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Microsoft Surface Struggles to Ship A Million Units

While some see potential in Microsoft’s Surface tablet, most industry watchers appear to have written off the device at this point. Orders were reportedly cut in half following a slow launch, and Microsoft’s debut slate has been hammered time and time again by reviewers and analysts. The latest to pile on is Boston-based brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton, which estimates that when all is said and done, Microsoft will have sold fewer than 1 million Surface tablets in the slate’s debut quarter.

Read more: http://bgr.com/2012/12/05/microsoft-surface-sales-q4-2012-est/

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Company Turns Your Android Smartphone Into a Game Console

The time we spend making calls on smartphones pales in comparison to the other activities we use it for, like surfing the web, logging into Facebook, streaming music and video, and of course playing games. It’s that latter functionality that a startup called Green Throttle wants to tap into, and given the horsepower of today’s smartphones, it makes a lot of sense. The company envisions harnessing the power of today’s well-equipped Android smartphones and tablets in order to play console-like games on your HDTV. Right now the concept is limited to select devices — Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S II and S III, HTC One X, Kindle Fire HD, and Asus Transformer — though the company says it’s adding to the list quickly. The system is fairly simple. You load Green Throttle’s Arena app on your compatible device and start gaming using the company’s Bluetooth-enabled Atlas controller, which looks a lot like an Xbox 360 controller, then push your phone’s HDMI output to an HDTV

Read more: http://hothardware.com/News/Startup-Company-Green-Throttle-Turns-Your-Android-Smartphone-Into-a-Game-Console/

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Tablets Cause Wi-Fi Stress: Truth And Fiction

Wi-Fi wireless LANs (WLANs) have been displacing wired Ethernet as a preferred means of client access for years. Two years ago, we asked readers about wireless plans: Our InformationWeek Wireless LAN survey found about 40% of respondents predicting that they would largely replace wired access infrastructure within five years. Fast forward and it’s likely that today’s torrent of mobile devices rushing into the enterprise, whether resulting from formal, front-door BYOD policies or furtive, or back-door infiltration, is accelerating the timetable.

Read more at : http://www.informationweek.com/mobility/wlan/tablets-cause-wi-fi-stress-truth-and-fic/240062623

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Wireless Connectivity Problems Hinder Mobile Medical Image Systems

Mobile digital X-ray vendors need to step up their connectivity capabilities, concluded a recent report by KLAS. “Mobile Digital X-ray 2012: Moving in the Right Direction,” ranked four vendors on mobility, image quality, wireless connectivity and battery life. Although image quality is good among vendors, the report determined, issues arise with wireless connectivity and transferring images to a picture archiving and communications system (PACS).

Read more at : http://www.informationweek.com/healthcare/mobile-wireless/wireless-connectivity-problems-hinder-mo/240044413

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iPhone User Loyalty Drops in Europe, U.S.

Apple (AAPL) customers are famed for their loyalty, but it looks as though some of them may not be as fanatical as they’ve been in the past. New data from Strategy Analytics shows that 75% of iPhone owners in Western Europe said they would buy an Apple device for their next smartphone, versus 88% who said they’d buy an iPhone for their next device last year. iPhone user loyalty also dipped slightly in the United States, with 88% of iPhone owners saying they’d buy an Apple smartphone in the future, down from 93% last year.

Read more at : http://bgr.com/2012/10/30/iphone-user-loyalty-drops-europe-united-states/

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Advertising for relearned for Mobile

The stakes are significant for an industry that is still finding its way in the mobile world. Advertisers will spend a relatively small amount of money on ads on phones and tablets this year — $2.6 billion, according to eMarketer, less than 2 percent of the amount they will spend over all. Yet that is more than triple what they spent in 2010.

Read More at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/technology/advertisers-refine-mobile-pitches-for-phones-and-tablets.html?pagewanted=all

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Nokia falls out of Top 5 smartphone vendors while Samsung ships twice as many phones as Apple

Nokia, once the leading global smartphone manufacturer, has fallen so far behind Samsung and Apple that it no longer registers as a Top 5 vendor, according to market analysts IDC. Nokia has ranked among the Top 5 vendors since IDC first began tracking smartphone shipments in 2004, but the company fell behind Research In Motion, which shipped 7.7 million handsets in the quarter. That was a 34.7 percent decline from RIM’s shipments during the same period last ear, but it was still higher than the performance turned in by Nokia.

