Check out these charts that visualize the rise and fall of key players in the smartphone market since 2005. The data is from comScore's 2013 Mobile Future in Focus whitepaper.
While Android and iOS might appear poised to lock up the smartphone market for good, it is worth looking at the history of the smartphone market to understand just how quickly fortunes can change. In 2005, the market was dominated by Palm, Symbian and BlackBerry. However, by the following year all three had ceded control to Microsoft as the new market share leader. 2008-2010 saw BlackBerry stage a comeback to assume the #1 position before eventually giving way to the upstart Android platform in 2011. The only key player in the current smartphone market never to have owned the market share lead, interestingly enough, is iOS.
In the six weeks since evasi0n was released, however, close to 18 million devices have already been jailbroken, according to data from Jay Freeman, the administrator of the Cydia app store for jailbroken devices. He says he’s counted 18.2 million unique devices running iOS 6 visiting Cydia, including 13.8 million iPhones, 3.4 million iPads, and 1.1 million iPod Touches. Those numbers vastly exceed previous jailbreaks such as Jailbreakme 3, a popular hacking tool for iOS released in the summer of 2011 that was used on around 2 million devices, according to a count at the time by creator Nicholas Allegra.
According to The Wall Street Journal, patent holding company Intertrust has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that Cupertino-based company infringes on 15 of its patents. Intertrust licenses and invents technologies for digital rights management and currently holds more than 150 patents.
Tom’s Hardwarepublished results of a detailed performance test of a Core i7 Haswell processor, which suggest that it will offer 7-13% performance increase over equivalent Ivy Bridge chips – a similar increase experienced with the transition from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge.
The value of the House Steve Wozniak reaches 4.5 million dollars on the market. The 7500 square foot house is located in the mountains of Los Gatos. The original house was built by Wozniak in 1986, but no longer belongs to him.
In an interview in The Australian FinancialReview (via AllThingsD), Thorsten Haynes, Blackberry CEO characterizes the iOS user interface as outdated, arguing that the popularity of the iPhone may be reduced due to the lack of innovation.
Available for: iPhone 3GS and later, iPod touch (4th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
Impact: A local user may be able to execute unsigned code
Description: A state management issue existed in the handling of Mach-O executable files with overlapping segments. This issue was addressed by refusing to load an executable with overlapping segments.
CVE-ID : CVE-2013-0977 : evad3rs
As Bloomberg reports, Samsung has confirmed rumors from last month that it is working on its own smart watch. Given the rumors that Apple is preparing to release its "iWatch" device as soon as this year, it seems that the two rivals will again compete head-to-head in this emerging market segment.
Primate Labs has posted benchmarks scores for the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 revealing that the device is nearly twice as fast as the iPhone 5.
I've charted the Geekbench 2 scores for the Samsung Galaxy S4 along with several Android phones, the iPhone 5, and the BlackBerry Z10. If you're not familiar with Geekbench 2, higher scores are better.
Australian Consumer Protections law requires that sellers of products provide warranties for a reasonable period of time from date of delivery until the problem becomes apparent, which has been interpreted for computers as two years. Apple offers a standard warranty for one year on all its products, while AppleCare provides coverage for three years on Macs.
Today The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Apple’s authorized resellers and retail store staff have been informed of a change in how the company handles warranty claims in Australia. The reportnotes: