ComputerWorld story on new 4G Wireless standards released last week:
The International Telecommunication Union gave its seal of approval to the two new standards, LTE-Advanced and WirelessMAN-Advanced, at the ITU Radiocommunication Assembly in Geneva last Wednesday. WirelessMAN-Advanced, the second generation of WiMax, is not expected to be widely deployed. But LTE-Advanced, the next version of the Long-Term Evolution standard chosen by most carriers moving to 4G, could start improving mobile networks soon.
ComputerWorld story here.
According to Strategy Analytics tablet shipments reached 26.8 million units in globally in Q4 2011. That is a 150% increase from 10.7 million over Q4 2010. Apple maintains its dominance of the market, but sees its marketshare fall.
Android’s marketshare grew from 29% to 39.1% year over year, shipping 10.5 million units in Q4 2011.
Apple’s share dropped from 68.2% to 57.6% year over year, shipping 15.4 million units. Microsoft captured 1.5% of the market in Q42011. Strategy Analytics says Windows 8 cannot come any to soon for vendors producing WIndows devices.
In all, 66.9 million tablets were shipped during 2011, up 260% from 18.6 million in 2010.
ComputerWorld story here.
At the Consumer Electronics Show, USB Implementers Forum–which set standards for USB–announced that there is likely to be a micro USB port available on smartphones and tablets this year. These ports will have transfer rates of 1`00MB/per second or roughly 800 Mbps. Data transfers that take 15 minutes today will take 1 minute and 15 seconds. That is not as fast as desktop USB 3 which has a transfer rate of 5 Gbps, which is a speed that requires too much power for a mobile device. Charging speeds will also be higher on USB 3.0.
Computerworld story is here.
PC World has a review of the wireless carriers at CES.
In September Apple surpassed Exxon as the corporation with the highest market capitalization. For the next several months it was a close battle between the two for the top spot. Despite outperforming Exxon for the year (25.1% to 15.5%), Apple was not able to hold off Exxon’s to hold on to the top spot at the end of the year.
As CNNMoney.com opined, the world can do without iPads and iPhones, but not without oil.
Mobile Market Share Chart
CNNMoney.com asks why JavaME passed Android to take the number 2 spot in the mobile market, at least according to NetApplications recent report. NetApplications has been monitoring web traffic since 2004, and currently monitors 160 millions users on 40,000 sites.
Apple’s iOS has over 50 percent of the market, and JavaME has over 20% passing Android for the year as Android started to fade.
Java Micro Edition is the current version of the Java OS Oracle had developed after purchasing Sun Microsystems in 2010. The OS is primarily used in “dumb” phone sold to millions of users who cannot afford or do not want a smart phone.
Jonathan Ive and Steve Jobs
Johnathan Ive, Apple chief industrial designer, was once again recognized by the Queen and made a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE). In 2005 he was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE). Wikipedia has a description of the various honours bestowed by the crown.
The big question is why Steve Jobs never received similar recognition. For more see the CNN article on the subject.
OS Usage Chart
NetApplications reports that a decade after its release, Windows XP still dominates the web. Released in August 2001, Windows XP still has 46.5% of the global web traffic that visits NetApplications’s 40,000 client websites. Vista, however, witnessed a significant drop in usage over the past year.
Apple’s Snow Leopard (released in August 2009) has a 3% share, while a 2.1% share. See CNNMoney’s story here.