IDC: Android garners 68% of market in Q2 2012, Blackberry and Symbian continues to fall

Google’s Android continues to dominate the smartphone wars as it garnered 68.1% market share of all smartphones shipped in Q2 2012 according to the the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Apple’s iOS naturally comes in 2nd with 16.9% market share, a drop from last year’s 18.8% on the same quarter. However, interest in the iPhone is expected to peak up again once the latest iteration of the smartphone is announced as early as next month. Things are not running so hot in the BlackBerry and Symbian camp which made up less than 10% of smartphone shares. They experienced a 40.9% and 62.9% drop respectively from last year. RIM’s response is to delay the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones which was expected this year, to a 2013 release. Nokia, on the other hand, is banking on Windows Phone OS which enjoyed a 115.3% increase in shipped units from last year (no surprise there). Top Smartphone Operating Systems, Shipments, and Market Share, Q2 2012 (Units in Millions) Operating System Q2 2012 Shipments Q2 2012 Market Share Q2 2011 Shipments Q2 2011 Market Share Year-over-year Change Android 104.8 68.1% 50.8 46.9% 106.5% iOS 26.0 16.9% 20.4 18.8% 27.5% BlackBerry OS 7.4 4.8% 12.5 11.5% -40.9% Symbian 6.8 4.4% 18.3 16.9% -62.9% Windows Phone 7 / Windows Mobile 5.4 3.5% 2.5 2.3% 115.3% Linux 3.5 2.3% 3.3 3.0% 6.3% Others 0.1 0.1% 0.6 0.5% -80.0% Grand Total 154.0 100.0% 108.3 100.0% 42.2% IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, August 8, 2012 [IDC] Related posts: Google’s Android poised to surpass Apple’s iOS in terms of mobile apps Sun Cellular Postpaid subscribers get BlackBerry plans BlackBerry services to be blocked in Dubai Want your iTunes music into your non-Apple device? Try DoubleTwist Symbian not in the future plans of Nokia Nokia answers burning questions on Microsoft...

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Nokia starts rolling out Symbian Belle update

Good news for Nokia owners waiting for Symbian Belle, the long wait for the update is now over… well for some at least. It was leaked before that the update would begin globally on Feb 8th but they decided to start early as some owners are already seeing the update for their phone. The Symbian Belle update is available for the the Nokia N8, E7, X7, C7, E6, and C6-01. Although the Nokia 500 supports Belle, the update for it will have to wait. Updating is pretty simple but you need to have a PC and an internet connection to do it. Download and install the latest Nokia PC Suite (v3.3.86) Connect your supported Nokia handset to your PC Click the Software Update in the Nokia PC Suite Now there are two things that can happen at this point. The PC Suite will start downloading the update (300+ MB, for the C6-01 at least) or it will say that your phone is already updated. You can try to click on the Update button (maybe it can’t connect to the server at that time), or just try again a different day (maybe the update is not yet ready). Don’t worry if you can’t update your phone at the moment. You’re not alone and it’s also possible that Nokia is still in the process of releasing the updates for other devices. To check if the update for your device is available, you may visit the Nokia Belle Availability site. (Thanks JonJon for the tip) Key in *#0000# to check for your handset’s product code. Related posts: Nokia announced next version of Symbian, name is Belle Nokia updates Symbian OS on N8, C7 and C6-01 Nokia answers burning questions on Microsoft partnership Nokia announced the E6 powered by Symbian Anna The Nokia 600, loudest entertainment smartphone yet Nokia 700 claims to be the smallest smartphone in the...

