Samsung tops Apple as Top Cellphone Brand in 2012

Nokia’s 14-year reign is all but history as Samsung puts it to an end, dethroning the Finnish company to become the top cellphone brand in 2012.

According to the IHS iSuppli Mobile and Wireless Communications Service, Samsung is expected to be responsible for 29% of worldwide cellphone shipments, up from 24% in 2011. Nokia’s market share this year will drop to 24%, down from 30% last year. Trailing in third place is Apple, which is predicted to take 10% of shipments (up from 7% in 2011). ZTE follows in fourth place with 6%, remaining steady since last year, while LG ends up in fifth place with 4% (down from 6%), as presented in the Table below.

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This is the first time the South Korean electronics giant will occupy the top on a yearly basis. Nokia relinquished their hold on the top spot for the first time since 1998.

“The competitive reality of the cellphone market in 2012 was ‘live by the smartphone; die by the smartphone,’” said Wayne Lam, senior analyst for wireless communications at IHS. “Smartphones represent the fastest-growing segment of the cellphone market—and will account for. nearly half of all wireless handset shipments for all of 2012. Samsung’s successes and Nokia’s struggles in the cellphone market this year were determined entirely by the two companies’ divergent fortunes in the smartphone sector.”

By offering various types of phones to appeal to a wide range of consumers, Samsung’s success has been established.

“The company produces dozens of new smartphone. models every year that address all segments of the market, from the high end to the low end,” IHS explained. “Samsung monitors the big trends in smartphone design, user needs and unmet market opportunities, then creates products to fit those markets quickly and efficiently.”

Meanwhile, Nokia has struggled to transition from its ever popular Symbian-based phones to its newer Windows 7-based handsets. The result has been declining shipments, with the Windows phones failing to make up for poor sales of the Symbian phones.

Samsung also boasts the best performance among smartphone brands, with its share of global shipments moving up to 28% from 20% last year. Apple sits in second place with its share slightly moving up from 19% to 20%. Nokia, in third place, suffers the biggest loss here, with its share plunging to 5% from 16% followed by HTC and RIM in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

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Global smartphone shipments are set to rise by 35.5 percent this year, while overall cellphone shipments will increase by approximately 1 percent. This rapid growth
will propel 2012 smartphone penetration to 47 percent, up from 35 percent in 2011.

Do you think Samsung will top this list by 2013 or will Apple overtake Samsung?

Samsung ATIV S- Windows version of Samsung Galaxy S3?

Samsung ATIV S is an aluminum beauty with a 1.5GHz processor which is powered by Microsoft’s new smartphone OS.

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With the emergence of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung has established itself as an industry leader in mobile hardware. With the exact price and release date still not clear, we have plenty reasons to be excited about the ATIV S. In fact, the ATIV S might be the best Windows Phone 8 we’ve seen yet.

Design

On sight, the ATIVE S looks like the Galaxy S3. With the same aluminum body, it’s just a little bit longer and thicker than the Galaxy S3.
The layout of the Samsung ATIV S’s controls is similar to that of the Galaxy S3,  but there’s a notable hardware addition which is the dedicated camera button. Below the display you get a physical windows button, a capacitive back and search buttons. You will also find the earpiece, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and a front-facing 1.9 megapixel camera for video-calls above the display. The volume levelers are located on the left side of the ATIV S and on the right side there’s only a power key and a dedicated camera key. The 3.5mm audio jack is at the top of the phone while the microUSB port sits alongside the primary microphone at the bottom and is used for both data connections and charging. The 8 megapixel camera lens is located at the back of the phone. It has the LED flash and loudspeaker on it sides.

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Screen

The Samsung ATIV S features  a 4.8-inch Super HD AMOLED screen of WVGA resolution (720 x 1280 pixels) and the pixel density clocks in at 306ppi. The screen comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass2 hence, durability is guaranteed.

