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eWeek: Intel Unveils Beacon Mountain Android Development Tools
Beacon Mountain tools will let programmers develop Android apps for both Intel- and ARM-based devices.
Intel is rolling out a set of tools that will enable programmers to accelerate their development of Android apps for mobile devices powered by either Intel or ARM chips.
Microsoft’s next version could be bigger and also be Microsoft’s real legacy. What will Windows 8 bring in the OS space? The much anticipated Windows 8 could change everything in the space. It might even put rivals like Apple, Google and even Linux on Microsoft’s crosshairs. Microsoft’s Windows 8 is getting much considerable attention these past few weeks, due to some tech site’s recent unveiling of more of the Windows 8’s features. If the leaks and rumors about the next Windows version are true, it’s increasingly clear to us that Microsoft want to permanently erase the memories of Vista, the company has learned a terrible lesson from the Vista fiasco. Based on some reviews made by those tech sites, Microsoft is finally showing some real code and tech muscles here, the company clearly understands the need for a much powerful, highly sophisticated, state of the art, fast and much secured version of Windows operating system. Windows 8 could be a complete departure from its predecessor ways. It’s simply an improved version of Windows 7. According to numerous published articles and blogs based on leaked early developer builds, the forthcoming operating system will support SoC (System on a Chip) architecture, it means that the next version will be capable of running an ARM based chips. This will give Microsoft increase leveraged for porting Windows onto tablets and smartphone currently the mobile space are the prime market for ARM based chips. Windows 8 could have a profound impact on the marketplace; it will open the flood gate to a more tablet specific version of Windows 8 in a addition to a more traditional desktop or laptop version. The software company plans a completely new GUI for Windows 8 running on the kind of high powered PC that now run Windows 8.
What exactly Windows 8 got? Microsoft might be in closing in on unveiling its next version Windows. It’s has created tons of buzz in the blogosphere, it’s already the buzz of the tech world. What would a Windows 8 look like? The new version of Windows will offer a neat new interface; this new version of Windows might include a ribbon interface, a backup utility and tablet optimization. Microsoft is betting hard on this next version of Windows for future growth. The company has done a serious works, putting its entire weight on this project. Microsoft has already announced that the next version of Windows will support SoC (System on a chip) architecture; targeting platforms from a slew of ARM based systems from vendors such as Qualcomm, Nvidia and Texas Instruments. The massive development that Microsoft doing in Windows 8 will just increased leverage for porting Windows 8 onto tablets and also smartphones devices, which currently the main market for ARM based systems. This means that the market would be able to see a Windows 8 running tablets and smartphones, and open the flood gates to a much tablet-specific version of Windows 8 in addition to a more traditional one. According to the Within windows Blog, the new Windows version will include a built-in PDF reader and an immersive user interface that will embraces “Metro aesthetics” one thing I notice here at Windows 8, Microsoft is taking a Apple-like approach where it comes to interface design. Microsoft also borrowed another design concepts from, the “Metro” interface developed for Windows Phone 7. Microsoft will integrate an Office style ribbon interface into Windows Explorer, and it will also have tools for viewing libraries manipulating drive assets. The software company owns a dominating share of the global corporate desktop OS and has a huge arsenal of enterprise management tools that no one in the industry can match. The new Windows 8 could be swift and more feature-packed than its predecessor on high end systems for consumers and the enterprise customers. What Microsoft trying to give the world here a lean, sleek operating system that will stop consumers of dreaming about Mac, Linux or Google Chrome OS. There are a number of articles posted in the web that described as a leaked slide decks detailing ideas for Windows 8. It discussed possible features such as facial recognition for logins, an ultra fast boot times, possible Microsoft store for downloading applications and increased cloud service integration to enhanced biometric security. No one knows exactly what you’ll see on the Windows 8 desktop partly because the company always adds and removes features until a late stage in developments. First, there will likely be some cloud integration service. Next, consumers probably gets automated backup, Microsoft is about to introduce a backup utility for Windows 8 named “History Vault” , this is Microsoft’s answer to Apple Mac OS X’s Time Machine. The backup feature will also include the ability to restore to a specific time or date on the system, here users will be able to select files and restore them to different time stamps.
