Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The top 16 best-selling cellphones in the world

We always see iPhone or Samsung cellphone around. It's no doubt they are the best-selling iOS and Android phones at present. But 6 years ago Nokia and Motorola were the real dominator in the cellphone market. They sold the vast majority of cellphones in the world. This article will introduce you the top 16 best-selling cellphones in the world. You can find that most of them are Nokia and Motorola.

Cellphones over 50million sales volume:

16. Nokia 6230, launched in 2004, sales volume: 50 million
15. Nokia 3100, launched in 2003, sales volume: over 50 million
14. Motorola StarTAC, launched in 1996, sales volume: 60 million
13. Motorola C200, launched in 2003, sales volume: 60 million
12. iPone 4S, launched in 2011, sales volume: over 60 million
11. Nokia 5130, launched in 2007, sales volume: 65 million
10. Nokia 6010, launched in 2004, sales volume: 75 million

Cellphones over 100 million sales volume:

9Nokia 1208, launched in 2007, sales volume: 100 million
8. Nokia 1600, launched in 2006, sales volume: 130 million
7. Motorola RAZR V3, launched in 2004, sales volume: over 130 million
6. Nokia 2600, launched in 2004, sales volume: 135 million
5. Nokia 3310, launched in 2000, sales volume: 136 million
4. Nokia 5230, launched in 2010, sales volume: 150 million
3. Nokia 1200, launched in 2007, sales volume: 150 million
2. Nokia 3210, launched in 1999, sales volume: 160 million

Cellphones over 200 million sales volume:

1. Nokia 1110, launched in 2005, sales volume: 250 million. This is the only cellphone has a sale volume over 200 million.

Let’s the cellphones come from No.1 to No.10. Nokia is so amazing!

No.9: Nokia 6010. At that time, a cellphone with color screen is absolutely high-end!
No.9: Nokia 1208. You may still see this phone today. 100 million sales volume can explain everything.
No.8: Nokia 1600. You may have forgotten how it looked like, but you may still remember the interesting football game in that phone.
No.7: Motorola RAZR V3. This is the most impressing Motorola cellphone. It ushered the time of ultra-thin mobile phone.
No.6: Nokia 2600, the excellent keyboard design brought it a sales volume over 135 million
No.5: Nokia 3310. We could say nothing but “classic” for this cellphone.
No.4: Nokia 5230, the most popular Nokia phone. We can still find many 5230 in the street. More than 150 million Nokia 5230 has sold out since it firstly launched in 2010.
No.3: Nokia 1200, the former of Nokia 1208. You may not forget its soft plastic keyboard.
No.2: Nokia 3210. It may be too old for people at present. It launched in 199 and sold 160 million totally.
No.1: Nokia 1110, the most classic Nokia phone. I bet you must remember the hand-shaking loading animation and the interesting Gluttonous Snake!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Google and Amazon Push Android Tablets Into Full HD Era

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Last September Amazon updated the tablet product line with two Kindle Fire HDs. One year passed, the new generation of Kindle Fire is around the corner, and the significant improvement might still happen on the screen.

Someone found a device labeled "Amazon KFAPWA", this device equipes Android 4.2.2 and an ultra HD screen, the resolution is amazing 2560*1600. From the specs we can figure out this device is exactly the new generation of Kindle Fire HD 8.9.

To keep up with such a HD screen, the new Kindle Fire HD 8.9 uses Adreno 330 GPU and Snapdragon 800 CPU. The Spapdragon 800 is the top gear for tablet and cellphone at the moment.

And we can also guess, the Kindle Fire HD 7's screen will be 1920*1200 to differ from the HD 8.9. But I don't think it will use Snapdragon 800, instead the CPU will be chosen from Tegra.

The first tablet reaches 2560*1600 is Google Nexus 10, but it had little sales impact. And in Android tablet market, Google and Amazon are the duo who take the majority of the cake. Not long ago Google introduced the 2nd generation of Nexus 7 and the screen is 1920*1200.

