Research firm Gartner has released its latest report on the state of the smartphone industry around the world for Q3 2013. The numbers show that Android as an operating system is dominating the overall market for smartphones with 82% market share. The numbers also show that Samsung is the largest manufacturer in the industry.
Can you be cheap and smart at the same time? Nokia says yes, and the refreshed and expanded Asha range is the result, the new 500, 502, and 503. Following in the dainty footsteps of the surprisingly well-received Asha 501 back in July, the trio of MeeGo-inspired handsets aren't going to squash Nokia's Lumia line-up, but they will be the company's most advanced devices once it sells its true smartphone business to Microsoft. Read on for some first impressions.
Nokia has revealed a trio of new Asha handsets, the Asha 500, 502, and 503, pushing its affordable smartphone range with an unusual "trapped in ice" aesthetic. The three phones join the original Asha 501, announced earlier this year, in offering a MeeGo-esque interface and budget features, with all three expected to come in at under $100 pre-subsidies.
Nokia unveiled a pair of new camera phones aimed directly at the entry-level market today called the Nokia 108 and Nokia 108 Dual SIM. Both phones are designed specifically to allow people to take photographs and record video. Both devices feature Nokia Slam technology allowing content to be shared quickly and easily via Bluetooth.
Today's a big day for smartphone fans who prefer the iPhone with Apple set to make announcements relating to new devices later this morning. Ahead of Apple's announcement of new iPhones, Walmart has announced that it will launch a smartphone trade-in program in the United States on September 21. Walmart also tips that it will have an additional announcement after Apple finishes its unveil this afternoon.
Of the coolest things about Google's web-based e-mail service Gmail is that you can access it on just about any device out there. Using that service, you can access your e-mail from your computer, your notebook, tablets, and your mobile phone. Gmail is designed not only for smartphone users, but for users with other devices such as feature phones as well. Google has announced some tweaks to Gmail for those feature phone users.
Vodafone currently owns a significant portion of Verizon Communications. Sources who claim to be familiar with negotiations between Verizon and Vodafone are saying that talks have started up again concerning Verizon possibly buying out Vodafone's stake in the company. If these sources are accurate, any buyout would cost Verizon a huge amount of money.
Google has killed off another of its services that many of you may not even know existed. I've never heard of the Google SMS Search Service, and I bet more than a few of you haven't either. This was a search service that was probably very useful in the days before everyone had a smartphone that could go online quickly and easily.
IDC has offered up a new report looking at the mobile phone market during the first quarter of 2013. The report looks at the global mobile phone market and notes that the overall market around the globe for mobile phones grew 4% year-over-year during Q1 of 2013. One of the more interesting things about Q1 of 2013 was that smartphones out shipped feature phones for the first time.