Although Microsoft has stayed tight lipped and secretive about a possible release date for the next version of Windows 8, but reports have been confirmed that it could be ready to show off as early as June. The June timeframe marks the end of Microsoft’s 2011 fiscal year and it could be the top choice to show off some tech muscles: Windows 8 platform. But rumors are already swirling the web that Windows 8 will hit the market by 2012. Windows 8 could be Microsoft’s secret plan for the future of desktop PC. What the software giant want to give the users in Windows 8 is a much more powerful and secured version of Windows platform. Of course, it may end up giving users yet another bloated, unfriendly operating system just like Windows Vista, whether Microsoft can give the tech industry what they’re really want is a big question that no one can answer not even Bill Gates.
Brutal competition, stock going nowhere, Cisco is in deep crisis. Was the company at risk? If so, what should it do? Cisco systems need as major makeover. CEO John Chambers has already acknowledged execution problems at the networking giant, and Chambers made the announcement in a lengthy memo to its 73,000- strong employees, the CEO has promised to make changes. Wall Street no longer sees Cisco as a growth business; the company’s market value+ has just dropped 15 percent after the Feb. earning call. The company’s announcement in February of its fiscal year 2011 second quarter financial numbers showed the company’s real status and the company is not looking good. Cisco is in great trouble, this could be a wake up call for CEO Chamber and its workforce. The company is losing market share, revenues has dropped while rivals like Oracle, HP and IBM were turning in strong financial figures. Well the company still holds a power grips in the core areas such as data center products and collaboration solutions but continued to see weakness in core products such as switching gear and other businesses. Tech pundits have already criticized CEO Chambers lacked of bold leadership to lead the company in times of crisis, they said Cisco has misread where the industry was heading and was not doing enough works to catch up with the competition in core areas like networking space where big IT players like HP and Juniper are making inroads. As Cisco tried to make some expansion, plunging into new area such as the highly converged data center and collaboration space, Cisco has also faced and grown its base of fierce competitors like IBM, Oracle, Avaya, Brocade and Juniper. In one area, former Cisco’s partner HP is now a key rival in several key tech battlefront like networking, data center and collaboration space. HP is expanding fast beyond its field of expertise –the IT services, taking on Cisco’s entrenched war machine, which are the networking technologies.
Cisco CEO Chambers
What exactly happen to the company? The company is clearly missed the market turns, the market is in transition and the company failed to handle it. What the company should do right now is to make some targeted moves to cover those great losses, with the ultimate goal of regain new customers, keeping current customers and maintaining it strong grip of its market share. It will not going to be an easy homework for CEO Chambers and the rest of the pack, it will take time and resources. The networking stalwart needs to get off its butt and start fighting for its life. It must approach the networking problem tenaciously, with a willingness to slice off the fat. The degree of bold change will require tremendous effort, determination and incredible focus, CEO Chambers need to “drill hole in the crust”, and they need to strike back with everything they got. Cisco need to make a breakthrough to stay at the top of the market and if Cisco can’t blow industry’s’ minds with a true product innovation- a kind of approach that makes enterprise customers stunned. Innovation is crucial in this business. Cisco failed to innovate has pushed the company into brink of self destruct. In order for Cisco’s core business to flourish and restore its dominant position in the market, Cisco must now undertake aggressive countermeasures and evasive maneuvers. The company has seen a deep corrosion of its core networking business over the past few years. To make matters worse, the boon in market share that HP and Juniper have enjoyed seems to have been cut directly from Cisco market share. Cisco has spent its time and resources maintaining services with a huge financially unjustified overhead: all the while, it core networking market share continues to shrink. In contrast rivals like HP, IBM and Oracle have expanded their horizon, converged data centers solutions and collaboration solutions remain their unwavering focus. Cisco needs to reassess its position and eliminate services that doesn’t complement to its core business, or increase value through growth. CEO Chambers need to rally the workforce, prepare it for radical changes and reinforce the confidence in the company. It must approach the problem tenaciously, with a willingness to slice off the fat. Cisco need to reshape the operational foundation in order to empower the company’s workforce and do what’s exactly should do. The company need to get back to it drawing table and figure out a better way to combat fierce competition, they need to make tough decisions and launch drastic measures, the company must continued its advances in all areas of the company’s broad business and define the right time to make a massive transition for the company and industry. Conventional wisdom suggests that Cisco need to make some radical changes and the time is now. If the company aims to hold a power grip of the market, Cisco is going to have served up something truly groundbreaking.
