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Android This Week: Galaxy S2 vs iPhone; AT&T bakes Gingerbread, myTouch 4G Slide reviewed

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The next Android vs iOS battle is shaping up between two challengers in the U.S.: The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 2 and anticipated next iPhone model. What makes this interesting is that comparisons between the two platforms are generally looked upon differently, depending on which platform you support.

Apple’s iOS handset sales are mainly generated from from one new model per year, although older models also contribute. Android sales are derived from a vast number of different phones using Google’s platform.

The U.S. is poised, however, to see these two companies go head to head. It’s expected that Apple will announce and release a new iPhone in August or September. Samsung introduced the Galaxy S 2 in May, spreading availability to many countries outside of the U.S. and claims 5 million sales in just 85 days.

Several U.S. versions of the Galaxy S 2, varying by carrier, are likely to launch within the next month or two, including at least one for AT&T that may have a hardware keyboard. AT&T accounted for more than 17 percent of all iPhone sales last quarter, so that particular battleground should prove interesting.

While all U.S. carriers have embraced Android, AT&T publicly renewed its commitment to Google’s platform this week. The second largest carrier said it will offer Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread, for all Android handsets it launched in 2011, starting with the Motorola Atrix 4G. Five other handsets already earned a spot on the upgrade list, including the Samsung Captivate, which is last year’s Galaxy S model for AT&T; an then-impressive alternative to Apple’s iPhone.

Also impressive are this year’s Android phones; many of which bring either a faster processor, improved user interface, or high-quality camera sensor. T-Mobile’s myTouch 4G Slide gains all three of these features and impressed me over a two-week review period.

At 6.5 ounces, the phone is heavier than most smartphones, but the main reason is due to the 4-row QWERTY keyboard that hides under the 3.7-inch display. A 1.2 GHz dual-core chip keeps the phone moving along quickly and the wide aperture 8 megapixel camera is paired with smart software that supports a fast burst mode, HDR images and wide panoramic views.

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Written by Kees Winkel

July 31, 2011 at 11:48

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Chinese Juggernaut Alibaba Is Building An Android-Killer

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Alibaba Group, one of the most powerful Chinese internet companies, is building its own mobile operating system, the Journal reports.

This is an unusual move for Alibaba, which is mostly an e-commerce destination. But if Amazon is building app stores…

The OS will be “cloud-based” with most applications in the cloud instead of having to be downloaded. And even though it will initially launched in China, Alibaba doesn’t rule out rolling it out elsewhere, the Journal’s source says.

It’s hard to overestimate how powerful Alibaba is, and how big and important the Chinese market is, so this is worth paying attention to.

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July 5, 2011 at 09:24

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Nielsen says: In US, Smartphones Now Majority of New Cellphone Purchases

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June 30, 2011

Source: blog.nielsen.com and GiGaOm

Apple iOS up, Android flat, RIM down among recent acquirers.

Smartphones continue to grow in popularity. According to Nielsen’s May survey of mobile consumers in the U.S., 38 percent now own smartphones. And 55 percent of those who purchased a new handset in the past three months reported buying a smartphone instead of a feature phone, up from 34 percent just a year ago.

Android continues to be the most popular smartphone operating system, with 38 percent of smartphone consumers owning Android devices. However, while Android also leads among those who recently purchased a new smartphone, it is the Apple iPhone that has shown the most growth in recent months.

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Written by Kees Winkel

June 30, 2011 at 16:26

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Apple’s iOS 5 already jailbroken

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Everyone’s favorite muscle-bound nerd brought iOS fans great news on Tuesday: iOS 5 has already been jailbroken. The Dev Team’s “MuscleNerd” posted on Twitter that he has successfully jailbroken Apple’s iOS 5 software using Limera1n. Right now his jailbreak is tethered, meaning the device must be connected to a computer each time it is booted, but this version of the jailbreak will never reach consumers so it doesn’t really matter. MuscleNerd says the exploit used to jailbreak the iOS 5 beta will still work on the final release version, so iOS users can sit pretty knowing the latest version of the operating system will likely be jailbroken immediately following its release this fall.

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June 7, 2011 at 18:10

10 Apps Apple Just Killed With iOS 5

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WhatsApp is the most popular BBM-like messenger for iPhone


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WhatsApphas been one of the most popular iOS messaging apps for a while because it let you message in real time with friends.

 

You can see delivery receipts, read receipts, typing notifications, and more. It uses push notifications.

Now, it’s all included in iMessage, and brand new real time messaging app for iOS.

One thing WhatsApp still has, however, is cross-platform messaging. There are no plans for iMessage to become an open protocol that other operating systems could use.

via 10 Apps Apple Just Killed With iOS 5.

 

Written by Kees Winkel

June 7, 2011 at 12:17

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With possible Nokia deal, Microsoft could try to become the next Apple

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Apple, a company many said had repeatedly delayed the development and launch of the iPhone for fear that it might cannibalize its iPod business, is now a “mobile devices company” with a smartphone that is undoubtedly its flagship device. Chief Executive Steve Jobs and Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook have both publicly acknowledged this major transition on several occasions, including on stage while unveiling the iPad and on earnings calls while speaking with analysts. Apple is growing at an unheard of pace and stockpiling mountains of cash, all thanks to its mobile business. Personal Computers, Apple’s core business for nearly 30 years, now play second fiddle to the company’s mobile devices in terms of both revenue and mind share. On the other side of the table, old rival Microsoft is doing all it can to regain its footing in the mobile space after letting its Windows Mobile platform grow stale and moldy. Windows Mobile’s replacement, Windows Phone, is still in its infancy but early reports have suggested adoption has been slow at best. So where does Microsoft go from here?

Read the whole interesting story at BGRWith possible Nokia deal, Microsoft could try to become the next Apple.

Why Twitter integration in iOS 5 is Apple’s game-changing social play – Apple

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There’s a rumor floating around that Twitter will be integrated at the system level into iOS 5. While parts of the story seem to make sense, there’s a bigger picture that’s being left in the cold. First off, let’s look at the rumor:

Twitter integration will allow you to have a “Send to Twitter” option for your photos. This would use the still-to-come Twitter-owned photo service.

But wait. That’s it? Surely not.

No. Not even close. I think that we have to look at something far larger than just being able to send photos to a social network from the Camera app. If we’re going full system-level integration, there are many other pieces of the puzzle that start to fall into place.

We’ve already seen Apple and Twitter team up to integrate iTunes Ping into your Twitter stream. But Apple won’t be happy with a single integration into Twitter’s sidebar. There’s much more to an impending social play and Twitter is the way to move that forward.

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June 1, 2011 at 06:30

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