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BlackBerry sales just 20% of Verizon smartphones as Android ascends claims analyst

BlackBerry sales just 20% of Verizon smartphones as Android ascends claims analyst

RIM's BlackBerry handset range now accounts for less than 20-percent of Verizon Wireless' smartphone sales, according to ITG Investment Research analyst Matthew Goodman, falling from a high of over 90-percent in October 2009. The report, cited by AllThingsD, claims the dramatic fall from grace occurred shortly after the Motorola DROID launched on the network in late 2009; Android devices now reportedly account for 80-percent of Verizon's smartphone sales.

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Sony PSP2 Dead on Arrival, Says Analyst

Sony PSP2 Dead on Arrival, Says Analyst

The mobile gaming market may not be as intense as the home console market, but there's obviously still a lot of money to be made within its reach. So there's no surprise that analysts would want to get their opinion out there about what's coming, and how they think it will affect the market as a whole. When it comes to Sony's PlayStation Portable 2, there's a lot of discussion about whether or not it will be a waste of time for Sony, or be a smash-hit. Obviously, Sony believes that they've got a hit on their hand, and even some developers out there who have managed to get some hands-on time with the portable gaming console think it's nice. But, for analyst Michael Pachter, none of that matters, because the PSP2 is already DOA.

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iPad bests Galaxy Tab in perceived value; neither live up to RRP

iPad bests Galaxy Tab in perceived value; neither live up to RRP

Samsung's plastic chassis for the Galaxy Tab may make the 7-inch Android slate more pocket-friendly than the iPad, as well as easier to hold for longer periods of ebook reading, but it doesn't appear to be helping them in the perceived-quality stakes. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster gathered a 65-person strong group of tablet novices together and asked them how much the iPad and the Galaxy Tab were each worth: the group put the Apple slate on average $134 more than the Samsung rival.

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PC shipment growth downgraded over iPad popularity says Gartner

PC shipment growth downgraded over iPad popularity says Gartner

Gartner has downgraded its predictions for worldwide PC shipments in 2010, after deciding that strong tablet sales will eat into the traditional PC segment. Having tipped 17.9-percent growth for the year back in September, Gartner has reduced that down to 14.3-percent; still, at 352.4m units, an increase over 2009's figures, but also recognizing that there is "growing user interest in media tablets such as the iPad."

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Analysts face channel check insider-trading investigation

Analysts face channel check insider-trading investigation

Analysts could be facing an information drought, as US federal prosecutors appear to be targeting channel checks for signs of potential insider trading. The checks - which are often used as evidence in reports of boosted or reduced production, incoming products and other speculation, particularly with Apple - have led to investigations of several small research firms in the US, while "expert network" companies, which promise to link investors with company employees, are also included.

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World iPad with multi-mode GSM/CDMA modem tipped for 2011

World iPad with multi-mode GSM/CDMA modem tipped for 2011

Having heard earlier this morning that Apple suppliers are allegedly preparing for mass-production of iPad 2 PCBs in February 2011, now there's speculation on what components might be fixed to them. AllThingsD quotes Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair, who reckons Apple has picked Qualcomm's multi-mode GSM/CDMA modem for a so-called "World iPad" that could use AT&T and Verizon data networks.

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Tablets underwhelming claims analyst; Samsung “dramatically revise” Galaxy Tab production

Tablets underwhelming claims analyst; Samsung “dramatically revise” Galaxy Tab production

Tablet's may be fashionable among tech fans right now, but it seems actual sales may not match the hype. According to Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, Apple's iPad production is set to top out at under 2m per month by the end of the year (where predictions of over 3m per month had been made), while Samsung is tipped to have "dramatically revise[d] down production volumes" after "poor sell through" of the Galaxy Tab.

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Facebook’s “Gmail killer” to have Microsoft Office Web Apps integration?

Facebook’s “Gmail killer” to have Microsoft Office Web Apps integration?

More leaks about Facebook's supposed "Project Titan" rival to Gmail - which has been tipped for a Monday reveal - are emerging, with whispers that Microsoft are actually involved as well. According to ZDNet's source, Facebook will integrate its new webmail service with Office Web Apps, Microsoft's online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote; "the Office team has been working on this for a while now" says the tipster.

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Gartner: Android second largest smartphone OS worldwide; iOS share down but not out

Gartner: Android second largest smartphone OS worldwide; iOS share down but not out

Gartner's smartphone OS market share stats are out for Q3 2010, and it makes for positive reading if you're Google. According to the figures, Android market share grew from 3.5-percent in Q3 2009 to 25.5-percent in 2010, making it the second-largest platform worldwide. In the same period, Symbian - which keeps the top spot - dropped from 44.6- to 36.6-percent, while Apple's iOS fell from 17.1- to 16.7-percent.

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iPad grabs 95% of tablet market share as Android readies its assault

iPad grabs 95% of tablet market share as Android readies its assault

With Android tablets only now filtering onto the market in any significant manner, we can't muster much surprise that Apple's iOS has an estimated 95-percent of the tablet market.  Strategy Analytics have been crunching the numbers and reckon Apple does indeed hold the lead in tableteering; however, they also warn that "Apple's huge lead will be shortlived, as a wave of Android models is set to flood the market in the fourth quarter."

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