Wednesday 28 November 2012

28/11/2012: Android gaining on Apple's market share in tablets, Microsoft to fix WP8 rebooting issues, Apple vs. Samsung, RIM vs, Nokia and much more!

Android is starting to catch Apple in tablet market share!

   It seems Apple is finally having to deal with genuine competitors in the tablet market with Android devices making up 44% of the world's tablet market!

   ABI Research that during the third quarter of 2012 Apple slipped to it's lowest market share in 2010 and the launch of the initial iPad, with a 55% of the tablet market. The guys also said that “with the introduction of a smaller, lower-cost iPad mini, Apple has acknowledged Android’s beachhead of 7-inch-class tablets", although the iPad mini is a considerably pricier competitor. 

   We'll have to see what effect Amazon's stellar Black Friday sales of their Kindle Fire's has on these stats when Q1 2013 rolls round!

ABIResearch via Eurodroid.

In other news:

  • Amazon's Android AppStore has finally landed in Japan!
  • Microsoft is reportedly looking into issue which some people have been reporting on their HTC 8X's and new Nokia Lumia's. The Redmond guys said, “We’re continuing to investigate some reports of phones rebooting and have identified a cause with our partners.” They said they "are working to get an over-the-air update out in December.” Via LaptopMag.
  • Apple has successfully got a ban on Samsung phones and tablets in According to the court, those are Samsung's Galaxy device versions 2.2.1 and higher that don't use Samsung's updated "blue flash" photo gallery technology. Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple 100,000 euros for each and every day it violates the ruling. Samsung alos has to disclose how much profit it has made from the infringing products since late June 2011, something the court will later use to decide how much Apple will earn from the lawsuit.
    Via CNet.
  • HTC have appointed a new marketing manager called Benjamin Ho who will replace the outgoing John Wang. He will be in charge of launching “Marketing 2.0″ which will focus the company’s efforts on “holistic marketing and mass-market brand outreach.”

    There's quite a lot of work to be done to turn HTC around and the success of this marketing will determine HTC's future.
    Via Slashgear.
  • RIM has lost to Nokia in the courts after the company "was in breach of contract and is not entitled to manufacture or sell WLAN products without first agreeing royalties with Nokia". This could be a big issue for RIM as they seek to get back on track with their upcoming release of BB10.
    Via ITPro.
  • The Carphone Warehouse is currently selling the 32GB Nexus 7 for £179 which is £20 cheaper than Google's Play Store. The tablet is currently out of stock but we're sure there will be more available soon! You can check here!
    Via AndroidMagazine.
  • There's been reports today that Microsoft may be planning yearly software updates! Which would mean Windows 9 would be here this time next year. This is pure speculation at the moment but we'll let you know if we hear any more!
    Via Slashgear.
And finally, Pheonix Devices have shown off an updated version of their upcoming WebOS for Android app. You can check out the demonstration below!
Via Phandroid.


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