There are a couple of reports out this week on the state of the mobile smart device industry, both of them centered on shipment and both of them suggesting that Android is doing exceedingly well. The first comes from Strategy Analytics and focuses on the entire year in smartphone shipments, suggesting that Android has "captured 79 percent share of all smartphones shipped worldwide." Meanwhile ABI Research has suggested that the fourth quarter of the 2013 season has also shown itself to belong to Android, ringing in a cool 77% market share for the Google-made mobile operating system in smartphone shipments.
Supposing you've had a peek at the Nokia smartphone platform over the past few years, you know good and well two things are true. The first is that Nokia runs either Windows Phone or an odder, smaller operating system called Asha. The second is that the phones made by Nokia are brightly colored, uniquely shaped, and certainly aren't made for Android. This second affirmation seems to be breaking apart at the seams here at the start of 2014.
Google started the smart glasses wave with Google Glass. Those glasses are in the hands of a few developers and end users around the country and have proven to be interesting devices. The downside to Google Glass is that the wearable computing product is not what most of us would consider affordable.
While the Android Nokia Lumia device dreamed of by hackers and lovers of crossovers alike has been a subject of rumor for some time now, today's news appears to dismiss the final product altogether. What we're to understand now is that the group inside Nokia's devices division that would have released an Android device - heavily customized though it would have been - has been taken off the project entirely. Instead they've been reassigned to working on devices such as a wearable headset - which, incidentally, could end up running Android anyway.
Android USA--the wristwatch brand, not the operating system--has posted a promotional video featuring its new smartwatch synced with a smartphone running Android--the operating system, not the wristwatch brand. The brand confusion is understandable, but if we can get past that, let's talk about the Android Android smartwatch. It's poised to become the latest in clunky smartwatches that sync to your smartphone.
In an effort to create a bridge between standard smartphones and high-powered cameras, Sony has this week unveiled their Lens-Style Camera series with the Sony QX100 and QX10. These devices are also known as the Sony Cyber-shot QX100 and Sony Cyber-shot QX10, but you'll likely see them referred to by their shortened names out in the wild more often than not. These devices were made by Sony for hobby photographers who wish to photograph or take video of everyday events, sharing them immediately thereafter. Attaching a Lens-Style Camera to your smartphone is as easy as a tap (with NFC) and a hook-up physically with an extendable magnetic attachment piece.
It's been suggested that the next device in the little-known Vivo line will be coming in the form of the Vivo X3, a device whose name signifies simplicity. This device is appearing in blue and has been tipped for a full reveal on the 22nd of August. This device is said by its manufacturer, BBK, to be the new world's thinnest smartphone at just 6mm (that's 0.236 inches). That's just thinner than the Huawei Ascend P6 which cuts in at just 6.18mm thin - ready to cut bread!
It's time to get serious about HP releasing another smartphone, in this case code-named HP Brave and ready for Android excellence. This device is being teased as rolling with GSM/WCDMA/LTE abilities right out of the box paired with a 4.5-inch 900 x 1600 pixel display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. You know what that means? It means that HP somehow made a mistake and put a display from 2012 on a device that's got enough power under the hood to work with a panel from 2014.