Strategy Analytics announced that the market share for the Android operating system decreased to 56% from 60%. In addition, Blackberry’s smartphone market share declined from 11% to 7% over the past year. This is its lowest level in recent history. Consumers, businesses and operators continue to be frustrated by Blackberry’s limited touchcreen smartphone portfolio and repeated delays to its new BB10 operating system.
National Instruments introduced Data Dashboard for LabVIEW mobile apps. The apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices help engineers integrate the latest mobile technology into their applications. The NI Data Dashboard for LabVIEW mobile apps help engineers access measurement data from data acquisition and embedded monitoring systems. The new apps combine the portability, ease of use, faster start-up time and longer battery longevity of mobile devices with the power of LabVIEW.
According to Berg Insight, smartphones with dual-core application processors had sales of 60 million units worldwide in 2011. At the start of last year, the first smartphones with dual-core processors were launched. Now, about a year later, several handset vendors are expected to announce their first smartphones with quad-core processors. Quad-core processors will eventually accelerate adoption of dual-core processors for the mid-range smartphone segment.
Global smartphone shipments grew to a record 155 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011. According to Strategy Analytics, Apple reclaimed the top position as the world’s number one smartphone vendor with a 24% marketshare during the fourth quarter. Apple’s global smartphone shipments surged 128% annually to 37.0 million units. However, Samsung became the market leader in annual terms with a 29.9% global share in 2011. Apple was a close second with 19.0%. Nokia finished third and saw its share dropped in half to 16% in 2011 from 33% in 2010.
Global tablet shipments grew to 26.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011. This is an all time-high and a 150% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2010 (10.7 million units). According to Strategy Analytics, Apple iOS remains strong at 58% (15.4 million iPads). However, Android now accounts for 39% of tablets sold (29% a year earlier). Strategy Analytics expects demand for tablets among consumer, business and education users to remain strong.
The WiPry-Combo, from Oscium, is a dynamic power meter and spectrum analyzer that plugs into the Apple iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone. The WiPry-Combo spectrum analyzer and dynamic power meter is ideal for on-the-go technicians. The iAccessory is compatible with all generations of iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad devices (iOS version 3.1.3 or higher). Free software for running WiPry-Combo is available at Apple’s App Store. The app includes a demo package that does not require the actual WiPry device. WiPry-Combo is available now for $199.95.
Microchip Technology recently introduced the Audio Development Board for the creation of high-quality, 24-bit audio applications. The Audio Development Board for PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs) features an 80 MIPS PIC32 MCU, a 24-bit Wolfson audio codec, a two-inch color LCD Display, a USB interface, and an onboard microphone. The Audio Development Board for PIC32 MCUs (part # DM320011) is available now for $149.99. The Digital Audio Development Kit for PIC32 MCUs (part # DM320411) is also available. This kit features the accessory development platform for iPod and iPhone. It will be available by September to Apple Made For iPod (MFi) licensees via Apple’s authorized distributor.
According to new IHS iSuppli research, tablets (like the Apple iPad and Android tablets) are expected to be the fastest-growing market for microelectromechanical system (MEMS) in the consumer electronics and mobile segment in 2011. Sales of MEMS for use in tablets will increased by 373% to $140.4 million in 2011 (compared to $29.7 million in 2010). By 2014, tablets will become the second-largest application for MEMS sensors with revenue of $280 million. Cell phones will still be primary driver of MEMS in the consumer and mobile segment.
SRS Labs and XMOS introduced the SRS WOW HD for XMOS’ iPod/iPhone/iPad speaker dock reference design. The reference design enables features like immunity to noise and interference, Apple authentication interface, USB 2.0 host connection to iPod, S/PDIF digital input or output, Class D amplifier and SRS WOW HD audio enhancement processing. The XMOS digital dock reference design using the XMOS XS1-L1 microcontroller is available now.
The 2010 holiday season is upon us and this could be the most successful season for e-reader shipments so far. E-reader shipments are projected to grow from 12 million units by the end of this year, to 35 million in 2014. As a result, In-Stat projects the opportunity will help semiconductor suppliers in the market exceed $1 billion by 2011.