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To: sylvester80 who wrote (16895)2/26/2012 11:30:46 AM
From: zax
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From what I'm reading, the note is the phone to have if you want to turn heads. I'm not sure how practical it is to carry, however.

Samsung is really amazing. They made the best gen1 Windows phone - the Focus, without a doubt.

The better part of the guts of the iPhone comes from Samsung as well.

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (16891)2/26/2012 5:01:20 PM
From: Sr K
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What's the revenue sharing arrangement?

How much goes to Samsung and how much to Google? How much to the IP owners?

If the entertainment deal was free, Android owners with a certain OS level would be able to receive the entertainment on their personal devices.

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To: Sr K who wrote (16903)2/26/2012 6:29:39 PM
From: Kurthend
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How dare you ask such questions.:)

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To: Kurthend who wrote (16904)2/27/2012 7:51:31 AM
From: sylvester80
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BREAKING...Android sales accelerate to 850K/day, 300m total devices, 12m tablets
Andy Rubin: 850k Android activations a day, 300m total devices, 12m tablets
By Nilay Patel on February 27, 2012 06:05 am
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theverge.com

Google is now activating 850 thousand Android devices a day, bringing the platform to some 300 million total devices — including 12 million tablets. That's according to Andy Rubin, who clarified the numbers in a meeting with reporters earlier today: he said that Google only counts activations once per device ID and doesn't "chop things up" when users reset or sell their phones. Devices like the Kindle Fire that don't include Google services aren't included in the numbers — Rubin said that Samsung's larger Galaxy Tabs are the most popular tablets counted. As far as apps, Rubin noted that there are now some 450 thousand apps in Android Market, up from 160 thousand a year ago.

Rubin also said that Nexus devices aren't huge sellers, but rather Google's attempt to "set the bar for what's possible" as he sees different technology trends intersect. Android wasn't built to "change the dynamics of the industry," he said, adding that his goal is for Android to be an ecosystem that enables phone manufacturers to build complete solutions. "I wasn't trying to go and commoditize a bunch of people and make all their products look the same."

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To: Kurthend who wrote (16904)2/27/2012 7:55:28 AM
From: sylvester80
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BREAKING...450K Android Apps now on Android Market, up from 150K a year ago

slashgear.com
Shane McGlaun, Feb 27th 2012 Discuss [0]

Google has its Android booth set up at Mobile World Congress and has offered up a few new interesting details on Android to coincide with the show. Google says that last year during MWC the Android Markethad 150,000 apps. As of today, approximately a year later, the Android Market has 450,000 apps with over 1 billion app downloads happening each month.



Google also reports the year over year growth rate for Android has been 250% with 850,000 new devices activated each day. Google reports there are now more than 300 million Android devices around the world. Google is also talking about the “App Pods” that it has set up at its booth on the MWC show floor. These pods are allowing people to try out the new features and Android innovations such as Android Beam.

That is an interesting feature that lets people share all kinds of content, including web pages, videos, directions, and apps by touching together two Android devices back-to-back. Google reports 800 devices have launched running Android to date. Google also has something it calls Bling Bot running the Android ADK that will bedazzle the Galaxy Nexus backplate in its booth.

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (16906)2/27/2012 8:00:11 AM
From: zax
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Nokia Pureview: 41 Megapixel camera!

bgr.com

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To: Sr K who wrote (16903)2/27/2012 8:06:06 AM
From: sylvester80
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JUST IN...iPhone manufacturer Apple Inc knocked out of annual top 10 list of consumer "superbrands"
Monday, 27 February 2012 09:29
smeweb.com

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been knocked out of an annual list of the top 10 brands that had the most influence over consumers, making way for the likes of battery maker Duracell and paint company Dulux. The manufacturer of iPads and iPhones fell nine places from ninth to 18th position, according to the survey of 2,000 adults by Superbrands, published today.

British brands make up half of the top 20 this year, with the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Doulton and Wedgwood rising in the league table. Luxury watch manufacturer Rolex topped the list for the first time, beating Coca-Cola and Google into second and third places respectively. Mercedes-Benz took fourth place, followed by the BBC, ahead of Duracell and Dulux. Jaguar was up one place to number nine, while Royal Doulton held 10th position.

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To: zax who wrote (16907)2/27/2012 8:08:11 AM
From: sylvester80
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I don't see any bad news to account for the 6.5% haircut. Looks like buying opportunity... loading up more at $5.42

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To: zax who wrote (16907)2/27/2012 8:11:40 AM
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Samsung aims to sell 200 million smartphones in 2012

marketwatch.com

...and they have the capacity to do it...