RIM Blackberry Bold 9900
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The new Bold handsets is part of RIM’s mobile strategy-a massive expansion of its 4G enabled devices arsenal, which includes some of the best on its arsenal, RIM is trying to turn things around here, the new Blackberry phones support 4G networks, with the Bold 9930 sport the HSPA+ connectivity and its sibling the Bold 9930 support CDMA EV-DO and HSPA+ global roaming on GSM/UMTS networks. It’s the company’s quick response to Apple and Google Android challenge. The carrier is preparing to strike back with some of the most powerful mobile platform- Apple and Android. RIM is fighting a brutal two front wars here-first against Apple and then to a slew of Android powered smartphones. The handset maker need to stay alive, rivals are coming strong and RIM got no choice but to launch a massive retaliatory strike. The launch of two sleek smartphones makes sense, but for all the impressive changes RIM is bringing in the market, it still faces fearsome competition. RIM is bringing some of the company’s best on these handsets; the new bold handsets are the company’s thinnest, most powerful smartphones ever. It is the first smartphones running the company’s very own Blackberry 7OS, which is scheduled for summer release from various partners worldwide. The timing of unveiling is great, the company’s aging line of high-end Blackberry need some major upgrade and revamp to catch up with the market competition. Currently the company has been experiencing internal problem, it announced an earnings short fall for it first quarter. They need to do something. RIM got solutions; RIM aims here are also to cure the internal problem with its new sleek new Bold handsets. Make some sleeper hit, disrupt the market, that exactly what RIM should do. RIM hopes that the new handsets could boost the company’s current position in the smartphone market. Well the new smartphones could blow consumers’ minds, its cool and great. When we take a first glimpse of Blackberry Bold 9900’s physical appearance, we can say that it could make someone in the market amazed; it comes with a brushed stainless steel frame and a glass-weave black plate making it one of the coolest smartphone to hit the market. The new Blackberry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones falls somewhere in the middle of the pack in terms of performance, it cool styling, decent battery life and brilliant display makes these handset a pretty good value. It could be one of the most powerful smartphones to debut this year. When this one hit the store shelves this spring, it could scare everyone in the mobile space including industry leader iPhone.
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Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung's latest flagship phone comes with a lot of new camera features and the ability to control the phone using motion gestures.
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Shares of Amazon dipped after an analyst downgraded the stock. Investors now may be more critical of Amazon just like they are with Apple.
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The 10 Coolest Cloud Platforms & Development Vendors
ActiveState’s roster of products and services targets a host of Web languages, Perl, Python and Tcl include, to blaze a new trail for development, management, distribution and cloud solutions for dynamic language applications. ActiveState is used by more than 2 million developers.
Formerly PHPFog, AppFog stormed the Platform-as-a-Service space with its PHP-based cloud. Offering cloud-based development and app scaling in PHP, the well-funded AppFog boasts one-click deployment for PHP apps like WordPress, Drupal, Kohana, Zend and SugarCRM.
Apprenda, closed out 2011 with a big funding boost, adding $10 million to accelerate its product road map, and spin up marketing and sales initiatives around its PaaS. Apprenda’s “open PaaS stack” enables an organization to transform its infrastructure into a self-service, cloud app platform.
Want Java apps in the cloud? CloudBees’ platform promises the ability to build, run and manage Java applications in the cloud, quickly and with ease. CloudBees’ Java Platform-as-a-Service is aimed at enterprises and ISVs for coverage of the app lifecycle from development to production.
In the world of big data, Cloudera offers up the Apache Hadoop-based platform that let users pull value from their structured and unstructured data. Using open source technology, Cloudera’s Management Suite and other software let data driven enterprises pull intelligence from data.
CumuLogic battles vendor lock-in with private Java PaaS. Aimed at security- and compliance-sensitive organizations, CumuLogic’s platform lets users build business-ready private PaaS to improve developer productivity, reduce cloud app management costs and maintain security and compliance.
Billed as one of the hottest companies in San Francisco, Engine Yard flexes its Ruby on Rails and PHP muscles to deliver PaaS that lets businesses easily build and run cloud applications. Engine Yard brings expertise, uptime guarantees and promises of performance and scale.
enStratus offers a cloud infrastructure management play for deploying and managing applications in any kind of cloud. enStratus calls itself the “enterprise console to the world of cloud computing” and focuses on the consumption of one or more cloud services from a single platform.
