Among mobile phone users, one third of you use smartphones, and more of you who do choose Android and iOS devices.
The latest numbers in a report from comScore indicate that smartphones now represent one in three of all mobile phones in the US. Of the 234 million Americans using mobile phones during a three month period ending in May 2011, 76.8 million of them used smartphone devices like the iPhone that offer enhanced features and computing power. This milestone represents an increase of over 11 percent from the preceding three month period.
Well, would you look at that: Those big kids in the mobile phone playground can play nice together after all, especially when cash money is in play. After nearly two years, the patent disputes between Apple and Nokia have come to a close, with Cupertino throwing a pile of money at the problem to make it go away.
As predicted, there was no new iPhone announced at WWDC this year, lending further credence to rumors that Apple plans to move introduction of the next model to September to coincide with iOS 5 -- a move that is likely to give Android competitors like HTC a chance to eclipse Cupertino’s lead in the U.S. smartphone market.
If you can’t beat ‘em, get crazy with ‘em -- that seems to be the philosophy of ASUS, the maker of inexpensive netbooks and now iPad-challenging tablets such as the sold-out everywhere Eee Pad Transformer. On Monday, the company announced their craziest tablet product yet.
Don't get us wrong, we love iOS more than words can describe. That said, the grass is sometimes greener on the Android side of the smartphone fence. To show you what we mean, we've put together a gallery of 10 things baked into the Android OS that we'd love to see, shall we say "liberated", for use with iOS.
Most of us are familiar with the term 3G, which refers to the third generation of wireless technology standards used in the last three models of the iPhone (not to mention every other smartphone produced in recent years). But did you know that a lot of what carriers are currently touting as “4G” is actually just a souped-up version of 3G?
Take a second to think about pure, unadulterated speed. Go ahead -- close your eyes if you need to. What did you think of? The smell of burning rubber on hot race-track asphalt? A fighter jet flashing overhead at breakneck speeds? The face-crushing pull of G-forces on a roller coaster? Now add 4G LTE internet speeds to the list. Damn right, it’s that fast.
If AT&T was sweating over losing their iPhone exclusivity back in January, they can rest easy now. According to their first-quarter financials, the carrier sold 5.5 million smartphones -- and 60 percent of them were from Apple.
Google's looking to put an end to the annoying task of having to carry around your wallet and your cellphone with you wherever you go. The search engine giant plans on testing mobile-payment service at various stores in New York City and San Francisco in the next four months, so that consumers can happily give their money away without the added inconvenience of pulling out a wallet and swiping a plastic card.