comScore released their report on the mobile phone market in the US for the second quarter of this year. They found that Android is pulling ahead of iOS and that those are the only two OSes that didn’t lose market share. Samsung is solidifying its place as the top phone maker in the US (note: counting both feature phones and smartphones) with 25.3%, up 0.8% compared to the previous quarter. Apple overtook RIM in Q2 and now sits in 4th place. Apple also grew the most quarter-on-quarter (QoQ), a full percent, reaching 8.9% of market share.
According to a report from IDC, Apple shipped more smartphones than any other manufacturer in Q2, stealing bragging rights from a struggling Nokia. With 20.3 million units shipped, Apple managed to nab a 19.1 percent market share, representing year-over-year growth of 141.7 percent. Samsung and Nokia followed behind, with RIM and HTC bringing up the rear.
We're covering BlackBerry's event live - here's the skinny fresh from London. RIM announced five new Berries, or three distinct phones, if you don't count the GSM/CDMA versions separately. Meet the new Bold Touch, Torch and (a different) Torch models, all with BB OS 7, fast processors, high-ppi screens and NFC. The BlackBerry Media Event is off to a start here in London
The BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 (GSM/CDMA versions) is the thinnest phone that RIM ever produced (10.5mm). Like the other new models, the Bold 9900 is running BlackBerry OS 7 on a 1.2GHz single-core processor and 768MB RAM.
It packs a portrait QWERTY keyboard and a 287ppi screen above it. The Bold 9900 has excellent connectivity with HSPA+ (14.4Mbps downlink), Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC support (one of the BB OS 7 highlights is NFC support).
The BlackBerry Media event in London just concluded and this is what we've got so far: the new BlackBerry Bold (previously known as Bold Touch) 9900/9930 (UMTS/CDMA), the BlackBerry Torch 9810 and Torch 9860/9850 (UMTS/CDMA), which was previously rumored by the names of BB Touch and Monza. All the devices are powered by single-core 1.2GHz processors with 768MB RAM and all have NFC support. The BlackBerry Bold (also known as Bold Touch) is the thinnest BlackBerry device so far at 10.5mm. It runs the BlackBerry OS 7, and utilizes a 1.2GHz CPU, 8 gigs of expandable memory and a 2.8" VGA (640x480) 287 dpi (close to the Retina's 326 dots per inch) capacitive touchscreen. It has a 5 MP autofocus camera with 720p video recording. In terms of looks, it takes after the previous line of Bold devices with no significant changes to the exterior. It's made out of high-quality brushed stainless steel.
We've developed a bit of a soft spot for the Nokia N9 and it keeps giving us little treats that we just can't get enough of. Today's treat is a compilation of stock video footage taken directly from the N9 and edited into a single clip. Clip available on GSM Arena here The footage in question comes from Nokia's Bill Perry and really shows the potential that the N9 camera experience will bring to users. Bill even threw in a few more stills to add to our growing collection of samples from the N9.
It seems August 17 could be the day we see an official announcement regarding the first Nokia Windows Phone. Microsoft and Nokia are handing out invites to an event being held in Cologne on the said date, which does not go into the specifics of the event (apart from the fact that there will be a live act and a great DJ) although we do have reasons to believe Nokia will be announcing their new handset, particularly one running Windows Phone 7 Mango.
The Nokia 500 has just been announced as Nokia latest Symbian Anna smartphone. The new phone is based on the Nokia C5-03 specs-wise but refreshes some of the key features, retaining the reportedly affordable price tag.
US phone network AT&T has banned holiday requests for the last two weeks in September, which many are speculating is down to the launch of the Apple iPhone 5.
An anonymous AT&T employee claims the announcement is due to an "event blackout".
"Historically the only time they've done this was for an iPhone release," the tipster adds. Wait a minute…
However, 'sources with knowledge of Apple's plans' claim that the AT&T employee is misinformed; "I don't know why AT&T's calling for all hands on deck those weeks, but it's not for an iPhone launch," it told All Things D.
Rather, the second anonymous source says the iPhone 5 will land in October, although he declined to give any indication of when exactly we'll see it.
So all we can tell you for sure is that there will be a new iPhone but when it will launch is clearly still anyone's guess.
The rumourometer has swung wildly from no chance to quite likely and back on this one; so we'll plump for the middle ground for now, and wait for Apple's official word.
As you may be aware, the N9 is the swan-song device that represents the end of the Nokia/MeeGo marriage. A fitting end but still a sad one to be sure. The N9 has received plenty of praise during its pre-release life from reviewers and industry types to boot. Even we have had the pleasure of being charmed by its unique user experience and its wonderful design. But of course despite all the buzz surrounding its existence and its lifespan, it still hasn't actually been unleashed on the general public. One of a small handful to put a time to the release of the N9 however has been Orange Switzerland. Their online store quotes the N9's expected arrival from September 15. Wonderful news, especially to those who are MeeGo fans.