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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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The Google Nexus 7 has a meltdown

Note to self: Never leave a device charging while unattended. Why, you ask? Because there’s always the off chance that something like this could happen.

What you’re looking at are images of one user’s Nexus 7 after it was left charging — unattended — for a good couple of hours. When the owner returned to where the Nexus 7 should have been sleeping peacefully, she was greeted with a room with smoke and the Nexus 7 melted to a toasty Pop-Tart.

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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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Watch three ASUS Padfone 2 video ads right here

Asus just completed presenting their latest smartphone – the Padfone 2. We already gave you a really good idea of how it looks like and we even have a hands-on article straight from the announcement event. But if you didn’t have the time to watch the event itself, you might have missed these Padfone 2 video ads.

The clips were first shown during the unveiling event in Milan, but there are finally available online separately. And these are actually pretty nice. Enjoy!

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Mobile Choice Consumers Award 2012: Samsung Galaxy S III best smartphone, Apple iPad best tablet

The 2012 Mobile Choice Awards have just taken place in London and the results are in – with Samsung’s Galaxy S III coming out on top as Best Smartphone of 2012. Despite its main competitor – the iPhone 5 – enjoying a great deal of early success and record sales figures, it is the Korean company’s quad-core effort which came out on top this time around.

It’s key to note, however, that the iPhone 5 wasn’t actually included in the competition but the iPhone 4S, so while this is something to cherish from Samsung’s point of view, many will wonder how the competition might have gone if the results were coming in later this year, and inclusive of the Cupertino company’s flagship.

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Eric Schmidt: “Google stands for innovation as opposed to patent wars”

The Google Nexus 7 launched in Korea on Thursday and Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt was there for the event, but was also willing to share more details on Google’s position towards the whole patent industry and the rivalries.

Google has held a pretty consistent and reasonable position on patents pointing out the obvious flaws the current system has.
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‘Literally patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation and I think that is very bad,’ Schmidt said. ‘We are obviously working through that and trying to make sure we stay on the right side of these issues. So ultimately Google stands for innovation as opposed to patent wars.’


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ASUS schedules dual Padfone 2 launch events for October 16

ASUS isn’t keeping any secrets with an invitation they just sent out to press in Italy and Taiwan. Emblazoned in bold lettering at the top of the invite is “Padfone 2.” So, yep, the cat’s out of the bag. Interestingly, ASUS is actually holding two concurrent events to introduce the followup to the phone/tablet combo released earlier this year, on in Milan, Italy, and another in Taipei, Taiwan. Few other details were provided, but with no attempt to keep the subject of the event a secret, we couldn’t as for much more.

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