Kindle Fire turns up heat on competition

Amazon has finally unveiled its new colour tablet, the Kindle Fire, as it prepares to lock horns with a number of industry leaders on various fronts in what is a ferociously competitive market.

The new device, already being touted as stiff competition to the market dominance of Apple’s iPad, will be available to purchase for roughly $300 less than the cheapest Apple equivalent.

Kindle is already a well established brand, with the new Fire model standing on the shoulders of several generations of popular...

By Matt Henkes, 29 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, Devices, Industry, Marketing, N America, Wireless.

Spotify, Guardian and Indy partner with Facebook to offer new social apps

Consumers will soon be able to access music, movies and news on their mobiles via Facebook after Spotify, The Guardian, The Independent and Vevo joined up to be part of a new range of social apps.These companies, along with Cinemur, Myvideo, Deezer and Dailymotion are among the 33 European launch partners joining up to roll out a new range of social apps which is helping the social media site cement its position as a multi-entertainment platform.Founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced the company's latest move at the...

By Verity Gough, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, Devices, Mobile, Smart TV.

Samsung woos developers as TV app marketplace gathers momentum

Samsung’s seems to be taking measures to give its TV apps marketplace the characteristics of an accelerating snowball, launching a $100,000 developer challenge as it nears 10m applications downloaded since going online in 2010.

With the Free the TV Challenge, the firm is hoping to entice developers into working on what it calls ‘converging apps’, that is, solutions that enable interaction between Samsung smart TVs and at least one other device screen, a smartphone, for instance.

Developers...

By Matt Henkes, 23 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Smartphones, Smart TV.

How long will the iPad fever last?

2011: the year of media tablets

Although there were tablets in the market long before iPad, after its first announcement many still had doubts, and questioned the usefulness of such a device. Nevertheless Apple exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. Since the release of the iPad, Apple alone has shipped a total of 15 million tablets making it a most wanted Christmas present of 2010. Despite a temporary volume decrease in Q1 2011, caused by delayed iPad 2 launch, in Q2 2011 again there were 9.25...

By Research2Guidance, 19 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, China, Consumers, Devices, Industry, LATAM, N America, Research.

RIM Launches Three New BlackBerry Curve Devices

RIM has unveiled three new BlackBerry Curve handsets at a global press conference held in London.

According to a RIM press release the devices, the BlackBerry Curve 9350, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 and the BlackBerry Curve 9370, are designed to “address a large and important segment of the global mobile phone market where customers are looking to upgrade their existing BlackBerry Curve with an affordable, easy-to-use, full-featured and socially connected smartphone”.

Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at...

By AlwaysOnMessage, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Devices, Europe, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

UK Prime Minister pushes for social networking restrictions

Users of Twitter, Facebook and other such social networking sites could face a ban if they are found to be using them to organsise criminal activity following the widespread social unrest witnessed across the country last week.Speaking in the Commons last week, Prime Minister, David Cameron said that the government were working with the police, intelligence services and industry to look at "whether it would be right to stop people communicating via social networks if they know they are plotting violence, disorder...

By Verity Gough, 15 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Content, Devices, Mobile.

Android doubles share of mobile market

The Android operating system has taken the lion's share of the mobile phone market over the past 12 months, according to the latest research from Gartner.Google's operating system, which runs on devices from manufacturers including Motorola, HTC and Samsung, is now the most widely installed in the world, appearing on 43.4 percent of all new smartphones sold in the first two quarters of 2011.

Of the 107.7 million smartphones shipped to the UK over the period, 46.8 million were Android devices - a complete contrast to...

By Verity Gough, 14 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Devices, Smartphones.

Android to have as many users as Apple’s App Store

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Apple’s and Android’s race in smart device market

One of the heat topics these days are the results of smartphone shipments. Apple became the top-selling device manufacturer with its record-breaking 20.3 million device shipments during the second quarter of 2011, whereas Android owns 48% of market as a largest...

By Research2Guidance, 14 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Mobile.