Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Android India gives localised app suggestions
The Mobile Indian
By Rahul Gupta, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi, February 01, 2012 The Android India application provides are specific application suggestions for all major states in India. A new Android application has been launched that provides localised results for ...
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Apple iPad dominates online buzz in India
Times of India
Android's share still remained higher than Apple's iPhone at 27% and Blackberry at 14%, both of which have remained constant through the last year. "Even though Apple has not made a big push to promote and sell the iPad in India, it has already ...
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Indian markets to get Lenovo's Android 4.0 based tabs in May
Zee News
As per the reports of a news paper, Lenovo might flood the market with the all new ThinkPad which will feature Ice Cream Sandwich update in the month of May in India. Though Lenovo will fill the market with its new ThinkPad but that does not mean that ...
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Zee News
RIM's Stymiest Vows More Forceful Board as BlackBerry Claws Back
The addition this year of India-born investor Prem Watsa brings a key understanding of Asian markets to RIM's leadership, she said in an interview. Stymiest, who replaced founder Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, faces the challenge of convincing ...
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HTC launches Android phone with Hindi and Tamil support
Voice & Data Online
HTC Corporation has launched HTC Explorer, an Android phone offering full support for text input, and display of Hindi and Tamil languages. HTC Explorer users will be able to view and compose content in Hindi and Tamil on any compatible Android ...
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Ourview | An app for Mumbai's potholes
India may be widely considered the world's brain trust when it comes to information technology. But the country and its government still seem to have little clue how to use home-grown information technology (IT) talent to solve even the most basic ...
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Samsung Galaxy S III rumour round-up – Screen, camera, release date, price and ...
Phone Mantra
Much like people interested in iOS keep looking forward to the next iteration of the Apple iPhone, those interested in Android now await the next version of Samsung's flagship handset. The Samsung Galaxy S and the Samsung Galaxy S II were resounding ...
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Mercury mTab Neo Launched in India
Good E-Reader (blog)
Unfortunately, the mTab Neo is running the Android 2.2 Froyo OS that comes out of the box with the unit and the OS cannot be upgraded anytime later to the very in demand Android 4.0 ICS, which indefinitely traps the mTab Neo in Froyo.
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65-inch Sony Bravia KDL-65HX295 lands in India, for Rs. 3,59900
Sony has brought its largest LED TV in the Bravia lineup to India, the 65-inch Sony Bravia HX925, priced at Rs. 3,59900. Featuring the company's monolithic design, the Sony Bravia HX925 LED TV is internet enabled, and features a full HD resolution with ...
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Posted: 31 Jan 2012 01:47 PM PST
We like games, and we like to be able to afford games. Sometimes purchasing game after game can burn a hole in your pocket. Humble Bundle has been a great solution for affordable gaming before. But this is the first time Humble Bundle has hit the Android platform.
The bundle offers 3 (4 if you pay more) cross-platform games. This means you could play the games directly from your Windows (via Steam), Mac or Linux computer. And you can choose how much you pay for them.
The included games are Anomaly, Osmos and Edge. If you pay more than the “average” you also get World of Goo. The average is currently at about $5.27. It will be going up, so hurry up and get it while it’s still cheap!
  • Anomaly: This game was recently released, so it’s definitely a good deal. It’s basically a “tower offense” game, where you fight through a field against enemy towers.
  • Osmos: This is a very peaceful and relaxing game. The new age music soothes you into the zone. As a molecule, your objective is to become bigger by absorbing smaller molecules and avoiding bigger ones. (Highly recommended by Taylor).
  • Edge: This game is a bit of a trip. You basically navigate a cube in an animated field. The field moves and changes as the game gets more complicated.
  • World of Goo: Most of you probably know this one by now. It’s a bit of a surreal physics/building puzzle game. You can use globs of goo to build all sorts of things, like bridges, structures and even cannon balls.
Not only is this an affordable bundle for all the gamers out there, but customers would also be helping out with Child’s Play Charity. When purchasing, you have the option to divide your payment as you wish between the developers, charity and what they call a “Humble Tip.” Humble Tips go straight to Humble Bundle, Inc.
Not only can you name your own price, but you can divide your payment to most benefit whoever you see fit. If you’re looking to purchase some games for your spare time, this deal is quite the no-brainer. Go ahead and purchase the bundle straight from their site, and try to support with whatever you can!
Who’s getting this Humble Bundle? Have you guys enjoyed these deals before? Let us know what you think, and excuse me, as I will be playing these games for a while.

