Android's rise continues, with the platform now running on over half of all smartphone sales in Q3 2011, and well ahead of iOS' 15-percent smartphone market share. Samsung grabbed smartphone vendor top-spot, according to Gartner's figures, while Apple shipped 17m iPhones - up 21-percent annually but down almost 3m units from Q2 2011, which the analyst firm puts down to iPhone 5 hype and anticipation - and saw its market share dip year-on-year.
All the way back in April if 2011 we first heard of the possibility of a Samsung / VISA device running with an NFC chip to assure it of widespread use. Now it's October, just 295 days to go until the actual Olympics 2012 events in London, and VISA has confirmed that the device is, indeed, on track to be released in advance (how early yet we still do not know) of the games come next year. This device is set to be widely adopted (in other words, inexpensive) and will be promoted as an Olympics games "must have" device.
Tizen, the platform that gobbled up MeeGo, may only be a few days old but already it's reportedly gaining support from new companies including ASUS and Acer. The firms are each apparently set to add Tizen development to their engineer's workload, DigiTimes' sources claim, with HTC said to be "currently evaluating its decision." The shift in OS focus will mean that ASUS and Acer's existing MeeGo device plans are put on ice, it's suggested.
Confusion around MeeGo continues, with the news that the open-source platform is to transition into Tizen, a new, similarly open-source OS targeting smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and ICE systems. Hosted by The Linux Foundation and with development powered by Intel, Samsung and the MeeGo team itself - which promises that MeeGo users and developers should have a relatively easy time of it, shifting across to Tizen - the new platform is expected to be released in Q1 2012 in both OS and SDK form.
Samsung will open-source its homegrown bada OS in 2012, it's reported, as the South Korean company attempts to minimize its reliance on Google and Android. In addition to pushing bada for smartphones, the WSJ's insider claims, Samsung is also looking to use the platform for future smart TVs. It's unclear if this is instead of developing Google TV hardware, as the search giant announced Samsung was intending earlier this year.
Samsung CEO Choi Gee Sung has adamantly denied rumors that the South Korean company has any interest in purchasing HP's WebOS. Speculation started brewing that Samsung would be one of the top contenders for the platform after HP announced that it would be discontinuing WebOS hardware to consider licensing the software instead. There was also the possibility that HP would sell the unit entirely.
This week in Berlin the Samsung Unpacked event at IFA 2011 played host to a whole batch of new devices sure to take the market by storm in the coming months internationally. Of course whether or not they actually DO take the market by storm is completely up to you, so let's have a look at everything we've covered this week thus far. It's Samsung's week, of that we're certain - and not only on the mobile front, in computing, in portable point-and-shoot cameras, and on TV too!
Samsung's bada platform has been something of a stealth OS until now, though one that's seen surprising smartphone success in the market. Still, it's remains on the down-low in comparison to Android, iOS and others, something Samsung hopes to change with bada 2.0 and the Wave 3. We grabbed some hands-on time with the 4-inch smartphone at IFA 2011; read on for our first impressions.
In Berlin this week Samsung's Unpacked IFA 2011 event we're seeing several devices running the hardware manufacturer's own mobile OS Bada 2.0, at the head of a pack of three devices the lovely looking Wave 3. Now this isn't the first time we've gotten a look at the Wave 3, Samsung officially unveiling the Wave 3, the Wave M, and the Wave Y in a release on the 30th of this month. What's new for the viewing at the Samsung Unpacked event is the groups renewed dedication to the Bada platform and slightly different spin on the trio of devices announced this week making them seem all the more appealing as they surf in to an ocean of mobile devices, a flood if you will, largely dominated by Samsung's other main partner in mobile, Google's Android.