Worldwide Smartphone Sales Top 300 Million – Yahoo Finance

Its share of the global market dropped to 2.5% from 3.4% in the same period in 2013. There is a very small chance the trouble will not be quite as bad going forward. According to IDC: Windows Phone volumes declined from a year ago, but compared to the previous quarter, it showed slight improvement, making it the clear number 3 smartphone platform. The list of OEM partners has not changed significantly from a year ago, but that could start to change during the second half of 2014 when numerous vendors within key emerging markets come on board, including BLU, Micromax, Prestigio, Yezz, and others. These join Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava, Lenovo, LG, Longcheer, and ZTE.
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Google releases four new Android Wear ads ahead of Moto 360 launch – Yahoo News

The wait is now almost over, with Motorola stopping just short of confirming that it will announce availability details during a press event on September 4th . Samsung and LG already have Android Wear smartwatches available for purchase, buttheir reception thus far has been lukewarm at best. So now that the 360 is almost ready for prime time, Google is making another push to getsome exposure for Android Wear. The first part of its effortinvolvesfour new ads that show offvarious Android Wear watches and their capabilities. Googles new Android Wear spots focus on a few of the platforms most touted features, including voice controls, Google Now and deep integration with Android-powered smartphones. They dont have any surprises, but they do a good job of showing real-world scenarios where a smartwatch running Android Wear might come in handy.
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Low-cost smartphones boost Android: survey – Yahoo News

The report by market tracker IDC said Android phone sales were up 33 percent over the past year to 255 million units, and accounted for 84.7 percent of all global smartphone sales in the March-June period. The overall market grew 25 percent to 301 million units, IDC said, with Apple, Microsoft Windows and BlackBerry failing to keep pace. “With many of its (manufacturing) partners focusing on the sub-$200 segments, Android has been reaping huge gains within emerging markets,” says Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC. “During the second quarter, 58.6 percent of all Android smartphone shipments worldwide cost less than $200 off contract, making them very attractive compared to other devices.” Sales of the Apple iPhone rose to 35.2 million units in the quarter, but with growth slower than Android, Apple’s market share fell to 11.7 percent from 13 percent last year in the same period. Windows Phone sales meanwhile slipped more than nine percent from a year ago to 7.4 million units, while its market share dropped to 2.5 percent. BlackBerry’s external link woes deepened despite modest gains from the first quarter of 2014.
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Here’s the hands-on BlackBerry Passport video you’ve been clamoring for [Updated] – Yahoo News

Are you still clamoring for the BlackBerry Passport ? If so then youll definitely want to check out a new video flagged by CrackBerry that was produced by U.K. retailer Carphone Warehouse that gives us a nice little hands-on demonstration of BlackBerrys upcoming smartphone that will go head-to-head with the iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 this September. FROM EARLIER: BlackBerry: Consumers are clamoring for our new square smartphone . In the video, Carphone Warehouse shows off some of the Passports outside-the-box features such as the new touch-sensitive physical keyboard that essentially doubles as a giant trackball that will let you scroll up and down on pages just by running your fingers over itskeys. Carphone Warehouse also praises the Passports wide square display, which it points out is terrific for everyone who loves reading and editing spreadsheets on their smartphones. In other words, it looks like the Passport will be a tool, not a toy , that can be used for real work.
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