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 11:35 AM PST
We’ve seen the battles the music industry has fought against piracy. Surely, it is a gruesome war, and it not only happens with music. Piracy exists within all content and products; we see it very often in the Android ecosystem. We tend to look down on it, as it is considered stealing. But is it always a bad thing? Rovio CEO Mikael Hed does not think so.
We could learn a lot from the music industry, and the rather terrible ways the music industry has tried to combat piracy.Mikael HedRovio CEO
There’s no doubt that the Angry Birds creators would prefer customers buy apps and products legally. But they simply don’t believe it’s worth the millions of dollars and effort to fight against it. Mikael Hed made a rather controversial appearance at the Midem music industry conference in Cannes, talking about how badly the music industry has handled this business.
Piracy may not be a bad thing; it can get us more business at the end of the day.Mikael HedRovio CEO
In fact, Mikael claims Rovio sees the court route as a pointless solution, with the exception of times when pirated products are harmful to Rovio. But if such unofficial products are not harming the company’s image, Hed mentions it could work as a booster to create a bigger fan base. The idea seems weird, but look at it as “free advertisement” and it should make more sense. The company may not be making any money from pirated products, but more people playing and more people having Angry Birds plushies will make more people aware of the product. This creates a fan base that will help Rovio earn profit in the future.
We took something from the music industry, which was to stop treating the customers as users and start treating them as fans. We do that today: we talk about how many fans we have.
If we lose that fanbase, our business is done, but if we can grow that fanbase, our business will grow.Mikael HedRovio CEO
Undoubtedly, Rovio has a much different business than the music industry. We’re sure it hasn’t lost as much money, either. But this philosophy may be the answer for many companies out there, because we’re also sure Rovio hasn’t spent even a third of the money music labels have trying to fight piracy.
Mikael Hed mentions that they are in fact trying to avoid piracy in other ways. For example, as you may have noticed, they use their own apps as a channel to their store. This might drive more legitimate sells in the future. But they have found a way to use the “bad boys” to their advantage.
As for pirating, we suppose you can feel a bit less guilty if you’ve ever illegally downloaded a Rovio app. But we’re not condoning any type of piracy. These guys work hard at what they do, and we believe they deserve the few bucks they ask for.
We often see a reverse psychology effect. For example, I tend to be much more dedicated to any assignments when I know the assigner is a bit more open, because there’s some kind of bond created — like a thankful appreciation. That responsibility to do right, because you’ve been treated right. This could be something that Rovio takes seriously. What do you guys think? Should more companies adopt this philosophy? Would it simply bring more chaos?

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 09:35 AM PST
If you own the Sprint Nexus S 4G and are waiting on the official update to Android 4.0, then we have some good news for you. A new internal testing ROM was just spotted on Google’s servers that updates the Nexus S 4G to Android version 4.0.4, build number IMM26.
The file was quickly pulled after it was spotted, but if you are adventurous you can head over to xda-developers and grab a mirrored copy. I’d normally post a guide with instructions for the manual update, but since the official file has been removed from Google’s servers we just suggest the average user wait it out.
Reports suggest that this version was signed with release keys, which likely means it’s we will see the official update in the coming weeks. I’ve been using Android 4.0 on my T-Mobile Nexus S that I gave to a family member and its been running great so far. If you try out this leaked software on your Sprint Nexus S 4G, let us know how it performed in the comments below.

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 06:34 AM PST
Want to catch a glimpse of HTC’s thinnest Android smartphone ahead of Mobile World Congress? A YouTube video just appeared online which reveals the HTC Ville, a device that is rumored to feature a metal unibody design under 8mm thick.
Additional details that have been leaked so far include Android 4.0, Sense 4.0, 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 8 MP rear camera, VGA front camera, HSPA+, Bluetooh 4.0, and a 1,650 mAh battery.
The dual-core Snapdragon S4 will feature Qualcomm's new Krait CPU core that offers a 60% performance increase compared to the existing Scorpion micro-architecture found in the Snapdragon S1, S2, and S3. A new Adreno 225 GPU will also provide 50% faster graphics performance.
In the video we can see the performance lags quite a bit, but this is pre-production software. Hopefully HTC can achieve the same smooth performance that we have seen on the Transformer Prime.
HTC is scheduled to hold their MWC press conference on February 26th at 8:30 PM (Barcelona Time) and we will be on-site to check out whatever they announce. Be on the lookout for more details over the coming weeks.

Update: The video has been pulled at the request of HTC. We saved a copy, but don’t want to piss off HTC by re-uploading it. A screen capture can be seen below.

