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Samsung Galaxy S3 Vs Galaxy Note 2: Brief Comparison of Smartphone & Phablet

The mobile manufacturers are flooding the market with wide range of mobiles creating a huge confusion among the buyers. two months ago, Samsung had launched its smartphone named Galaxy S III and it still remains the hot favorite of everyone than any other smartphones available in the market. now, Samsung is all set to add a successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note, which is expected to be named as ‘Galaxy Note 2’. the Note 2 is yet to be announced and there is not much detail available regarding its specifications. the Galaxy S III is a smartphone whereas Galaxy Note 2 will be a ‘Phablet’. to get an exact idea about the specifications of the phone, take a look at the comparison made below.

Operating System

The Samsung Galaxy S III features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as its Operating system with TouchWiz user interface that includes apps like S Voice and Smart Stay. however, Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to offer faster and a stable experience to the users. Google had officially unveiled Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in late June, it is expected that Samsung Galaxy Note 2 might run on this latest version. it is also possible that Note 2 might run first on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and then slowly get upgraded to Jelly Bean.

Form Factor & Display

The Samsung Galaxy S3 sports 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which means the pixel per inch ratio (PPI) rests at 306. it has a dimension of 136.6 mm x 70.7 mm x 8.6 mm. Wide guesses are made regarding the display of Samsung Galaxy Note 2. As per the rumor, it is expected that the device will sport 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display. Note 2 might feature large screen compared to the Galaxy Note.


Galaxy S3 is powered by 1.4 GHz quad core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with an Exynos 4 Quad SoC and a Mali-400 GPU. considering the RAM, few models of S III features 1 GB of RAM while others have an impressive 2 GB. it is expected that the Galaxy Note 2 will have some of the features of S III in terms of its processor i.e. 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 and Mali-400 GPU. Rumors state that it might feature Exynos 5250 SoC. There is no information regarding the amount of RAM.

Camera Quality

S III features 8 Megapixel camera at the back with zero shutter lag, LED flash, auto-focus and image stabilization, which records HD video in 1080p. it also has an impressive front camera of 1.9 Megapixels that records HD video at 720p. Samsung might improve the camera sensor to capture clearer image. While Galaxy Note 2 might feature a 12 or 13 Megapixel camera at rear, which clearly means that the camera quality of Note 2 might exceed the S III considerably.

Connectivity Options

The Samsung Galaxy S III offers amazing connectivity options than any other smartphones available in the market and it supports HSPA+, GSM, 3.5 mm audio jack, UMTS networks, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and micro USB port. on the other hand, Galaxy Note 2 is likely to come with 4G LTE support and it is expected to have the similar connectivity options like the Galaxy S III.

Internal & External Storage

S III is available with different internal storage capacities. the storage capacity ranges from 16 GB to 32 GB, while a microSD slot of 64 GB version is expected to come soon for S III. whereas it is expected that Note 2 might have the same storage capacity as the Galaxy Note along with 64 GB external card.

Pricing and Release Info

Samsung Galaxy S III has been out for over two months and it is offered at a price tag of Rs. 38400. Galaxy Note 2 is expected to release in October or November and there are no details on the pricing of the smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Vs Galaxy Note 2: Brief Comparison of Smartphone & Phablet

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    Posted by admin - August 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

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    Next-Generation Video Game Consoles to Reinvigorate Gaming, Says Game Publisher.

    While both Microsoft Corp. and Sony Computer Entertainment used to say that both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 would happily live on the market for ten years, it is nearly evident now that the two companies are going to introduce their next-gen consoles in 2013. Ubisoft, a major game publisher, believes that the current cycle has lasted for too long and next-gen consoles should be released rather sooner than later to revive gaming.

    "we are waiting for the new consoles – I think that the new consoles will give a huge boost to the industry, just like they do every time that they come. this time, they took too long so the market is waiting. With the innovation that we will see from, first, the Wii U then the other consoles, the market is going to grow enormously again," said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer of Ubisoft, in an interview with GamesIndustry International web-site.

    The market of console and PC video games is slowing down these days not only due to piracy and competition from new platforms like smartphones and tablets, but also because there is nothing brand new on the current-generation consoles. Games that will be out today will look and feel similar to titles released last year, something that reduces their success among the gamers.

    For platform holders, long lifecycles of consoles is a positive thing as at some point their production costs are getting considerably lower, the amount of games in portfolio of each console is increasing, making them more appealing. Finally, they do not have to spend tens of millions of dollars to support game developers in order to ensure high-quality of titles on consoles like early during the cycle.

    But long lifecycles can result in stagnation of video games’ progress in general. PS3 and X360 nowadays no longer impress with 720p-class titles, as a consequence sales of new games slowdown or even fall, which is bad for everyone.

