The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is an ideal choice for those looking for a high-spec Android phone that offers a sleek design and all the latest in smartphone technology.Â One of the phone’s most prominent features is its 4.5 inch super AMOLED screen, which enables users to watch HD videos directly on the phone.
More than 10 billion apps have been downloaded from Google’s Android Market, to mark the moment Google said that for the next 10 days it would cut the price of some top apps to 10p each. The search giant announced the milestone on its blog adding that the store’s apps were being downloaded at a rate of one billion a month.Google has placed increasing emphasis on app sales and downloads, launching movie rentals and redesigning the Android Market to better rival Apple’s App Store. In the three years it has been open, Apple’s App Store has amassed more than 18 billion downloads, and over the App Store’s first two years it totalled approximately 5 billion downloads. Google has benefitted from huge numbers of manufacturers adopting its open-source Android operating system, however. We shall watch with interest how the battle develops over the next few months.
It looks as though Android is winning the battle of the mobile operating systems as a new report from Garner suggests that 52.5% of mobiles that were sold between July and September used this system. This represents more than double the 25.3 percent share Google’s mobile OS enjoyed the year before, and up from a 43.4 percent share in the second quarter of 2011. It seems that this growth has come at the expense of the Symbian phones as this now only account for 16.9% of new phone sales, down from 36.3 percent last year.Other figures released show that Apple’s iPhone makes up 15 percent of all mobile phone sales, down slightly from 16.6 percent in 2010, and RIM’s Blackberry OS took up 11 percent of new mobile phone sales, while Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform continued to languish at only 1.5 percent of the market.
It was only going to be a matter of time and it’s nearly here, Google is teaming up with MasterCard and Citigroup to embed technology in Android mobile devices that would allow consumers to make purchases by waving their Smartphone’s in front of a small reader at the checkout counter. For the present anyway, people who have Citigroup-issued debit and credit cards activate a mobile-payment application on their Android phone.Naturally much of this is aimed at Google’s bottom line as the Internet giant is aiming to make mobile payments easier in a bid to boost its advertising business. The planned payment system would allow Google to offer retailers more data about their customers and help them target ads and discount offers to mobile-device users near their stores. Google isn’t expected to get a cut of the transaction fees, the idea is to turn the phones into a kind of electronic wallet.
Tablets are big news this year with a range of different companies all clambering to compete with the phenomenally successful Apple iPad and ASUS is no exception as they prepare to release 3 different tablets over the coming months.The one that we are concentrating on today is the Eee Pad Transformer, which quite possibly will become a common form factor for future tablets. The Eee Pad Transformer has a 10.1 inch captive touchscreen display and runs Androids new 3.0 operating system, but the best thing is that it has an optional QWERTY keyboard dock that changes it into a netbook.The screen clicks in and out of the keyboard dock effortlessly, but once in the dock it has a battery life of 16 hours thanks to a second battery; the dock will also recharge the screen when plugged in. Other specs include a dual-core Tegra 2 processor from NIVIDIA, 512MB or 1GB of ram, up to 64GB of hard disk space and two cameras; a 5 megapixel on the rear and 1.2 megapixel on the front.Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity is included and 3G is optional if you need it as well as a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The keyboard dock has two USB 2.0 connectors and 93% sized keys making it easy to type on.The Eee Pad Transformer is due out in early April; there is no word on price yet, but expect it to be competitively priced with the likes of the iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab.
According to retail giant Tesco, sales of Android-based mobile phones has surpassed those of Apple’s iPhone on its network. Tesco offers a mobile service which uses the O2 network has indicated that iPhone sales were ahead of Android handsets before Christmas 2010, the sales figures equalled out in January, with Android surpassing iPhone in February.There is now of course a lot of choice both in network providers as well as the ‘phone that can be bought, either through monthly contract deals or outright purchase. This is good for the consumer as this healthy competition drives down prices and offers great choice for consumers. Although the introduction of the iPhone 5 is due from Apple later this year, the Google Android system is expected to grow significantly in 2011.