Processor, Memory and Battery

The Samsung ATIV S resemblance to the  Galaxy S3 doesn’t just stop at the body deesign. While it might lack the type of processor packed into the Galaxy S3, the ATIV S has a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor with a 1GB RAM clocked at 1.5GHz. The device also comes with a 16GB or 32GB internal storage options (expandable to 32GB via microSD). The ATIV S is packed with a removable 2300mAh battery. This 2300mAh cell is the largest battery we’ve seen yet on a Windows Phone 8 device. It is even a little bit bigger than the one on the Galaxy S3. We can be sure that the battery life of the ATIV S would be better than that of Galaxy S3 (which has a very very good battery life) due to the difference in their processor.

Camera

The Samsung ATIV S has an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and can capture photos at a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. The video recording of the ATIV S is impressive at 1080p. The Frame rate is 30Fps, meaning captured video will be smooth. Once in picture-taking mode, you’ll see some software buttons for funtions like adjusting flash, taking video and switching to the 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera. The camera is one place where microsoft really wants Windows Phone 8 devices to distinguish themselves and the ATIV S has done very well in that aspect.

Connectivity

There’s obviously the usual bundles of radios as well, including 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, the Samsung ATIV S supports HSPA 850/900/1900/2100 networks along with EDGE 850/900/1800/1900. The Samsung ATIV S does not support FM radio.

Conclusion

With the announcement of the ATIV S, we can be sure the windows market is getting ready for some competition. The dual-core processor seems like a great idea. Though the chooice of processor might not make the ATIV S as fast as the Galaxy S3 or the LG Optimus G, Samsung has made a wise move. In favoring battery life and reliability (who wouldn’t want a smartphone with an excellent battery life?). The Windows Live Tiles are sort of like Android app icons cross breed with widgets and being able to get so many on one screen while looking so good. It really shows you how smart a Windows Phone 8 device can look. While the aluminum design of the device is very good, we still feel like it’s not up to design of the iPhone 5 but it’s still an improvement from the other Windows Phone 8 devices we’ve seen. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we get a full review and release date.

Many thanks to GSM arena for the pictures and the guys at Tech radar for making this article a success.

Samsung Galaxy S3 mini – what to expect?

We have seen the Samsung Galaxy S3 and we have argued over and over again about it being the best smart phone around. With its 4.8-inch screen, a gleaming oval design and a super strong processor, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is known for it’s value. Samsung has announced the release of  smaller android mobile named the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 mini is nothing like the earlier Samsung Galaxy S3 in terms of performance. It is a mid-range android device with a 4-inch screen and it’s packed with a slower CPU without 4G LTE capability so we wonder about the point of calling it a “mini” version of the S3.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 mini is just a tad smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S3, so, those hoping for a smaller Samsung Galaxy S3, might not get exactly what they wanted. The S Voice and DLNA sharing makes it different however, from other mid level android phones. The pricing of the phone wasn’t announced by Samsung but we can be sure it would be cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S3: which may be why it is referred to as a “mini” version.

Design

You know times have changed when a relatively high-powered smartphone with a 4-inch screen is known as “mini”. The Galaxy S3 mini looks like a slightly smaller Galaxy S3. It is slightly thicker, measuring 9.85mm, compared with the Galaxy S3’s 8.6mm.
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The good news is that the mini is very light. The layout of the Galaxy S3 mini’s controls is similar to that of the Galaxy S3, but there are few notable hardware omissions such as the ambient light sensor and secondary microphone. Below the display you get the same three key capacitive menu, back buttons and a regular press home key. You will also find the earpiece, proximity sensor and a VGA front-facing camera for video-calls above the display. The omission of the ambient light sensor means that there’s no automatic brightness control for the Galaxy S3 mini. The volume levelers are located on the left side of the Galaxy S3 mini and on the right side there’s only a power key. I don’t think the Galaxy S3 mini will feature a dedicated camera key, since the original Galaxy S3 lacks one. The 3.5mm audio jack is at the top of the phone while the microUSB port sits alongside the primary microphone at the bottom and is used for both data connections and charging. Please note that USB host and MHL are not supported. The 5 megapixel camera lens is located at the back of the phone. It has the LED flash and loudspeaker on it sides.
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Screen

The Samsung Galaxy S3 mini features a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen of WVGA resolution (800 x 480 pixels) and the pixel density clocks in at 233ppi. All in all, the Galaxy S3 mini display offers a more than decent image quality for a mid-range device. Colour separation is good and viewing angles are extremely wide.