With Amazon's two new tablets also reach 1920*1200 and 2560*1600, the Android tablet has officialy entered full HD era. No doubt Sumsung and Sony will follow throught quickly. Along with the new iPad mini with Retina screen, the 7-inch HD tablets are blooming.

Nexus 10's failure has a big correlation with the price, with Nexus 7 and new Kindle Fire HDs adopting full HD screen, the full HD screen will enter low-cost market. More white-label will join this wave before long and enhance the quality of Android tablet again, this will bring more pressure on Apple.

Don't forget, Apple just lost ground in tablet market by the first time, and Android made it.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Purchase and rent textbooks from Google Play Books

Compared to Amazon's digital content and apps, more and more people are moving towards Google's eco-system from Chrome browser to Google Drive cloud. Many folks even purchase eBooks from Google Books exclusively. At a press held in San Francisco last Wednesday, Google announced that it would integrate digital textbooks to its eBook business. Starting from this month (August this year), students will be able to purchase or rent e-textbooks from Google Play Books, which can be achieved on iOS, Android as well as desktop webpage.

Google Play Books acclaimed to offer a "comprehensive selection of titles" from the primary textbook providers, which means students will be able to get textbooks of different genres and subjects they need. Textbooks will be offered at a discount of 80% (at most) and students can rent textbooks for a period of 6 months. However, this service is only available for US students by far.

In the meantime, Google also released a new Google Play Books app for iOS with textbook purchase and rental service added, which is likely to impact Apple's iBooks textbook offerings.

When using Google Play Books to read textbooks on the mobile devices (Nexus 7, iPad, iPhone, etc.), students can search (through the book, web or wikipedia), highlight, bookmark, take notes and switch reading modes. All highlights and notes will be auto synced across different smart devices under the same Google account.

When using Google Play Books to read textbooks on the mobile devices (Nexus 7, iPad, iPhone, etc.), students can search (through the book, web or wikipedia), highlight, bookmark, take notes and switch reading modes. All highlights and notes will be auto synced across different smart devices under the same Google account.

All the time, textbook cost is a big burden to most students. Google Play textbook purchase & rental service will no doubt benefit those who read a lot but can't afford much. Refer to this page if you also want to rent textbooks from Amazon.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

MS Office app available on Android phones instead of Android tablets

PC users who have been used to MS Office all the way hope Microsoft will release a version for mobile devices. After Office for iPhone app released last month, the Android version eventually came to Android market (Last Wednesday). Cheers!

Compared to similar office apps free offered in Google Play, MS version requires a $100-a-year-subscription to Office (Office 365 subscription) and won't be sold separately. In addition, MS Office package will come in a simplified version with complex features removed, which may be more stable and have better compatibility than non-MS office apps, but not that functional as the desktop version. Note that Office 365 app can't be installed on Android OS lower than 4.0.

As with iPad, Microsoft does not offer a version for Android tablets while the fact is that most users prefer to view or edit docs on larger-display tablets when they have to use Office on the go. Windows (8) tablet users are lucky in this case as Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint come with Windows OS by default.

Although there is no MS Office for Android tablets provided, customers can rely on other office apps such as Kingsoft, QuickOffice and Olive Office. Refer to this post to use Office on Android tablets (Kindle Fire).

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Leaked details of iBooks for Mac App

Months ago Apple announced they will release the latest version of Mac OS X in this fall in WWDC 2013, and the Mavericks will contains the iBooks for Mac app.

Days ago a Mac app developer shared some details of the iBooks for Mac app in his Mavericks developer preview on MobileRead. I extract the highlights and listed here:

  • Text to Speech feature. It's no wonder that the iBooks for Mac supports TTS as the VoiceOver on Mac is pretty powerful and impeccable;
  • Highlight a word to search the web/wikipedia;
  • Share sentences by email, Message, etc.;
  • Local ePub files loading;
  • Collections feature like iBooks app for iOS;
  • 7 fonts available: Athelas, Charter, Georgia, Iowan, Palatino, Seravek, Times New Roman;
  • 3 themes available: White, Sepia, and Night;
  • Sync last page read between different iBooks apps under same Apple account;
And the screenshot.

