Samsung Galaxy Camera

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The Samsung Galaxy is an interesting proposition because it offers all the capabilities of a high-end smart phone (except make calls to key … more about that later) with a camera capable point and shoot. It is a new type of product, a point-and-intelligent action of the camera if you want. But how smart is it? Spend some quality time with a find.
Although not the first camera with Android to hit the market, the Samsung Galaxy EK-GC100 camera appears (at least on paper) to be the most complete package. It features a 16 megapixel sensor, 21x optical zoom, 3G/4G connectivity, WiFi, GPS, a 4.8-inch touch screen, all powered by a quad-core CPU with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Specs
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • 1/2.3 inch type CMOS sensor (6.2 x 4.6 mm)
  • F2.5-5.9 4.1-86.1mm lens (23-483mm equivalent in 35mm format)
  • ISO 100-3200
  • Continuous shooting at 4 fps
  • Android 4.1 Jellybean
  • WiFi + 3G/4G connectivity
  • 4.8-inch HD touchscreen

It is difficult to know exactly how to focus the camera Galaxy, Samsung or what the market is looking for. Despite the price tag, it is clearly aimed at enthusiasts of traditional photography, as there are no RAW shooting and small sensor limits image quality. But who else would pay U.S. $ 500 in a camera?

Well, after a week of using the Samsung Galaxy as my carry everywhere camera, I have come to the conclusion that – despite not go ahead with it for the first day or two – it’s a great choice for mobile avid photographers. There is something liberating to share images instantly anywhere, and the 21x optical zoom is a huge advantage over any other camera always connected.
The first thing you notice about the Samsung Galaxy is that it is big. It is much larger than most compact cameras. This is because the back is full of huge touch screen – bigger than I can remember seeing in any camera – which makes the whole experience of composing shots in a much nicer LCD. Although this is similar to smartphones bulging pocket, not slip it into your jeans pocket.

While the screen makes the Galaxy camera bigger than a compact camera, which makes it bigger than a smartphone is the 21x zoom lens protruding (giving a 35mm equivalent focal length format of 23 -483mm) extending as expected when zooming.

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Despite its size and unusual shape, the camera fits well in the hand. The finger-grip does its job and means that the camera is less likely to get out of hand, while also making it easier to hold the camera still when shooting. When using the camera intelligent not to take the photo-features, the lens automatically closes and provides a comfortable grip to hold the device.

Available in white or black (and a WiFi-only version also comes in pink), solid feeling camera also features a pop-up flash, again unlike what most smartphone cameras.

Which begs the question: why was not carrying the Android camera designed to be used as a phone? While it has 3G/4G capability and can be used to send messages or make VoIP calls from applications like Skype, which connects the camera lacks the ability to make cellular calls. The answer is probably not as simple as wanting to lose Samsung camera sales … or be known as the brand that brought this look to the high street!
Because this is essentially a review of the camera, I will not go into too much detail about how the camera works like Samsung Galaxy Android a versatile device. Suffice to say I feel energetic enough running some application that I care to throw at it, and if you ignore the lens on the front (or should be after using it that way?) It feels like it could be using any high end smartphone.

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When initially setting up the Samsung Galaxy, it takes much more time than any other camera I’ve used recently to be ready to shoot, because Android is booting. But waking up from sleep mode that feels much more like a standard point and shoot digital and can be ready to go relatively quickly.
In camera mode the camera is different from Samsung Galaxy cameras most Android devices, since you have the ability to shoot on automatic, intelligent or Expert mode. Unsurprisingly, Auto does all the work for you, while Smart gives you the option of using one of 15 presets. These range from things like taking settings Falls Night scenes.

Other modes include the best smart interesting face, which has a quick burst of five images and lets you select the best facial expressions of the people pictured, before merging them all into one picture. This can be great for group shots where you can not guarantee everyone will be smiling at the same time. Panorama mode stitches a series of images, and outbreaks continued 20 photos in five seconds for fast-moving subjects.
In expert mode, users have PASM (program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual) options, which are controlled through a virtual lens barrel on the screen. Although this is a nice visual touch, which adds a small delay in the imaging process, especially if you are a person who likes to play with the settings between shots.

While you can take a picture using the touch screen, there is also a physical shutter button – they can focus on a media outlet – and the ability to use his voice. This voice control was more useful than I expected (not just a gimmick), and in low light situations where you are using a slow shutter speed, is good to be able to hold the camera firmly with both hands.
Auto Focus (AF) speed is good in bright light conditions and on par with most mid-range budget compact cameras. However, it does struggle in low light and fast-moving subjects. The zoom control (around the shutter button) is a welcome addition … although with a big screen to compose shots, I felt like I was using a phone and kept trying to pinch to zoom.
It seems strange to say of a camera that I enjoyed using, but allowing the Samsung Galaxy down more is the image quality. In good lighting and appropriate topics, the camera may be some high-quality images with good detail and resolution – but as soon as it gets dark, the classic problems of small sensors begin to occur.

