Nikon signs deal with Microsoft for Android-powered cameras

Nikon has signed a patent licensing agreement with Microsoft that will give them access to the company’s broad portfolio of patents for use with certain Nikon cameras that use the Android platform. A press release noted the contents of the agreement would not be disclosed but Microsoft could receive royalties from Nikon.

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Microsoft general manager of intellectual property licenses said the two companies have a long history of collaboration and this latest agreement further demonstrates the value you place on both IP licenses responsible.

If you remember, Samsung and Nikon announced Android both cameras around the same time last summer. Shooter Samsung Galaxy known as the House, includes a quad-core 1.4 GHz, 8 GB of internal storage and an SD card slot – all powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. One of the key selling points is the ability to share photos wirelessly via Wi-Fi or 3G to social networks and other services.

Nikon S800c arrived on the scene a few months later, but with an updated version of Android – Gingerbread 2.3.3. The camera has the same basic capabilities as the Samsung unit, allowing photographers to instantly share your creations via email, Facebook or simply transfer it to a laptop, smartphone or tablet for editing. The shooter received mediocre reviews in general, as the old operating system, poor battery life and picture quality could have been just half all improved.

With this new agreement, it is quite clear that Nikon is planning to expand its line of Android-powered digital cameras.

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Samsung announces HomeSync, dual-core Android TV box

Samsung introduced a new Android-powered set-top box at the Mobile World Congress this week. It is an unlikely event to show a box television, but that has not stopped the Korean electronics giant to unveil the box HomeSync.

The company says the device provides a cloud house to store, share and stream content to multiple devices. The HomeSynch lets you stream videos, photos and applications from your wireless device to your television Galaxy. The device can also access the store to download Google Play your own applications and you can still use your smartphone to control the box.

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The device is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor along with 1GB of RAM and 8 GB of solid state storage. There is also a 1 TB hard drive in the traditional tap, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz, Gigabit Ethernet, optical audio and HDMI 1.4 outputs. Samsung says the device can support up to eight user accounts, each password protected and encrypted for privacy and security.

Interestingly, despite the fact that it has all the features you find with Google TV, there is no mention that the real mark anywhere on company literature or real cash. At least one publication believes that Samsung may simply be trying to distance himself from a brand that has never really been able to achieve stardom.

We are told that HomeSync will be released pre-installed with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Samsung said the unit will be available for purchase starting in April in the U.S. before expanding to other regions. Pricing remains unknown at this time.

Android users bored..? 17 per cent of new Windows Phone users ditching droids

Windows Phone continues to creep in terms of market share of UK smartphones, but new research suggests that Android is losing the majority of users of Microsoft’s mobile operating system.
Data Worldpanel ComTech Kandar Phone claimedWindows added 700,000 new users in the UK during 2012, representing an increase of 240 percent in the last 12 months.

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However, research indicated that 17 percent of these new users reportedly changed phones like the Nokia Lumia 800 and HTC Windows Phone 8X of those in the Google Android operating system.
That’s more than any other platform other than Symbian (26 percent), which is easily explained by simply updating Nokia loyalists from their older devices running the operating system doomed.
By contrast, 6 percent of Windows Phone BlackBerry jumped ship sinks, while only 2 percent of newcomers to Microsoft’s mobile operating system iOS came through. The other 47 percent were buying their first smartphone.
Android did not suffer too much from the loss of an estimated 119,000 or so users of Windows Phone in 2012, increasing its market share to 56.2 percent. iOS ended 2012 at 30.6 percent, while WP was in third place with just over 6 percent, according to the study.
However, it is interesting that most users apparently lost Android Windows Phone iOS despite their total earnings.
Elemental analysis of the results suggests that iPhone users are more loyal to the platform and less inclined to leave for pastures new, while Android users are less attached and ready to change things up a bit if a new platform intrigues.
Of course, there are more people using Android than any other platform, so that more people can possibly be left for Windows Phone, but the numbers still seem a bit out of place.

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z price and availability information

Today we have been bringing a lot of new information on the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. We are seeing the benchmarks, sample photos and a hands on, and now we have the really important information: when you will be able to buy and how much the tablet will cost. Just a warning, Sony suggests that it is a high quality compressed, and that means a special price.