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To: zax who wrote (16907)2/27/2012 8:15:11 AM
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Nokia's Shocking iPhone Killer is…
By Louis Bedigian
Benzinga Staff Writer
February 27, 2012 8:03 AM
benzinga.com
Nokia shocks the world with a new camera that's got “iPhone killer” written all over it.

Early this morning, the struggling smartphone manufacturer unveiled the Nokia 808 PureView, a camera that, as the company notes on its website, could be the “next breakthrough in photography.”

Built from the ground up for users who want to take stellar photos with their phone, the 808 PureView packs an unbelievable 41 megapixel sensor that distils seven pixels into one for what Nokia refers to as “stunningly sharp and clear 5 MP photos.” This means that you can zoom up to three times without losing any photo detail, and zoom up to four times while shooting full HD video (at 30fps). Photos and videos can be shared instantly via Facebook or Flickr, or streamed to an HDTV for a big screen presentation. (HDMI is also supported for those without the ability to stream.)

Nokia (NYSE: NOK [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) didn't stop there. In addition to being an impressive machine for capturing an endless array of images, the 808 PureView boasts Dolby (NYSE: DLB) surround sound technology, and is supposedly the world's first device to include High Amplitude Audio Capture. Nokia claims that this “combines a unique digital microphone and Nokia algorithms to record distortion-free audio at levels of up to 140 dB.” The full list of features is quite extensive.

In short, this is the first Nokia phone I've wanted to use since…I can't even remember. The company's phones – “smart” or otherwise – have been somewhat of a laughingstock ever since the N-Gage brought its taco shape to the masses in attempt to one-up the Game Boy. In terms of mobile game design, one could say that Nokia was both an innovator and a groundbreaker. Up until that point, mobile games were nowhere near the quality of a traditional gaming experience. But as players quickly discovered, the N-Gage wasn't a strong platform or a strong phone. As if that weren't enough, the price tag was too high. By the time Nokia redesigned the N-Gage, consumers had already rejected it as a viable entry into gaming.

While Nokia's problems go much deeper than a failed attempt at producing a phone for gamers, the N-Gage was the first sign that the company was in trouble. Since that time, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) entered the market, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android rose up, and Samsung took charge as a powerful (some might say deadly) competitor that strikes fear in every smartphone manufacturer – even Apple.

But if the 808 PureView is to be believed, it could prove to be one of the most desirable smartphones of 2012. It's a little bulky (as evidenced by the odd press image below, in which Nokia thought it'd be cool to stack three phones together to show off the phone's thickness).





When the 808 PureView launches in Europe later this year, it will come in three different colors: black, white, and red. Despite the bulkier size, I'm actually quite impressed with the design. This may be due to the fact that I am used to carrying a digital camera in addition to a phone that's far from thin. Even so, Nokia's latest smartphone is sleek, attractive, and dare I say polished. When, I ask you, was the last time you could say that about a Nokia product?

Not in 2011, that's for sure. Roughly 12 months ago, I wrote a piece entitled Microsoft and Nokia: Together, They Could Make the Worst Phone Ever. Today, Nokia may finally have proven that my harsh assessment is no longer true – not entirely, at least. Nokia might, if only by some crazy miracle, have what it takes to produce quality smartphones that can compete with the best that Apple and Samsung have to offer.

There are, however, a couple of stumbling blocks that could prevent Nokia from making a comeback. For starters, most high-end smartphone users do not like the company's products. This is Nokia's fault, of course. But it means that the Finnish enterprise is going to have to work extra hard to rebrand and reshape itself in the eyes of wary consumers.





Nokia also has to deal with the fact that, regardless of the power behind the 808 PureView's camera, most consumers will still prefer an iPhone 4S. The iPhone can do so much more, has a superior app store, and has been hyped to no end as having one of the best cameras in the business. Nokia's picture quality could dwarf the iPhone by several times and you will still find an endless number of amateur photographers who prefer Apple's phone. Again, Nokia is to blame; after years of conditioning consumers to believe that Nokia products suck, the company can't possibly expect us to return overnight.

If, however, Nokia continues to release fresh and creative products like the 808 PureView, then it might very well become a threat to Samsung's dominance. At this time, it seems impossible to believe that Nokia will hurt Apple's sales in any regard. But that highly desired “other” market – the group of consumers who want something other than an iPhone – is very much up for grabs.

Follow me @LouisBedigian

Read more: benzinga.com

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