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Android dominates smartphones in Q3 2012, Samsung widens its sales lead

Android continues expanding its dominance of the smartphone market, Samsung keeps on increasing its lead as the biggest smartphone maker and Nokia slips catastrophically in Q3 2012. That is a quick summary of what happened in the third quarter of 2012, according to the latest numbers by Gartner.

The analytics company concludes that while overall phone sales dropped slightly, smartphone sales are growing rapidly rising by 46.9% in Q3 2012.

Android dominates smartphones in Q3 2012, Samsung widens its sales lead

Samsung cemented its position as the most prolific phone manufacturer selling nearly 98 million devices in the quarter.
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Much more for much less: Amazon directly attacks the iPad mini on its home page

Ads that directly attack a competitor’s product saying it is inferior to the company’s own may be restricted in Europe, but the US doesn’t suffer from such delicacies. You constantly see Coke vs Pepsi ads in direct comparison, outlandish claims for the best beer in the world, and this extends even to drugs commercials.

Much more for much less: Amazon directly attacks the iPad mini on its home page

Well, now we have one such attack ad from Amazon, plastered all over its front page, directly saying that the iPad mini is inferior to its own Kindle Fire HD with the slogan: “So much more for so much less,” but with stats to back the claim up.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD had ‘biggest day since launch’ after iPad mini announcement

amazon kindle fire hd 1 Amazon Kindle Fire HD had biggest day since launch after iPad mini announcementOne would expect that Apple’s iPad mini launch to have a negative impact on Kindle Fire HD sales, but it turns out that Kindle tablet is now selling more than usual.

The day after iPad mini announcement was actually Kindle Fire HD’s biggest day of sales.

“Wednesday was the $199 Kindle Fire HD’s biggest day of sales since launch and up 3xweek over week,” Amazon told in an emailed statement to AllThingsD.

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There are now over 1 billion smartphone users on the planet

In Q3 of 2012, a pretty significant milestone has been reached, according to a study by the research experts at Strategy Analytics. It is estimated that the total number of smartphone owners worldwide has surpassed the 1 billion mark for the first time ever since smartphones came to be back in 1996. In comparison, the figure stood at 0.7 billion at the end of Q3, 2011. That’s huge!

There are now over 1 billion smartphone users on the planet
Think of it this way: one in seven people around the globe have some kind of a smartphone, be it an iPhone, an Android handset, a Symbian device, or any kind of phone worthy of being called smart. But what’s even more exciting is that the numbers are to go higher at an even more ridiculous pace, if the research is correct.

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Apple is now No.2 and Samsung enters Top 10 of global brands

Interbrand has released its 13th annual Best Global Brands report, essentially the most well-regarded Top 100 showcasing the value of different brands across the world. Interbrand’s methodology is ISO certified and focuses on the ways in which a brand can touch and benefit the organization that owns it, “from driving bottom-line business results to delivering on customer expectations”.

This year’s results are great for certain companies that have big investments in mobile. Apple has risen to No.2, and Samsung has made a surprise appearance into the Top 10 for the first time in history. The Korean company’s brand is now considered to be the 9th most valuable in the world, and said to be worth $32.8 billion.

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Apple Reveals Several Camera Patents & Legally Updates Siri

1A. Apple Reveals severl camera patents & legall updates siri
Last week Apple filled a series of seven major patent filings directly related to advancing camera features that will be found in future iterations of Apple’s iDevices such as the iPhone and iPad. The new patent applications cover gesture techniques and in-depth detailing of their advanced red-eye technology. Real camera buffs will have a feast in learning about what Apple is working on and we list all of the patent links so that you could dive right in to learn about every little twist and turn. If anything – we know that Apple always updates the iPhone’s camera features each and every year like clockwork. Will any of Apple’s latest advancements make it to the iPhone 6? Only time will tell. And lastly, we take a brief look at a simple legal update to Apple’s original patent filing for Siri that doesn’t advance Siri in any way whatsoever.


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Nokia cops to powering Amazon’s mapping service

Nokia cops to powering Amazon's mapping service

Well, Amazon is being pretty tight lipped about the details of its mapping service, but Nokia isn’t afraid to spill the beans. A spokesperson for the Finish company, Sebastian Kurme, told The Next Web that Amazon is indeed licensing the Nokia Location Platform for its latest Google-shunning product. We reached out as well and were fed the exact same official statement, confirming that Nokia is becoming an even bigger player in the mapping sphere. The platform is already the basis for Yahoo! Maps and a large portion ofBing’s offerings as well. Not to mention Nokia Drive, the company’s navigation software, is one of the crown jewels of the Windows Phone world. Check out the full statement from Nokia below.

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