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While the images tend to look good on the screen of 4.8 inches, about the size seen in most social networking sites, can suddenly seem very smartphoney when opened correctly on a computer. However, depending on how you use your photos, this may or may not be a problem.

Because the sensor 1/2.3-inch type in the Samsung Galaxy is closer to the compact cameras and smartphones quality budget DSLR or mirrorless camera systems, you will always struggle to get enough light in all but in the best conditions. With high ISO settings (the camera offers 100-3200) no noise noticeable and unpleasant. This really begins to work around ISO 800 … despite some noise reduction also brutal and clumsy detail captured impacts.
Another problem for people who like to edit your images on a computer before uploading (it is not certain that the intended audience for this camera lens) is that images can be shot in RAW.
Most cameras connected (and I mean smart phones) have no optical zoom lens of the camera and the Samsung Galaxy is a fantastic addition to the mobile photography enthusiasts as it opens a new world of photographic possibilities.

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The F2.8-5.9 lens 4.1-86.1mm zoom is not just any little old, is a 21x zoom, which means that you can get in almost all but the most distant subjects. Providing a format of 35 mm equivalent focal length of 23-483mm that is wider than the Galaxy S3 at the wide end, and positively monstrous at the telephoto end.
While the large lens slows to F5.9 at telephoto focal length (ie, greater depth of field and shutter speeds longer), remains competitive with conventional cameras long zoom and could be big as a travel camera.

The aim is also good for macro shots where you can learn about the subject and capture in detail with a depth of field.
With Full HD 1080p and 720p video recording at 30 fps, the Samsung Galaxy has all the video options you would expect in a high-end Android device. Again, what separates smart phone video recording is the zoom lens that is well supported by the optical image stabilization does work when hand holding telephoto zoom. While there is no microphone, the sound quality is decent and comparable to other compact cameras.

Another interesting feature is the video in slow motion, it records at an impressive 120 fps. Although it also means dropping the recording resolution up to 768 x 512 (WVGA) mode is ideal for capturing fast action, or look at something from a new perspective. When played back at 30 fps gives a 4x slow motion effect. There is also the option of applying a selection of filters to the video recordings.
What makes the Samsung Galaxy stand out from all those other compact cameras on the market is the fact that because it is a device connected, you can share your photographic efforts instantly, and because it is powered by Android is therefore able to run many of the applications in the Google Play store.

A camera application is not being able to play Angry Birds while waiting for the perfect shot (although you can). There are many apps that can be added to the photographic potential of the device, and others that are only useful to take a connected device is carrying around.
Again, because this is a review of the camera on the device – and because applications run as they do on any smartphone – I will not go into detail about having used Facebook, Twitter, Kindle and applications Google Maps on the Samsung Galaxy.

Assistant Pre-loaded applications include photos that are creative for on-the-go editing and video editor, which as its name suggests, allows you to remove and rearrange the video scenes, add music and insert text. Artist paper which offers a selection of “artistic effects” with which to display their creativity … or ruin your photos based on your perspective. Also installed application mobile favorite photographers (and people who like to take photos of their food everywhere), Instagram!
There are also a number of other interesting cameras and applications available on Google Play store, and although I’ve tried all seemed to work well on the device, it’s worth double-checking what sizes they support. Some applications are only capable of supporting images smaller than that 16-megapixel camera produced by this.

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The exchange of images can be done through a WiFi or 3G/4G if you have a micro-SIM inserted and an appropriate data plan. And if you’ve ever used a smartphone to share an image online (and who does not?), This will be immediately familiar. Out of the box the camera comes ready to share via email, Google, Dropbox, or directly through Bluetooth, but unsurprisingly adding new options is as easy as installing the application.

There are a couple of interesting ways to share images of Samsung style. Shot Share lets you share images with up to eight other WiFi devices directly, while the share of friends photos automatically tags faces existing contact photos devices, making it easy to share with them.

The capability to automatically back 3G/4G images through the cloud will be welcomed by anyone who has had their camera stolen while on vacation, or suffered at the hands of a corrupted memory card … assuming you have a large plant data adequately.

As I mentioned before, I really do not get along with the Samsung Galaxy when I started using it, in fact I hated it positively! It was not as sensitive as a traditional compact camera, and the image quality was not at all what you’d expect from a $ 500 camera.