Looking for a silo-free cloud application architecture? GigaSpaces looks to deliver just that with its application virtualization and cloud platforms that enable the move of mission-critical applications to next generation environments with its XAP Elastic Application Platform and Cloudify offerings.
Visual WebGUI, Gizmox’s platform has been lauded in cloud, mobile and Web circles as a must-have in the HTML5 game. The cross-platform mobile, Web and cloud app delivery platform transposes client/server apps to HTML5 with the same functionality and lets developers run with it.
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Solution Providers: The 2012 Top 50 RANK COMPANY by CRN
1. IBM Global Services
2. HP Enterprise Services
4. Computer Sciences Corporation
6. SAIC, Inc.
7. Xerox Services
8. CDW Corporation
9. Dell Services
10. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation
11. Dimension Data North America
12. Insight Enterprises, Inc.
13. Tata Consultancy Services ltd
14. Deloitte Consulting LLP
15. CGI Group Inc.
16. World Wide Technology, Inc.
17. Unisys Corporation
18. SHI International Corporation
19. Systemax Inc.
20. CACI International Inc
21. Wipro Limited
22. Compucom Systems, Inc
23. PC Connection, Inc.
24. Sra International, Inc.
25. Software One, Inc.
26. PC Mall, Inc.
27. Presidio Networked Solutions
28. Logicalis, Inc.
29. Sirius Computer Solutions, Inc.
30. Forsythe Technology, Inc.
31. Black Box Corporation
32. Carahsoft Technology
33. Zones, Inc.
34. MICROS Systems, Inc.
35. Softchoice Corporation
36. Ciber, Inc.
37. Avanade Inc.
38. ePlus Inc.
39. Iron Bow Technologies, LLC
40. Immixgroup, Inc.
41. DLT Solutions, LLC
42. Applied Computer Solutions
44. Syntel, Inc.
45. Genesis Networks Enterprises, LLC
46. Nci Information Systems, Inc.
47. AVI-SPL, Inc.
48. En Pointe Technologies, Inc.
49. Premiere Global Services, Inc.
50. Intelligent Decisions, Inc.
2013 Data Center 10: Data Center Tools Providers by CRN
CEO: Sumir Karayi
1E helps identify and eliminate unused IT equipment and software licenses while optimizing data centers, with solutions for measuring, monitoring and increasing server efficiency; managing PC power use; and reclaiming and recycling licenses.
CEO: Derek Alber
Alber specializes in storage battery monitoring and test equipment, with tools including test and diagnostic products, data acquisition systems, continuous load units, single cell test systems and chargers, and battery-monitoring systems.
CEO: Robert Beauchamp
BMC's Business Service Management platform aims to simplify and automate IT processes and orchestrate business services and applications across cloud, virtual, distributed and mainframe environments to help cut costs and reduce risks.
CEO: Michael Gregoire
CA develops IT management software and solutions for mainframe and physical to virtual and cloud environments, including solutions for transforming data operations into cloud offerings and for improving performance and energy efficiency.
CEO: Michael Dell
Software from Dell's acquisition of Quest includes tools for monitoring and managing ERP and web-based applications, for database development and administration, for extending Microsoft infrastctures, and for virtualization and cloud management.
CEO: Srinivas Ramanathan
eG Innovations develops intelligent performance-management solutions to simplify and accelerate the discovery, diagnosis, and resolution of service performance issues in virtual, cloud and physical service infrastructures.
CEO: Fred Dirla
FieldView, a browser-based software platform, helps clients manage data centers more efficiently and demonstrate environmental and social responsibility by providing information about their facilities’ capacity, energy and space use.
President: Matt Lane
Geist designs and manufactures intelligent hardware and software for what it calls the four data center cornerstones—power, cooling, monitoring and management—with scalable systems for single cabinets, an entire enterprise and all in between.
CEO: Ginni Rometty (IBM)
IBM Tivoli Software helps customers understand business infrastructure in realtime with a range of cloud and data center management, asset and facilities management, and endpoint and mobile device management solutions.
