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Android bug that sends texts to wrong people to be fixed

A major Android bug that sends your text messages to the wrong recipient is set to finally be addressed after lying unfixed for over six months.

The bug was reported on June 28 by a Nexus One user with Android 2.2 installed, with messages sent to the wrong person on multiple occasions. The same user reported that their other Nexus One, running the same build, had not experienced the problem.

The problem was also reported on other devices, including the Motorola Droid and a number of HTC handsets, including the Desire, EVO 4G, Diamond, Droid Incredible, HD2, and Espresso. It mostly affected those running Android 2.2, but some users reported problems with 2.1 also.

At the time the bug was labelled by Google as Medium priority, which angered many people, as this is a serious bug. After nearly 1,500 comments and with over 7,000 people following the bug report Google finally upgraded the issue to Critical priority.

Some of the numerous people who commented on the bug report were accused of trolling, with some said to not even possess an Android phone at all, but regardless of the extent to which this bug affected the Android user base it was serious enough to warrant faster action than Google afforded it.

It was only days ago that Google found a fix for the problem, which will make it into a future update, but until that launches, users will have to grind their teeth as their mother receives a text message meant for their girlfriend or their boyfriend.

40 percent of new US smartphone sales are Android

Forty percent of new smartphones that are bought in the US are Android phones, according to the latest report by consumer research firm Nielson Company.

The report details the growth of the top three smartphone operating systems, Android, iOS and Blackberry, from June 2010 to November 2010, with Android growing the most and Blackberry falling the most.

In June Android started with 27.5 percent of the market, but by November this had grown to 40.8 percent. Apple’s iOS platform, used on the iPhone, also grew from 20.9 percent to 26.9 percent in the same period.

Blackberry, on the other hand, saw a substantial drop from 35 percent to 19.2 percent, a trend that many believe is likely to continue as the once dominant RIM loses market share to more consumer friendly devices.

The largest increases for Android were seen between July and September, while the largest falls for Blackberry were between June and July and then August and September. Growth for iOS was largely stagnant between September and November.

Despite the clear success of Android, the iOS still has a slight lead of 2.8 percent in overall consumer market share, totalling 28.6 percent, while Blackberry has a 0.3 percent lead on second place, totalling 26.1 percent. If Android’s growth continues at its current pace, however, its 25.8 percent market share is set to rise considerably and help it pass by its two competitors.

The smartphone market in general is booming, with over 45 percent of new purchases of phones in November being of the smart variety, up from 34 percent in June.



LCD TV market up 31 percent in 2010, projection for 2011 much lower

The global LCD TV market grew by 31 percent in 2010, but growth is expect to be only 13 percent in 2011, according to the latest report by market research firm DisplaySearch.

Total shipments of TVs in 2010 are expected to come in at 247 million units, with LCD TVs making up 190 million of those. This represents a 17 percent increase on growth seen in 2009, when growth of 14 percent was seen.

Much of the growth is the result of strong demand in Japan, where shipments for 2010 are expected to come in at 22.6 million units, a whopping 80 percent increase on 2009. Japan’s Eco Points system is the major reason behind the high growth.

This makes up for paltry growth of only 0.4 percent in the weak US market. High unemployment and wage cuts have caused many Americans to reconsider buying a new TV, particularly considering the high TV prices, which only fell six percent in 2010 compared to 22 percent in 2009.

3D TV helped the TV market a little, but not as much as many TV manufacturers would have liked. Only three million units sold worldwide, well below targets set by the major TV vendors.

The LCD TV penetration rate was high for 2010, taking over half of the market share in all regions except Asia Pacific, but despite this demand was lower than expected, leading to overstocked sets in the third quarter. Manufacturers attempted to ship these by dropping prices in the fourth quarter.

LED-backlit LCD TVs are expected to make up 20 percent of the market. This is expected to grow further in 2011, with most LCD TV sales featuring the technology, thanks to substantial decreases in prices to match older backlighting techniques.

Plasma TVs did much better in 2010, thanks to big price falls. It is forecast that 18 million units were shipped throughout the year, an increase of 28 percent on 2009, which was a very bad year for plasma, since it saw shipment declines.

2011 will not be as good for the TV market however. Japan’s Eco Points system will end this year, which will have a major effect, as will lower demand in Europe. While developing regions are expected to see strong growth, the overall global figure won’t be higher than 13 percent.

Internet connected TV industry boomed in 2010

The internet connected TV, or smart TV, industry grew significantly in 2010, accounting for nearly a quarter of all TV shipments throughout the year, according to the latest report by market research firm DisplaySearch.