    "I think it is very important for new generations to come regularly with innovations for the industry, so I think we have been waiting a bit too long. what is important is that when those new generations do come, they bring enough innovation to make the market strong again," added Mr. Guillemot.

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      Posted by admin - August 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

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      Nokia smartphones struggle versus domestic vendors in China

      IDG News Service – Nokia’s Lumia smartphones struggled to lift the Finnish handset provider’s market share in China, while domestic vendors ZTE, Huawei Technologies and Lenovo overtook Apple in smartphone shipments in the second quarter, according to research firm Canalys.

      The Finnish company, which once dominated China’s smartphone market, launched its new Lumia devices in the country in April, offering them with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 OS. But the new smartphones failed to make up for the vast swath of market share Nokia’s Symbian devices once had in the country, said Nicole Peng, a research director with Canalys.

      Nokia had a 6% market share at the end of the quarter, falling out of the top five smartphone vendors, with its shipments down by 47% year-over-year. Affecting the Lumia’s appeal was Windows Phone 7.5, which many consumers in China are still unaccustomed to, Peng said.

      “I think it takes time for consumers to understand Windows Phone and to get used to it. Right now Android is seen as the default operating system,” she said. “There’s a long way for Microsoft in China to be able to catch up to the demand in applications. They have to make sure they can attract local developers.”

      China’s smartphone shipments reached 42 million in the second quarter, a year-over-year increase of 199%, according to Canalys. Android accounted for 81% of all smartphones shipped to the country during the quarter.

      Samsung Electronics led the Chinese smartphone market with a 17% share. behind the South Korean company was ZTE with a 12% share. two other Chinese vendors, Lenovo and Huawei, both had market shares at around 10%. Apple, meanwhile, came in as the fifth largest smartphone vendor with a 9% market share.

      The three Chinese smartphone vendors introduced many new handsets during the quarter, often making them available at mass market prices starting at $110 when purchased without a contract, Peng said.

      “In Q2, there was almost every day a new device announced. the speed is really amazing,” she said. “I think for this year, you will see that domestic vendors will drive most of the growth,” she added, pointing to how local Chinese vendors continue to drive down prices for new smartphones.

      Samsung and Apple, however, could see smartphone sales rise in the country over the course of the year. Samsung, which has one of the widest portfolio of smartphones, saw its second-quarter shipments supported by high sales of its Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II handsets in the country. the Samsung Galaxy S III, which launched at the end of the quarter, will increase the company’s shipments during the third quarter, Peng said.

      Apple’s smartphone shipments, while steady, were down when compared with the first quarter, when the company launched its iPhone 4S in the country. Rather than buy an iPhone 4S, some Chinese consumers want to wait for Apple’s new iPhone 5, which could arrive in China later this year, Peng said.

      Taiwanese vendor HTC saw smartphone shipments grow year-over-year by 389%. it benefited from launching more smartphones designed for the Chinese market which were offered by all three large mobile carriers, Peng said. Its market share was however less than 5%.

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        Posted by admin - August 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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        E-Commerce News: Wall Street: Is Microsoft Bottoming Out? – Part 2

        Is Microsoft Bottoming Out? – Part 1

        You’d think that Microsoft was all but dead, judging by some of the industry scuttlebutt. Microsoft’stactical and strategic technology and business missteps are well publicized and dissected adinfinitum.

        Less well documented are Microsoft’s strengths — from both a consumer and enterpriseperspective — and there are plenty of those.

        one of the most notable company wins in the past five years is the Xbox 360 and Kinect.

        Simply put, this is an unqualified success. The latest statistics releasedearlier this month by the NPD Group show that Microsoft has a 47 percent market share and sold257,000 Xbox 360 units in the U.S. in June, besting its rivals the Sony PlayStation 3 andNintendo Wii for the 18th consecutive month.

        However, Microsoft and indeed all the game hardware vendors find their sales shrinking due to the sharp increase in the number of users playinggames on their smartphones.

        In Microsoft’s 2012 third fiscal quarter ending in March, Xbox360 sales dropped 33 percent to US$584 million. The consumer space is notoriously fickle, and gamers are always looking for the next big thing.

        Microsoft’s ace in the hole is the Kinect motion controller, which still has a lot of appeal. The company is banking on that, as well as slew of newapplications and functions like the Kinect PlayFit Dashboard, which lets users track the numberof calories they burn when they play Kinect games.

        Microsoft continues to dominate and innovate in the consumer video game market segment and isshowing the necessary agility to transition as needed.

        Microsoft is also doing well among enterprise customers. while the Windows operating systemand Office productivity suite may not be the show stoppers and headline grabbers they were in the 80s, 90s and into the 2000s, Microsoft has addressed user concerns and solidifiedthe reliability and uptime of the software.