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Posted: 31 Jan 2012 06:24 PM PST
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The official Google TV Twitter account tweeted just moments ago that a software update for Sony Blu-ray players has begun rolling out. The 260MB update will bring about the ability for the players to now playback Blu-rays in the 3rd dimension and much needed speed enhancements to the Chrome browser. Lord knows, my Revue browser could perform a hell-of-a-lot quicker. If you haven’t received the update just yet, you can pull it manually by jumping into your System Settings > About > System Updates.
Leave a comment if you notice your browser performing snappier.
[Twitter | Droid-Life]

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 05:44 PM PST
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The BlackBerry Playbook is said to be receiving its OS 2.0 update come next month and along with some much needed new improvements (like a native email app), the update will finally give the device the long promised ability to to play Android apps and games via the BlackBerry Runtime for Android app player. Developers have until February 6th to submit their Android apps into the BlackBerry App World store if they want their apps approved in time for the new Playbook OS 2.0′s launch.
So what exactly does it take for an Android app to win approval by RIM? Well, for one — a developer must remove any and all words containing “Android” in them, as well as our beloved green mascot (I call him Andy). Makes sense. Also mandatory, a developer must remove anything that would otherwise take a user to the Android Market be it links or otherwise.
RIM says porting Android apps should be a relatively painless process and we’ll have to wait and see how many developers jump on this opportunity. As a fan of technology in general, I’ve always had a soft spot for the Playbook and it will be interesting to see if this will help garner new sales of the almost failed tablet.
[RIM Developer Blog | Via Slashgear]

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 04:48 PM PST
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Earlier today we filled you guys in on the status of LightSquared’s LTE network and the challenges they’ve been facing with FCC over alleged GPS interference. It ended with the FCC asking for public approval on the matter but now, Sprint — who plans to use LightSquared to help roll out their upcoming 4G LTE network — is giving LightSquared a new deadline before cutting off ties. In a statement to BGR, LightSquared said they have been given 6 weeks by Sprint to straighten things out with the FCC.
"Sprint and LightSquared have agreed to extend our network agreement through mid March. Sprint continues to support our business plan to bring wireless broadband to more than 260 million Americans and our ongoing efforts to work with regulatory agencies to resolve interference concerns."
Hopefully by March LightSquared will have this whole mess sorted out. God knows, I would love a speedy LTE rollout on Sprint, but not at the cost of reliable GPS. Samsung devices have it bad enough as it is. (Rim shot)
[Dow Jones Newswires |Via Cnet]

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 02:43 PM PST
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Amazon has reported on their earnings for quarter four of 2011, and the results are nothing but positive for their growing Android Appstore. Customers were up triple from the previous quarter, the total equaling more than the rest of the year combined. The increased number of users can largely be attributed to the release of the Amazon Kindle Fire, an Android device that shirks Google’s Android Market in favor of the retailers own offerings.
Even without the Kindle Fire, the Amazon Appstore has been growing steadily since launching early in 2011 thanks to inking several exclusive deals with big name developers and offering features such as their free app of the day. Still, the boost brought about by the launch of the $199 tablet is just what Amazon had hoped for. With such a low price, the company was betting on increased digital content sales to more than make up for the profit margin.
[Amazon via IntoMobile]

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 01:33 PM PST
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It is expected that Samsung will unveil a new tablet or two at Mobile World Congress, an almost obvious assumption prodded along by rumors of a device running a 2GHz quad-core Exynos CPU. While the Korean manufacturer has done a pretty good job of keeping their exact plans under wrap (the even is less than a month away and we have seen very few leaks), a recent set of devices newly certified by the WiFi alliance suggests at least two tablets could be on tap. The Samsung GT-P3100 and GT-P5100 could come in any combination of specs and sizes, but it is safe to assume that Samsung will be aiming to take on competitors at all levels. A refresh to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 seems like a sure thing, while a smaller, cheaper device that could battle the Amazon Kindle Fire head-to-head also makes sense. Whatever we see, we expect Samsung to accompany the announcement with a few surprises, whether that be a high-res display unlike any we have seen on a tablet before or something a bit less obvious.
[via Androinica]

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 01:20 PM PST
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Mozilla has been on quite the roll since releasing their Firefox browser to the Android Market. A little over a month after the version 9.0 update graced the Android Market, the new Firefox 10.0 is ready to roll with plenty of improvements in tow. Users can now more easily setup Firefox Sync to share bookmarks between a desktop and mobile device and should see an overall improvement in the rendering of sites using WebGL. Otherwise expect a number of smaller tweaks that will provide a refined experience as the folks behind Firefox continue to improve the mobile version of their highly popular desktop web browser. An exhaustive changelog can be found over at the Mozilla site. Firefox 10.0 can be found at the Android Market link below.
Android Market Link: Firefox
[via Mozilla]

