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Google smartphones become brains of hovering robots at ISS

Google smartphones become brains of hovering robots at ISS | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

NASA will employ Google smartphones with advanced 3D sensing and vision technology to control Star Wars-inspired small, round hovering robots on the International Space Station.

The phones, part of Google’s Project Tango, will be used for NASA’s Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES). The system may eventually assume chores from astronauts or potentially dangerous tasks outside the International Space Station (ISS).

The 5-inch handsets will accompany a cargo spacecraft scheduled for launch on July 11, according to Reuters.

Project Tango devices, first introduced by Google in February, use sensors to build visual maps of rooms using 3D scanning. Google believes the sensors, used in combination with advanced computer vision techniques, can revolutionize indoor navigation and gaming, among other opportunities.

NASA’s soccer-ball-sized SPHERES robots, guided by the Google handsets, will be used around the space station’s microgravity interior, moving an inch per second via small spurts of carbon dioxide.

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Chinese Smartphone Maker Xiaomi doubles its market share with 15 Million Signups For Its Newest Phablet

Chinese Smartphone Maker Xiaomi doubles its market share with 15 Million Signups For Its Newest Phablet | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

XIAOMI DOUBLES ITS MARKET SHARE: Xiaomi shipped 11 million devices in the first quarter of 2014, according to a statement from the company. That amounts to year-over-year growth of 146%, faster growth than any other smartphone vendor globally during the quarter.

Xiaomi's global market share of shipments doubled compared to last year, to 4%. The results have rocketed it into the top rankings, and Xiaomi now numbers among the eight largest smartphone vendors in the world. The growth is impressive and disruptive. Xiaomi began selling handsets just over two years ago and is now larger than legacy vendors like Nokia and Motorola — companies that were recently acquired for $7.2 billion and $3 billion, respectively. 

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That's more iPhones than Apple sold the weekend the iPhone 5S launched.

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Apple And Samsung Take 109% Of The Smartphone Industry's Profits While Everyone Else Loses Money

Apple And Samsung Take 109% Of The Smartphone Industry's Profits While Everyone Else Loses Money | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
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smartphone duopoly includes a company that entered the handset business less than 7 years ago.

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CHART OF THE DAY: Android Activations Hit 1 Billion

CHART OF THE DAY: Android Activations Hit 1 Billion | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

No matter how you slice it, this is impressive. Google announced that 1 billion Android devices have been activated. Here's a look at the rise of Android.

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Larry's comment, September 5, 2013 7:20 AM
Somebody should know how many are still active ? vs the cumulative number of all android devices activated once since the launch in oct 2008 (first phone) ? Wikipedia say that, In July 2013, there were 11,868 different models of Android device, scores of screen sizes and eight OS versions simultaneously in use.[24]
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Breakdown of our 150 daily smartphones checks reveals iWatch potential

Breakdown of our 150 daily smartphones checks reveals iWatch potential | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
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Surprisingly, voice call is still #2 reason

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But with a Tiki® User Interface !
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last figures on smartphone market share in the US reveal a surprising decline for Android #chart

last figures on smartphone market share in the US reveal a surprising decline for Android #chart | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For the three months ended in February, Apple had 38.9 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, up from 35 percent for the same period ending in November. Android fell to 51.7 percent over the same period, down from 53.7 percent.

The United States is not the world, but it is a leading market for smartphones. So, it's worth paying attention to these trends.

Apple has been able to eat into Android's lead thanks to increased distribution and lowered pricing. The iPhone wasn't available from Verizon until February 2011, four years after it debuted on AT&T. It later joined Sprint, then some regional carriers, and this year it's going to T-Mobile.

Apple offers the iPhone at a variety of prices on Verizon and AT&T, from $0 to over $400. A free-on-contract iPhone has made it an option for more people.

Android is a great operating system available on a number of excellent phones, some with gigantic screens. It's odd that it's gone flat. It's not just a U.S. phenomenon for Android, either.

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The Wild Ride / Fall Of HTC

The Wild Ride / Fall Of HTC | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

HTC was the first company to ride the Android wave to smashing success. It is also the first company to crash on the Android wave. Here's a look at its revenue growth over the last 16 quarters. 

What happened to HTC? Samsung. It released its phones on more carriers and it marketed the heck out of them. HTC was left in the dust.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

There are two sides to the Android Wave. Switching slopes may happen much faster than expected.

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103% of Smartphone operating Profits are owned by just two vendors

103% of Smartphone operating Profits are owned by just two vendors | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

According to Canaccord Genuity, Samsung and Apple have 103% of the smartphone market's profits. They are basically the only two companies making money manufacturing phones.

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it was "only" 2/3 rd 2 years ago, now almost everyone else is bleeding money.

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This Guy Is Teaching Your iPhone To Detect Bad Breath ... And Other Smells

This Guy Is Teaching Your iPhone To Detect Bad Breath ... And Other Smells | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"a tiny San Francisco startup, Adamant Technologies, is trying  to give your iPhone the senses of smell and taste, too.

The company has created a computer chip that works with a bunch of tiny sensors that "can take the sense of smell and taste and digitize them," explains Sam Khamis, Adamant's founder and CEO.

This is not about turning your smartphone into some kind of scratch-and-sniff thing that emits scent. It's about letting your phone or computer or other medical devices smell for themselves.

This was a pretty tricky problem to solve. A computer can easily identify a chemical in the air, but put a bunch of them together and it's stumped. For instance, humans can tell when there's pizza and chocolate chip cookies in the same room. Computers have a harder time with that."

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Mobile Click in Mortar: Walmart Embraces Showrooming

Mobile Click in Mortar: Walmart Embraces Showrooming | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
It’s the scourge of stores everywhere: “showrooming,” the act of going to a store to see and touch a product, then using your phone to find and order the same item for a lower price online.

Some retailers have taken drastic measures to curb the practice, such as blocking barcodes. While likely futile, the effort to stop showrooming is an understandable if sometimes unsubtle reaction to fears of death by a billion clicks.

But the world’s largest retailer hasn’t tried to build a fence to block showrooming. Instead, in an act of digital judo, Walmart is urging shoppers to get out their smartphones when they come into a store.

“You’ve got to go where the customer wants you to go. We live in the age of the customer,” Walmart.com President and CEO Joel Anderson told Wired in an interview this week. “We’re embracing showrooming.”
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New Chip Is Next Step in 3D Gesture Control Phones

New Chip Is Next Step in 3D Gesture Control Phones | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The clickwheel of the first iPod worked by measuring electric field disturbances in one dimension. The first iPhone touch screen functioned similarly, but in two dimensions.

This week, Microchip Technology, a large U.S. semiconductor manufacturer, says it is releasing the first controller that uses electrical fields to make 3D measurements.

The low-power chip makes it possible to interact with mobile devices and a host of other consumer electronics using hand gesture recognition, which today is usually accomplished with camera-based sensors. A key limitation is that it only recognizes motions, such as a hand flick or circular movement, within a six-inch range.
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We're on the verge of having smartphones that use half the power

We're on the verge of having smartphones that use half the power | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Powering cellular base stations around the world will cost $36 billion this year—chewing through nearly 1 percent of all global electricity production. Much of this is wasted by a grossly inefficient piece of hardware: the power amplifier, a gadget that turns electricity into radio signals.

The versions of amplifiers within smartphones suffer similar problems. If you’ve noticed your phone getting warm and rapidly draining the battery when streaming video or sending large files, blame the power amplifiers. As with the versions in base stations, these chips waste more than 65 percent of their energy—and that’s why you sometimes need to charge your phone twice a day.

Now an MIT spinout company called Eta Devices, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, cofounded by two MIT electrical engineering professors, Joel Dawson and David Perreault, say they have cracked the efficiency problem with a new amplifier design.

It’s currently a lab-bench technology, but if it proves itself in commercialization, which is expected to start in 2013—first targeting LTE base stations—the technology could slash base station energy use by half. Likewise, a chip-scale version of the technology, still in development, could double the battery life of smartphones.

