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Internet Explorer falls below 50 percent global marketshare, Chrome usage triples

According to Stat Counter, Microsoft’s browser has officially fallen below the 50 percent market share mark to 49.87 percent. Firefox holds relatively strong at 31.5 percent and Chrome is soaring with 11.54 percent having only launched just over 2 years ago.

In Europe, IE market share has fallen to 40.26% in September this year from 46.44% in September last year. While in North America IE is still above 50% at 52.3% followed by Firefox at 27.21% and Chrome at 9.87%. The rise of Google Chrome in North America has also been impressive and in June it overtook Safari for the first time.

Expectedly it’s the geeks and early adopters that appear to be driving Chrome’s growth. One reader highlights that fact by revealing that out of 55,000 visitors to his site from Hacker News (an entrepreneurial/early adopter community), only 1.13 percent were using Internet Explorer.


Android is number one OS among US phone buyers over the last six months

Android’s exponential growth has today been illustrated by Nielsen’s statisticians who present us with the above chart of recent US smartphone purchases. It shows that over the six months leading up to August 2010, 32 percent of American new phone buyers had grabbed themselves a device with Google’s OS on board, which is comfortably ahead of RIM at 26 percent and Apple at 25 percent. These results corroborate NPD’s figures on the matter — which peg Android at 33 percent of new US purchases — and reiterate the idea that Android is headed to a place whose name starts with D and ends with omination. One more chart showing total market share can be found after the break (hint: BlackBerry still reigns supreme overall).


Motorola's MT716 OPhone launched in China

If only this was a hoax. Yes, that’s some bitter talk alright, because this Motorola MT716 from China Mobile is almost the perfect Droid that we once had on our dusty wish list: a similar slider form factor but with a hard-cap keyboard, as opposed to one with spongy mashers. In fact, eagle-eyed readers might have already spotted that this is the exact same keyboard as featured on the Cliq. Compared to its distant relative, other differences on this OPhone include an 8 megapixel camera (with dual-LED flash and 720p camcorder feature), an extra VGA front-facing camera, TD-SCDMA radio, WAPI connectivity (WiFi-compatible), and CMMB TV streaming; otherwise, you’ll find the same weedy 600MHz TI OMAP3430 chip, 480 x 854 LCD, AGPS and Bluetooth 2.1 inside. Now if you’ll excuse us — we have a petition to write up.

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HTC Desire HD vs Samsung Galaxy S

HTC has been leading the way for a couple of years now when it comes to Android smartphones, and it’s just upped the ante once more by unveiling the long-rumoured Desire HD, along with a 4.3-inch touchsreen and HD video recording. Meanwhile, Samsung has been gunning for a slice of the Android phone market with its usual tenacity, but can the Samsung Galaxy S compete with HTC’s new weapon of choice?

Form Factor

Galaxy s 122 x 64 x 9.9mm; 118g
HTC Desire HD : 123 x 68 x 11.8 mm, 164g

The Galaxy S is not only shorter and slimmer than the Desire HD, it’s also a great deal lighter. Although its lightweight design won’t put too much pressure on your pockets, is does mean that it doesn’t really have the feel of a premium phone. However, thanks to it’s sheer portability it beats the HTC in this round. Read more »


TEGA V2: Dual-boot Windows 7/ Android Tablet

Tega v2 Windows 7 / AndroidAustralian manufacturer Tegatech has just reveled plans for a similar device that, like the ViewPad 100, will offer two operating systems – Windows 7 and Android 1.6.
Now, you might be a bit miffed with the ancient Android version, but Tegatech’s website states that it is working on 2.1 and 2.2 updates.

On board you’ve got an Intel Atom N455 1.66GHz processor, with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and Intel Generation 3.5 integrated GMA 3150 graphics.

Storage is the SSD variety and comes in 16, 32 or 64 variants.It’s got a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity as standard and optional 3G, Wimax and Wibro.
Port-wise, you’re looking at an SD card reader, two USBs and a VGA. There’s also room for a SIM if you want to go down the 3G route.

The Tega v2 comes with either a 0.3 or 1.3-megapixel camera and the device measures 243 x 190 x 14mm and weighs in at 870g.

The most apparent drawback of the device is a maximum battery life of just four to five hours.
The Tega v2 will launch worldwide on 15 October, although as yet there is no UK release plans as Tegatech is “still looking for more partners in the UK”.


Eken Launches 8″ M005 Android Tablet

Looks like this tiny little Shanzhen company isn’t quitting, they started making some headway in the global market when their 7 inch tablet got rebranded by a few global players. Now it seems that are coming to market with the M005 measuring in at 8 inches and running a 400MHz VIA 8505 CPU, and 128MB of memory, which doesn’t have us reaching for our pocketbooks.

The tablet has an 800 x 600 pixel display, 802.11b/g/ WiFi, and 2GB of flash storage. It has an SD card slot, USB port, headphone jack, and webcam. It is also running a 4:3 aspect ratio which is a little unique in the tablet space. The folks over at have let us know that is going to be running Android 1.6 rather then the rumored 2.1.


Skype app arrives in Android Market

After a long wait, Skype is finally widely available for Android phones, and can be downloaded off Android Market. It was exclusive to Verizon’s Android phones for a while in the US, but now the whole gamut of Android phones can enjoy it. Well, at least it has been tested with HTC and Motorola devices, running Android 2.1 and up, aka the Verizon Android line. Skype is admitting there are some issues with the Samsung Galaxy S still, that are being ironed out.

There were some lite versions and substitutes before, but nothing beats the real thing. With the dedicated app you can make free Skype-to-Skype calls, do instant messaging, or call phones at low rates, at home and abroad – over WiFi, 3G or 4G. If you have a Skype account, your contact list will appear when you sign in on your Android phone. To call abroad, just dial the number in Skype, and use Skype Credit to pay. There is also unlimited subscription based calling with various rates.

Skype can be downloaded from the Android Market, or from on your phone. Some say Skype and the likes can kill voice plans, but we are positive the carriers will make up for it in data charges.


Temporary Root guide for G2

So you want to attempt rooting your new G2 huh? As much as it’ll give you street cred, we have an obligation to warn you of the possible side effects of a bad root job, as it may brick your Android.

That said, it looks like xda-developers have been putting together a “temporary” G2 Rooting guide for those willing to attempt it.

You can click here to follow the instructions.


Napster is now available on the Android App Market

Like most music services now, you’ll pay a subscription fee, but you’ll get a free month to try it out first, and gain access to over 11 million songs in their catelog. Not bad.

So if you feel like legitimately using Napster to listen to music, go ahead, and don’t worry about bands suing them this time around. It’s legit, 2 legit 2 quit!

Would you go back to Napster or stay with or Pandora? Let us know which you like the best.


Sharp Launches 5.5″ and 10.8″ Galapagos E-Reading Tablets

Sharp Corporation announced that they will release a media service business, named GALAPOS, specially created to provide users a new network service and device specifically designed for the Japanese market.

Find out that two compatible tablets have been created as e-book readers and will be introduced in the same time. The great news is that the new e-bookstore will feature an ‘Automatic Scheduled Delivery Service’ for periodical publications. E-book users may read the most recent editions of newspapers and magazines, which they have been subscribed.

Sharp has built two models of the e-book readers: a mobile version featuring a 5.5-inch LCD screen that reads like a paperback book, and a home version featuring a 10.8-inch high-resolution HD LCD, allowing users to read from a two-page spread.

The great news is that Sharp will continue to provide updates through the service, and by increasing the functions of compatible terminal devices.

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