Saturday February 04 09:49 pm
Dropbox Offers 5GB of Free Extra Space, 100 Million Smartphones Shipped!, & PC Shipments
Today on NewsCast (February 4, 2012 Edition):
Android and iOS gallop ahead, US smartphone usage approaches 100 million
Both companies platforms charted some worthwhile month-over-month gains, as Android is estimated to account for 47.3 percent of smartphones in the US, while iOS runs a strong second with 26.9 percent. Meanwhile, former BlackBerry fans continue to scatter, as the platform now accounts for 16 percent of smartphone users. Similarly, Windows Phone (and whatever's left of Windows Mobile) have taken it on the chin, and have fallen to just 4.7 percent market share. Without ever gaining much traction in the US, Symbian now makes up 1.4 percent of the smartphone pie.
Samsung continues to hold its spot as the top mobile manufacturer, but its 25.3 percent market share also accounts for its dumb phone segment. The same is true for LG and Motorola, both which saw their user base decline to 20 percent and 13.3 percent, respectively. Apple and RIM -- both of which make only smartphones -- both show gains over the previous month. Apple's increase was rather significant, which grew from 11.2 to 12.4 percent. Meanwhile, RIM's uptick was modest, which saw a change from 6.5 to 6.7 percent.
More smartphones than PCs shipped in 2011
Vendors shipped (shipped, not sold) 488 million of the devices, compared to 414.6 million "PCs," which erroneously includes Tablet PCs of all shapes and sizes. Looking at Smartphones exclusively (IDC's numbers from yesterday concerned all mobile handsets), Apple remains king of the hill having shipped 93.1million iPhones. Samsung is close behind, with 91.9 million and Nokia is kicking along in third with 19.6 million.
Dropbox offers up to 5GB of free space to anyone willing to go beta
Here's some good news for all you Dropboxers out there the company is offering a bundle of free storage space to anyone who tries the beta version of its new Experimental software. It's really quite simple just download the test program, upload a photo, and instantly get 500MB of free storage. Upload another photo or video, and an additional 500MB will magically appear at your doorstep. The idea is to test out the beta software's new photo and video uploader, which automatically pulls media from any camera, smartphone or SD card and drops it in the cloud. Free space is limited to 5GB per user, and there's an inherent risk to testing any unfinished product.
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