From the features list above, I personally think the iBooks app is more powerful than Kindle PC/Mac app. However, we will soon be able to get the official release.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

LG announced a new Android flagship - LG G2

As the second mobile phone producer in Korea and an important role of Android market in the world, it seems that LG has no much brilliant performance comparing with Samsung, another Korean mobile phone giant and the leader of Android phone at present. Most LG phones don’t impress us much except the Nexus 4. But this time as the new flagship – the LG G2 announced, we sees to have a reason to choose LG.

The 5.2 inch display is one of the main highlights of LG G2. It adopts an IPS LCD with 1920*1080 resolution and 450nit brightness rating. These make G2 has an excellent display effect. 5.2 inch is not a common size but it’s also suitable for two-hands holding.

As Sony Xperia Z Ultra first adopted the Snapdragon 800 chipset, more and more new phones choose this new and powerful chipset. LG G2 has a 2.3GHz CPU and Andreno 330GPU, with a 2G RAM and 16/32 GB ROM. This monster-level configuration almost catches the desktop PC and may have performance surplus.

LG G2 has a 13MP camera and can record FullHD 1080P video. But we haven't known what lens it use.

More specification of LG G2:
General: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, quad-band UMTS/HSPA, penta-band LTE support, LTE-Advanced
Form factor: Touchscreen bar phone
Dimensions: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm, 143 g
Display: 5.2" 16M-color 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) power efficient capacitive touchscreen IPS LCD with Gorilla Glass 3 and ~424 ppi and 450 nit brightness, extremely narrow bezels (2.65 mm)
CPU: Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
GPU: Adreno 330
Chipset: Snapdragon 800 chipset
OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Memory: 16/32GB storage, microSD card slot (region-specific availability of the slot)
Cameras: Primary 13 MP auto-focus optically-stabilized camera, 8X digital zoom, face detection, HDR mode, panorama, geo-tagging; Full HD (1080p) video recording at 60fps, Secondary 2.1 MP front-facing camera with FullHD video capture
Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, standard microUSB port with MHL and USB host, GPS receiver with A-GPS, GLONASS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, wireless screen sharing (Miracast protocol)
Misc: Camera has sapphire glass cover, customizable system key (can assign different functions to back, home, menu buttons); tap twice on the screen to turn it on and off
Battery capacity: 3,000mAh Li-Po unit (2,610mAh in some markets)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Kobo to release a 10-inch Kobo Arc tablet

iPad, Nexus 10, Kindle Fire HD 8.9, Samsung Galaxy Note together with previous Nook HD + are what people talk about when it comes to a larger-display tablet. Yes, no Kobo Arc. I even have no idea that whether or not Kobo (the famous eBook&eReader provider from Canada) ever released a 9 inch or 10 inch model. I guess not. Anyway, the 10 inch model is rumored to come this fall, which is currently known as Kobo Arc 10 HD. Well, I personally think this title a bit too long. Kobo Arc 10 would be better, or simply a new name.

Strangely, that Kobo is to release an extra tablet model (the 10 inch model) more or less shows there is an appetite for android tablet while Barnes & Noble did a terrible job on the whole Nook HD line and was forced to vacuum up its Nook tablet models several months ago. At least, Kobo has profited from 7-inch Kobo Arc. It's likely that what Kobo indeed wants is simply a larger model, which can be used to counteract the larger models released by Amazon Kindle Fire, Google Nexus and Samsung Galaxy Note, instead of another costly yet striking model parallel to Kobo Aura (the best eReader by far). However, it is probably to be striking.

According to a post from GL Benchmarks, Kobo Arc 10 may come with following features (tech specs):
1. 10-inch display with a resolution of 2560*1600 pixels;
2. Powered by 1.5 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 ARM Cortex A15 quad core processor;
3. 2 G RAM supported;
4. Android 4.2 or 4.3 OS.