21 percent of TVs sold this year have internet capability, with the Japanese TV market being the main factor behind the growth. Japan has a high penetration rate for internet TVs and the Eco Points system, a government-backed eco-friendly electronics programme, has helped push sales.

Google TV is one of the many internet-connected TVs that have contributed to the growth seen this year, but DisplaySearch said that while Google TV is a good start, it’s “not yet the Smart TV of people’s dreams”. It has suffered a number of setbacks, including lack of broadcaster support and a delay to TV set production, but 2011 looks set to be a big year for Google TV.

The internet TV sector is expected to boom even further over the next few years, reaching shipments of over 122 million in 2014. Emerging markets in Eastern Europe are expected to quadruple over the next four years to 10 million units, while China’s 12 percent penetration rate in 2010 is expected to grow even further in 2011 and beyond.

Internet congestion could be a problem, according to Paul Gray, the Director of European TV Research at DisplaySearch. He pointed out that Netflix accounts for a whopping 20 percent of peak internet traffic in the US and that if every TV was to be internet-connected the broadband infrastructure may simply be unable to cope.

Fifth of US LCD TV sales were LED-backlit in Q3

LED backlighting is continuing to rise, with nearly 20 percent of LCD TVs sold in the US in the third quarter containing the technology, according to a report from market researchers at iSuppli.

LED-backlit TVs made up 19.6 percent of the TV market in the third quarter, up 1.7 percent from 17.9 percent in the second quarter and up four percent from 15.6 percent in the same period last year.

The growth of the technology comes from consumers wanting the better picture quality, color saturation and power savings that LED-backlighting offers, according to Riddhi Patel, principal television analyst at iSuppli.

Cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL)-backlighting is still the dominant technology for LCD TVs, however, growing 0.7 percent in the third quarter from 64.6 percent to 65.3 percent, effectively amounting to two thirds of the market.

Both the LED and CCFL increases meant that older display technologies, like plasma, rear projection and cathode ray tube (CRT) fell. Plasma TVs saw the biggest fall, down from 14.2 percent to 13.5 percent, a decrease of 0.7 percent. Rear projection and CRT TVs also dropped to 0.9 percent and 0.7 percent respectively.

Size matters, according to the survey, with the 40-inch to 49-inch size range making up the largest group of LCD TVs, with 44.8 percent of people purchasing within this category. The 30-inch to 39-inch range had a healthy share of 23.2 percent, with iSuppli believing much of these sales were of 32-inch sets.

Internet-enabled TV also saw strong interest in the third quarter, with almost half of TV sets bought featuring the technlogy. For those who availed of Internet TV, YouTube was the dominant website that was accessed, followed by Netflix.

Enterprise social software revenue up in 2010

The global enterprise social software industry grew substantially in 2010 and is expected to grow even more in 2011, according to a report from analyst firm Gartner.

Revenue for enterprise social software was up 14.9 percent this year to $664.4 million. Next year promises to be even better, with an increase of 15.7 percent to $769.2 million.

The sector accounts for blogs, communities, discussion forums, expertise locations, feeds and syndications, social bookmarks, wikis, and integrated platforms and suites, all used within the context of business.

Many businesses are employing this technology to promote staff interaction, brainstorming and collaboration, which can benefit the individual employees and the company as a whole.

Enterprise social software is predominantly provided via software as a service (SaaS) and the cloud, with over 50 of the 80 software vendors that Gartner tracks using either of these two mediums. With the cloud market expected to grow even more in 2011, this figure is likely to jump further.

A major factor in the adoption of this software through the cloud is the limited budgets that many companies currently have due to the economic downturn. Since the cloud allows fast and cheap scaling of technology to suit the size and growth of a business, it is a much more affordable option than traditional software installation or datacentre employment.

Chinese mobile phone grey market will slow in 2011

The grey market for mobile phones in China is expected to slow down in 2011 thanks to a government crackdown according to the latest report from market research firm iSuppli.

Shipments of grey market mobiles will still rise in 2011, up 11.8 percent to 255 million units, but this growth is significantly less than that experienced in 2010, where the figure jumped 43.6 percent to 228 million units.

Grey market growth has been significant over the last five years. In 2005 less than 50 million units shipped, but 2010 saw the largest growth of any recent year.

The grey market is a profitable arena, with manufacturers benefiting from not paying VAT to the Chinese government. The government has launched a crackdown on the industry, attempting to stamp out the unlicensed production and selling of mobile devices. While the market will not be completely closed down, it’s likely to operate at a smaller scale than before.