Apple and Samsung are two names which have got some of the best electronic gadgets to their credit. Adding to their value is the new generation tablet, PC devices, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad. Both these devices have revolutionized the electronics markets, round the globe, with their most advanced features. With the benefit of competition, not only from these two companies, but UK service providers too, means that both of these gadgets are out there at truly affordable prices, with the mobile phone deals of top UK service providers like Three, Vodafone, Orange, etc. The contract Samsung Galaxy Tab deals and Apple iPad deals are much sought after as you not only get the gadgets absolutely free, but also stand a chance of winning some amazing incentives along with it, like unlimited data usage every month and importantly a free connection.
The Motorola Milestone is excellent for use on the web and delivers a first class messaging system and the best of media features, all packed into the thinnest QWERTY slider phone you can buy. It’s fast too, with its Flash 10 html ready browser and high speed processor it is one of the latest devices from Motorola Mobile phones.Features include Google Mail push to your inbox, 3G, web browser, Google Maps and Motonav which is Motorola’s own navigation system. It also has a 5 megapixel camera complete with flash, image stabilisation facility, auto-focus, zoom and top DVD quality. Motonav provides a hands free GPS system with spoken directions. It even converts into an alarm clock, digital photo frame, or music player with the addition of the optional Motorola Milestone multi-media station. The Android operating system means that there is a huge range of apps in the Android Market that can make your phone do almost anything. The possibilities with apps are increasing continually.Battery life is good on this model and you need it if you want to use a range of apps. You get up to 260 minutes of continuous talk time on 3G and 390 minutes on GSM. Standby time is up to 380 hours on its 1400 mAh Li lon battery. If connectivity is your priority the Motorola Milestone does not disappoint with its html5 webkit browser, stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, micro USB, and built in headset jack. If you want all your contacts in the same place, easy access satnav, media player facilities and a camera, all in one very slim line package with a large, easy to view screen, then this is the answer.
The HTC Wildfire can be seen as a higher specification HTC Tattoo or a downscaled HTC Desire, but is positioned to bring the Google Android handset to the mass market. This device features the HTC Sense user interface, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity and a 3.2 touchscreen display.The HTC Wildfire also features an optical trackpad for alternative navigation through the phone and a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus and smile detection. There is also a 3.5mm headphone socket for listening to audio and video files and a microSD card slot capable of holding microSd cards up to 32GB.The HTC Wildfire will be available in four colours, black, brown, red and white and will have social networking integration as well as access to the Android Market with thousands of downloadable applications and games.There is no news on how much this device will cost, but is expected to come out sometime in July here in the UK. HTC mobile phones have taken quite a bit of the market share over the past couple of years and the Wildfire is sure to persuade those looking for a cheaper alternative to the HTC Desire.
T-Mobile has said that it will be changing the tariff plans for its T-Mobile Google Android G1 phone. The G1 was only available for the Flext40 and Combi 35 contracts, which would cost at least £31.50 a month, but will now be available for £20 a month for a small price. The T-Mobile G1 is a direct competitor for the hugely successful iPhone 3G, and RIM’s new Blackberry Storm, with T-Mobile’s tariff cut bound to be very popular this Christmas. The T-Mobile G1 will now be available for free on the Flext 30 tariff, which is an 18 month contract costing £30 a month; for this you will get unlimited internet access and up to 700 minutes of calls or 1400 text messages. The G1 will also be available on T-Mobile’s Combi 15 contract, which is 18 months, but gives you 100 minutes and 200 texts all for £20; the phone will cost you £100 if you choose this option, but does come with 8GB of memory. There are no plans to bring out a pay and go option for the G1 Smartphone, but the success of O2’s pay as you go iPhone 3G may persuade T-Mobile Phones to follow suit.
After the announcement earlier this week that Apple had made a 26% rise in profits over the same period last year, it seems that the iPhone sales have dropped. Sources inside O2, the exclusive mobile network for the iPhone in the UK, have stated that iPhone sales are down to around 18,000 a week.