now live” / WPCentral
  • “Spotify app on Windows Phone hands-on” / Engadget

New Devices

Acer Allegro

Acer Allegro (France)

Specs:

  • 3.6″ WVGA Display (480×800)
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255
  • Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
  • 5 MP rear camera, LED flash
  • 8GB built-in memory

RIM BlackBerry

It was a somewhat quiet week for RIM. The company announced that the BlackBerry Bold 990 and Torch 9860 were coming to AT&T this week, and the Curve 9360 is coming out November 20th.

In application news, BBM Music was released in the US, Canada and Australia with additional locations coming soon. The service integrates with the social networking BBM platform giving users the ability to share music preferences and profiles.

Links

The company behind Titanium announced that they have raised $15M in new funding, and revealed they are now the largest third-party app publisher on both iOS and Android. Their funding will be used to expand into Europe and Asia and to help expand the capabilities of the Titanium platform.

Notable Marketplace & Ecosystem News

Amazon

Amazon and Netflix extended their content offerings with new deals with ABC, to include access to shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Los, The Secret Life of the American Teanager, as well as other series. Amazon expects to add some 13,000 titles to its Prime Instant Video service.

In addition, Amazon announced the Kindle Owners Lending Library, a new service that offers one book per month from a selection of thousands of titles at no additional charge to Amazon Prime customers. This supports existing Kindle devices and the upcoming Kindle Fire.

Finally, Amazon also released Amazon Flow, an application that let’s smartphone users to scan a barcode, check Amazon.com and purchase the product instantly from your device.

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