Android Picks Up The Pace In Smartphone Sales Over iOS Globally, While Windows Phone Continues With Modest Gains, Says Kantar
Google's mobile OS Android continues to power ahead as the world's most popular smartphone platform, according to figures out today from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, the WPP-owned market research company that tracks sales of handsets across key markets on a 12-week rolling cycle. In the nine markets surveyed by Kantar -- Australia, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK and the U.S., all detailed in the table below -- the only one where Android did not dominate was Japan, where Apple's iOS just about eked out a lead against it (49.2% versus 45.8% of sales) for the three months ending March 31. Elsewhere, the figures indicate that regardless of whether the market is developed (U.S., UK, Germany) or emerging (China) or struggling financially (Spain), collectively, Android handset makers are winning them all, with sales figures for the platform reaching their high point in Spain, at 93.5% of all smartphone sales.
Apple Patents A Convertible MacBook Design, And Street View Navigation That Can Go Inside Buildings
A couple of new Apple patent applications published today show how the company might be thinking about competing with recent innovations from other big tech companies with similar, but different designs. The first is a filing that describes a convertible MacBook design, with a touch-sensitive screen that separates from the base. The second is a method for navigating a Street View-style view of virtual maps, complete with a twist that allows it to go inside buildings, too.
Google Chromebooks Go Global: Now Available In Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland And The Netherlands
Google has learned all that it needs to learn about the reception of its Chromebook laptops in the US and UK, and has announced availability of Acer, HP and Samsung flavors of its device in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. As we’ve spent time with Google’s Chromebook and OS, it has become apparent that the goal of the operating system is to focus on what people do on a computer the most, which is surf the web in a browser. Since Chrome has become the #1 browser, building an operating system that showcases it makes complete sense. In addition to this global rollout, Chromebooks will now be available in all 1,000+ Best Buy stores that sell PCs in the US. Basically, that’s twice the number of stores that Chromebooks were sold in previously. This in-store rollout will take place over the next two weeks. As far as the rest of Google’s line of laptops in partnership with Acer, HP and Samsung, there is indeed a niche that has gravitated towards the machine ...
Tale Of The Tape: Chromebook Pixel Vs. Surface Pro Vs. MacBook Air
Google hasn't always been known for making breathtaking hardware, but today's announcement of the Chromebook Pixel -- arguably one of the best-looking laptops ever made, if nothing else -- means that may no longer be the case. Still, you can't be blamed for being wary of shelling out a decent chunk of money on Google's first foray into laptops, let alone a Chromebook of all things, so here's a preliminary look at how the Chromebook Pixel stacks up against two prominent rivals in the computing space: the stock version of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air and Microsoft's Surface Pr
Wi-Fi And Cellular Versions Of The iPad Mini And 4th-Gen iPad Will Hit China This Week
Apple announced today that the Wi-Fi and cellular versions of the iPad Mini and the fourth generation iPad with Retina Display will be available in China this Friday. iPad Mini and the fourth generation iPad are currently available in more than 100 countries, including the China, the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K.