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 12:43 PM PST
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GetGlue is ready for a new year of changing the way viewers interact around their favorite movies and shows with the release of an overhauled Android app chock full of new features. While the premise remains unchanged, a new visual stream combines comments and images from check-ins to create “user generated art.” The new stream aims not only to be more aesthetically pleasing but also to make discovering new content easier. A new conversation screen allows users checked-in to the same show to actively discuss and comment while viewing. Guides have been implemented to curate new show suggestions based on past choices and user preferences. The changes are all designed to make finding, viewing, and discussing shows a more dynamic process focused on community and discovery.
All the new features are rolled into a gently massaged and updated interface that seems to hit all the right notes. If you are big media junky and haven’t checked in to checking out GetGlue, this new release may have something for you. Get it at the Android Market link below.
Android Market Download: GetGlue
[via GetGlue]

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 11:15 AM PST
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RIM recently took to Twitter to conduct an informal poll of BlackBerry users. On New Year’s Eve the smartphone maker asked #TeamBlackBerry how they planned to #BeBold in the new year. The result not only made for a rather useless infographic but also resulted in the creation of a team of masked avengers. GoGo Girl, Max Stone, Justin Steele, and Trudy Foreal were created to characterize certain BlackBerry users, but our friends over at WinSource had a different view.

I know, I know. It’s especially cruel to kick RIM while they are down, but we can’t help but get a laugh out of it all. When Windows Phone users can make a justifiable jab at the expense of a once-dominant smartphone maker, you know the tides are turning. Don’t even be fooled for a second that the rise of Android didn’t contribute largely to RIM’s demise, and with Google and crew looking into more and more ways to make the OS enterprise-friendly it’s more than safe to say that the BlackBerry is a dying breed.
It would actually make for a really great comic book storyline in the vein of Frank Miller’s darkly toned Batman books of the late 80s. The once triumphant hero is forced out of retirement in an attempt to thwart their greatest foe yet only to die, of all things, from a heart attack. Sad, yes. But let’s not weep too much for the BlackBerry name.
[via Winsource]

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 10:59 AM PST
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Last week we saw the Samsung GT-i9300 appear on Samsung’s support site only to be pulled later, a sure sign that Sammy wants to keep something secret about that specific model number. The designation is in line with Samsung’s flagship series of phones and is a likely candidate to match up with the upcoming Galaxy S III and has once again shown up in official documentation, this time earning its certification from the WiFi Alliance. No other details can be discerned from the entry. At this point the GT-i9300 could be just about anything — with little else to go off of we can only speculate. While most expect Samsung to unveil their latest Android masterpiece at Mobile World Congress, there is some uncertainty as to whether or not that will happen. In a recent earnings call Samsung said they have yet to finalize plans for the announcement of the device.
[via PocketNow]

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 10:15 AM PST
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Humble Bundle has just launched its latest pack of indie games with a twist. For the first time ever, Android is among the supported operating systems (others include Windows, Max OS X, and Linux). Up for grabs are EDGE, Osmos, and Anomaly: War for Earth. If you are unfamiliar with the Humble Indie Bundle concept, every few weeks a new pack of games becomes available for a limited time. These games are available on a pay-as-you-will basis. You name the price, you own the games. You can download them as many times as you want on as many operating systems. Even more unique is the ability to choose how much of your money goes where. You can split the payment between Humble, the game developers, and charity. There is no punishment for paying too low, but paying over the average unlocks a bonus game, World of Goo. What started as an experiment in game distribution for small developers has become a platform for independent studios to showcase their finest works.

You can head over to the Humble Bundle site and plop down what you can to own the selection of great games. While some games easily outshine others, as a purchaser of several bundles in the past I can assure you any money you fork over will be well spent. And remember, don’t wait too long to purchase because the pack of excellent games will only be available for the next 14 days.
[via HumbleBundle]

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 09:01 AM PST
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When Steam for Android originally launched, many members were excluded. Such is often the case with betas, but Valve has opened it up to any and everyone who has a Steam account. It’s still a beta and things are still being ironed out but you’ll at least be able to use the features that are currently available. To see what all the fuss is about download the free application from the Android market here. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 08:28 AM PST
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While the original Epic 4G never saw a truly stable release of CyanogenMod 7, the Epic CM team are making a lot of great progress with CyanogenMod 9. The Android 4.0-based ROM brings a stock Android offering for those who’d rather not deal with TouchWiz. An “alpha 0″ build was posted yesterday and it looks pretty good for its stats. The list of bugs and things not working is quite long but none of them are experiencing-breaking features. Take a look at the full list here. If all of that looks fine to you and you want to give it a shot just to see what’s on the way, grab the download links here. Take a look at a video review of this alpha above.

