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BRIC countries account for 41% of all game installs, according to Unity

According to the game development platform company Unity Technologies Q2 2016 Global "Games by the Numbers" report, emerging economies Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) accounted for four of the top five countries for global game installs. This includes 41% of total installs, and 42% of Android. Here are some insights from the report: Samsung led the Android market for game installs with 35.1% as Huawei overtook Xiaomi as the second largest Android manufacturer globally. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5s remain the most popular with a combined 28% of game installs, showing no change from Q1 despite the launch of new devices. Android achieved near total dominance in Indonesia, with 96% of total game installs; compare to the Republic of Korea and Brazil who were at 92% during Q1 2016. Android Marshmallow gained significant...

There are 8.1bn connected devices in the world, estimates IHS

As of year-end 2015, the world contains 8.1 billion connected smartphones, tablets, personal computers, TVs, TV-attached devices, and audio devices, according to the Connected Device Market Monitor from IHS. On average, across the globe, this device base equates to four devices per household. Smartphones outnumber tablets by five to one Year-on-year, smartphones contribute roughly half a billion new devices to the market; tablet and OTT set-tops are also growing quickly, but operate a full order of magnitude below the smartphone. By 2020, this ratio will only widen, according to IHS. Within the forecast period, the smartphone-to-tablet ratio rises to nearly 10:1. Chromecast leapfrogs Apple TV For all its early momentum, Chromecast had been unable to out-ship the Apple TV, says IHS. This finally changed during the first quarter...

Microsoft Office coming to Xiaomi phones; Xiaomi buys 1500 patents

Handset-maker Xiaomi will ship Microsoft Office and Skype on the company's Android smartphones and tablets, following a global agreement with Microsoft. The companies' new collaboration also includes a cross-license and patent transfer agreement. According to a report in Wall Street Journal, Xiaomi is purchasing 1,500 patents from Microsoft. Beginning in September 2016, Xiaomi Android devices, including Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3, will come pre-installed with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype applications. This agreement builds on the companies' partnership with Windows 10 on Mi Pad and Microsoft Azure powering the Mi Cloud service.

Worldwide Wearables Market Increases 67.2%

A combination of device releases, price reductions, and company rationalizations marked the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16) in the worldwide wearables market. According to data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, total shipment volumes reached 19.7 million units in 1Q16, an increase of 67.2% from the 11.8 million units shipped in 1Q15. The first quarter saw its fair share of significant events to entice customers, says IDC, with multiple fitness trackers and smartwatches introduced at the major technology shows; post-holiday price reductions on multiple wearables, including Apple's Sport Watch; and greater participation within emerging wearables categories, particularly clothing and footwear. Conversely, several start-ups announced headcount reduction or shut down entirely, underscoring how competitive the wearables market has become. "The good news is that the...

72.1M Wearable Devices To Be Shipped In 2015, Estimates IDC

The wearables market maintained its upward trajectory in the first quarter of 2015 as new vendors, including Apple, prepared to enter the market. A new forecast from the Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker estimates that 72.1 million wearable devices will be shipped in 2015, up a strong 173.3% from the 26.4 million units shipped in 2014. Shipment volumes are expected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 42.6% over the five-year forecast period, reaching 155.7 million units shipped in 2019. "The demand for basic wearables, those that do not run third party apps, has been absolutely astounding," said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst, Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. "Vendors like Fitbit and Xiaomi have helped propel the market with their sub-$100 bands, and IDC expects...

Worldwide Smartphone Growth To Slow: IDC

According to a mobile phone forecast from the IDC worldwide quarterly mobile phone tracker, worldwide smartphone shipments will reach a total of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, representing an increase of 26.3% over 2013. Looking ahead, IDC expects 1.4 billion smartphones to be shipped worldwide in 2015 for a 12.2% year-over-year growth rate. Slower annual growth continues throughout the forecast with unit shipments approaching 1.9 billion units in 2018, resulting in a 9.8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the 2014–2018 forecast period. Smartphone revenues reflect a starker picture, as they will be hard hit by the increasingly cutthroat nature of pricing, resulting in a 4.2% CAGR over the same forecast period. The impact of upstart Chinese players in the global market will be...

Honda Launches Silicon Valley Developer Studio

Honda has unveiled Honda Developer Studio, an online portal and as well as a workspace in Silicon Valley. The portal and garage will enable developers to work directly with Honda engineers, and will enable let developers test their Android auto apps in a prototype vehicle environment. Honda Developer Studio is the product of Honda Silicon Valley Lab (HSVL), Honda's open innovation laboratory in the San Francisco Bay Area. Honda established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations, with total capital investment in North America exceeding $22 billion. The company operates 16 major research and development centers in the U.S., including the Honda Silicon Valley Lab.