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Download FREE full version games for Nokia phones (limited time only)

Is your Nokia phone getting boring for you? Tired of those free and lite games? You’re in luck because for a limited time, Nokia is allowing you to download selected full-version games for free from the Nokia Store. For action games fans, relive the Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon by playing as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and other Autobots in an intense 13 levels of pure Transformers action. Racing fans get to enjoy the full version of Need for Speed Shift on their phone. For bike enthusiasts, there’s Moto X Mayhem, the best mobile bike game that lets you race, jump, and crash your way through a variety of treacherous terrain. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, lets you play the retro reproduction of the definitive Mortal Kombat game, with original characters and moves. Other games include: Bejeweled 2 Fruit Ninja Monopoly 12×1 Solitaire Tetris Sim City Deluxe Go to www.store.ovi.mobi from your mobile phone or www.store.ovi.com from your PC. These games are available for the Nokia X7, Nokia N8, Nokia C7 and Nokia E7 smartphones only. We were not informed when this free download will end so download to your heart’s content. I also couldn’t verify the existence of these games from the Ovi Store coming from a PC so maybe you need your Nokia phone to access the games. Related posts: Nokia updates Symbian OS on N8, C7 and C6-01 Nokia E7 is now available for Php32,000 Nokia brings us the X7, looks very edgy PTB’s Top 5 Mobile Phones of 2010 Nokia answers burning questions on Microsoft partnership Nokia E7 up for pre-ordering for...

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Nokia 700 claims to be the smallest smartphone in the world

One of the first Nokia phones that will be sporting the Symbian Belle OS is the Nokia 700 which claims to be the most compact smartphone in the market. If you’re thinking the honor goes to Sony Ericsson X10 Mini which feels small in your hand but it’s not in terms of volume, it’s a bit on the thick side. The Nokia 700 is smaller in volume and its closest rival would be the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray which is just a teeny bit bigger. Here are some size facts of the three phones: Nokia 700 Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Height 110mm 111mm 83mm Width 50.7mm 53mm 50mm Depth 9.7mm 9.4mm 16mm Weight 96g 100g 88g Enough talk about size. The Nokia 700 still packs quite a punch despite its frail size. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor and Nokia’s latest Symbian OS, Belle. It has a 3.2” AMOLED touchscreen display with Nokia’s ClearBlack technology and the tough Gorilla Glass. It also features a 2GB internal storage, 5 megapixel fixed-focus camera with flash and all the usual connectivity: 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and NFC. NFC or near field communication allows your phone to interact with other NFC devices simply by close proximity. Not a lot of applications for NFC as of the moment but it’s good to have the technology present on your device. The battery life on the Nokia 700 is rated at up to 7.3 hours talk-time or up to 465 hours on standby. It is also Nokia’s greenest phone to date constructed using materials like bio-plastics, recycled plastics and recycled metals. Local pricing and availability is still unknown at the moment but Nokia is pegging it at USD390 before taxes and subsidies. Nokia 700 Specs: 3.2″ AMOLED display @ 360×640 pixels, ClearBlack display Gorilla Glass 1GHz processor Symbian Belle OS 2 GB storage with up to 32GB via microSD HSDPA 14.4Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR, A2DP 5MP full-focus camera...

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Nokia announced next version of Symbian, name is Belle

A couple of months ago it was Anna, now the next version of Symbian is called Belle (I’m sure Rama’s not the next). Nokia’s been busy with the Symbian OS with the official announcement of the latest version called Symbian Belle. With Symbian Belle, you get to have more widgets, more homescreens, more customizations, more apps and lastly, built-in NFC or near field communication functionality.  If you were impressed with Anna, Belle seems to have a much bigger improvement. Belle has more widgets, including different versions of popular ones. They can be resized and rearranged any way you want in your homescreen. Also available are what Nokia calls “Toggle” widgets that gives you a quicker way to change profiles or switch on or off different functions. The status bar has also been improved and you can now pull it down to view notifications and toggle common settings easily. Speaking of notifications, some of these will also appear in the lockscreen so you can take a quick glance at your phone to check if new messages, mails, etc. has arrived. Bottom bar is now simplified which Nokia first introduced with their N9. With the partnership with Microsoft, Symbian also inherited business apps such as the Microsoft Lync, Sharepoint, OneNote, Exchange ActiveSync and PowerPoint Broadcaster. Now the best part for me is the NFC or near field communication. It’s an easy way for two devices with NFC support to share files, pair or whatever by just a simple tap. Think of it as the Bump app in iPhone and Android that doesn’t require you to be online. Here’s a demo version of Symbian Belle including its NFC functionality: Now call it an Android rip-off but it’s the right step for Symbian. Hey iOS 5 also took a couple of pages off Android’s playbook. The thing is, Android was the first to get some UI elements right in my opinion and there’s no point in fighting it. The Symbian Belle will be made available as a free...

