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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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Android remains the world’s most popular operating system in Q3 , iPhone 5 gives it heat in the States

Android has grown its share almost all over the globe and remains theworld’s most popular operating system, according to the latest report by UK-based analysts from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

The Kantar report focuses on the state of the mobile market in the United States, the UK and Europe as a whole in the third quarter of 2012.
Android remains the world’s most popular operating system in Q3, iPhone 5 gives it heat in the States
So what are the numbers? Android leads in the United States, but with less. Its commanding 66.4% share has shrunken down to 57.5%, cannibalized by the growth of the iPhone which now has a 35.7% share. Interestingly, RIM has now become less popular than Windows Phone, but both have a very marginal sub-3% representation in the States.
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The Mobile Device Privacy Act has been introduced in Congress

Rep. Markey’s assertion is that a handheld personal device does not equate to personal information being handled by third parties without permission. The intention of the legislation is to provide greater transparency regarding data an application may gather and transmit, with the user’s permission.
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comScore: Android still dominates, iOS closing in

It seems that smartphones had another strong summer quarter Stateside, as the quarterly comScore report reflects a 7% increase in smartphone users for the 3 month period ending in July.
Google still dominates the smartphone platform with just over 52% of the market, up 1.4% over last quarter. Apple has also seen good growth, up two percent points to now cover just about a third of all smartphones in the US.


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Chips reaching their limits as smartphones progress

The semi-conductor business, for all its progress, is a balancing act. The industry, from AMD to Xilinx, advances their product lines and specifications at a blinding speed, sometimes exceeding the spirit of “Moore’s Law” which basically states, that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles about every two years. Certainly in some cases, we have seen this technology advance at an exponential rate. This law applies in the context of miniaturization as well.


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Viber is now arriving on Series 40, Symbian and Bada, hits 100 million users

VoIP application Viber that allows users to call and text each other absolutely free is arriving on pretty much every handset you can think of. Viber has announced it’s releasing its app to Nokia’s Series 40 feature phones, as well as Symbian and bada smartphones.

With over 1.5 billion Series 40 phones sold since the platform was launched, this is a huge step on Viber’s path to become the first truly global VoIP client.

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