It looks like even the mighty iPhone 4 can’t stop Android’s progress in winning the hearts of mobile users.
Data released by Quantcast, an online analytics firm, has revealed Android’s upward trend is continuing strongly whilst the usage of iOS for mobile browsing is continuing to decline. In the month of August Quantcast analytics showed that iOS mobile traffic has dropped 11% from the beginning on 2010 to 56% despite the launch of the iPhone 4. Meanwhile in the same time period mobile web browsing on Android has increased 17% from under 10% to 25%. Mobile web browsing on BlackBerry has remained roughly stagnant in the same period.
Interestingly, Android is the only OS that’s seeing growth in usage for 2010, raking in near 19% growth whilst iOS dropped 11.4% and BlackBerry OS usage declined 1.6%.
Do note that the data is representative of mobile browser usage in the US and that for iOS only iPhones and iPods are tracked. Quantcast doesn’t consider iPads as a mobile device. You can get the full details on the methodology used by Quantcast here.
While DiGi is merely starting its ROI for the new BlackBerry Curve 9300, Celcom is going full swing with the device. Celcom Exec 50 and Exec 250 customers can get the Curve 9300 for RM688 with a RM250 monthly commitment. If that’s too high, the device goes for RM788 or RM888 for a lesser monthly commitment of RM148 and RM118 respectively. The commitment plans are on a 12 months contract.
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You see, the BlackBerry Curve 9300 comes with a more spaced out keyboard and an optical trackpad. The BlackBerry featured on DiGi’s ROI page has a trackball and a different keyboard and is in fact an older BlackBerry Curve 8900 that’s two generation behind the Curve 3G.
We’re not sure why DiGi would want to do an ROI for the Curve 3G as Celcom has already started selling the device, so it’s not really a big deal. And as expected, no prices, plans or launch data has been revealed but you can expect things to get really interesting in the following weeks and months.
The HTC Aria is priced at RM1,799 outright, factor in a 12-month contract the Aria would probably cost RM1,299 thereabouts. Interestingly the highlights of the Aria includes 3.2in TFT display, that means AMOLED similar to the Legend is out of the question. Can we expect the Aria to come with Super LCD instead? We’ll keep you posted on findings.
Already, the iPhone 4 is expected to come to Malaysia towards the end of September and then we have the Nokia N8 slated for early October release, let’s not forget that Maxis has opened ROI for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and Curve 9300 along with the as well — it’s going to be a smartphone galore as we approach the final quarter of 2010.
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You’ve already probably know this by now, the 12MP camera on the Nokia N8 is probably one of the best cameras attached to a phone anyone has ever seen.
On top of doing a sterling job as a camera, the Nokia N8 comes complete with a video and picture editing app allowing users to cobble together a decent montage directly on the device.
In this video demo, you’ll that editing pictures and videos is fairly straight forward but if given the choice, we’ll do out post-production work on a computer thank you very much.
In any case, so confident of the capabilities of the camera on the Nokia N8 that Nokia is getting the McHenry Brothers to shoot a short film starring Pamela Anderson and Ed Westwick using only the Nokia N8.
The shorty will feature Ms. Anderson in a bedroom scene. That, we got to see!
Video of the Nokia N8 editing capabilities after the jump.
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RIM is working on a full QWERTY flip phone called the BlackBerry Style 9670, aptly named for the style-conscious target market that the new device is squarely aimed at.
The Style will be running on BlackBerry 6 with a dual-screen setup (a 360×400 internal main screen and a 240×320 external colour display). There’s a 5MP camera with autofocus, face recognition and image stabilisation. There’s also WiFi and aGPS. No word on the processor and RAM but it does comes bundled with a 8GB MicroSD.
No official word on when the BlackBerry Style 9670 will be released but it looks to be soon with the advent of several official looking videos that highlight some of the key features of the device.
Head on over to after the jump to take a look at the videos.
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You can fill up the N8 with a couple of movies or a full season of Gossip Girls and hook it up to a home theater system for a very impressive home cinematic experience. We got first hand experience of this during the Nokia N8 preview, and although the video after the jump doesn’t accurate convey what the Nokia N8 is capable of in this respect, it does give you an impression of what it can do.
Head on after the jump to check out the video.