Interface and Software

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 mini is powered by android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the latest TouchWi user interface, dubbed Nature UX. It’s the premium combination that we saw on the S3 and the Galaxy Note II and it certainly will lift the stock android user experience. The mini features the tap and drag in any direction to unlock affair with ripples accompanied by water-drop sound as you drag your finger. The notification area offers quick toggles for Wi-Fi, GPS, silent mode, screen rotation and  power saving. Since the mini’s screen can only fit in five toggles at a time, you can slide them sideways to reveal more functions -notifications, mobile data, Bluetooth, driving mode and sync.
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The Samsung’s custom layer comes with lots of software extras, including photo-sharing features among networked phones and the excellent S Beam. There are other features in the Galaxy S3 mini like a lit screen when you glance at the camera and Digital living Network Alliance (DLNA) sharing that helps you transfer content like pictures and video between compatible devices.

Processor, Memory and Battery

The Samsung Galaxy mini S3 features a dual-core Cortex-A9 processor with a 1GB RAM clocked at 1GHz. The single-core Mali-400 GPU manages the phone’s graphics which is good news for the 1,500mAh battery. The Galaxy S3 mini comes in 8GB or 16GB storage options (expandable to 32GB via microSD). With a processor like this, the Galaxy S3 mini is expected to perform most ordinary duties without lag.

Gallery and Multimedia

The Samsung Galaxy S3 mini comes with the default Jelly Bean Gallery, which has been treated to some TouchWiz flavor. It opens up in Albums view but you can choose to sort your pictures by location, Time, Person (photos with tagged faces) and Group.
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The Gallery also support highly customizable slideshows with several effects to choose from, as well as customizable music and speed.
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You can also highlight specific images to be included in the slideshow. When you view a photo with people’s faces on it, the Galaxy S3 mini will try to detect them automatically. The Gallery also features social tag. This feature works when a face is recognized in a photo. After recognizing the person in the photo, it makes you see the person’s status message which will allow you to call or message them easily. Also, there’s Buddy Photo Share. This function allows photos to be easily and simultaneously shared with all your friends pictured in an image directly from the camera or the photo gallery.

The Galaxy S3 mini makes good use of the same TouchWiz – Cald music player. Equalizer presets are enabled (including a custom one) along with  Sound Alive technology, which features 7.1 channel virtualization. Music is sorted into various categories, but the most interesting one is called Music Square. This feature automatically rates a song as Joyful or Passionate, Calm or Exciting and place those songs on a Square. The Galaxy S3 mini’s player is also DLNA enabled.
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Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S3 mini has a 5 megapixel camera and can capture photos at a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels. The Camera’s interface looks like that of the Samsung Galaxy S3. The video recording of the Galaxy S3 mini isn’t top notch since it manages a 720p video recording. The Frame rate is 30Fps, this will make the captured video smooth enough.

Web Browser and Connectivity

The Galaxy S3 mini is powered with a Jelly Bean version of the android browser. You also have options to download third party browser applications available at the Google Play Store. The Browser supports both double tap and pinch zooming along with the two-finger tilt. Zoom. There’s obviously the usual bundles of radios as well, including 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, GPS, GLONASS, FM radio, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE) and NFC, but for now, the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini will only support HSPA 900/1900/2100 networks along with EDGE 850/900/1800/1900.

Conclusion

If you were expecting a Samsung Galaxy S3 with a smaller screen, this is certainly not it. The S3 mini’s hardware is far more modest than it’s “bigger” brother. There’s always a good side to every story; after all, it might be cheaper than the Galaxy S3. Apart from that, for a mid level android phone, the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini is a worthwhile pick.

