After New iPad, It is Time for New Samsung S III

As always, Apple is leading the smartphone market not only for the sales but also for the strategy and trend they bring together. Samsung has hit huge number of smartphone sales quite beyond of Apple. The Korean chaebol will be lining up a new 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab to complement the handset launch. According to rumors, the tablet will apparently be running a dual-core processor, and will not be the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  (that is supposedly getting a quad-core upgrade).

It seems strange for Samsung to launch yet another tablet–a focused product lineup may be a better idea for the company instead of making so many slates. A Samsung spokesperson had previously admitted that the company wasn’t “doing very well in the tablet market”.

Samsung has confirmed that the new Galaxy S3 will be launched on May 3 at Earls Court, London – will it be your next Galaxy smartphone though. The Galaxy S 3 will be powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, after Samsung confirmed the Exynos 4 Quad chip would be used in its next Galaxy device.

 

Nokia Rip Piss Out Of Apple’s iPhone With New Campaign

Since the introduction of the iPhone, Nokia has been taken a bit of a kicking when it comes to selling smartphones. And after years of losing the battle, it looks like it is coming out fighting with their latest series of adverts which poke fun at the iPhone.

In a move which is very similar to the campaign Samsung launched earlier this year, it’s Apple who the focus of some very subtle jokes in this series of ads that are getting a lot of attention online today. They feature a pixelated phone which is clearly meant to be the iPhone, and some “behind the scenes” shots of people talking with their faces blurred out.

These are clearly meant to be portrayed as Apple executives and they are seen dismissing the consumer as stupid and not caring about the fact that the product is flawed. I remain to be convinced that this sort of negative advertising actually works (no mention of any of the nice new Nokia phones here), but then when taking on a beast like Apple, you do get pushed in to a corner at times. At least Nokia seem to be back out fighting again.

 

Galaxy Note Won’t Taste Ice Cream Sandwich Until Q2

The still-popular Galaxy S II just recently got its first official taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, but Galaxy Note owners hoping to experience the same before the end of the quarter are bound to be disappointed by a new announcement from the Korean electronics giant.

Despite a proclamation from the company stating that the update would be available in Q1 2012, Samsung has officially pushed the release of the Note’s ICS update until some time next quarter.

 

 

Note owners will have a slew of new pen-friendly apps to fiddle with once the update actually lands on their handsets. Among them is what Samsung calls S Note, a new writing app with plenty of templates for users to quickly format their thoughts and media into handsome snippets. The S Note app is also augmented by the inclusion of Shape Match (which automatically “corrects” drawn shapes and lines) and what’s sure to be a favorite of coll.

 

Even Canadians Aren't Buying BlackBerrys Anymore

Once upon a time RIM was the shining star of Canada. Hailing from the Great White North, BlackBerry phones were the country’s dominant smartphone. But times have changed and RIM has not changed with them. That’s a recipe for failure and it seems that based on data compiled by IDC and Bloomberg, Apple shipped more phones in Canada last year than RIM.

Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM shipped just 2.08 million BlackBerry smartphones last year in Canada, where Apple shipped 2.85 million units. This changing of the guard is a long time coming. As Bloomberg notes, in 2010 RIM bested Apple by half a million units and outsold Apple five to one in 2008.

RIM is seeing sales declines worldwide. BlackBerrys are still popular in the Middle East and Indian markets but Android, led mostly by Samsung phones, is quickly becoming the dominant player. Canada, where the company is based, was one of RIM’s last strongholds.

Canadian sales dropped 23 percent in the third quarter. Even though RIM introduced seven new handsets in 2011, Canadian consumers turned their backs on their hometown team. Now, in 2012, with a new CEO in place, the company is betting that its QNX-powered BlackBerry 10 handsets will stop the bleeding.

RIM’s glory days are behind it. Sheer arrogance led the company down its current path of misery. All is not necessarily lost, however. As long as RIM can produce BB 10 handsets on schedule, it might still be able to save the lucrative enterprise market from defecting to iOS or Android. But “on schedule” is not a phrase associated with RIM lately.

Roses or Gadgets

When Valentine’s Day rolls around, some people think roses, chocolate, Words With Friends by candlelight and Forza Motorsport 4 marathons.

Others think (non-iPad) tablets and daily deals.

According to new consumer data from PriceGrabber.com, topping the list of electronically-oriented Valentine’s Day gifts purchased over the past couple days are the HP Slate 500 tablet — remember that one? — and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF 101 tablet. The results, which will be released in full later today, are based on merchant referrals through PriceGrabber, a Kayak-like, Experian-owned site for comparative shopping.

Also in PriceGrabber’s Valentine’s Top 3: A 55-inch 3-D LED TV from Samsung; with a price range of $1,995 to $3,528, this love offering is probably best for someone you’re truly committed to.

This latest report only factors in purchases made on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Over the weekend, Apple’s 64 gigabyte iPhone 4S was one of the most popular purchases, alongside that big Samsung TV.

The shopping survey also indicates that the daily deals sector might get some love this year, with 42 percent of shoppers saying they plan to use an offer from Groupon or LivingSocial for purchasing gifts.

