Report: Samsung ships 120m mobile phones in Q3, more than Apple, Nokia, & LG combined

Strategy Analytics is out today with its latest report covering mobile phone shipments globally during Q3 2013. According to the report, Samsung continues its lead as among mobile phone shipments as total shipments grew 7 percent to approximately 418 million units during the quarter. With Apple reporting 33.8m iPhone units during its earning call yesterday, the report estimates that Samsung was able to ship a record 120.1 million units, up around 17% since last year. That would mean it shipped more units than Nokia, Apple, and LG combined for a record 29 percent of the market during the quarter:

Solid demand for the new Note 3 phablet and for mass-market devices like the Galaxy Y helped to lift Samsung’s volumes. Nokia shipped a slightly better-than-expected 64.6 million mobile phones worldwide in Q3 2013. Nokia’s 15 percent global mobile phone marketshare is showing signs of stabilizing sequentially as demand for the Microsoft Lumia smartphone range is improving. However, Nokia’s feature phone unit remains a problem-child as global volumes dipped -27% year-over-year.”

Keep in mind that these estimates include feature phones, which currently make up around 40% of all shipments. Compare Samsung’s 120.1 million units with 64.6 million mobile phones shipped by Nokia, 33.8m by Apple, and 18.3 million by LG, which of course includes feature phones in addition to smartphones for every company except Apple.

Coming in fifth was Huawei with 14.6 million units, but the report doesn’t take into account shipped vs sold or share any break down of feature phones vs smartphone sales.  In comparison, IDC put out its report today of smartphone market share globally with Samsung on top at 80.2 million units in Q3, Apple with its 33.8M, Huawei in third with 12.5M units, Lenovo with 12.3M, and LG with 12M: Read more

Watch the full Samsung Developer Conference keynote (Video)

Yesterday the first day of Samsung’s first annual developer conference was held in San Francisco and now the full video of the company’s opening keynote is available to stream. The company showed off a number of new products and tools for developers, including an enhanced mobile SDK, new features for its Smart TV SDK 5.0 beta, a new Enterprise SDK beta, as well as a new Multiscreen SDK and Multiscreen Gaming SDK. The full keynote presentation is embedded above, but you can also check out Samsung’s YouTube channel and the playlist embedded below for a number of videos from the various developer sessions held during day one yesterday.  Read more

Motorola hires Pixar moviemakers to allow Moto X owners to peek into virtual world

After teasing something called Windy Day for a few days, Motorola launched it this morning exclusively on Moto X handsets, under a red sombrero icon.

A mouse, a red hat, a windy day and a smile. This is a new kind of story. Made by Motorola and [Oscar-winning Pixar movie director] Jan Pinkava. Brought to life only on the Moto X.

Described as the ability to tell interactive stories in real-time, Windy Day effectively turns the phone’s display into a pair of binoculars, peering into a cartoon world. To follow the action in the cartoon, you move your phone left, right, up and down …  Read more

WSJ repeats Google Watch: Now integration, focus on battery life, coming soon

Two weeks ago, we ran a report titled: ‘Google Watch is happening soon, heavy into Kit Kat/Google Now functionality

Google is focusing on longer battery life and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

The WSJ is now “hearing the same things” (video below)

  •  Google Inc.’s smartwatch is in late-stage development and the company is in talks with Asian suppliers to begin mass production of the device
  • The smartwatch will be able to communicate with other devices such as a smartphone, and draw information such as travel schedules from a user’s email through Google Now
  • With its wristwatch, Google is aiming to address two criticisms of smartwatches that skeptics have long made: usefulness and battery life.

Uncanny. Read more

Nexus 5 boxes filling up LG Canada’s warehouse [images]

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Nexus 5 shipments arrive in LG’s Canada warehouse according to this forum via Reddit via phandroid. According to the poster, there will be over 30,000 devices available at launch.

Could this thing possibly leak any harder? The saga, below:

Google announces live stream for Google+ event tomorrow morning

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As noted by Google’s Vic Gundotra on Google+ today, the company will be hosting a live broadcast tomorrow morning to share “a few updates” on Google+. It looks like “A Morning with Google+” will be to announce some updates and hopefully new features for Google+, but the event has of course lead to speculation that we could possibly get a Nexus 5 or Kitkat announcement as well. Either way, we’ll be covering the event and bringing you the latest updates when it all kicks off tomorrow morning at 9:30AM Pacific, 12:30 PM ET.  Read more

Google Street View has added London’s River Thames waterfront to virtual tours

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Google’s ever-expanding set of virtual tours now include a boat trip down the River Thames in London, allowing many of London’s most famous sights to be seen from a new perspective, reports the Telegraph.