Reference

Cnet and GSM arena

Angry Birds going Jedi!

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Rovio has impressed us again with the release of a brand new Angry Birds series. This time, with Lucasfilm Ltd. Both of them combining the Classic Angry Birds and Angry Birds Space with the characters, stories and settings of the epic space fantasy, Star Wars.

All Angry Birds series has been interesting…from the Classic Angry Birds to Angry Birds Seasons to Angry Birds Rio to the recent Angry Birds Space. This time around, with the collaboration of Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd, Angry Birds Star Wars should be the best Angry Birds game.

“This is the best Angry Birds game we’ve ever done. It’s the best parts of Angry Birds with all new cutting-edge gameplay set in a galaxy far, far away” said Peter Vesterbacka, the Mighty Eagle and CMO of Rovio. “As a big Star Wars fan myself, I’m really excited abbout this new universe. The Force is definitely strong with this one”. The game will feature our furious feathered friends assuming the likenesses of characters from the epic saga, with our ever trusty Red Bird taking on Luke Skywalker’s role. The big question is: where will the Pigs feature in this series? If you’re a fan of Star Wars you already know about the Rebel Alliance, so, our Rebel Alliance would be useless without a dark side to fight! This is where the Pigs fit into the storyline. The theme song and levels for gravity-based play will always remind us of the movie. For me, I would like to see Skywalker’s (Red Bird) reaction when he notices his porcine family history! ( that’s if they follow the original storyline). The Game will be released on the 8th of November for Android, IOS, Kindle fire, Computers and Windows Phone.

Reference:
Jamie Rigg

MOTOROLA RAZR i

Motorola announces the MOTOROLA RAZR i. This phone comes with a superfast intel atom processor. That’s not all, we also get a large 4.3-inch display screen (yes! bigger than the iphone 5)

Design

The design of MOTOLORA RAZR i is above par. Having an aluminium frame surrounding the screen and also a Kevlar back which has a soft touch giving you that comfort while holding the phone. The buttons are arranged and positioned well (from the power button found on the right edge to the volume levelers on the edge of the phone. Also a dedicated camara button) which is a norm for a smartpone. The MOTOROLA RAZR i is treated with a waterproof coating (Don’t go swiming with the phone!).

Screen

Ok, during the announcement of this phone, there were talks about its edge-to-edge screen. As mentioned ealier, the MOTOROLA RAZR. i has a 4.3-inch display screen which is made up of a Corning Gorilla glass surrounded by an aluminium frame. This frame protects the screen from scratches and scrapes when placed on a flat surface. The MOTOROLA RAZR i comes with a screen resolution of 540 x 960 pixels which is not as cool as its rivals having a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels (Samsung Galaxy S3 and LG Optimus 4X HD). All in all the display is still decent.

Processor

During the announcement of the MOTOROLA RAZR I, the processor grabed much of the headline story. The RAZR i is packed with an intel atom processor running at 2GHz which is blazingly fast. This processor is the fastest phone processor around. The only problem with the intel atom processor is application compatability. This is due to the fact that the intel chip is different from the ARM-based chip in terms of architechure. That means some apps (old apps) will not be compatable with the phone.

Interface

MOTOROLA RAZR i is powered by Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, which means you have access to more than 600,000 apps and games, millions of books and thousands of movies. You’ll also find lots and lots of features which comes with android 4.0 available for this phone. Motorola is currently working on an update to Android 4.1, Jelly Bean.

Camera

I would say the 8 megapixel camera of the RAZR i benefits from the super fast processor which starts well under a second! Also, there’s also a multi-shot mode that takes up to 10 shots in less than a second.
The key features of the MOTOROLA RAZR i:
– Slim Body
– 4.3-inch Screen
– 540 x 960 HD AMOLED screen
– 2GHz Intel Atom processor
– 8 Megapixel camera
– 10 shots per second camera
I’ll update you with more features as soon as the phone is in the market. Many thanks to Alex Wagner for the jpeg.
References:Trusted reviews