A report by IDC as of May, 2013 shows that Windows Phone has surpassed BlackBerry as the third most popular mobile OS with volume shipments reaching 7 million units compared to BlackBerry’s 6.3 million at end of 1st quarter 2013. Android phones continue to dominate the market with close to 200 million units followed by iOS at 37.4 million units.
The Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker also gives a total shipment volume for the quarter at 216.2 million units, which is a 41.6% year over year change. It’s a two-spot jump for Redmond from last quarter after capturing 3.2% market share compared to 2.9% for BlackBerry. The combined share of both Android and iOS is 92.3% which is still high, but Windows Phone’s big leap indicates a new direction taken by Microsoft even as BlackBerry struggles to keep the momentum with its transition to BlackBerry 10 (BB10) with a bulk of its handset portfolio still running the older OS.
As far as the dated BlackBerry OS is concerned, IDC thought that it has affected BlackBerry’s sales and smartphone ranking. Microsoft’s latest offer is Windows Phone 8 and pairing with BlackBerry 10 in market share seems to be impossible for now. However and the reality is, Redmond is doing everything it can to dislodge rival OS other than Android and iOS.
Apple’s iOS lost marketshare to Google’s Android platform in Q1 of 2013, according to a report released today by IDC. The report also shows Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform overtaking BlackBerry for third place.
The latest market data released on Thursday by IDC shows that Apple’s iOS accounted for 17.3 percent of smartphones shipped in the first quarter of the year, down from 23 percent a year ago. Still, Apple saw its strongest first quarter ever in terms of shipment volumes, as the company already announced last month it shipped a record 37.4 million iPhones.
The iOS platform, found only on one brand of smartphone, the iPhone, couldn’t keep pace with Google’s Android, available on a plethora of devices, available from a multitude of manufacturers.
Apple and Google combined to take 92% of the smartphone market, leaving competitors to pick up the scraps.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform grew from 3 million in Q1 2012 to 7 million in the same period this year. That was good for third place, the first time the operating system has ranked that high.
The Redmond firm’s gains were at the expense of BlackBerry, as the Canadian smartphone company saw it’s share fall in the quarter, shipping just 6.3 million BlackBerry devices.
We often hear liquid-cooling from OC enthusiasts who want to push the limits of their rig’s processor. However, NEC has taken the same concept to its smartphone line to reduce heat generated by gaming or intense use of its CPU core. NEC’s Medias X 06E could probably be heralded as the first liquid-cooled handset in the smartphone industry.
Although the setup is different from what we see on desktop computers, the X 06E uses water-filled heatpipe in order to draw heat away from its core. For its core attributes, the X 06E has 4.7-inch, 720p OLED display, touchscreen panel, quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, LTE support, 13.1MP rear camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. It also has IP58 certification which makes this handset waterproof and could withstand harsh elements such as sand and dust.
Many are surprised, however, with NEC’s decision to use a liquid-cooling system for the X 06E which uses Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU. NEC mentioned that liquid-cooling helps the phone runs on full power longer since the core isn’t prone to overheating. The liquid-cooling works by using a liquid-charged tube from the processor that’s connected to a graphite “radiator” which disperses the heat from the processor core. With this new cooling mechanism, it’s definitely worth checking NEC’s future handset models.
The NEC Medias X 06E is geared towards women as seen on its design and will be launched via NTT DoCoMo in Japan this summer. Price details is still a mystery.
While I have been a happy iPhone user for years, I must admit that I have used and appreciated Nokia’s Lumia 920 – if I had encountered this phone before the iPhone, I very well may have chosen Windows Phone 8 as my go-to platform rather than iOS. Today, Nokia unveiled an even newer model of their flagship line of Windows phones – the Lumia 925.
The Lumia 925 is made mostly from aluminum, and has an absolutely gorgeous design. It also packs an 8.7MP camera with a very clever optical image stabilization feature. It’s also much thinner and lighter than the Lumia 920 – although that comes at the cost of the 920′s wireless charging support.
Between the great camera, the new thinner and lighter design, and some nice hardware improvements under the hood, the Lumia 920 looks like a great new addition to Nokia’s lineup – and the most solid Windows Phone 8 device available to date. It will be available in Europe starting in June, with a launch on T-Mobile’s U.S. network shortly thereafter.
We look forward to getting one in for review as soon as we can – and of course, you’ll be the first ones to know when that happens! For more information, read the official press release, or check out Nokia’s product page for the device.
Summer couldn’t be more enjoyable than going to the beach or frolicking in the swimming pool with your friends. And Sony wants you to enjoy the sun even more with its upcoming waterproof phone, Xperia ZR.
The new smartphone from Sony Mobile allows users to capture high definition videos up to a depth of 1.5 meters (5 feet) underwater thanks to its Exmore RS image sensor. Other specs of the phone is also noteworthy to jot down including its 4.6-inch, 720p touchscreen display, quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB onboard RAM, 13MP rear camera with a dedicated camera button similar to Xperia ZL, WiFi, NFC support, Bluetooth and 4G LTE support.
In addition, it is powered by Android OS and features Battery STAMINA Mode which automatically shuts down apps when the screen is off thereby improving overall battery length in standby. The display panel utilizes the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 – similar to Bravia HDTVs – and OptiContrast panel for quality viewing experience even when using the phone on a bright sunny day.
The Sony Xperia ZR is available in several shades including black, white, pink and mint. It is expected to launch internationally (and in Japan as “Xperia A SO-04E”) by Q2 of this year for still unknown price tag. Check out the video below to see more details about the handset.