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Nokia announced the E6 powered by Symbian Anna

Aside from the Nokia X7, Nokia also announced recently another business-centric smartphone in the form of the E6 which uses the latest software update of Symbian, codenamed Anna. The successor of the well-loved E71 and E72, the Nokia E6 will benefit from the latest Symbian update which features new icons and usability enhancements such as improved text input, a faster browser and refreshed Ovi Maps. I’m more excited with the improved browser performance which was poor in the first  N8, E7, C7 and C6-01. Not much has changed in the E6 from the design of the E72 save for the larger 2.46-inch screen that has a capacitive touchscreen display. Yup, aside from the QWERTY keypad and the optical trackpad, you can also navigate the phone using the touchscreen. Oh yeah, it has Gorilla Glass too and uses premium glass and stainless steel materials. The Nokia E6 also gets a bump in camera megapixel count from 5 to 8 but instead of an autofocus lens, this one has an EDoF fixed focus camera with dual-LED flash. Nokia also added some nifty features here like support for USB On-The-Go and AV-out for connecting to a television. The Nokia E6 offers exceptional battery life and the best out-of-the-box Microsoft messaging experience on a business smartphone, including access to Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Communicator Mobile and Microsoft SharePoint. Same with the X7, no word of exact date of availability of the E6 here in our country. They gave a vague Q2 2011 release date and the price is €340 (P21k) excluding taxes and subsidies. The Nokia E6 comes in black, white or silver color. Nokia E6 Specs: 2.46-inch LCD capacitive touch display @ 480×640 pixels Symbian Anna OS Gorilla Glass Display 256MB RAM, 1GB ROM 8GB internal storage, up to 32GB via microSD HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2 Mbps WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 3.0 w/ A2DP 8MP camera EDoF fixed-focus camera with dual LED flash 720p HD video recording FM Radio tuner GPS w/ aGPS support Li-Ion battery 1500mAh     Related posts:...

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Nokia brings us the X7, looks very edgy

Nokia announced today two new smartphones and one of them is the edgy-looking X7 which is a smartphone catering to entertainment enthusiasts. The Nokia X7 has a distinct design which for some reason reminds me of the movie X-Men. Anyway, this multimedia smartphone sports a 4″ display which makes it ideal for watching videos or portable gaming. It also has an 8-megapixel fixed-focus (sadly) camera and is made from a combination of stainless steel and glass. The X7 comes with the latest Symbian update, nicknamed Symbian Anna, which brings you new icons and usability enhancements such as improved text input and a faster browser, plus a refreshed Ovi Maps. This phone will also come preloaded with Galaxy on Fire HD and Asphalt 5 HD games. Nokia X7 Specs: 4-inch AMOLED screen @ 360×640 pixels Symbian Anna OS 680 MHz ARM 11 processor Broadcom BCM2727 GPU Gorilla Glass Display 256MB RAM, 1GB ROM up to 32GB via microSD (8GB included) HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2 Mbps WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 3.0 w/ A2DP 8MP EDoF fixed-focus camera with dual LED flash 720p HD video recording FM Radio tuner GPS w/ aGPS support Li-Ion battery 1200mAh No word yet on the exact pricing and availability on this phone but the X7 comes in dark steel and light steel color which translates to black or silver respectively. Related posts: Nokia updates Symbian OS on N8, C7 and C6-01 Symbian not in the future plans of Nokia Nokia answers burning questions on Microsoft partnership Nokia E7 is now available for Php32,000 Nokia C6, 3.2″ touchscreen and QWERTY slider for just above Php15k Nokia C7: First...