        Performance/Reliability: some 82 percent of the 500 respondents to ITIC’s 2011-2012 Global Server Hardware and Server OS Reliability Survey in January of this year indicated theirorganizations experienced less than one unplanned, severe/lengthy Tier 3 outage per server, perannum on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 platforms.

        Windows Server 2008 R2 scored thebiggest reliability gains in the survey. The 2011-2012 survey respondents now rank WindowsServer 2008 R2 as among the top three most reliable mainstream server operating systems.

        Windows Server 2008 R2’s reliability renaissance is especially impressive since Microsoft’sWindows Server OS noticeably lagged behind the majority of the Unix, Linux and OpenSource distributions in the ITIC/Sunbelt Software (now GFI Software) 2008 and 2009 ServerReliability surveys.

        Security: Microsoft has turned what used to be its most glaring deficit into one of its chiefstrengths. Microsoft’s decade-old, ongoing Trustworthy Computing Initiative has resulted intangible gains in the security and overall reliability and performance of its products — mostnotably two of its core platforms: SQL Server and Windows Server.

        The enhanced security andstrong synergies between the underlying Windows Server 2008 R2 Operating System and theSQL Server 2008 R2 database platform provide organizations with arguably the most reliableand secure operating environment in the history of these solutions.

        The same ITIC 2011-2012 Global Server Hardware and Server survey found that Windows Server 2008 R2 vied with IBM’s AIX v 7.1 for the most secure server OS as ranked by users. Nine out of 10 survey participants rated Windows Server 2008 R2 Security as “excellent” or “very good.”And none of the respondents gave Windows a “poor” or “unsatisfactory” grade.

        Statistics obtained from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Computer Vulnerabilitiesand Exposure database (NIST CVE) indicate that for the past nine years SQL Server has been themost secure of any of the major database platforms. SQL Server recorded the fewest number ofreported vulnerabilities — just 52 from 2002 through 2011 — of any major database.

        NIST is thegovernment agency that monitors security vulnerabilities by technology, vendor and 2010, SQL Server compiled a perfect record — no security vulnerabilities were recorded byNIST CVE; it recorded only three vulnerabilities during 2011.

        Its closest competitor, MySQL, recorded 99 security flaws — twice as many as SQL Server overthe same period. by contrast, during the same period spanning 2002 through 2011, the NISTCVE recorded 361 security vulnerabilities associated with the Oracle database platform, thehighest total of any major vendor. Oracle had almost seven times as many reported security flawsas SQL Server during the same time span.

        Enterprise Solutions: Microsoft is also making tangible gains in crucial technology arenaslike virtualization, cloud computing, and pivotal applications like customer relationshipmanagement (CRM) and business intelligence (BI).

        After a slow start, Microsoft’s Hyper-V is rapidly gaining ground on market leader VMware andexpanding its presence among enterprise users, as well as among small and mid-sized businesses.Microsoft continues to fortify and expand its Azure cloud platform products and strategy .

        Additionally, Microsoft Dynamics CRM is one of the top three solutions in that space, along withmarket leader and SugarCRM.

        Finally, after nearly 40 years in business, Microsofthas developed one of the most extensive enterprise application, support and channel ecosystems.Resellers, IT managers and consultants find it easy to access technical documentation and fixeswhen they need them.

        Microsoft Office: despite being targeted by Google Apps, Microsoft Office retains its dominant position among corporate users, thanks in no small measure to the depth and breadth of itsenterprise ecosystem and broad technical service and support offerings, which 11 year-oldGoogle is not yet capable of matching.

        In July, Microsoft unveiled the newest version of itsOffice software, which incorporates a touchscreen user interface designed to provide integrationand interoperability with the company’s forthcoming Surface tablets.

        The new version of Office,slated to ship this fall, will also deliver integration with Microsoft’s newest acquisition, Yammer,which it purchased in June for $1.2 billion in cash. Ballmer said in a live webcast thatMicrosoft will make the private social network service available to Office users for free, andintegrate it with SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics.

        Office 15 also now will come with 60 free minutes of the online phone service Skype, whichMicrosoft purchased in 2011.

        And, in order to better compete with Google Drive and Apple’siCloud integration, the upcoming version of Office will be integrated with Microsoft’s onlinestorage system, SkyDrive. Users will be able to synchronize their files, settings and templates across myriad devices such as tablets, notebooks and Windows Phone smartphones. Microsoftwill also ship new editions of the cloud-based Office 365.

        Microsoft has stumbled and fallen many times with respect to products, timing and executionin the last 10 years. it inarguably lags well behind Google and Apple in key markets likesearch engines, mobility and tablets, much to its detriment. as a result, Microsoft is no longerconsidered indomitable. in addition, the declines in PC sales are challenging Microsoft to changeits tactics and strategy, and to step up its initiatives to spur revenue growth.