But once you realize that a large proportion of the price tag is going on in the non-camera device – think of it as a Samsung Galaxy S3 crossed with Samsung WB850F – is easier to forgive his smartphoney images quality. And the more you use it, the more I began to like.

 

This is a completely different type of camera, bringing together elements of experience with traditional camera smartphone. Personally, for me it was always available connectivity, it was the stand-out feature – rather than the ability to run Android apps – and changed the way I wanted to use the device.

There were pictures of a sudden I wanted to take and share what I had not previously taken either because my smartphone camera would not be at the level (mostly due to lack of optical zoom and manual controls) or because they have had the ability to share directly from my camera dedicated. The Samsung Galaxy DSLR will not replace anyone, but neither is trying.

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However, although I loved seamless connectivity, I’m not sure I could justify the adoption of an additional monthly data plan just to share my photos. Personally, I would have liked the opportunity to get rid of my regular phone and look like an idiot talking to the camera while walking around – and the amount of time I spend on voice calls, I would be willing to take that hit.

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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 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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Samsung to announce Galaxy S IV on March

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Samsung has announced that it will release the Galaxy S smartphone next generation, known colloquially as the Galaxy S IV, March 14 at your event without packaging, confirming some of the rumors we’ve been hearing good. The Unpacked event is said to take place in New York, unlike the case of the Galaxy S III launch which was established in London, and will be the first event for U.S. Release Samsung in three years. Samsung says they were “bombarded with requests from mobile operators in the United States to raise awareness of the IV Galaxy S in the country”, hence the change of venue this year.
As for the phone itself, we are still dealing with rumors suggesting a 4.99 inch 1080p display, quad-core Qualcomm processor and a 13 megapixel camera. Let’s see how this comes to be true in a couple of weeks.

The Post Post-PC Era: Will Apple, Google, Samsung, Amazon Or Microsoft Win?

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Editor’s note: Peter Relan is a formerdeveloper and Oracle’s former VP of Internet Division, a serial entrepreneur since 1998, and a Silicon Valley angel investor. Relan founded YouWeb Incubator in 2007, spinning out a string of successful mobile and gaming companies. Follow him on Twitter @prelan.

Even before Apple’s 10 percent stock dip, it was clear that one battle was already over. Put down your arms – Android has won the smartphone OS marketshare war. The competitive drama of the smartphone battle has already unfolded to a large extent and is well understood: Android dominates unit shipment volumes, while iPhone dominates profits associated with smartphones. It may seem like too early a claim, but history tells us Google’s Android distribution model puts the large part of the smartphone market in its corner. No other OS has seen a reversal of fortune this late in the game (think Windows in the early ’90s and Nokia with feature phones in the early aughts).

And yet, many unknowns remain in the larger post-PC-era war, which has only just begun and has already seen an explosion of devices and form factors, all competing to fill the void of the now-ancient desktop computer: tablets, smartphones, minis, phablets, ultrabooks, hybrid laptops. As the market evolves, these devices will be competing to fulfill niche needs, with certain devices bound to flourish and others bound to fail. A number of factors will influence which device types will survive through 2015:

  1. Consumer and worker choice
  2. Device distribution channels
  3. Platform ecosystems
  4. Technology advances
  5. Economic development in BRIC

1. CONSUMER AND WORKER CHOICE

So what happens to PCs and laptops? The obvious answer is that the tablet will take over, but there are multiple form factors. Current designations include the large tablet, the mini tablet, and the hybrid tablet (think the Microsoft Surface — a tablet with a removable keyboard and OS designed for both leisure and productivity).

Consumers will be sticking to their large and small tablets for email, Facebook and watching movies; let’s call them leisure activities requiring a light and easy-to-use second screen. These home consumers don’t need a physical keyboard nor do they want it, and at a $250-$600 price point, tablets are hard to beat. Hence the success of the iPad. And the iPad mini with a Retina display could even be the “next big thing.” The Nexus 7 is already in the 7.X-inch form factor, so the mini tablet wars are just getting started.

Prosumers on the other hand, use laptops across different use cases: leisure combined with light productivity work, such as creating documents and presentations. Some prosumers might opt for the ultrabook and mini-tablet combo, but for most, the hybrid tablet will play a crucial role in the coming years. The hybrid tablet is where portability meets leisure meets work-related tasks. However, a consumer tablet in the home will still exist for these families.

Professionals tend to follow the same patterns as the prosumer, although they wait for more proven solutions to emerge. With BYOD allowing professionals to make their own choices for leisure, some might opt for the simplicity and ease of the hybrid, allowing them to use their devices for both work and play. On the other hand, there are a large number of professionals who use high-power software and will continue to use laptops or ultrabooks. In this case, power matters, and hybrid tablets won’t reach the necessary threshold before 2014.

