Ever since Apple’s iPad hit the road, the tablet craze has been heating up more and more – almost every maker of Android handsets now has at least one tablet on offer, and Palm has recently released one of its own, too.

The folks from research2guidance have now taken a look at what makes tablet users tick. In particular, they found that the following issues have hindered more wide-scale adaptions of media tablets (aka not tablet PCs):

Entertainment tool: First, despite the fact that enterprises and professionals have embraced tablets, based on owner surveys its primary use appears to be as a home-based entertainment tool. Although many users expect to use it to ease professional routine prior to purchase, only 20% of iPad owners use it on the go, versus 80% who use it exclusively at home.
Relatively lower capabilities: Second, it was developed as a software-use oriented device and is not as convenient for making calls, or taking pictures, as smartphones are. However, in terms of technical performance, the media tablets at the moment can hardly compete with existing netbooks or notebooks, and are not capable of performing more complex tasks.
Limited portability: Third, in terms of mobility, the size of media tablets may be a constraint, particularly when compared to mobile phones. They are not as portable as mobile phones, and therefore are not always at hand. They require certain ergonomic positioning and specific locations to comfortably use the device. This defines and limits the range of successful tablet use-cases.

Find out more via the URL below:
http://www.research2guidance.com/how-long-will-the-ipad-fever-last/

In Germany, third party organizations have long taken carrier contracts and bundled them up with all kinds of crap ranging from PlayStations to motorbikes. So far, carriers stayed out of this game – but Hutchison Austria now wants to change this in cooperation with LG.

At an event in Hutchisons Strandbar Herrmann (known for the announcement of Samsung bada held there), LG and Hutchison managers ganged up to announce a new contract:
lg tv three 0 Hutchison (Three) Austria offers TV with internet bundle

In particular, the 24mo contract will bring users unlimited internet via a WiFi to 3G bridge and a 32″ LG TV which is 3d capable (shipped home for free):
lg tv three 1 Hutchison (Three) Austria offers TV with internet bundle

In addition, 7 polarizing spectacles will be part of the bundle:
lg tv three 2a Hutchison (Three) Austria offers TV with internet bundle lg tv three 2b Hutchison (Three) Austria offers TV with internet bundle

The maximum value, however, is achieved in combination with an LG 3D phone (24mo contract, 30€). It can be connected to the TV via a HDMI. Cable and then streams its display contents to the TV:
lg tv three 3 Hutchison (Three) Austria offers TV with internet bundle

The display quality ranges from excellent with overscan problems (in 2D) to mediocre (in 3D):
lg tv three 4 Hutchison (Three) Austria offers TV with internet bundle

Unfortunately, people like yours truly will stay in the rain for now – with an expected market penetration of but 3 percent in 2012, caring about individuals with less than perfect eyesight is not an item on the agenda.

Nevertheless, this bundle is interesting. Lets see when other carriers will respond…

Screen protectors tend to be all scratched up within a few weeks – once this has occurred, its time to buy another one.

At CeBit 2011, a Taiwanese company called Sewha had a small booth with a very interesting innovation:
0a Self healing screen protectors

A self-healing screen protector – it should be able to mend scratches on its own:
1a Self healing screen protectors

According to them, a release is planned for the second quarter of 2011…let’s see when the technology will hit the road for real.

If there is one company which has taken leak management to the max in the last few months, it most definitely is LG. Their dual-core Optimus 2X has been all over the media – but with no release dates.
lg optimus 2x benchmarks LG Optimus 2X   release on March 25th

Hutchison Austria has now confirmed that it plans to ship the device on the 25th of March in an exclusive fashion.

In the highest plan, the device will go for 0 Euros on contract.

Krusell’s sales data has been quite interesting for us in the past – the Swedish case manufacturer has an insane retail presence, and thus gives us a good overview of what “the man on the street” likes.

For this month, the data looks as following:

1. (1) Apple iPhone 4
2. (8) Samsung Galaxy tab
3. (2) HTC Desire HD
4. (3) Nokia 3720 Classic
5. (5) Nokia C5
6. (10) Nokia E52
7. (7) Samsung GT-B2710 / Xcover 271
8. (-) HTC Wildfire
9. (-) Samsung B2700
10. (6) Samsung I9000 Galaxy S

Not much to add here – the only thing which surprises me is that the iPad is not represented…

The first Palm Pilot devices contained a slot for memory cards – it allowed users to expand the memory of their device with ease. As devices became more compact, the slots went away…

Motorola’s XOOM shipped as a 3G handset, but was advertised to be able to get a hardware update to 4G networking via a new modem card:
 Motorola XOOM   or   the return of upgradeable hardware

iFixit now found out the following about the process:

It looks like the Xoom was specifically designed with this upgrade in mind. We had to fully delve into the device to find all the clues, but we believe this is the procedure Motorola will perform on your behalf:

1. Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to unscrew two screws on the bottom, and then slide the back panel to expose a mysterious circuit board that immediately becomes accessible. In fact, there are retaining clips on the back of the rear panel that prevent it from sliding any further (which of course we immediately circumvented).
2. Disconnect two antenna connectors, unscrew the two Torx screws holding the board in place, and swap it out with a 4G LTE board.
3. And… Thats it

Sounds cool to me…

Even though it runs Android, we have covered the LG Optimus 2X on more than one occasion.

The device was now released at Mobile World Congress. A picture of such a device sitting at the LG booth is here:
lg optimus tnl Dual core smartphone benchmarks

I proceeded to downloading a benchmark app from the Android market, and ended up with the following results:
lg optimus 2x benchmarks Dual core smartphone benchmarks

As I do not use Android much (so far), I cannot say much. However, the system felt performant…and was real. Welcome to dual core age, folks!

When it comes to device data, getting more is merrier. We have now partnered up with the UK mobile phone accessory retailer MobileFun, and hope to bring you data from them regularly.

MobileFun’s data is different to the one provided by Krusell for two reasons: a) we get raw data which we can process, and b) their presence is strongest in the UK and thus gives their data high significance for the UK market.

Breaking down over platforms, the most successful devices look as following:

Platform Device Rank
Palm OS Palm TX 379
Palm webOS Pre 215
Windows Phone 7 HTC HD7 27
Windows Mobile HTC HD2 11
Symbian N8 7
iPhone 4 1
BlackBerry Curve 8520 6
bada 8500 23

Finally, here is the top 100, as provided by MobileFun:

Rank Handset
1 Apple-iPhone-4
2 HTC-Desire-HD
3 HTC-Desire
4 Samsung-Galaxy-S-I9000
5 HTC-Wildfire
6 BlackBerry-8520-Curve
7 Nokia-N8
8 BlackBerry-Torch-9800
9 Apple-iPhone-3GS
10 Sony-Ericsson-X10
11 HTC-HD2
12 Samsung-Tocco-Lite
13 BlackBerry-Bold-9780
14 BlackBerry-Curve-3G-9300
15 HTC-Desire-Z
16 Samsung-Galaxy
17 BlackBerry-Bold-9700
18 Nokia-C3
19 Sony-Ericsson-XPERIA-X10-Mini-Pro
20 Apple-iPhone
21 Apple-iPhone-3G
22 Dell-Streak
23 Samsung-Wave-S8500
24 Sony-Ericsson-XPERIA-X10-Mini
25 Nokia-E72
26 Motorola-DEFY
27 HTC-HD7
28 Google-Nexus-S
29 Sony-Ericsson-XPERIA-X8
30 LG-KP500-Cookie
31 Nokia-X6
32 Orange-San-Francisco
33 Nokia-5230
34 Samsung-Omnia-7
35 Nokia-C7
36 Sony-Ericsson-Vivaz
37 Samsung-Monte-S5620
38 HTC-Legend
39 BlackBerry-8900-Curve
40 HTC-Hero
41 Nokia-6700-Classic
42 Sony-Ericsson-W995
43 HTC-Mozart
44 Nokia-5800-Xpress-Music
45 Orange-Rio
46 Nokia-6300
47 Nokia-E5
48 Nokia-E71
49 Samsung-Google-Nexus-S
50 LG-GT540-Optimus
51 Samsung-Galaxy-Europa-I5500
52 LG-KU990-Viewty
53 BlackBerry-Pearl-3G
54 Nokia-N97
55 Samsung-Jet-S8000
56 LG-Optimus-One
57 Sony-Ericsson-Satio
58 Nokia-N900
59 LG-Viewty-Snap-GM360
60 Nokia-X3-02-Touch-And-Type
61 BlackBerry-Bold
62 Nokia-C3-01-Touch-and-Type
63 Samsung-F480-Tocco
64 Sony-Ericsson-K800i
65 Nokia-N95
66 3-INQ-Chat-3G
67 Samsung-Galaxy-Apollo-i5801
68 BlackBerry-8310-Curve
69 Sony-Ericsson-Elm
70 Samsung-M8800-Pixon
71 Nokia-E63
72 Google-Nexus-One
73 Nokia-N73
74 Nokia-C6
75 Nokia-2330-Classic
76 Nokia-6303i-Classic
77 Vodafone-845
78 HTC-Trophy
79 Samsung-Genio-Touch
80 HTC-HD-mini
81 Sony-Ericsson-C905
82 Nokia-6310i
83 Nokia-N97-mini
84 Samsung-Genio-Qwerty
85 Sony-Ericsson-C902
86 Nokia-6500-Classic
87 Samsung-B2100-Solid-Extreme
88 Nokia-2730-Classic
89 BlackBerry-Storm2
91 Nokia-N95-8GB
90 Nokia-C5
92 Nokia-6303-Classic
93 Nokia-X3
94 Alcatel-Tribe-OT-800
95 Motorola-Milestone
96 HTC-Smart
97 BlackBerry-8300-Curve
98 HTC-Touch-HD
99 Sony-Ericsson-W595
100 Sony-Ericsson-Spiro