Read more at http://www.mobileburn.com/20750/news/nokia-falls-out-of-top-5-smartphone-vendors-as-samsung-ships-twice-as-many-phones-as-apple#Kg3Om03Y8Ywiy3RX.99

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Android mobile development mobile news

Sprint Releasing Jelly Bean for Samsung Galaxy S3

Sprint has announced that it will be the first U.S. carrier to release the Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade, and it’s kicking off the update process right now. Sprint says that it will make Android 4.1 Jelly Bean available to Samsung Galaxy S III devices through an over-the-air update rolling out in stages today. Customers will receive a notification to update that will guide them through the installation process and add several new features and improvements.

Read more at : http://bgr.com/2012/10/25/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-jelly-bean-upgrade-sprint/

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Why China, Japan, and Korea Are Key Localization Targets

Distimo has put out information in their latest report that suggests while English may be the dominant language in the western world, success in the east requires apps to speak the native tongue. There are three countries where English is not king: Japan, China, and South Korea. In these countries, apps that use the native tongue are the greatest revenue generators, though English generates the most downloads in those countries except for China. Japan and South Korea have been part of the smartphone culture for a long time now, even before the US, and as such may be more willing to spend money in applications that cater to their native language.

Read more at http://148apps.biz/distimo-reveals-why-china-japan-and-korea-are-key-localization-targets/

Resource: http://www.distimo.com/publications

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85% of social players quit after one day

According to a study by audience management firm Playnomics, roughly 85 percent of new players in the US never went back to playing their games after the first day. The study also reveals that “almost 95% of all US players acquired the first part of Q3 were inactiv by the end of Q3”. The study also shows that most social gamers play more on Mondays and more likely to play on Saturdays.

Read more at http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-10-18-85-percent-of-us-social-players-quit-after-one-day

Resource: http://www.playnomics.com//news/Q3%20%20report%20v4.pdf

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How to drive engagement, monetization for Android tablets

While much of the focus in the tablet space is on the iPhone, there are a growing number of Android tablets in play, such as the new Nexus 7 tablet. Developers who want to insure they are delivering a strong mobile experience across devices and create optimized apps for Android tablet users are finding meaningful results. This article by MobileMarketer suggests different tips and techniques to improve engagement and monetization for your next Android tablet app.

Read more at http://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/news/software-technology/13983.html

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iPhone 5 data usage already surpasses Samsung Galaxy S3’s

According to a recent study by Chitika Insights, which quantified data from user agent analysis on millions of mobile ad impressions over 7 day period from Oct 3rd through Oct 9th, iPhone 5 has about 56% of the web traffic volume whereas Galaxy S3 has the remainder of 44%.

http://insights.chitika.com/2012/iphone-5-galaxy-s-iii-study/

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Half of U.S. adults own a smartphone or a tablet

According to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center, about half of U.S. adults now own a smartphone or a tablet. The survey polled more than 9,500 adults from late June to early August. The findings have “major implications for how news will be consumed and paid for,” says Pew. About 20 percent of the mobile news users surveyed said they paid for an online subscription in the last year. However, mobile device ownership doesn’t necessarily mean that people are cutting back on viewing news on PCs or in print.

Read more at http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iTSCeSsXx4NQCCttEpO8QQrasQqg?docId=5b84a011f0ae42df858c48f1ee05fc73

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Android mobile news

Average Android users use less than 1GB of data

According to NPD Connected Intelligence, consumers generally use about 870 MB, or just under 1 GB of mobile data per month on average.The small usage of mobile data can be attributed to WiFi use and consumers generally use about 2.5 GB of data monthly when connected to a WiFi hotspot. The NPD research was reported by Fierce Wireless

Read more at http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/npd-android-smartphone-users-download-just-870-mb-over-cellular-month/2012-09-27

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Intel Debuts Clover Trail For Tablets, Launches New Atom Inside

Intel is launching its next-generation Clover Trail platform. The new Intel Z2760 is a dual-core, quad-threaded device clocked at up to 1.8GHz, with support for up to 2GB of RAM and graphics provided courtesy of a single PowerVR SGX545 core. Chipzilla expects to see wide adoption from multiple partners, with a host of tablets expected to launch simultaneously with Windows 8. It’s been 4.5 years since Intel launched the first Atom processors and detailed its plans for a next-generation ecosystem of handheld x86 devices with lower power consumption and better performance-per-watt than any modern Pentium or Core 2 Duo. Intel’s idea for a MID (Mobile Internet Device) never caught on, but the first Atoms drove the adoption of netbooks by popularizing the idea of a low-cost computer with far more battery life than anything else on the market.