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Sony says that the tablet will be available in Q2 2013, and so far only U.S. models have achieved prices. In the U.S., there will be models in both white and black, and has two levels of storage – 16 GB and 32 GB. For WiFi-only models will be $ 500 for the 16GB and $ 600 for the 32GB, which is quite expensive, even if we consider the tablet has a 1920×1200 screen, 8 megapixel rear camera, Snapdragon S4 Processor Pro, and is waterproof.

LTE is also a model in the works, but so far this is only for Europe, and that is good value for it.

What do you think? Tablet Is Xperia Z worth the price premium?

Android wins U.S. smartphone lead back from iOS, says report

 

Android has pulled ahead of Apple’s iOS in smartphone sales in the U.S., according to data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech out today.

During the three months ending in January, Android gained 49.9 percent of all smartphone sales in the U.S., an increase of 6.4 percent over the same period last year. During the same time, iOS came in second with 45.9 percent cut of smartphone sales, down 4.7 percent from a year ago.
Microsoft Windows Phone earned his own slice of growth, taking home 3.2 percent of smartphone sales in the United States.

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The latest results mark a return to Android. During the three months ended in December, the iPhone won 51.2 percent of all smartphone sales in the United States, leaving Android with 44.8 percent and Windows Phone with 2.6 percent, Kantar said the month past.
Android phone manufacturers can thank Sprint for much of its profits on sales, according to Kantar.
For the three months ending October 2012, sales of smartphones through Sprint were divided almost equally between Android and iOS. But for the last three months mobile, Android’s share of sales increased to Sprint 71.9 percent from 49.3 percent previously.
Sprint customers are also paying less money for your Android phone.
“The 50/50 was seen in the period ending in October 2012 was a result of both iOS and Android share the same level of average price paid (iOS and Android at $ 130 to $ 127),” Kantar analyst Mary-Ann Parlato, said in a statement. “However, this latter period there was a significant drop in prices to $ 95 for Android, iOS, while it increased slightly to $ 146.”
Samsung Galaxy S3 shown great seller, thanks in part to a more tempting price. In the period from October, the S3 took only 14 percent of all smartphone sales through Sprint. But after a subsequent price drop to $ 99 from $ 199, the S3 went on to win the 39 percent of all sales of Sprint smartphones.
Overall, Samsung accounted for 60.3 percent of all smartphones sold by Sprint in January period. And that number could rise in the spring. Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy S4 in a special launch event on March 14.
Kantar statistics come from its U.S. consumer panel, which interviewed more than 240,000 people each year on purchases of mobile phones, use and bills.

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Sony Xperia SP with intermediate credenciales

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Details on Sony Xperia SP have appeared again in the World Wide Web, with an apparently new source confirming midrange various specifications.
The details were sent to Xperia Blog by a “reliable source”, which apparently was unable to confirm the features such as screen size, materials of the case and the camera in the Xperia SP. According to the source, the Sony Xperia SP sport a 720p display of 4.6 inches, 8 GB of internal storage, 8 megapixel Exmor RS and feature an aluminum frame surrounding a plastic rear and front glass cover . Previous rumors suggest that SP Xperia also feature a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor and running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. We have also seen leaked photos purporting to show the SP Xperia sporting a design similar to the Sony Xperia flagship Z, which was launched at CES 2013.
The Sony Xperia SP is expected to be announced at MWC 2013 weeks to come, and will come into force on TechRadar Barcelona to bring you the latest in the Japanese firm.

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LG Optimus T finally lands in Europe complete with Jelly Bean

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The LG Optimus T has finally made ​​its way to Europe, but it may be too late for this 4G smartphone to succeed.
LG launched the Optimus G in Korean and then the States last year, but has only had time to take her to Europe now.
It comes with a card Jelly Bean triumph, however, with the same phone in other regions continue running Ice Cream Sandwich.
The G Optimus also offers up a 4.7-inch HD IPS display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 4G connectivity and a range of enhanced features of the user interface. They QSLIDE improvements include allowing you to use multiple applications at the same time, like Samsung, multi-window options, and you may also have video playback and other applications of set in a smaller window – very similar to the Game Pop-up found in the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.
The moment seems so. More strange considering that the company has just announced its natural replacement in Pro LG Optimus T, we expect to see in more detail at MWC 2013. LG has confirmed that the Optimus G make its European debut in Sweden in late February, after which it will go to other markets such as France, Germany and Italy.
TechRadar contacted LG about availability in the UK and a company spokesperson told us. “We have no further information on the availability and range of G Optimus in the UK”

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