“There really has been no significant advance in this area for years,” says Vanu Bose, founder of Vanu, a wireless technology startup. “If you get 30 to 35 percent efficiency with today’s amplifiers, you are doing really well. But they can more than double that.”
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NASA to launch smartphone-powered nanosatellites

NASA to launch smartphone-powered nanosatellites | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
NASA is relying on a small team of engineers at its Ames Research Center in the Bay Area’s Moffett Field to develop three nanosatellites powered by Android smartphones.

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"Made in USA" Smartphone OS share surges from 5% to 97% in 8 years

"Made in USA" Smartphone OS share surges from 5% to 97% in 8 years | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This morning, former analyst and venture capitalist Mary Meeker releases her in-depth look at the state of the web at Re/code’s CodeCon conference.

The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner also hints at up-and-coming startups and uncovers digital trends with an array of surprising stats.

 

 

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Domestic SmartPhone OSes require either a domestic hardware champion, or a domestic platform champion capable of Open Sourcing and deploying at massive scale in what is now a totally crowded space.

Amazing to see how fast both Symbian and BlackBerry disappeared...

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Billion is the metric for 2014 in mobile according to Gartner & Apple

Billion is the metric for 2014 in mobile according to Gartner & Apple | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

ULTRAMOBILE YEAR AHEAD: Gartner has updated its annual device forecasts for PCs, tablets, and mobile phones for the new year. On the whole, the research outfit thinks sales of all of these devices combined will grow by just over 7% in 2014, which would be a re-acceleration in growth compared to the 4% growth achieved between 2012 and 2013. 

Mobile phones, both feature phones and smartphones, will dominate in terms of sales volume, with expected annual sales of almost 1.9 billion. But it will be the "ultramobiles" category, in which Gartner includes tablets, hybrids, and flip-form devices, that will set the pace for growth, with increased sales of nearly 54% during the year. We feel this is a function of growing demand for "phablets," or devices that carry a screen size somewhere between the standard 5-inch smartphone and the 8-inch tablet. Phablet shipments have already skyrocketed in key markets for mobile growth like China and India. PC sales, meanwhile, will continue to be hampered by the mobile movement. Gartner thinks PC sales will decline 7% in 2014. 

ONE BILLION ANDROID DEVICES! If 2013 was the watershed year for Android in terms of market share, then 2014 will be the year Android solidifies its stronghold on the global mobile market. Gartner estimates Android will sell 1.1 billion devices for the year. They also confirm that Android blows past Apple in terms of installed base, with 1.9 billion active Android devices already in use. With slowing growth in mobile uptake in developed markets, expect Android to make massive waves with new, lower-income users in emerging mobile markets, where most new customers are priced out of the premium device market dominated by Apple. (Gartner)

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Ultra Mobile year ahead... Nearly 2 Bn handsets forecasted in 2014 and 1Bn Android devices. Meanwhile Apple passed the $10Bn sales mark on the App Store.

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In just three years, we have doubled our time spent on the internet, thanks to smartphones and tablets.

In just three years, we have doubled our time spent on the internet, thanks to smartphones and tablets. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
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Mobile now accounts for 20% of web traffic

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Interesting chart about "dumbphone" vendors evolution

Interesting chart about "dumbphone" vendors evolution | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The evolution of the non-smart phone market. Who will be around in 3 years to still make them?
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It took Nokia only 5 years to lose its software sovereignty and become irrelevant in thsmartphone market. What about the dumbphone one?

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California teen invents device that could charge a cell phone in 20 seconds

California teen invents device that could charge a cell phone in 20 seconds | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Eesha Khare is the mind behind a super-powerful and tiny gizmo that packs more energy into a small space, delivers a charge more quickly, and holds that charge longer than the typical battery. Khare showed off her so-called super-capacitor last week at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz. In her demonstration, she showed it powering a light-emitting diode, or LED light, but the itty-bitty device could fit inside cell phone batteries, delivering a full charge in 20-30 seconds. It takes several hours for the average cell phone to fully charge.

Khare also pointed out that the super-capacitor “can last for 10,000 charge cycles compared to batteries which are good for only 1,000 cycles.”

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Most of us have been dreaming of this at some point, right?