CEO: Elizabeth Given
The data center infrastructure management provider helps drive efficiency, performance and cost savings with converged physical infrastructure management, which offers a holistic view of the data center using an interactive, navigable 3-D model.
In the view of Test Center editors, no single software product in the market today combines a remote access gateway, connection broker, support for Linux and Windows desktops, power management and VM management in a single solution as well as this product does. It's also the first and only completely free desktop-as-a-service solution in the industry. Congratulations went to this year's winner for cloud solutions, VDIworks DaaSManager.
Winner: Panasonic LFP 30 Series
This year's winning LCD/signage display product is well suited for the growing number of outdoor digital applications we're seeing today. The IP66-rated display is designed to resist excessive heat, extreme cold and dust and water damage without requiring an additional enclosure. It's built with a corrosion-resistant aluminum casing, and its trans-reflective liquid crystal technology provides good visibility in bright, outdoor locations. Panasonic's LFP 30 Series LCD display was a fine example of innovation.
Winner: ViewSonic PLED-W500
In the category of projection display, we recognized an LED technology that's rated to deliver 20,000 hours of lamp life at extremely low power consumption. It's packed into a 3-pound device along with HDMI and other inputs, 1 GB of file storage plus SD and USB inputs for presentations without a PC, 3-D-readiness, automatic keystone correction and integrated speakers. It's a portable LED Projector with widescreen viewing and incredibly sharp and vibrant images. We congratulate ViewSonic for its PLED-W500 ultra projector.
4. Handheld Devices
Winner: Wasp Barcode WWS100i
This year's winner in the handheld device category is an asset and inventory scanner that fits easily into a shirt pocket. It can be controlled wirelessly from an iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone or similar mobile device or even a PC. It weighs just 15 ounces, can easily read poorly printed or damaged bar codes and has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery to handle up to 5,000 scans on a single charge. This year's Tech Innovator award for handhelds went to the WWS100i from Wasp Barcode Technologies.
5. Managed Services
Winner: N-able N-central 9
The winner in the category of managed services was the industry's first and only standards-based remote monitoring and management platform providing unmatched business enablement and automation. It delivers advanced remote control of client devices, an integrated MSP Runbook and an extensive array of attended and unattended remote control routines. Congratulations go to N-able Technologies for N-central 9.
6. Enterprise Networking
Winner: Extreme Networks BDX 8
Moving on to enterprise networking, this industry-leading switch vendor provides "fabric in a box" technology that offers high-density, low latency and energy efficiency. It eliminates the challenges and expense of energy-hungry multibox and multitier solutions. The Extreme Networks BDX 8 deserves recognition.
7. Voice/Data Networking
Winner: Logitech BCC 950
This year's winner in VoIP networking caused us to rethink the category for unified communications and video collaboration to include this company's all-in-one audio and video device. As the first communications tool to combine a full HD webcam with a high-quality, omni-directional full-duplex speakerphone in a single USB device, this year's winner enables small groups to conveniently and affordably collaborate, often using standard tools and protocols they already have. We congratulate Logitech International for its BCC 950 ConferenceCam.
Winner: Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook
The next category is PCs, portables, ultraportables and netbooks. As one might imagine, there were a large number of highly qualified product applicants this year. The one we chose is a second-generation Ultrabook developed for consumers and business users seeking superior performance, elegant styling and ease of use in an ultrathin, lightweight package. Samsung Series 9 Premium Ultrabooks use third-gen Intel processors, tout Windows 7 or 8 operating systems' innovative software features, and help users stay running and connected anywhere, anytime.
Winner: Hewlett-Packard Z1
The winner in the PC workstation category was the Z1 from Hewlett-Packard. With the design of this innovative unit, HP identified a shift toward smaller work spaces and meets a need that customers themselves hadn't yet recognized. The world's first 27-inch all-in-one workstation features a display that tilts down into a horizontal position and flips open for servicing like the hood of a car. Every piece and part was specifically engineered for this unit, right down to hydraulic hinges that hold the cover open. The chassis enables technicians to easily swap out parts and make upgrades easily, quickly and without tools.
10. Printing And Imagery
Winner: Lantronix xPrintServer
In the first six months of its availability, the winning device in the printing and imaging category had produced the company's most successful product in 20 years. And it's no wonder; it's the first and only hardware solution for printing from iPads and iPhones. It works with more than 4,000 printers, uses no software, no apps and no configuration; simply open it, plug it in and print. Congratulations go to Lantronix for its xPrintServer.