P.S: The folks have pretty cool iPhone 4 cases, BlackBerry Curve 3G cases and HTC WildFire chargers.

There were once an ancient time when people innovated something, chewed on it for some time, and then invented something new. Gone are those days. Shame…!! With Bluetooth 3.0 Just coming out in mass production, we already have Bluetooth 4.0.
You read it correct gentlemen, the good guys at Atheros (sounds familiar..eh?) have successfully announced the AR6233, the first of its kind chip in the whole world to bring “the first SIP solution to support the new Bluetooth 4.0 standard,”. The SIP (it’s called system in package and should not be read as some important points…!!) houses a 802.11n “with a near-zero impact on the battery life of portable devices.” Alongwith the Bluetooth 4.0 thingy. The best part is that it is very feasible on the x86 architecture and is supposed to be mass produced sometime in the shady future (Read as Q2 2011).

For those who want to go word by word, here is what the Press release from Athero Says:

“Atheros Debuts Industry’s Most Flexible Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 Solution for Tablets and Portable Consumer Electronic Devices

The new AR6233 offers both 802.11n Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 4.0 technologies on a system-in-package (SIP) solution.

San Jose, CA — Atheros Communications, Inc., a global leader in innovative technologies for wireless and wired communications, today unveiled the industry’s highest-performing and most flexible wireless solution for tablets and portable consumer electronic (CE) devices. Extending Atheros’ popular line of combination products for computing and consumer devices, the new AR6233 offers both 802.11n Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 4.0 technologies on a system-in-package (SIP) solution — the compact form factor preferred for CE designs.

Key Facts:

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are becoming standard features in more portable consumer devices, including tablets, handheld games and media players. Wi-Fi provides fast network connections for downloading and sharing digital content, while Bluetooth enhances the usability of devices with simple connections to wireless keyboards, mice, headsets and computers.
  • The AR6233 is built on the Atheros ROCm® architecture, which was designed to meet the stringent performance and power requirements of mobile handsets. As a result, the new solution can offer the highest 1-stream 802.11n performance (up to 85 Mbps of end-user throughput) with a near-zero impact on the battery life of portable devices. The AR6233 is also the first SIP solution to support the new Bluetooth 4.0 standard, which features a low-energy mode to extend Bluetooth connectivity to sensors and other battery-powered devices.
  • With a skyrocketing number of Wi-Fi devices crowding the 2.4GHz band, more consumers are looking for dual-band products that leverage the 5GHz band for media applications requiring relatively interference-free bandwidth. The AR6233 provides a cost-effective way for manufacturers to add dual-band wireless capabilities, by adding a minimal number of components to their design.
  • As CE manufacturers launch tablets and other connected devices with unique capabilities and price points, they are using a variety of processors, interfaces and operating systems. Atheros is the only connectivity vendor to support the full range of tablet platforms, enabling customers to streamline their development and procurement processes. With the addition of the AR6233, Atheros’ portfolio now supports architectures that use:
  1. ARM® or x86 processors
  2. SDIO, PCIe and USB interfaces for WLAN, and UART and USB interfaces for Bluetooth
  3. Windows®, Android™ and other Linux® operating systems
  • The AR6233 provides the best possible Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance in a variety of form factors. The same solution can be used in larger devices that take advantage of isolation between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas, as well as smaller devices that share a single-antenna for both radios. To minimize interference in both cases, the AR6233 uses Atheros Universal Wireless Cooperation™ technology, which facilitates greater cooperation between the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios.
  • The AR6233 is now sampling, and is expected to be in volume production in Q2, 2011.”

The list is out for the last month of the year. This holiday season, Nokia unexpectedly (or rather expectedly) fell from the 60% last month to 40% this month. Quite interestingly, the HTC folks have grabbed up an extra 10% of the spots with 30% share and HTC HD2 making a strong jump from the 6th to the 3rd place, displacing the Galaxy S to the 9th spot.