Winner: Apple

2. DEVICE DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS 

Smartphones. The reason Android phones dominate unit shipments in smartphones is simple: Telecom carriers such as AT&T and Verizon love to give away phones and make money on data plans. Android makes this possible because the OS is free and because hardware manufacturers can commoditize the hardware. Even with the carriers giving away the iPhone 4 now with two-year contracts, the power of distribution channels to carry 50 different Android phone varieties with all kinds of (possibly meaningless) features still wins. More open-source challengers will arrive but are unlikely to take off. But carriers are not the best managers of app stores and ecosystems, which are a critical element of the power for distribution leverage. And Apple remains king here from its curated App Store to its high-traffic Apple Store.

Tablets. Tablets are a different story. The distribution channel is obviously not your phone company, but rather the Apple Store, or your electronics store, or online store. Eighty percent of tablets are Wi-Fi-connected, so the carrier has far weaker distribution power. With the competition playing out in stores rather than through carriers, and with Android again offering a larger spectrum of choices over Apple, this will be a close one. Android has the cheapest, most flexible platform, but being three years behind will be hard to overcome in 2013. Look at schools and enterprises today: the iPad dominates.

Laptops. Although Chrome seems to be at the forefront of Google’s enterprise strategy, when it comes to laptops, the Chromebook doesn’t have the enterprise design chops to dethrone Windows 8 yet. Not to mention Windows is already working on bringing its productivity software to the cloud, which was Google’s Trojan horse. Similar to Android and the carriers, Microsoft has an even longer established presence among laptop manufacturers. The “laptop” channel will be fought out between three operating systems: OS X, Win8 and Chrome. OS X gets a great shot in the enterprise because BYOD brings with it iPhones and iPads.

Winner - Smartphone Carrier

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Winner - Laptops

 

3. PLATFORM ECOSYSTEMS

Apple will continue to dominate the app ecosystem to win the minds of consumers for the “premium” smartphone and tablet market, especially if the iPad mini gets a Retina display. A hybrid tablet is unlikely from Apple, given their distaste for the hybrids produced by the Microsoft camp (although they did say the same about the 7-inch tablet).

Amazon will be the commoditizer of the tablet market with the hope of selling services and content at cheap hardware price points, but 2013 will be a tough year for Kindle as the iPad mini and Android cannibalize the e-Reader, and with Amazon failing to attract a large number of apps to its app store. Music and video will be important, but having software choice is becoming a baseline necessity for consumers. Amazon will find itself in even more trouble when hybrid LCD and e-ink devices hit the market in the coming two years.

Samsung is the one supplier that will drive Android tablet sales and become a strong competitor to the Apple tablets. They have demonstrated the ability to produce a great device with the Galaxy series, and they have both the big tablet and the “phablet” form factor in the market. Plus Samsung is HUGE in Asia, and it owns the entire vertically integrated stack except for the application software ecosystem. Borrowing that from the Android ecosystem works for now. So the real winner of the platform ecosystem remains Google. Samsung only helps to drive volume, and volume attracts developers to Google’s platform since Samsung doesn’t have a developer ecosystem yet.

Microsoft, with the introduction of the Surface this year, has really stumbled onto something. Microsoft will continue working on this hybrid tablet, but inevitably its manufacturing partners will out-innovate the company and Microsoft will do what it does best: sit back and watch someone build their product — just faster and more efficiently.

The “others” are not to be underestimated. Mobile web OSes are the new, new thing. Mozilla and possibly Facebook are trying to figure out how to get the mobile web jump-started. They don’t have app stores and frankly they don’t like app stores. They would love to go back to the future of the web. But HTML5 continues to disappoint them in user experience, so it will be hard to get developers behind the mobile web, at least for another couple of years. In the longer term, the mobile web OSes may well rise to fight the app stores.

Winners: Apple and Google

4. TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES 

There will obviously be advances in both hardware and software over the next two years, but there are three advances that are in development now that will completely change the world of personal devices and technology in general forever: augmented-reality products, smart-home devices and gesture interfaces.

Augmented reality products like Google Glass are the direction in which this kind of innovation is heading. Google Glass has not yet been released and the competition is already gearing up, with Microsoft filing patents for augmented reality glasses set to display real-time information during events. Wearable form factors will change the way business is done and meetings are held; the way we communicate with our loved ones and book plane tickets; the way we see the Internet.