 

Intel debuts Clover Trail for tablets, launches new Atom Inside brand

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Texas Instruments Exits The Mobile Market: What It Means For Competitors

On Tuesday, Texas Instruments Inc. announced that it would “reduce R&D expenditures” on the OMAP SoC (Open Multimedia Applications Platform Systems On Chips) used in many smartphones and tablets, including the latest Amazon Kindle. Texas Instruments just told the industry it was exiting the mobile application processor business.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/893771-texas-instruments-exits-the-mobile-market-what-it-means-for-competitors

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Gamevil’s Kyu Lee weighs in on publishing, niche markets and international success

Kyu Lee, vice president of South Korean publisher and developer Gamevil, talks to Inside Mobile Apps about how his company’s turn to publishing has enabled it to increase revenues, rack up more than 150 million downloads and translate its domestic success to the international market. The first half of the company’s fiscal year was the best it had ever recorded, with $28.1 million in sales and $9.8 million in profits. The company is not only doing well in the lucrative South Korean market, it’s been able to establish itself in the far more competitive international arena, where sales have increased by 161 percent year-over-year.

Read more at http://www.insidemobileapps.com/2012/09/19/gamevils-kyu-lee-weighs-in-on-publishing-niche-markets-and-international-success/

 

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iOS6 Adoption Rate Jumps to 15 percent in 24 hours

iOS 6 has been released just two days ago (Sept 19th), and according both Chitika and ChartBoost, 15 percent of Apple mobile device traffic is now under iOS 6. Although there has been much outcry from the current iOS users that the new iOS takes some features away while adding some others (Google Maps replaced with Apple Maps, etc), the data suggests that whatever the advantages they see in the iOS 6 has been enough to affect the early adopters.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/21/ios-6-becomes-15-percent-of-apple-mobile-device-traffic-in-24h/

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Scientists figure out how mobile carriers are overcharging you on data usage

New study from UCLA suggests that carriers overcharge for monthly wireless data. MIT’s Technology Review says that the study looked at mobile data calculations from two major wireless carriers and found that while carriers usually got things right, they “tended to overcount” when they did err in their estimates. And this doesn’t just affect people who spend their entire days streaming video either, as the researchers found that “even typical use of a phone could lead the data to be overcounted by 5 to 7 percent.”

 

Read more at http://mashable.com/2012/09/14/data-usage-wrong/

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New Research Gauges Small Merchants’ Adoption of Mobile Payment Technology

The small business PCI compliance and security experts at ControlScan partnered with TransFirst, one of the nation’s largest privately-held payment processors, to survey Level 4 merchants regarding their awareness and adoption of mobile payment technology in multiple business scenarios. More than 730 merchants responded to the inaugural Mobile Payment Acceptance Survey, providing a revealing look into current technology preferences and gaps as well as perceived customer demand for mobile payment options.

Read more at http://pymnts.com/news/businesswire-feed/2012/september/12/new-research-gauges-small-merchants-adoption-of-mobile-payment-technology-20120912005108/

 

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Where a 4G LTE iPhone Would Actually Matter

With AT&T announcing their 4G LTE expansion across the nation, and the new iPhone 5 speculation, here’s a detailed map from Time: Techland on where the 4G LTE would actually matter.

When Apple announces its new iPhone next week, there’s a good chance it’ll support 4G LTE data speeds. If that happens, we’ll surely hear all about it from wireless carriers eager to extol their own gloriously fast networks.

But as this happens, it’s worth noting that 4G data is still a work in progress. That may explain why Apple has held off on the technology for so long, even as Android and Windows Phone handsets have adopted it. Wireless carriers in the United States aren’t nearly finished rolling out their faster networks, so while the new iPhone may support 4G LTE, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get faster speeds in your area.

Read more: http://techland.time.com/2012/09/07/4g-lte-reality-check-where-a-4g-iphone-would-matter/#ixzz25nXdRMBg