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Apple top for smartphones in 2011 but Android extends OS lead

Apple top for smartphones in 2011 but Android extends OS lead

Apple took top place in the worldwide smartphone charts in Q4 2011, new stats have suggested today, clinching the overall number one position for the year with 19-percent of the market. iPhone sales made up almost a quarter of smartphone purchases worldwide in the three months leading up to the end of 2011, Gartner claims, with Samsung taking the number two spot. In cellphones overall, Nokia remains on top of the charts but with a sliding market share, 23.8-percent of the worldwide market in 2011 but down over five points from 2010.

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iPhone 4S A5 processor packs custom Siri “ears” chip

iPhone 4S A5 processor packs custom Siri “ears” chip

Apple's refusal to put its Siri voice control system on the iPhone 4 is not a shameless play to persuade users to upgrade to the 4S, it's suggested, but a limitation of the Apple A5 chip found inside the newest iOS smartphone. The A5, Linley Group analyst Linley Gwennap says, was always too large simply to accommodate two Cortex A9 CPUs and a GPU, CNET reports; the extra bulk is to house an on-chip noise-reduction system sourced from specialists Audience, which revealed its deal with Apple last month.

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RIM to abandon multi-platform BBM and BB10 licensing says analyst

RIM to abandon multi-platform BBM and BB10 licensing says analyst

RIM is likely to abandon any ambitions of licensing BlackBerry 10 to rivals and ditch the possibility of a BlackBerry Messenger client for iOS and Android, it's suggested, as the company attempts to leverage its "integrated solution" instead. Jefferies analyst Peter Misek says his company's checks found RIM "will delay and possibly abandon its OS licensing plans," Forbes reports, and that despite having met - and liked - new CEO Thorsten Heins, he believes his near-term strategy is significantly flawed.

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Apple in Smart TV component negotiations tips analyst

Apple in Smart TV component negotiations tips analyst

Apple television obsessed analyst Gene Munster claims the Cupertino company has entered negotiations with a "major TV component supplier" over the possibility of using its parts for the much-rumored smart TV. The supplier itself is unnamed, but the Piper Jaffray analyst claims to have been informed by employees that Apple had been in contact "regarding various capabilities of their television display components."

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Juniper Research says Ultrabooks to outpace tablets by 2016

Juniper Research says Ultrabooks to outpace tablets by 2016

Enjoy your iPads and Android tablets while you can, because by 2016 they may be yesterday's news. According to a new prediction from analyst group Juniper Research, tablets will fall out of favor and an emerging product line called ultrabooks will emerge. In the vein of Apple's Macbook Air, ultrabooks are sub-$1,000 laptops that are incredibly sleek and sexy and have a long battery life.

Apple biggest semiconductor consumer in 2011 as iPhone, iPad gobble chips

Apple biggest semiconductor consumer in 2011 as iPhone, iPad gobble chips

Apple is now the largest semiconductor customer in the world, analysts claim, the company's appetite for smartphone, tablet and solid-state drive chips consuming 5.7-percent of the total available market.  Apple grew 34.6-percent from 2010 to take the top spot in 2011, analysts Gartner reckon, with Samsung holding second place with 5.5-percent and previous number one, HP, slipping to third. "Media tablets were also a growth driver for the semiconductor market throughout 2011" Gartner analyst Masatsune Yamaji said of the results, pointing to Apple and Samsung's respective successes with the iPad and Galaxy Tab.

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350,000 iBooks textbooks downloaded in three days

350,000 iBooks textbooks downloaded in three days

Apple's iBooks 2 digital textbook launch last week may not have convinced everyone that the classroom is the best place for the iPad, but over 350,000 downloads of textbooks in the first three days of availability suggests there's big demand for learning on the iOS slate. The figures were tracked by Global Equities Research's proprietary monitoring system, AllThingsD reports, while downloads of the free iBooks Author tool have also apparently been successful.

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Nokia Windows Phone sales top 1.3m in 2011 tip analysts

Nokia Windows Phone sales top 1.3m in 2011 tip analysts

A shortage of rival flagships and ambitious promotional work could have seen Nokia sell 1.3m Lumia Windows Phones in 2011, according to analyst averages, though the MeeGo-powered N9 could still have outsold its Microsoft-running siblings. Bloomberg took sales estimates from 22 analysts surveyed around Nokia's Windows Phone launch, with figures ranging from as many as 2m down to just 800,000. However, the estimates are over sales into the retail channel, and don't necessarily mean that many of Nokia's devices have ended up in users' pockets or bags.

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Apple fueled iPhone 4S clash with prolonged Chinese delay says analyst

Apple fueled iPhone 4S clash with prolonged Chinese delay says analyst

Apple could've avoided the iPhone 4S Chinese launch mayhem had it released the coveted smartphone earlier and communicated better with would-be buyers, analysts have suggested, after a flagship Apple Store was pelted with eggs and staff threatened earlier today. Like everyone else Chinese shoppers "want to have the gadget as soon as possible, they don't want to wait" Canalys' Nicole Peng told PC World, blaming part of the frantic response - which required police to quell crowds - on that fact that "many people didn't get the message" they could buy elsewhere.

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Licensing BB10 is desperation; Then again, RIM’s desperate

Licensing BB10 is desperation; Then again, RIM’s desperate

"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" goes the old saying, but beleaguered RIM seems to have decided on its own interpretation: "If you can't beat 'em, license to 'em." Talk of RIM sweet-talking rivals like Samsung and HTC into adding BlackBerry 10 to their line-up of supported platforms has resurfaced, with Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek suggesting that the great Canadian software coax has already begun. Question is, who'd fall for it?

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