Amazon sold 6m Kindle Fires in Q4 2011, analyst claims

Most people seem to agree that Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet has done reasonably well since launching in the US in the autumn, but so far we haven't seen anyone put an actual figure on it.

Well, one analyst willing to put his head on the block is Stifel Nicolas' Jordan Rohan, who reckons Amazon shifted six million of its cut-price slates in Q4 of last year.

That's not bad considering this time last year there was no Kindle Fire, no Amazon App store and pretty much no hint at all that Amazon was even interested in the mobile market – though considering the form factor similarities between e-readers and tablets, it seems fairly logical in hindsight.

Anyway, 12 months down the line and the Kindle Fire has shot from nowhere to become the best-selling Android tablet around, mainly thanks to its loss-making $199 price-tag. Like the Kindle e-reader, Amazon is subsidising the hardware side of things to sell more units and make increased profits on the software side - Rohan's estimate is that app sales turn a $10 loss per unit into a $10 profit.

Annoyingly, however, Amazon is following the strongly US-led roll out pattern that has frustrated us international types with the Kindle over the years.

There's still no hint of an international roll out for the Kindle Fire, and while the good and the great of the mobile world are gearing up for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of Feb, if Amazon's planning on being there it's doing a good job of keeping it quiet.

Why the delay? It's a complication of that same basic business model that sets the Kindle Fire price tag so low, as Amazon needs guaranteed sales through its App store to offset the loss it's making on the tablet itself, and with each market presenting a different proposition on that front, getting the sums right is a complex process.

Samsung to reveal 11.6in Galaxy Tab at Mobile World Congress?

We’re still getting used to the idea that Samsung might not launch the Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress after all, but it might have another high-specced beast up its sleeve.

German site Tabtech reckons Samsung is planning to reveal a spanking new Galaxy Tab, with a mammoth 11.6in display. That’d make it the world’s biggest Android tablet, right?

Other rumoured specs for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 11.6 include a 2GHz dual-core Exynos 5250 processor, and an eye-melting resolution of 2560x1600. The screen will also welcome stylus input.

The rumour is corroborated by Android and Me’s Taylor Wembley, who was asked to delete pictures he took of a prototype Exynos 5250-powered tablet at CES in Vegas. Said prototype had Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) on board.

To be honest, we’d rather see the Samsung Galaxy S III. Also, this will be the fifth Galaxy Tab (7, 7.7, 8.9, 10.1 and now 11.6) from Samsung, adding to our concerns that Sammo might “do an HTC” in 2012.

HTC Sensation coming soon in Ice White

White smartphones are all the rage these days. We’ve got the iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Note, BlackBerry Bold Touch and loads more that I can’t recall at the moment.

Anyway, HTC is about to jump on board the white train with an Ice White HTC Sensation.

Oddly enough, after cheering us up with the realisation that less is  more, this’ll be a white HTC Sensation – that’s the original guy as opposed to the higher-specced HTC Sensation XE.

Unsurprisingly, the specs on the Ice White HTC Sensation will remain  the same, so you’re looking at a 4.3in 540x960 display, 1.2GHz  dual-core Qualcomm processor and an 8MP camera with 1080p video recording.

By the time it lands on March 1, the HTC Sensation in Ice White will be packed full of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) goodness.

What do we think? A bit silly and a tad contradictory?

iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III to be waterproof?

In the fast-paced modern world, there just aren’t enough minutes in the day. As such, it’s often necessary to multitask, and a great way to make up some time is to text while you pee.

Of course, there’s always the fear that you’ll drop your phone in the toilet, but if this latest rumour is to be believed, you’ll be able to fish your iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S III out of the bend and keep on texting - Amazing - hm?

According to a “previously reliable source” of Cult of Android, both the Samsung Galaxy S III and iPhone 5 will be waterproof. However, the source serves the rumour juice “with a side of caution”, and presumably some fries.

Supposedly it’ll be CES attendees Liquipel getting the big money contracts for waterproof goodness. That’ll no doubt come as a shock to rivals HZO, who seemed to think that both Apple and Samsung were interested in their waterproof tech.

In any case, it looks like waterproof action will be the norm for high-end smartphones in future.

