by George Heymann

“New and Improved” Blackberry London, LG announces Galaxy Note Competitor

Smartphone Briefs

By Chris Coleman|@PhoneKnack

Reports have resurfaced on with new pictures of the long rumored Blackberry London. From the looks of this device we can acknowledge that RIM, the makers of BlackBerry, are finally looking to join the ever-changing smartphone race.

The sleek design of the BlackBerry London has us brimming with excitement in the middle of winter. When is the BlackBerry London coming to the market? According to a leaked roadmap of RIM’s upcoming devices, the London washing ashore to American soil come Q3. (Photos after the break)

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SuperOneClick upgraded to V2.3.3 released provides 1-click root/unroot for most Android handsets!

Senior Xda-developer member CLShortFuse continues to improve his excellent Android app SuperOneClick. SuperOneClick provides a one-click root/unroot that works on most Android handsets/OS versions. The file size for the latest version (2.3.3) jumped up to 10mb and now integrates the driver installation. The driver folder is now included with the latest ADB drivers from Google

You MUST put your phone in USB debugging mode and make sure you DO NOT mount your SD card. Go to “settings>applications>development” to select “USB debugging.” You can download a copy of the latest version of SuperOneClick from XDA-developers here. You must register on the XDA site in order to download the file.

(Additional download links and revision history after the break.) 

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LG announces its initial Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade roadmap

LG announced its preliminary roadmap today for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) upgrades on its Facebook page  for high-end LG smartphones which were introduced earlier this year.

The initial handsets include: the Optimus 2X, Optimus Black, Optimus 3D and the Optimus LTE. The LG post explains that they are continuing to evaluate the performance of other LG smartphones to make ICS OS available on as many LG smartphones as possible.

LG is promising to update its Facebook again in December with its planned upgrade schedule and additional specific models that will be eligible for the ICS upgrade. Although they did not specifically state it, I expect that carrier specific variants of the already announced models will also be included, for example the LG G2x, the T-Mobile version of the Optimus 2X should be supported.

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Android Gingerbread adoption climbs past Froyo

Google has released the latest version numbers for Android, during the 14-day period ending Nov. 3, Gingerbread is up to 44.4 percent, while Froyo has fallen to 40.7 percent, other variants of Android OS combined make up the remaining 14.9%.

Here is the breakdown on the combined totals:

  • Android 1.5 Cupcake 0.9%
  • Android 1.6 Donut 1.4%
  • Android 2.1 Eclair 10.7%

The combined numbers on the variants of Honeycomb 3.x remain relatively unchanged at 1.9%. The numbers are based on the number of Android devices that have accessed the Android Market within the two-week period ending on November, 3 2011.

Source: Android Developers

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Nielsen: Android remains most popular smartphone operating system in U.S. at 43% of market

Nielsen’s third quarter survey of mobile users reveals that Android remains the most popular operating system in the United States, with 43 percent of the market.

Other interesting statistics from the report indicate that while feature phones still enjoy a larger penetration and OS share compared to smartphones 57% vs 43%, the adoption rate for smartphones by age group varies from a low of 18% to as high as 62% for the 25-34 year group.

Check the Nielsen report for additional information.

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HTC promises to upgrade as many devices as possible to Ice Cream Sandwich

HTC latest status update on its Facebook page promises to upgrade as many existing HTC devices as possible to Ice Cream Sandwich. No details on specific devices or timing of the pending updates.

Via: HTC Facebook Page

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Google updates OnTheFly to version 1.2, promises to simplify your trip planning.

by George Heymann

ITA Software’s, OnTheFly airfare shopping mobile app by Google has just been updated to version 1.2 with versions available for Android, and iPhone.

OnTheFly makes it easy to compare fares across airlines, dates as well as alternate cities and airports. It’s actually faster and more convenient to check fares on my mobile than it is to do the same task on the web. Just input your origin and destination, click your preferred airports (the app recognizes airport code abbreviations) and the date range of when you prefer to travel. The choices narrow as you input your information almost if its reading your mind. A couple of clicks, and you can start packing!

OnTheFly Product Manager, Stefan Frank explains “One of the new features in v1.2 is flexible date search, which enables you to browse 35 days of potential departure dates on a calendar combined with an interactive “temperature” graph.

You can also save and access search history now, including particular itineraries of interest. We’ll even check price changes for those itineraries so you can know the best time to plan that dream trip.”

The application has an average 4.5/5 star rating, the most requested features which remain unavailable on the mobile app is the inclusion of budget fair carriers, the monthly web calendar of low fares between a city pair and the ability to book the fares directly from within the app.

If you haven’t already tried OnTheFly, you can download it for free from Android Market or the App Store. OnTheFly for use with BlackBerry (OS 4.6+) can be accessed at

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Does Google want Motorola only for its patents, or is there something else?

by John Roberts

Technology Market

Google‘s decision to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion is seen by many as the search giant’s attempt to get its hands on thousands of valuable patents. But is there another reason?

Motorola Mobility currently holds some 17,000 patents and has another 7,500 pending – all of which will be Google‘s to play with once the deal goes through.

However, Google‘s decision could also be a sign that Internet company is determined to establish itself in the smartphone market.

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Apple dominates mobile app space with content while Android aims for numbers

by John Roberts


To say the app market is exploding would be an understatement. By the time you finish reading this press release another 100,000 apps will have been downloaded and $150,000 spent. According to a new app storefront forecast published by Strategy Analytics, Apps, Apps Everywhere: The Billion Dollar Industry, the app economy is strong and getting stronger as paid downloads are expected to drive nearly $2 billion per quarter by the end of 2012.

Driving more paid downloads, higher ASPs, and more total apps than any other platform, Apple remains king of the app economy through 2012. The Android Market is poised to overtake the Apple App Store in quarterly volume by the end of 2012, and Android generally will do so even sooner with additional assistance from third party distribution outlets such as the Amazon App Store, GetJar, Nook and others.

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Latest comScore reports key trends in US mobile subscriber market share

by Maria Santiago  

Technology Market

comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the US mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending May 2011.

The study surveyed more than 30,000 US mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 24.8 percent market shareGoogle Android led among smartphone platforms with 38.1 percent market share.

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