        The forthcoming Surface tablet could be a game changer; that remains to be seen. it will mostcertainly be disruptive. Microsoft notes that fact on page 14 of its compulsory 10-K annual earnings report filing, acknowledging that it faces a rockyroad and may alienate some of its OEM partners when it ships the Surface tablet.

        In the 10-K filing, Microsoft emphasizes its established ecosystem of users, applicationdevelopers, and partners that provide platforms that accelerate growth. Windows 8, the Surfacetablet and the associated cloud-based services could change that.

        Microsoft also acknowledges in the filing what everyone knows: Its operating marginsare under assault from competitors — most notably Apple — that control the hardware andsoftware (e.g., the Macs, iPhone and iPad).

        In recent years, Microsoft has also waded intothese waters with the Xbox and its emerging Azure cloud computing platform. Specifically,Microsoft discloses in the 10-K filing that “… we derive substantial revenue from licenses ofWindows operating systems on personal computers. The proliferation of alternative devices andform factors, in particular mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers, createschallenges from competing software platforms. these devices compete on multiple basesincluding price and the perceived utility of the device and its platform … .”

        The most cautionary statement in Microsoft’s 10-K filing notes that “even if many users view thesedevices as complementary to a personal computer, the prevalence of these devices may make itmore difficult to attract applications developers to our platforms. in addition, our Surface deviceswill compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment toour platform.”

        Microsoft’s concerns are well founded. Frankly, though, this is an issue confronting nearly allhigh-technology vendors as they seek to grow their business through diversification. in otherwords, even steadfast partners find themselves becoming rivals as they expand outside of theircore competencies.

        For years, Apple and Google enjoyed a very cozy relationship: Google’sEric Schmidt had a seat on Apple’s board for years but resigned in August of 2009, citing aconflict of interest as the Android and Chrome OS directly competed with Apple’s iOS and MacOS X.

        Microsoft is far from finished. it faces steeper challenges now than it ever has. The company’sfinancials are still solid. Microsoft can also boast of many wins in the past decade, not the leastof which is solidifying and bolstering the performance, reliability, uptime and security of its coreWindows and Office products, and improving customer satisfaction.

        Most immediately, Microsoft needs to win big this fall with its Office, Windows 8 and Surfacetablets. Pressure anyone?

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          Posted by admin - August 12, 2012 at 1:00 am

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          Who Has The Best 4G Smartphone?

          These days, most of us can’t go too far without our smartphone. We rely on them for far more than conversation; everything from telecommuting to entertainment and social media is coordinated through the hand-held devices that never cease to amaze. The newer smartphones are also able to provide turn by turn GPS directions. It’s hard to believe that only a few years ago cellular phones could only call people. Now smartphones can do just about anything. The big question, who has the best 4G smartphone?

          Depending on where you live, you’ll want to find a provider with the best coverage for your area. A great way to figure out who has the best 4G coverage is ask your friends. Talk to people to get their opinion on which provider has the best. However, if you’re about to enter into a new contract, you’ll be relieved to know that the two frontrunners in the 4G market, Verizon and AT&T, have announced major plans to improve their 4G coverage. by 2013, Verizon plans to have 4G service available to its entire network, and AT&T will offer 4G to 80% of the country by that time as well.

          And while coverage is necessary to fully utilize your equipment, it helps to have a device that does everything you want it to do. Some of the things items you want to keep in mind is:

          • Screen size
          • Battery Life
          • Availability of accessories
          • User Reviews

          Read on to find out more about some of the best 4G-enabled phones on the market.

          HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon) – This phone, with coveted LTE technology, boasts simultaneous voice and data, with amazing internet speeds, plus an easy-to-manage interface. LTE technology is still in its infancy, and can shorten battery life, so make sure to invest in an additional battery

          Samsung Infuse 4G SGH-1997 (AT&T) – This paper- thin (well, almost), model is AT&T’s first official foray into the 4G market. It’s got a great battery life, and great screen capture, but it’s dimensions may make it difficult to hold onto.

          Samsung Epic 4G (Sprint) – with great video support and a gorgeous screen, the Epic 4G provides everything you’ll want in mobile entertainment. Add to that a nicely sized keyboard, and this may just be the phone for you. be aware of fees for this phone – you’ll have to pay for 4G service even if you can’t use it.

          Samsung Galaxy S 4G (T-Mobile) – A slim design stands out here; current LTE technology is a still a little clunky, so if you prefer a smaller phone, you may like this design. Quick HSPA+ speeds plus a better battery life than most helps this phone stand out.

          With so many choices for a 4G smartphone, its hard to decide exactly how has the best 4G smartphone. As with any big purchase, especially one involving a contractual commitment be sure to do your research and read up on reviews before purchasing any smartphone plan. That way you’ll be sure to enjoy all your new smart phone has to offer

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