Fujitsu lifts the lid on Stylistic Android tablet

If there’s one thing we’re really looking forward to at Mobile World Congress, it’s a host of spanking new much-the-same Android tablets. You really never can have enough of those bad boys.

Well, good news if you can’t wait another three weeks, as Fujitsu has fired out a press release detailing the Stylistic M350/CA2.

The press release is fairly light on the spec front, but tells us the Fujitsu Stylistic M350/CA2 will weigh in at 420g with a 7in 1024x600 display, “Android OS” (thought to be Gingerbread) and 6.1 hours of battery life.

Fujitsu is keen to emphasise its "NX! Input powered by ATOK" character input technology, allowing users to switch between numeric, QWERTY and hand-written input.

The Japanese manufacturer suggests that the Stylistic M350/CA2 would be ideal “as a mobile sales terminal, as a handset for displaying digital catalogs at a retail store, and as an e-book reader in a classroom setting.” Exciting.

Will the Fujitsu Stylistic M350/CA2 be in attendance at Mobile World Congress? Does anyone care?

Asus TF300T leaked

All we know about this new chap is that it has the model number TF300T. Cripes knows what I’m gonna write next. Come join me. It’ll be fun.

We have absolutely no specs to go on at this stage. Well, looking at the pics, there’s a rear camera of unknown megapixelage, the back is blood reddish, and there’s a headphone jack. And that's all-we-have-in-our-knowledge! :-)

Nothing can be taken from the model number either. The original Asus Eee Pad Transformer is the TF101 and the cursed Asus Transformer Prime is the TF201, however a redesigned variant of the latter carries the model number TF700T. Great stuff.

So what the hell is it? A proper successor to the just-released Asus Transformer Prime? A little 7 in guy? We're not even sure if it runs Android.

SpoofTexting app for Apple's iPhone

Image From: Redmond Pie
We laugh at all the iPhone, and other instant messaging services, sometime hilarious and most time embarrassing auto-correcting screen caps that show up on the web. For the most part, especially if you use one of the sites out there that can generate fake screens, the results from this silliness are fairly benign. The same can’t be said for a new app that has been released for the iPhone called SpoofTexting. The idea is that this app will let you send a message to someone from your iPhone but make the recipient think that it came from someone else.

When you install the SpoofText “tweak” as it is being called it allows for alterations to be made to the native messaging application on the iPhone with a new option added to the top navigation bar. Then when you write up some smartass, or cruel and nasty, message you will now have the ability to send that message to any number you choose from any number you choose.

As noted in the post at Redmond Pie:

Whilst I do agree that the SpoofTexting plugin could provide some light hearted entertainment when used purely for pranking friends, I somehow get the feeling that a large portion of users would actually use this for something a little more sinister which in all honesty makes me a little uneasy.

SpoofTexting is available to download free of charge via the BigBoss repository for iOS 4 or higher. Now you will need to have a jailbroken iPhone and this will only work within the US.

[src: inquisitr]

Android driven tablets are gaining market share - trying to 'snatch' it from Apple's iPad

Google-powered devices closed in on Apple in the tablet market in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to new research. The data from research firm Strategy Analytics showed Android’s market share jumped to 39 per cent from 29 per cent in the same quarter a year earlier.

Global Android tablet shipments tripled annually to 10.5 million units,” said Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston.

“Dozens of Android models distributed across multiple countries by numerous brands such as Amazon, Samsung, Asus and others have been driving volumes. Android is so far proving relatively popular with tablet manufacturers despite nagging concerns about fragmentation of Android’s operating system, user-interface and app store ecosystem.”

Apple’s iPad remained the clear leader in the market, at 58 per cent for the three-month period, despite the threat from lower-cost Android devices. However, that was about 10 per cent lower than the 68 per cent recorded in 2010. Microsoft’s share of the market was 1 per cent, but its upcoming operating system, the tablet-friendly Windows 8, may help boost that.

Almost 67 million tablets were shipped last year, compared with 18.6 million in 2010, as consumers turn away from netbooks and entry-level PCs. Almost 27 million were shipped in the final quarter of the year, up 150 per cent compared with a year earlier.

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