If you ask my personal choice, t I would not say no to beautiful roses  🙂

comScore Reports December 2011 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share

Smartphone Penetration Climbs Over 40 Percent during December Holiday Shopping Season

 The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.3 percent market share. Google Android strengthened its lead in the smartphone market to reach 47.3 percent market share.

OEM Market Share
For the three-month average period ending in December, 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 25.3 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers, followed by LG with 20 percent share and Motorola with 13.3 percent share. Apple continued to gain ground in the OEM market with 12.4 percent share of total mobile subscribers (up 2.2 percentage points), while RIM rounded out the top five with 6.7 percent share.
Mobile Content Usage


In December, 74.3 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device, up 3.2 percentage points. Downloaded applications were used by 47.6 percent of subscribers (up 5.1 percentage points), while browsers were used by 47.5 percent (up 4.6 percentage points). Accessing of social networking sites or blogs increased 3.8 percentage points to 35.3 percent of mobile subscribers. Game-playing was done by 31.4 percent of the mobile audience (up 2.6 percentage points), while 23.8 percent listened to music on their phones (up 2.9 percentage points).

About MobiLens
MobiLens data is derived from an intelligent online survey of a nationally representative sample of mobile subscribers age 13 and above. Data on mobile phone usage refers to a respondent’s primary mobile phone and does not include data related to a respondent’s secondary device.

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Samsung develops emotion-sensing smartphone

You are too angry to update Facebook, please try again later. Judging by an early prototype Samsung Galaxy S II developed by a wing of Samsung’s huge R&D group, your smartphone might soon block you from posting tweets and status updates, depending on your emotional state. Alternatively, instead of blocking you, a little emotional state emoticon could appear next to your tweet so that your followers can better understand your drunk/sad/angry/sleepy tweet.

 

The technology behind the emotion-sensing smartphone is surprisingly simple: It infers your state of mind from how you use your phone. By analyzing how fast you type, how much the phone shakes, how often you backspace mistakes, and how many special symbols are used, the special Galaxy S II can work out whether you’re angry, surprised, happy, sad, fearful, or disgusted, with an accuracy of 67.5%. The research paper isn’t available yet — Samsung is demonstrating its findings at the Consumer Communications & Networking Conference next week — but it’s fairly easy to see how an angry or fearful person’s hands might shake more (adrenaline), or how a happy person might use more special symbols (emoticons). Whether that 67.5% includes false positives or not, we’re not sure.

The first demonstration of the technology will be a Twitter client where each tweet is labeled with a symbol denoting the tweeter’s emotional state, but obviously the same tech could be used with email, SMS, Facebook, or any other messaging client. It wouldn’t be hard to pop up a dialog saying “You have written this message while shaking with apoplectic rage. Do you want to save this is a draft and revise it later?” too — kind of like the companion app for the Social Media Sobriety Test, which stops you from posting to Facebook if you’re drunk.

Emotion recognition is part of a larger school of computer science called “affective computing.” In essence, it deals with computer software that can measure, interpret, and react to your feelings. This might involve a brain-computer interface, or it might be entirely indirect, as with Samsung’s solution. Affective computing also deals with computer software that is sensitive to your emotions. Imagine Windows detecting that you are tired or angry, and thus making interface widgets larger and easier to click — or Left 4 Dead 3, where Valve’s AI Director slows down the horde of zombies when you’re actually feeling haggard. Of course, on the other end of the scale you have helper robots that can tell when you need a shoulder to cry on.

The problem with emotion recognition, though, just like most technologies that involve the brain, is that computers aren’t human. The only way that brain-computer interfaces work is through training — you think about moving a pointer upwards over and over, and eventually the software learns what your brain activity looks like when you’re thinking “up” — and it’s the same with Samsung’s emotion-sensing software. Before the custom Twitter app will label your tweets with smiley and angry faces, you have to go through a training period where you tell the phone how you’re feeling. The software then correlates your “angry” with your actions during that period (your typing speed, phone shakiness, etc.)

If you lie about your emotional state to begin with, the software is useless — and so really we come back to whether you want your emotional state to be transmitted with your tweets, or whether you prefer delicious, internetty ambiguity. Still, we shouldn’t be too critical: As a stepping stone to computers that can feel and react to our emotions, and considering how much our lives now revolve around smartphones, Samsung has made a very important discovery.

Research In Motion May License BlackBerry Platform to Competitors

Research In Motion is reportedly exploring the possibility of licensing its forth coming BlackBerry 10 platform to competitors such as HTC and Samsung, Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek has said.

“We think some of this has already been started with RIM likely agreeing to license Blackberry 10 to Samsung, HTC, and possibly others,” Misek told InformationWeek.

“This would help create a critical mass for the ecosystem and maintain RIM’s monthly service revenue; however, it puts more pressure on the hardware business in the short term. Longer term, it possibly gets people hooked on the RIM ecosystem and may in fact allow them to sell more BB 10 handsets (if they are able to create compelling handsets).”

However, the company makes the bulk of its revenues from selling hardware, not licensing software, and the company would need its software to be provided in a vast array of competing handsets to recover the loss of income that migrating to a software firm would entail.