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Apple: smartphone market claims based on “a very limited report”

Apple: smartphone market claims based on “a very limited report”

After research firm NPD reported yesterday that Android had overtaken Apple's iPhone OS and clinched the second place spot in the US smartphone market, the Cupertino company's PR team have come out fighting.  According to Apple spokesperson Natalie Harrison, "This is a very limited report on 150,000 US consumers responding to an online survey and does not account for the more than 85 million iPhone and iPod touch customers worldwide."

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Android ahead of iPhone OS in Q1 2010 US smartphone market

Android ahead of iPhone OS in Q1 2010 US smartphone market

Analysts NPD are claiming that, by their count, Android has crept past Apple to take the number two spot of most popular smartphone operating systems in the US.  Based on figures from Q1 2010, Android-based devices accounted for 28-percent of smartphone unit sales, ahead of Apple's iPhone OS at 21-percent but still lagging behind RIM's BlackBerry OS at 36-percent.

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iPad 3G streaming video problem down to Apple iPhone rule

iPad 3G streaming video problem down to Apple iPhone rule

Owners of Apple's new iPad 3G are discovering that not all video streaming is created equal.  While the software on the cellular-enabled tablet is the same as that on its WiFi-only sibling, playback through Netflix and YouTube is significantly lower in quality when streamed over a AT&T 3G connection rather than via WiFi.  The reason, we're told, is that Apple implemented low quality stream rules for the HTTP Live Streaming functionality in iPhone OS, intended to minimize the impact on the 3G network.

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Apple antitrust inquiry tipped over iPhone OS 4.0 SDK

Apple antitrust inquiry tipped over iPhone OS 4.0 SDK

Apple could soon be the subject of antitrust investigations, if rumors of an inquiry by either the Department of Justice or the Federal Trade Commission turn out to be true.  According to the NYPost, both watchdogs are currently negotiating as to which will take responsibility for looking into Apple's recently tightened iPhone OS development platform rules, which basically made it mandatory for coders to use the Cupertino company's own SDK rather than cross-platform-friendly tools.

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iPhone HD: hardware evolution, lock-in revolution

iPhone HD: hardware evolution, lock-in revolution

Last week's expansive leaks (and no shortage of rumor) gave us the opportunity to pick through the hard changes involved in the Apple iPhone HD; a display estimated at 960 x 640, a front-facing camera, talk even of the 1GHz Apple A4 CPU from the iPad. The question remains, though, will the iPhone HD be another game-changer or more of an incremental evolution? Right now, extra pixels and faster CPU aside, it looks more of the latter; the cynic might compare the iPhone HD with OS 4.0 to an ageing athlete, requiring the services of a bolted-on exoskeleton in order to keep up. The new software platform (which has likely saved a few surprises for the official fourth-gen hardware reveal later in the year) brings some much-anticipated features, but they feel a little clunky in their implementation. As I said in my recent iPad review, background notifications and multitasking will work, but they lack the purity found in earlier iterations of the platform.

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