Smart-home devices, such as televisions, are another massive opportunity that have yet to be tackled. With the rumored Apple TV never showing up, this might take longer than expected. Still, we’re seeing early signs of innovation wars coming to the living room.

The gesture interface, kicked off by Xbox Kinect, is picking up steam and should soon be coming to a smart TV near you.

But, none of the above will be the x-factor in the next couple of years.

Winner: Apple TV

5. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN BRIC

Last but certainly not least, the economic development around the world will play an absolutely crucial role to the development and distribution of devices in the post-PC era. The biggest emerging markets – Brazil, Russia, India and China – are exploding as millions move into the middle class. In areas where cost is a major issue, there is incredible opportunity. In India, the feature phone is still by far the most dominant form of phone. And not only phone – it is the most dominant form of Internet access used by consumers. Major suppliers, including NokiaApple and Android OEMs are aggressively duking it out.

All of these markets are expanding, with a massive wealth shift creating millions of newly minted consumers. Apple has its sights set on China, and it is entering India with local (meaning lower) pricing for digital content. But the developing world likely belongs to Android, the most versatile platform in the world working on almost any device in the world (other than Apple, of course).

Winner: Android

CONCLUSION

With the compatibility and accessibility of the Android platform and the move toward mobile-focused UIs, I predict that in 2015 an Android OS will power nearly 70 percent of all computing devices.

Based on the above, it seems as if Google will continue to reign supreme and snatch markets from Apple, Microsoft and Amazon with the help of its partner Samsung.

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Ubuntu dev preview for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 coming next week

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In January, Canonical teased a version of the Ubuntu software for Galaxy Nexus smartphones would be released sometime in February. The new operating system was announced just before CES, revealing Canonical’s intent to bring the full range of desktop capabilities to compatible smartphones. Canonical has primarily used the Galaxy Nexus as its test device thus far, and it wasn’t that shocking to learn a developer version of Ubuntu would be handed out so soon. However, the developer just revealed a version of Ubuntu for Nexus 4 would arrive with the Galaxy Nexus edition, which comes as a bit of a nice surprise. Set to arrive on Feb. 21, the touch developer preview of Ubuntu for both Nexus smartphones will provide images and open source code for more savvy users to mess around with while they wait for a completed version. The idea is to give Ubuntu enthusiasts and developers a chance to see what the OS has to offer, and give an early lead on potential app creation for the smartphone software.Canonical will also release tools to help users flash their existing devices to the developer preview, which would allow them to stay up to date with the most current version.Attendees of Mobile World Congress can bring their Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones to the Canonical booth, where the developer will flash the devices themselves.Additionally at MWC, Canonical will have a variety of Ubuntu devices on display (including a possible tablet), though the actual proprietary phones aren’t expected to arrive until October.”Our platform supports a wide range of screen sizes and resolutions. Developers who have experience bringing up phone environments will find it relatively easy to port Ubuntu to current handsets,” said Canonical’s Pat McGowan in a statement. “We look forward to adding support for additional devices for everyday testing and experimentation. “The group has also created downloadable app design guidelines, giving potential developers the power to create for the full range of Ubuntu platforms. Though iOS and Android have dominated the market thus far, there’s plenty of room for a possible third option as Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 have yet to assert themselves in the marketplace. Whether that OS is Ubutnu will largely depend on how quickly and easily users are able to assimilate the open source software.

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Apple and Samsung sold half of all smartphones in 2012, Huawei third

The latest mobile phone report from Gartner shows that for the first time since 2009, overall handset sales dropped due to weak demand for low-cost feature phones. But where feature phones faltered in 2012, smartphones had a very strong year lead by handsets from Apple and Samsung. Sales to end users totaled 1.75 billion for 2012 which was a 1.7 percent decline from the year before. In the fourth quarter alone, feature phone sales were down 19.3 percent year over year. Smartphones sales, on the other hand, were up 38.3 percent over the same period in 2011 but it still wasn’t enough to make up the overall deficit.

We are told that tough economic conditions, shifting consumer preferences and intense market competition weakened the worldwide market last year. The research firm expects feature phone sales to continue to fall through 2013 with overall sales to reach an estimated 1.9 billion units. Together, the top two handset makers were responsible for 52 percent of the global smartphone sales. Gartner says Samsung finished on top which isn’t a huge surprise. What was a surprise, however, is the fact that Huawei had a solid fourth quarter that helped catapult them to the third overall position among smartphone vendors. For 2012, the company managed to sell 27.2 million smartphones – up 73.8 percent from 2011. That growth is likely to continue through this year as Huawei announced two smartphones at CES last month that are already gaining a lot of attention, the Ascend D2 and Mate.

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