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All you want to know about mobile contactless in 2013

The Contactless Mobile Report 2013 #MWC13 Next Mobile Connectivity NFC, QR, Bluetooth, WiFi, ... Barcelona 25-28 February 2013 24-27 February 2014
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Quite complete and comprehensive deck wrapping up on MWC announcements, products and trends and covering

- mobile phone market

- smartphone market

- usages

- technologies

- mobile contactless including NFC

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What Happens To Old Smartphones

What Happens To Old Smartphones | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

MarketWatch estimates that all of those old phones sitting around are worth $34 billion. (That's allphones, not just smartphones.)

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What do you do with your old smartphones ?

Those who will address consumer inertia like ReCommerce solutions have indeed a nice market opportunity.

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BlackBerry Investors Might Want To Take A Look At This Palm(RIP) Pre Chart

BlackBerry Investors Might Want To Take A Look At This Palm(RIP) Pre Chart | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

BlackBerry was up 15% on Feb 4th after it got a ringing endorsement from Bernstein Research. Bernstein slapped a $22 price target on the stock based mostly on the notion that investors don't fully appreciate how big the BlackBerry 10 launch will be.

 

The 15% jump is the just the latest in a series of big days for BlackBerry which was trading close to $6 at its lowest point recently.

 

But before people get too excited about Bernstein's note, or BlackBerry in general, take a look at this chart of Palm when it tried to resurrect its fortunes.

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Call it a "Pre"cedent as we say in french. BB aware !

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How mobile Big Data is serving carriers customer experience management

How mobile Big Data is serving carriers customer experience management | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

How do you improve the mobile experience when all you have is a visibility over a carrier’s network?

 

That is the question that started carrier IQ (CiQ) in 2005. They set out to open up a window on the devices. To show what was happening inside what was until then a closed ‘black box’ after it left the factory.

Seven years later, the company now has a tremendous technology foundation, from a unique agent software which gathers system data on smartphones (180 million rolled out so far), to an incredible analytics big data platform that’s able to deliver real-time drill-down information on technical parameters of a phone as well as trends and statistics. Last ime I checked CiQ was processing over 7 terabytes of smartphone system data each month…

 

They have a great business team, too, and managed to develop solid relationships with major mobile carriers in the US and abroad. And weathered an incredible storm in late 2011 — more on this at the bottom of this post.

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CarrierIQ's new GM Devices explains it all, one device at a time

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Samsung Is Betting Big on Flexible Phones

Samsung Is Betting Big on Flexible Phones | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
We've known for a while that Samsung is readying phones with flexible screens. Now, though, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that it's pushing forward with the concept more quickly than ever, in order to avoid being beaten to the finish line by other firms.

The new phones simply swap plastic for glass in the screen. The OLEDs you find in plenty of other displays can be put on flexible materials—like metal foil—which then makes it possible to create a device which is both unbreakable and bendable.

Samsung hasn't told the Journal how much it's invested in the new bendy phones. However, it points out that it has been spurred along by growing innovation in the display market, from the likes of LG and Sharp. Seems that's enough to rush out a bendy phone as soon as possible.

Which is just what it plans to do. The Journal reports that a "person familiar with the situation" told it that devices will be released in the first half of 2013. Bendy phones for all!
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Text Messaging Peaks

Text Messaging Peaks | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Text messaging and text messaging revenue has fallen for the first time in the U.S., according to mobile analyst Chetan Sharma's latest report.

He tells us, "the dip in volume coincided with revenue dip as well which didn't happen previously. Typically, when this happens, it is an indication that the peak might have been reached and the curves will decline from here on out."

The reason text messaging and revenue is down is that more people have smartphones, which have apps that help users avoid carriers texting services.
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smartphone adoption growing 10x faster than PC business in the 1980's

smartphone adoption growing 10x faster than PC business in the 1980's | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The rate of iOS and Android device adoption has surpassed that of any consumer technology in history.  Compared to recent technologies, smart device adoption is being adopted 10X faster than that of the 80s PC revolution, 2X faster than that of 90s Internet Boom and 3X faster than that of recent social network adoption. 

 

Five years into the smart device growth curve, expansion of this new technology is rapidly expanding beyond early adopter markets such as such as North America and Western Europe, creating a true worldwide addressable market.

 

Overall, Flurry estimates that there were over 640 million iOS and Android devices in use during the month of July 2012.

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