Winner: Dell PowerEdge R720xd
This year's winner in the Server category shattered performance records of all that had come before. The PowerEdge R720xd server is designed for virtualization, high-performance computing, medical imaging, email service and other workloads hungry for storage and I/O performance. This rack-based powerhouse combines extraordinary memory and storage capacities with highly impressive I/O performance, reinforces it with availability and serviceability features and unparalleled management tools, to deliver outstanding value and rock-solid reliability to the enterprise.
12. Enterprise Management Software
Winner: Hewlett-Packard CMS 10
HP has reinvented enterprise management by merging tools for discovering software, hardware and associated dependencies in a unified solution. It includes just-in-time discovery, providing clients with near real-time discovery updates on cloud environments. It supports multitenancy, allowing clients to manage multiple client environments in one dashboard. Through automation, it reduces the time spent on manual discovery by more than 50 percent, lowering the risk of service disruptions. This year we recognize HP for CMS 10.
Winner: Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
This year's storage winner took some of the best technologies of the past and combined them with bleeding-edge technologies of today to create a storage system that not only delivers fast and steady storage performance, but does so with an interface that's easy to manage and expand, and with hardware that integrates with existing systems without disrupting enterprise workflow. Congratulations go to Oracle for its ZFS Storage Appliance.
Winner: Sophos UTM 9
In the all-important category of security, IT administrators in today's threat-filled world want a unified threat management system that's bulletproof, one that locks out threats first and asks questions later. This year's winner is one such solution. It's the industry's first UTM specifically designed to fully integrate gateway and endpoint security in a single hardware or virtual appliance, providing complete protection managed from a single console regardless of location and simplifying the challenges of BYOD. This year's winner for security is Sophos and its UTM 9 appliance.
15. Wireless Networking
Winner: Aerohive Networks Bonjour Gateway
A runner-up in last year's cloud solutions category is this year's winner for wireless networking. This innovative free VMware virtual appliance brings the Zero-Configuration Networking protocol pioneered by Apple into the enterprise to address the ever-increasing BYOD worker. It keeps related costs and complexities in check, transparently bringing the AirPrint, AirPlay, file sharing and other services native to the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch into enterprise networks. Congratulations to Aerohive Networks for its Bonjour Gateway.
Channel Chief: John Drolet
With a full range of SMB and enterprise-level IP communications products, Aastra has been an up-and-comer for some time, a status many trace to its 2008 acquisition of Ericsson’s enterprise PBX business.
Channel Chief: Ted Cole
Mighty Adtran, beloved by many in the channel for its airtight partner program, formally entered the UC market in December 2009 with the launch of four product lines in its NetVanta UC portfolio.
Channel Chief: Mike Moors
Partner programs haven’t always been Alcatel-Lucent’s strong suit, but its loyal solution providers swear by its products, which include the Omni-Touch 8400 Instant Communications Suite.
Channel Chief: Jeremy Butt
Thanks to its acquisition of Nortel’s former enterprise unit, Avaya, by most analyst estimations, commands about 25% of the global PBX market. But it’s been a strong and powerful UC player for some time.
Channel Chief: Bryan Kennedy
Avistar in 2007 went live with a worldwide reseller program to grab share outside financial services. With 15-plus years in desktop videoconferencing, its prime products include its C3 line.
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Smartphone Statistics and Market Share
Chart: Top Five WW Smartphone Vendors, 1Q 2012, Five Quarter Market Share Changes (Units)Description: Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, May 1, 2012Note: Vendor shipments are branded shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors.IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker provides smart phone and feature phone market data in 54 countries by vendor, device type, air interface, operating systems and platforms, and generation. Over 20 additional technical segmentations are provided. The data is provided four times a year and includes historical and forecast trend analysis. For more information, or to subscribe to the research, please contact Kathy Nagamine at 1-650-350-6423 or email@example.com. For more information about this tracker go to: http://www.idc.com/tracker/showproductinfo.jsp?prod_id=37Tags: IDC, Tracker, Mobile Phone, Mobile Phones, Mobile Phone Tracker, 1Q201 ...Author: IDCcharts powered by iCharts