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Galaxy Nexus & Android 4.4 (KitKat) FAQs >> Nexus Help
No, Galaxy Nexus phones won't be receiving the update for Android 4.4 (KitKat).
Why isn't Galaxy Nexus receiving the update to Android 4.4?
Galaxy Nexus, which first launched two years ago, falls outside of the 18-month update window when
"Traditionally"? When did this tradition start, exactly? And is this "18-month update window" well known?
"No one at
it appears that
The net result of all this is that the small vendors, who collectively ship several hundred million phones a year, have to make do. If you buy a phone on the streets of
So here we come to the crux of the problem. Android wants to use the Google Suite to control Android as best as they can. But corporate
One OEM told me that he had tried repeatedly to reach out to
Greenberg has posted a number of first-hand experience posts from
How a fabricated story about Iron Maiden's love of music pirates became internet truth >> TechCrunch
Wouldn't it be awesome if heavy metal icons Iron Maiden leveraged data about which regions of the world pirated their music to plan a multi-million dollar global concert tour? Yeah, it'd be awesome, if it were true.
So awesome to my anarchistic ears that I was halfway through reblogging the reblog of a Rolling Stone story before I learned that I couldn't actually verify any of the facts.
Pretty sure the band is called Iron Maiden, though. ("Halfway through reblogging" is a scary phrase. Not "Before I began writing..."?) The source? A Guardian story which correctly reported that Iron Maiden has been touring
Apple launched their new
Have a guess at how much cheaper they managed it.
2009: Mum, Daad, grandma, get off
18-25-year-olds make up a third of
What does the invasion of Mum, Dad, and the grandparents mean for
But the more interesting question is whether this will mean any change in the culture of
And you get your answer in 2013, when
Slow sales of flagship smartphones to affect vendor rankings in 2014 >> Digitimes
LG originally projected to sell 10m units of its Optimus G2 flagship model in 2013, but global sales have so far reached slightly over 2m units, the observers noted.
The release of the G2 was too close to the launch of the Nexus 5, which affected sales momentum of LG's own flagship model, added the sources.
Nobody's putting any numbers on how many HTC Ones have been sold either.
HTC executives indicted for leaking trade secrets (update) >> FOCUS
Six employees of leading Taiwanese smartphone maker
Three of HTC's materials suppliers were also indicted for allegedly helping HTC design executives make false expense claims of over
In its indictment, the Taipei Prosecutors Office said Chien, who has been detained since 31 August, had stolen and leaked key icon designs to his would-be Chinese business partners in
Prosecutors are claiming that all but one of the accused has confessed with a maximum jail sentence of 10 years; the report also says that two of them have been "forgiven" by the company. So how valuable were those designs exactly?
Hole found in Samsung's Knox security feature >> SiliconBeat
The hole could allow hackers to intercept email, browser activity and other activity originating from within the Knox environment.
"Knox symbolizes state-of-the-art in terms of secure mobile architectures, and I was surprised to find that such a big 'hole' exists and was left untouched," said Mordechai Guri, a Ph.D. student in the
Knox creates a secure, password-protected virtual space within Samsung devices that's supposed to allow the devices to connect to similarly secured corporate and government computers and access sensitive files without fear that those files might leak out to the outside world.
But thanks to the security hole, a user could install an app in the regular, non-secure area of the phone that could compromise all the phone's communications, including those made within the Knox container, according to
Odd that the
Samsung edges Apple for #1 ranking in
Note that it's enterprise, not consumer:
The vendor matrix score separating Samsung and Apple was less than a single point. Apple received extremely high marks in Implementation due to high iOS smartphone adoption by business users and because its smartphones are the most activated device within EMM/MDM platforms. Samsung, on the other hand, was ranked as more Innovative with a wider range of enterprise devices and better security features. Samsung's higher Innovation scores lead to its number one ranking.
The third place ranking for BlackBerry was driven by lower Implementation scores, yet it still received high scores in Innovation. The company faces shrinking smartphone market share in an intense competitive environment. Even so, BlackBerry is still considered the gold standard in enterprise security supported by recent BES enhancements for multi-OS and dual-persona device management.
Notebook vendors still conservative about 2-in-1 devices in 2014 >> Digitimes
Most notebook vendors are still conservative about sales of 2-in-1 notebook/tablet convertible models in 2014 despite the increasing number of 2-in-1 devices.
Because most peripherals for 2-in-1 devices such as keyboards are device specific, if the devices see weak sales, peripheral inventories also pile up for the vendors, the sources noted.
In 2013, 2-in-1 devices had a less than 10% share in the mobile device market, and most vendors are conservative about demand in 2014 despite
A sub-10% share that's going to increase 10-fold? 2014 should be interesting. (The inventory problem is the killer.)
HTC Software Updates >> HTC United States
An infographic (you have to click a link) to explain why it's so hard to update phones. As with any infographic, it doesn't follow any sensible flow: quite when the provision of "No further OS updates" is triggered isn't clear at all.
Online shopping digital analytics benchmark >>
Mobile traffic was up 28.3% year-on-year in the US, and mobile sales were 29% of all purchases - up 40% on 2012:
• Smartphones browse, tablets buy: Smartphones drove 28.5% of all online traffic compared to tablets at 18.1%, making it the browsing device of choice. When it comes to making the sale, tablets drove 19.4% of all online sales, more than twice that of smartphones, which accounted for 9.3%. Tablet users also averaged
• iOS vs. Android: As a percentage of total online sales, iOS was more than five times higher than Android, driving 23% vs. 4.6% for Android. On average, iOS users spent
• The Social Influence -
At this rate mobile will be the majority next year.
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