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Numbers Game: New Report Puts Andriod Ahead of iOS in US.

4 Dec

Another day, another round of statistics from someone looking to fan the flames of the mobile OS war. According to a report by comScore [1]:

“The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 26.3 percent market share. Google Android continued to lead among smartphone platforms, accounting for 53.6 percent of smartphone subscribers, while Apple secured 34.3 percent.”

What makes this report interesting regarding mobile OSes is these statistics include the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 (which is available for the iPhone 4 and 4s as well). Not surprisingly RIM and Microsoft saw declines in usage. At this point the mobile OS field is still a two horse race.

For all the touting of apps on smartphones, the overwhelming majority of people use their phones for a different reason. Almost 76% of smartphone and non-smartphone users cite sending texts to another smart phone as their main function. This feature is also available on most “feature phones” which cost considerably less in terms of the actual phone and service plans. This could explain the large percentage of the feature. Second on the list of used phone features was apps followed by (in order of usage) using the browser, accessing social network sites or blogs, playing games and  listening to music.

Samsung at 26.3% edged out Apple at 17.8%  in OEM usage for smartphone and non-smartphone users. With the vast array of phones made by Samsung, Apple coming in second is very respectable. It would be interesting to see the statistics of Samsung smartphones vs. Apple smartphones only. But the waters would get muddied by the fact some parts of the iPhone are made by Samsung. So would Samsung get a percentage of those iPhones? All depends on how one decides to slice up the survey number pie. LG, Motorola and HTC rounded out the top five in that order. Most of which have smartphones based on the Android OS.

Over all then numbers clearly indicate mobile is not only here to stay, but growing every day. It continues to feed the addiction people have for being “connected” [2] with no end in sight.

Reference –

  1. comScore Reports October 2012 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share – comScore
  2. Hung Up: Addiction to Mobile Phones Ruining People’s Relationships

Hung Up: Addiction to Mobile Phones Ruining People’s Relationships

3 Dec

This news comes as no surprise to many people. Constantly having to check for new messages is an addiction and can ruin relationships. Did someone see Captain Obvious fly by?

More and more people are on their phone on a constant basis. Whether they are at home or at work, their phone has become another apendage of their body. We all should have seen this coming though. For years people have been telling each other, “I feel naked without my phone,” if they left it somewhere and could not immediately get a hold of it. From the article in the Telegraph[1]:

“Nomophobia is the term created by British researchers in 2008 to identify people who experience anxiety when they have no access to mobile technology.”

These little pieces of technology have made slaves of people and feed the narcissism of people in nations world wide. One only has to look away from their own phone to the people around them. They will see the eyes of almost everyone fixated with the 3 1/2″ plus screen in their hands.

The need to feed their addiction of being “connected” is coming at a cost of creating real relationships. Its no wonder people are choosing to take vacations where there is no cellular service. The idea of unplugging is being embraced by adults but not as much by the younger generations.

Children today are growing up in a world where there has always been an Internet and everyone has always been “connected”. They can communicate instantly with someone across the globe as easily as they could with someone across the table. However, they and most other people are not looking away from their mobile devices enough to know someone is sitting across the table or right next to them.

Interestingly enough, one of the “hit” shows today is about what would happen if suddenly all the power in the world went out. Revolution takes a journey to possible future without the conveniences of electricity and the hyper-connected society we are currently involved. On one had society needs electricity for things like medicine and food. On the other, unplugging from technology isn’t such a bad thing.

As noted in article on Mark Cuban’s thought on Facebook [2]:

“Baratunde Thurston, recounted an event following hurricane Sandy. He was in New York and a woman stopped him and told him to listen. She noted it was the sound of people actually talking to each other instead of being on their phones.”

Approval addiction is on a whole new level when people have feelings similar to “the “phantom limb” syndrome suffered by amputees.” It’s time people start letting go of their digital masters and reclaim their lives.

Source –

  1. Mobile phone addiction ruining relationships – Telegraph
  2. Mark Cuban Gives His Insight on Facebook

Nit Twit: Oprah Praises Microsoft Surface – From an iPad

20 Nov

Oprah is not only a well know person but a well known brand. When someone is a brand beyond their personal identity any mistake, large or small, has a much larger impact. In the case of a mis-Tweet, Oprah is going to have quite a bit of damage control to do with Microsoft.Oprah iPad Surface Tweet

While she appears to be a fan of the new Microsoft Surface tablet, she, or someone managing her Twitter account, was not paying attention and posted her love of it via their iPad. Oops!

Of course this is error in judgement is going viral around the globe. Let this be a note to celebrities, when endorsing a product, be sure you are not doing it from a competitor’s product. Especially when you are a “rep” for one of the companies.

App Recomendations

9 Nov

Apps are the bread and butter of the smartphone world. With out them, they’re pretty much just a more expensive feature phone. When someone gets a smart phone for the first time they go “app” crazy. Downloading this app and that app just because they can. It’s fun and new. Once the “app” euphoria subsides, the unused ones are generally deleted, leaving people with the most used on their phone. I was no different.

What I have on my phone are the most useful apps for me. Honestly I don’t have any games on my phone. I’m somewhat utilitarian on how I use it. What I do have an use I highly recommend. And so I thought this would be a great platform to continue my recommendation of apps. Starting next week I will being a series on smart phone apps I recommend. I want to preface I am not an iPhone user, and more than likely will never be. I am a happy Android user and am not even on the latest version of the operating system.

I also have a tablet but do not use it quite as much as my phone. And yes, I do have a game or two on it. Solitaire anyone?

I hope the series is a useful and helpful one. I look forward to the feedback and opinions!