When we first told you about it this past August, the iControlPad had us pretty excited. Not much has changed since then, other than the fact that handcrafted smartphone gaming peripheral is finally available for sale and is expected to start shipping sometime this month. Before you ask, yes, we've already ordered ours.
Uh-oh, it looks like Apple CEO Steve Jobs may have just saved a postage stamp for this year’s Christmas card mailing: A Dutch newspaper is reporting that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is predicting that Google’s Android will become the dominant smartphone platform.
A few weeks ago, we shared with you the fact that market research company ComScore did the math to reveal that as awesome as the iPhone is, the device's marketshare was dwarfed when compared against the figures currently being enjoyed by Android-powered handsets. The report was a perfect example of what most folks who chase Apple news around all day already knew: While Apple was selling all the iPhones they could make, crippled by an exclusivity deal with AT&T and the fact that unlike Google's promiscuous flavor of the month Android OS, iOS is locked to Apple-produced hardware, making for a sales situation that put Google at the top of the heap. As much as we'd like to say that it wasn't the case, it appears that the number-crunchers are back to rub the noses of the Apple-faithful in the mess once again. This time around, The Nielsen Company is swearing up and down that according to their research, Android is the most popular operating system among those who purchased smartphones in the United States in the past six months.
This morning, we got the chance to chat over the phone with DisplayMate's president, Dr. Raymond Soneira. We asked him a few questions about his detailed study of Smartphone displays, what he had to say about his results, and whether or not there may be an iPad with a Retina Display in the near future.
You love your smartphone and the satisfaction that it brings you when you can watch movies on the go and video chat, one-on-one, with your loved ones half way around the world. Whether you're sporting an Android handset or one of Apple's iPhones, you wouldn't be able to do all the things you do without that display you stare into each day. Like our computer monitors and television sets, the smartphone is another extension of technology that’s evolving at a rapid pace. The science behind all of those LCD and OLED displays are what really set each mobile phone apart from each other, but to the average consumer, what do those displays really mean? Like our other gadgets and entertainment portals, smartphones come in all shapes and sizes, but each one displays photos, your Twitter feed and your text messages on a different kind of display. You can see the difference, but can you really tell what’s what?
Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies, is also a research scientist. He wanted to put a stop to the vague reviews of displays and add another level of After considerable testing and extensive scientific lab measurements, Dr. Soneira has managed to put together a thorough comparison of the most widely used cell phone displays available on the market. He took the display data of Google’s Nexus One (manufactured by HTC), the Samsung Galaxy S, Apple's iPhone 4 and 3GS, and the Motorola Droid and pitted them against each other to discover the differences between each display, and the true meaning behind OLED and LCD. Read on to get a quick, Mac|Life Cliff Notes version of his study, and follow the link (here and at the end of the article) to check out his detailed charts, organized by category, to find out why the pixel count and display resolutions really set these smartphones apart.
There's always some new phone on the market trying to beat the iPhone, and today's offering is the BlackBerry Torch - RIM's latest attempt at compete with both Apple and the Android market. The phone, like the iPhone, will be tied to AT&T--but can it hold down the fort when AT&T's exclusive iPhone contract ends?
If Bloomberg's got it right, and they often do, all signs point to Verizon and AT&T are pairing up in an effort to displace much of the the need for credit cards in the retail universe by allowing consumers to pay for their purchaes with the wave of their smartphone. According to the report, the venture also includes the cooperation of some other financial sector and telecom heavy-hitters, including T-mobile, Deutsche Telecom and Discover Financial Services.
Yesterday, Hewlett-Packard's chief executive Mark Hurd said that his company didn't buy Palm with the intention of entering the smartphone business, but rather his company has plans to use the newly acquired technology to fuel "small form factor web-connected devices."