Welcome to another edition of the SlashGear Week in Review. Lots of tablet and smartphone news this week with a few other cool items tossed in for good measure. Overall, it was a good week to be a geek. Canalys offered up some stats on the smartphone OS wars that show Android was the world's leading smartphone platform in Q4 2010.
43 percent of smartphone sales are Android based, according to Nielsen. Android devices currently hold a 27% market share, putting Android in a close race with Apple and RIM. As you can see from the graph below, Android is climbing sharply, while Apple is staying roughly even, and RIM is declining.
Bang & Olufsen has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Intel that will get B&O access to the latest Intel tech. B&O is a well known company that makes very high-end and crazy expensive gear for the well heeled home theater and audio fan.
Dell has officially announced the Dell Streak 7 tablet, which will land on T-Mobile USA in "the coming weeks" and take advantage of the carrier's 4G HSPA+ network. The Streak 7 has a 7-inch touchscreen covered in toughened Gorilla Glass, and runs NVIDIA's dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor.
IT HAS BEGUN! We are less than... 12 hours away from the biggest electronics and tech show of the year. Oh man is it CES? Yes it is. We're there, we're all pumped up, and we're about to give you such a coverage as you have never seen. You'd better get just as pumped up as we are about this. On the other hand, it's time to get eternally fearful like Evan, who columns My First CES, & Why I’m Scared Out of my Mind. Next, check out Chris Davies' column by the name of CES 2011: The Tablet Reboot. Don Reisinger brings up a find column point on I’m Bored With Nintendo’s First-Party Games. And take a peek at one gigantoric monster desktop replacement notebook review of the HP ENVY 17 3D Review by yours truly. And just SEE if you can sleep, just SEE if you can get a wink of sleep now that you know CES is tomorrow, starting bright and early. Morning time. CES. Be there. Be here.
With plenty of households now getting to grips with a new Kinect to hook up to their Xbox 360 consoles after the holidays, it's fair to say there are a lot of odd gestures going on in living rooms across the world. Just how odd is something usability expert Jakob Nielsen has been looking at; he reckons that while Kinect is "fun to play" it's also inconsistent, full of awkward dialogs and poorly-communicated warnings, and relies too greatly on gamers memorizing instructions.
Of course, the month we're talking about here is October of 2010, but this sort of data takes time to compile, ye know, and The Nielson Company've done quite a job doing so. According to this study done by the folks at NC, the smartphone market now covers about 27.7% of the whole pie, the pie being the Total Market Share for phones in the USA. Of that smartphone percentage, three competitors stand out the strongest and are surprisingly close in their race for dominance: RIM BlackBerry OS with 27.4%, Google Android OS with 22.7%, and Apple iPhone OS with 27.9%. After that it goes Microsoft Windows Mobile, Symbian OS, Linux, and Palm OS, with 14, 3.4, 3.3, and 1.3% respectively. After that, desire sets in, and the numbers get real interesting.
The Hulu Plus subscription service has officially launched, and as rumored Hulu has cut pricing from the $9.99 of the preview program. Now priced at $7.99 per month, the streaming media service is also making its debut on Roku set-top boxes (as promised back in October), while PS3 owners can also download the Hulu Plus application as long as they have a PlayStation Network account.
According to Nielsen's latest report, as of the third quarter of 2010, 28% of U.S. mobile subscribers now have Smartphones. With feature phones growing at a pace of less then 10% annually its no surprise to us that 41% of cell phone purchases in the last six month's were Smartphones.
The report also points out that in the U.S. RIM has now dropped to 30% smartphone market share with Apple right on its heels with 28% and Android in third with 19%.
Point to point wireless connections should hopefully start getting a little easier to manage in the not too distant future, with the news that the Wi-Fi Alliance has begun certifying Wi-Fi Direct compliant hardware. As well as operating as regular WiFi adapters, the range of five newly-approved models can be used to squirt files, content and multimedia across a point to point WPA2-encrypted link with a far greater range than Bluetooth manages.