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 08:01 AM PST
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The folks at NEC, in partnership with their main carrier partner NTT DoCoMo (Japan) have announced another good looking Android with another weird name. It’s the MEDIAS ES N-05D and it’s as thing as any phone will be – 6.7mm thin. The device also has a 4.3 inch 720pHD display, an 8 megapixel Exmor R C-MOS sensor, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and more. The Bluetooth 4.0 radios inside make it compatible with Casio’s new G-SHOCK “smart” watch as both devices require Bluetooth LE, an exclusive feature to this version of the standard. Pretty cool stuff but don’t expect to be able to get your hands on it without importing it. [via TechCrunch]

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 06:59 AM PST
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Samsung has just issued a press release detailing what they’d be doing for their first ever Super Bowl ad. Their advertisement – which will be a 90 second spot – will air sometime throughout the fourth quarter, an expensive gesture for any company to make. Bobby Farrelly, creator of There’s Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber, will direct the commercial. Their press release focuses a lot on the note so we imagine their ad will be focused on that, as well. The Super Bowl airs February 5th, the same day that the Galaxy Note goes up for presale on its first US carrier – AT&T. Read on for full press details.
Samsung Launching Revolutionary Galaxy Note Super Phone with 90-second Super Bowl Commercial
DALLAS - January 31, 2012 - Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, is launching a revolutionary super phone, the Galaxy Note™ in the first-ever Super Bowl ad in the technology giant’s 71-year history.

"During the past six months we’ve launched the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus and now the Galaxy Note super phone in North America bringing unparalleled innovation to the marketplace," said Todd Pendleton, Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung Telecommunications America.  "The Galaxy Note ushers in the era of truly personalized communications, allowing people to capture, share and create like never before."

The game changing Galaxy Note required a launch platform just as significant which is why Samsung chose the largest event in North America to unveil this product - Super Bowl XLVI.
Samsung handpicked  Bobby Farrelly to direct his first ever TV commercial.  Farrelly, along with his brother, Peter, created the famous comedy films There’s Something About MaryDumb and DumberKingpin and Fever Pitch.

Another Super Bowl commercial first is Samsung using footage shot by the Galaxy Note’s HD-quality video camera in the ad.  Samsung is also one of the advertisers in the inaugural livestream of the Super Bowl broadcast.

The Galaxy Note ad will air during the 4th quarter of Super Bowl XLVI on February 5th.

An extensive digital and social campaign will accompany the ad release with Samsung Mobile US Facebook and Twitter followers gaining exclusive access to content and giveaways.

The Samsung Galaxy Note will be available for pre-order starting February 5th and go on sale at AT&T and Best Buy Stores nationwide on February 19th.
Key Product Features of the Samsung Galaxy Note include:
  • ·         Integrated S Pen™ Solution
  • ·         5.3″ HD Super AMOLED™ Screen (1280×800)
  • ·         Smartphone Portability with the Power of a Tablet
  • ·         Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFE™)
  • ·         1.5GHz Dual-core Processor
  • ·         Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread + TouchWiz®
  • ·         Kies Air
  • ·         AllShare™
  • ·         Social Hub
  • ·         Media Hub HD
  • ·         Enabled for 4G LTE
  • ·         8.0 Megapixel Rear-facing Camera with LED Flash
  • ·         2.0 Megapixel Front-facing Camera
  • ·         1080p HD (30fps) Video Recording
  • ·         2500mAh Battery
  • ·         eReader Capabilities
  • ·         Enabled For Video Chat
  • ·         16GB Internal Memory
  • ·         Expandable Memory up to 32GB
  • ·         Swype™
  • ·         AT&T Navigator®
  • ·         Bluetooth® Technology

[1] Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S. claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q3 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.

About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 06:50 AM PST
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The HTC Ville, a thin and sleek smartphone said to be announced at Mobile World Congress next month, looks to have gotten leaked a bit prematurely. The device has been put on video for the world to see. What we’re looking at is a 4.3 device that has Android 4.0 and HTC Sense 4.0. It’s rumored to have a qHD Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and an 8 megapixel camera that will likely shoot HD video. As for HTC Sense, it’s definitely quite the looker. As early reports stated, HTC has updated the user interface for a cleaner look and feel. It also looks like performance has greatly improved. Be sure to take it all in by watching the video above. [HTC-Hub via BGR]