Lots of news from the Mobile World Congress this week. Mobile phone giant Nokia on Monday unveiled a phone with a powerful 41 Megapixel camera as it attempts to reposition itself back at the forefront of the mobile market. On Sunday, Chinese mobile maker Huawei made headlines with what it claims is the world's fastest smartphone. The Ascend D quad features much-vaunted quad core technology -- twice the processing power of most new devices -- and runs Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the Google-linked Android operating system. Another surprise -- chiefly because the technology has proved unpopular in the past -- came in the shape of the Samsung Galaxy Beam, a phone featuring a built-in projector. The Android-powered device allows users to beam 50-inch wide video and photo images onto walls. Industry reviewers said the gadget appeared to work well during demonstrations in a darkened room. The as yet unpriced Galaxy Beam is expected to be in shops in the next few months.
Facebook is being accused of snooping on its users' text messages, but the social network says the accusations are inaccurate and misleading. The NY Times said Facebook "admitted" to reading users' text messages during a test of its own messaging service. The report also says information such as user location, contacts list, and browser history are often accessed and sometimes transmitted to third-party companies, including advertisers.
Apple may be dropping the standard 30 pin connector for a smaller connector in the next iPod or iPhone device. They say it is because the connector takes up so much room that they don't have enough room to put any new options on the device. The only problem is that there are millions of items like speakers and other extensions that manufacturers have created for this 30 pin connector. Hold off on buying any new 30 pin add on until we know for sure.
According to a statement from Google on Monday, the amount of content on the Android Market is nearing that of Apple's App Store as it now offers over 450,000 apps, which has helped Android devices see an activation rate of 850,000 handsets a day. The numbers were announced in a tweet and subsequent blog post by Google's Senior Vice President of Mobile Andy Rubin from the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, an annual event that is the world's largest mobile industry exhibition and conference.
Intel scored a big win last week by selling its new low powered processors to go into France Telecom's Orange Smart Phone. The Orange phone will be sold in various European countries later this year. Analysts were worried that Intel would be left behind by companies like Samsung, Qualcomm, and British based ARM technologies which go into Apple's products. Motorola and Lenovo will also use Intel for upcoming handsets to be names.
The numbers are in for smart phone sales in the 4th quarter of last year. 125 million smart phones old worldwide. That's a 36% increase over 4th qtr 2010. Android smart phones led the way with 46%. Apple had 30% of the market, and Blackberry had 15%. In 2010 BB was 36% and prior to that they were about 70%. Microsoft had the lowest market share last year with Windows Phone 7 with only 2.2%, but that is actually a step up for them. With the release of the Nokia Microsoft Windows 7 phones sales are rapidly rising , and may top BB by year's end, or early next year.
If you're already planning on standing in line to get your hands on an iPad 3, make sure you bring a full wallet. The latest report suggests Apple's next generation tablet will retail for as much as $899 when it launches in the US. The entry-level model will be priced at a cool $579, according to a post on a Chinese social networking site. The post includes a screenshot of a spreadsheet, in Chinese, with side-by-side prices of the iPad 2 and iPad 3. Best Buy dropped the price of their iPad2 by $50 in preparation for the iPad3.
On Monday, Facebook revealed big plans for mobile, saying that it will be working with several wireless carriers worldwide to process payments for applications. The company outlined its plans in a blog post. Facebook executive Douglas Purday said that more people use the mobile Web to access Facebook than "from our top native apps combined" and that the company is working to make mobile a more seamless experience. Facebook's chief technology officer Bret Taylor also announced the plans at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Earlier this month, Proview brought the fight over the trademark to U.S. soil, filing a lawsuit against Apple in a California district court. In a press release issued through New York-based PR firm Powell Tate, Proview amended that complaint to accuse Apple of several counts of unfair competition and fraud, AppleInsider reported. The press release reads: "The complaint provides evidence that the December 23, 2009 agreement that Proview Taiwan entered into was fraudulently induced by the concealment and suppression of material facts by Apple's agents, and that, as a result, the 2009 agreement is void. Once the agreement is voided for fraud, the iPad trademarks in the European Union, South Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam will revert back to Proview Taiwan."
Today at Mobile World Congress, Asus finally released its long-awaited Padfone. Though the device first made an appearance last May in a promotional video, sightings of the actual device have been rare. The Padfone can slide into the Asus Padstation to become a 10.1-inch tablet. Everything that you can do on the phone, from browsing the Web, to playing media, to using apps, you now can do in tablet form. You can even make calls using the integrated speakerphone or a Bluetooth headset (you'd look pretty silly carrying a tablet next to your ear).
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