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April 2, 2011

Android platform rout continues: 1 in 3 smartphones

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While the Verizon iPhone 4 was the top selling handset in February, it doesn’t mean Apple is the market leader. According to a new survey by comScore, Google’s Android is fast becoming the top OS in the growing smart phone market. Should Apple do something about that?

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March 31, 2011

One month later, Honeycomb has just 50 native apps

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Motorola’s Xoom tablet is the first promising alternative to Apple’s iPad, but the sickly condition of Android’s tablet app ecosystem may end up stalling the platform’s progress.

One month after its launch, the Xoom currently has about 50 native apps available for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Google’s version of Android optimized for tablets.

That’s pitiful compared with the iPad, which was released last year with approximately 1,000 native apps on launch day. The Xoom debuted with a paltry 15 Honeycomb-native apps available for download in its catalog

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March 20, 2011

Galaxy S II I9103 to Sport Super LCD Display

Samsung unveiled its next generation high-end Galaxy series smartphone – Galaxy S II GT-I9100 at the Mobile World Congress 2011 last month in Barcelona, Spain. This new Galaxy S II GT-I9100 has a dual-core Samsung Exynos 4210 SoC processor and flaunts a gorgeous 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. Samsung would be introducing a substitute of Galaxy S II with model number GT-I9103 which will have Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. It is expected to sport Super Clear LCD display, reported Samsung Hub.

Samsung is expected to introduce a Galaxy S II variant with a different processor and screen technology. The Galaxy S II specifications page itself notes that the Exynos processor may not be applicable to some regions. Call it dearth of Exynos CPUs or different strategy, the Galaxy S II variant with model number GT-I9103 is close to reality. The Galaxy S II GT-I9103 will have dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and will sport Super Clear LCD display. At this moment, it’s unsure whether this model would have more differences compared to the original Galaxy S II GT-I9100 mo

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Lately, Samsung has quietly introduced the Galaxy S LCD 4GB (GT-I9003) in India to meet up the popularity and demand of the Galaxy S (GT-I9003). The new Galaxy S LCD is basically a toned down version of Galaxy S with Super Clear LCD, a different processor as well as graphics and a couple of other differences. Hence, there’s a price difference between both the models. You may read our review of Galaxy S LCD 4GB GT-I9003 here to know more about it.

We expect Samsung to make an announcement regarding the Galaxy S II in India by next month. Let’s hope that Samsung introduces both Galaxy S II models at the same time or at least with a short time gap between them.

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March 18, 2011

Enhancements to Google News for smartphones

Last November, we redesigned Google News for mobile access on smartphones including Android, iPhone and Palm Pre. Today, we’re globally rolling out new usability and visual enhancements that we hope will make browsing news on your smartphone easier.

We expanded the story space to make tapping on articles easier and more accurate. Tapping anywhere on an article headline or snippet opens it up, and clicking on a section heading opens up that topic section on your screen.

In addition, the default view of stories is now collapsed which reduces scrolling time. You can ‘expand’ a story by tapping on ‘More sources’, which brings you to related stories from other sources. The screenshots below show the collapsed and expanded view of a story.

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So, pick up your smartphone, point your browser to http://news.google.com, and catch up on news on the go.

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March 10, 2011

Click-To-Call Emergency Information

In November 2010, we began displaying relevant emergency phone numbers at the top of the results page for searches around poison control, suicide and other common emergencies in 14 countries. Today, we are making it even easier for you to quickly reach the help you may need by adding click-to-call capabilities for all of these emergency information search results.

We piggybacked on the way that our mobile ads team enabled click-to-call phone numbers in local ads on mobile devices. This capability enables businesses to make it even easier for customers to reach them when those customers search on Internet-enabled mobile devices. The functionality seemed ideal for the emergency information feature.

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