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Nokia E7 is now available for Php32,000

Mar 31, 11 Nokia E7 is now available for Php32,000

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Today, March 31, marks the availability of Nokia’s highly anticipated business smartphone, the Nokia E7. If you think that the Nokia N8 is too casual for you, the E7 might just fit the bill. Also running the latest Symbian OS, the Nokia E7 looks like the N8 but it is slightly bigger with a 4-inch ClearBlack display (or what you would know as AMOLED) and a wee bit thicker with its slideout keyboard. It’s not Nokia Communicator-thick by any means and still looks sleek. The Nokia E7 also has a higher megapixel count at 8mp with dual LED flash. It also has the same HDMI connectivity to project files, videos and images onto large screens. It is no slouch when it comes to your business needs as well. Aside from the typical mail synching through Microsoft Exchange Server, you can also easily create, edit and share office documents. It also has a built-in VPN along with a fast and secure intranet access. You also get to enjoy free drive-by navigation via the Nokia Ovi maps with this phone. With its combination of multimedia and business features, the Nokia E7 can be your one and only phone to use at home and at the office. The Nokia E7, retailing for Php32,000 comes with the USB adapter which you can use to connect your USB sticks as well as an HDMI adapter (HDMI cable not included). Initially it comes in Dark Grey and Silver White colors. We’ll see the red orange and aqua blue by May. Any of you guys waiting for this E7? Or are you waiting for the next generation of Android phones instead? Related posts: Nokia updates Symbian OS on N8, C7 and C6-01 A glimpse of the Nokia N8 at the Nokia Connections 2010 Nokia E7 merges business with entertainment Symbian not in the future plans of Nokia Nokia answers burning questions on Microsoft partnership Nokia E7 up for pre-ordering for...

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Nokia E7 up for pre-ordering for Php32,000

One of the most-anticipated Symbian phone from Nokia before they announced their partnership with Microsoft, the Nokia E7 is now available for pre-order for Php32,000 and comes in Dark Grey and Silver White. Also, the first 500 who pre-order will receive a free Nokia DC-11K charger which is a device that allows you to power-up two devices at the same. If you loved your old Nokia Communicator, you would also love how it evolved into the E7. It as a huge 4-inch AMOLED touchscreen, 8 megapixel camera, 16GB of in-built memory and the usual productivity features and business grade security solutions. Here’s our first impressions on the E7 when we saw it last year. To preorder, just log on to www.nokia.com.ph/e7ordernow and fill in your personal and contact information on the pre-order form: Full Name, Email Address, Mobile and Landline Number. You can also select the preferred store where you want to pick up your Nokia E7 device and your desired phone color. Then, an email will be sent to you to confirm your pre-order transaction. Print this email and present it upon claiming your pre-ordered device and free gift. Pre-order is ongoing until March 22. Pick-up of your new Nokia E7 is from March 26-28, 2011. Related posts: No related...

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Nokia answers burning questions on Microsoft partnership

A couple of weeks ago, Nokia announced something big. They decided to enter into a partnership with Microsoft and have the Windows Phone mobile OS as their primary smartphone OS. It was a good move for Nokia who admitted that they are falling far behind  iOS and Android with their Symbian OS. This also led to a lot of questions. Why Microsoft? Why not Android? What will happen to Symbian and its developers? Where’s MeeGo in the picture? Are Nokia Windows Phone replacing Symbian phones? Nokia invited us over for lunch earlier so they could answer some questions popping up here and about. Mr. Nicholas Foo, head of Forum Nokia’s technical services and consultancy team in Asia Pacific was present along with other reps from Nokia Philippines. So why did Nokia choose Windows Phone over Android? I know a LOT of people would love to see a Nokia handset sporting Android, myself included but I know that it won’t happen. Nokia explains that they didn’t want to simply be a vanilla hardware player that uses any OS in the market. They value the whole ecosystem they created from the start and they saw that Microsoft is the best partner of choice that could further grow their business given the ecosystem goal in mind. In addition to that, some Nokia services will directly compete with their Google counterpart so a partnership with Microsoft will provide a win-win solution for both companies. In short, Android is not coming to Nokia. We directly asked them that as well. What will happen Symbian? Will it still get support in the future? Or another way to put it is, should I still go with a Nokia N8? Or, should I still continue developing Symbian apps? Should I still invest in studying Qt to develop for Symbian? Nokia assured us that Symbian (they dropped the “^3” and plainly calls it Symbian by the way) development will still continue. There will still be Symbian devices coming out and they will continue...

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