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Sony has announced at a press conference this morning that they plan to bring to market two Honeycomb tablets this year. The two tablets are called the S1 and the S2, both of which are still codenames according to Sony. We wrote about the S1 and Sony's CEO alerting us that they will be entering the market with a tablet earlier in the month. It turns out today is the day we get more details on those plans.
We like comScore they provide good data and shed light into the real world market statistics of the mobile industry. Today they released their latest data from the comScore MobiLens service, which reports key trends in the mobile industry using a three month average.
Highlights of their survey of 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 24.8 percent market share. Not surprisingly, Google Android led among smartphone platforms with 33.0 percent market share. The report also points out that the Apple Verizon iPhone was the most acquired handset in February.
AT&T has announced its intent to acquire T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom for a price tag of $39 Billion US dollars. The deal is expected to take 12 months to close but will help AT&T leapfrog Verizon as the largest cellular provider in the US.
Earlier this morning we stated some skepticism over the released report stating that Android's native phone browser rendered websites 52% faster than on Apple's Safari browser for the iPhone. It turns out that the companies own CTO pointed out to CNET some of the critical flaws, mainly that the tests were done using UIWebView instead of Safari. The Safari application has benefitted from increased software improvements where as UIWebView is a simple browser that can be embedded into apps and has not benefitted from the latest software enhancements.
Many people pointed to the lack of physical lines outside stores on Verizon iPhone launch day as a sign that the device was not going to sell well. Most of us reporting on the lack of lines that day pointed to the fact that pre-orders for the iPhone appeared to be strong and was most likely a primary reason for the lack of lines.
Over the weekend Verizon CEO Dan Mead informed the media that over 60% of their iPhone 4 sales were from pre-orders. Early analyst reports from JP Morgan estimated pre-order volumes were in the 600,000 range. That would mean the total sales on the first weekend were around or slightly above 1 million.
Last week HTC announced that they would make a $40 million dollar investment in the cloud gaming service company OnLive. Today at their press conference at Mobile World Congress 2011 the first fruits of their partnership has come to light as they demonstrated the cloud gaming service on their new tablet the HTC Flyer. Check out the video demo by OnLive CEO Steve Perlman.
This morning at HTC's Mobile World Congress 2011 press conference, Dr. Paul Jacob's announced that the two companies are working on developing multi-core devices. HTC is yet to ship a smart phone with dual cores and is working closely with Qualcomm to deliver these next generation of devices.
Yesterday Samsung announced that their latest tablet the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be running NVIDIA's dual core Tegra 2 processor. However at the bottom of the press release we observed an interesting concluding point. The last line of the joint company press release states:
" The companies are also partnering to bring a new Android-based super phone with a dual-core CPU to consumers, for never-before-seen experiences."
LG announced at their press conference this morning here at Mobile World Congress 2011 their new Optimus 3D smart phone. This device's claim to fame is that it can capture and play back 3D content without the need of 3D glasses. They also announced a partnership with YouTube's 3D channel for easy upload and sharing of captured 3D content from the Optimus 3D directly to YouTube's dedicated 3D channel.