iPhone 5 Tops All Smartphones in Fourth Quarter

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While the usual crowd of pundits continue to predict the ultimate fall and demise of the iPhone, the Apple-branded smartphone continues to maintain its dominant position within the market. The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics confirm that the iPhone 5, released in late September, was the best-selling smartphone worldwide during the fourth quarter of last year.

The recent success of the iPhone can largely be attributed to its timely release, as a late Fall launch positioned the smartphone as a hot seller during the holiday shopping season. Strategy Analytics data reveals that Apple moved 27.4 million iPhone 5 units during Q4 2012, in addition to 17.4 million iPhone 4S models. Samsung shipped 15.4 million Galaxy S III units.  (more…)

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What’s the Best Cheap Android Device?

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Android continues to grow in popularity as it powers high-profile, high-powered flagship devices. One of the greatest aspects of Android, however, is that it enables cheaper hardware to run a fully capable OS that also has a huge ecosystem of applications, and a modern web browser.

Forum member Z4CH1NT0SH has asked our Android forums what the best “cheap” Android device is. He is looking for a device around the $200 ballpark, though isn’t afraid to go a little higher for quality.

Without a doubt, the best unlocked, cheap device currently available is the Nexus 4. (more…)

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Latest Analytics Show China as the Largest Smart Device Market

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A new report from Flurry, a large, online analytics network, states that China has surpassed the United States to take the title of the largest smart device market in the world.

China’s mobile market began to grow at an accelerated rate early last year, and has since continued to catch up to the United States until this month, where it appears that China’s installed userbase of smartphones has surpassed that of the US. China will likely continue to experience growth as the country’s growing middle class purchases devices. (more…)

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Samsung Rumored to Respond to iWatch With Galaxy Watch

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Rumors of an Apple-branded wearable iPod — the so-called “iWatch” — haven’t even materialized yet, but there is already speculation about what competition such a device would have. According to rumor blog SamMobile, Samsung is working on a Galaxy Watch for arm bands, bike mounts and pouches.

The rumored Galaxy Watch would be part of Samsung’s “Project J,” which reportedly will also involve a Galaxy S IV Mini alongside the purported full-sized, fourth-generation Galaxy smartphone itself. No estimated release dates are provided, but the Galaxy S IV is expected to be unveiled around March 15th.

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Steve Wozniak: iPhone has “Somewhat” Fallen Behind Other Smartphones

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Steve Wozniak, the other half of Apple’s team of founders, has always offered his own opinions in relation to the tech industry. He isn’t afraid to speak out against Apple, or any of Apple’s products. It shouldn’t be particularly surprising that he recently made critique of Apple’s mobile operating system and how it compares to other entrants such as Android and Windows Phone 8.

According to an interview with Wiwo.de (via MacRumors), Wozniak had the following to say about Apple, its fans, and its products in comparison to the rest of the industry:

I am proud that we have such loyal fans. But this loyalty is not given, the need to have the best products is always there. Currently we are in my opinion somewhat behind with features in the smartphone business. Others have caught up. Samsung is a big competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products.

Further comments do reveal that he has a huge amount of respect for Apple and its products, stating that he wouldn’t miss an event or launch, but only because of how great the products are. (more…)

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Apple Takes Global Web Usage from Nokia as Google Chrome Grows on Mobile

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While Apple may not lead Android in overall marketshare, some are quick to point out that the iPhone is far and away the leader in terms of overall web usage between the two platforms in almost every country. Apple today surged past Nokia, likely on strong Holiday sales, to become the leader in overall web usage on mobile devices. Nokia, popular in third-world countries nearing or going through industrialization held the crown thanks to its Symbian platform, which has now been phased out in favor of Windows Phone 8.

Nokia’s numbers dipped fairly drastically over the holidays, likely due to so many people replacing aging devices worldwide. According to this data set, Samsung also experienced a slight drop. (more…)

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El Plato Supreme

Samsung has previewed a new TV ad called El Plato Supreme that will air during the Super Bowl, starring comedians Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, and Bob Odenkirk. Throughout the 60-second spot, Rudd and Rogen are surprised that they cannot say the words Super Bowl, Ravens or 49ers because they are trademarked.

The video has almost 2 million views on YouTube in just 24 hours, with many commenters suggesting that this commercial might have something to do with Apple and the numerous patent infringement lawsuits it has been involved in over the past few years. What’s your take on this TV ad?

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Saturdays with Stephen: I Went With a Chromebook

I purchased my first Mac, a Mac mini, a few weeks ago. After those few weeks of owning two desktops, I decided that I wanted to sell my Mac mini and pick up a MacBook Air instead. Well, I successfully sold my Mac mini, but buying a MacBook Air didn’t turn out so well. After a few days of considering my options, I actually ended up purchasing a Samsung Chromebook.

The question is: why would I do such a thing? I purchased my Mac mini in the first place because I wanted to finally have access to various Mac-only software such as the Mac App Store catalog and Xcode (for no reason other than having it at my fingertips if I ever did decide to attempt learning some Objective-C). I have a fully capable PC that I built myself, and besides Xcode there’s not much software that doesn’t have a Windows equivalent. So having a Mac desktop made even less sense.

Therefore, I sold my Mac desktop with the intent on buying a Mac laptop. I wanted something that I could be productive on — I didn’t want another content consumption device such an iPad or a Nexus 7. I also wanted something that was fairly light, could fit in my new laptop messenger bag, and was not worth being worried about if  I carried it around in public. (more…)

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Square Off: Galaxy S III vs. iPhone 5

Smaller-Square-Off-LogoYou would think this would have been one of the more obvious square off posts, as the Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 are probably the two of the most popular of this generation’s smartphones. But please don’t worry, we didn’t forget the Nexus 4 — that debate can be found here.

iFans forum member An Outright Nihilist started a thread last Thursday asking which phone he should buy: the Galaxy S III or the iPhone 5. It goes without saying that this discussion blew up. Follow after the break for the full specs of both devices, and hit the comments to let us know what you think! (more…)

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