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.
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.
According to a IHS iSuppli report, sensor fusion will eventually power the next generation of iPhone and iPad devices. A fused signal combines the outputs of three types of Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) motion sensors (gyroscopes, accelerometers and compasses) to improve the motion-based interface. Sensor fusion could enhance interfaces of any tablet or smartphone that uses a combination of a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis compass and 3-axis gyroscope to provide 9-axis sensor fusion.
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.
Adaptive Digital Technologies’ iPVoice VoIP Voice Engine is now available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The free iPVoice test app (IPV) enables the user to set up a VoIP voice connection between a pair of iPhones using a direct IP to IP connection (via WiFi). The IPV test software can be used as a piece of test equipment to facilitate the testing of Voice over IP phones and gateways. iPVoice VoIP Engine test software for Apple iOS includes G.722 wideband with acoustic echo cancellation, and dynamic jitter buffer.
As consumers increasingly turn to mobile devices to manage their lives from wherever they are, Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) has introduced an upgraded version of its mbrace telematics platform that connects the in-car navigation system in its vehicles with drivers’ iPhones. Developed by its partner Hughes Telematics, Inc. (HTI), the new mbrace Mobile Application version 2.0 allows Mercedes-Benz customers to take their mbrace services with them when they leave their vehicles. Mercedes-Benz is the first manufacturer to extend connected services in this way.
Help may be on the way for iPhone 4 users frustrated by dropped calls with the arrival of Radio Frequency Microelectromechanical Systems (RF MEMS), semiconductors that can improve the performance of antennas in cell phones, according to the market research firm iSuppli Corp. Long plagued by technological hurdles and other disappointing setbacks, RF MEMS are finally ready for the big time, with revenue projected to double in 2010 and more than triple in 2011. From slightly less than $4 million in 2006, global RF MEMS revenue is anticipated to climb to $8.1 million this year — and then surge to $27.9 million in 2011, according to iSuppli. By 2014, revenue will reach a whopping $223.2 million — a far cry from the industry’s extremely modest beginnings.
Focusing on adapting their endpoint security and data loss prevention cloud services to the lifestyle of modern businessmen and gadget-loving home users, CoSoSys has just released the new My Endpoint Protector App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The new Software as a Service App brings real time device control monitoring and the possibility to stop data theft or data loss, identity theft or malware infections at the fingertip of iPhone and iPad users.
DiSTI, a global leader in Empowering the Human Machine Interface (HMI), has announced the availability of iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad (iDevices) support for GL Studio’s Safety Critical Embedded C++ (SCEC++) run-time library. This new expansion of capability enables users to rapidly create high performance interface graphic designs on these small hand-held devices.
Chipworks, the world’s leader in reverse engineering and patent infringement analysis for semiconductors and microelectronic systems, announced its findings that Apple has followed the same approach that it perfected with its iPod and iPhone development by using conservative, lower cost technology, and focusing its efforts on design and usability. Essentially, the iPad’s very small board makes it a large iPod rather than a small personal computer.