Galaxy Note Edge Available Mid-November

The Galaxy Note Edge will be available in the U.S. beginning November 14, says Samsung. The Note Edge features a 5.6-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, with a scrollable screen that wraps around the right edge of the device. Other features include a 16 MP rear-facing camera with 8x digital zoom and a 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera , a 3GB RAM with 32GB of internal memory, and of course the S-pen. The devices will run Android 4.4 (KitKat). The Galaxy Note Edge will be available in black or white from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular.

Toshiba Launches $110 Android Tablet

Toshiba has launched Excite Go, a seven-inch tablet running Android 4.4, with prices starting from $109.99.  The Excite Go uses a quad-core Intel Atom processor, and comes with 16GB of internal storage. Other features include a  capacitive multi-touch 1024x600 display, a micro USB port, and a microSD card slot. The Excite Go comes in a gold finish, and weighs 12.5 ounces.  A single charge on the Excite Go provides up to 7.5 hours of general use or up to 6 hours of video playback.  The Excite Go will be available beginning in early July.

Rockchip To Design, Sell Chips Based On Intel Atom

Chinese fabless semiconductor company Rockchip will design and sell 3G chips based on Intel's Atom processor core. The two companies have inked an agreement, under the terms of which Intel and Rockchip will deliver an Intel-branded quad-core mobile SoC platform. Intel also sells its Atom chips to Lenovo. The mobile chips are used in Android tablets. In another development, Intel says its SoFIA family of integrated applications processor, cellular baseband, and connectivity chips, is now made up of three different offerings. These include the dual-core 3G version expected to ship in the fourth quarter of this year, the quad-core 3G version that is expected to ship in the first half of 2015, and the LTE version, also due in the first half of next year.

Everything You Want To Know About The New CyanogenMod One Phone

The CyanogenMod OnePlus 'One' cell phone is here, and everybody wants one. Here is all you need to know to get caught up. Why should I be excited about another cell phone? Aah, but this is not just another cell phone. This is umm, the One, as the name not so subtly suggests. My frail attempt at humor aside, the One was built specifically for CyanogenMod, and packs quite a bit of punch and panache for a $299 price tag, which is how much the entry-level model costs. What is CyanogenMod? CyanogenMod is an Android-based open source firmware distribution for smartphones and tablets. You can read more about CyanogenMod here. The One uses CyanogenMod 11S. Who are the OnePlus guys? OnePlus is a technology startup founded by Pete Lau,...

Meet The CyanogenMod OnePlus One

OnePlus has launched the CyanogenMod-based OnePlus One cell phone. What is umm CyanogenMod? "It is an enhanced open source firmware distribution for smartphones and tablet computers based on the Android mobile operating system," according to the official definition. You can read more about CyanogenMod here. The One uses CyanogenMod 11S, and lets users mix and match thousands of themes. As far as hardware goes, the One cell phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with quad-core CPUs at speeds of up to 2.5GHz per core. The speed makes it the world's current fastest available processor in a smartphone, says OnePlus. The One also uses a custom Krait CPU architecture, integrated 4G LTE connectivity, Qualcomm Adreno 330 GPU, and 3GB of LP-DDR3 RAM. The phone sports a 3100 mAh battery, which runs for more than a...

Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Sign Android, Chrome OS Licensing Deal

Microsoft has inked a patent licensing agreement with Motorola Solutions. The license provides worldwide coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Motorola Solutions' devices running the Android platform and Chrome OS operating system.

Dell, Microsoft Sign Android, Chrome OS, Xbox Tech Licensing Deal

Microsoft and Dell have inked a patent licensing agreement, under the terms of which the two companies will be licensing the other's applicable intellectual property, related to Android and Chrome OS devices and Xbox gaming consoles. Microsoft and Dell have also agreed on royalties for Dell's products running the Android or Chrome platforms and on consideration to Dell for a license for Xbox gaming consoles.  In theory, this paves the way for possible Dell-branded Xbox consoles. What could also happen, and is perhaps more likely to happen, is that Dell will incorporate bits and pieces of Xbox technology (like motion sensing) into its computers. Microsoft and Dell have a thirty-year business relationship.

HTC Unveils The HTC One (M8)

HTC unveiled the latest edition of its HTC One (M8) smartphone on Tuesday. Among other features, the phone comes with an UFocus icon that lets you change the focus of a picture after you have taken it. Speaking of which, the phone has two cameras at the back, and a 5MP camera at the front.  Other things you want to know about the phone: The 4G LTE M8 phone comes in a metal unibody, and is supported by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait CPUs. The phone runs Android 4.4, Kit Kat, and comes with 32 GB of storage, as well as a microSD slot. The phone is an updated model of the company's HTC One line of smartphones introduced last year. Technical specs of...