The Chinese grey market serves a number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including China itself, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. Pakistan is also a strong market for the illegal handsets. Shipments within China were down in 2010 from 33.2 million to 24.2 million, but there was substantial growth in other Asian countries, up from from 110.2 million to 154.4 million.

2011 is expected to mark the last year of growth in the grey market, with 2012 seeing a decline to around 200 million units. By 2014 this may drop further to roughly 150 million units.

China’s legal handset market is expected to grow by 36.4 percent in 2010, with further increases predicted for the next five years.

Semiconductor equipment spending saw record growth in 2010

Semiconductor capital equipment spending saw record growth in 2010, but a small decline is expected in 2011, according to a report by industry analyst firm Gartner.

Spending in the sector for 2010 was at $38.4 billion, a massive 131.2 percent increase on the $16.6 billion recorded in 2009. This phenomenal growth is the strongest ever seen by the semiconductor equipment industry and makes a welcome turnaround from 2009, which was regarded as the worst year the sector had endured.

All sectors of the semiconductor equipment industry experienced substantial growth in 2010, ranging from 118 percent to 140.5 percent, with automated test equipment and wafer fab equipment seeing some of the largest increases, bringing in $2.8 billion and $29.7 billion respectively.

While that is positive news, 2011 does not look so bright. A one percent decline to $38 billion is expected in 2011, which is small enough to consider the market essentially flat. 

Equipment purchases are expected to focus more on capacity than technology equipment in 2011, according to Klau Rinnen, the managing vice president of Gartner. 

He suggested that two main trends will influence the market in 2011 and beyond: NAND Flash’s capital spending dominance in the memory sector and strong foundry spending due to fierce competition between TSMC, GlobalFoundries and Samsung.

Femtocell industry to boom in 2011 and beyond

The femtocell industry is expected to see strong growth in 2011 and subsequent years, according to the latest quarterly market status report from Informa Telecoms & Media.

The report, which was prepared for industry association Femto Forum, forecasts that the industry is likely to boom over the next few years with femtocell access points reaching 49 million by 2014. 

Sales of femtocell units are expected to be 25 million in 2014, with 114 million mobile users accessing their network through femtocells in the that year.

Femtocells are small base stations used to create a mobile phone signal in homes and businesses that have poor signals or none at all. It can be used to extend coverage and many operators will offer call discounts to those operating femtocells, since they run through existing broadband connections.

The growth is largely down to semiconductor company Broadcom’s entry into the market with the acquisition of Israeli femtocell firm Percello and renewed femtocell efforts by mobile operators over the last few months. 

The US, via Verizon, and Moldova, via MolTelecom, have begun offering new 3G femtocell services recently, while Australia, Turkey and Taiwan operators have announced plans to deploy femtocell technology in 2011.

Even the Femto Forum itself has shown signs of substantial growth, with increases recorded in its membership base over the past year. It now has 72 vendors and 58 mobile operators as members. These operators represent 1.71 billion mobile subscribers or a third of all global subscribers.

Eight percent of US adults use Twitter

Eight percent of American adult internet users use Twitter, a report from the Pew Research Centre has revealed.

The study, which was carried out as part of the Internet & American Life Project, found that eight percent of online adults in the US use Twitter, with two percent using the micro-blogging service on a daily basis.

The report also found that 74 percent of all American adults use the internet, so that makes the amount of adult Twitter users in the overall US population, both on and offline, around six percent.

Women appear to use Twitter more than men, with 10 percent of American adult women using the service compared to only seven percent of adult men.

Age is also a factor, with younger adults tending to use Twitter more than older ones. The 18-29 age bracket was the dominant one, with 14 percent of Americans in this range using Twitter. The number halved to seven percent for 30-49-year-olds and fell to six percent for 50-64-year-olds. Only four percent of over 65s use Twitter.

People on lower incomes tend to use Twitter more than those on high incomes. 10 percent of those with incomes lower than $30,000 log in, while the $30,000-$49,999 bracket saw only six percent. The figure jumped back to 10 percent for those between $50,000-74,999 and fell again to six percent for those with earnings above $75,000.

Location was another contributing factor for using Twitter, with 11 percent of people in urban areas tweeting, most likely due to the ready access of internet. Eight percent of the suburbs use the service, while only five percent of rural residents send out their status updates.

While the number of total Americans using Twitter represents a significant amount of people and highlights the importance of social media, it pales in comparison to the extent to which Facebook is used. In a report from Facebook in December 2009 it was revealed that the website gets 100 million active users from the US in a month, making it nearly a third of the entire US population of 310 million.