Ed Parsons, Geospatial technologist at Google UK, said: “The river also offers some of the most scenic and iconic views of London from arguably the best vantage points the city has to offer, and we are thrilled to be able to work with the PLA so that users from around the world can experience the Thames through Street View.”  Read more

Another Nexus 5 press shot leaks

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First we got an official look at the Nexus 5 when Google itself leaked images of the device prematurely on Google Play earlier this month. Those images were quickly followed with a high-quality press shot for Canadian carrier Telus. In case you needed more proof that Google’s Nexus 5 announcement is right around the corner, today often reliable leaker @Evleaks posted the press shot above that seems to lineup with the previous leaks. Google has been rumored to announce the device sometime towards the end of the month, so we’d expect it to send out invites for a Nexus related event any day now.  Read more

Google’s driverless cars are already testing better than humans

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Depends on the human, amirite?

Once the realm of futurists, driverless cars are now on par with humans and often doing better according to recent data presented at robotics conference in Santa Clara, California by Chris Urmson, leader of Google’s autonomous-car project. The claims emanate from two studies of data from the hundreds of thousands of miles Google’s vehicles have logged on public roads in California and Nevada.

“We’re spending less time in near-collision states,” claimed Urmson. “Our car is driving more smoothly and more safely than our trained professional drivers.”

There’s a lot more at MIT Technology Review on the data and its implications.

The inevitable uptake of driverless cars by consumers will be interesting to watch with other vehicle visionaries like Tesla CEO Elon Musk advocating for a stepped “Auto-Pilot” type of rollout where 90% of driving is autonomous with the last 10% done by the driver.

The two views aren’t mutually exclusive because of Google’s override capability which is similar to how Airplane pilots operate auto-pilot.  Read more

Could this be Google’s floating Google Glass showroom for the east coast?

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When reports emerged that a massive floating building in San Francisco Bay could possibly belong to Google, it wasn’t long before the original rumor was shot down. While it might not be the floating data center reported in the original story, CBS followed up with a report claiming that the barge would actually be a floating Google Glass showroom that Google could move from city to city to show of its new wearable and distinguish itself from the typical retail experience. Lending more weight to that theory over the data center rumor is the fact that another similar mystery barge has recently been spotted in Portland Harbor in Maine.

Portland Press Herald reported last week that a four-story structure is currently docked on a barge at Portland Harbor. The marina owner and workers aren’t talking about who the client is, but they did confirm that Maine will not be the structure’s final destination. At the time the report, like the original report about the barge in San Fran, speculated it could be Google’s floating data center detailed in a patent from 2009.

If these buildings are indeed floating Google Glass retail stores and not data centers like CBS claimed, it would make sense for Google to have a store on either side of the country to move to cities along the coasts. The structure certainly look quite similar to the floating building spotted in San Francisco. Read more

Google faces class-action lawsuit over do-not-hire arrangements with other companies

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A federal judge ruled that a lawsuit against Google and several other companies can proceed as a class-action suit today after determining that a significant number of employees across the tech industry were hurt by “do-not-hire” arrangements between their employers and other companies. The policies in question were practiced by Google, Apple, Adobe, Pixar, and more as a way of keeping their own employees from defecting to competitors for higher pay. Essentially the agreements barred two companies from offering jobs to competing employees for a higher salary. Because doing so gave employees leverage with which to bargain for higher pay at their own jobs, employers were often faced with the decision to either pay any given employee more to keep them around or lose them to a competitor willing to pay more.

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Google could be working on a floating data center [Update: or retail presence) in SF

UpdateCBS San Francisco reckons it’s actually going to be a floating Glass showroom:

There has, of course, been speculation about the barge’s purpose, much of it centering on the belief that it’s a water-based data center for Google.

KPIX 5 has learned that Google is actually building a floating marketing center, a kind of giant Apple store, if you will — but for Google Glass, the cutting-edge wearable computer the company has under development.

Although Google wouldn’t respond to requests for comment for this story, sources close to the project told KPIX 5 that Google hopes to tow the completed structure from Treasure Island across the Bay to San Francisco’s Fort Mason, where it would be anchored and open to the public.

It looks big for a store, but it could make sense as Google’s first full retail presence.

Original story:

According to a new report from Cnet, something big is currently under construction in San Francisco Bay and evidence shows that it could possibly be a new Google project. The four story floating structure hasn’t been officially linked to Google, but Cnet has discovered some evidence that Google could be working on a secret data center related project in the building.

Perhaps more persuasive is that in 2009, Google was granted a patent for a “water-based data center,” defined as a “system [that] includes a floating platform-mounted computer data center comprising a plurality of computing units, a sea-based electrical generator in electrical connection with the plurality of computing units, and one or more sea-water cooling units for providing cooling to the…computing units.”

The patent, however, isn’t the only evidence linking Google to the project. Cnet also notes that the contact for the company that is leasing the location has ties to Google:  Read more