1. (1) Apple iPhone 4

2. (2) Nokia 3720 Classic

3. (6) HTC HD2

4. (7) Nokia E52

5. (5) Nokia N8

6. (10) HTC Desire HD

7. (-) HTC Wildfire

8. (-) Samsung Galaxy tab

9. (9) Nokia 6303 Classic

10. (-) Samsung I9000 Galaxy S

() = Last month’s position.

Samsung Galaxy Tab makes it into Krusell’s Top seller list. iPhone 4´s first place during the Christmas period, is probably no surprise to the market says Ulf Sandberg CEO at Krusell. Most impressing is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab did enter the list, and that it actually made a better position than its sibling from Samsung, the smart phone Galaxy S.

The Swedish manufacturer of carrying cases for portable electronics, Krusell, releases its “Top 10″-list for December 2010. The list is based on the number of pieces of custom made mobile and smart phone cases ordered from Krusell during December 2010. Krusell’s list is unique due to the fact that it reflects the sales of phones in six continents and in more than 70 countries around the globe.

As of this writing, phone manufacturers have been mum in regards to their dual core plans. However, official and leakage policy are two things – LG has now reacted to Samsung’s tremendous successes with the Galaxy S.

The video below has just hit YouTube – it shows the dual core LG Star outperforming a Galaxy S by more than 100%:

Of course, it is clear that Samsung will also deploy a dual core processor sooner than later – looks like developers will be able to access even more CPU power for their apps in the near future…

Long-term followers of this news network know that we have a few staple data sources – Austrian retailers tend not to be among them. Nevertheless, the data provided by Austrian retailer Niedermeyer was too interesting to pass by – by December 8th, the most popular phones looked as following:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S
  2. SE X8
  3. HTC Wildfire
  4. Nokia C7
  5. Samsung Wave S8500
  6. Nokia X6
  7. SE Vivaz
  8. SE Vivaz Pro
  9. Nokia C6
  10. Nokia 5230 Navigator

The most important thing shown by this rank is the immense success of the new “battle of material” strategy employed by Samsung Austria. In short, it can best be explained as following: f### over Nokia, no matter what it costs!

Austria has recently seen Samsung devices being thrown into the masses by both governmental (A1, Galaxy S) and private(Hutchison, Wave, Wave2) carriers via heavily-advertised exclusivity deals. Samsung Austria furthermore has a highly trained team of people focused on “business”, and nothing but. They might not be as sympathetic as Nokia’s folks – but outperform them in terms of negotiation efficiency.

If you add in that Samsung can afford to make a loss on phones as it has other businesses like PCs and construction, a clear picture arises: Nokia is in trouble and will IMHO have a hard time retaking the top spot (s) in Austria without sacrificing margins significantly.

What do you think?

P.S. Walk on an Austrian road, and you see Samsung ads – Nokia ads are few and in between. Furthermore, Nokia’s attempts at negotiating exclusivities have been described as lacking by various carrier insiders…

Krusell’s sales data can be considered a monthly “fix point” in the Tamoggemon Content Network’s schedule – after all, getting real-world sales data is not as easy as one might think in the first place.

Nokia managed to gobble up a whooping 60% of the top-ten list for November 2010:

1. (1) Apple iPhone 4
2. (2) Nokia 3720 Classic
3. (3) Samsung I9000 Galaxy S
4. (4) Nokia C5
5. (-) Nokia N8
6. (7) HTC HD2
7. (8) Nokia E52
8. (9) Nokia 6700 Classic
9. (6) Nokia 6303 Classic
10. (-) HTC Desire HD
() = Last month’s position.

That iPhone 4 remains in the first place on Krusell’s Top Ten list for November isn’t a big surprise, says Ulf Sandberg CEO at Krusell. That Nokia are able to take seven out of ten positions is maybe more of a surprise. Sony Ericsson’s Xperia series and iPhone 3 are out of the list this month. When we present the list for December, I’m sure we will have new models climbing up the list, Sandberg ends.

Not much to add here…

Two years ago, Symbian staff spoke about upcoming dial-core handsets. All kinds of device rumors have since been published – and both NVidia and TI have now published extra info.

NVidia
First of all, NVidia published a PDF whitepaper on dual core processors.

The most interesting claim is one of reduced power drain:
dual core power saving NVidia and TI speak up on mobile dual cores

TI
TI announced a 1,5GhZ version of its dual-core OMAP processor. Semiconductor-interested individuals can read up more at the URL above…

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