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by George Heymann

AT&T outlines data throttling, Windows 8 consumer preview available

Smartphone Briefs

By Chris Coleman|@PhoneKnack

After losing in court to an angry customer who’s data was throttled, AT&T has decided to outline their unlimited data throttling process to its customers. Customers lucky enough to be grandfathered in for the unlimited data plan and using 3G or 4G (HSPA+) smartphones, your data will be throttled after 3GB of usage. Customers who are using 4G (LTE) smartphones, data throttling begins at 5GB of usage.

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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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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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Tablet shipments to reach 253m by 2016 as new vendors converge on sector, says Juniper Research

by Anna Schmidt

Technology Market

A new report by analyst firm Juniper Research forecasts that tablet shipments will reach 253 million by 2016, nearly a five-fold increase from the 55.2 million tablets the company expects to reach the market in 2011.

With a second generation of Apple’s iPad hitting the market earlier this year, other smartphone vendors have followed suit: HTC, LG, Motorola and RIM launched first generation models in 2011. As other opportunities elsewhere in the PC market diminish, leading players from this space – including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and Toshiba – are also joining the fray.

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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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HTC expands cloud services with Dashwire acquisition

by John Roberts

Technology Market

HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile devices, has announced the acquisition of Seattle-based Dashwire, Inc., the maker of the Dashworks platform that provides mobile and web applications, enabling people to easily setup and personalize their smartphones, and seamlessly access their mobile content across multiple screens and services.  Dashwire will become a wholly owned subsidiary of HTC.

“Cloud services are key to delivering the promise of connected services to our customers,” said Fred Liu, president of engineering and operations, HTC Corporation. “People want access to all of their important content wherever they are on any device. The addition of Dashwire’s cutting-edge sync services and deep mobile cloud experience strengthens our ability to deliver these services in a more powerful way.”

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Smartphone shipments to reach 1 billion annually by 2016

Posted by John Roberts

Technology Market

Economy Smartphones, with a retail price of $150 or lower, will account for nearly one-third of shipments in five years, says Juniper.

A new report published by analyst firm Juniper Research forecasts that the number of global smartphone shipments will reach 1 billion per annum in 2016, up from 302 million in 2010.

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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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Latest comScore US market share report has Google and Apple gaining ground, everyone else down

The latest comScore report indicated that 74.6 million people in U.S. owned smartphones up 13 percent from the previous quarter ending in January 2011. Google Android held the number one position up 5.2 percent with a 36.4 percent market share. Apple captured the number 2 position from Rim up 1.3 percent to 26 percent share while RIM dropped into the number three position with a 25.7 market share, followed by Microsoft (6.7 percent) and Palm with (2.6 percent)

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iOS4 software update available now for the 3G, 3GS!

Apples 4 Easy Steps to Installing iOS4:

  1. Update iTunes to the latest version then connect your iPhone to your computer
  2. Select your iPhone under devices
  3. In the iPhone summary pane click check for update
  4. Click download and install. Do not disconnect your iPhone until the update is finished

iOS 4 key enhancements after the break:

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