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Desde la surcoreana Samsung todavía no han detallado cómo tienen pensado desplegar la actualización más reciente de Google entre sus teléfonos compatibles. Los Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3 o Samsung Galaxy Note son algunos de los candidatos para subirse al carro de Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, aunque como decimos, no está claro con precisión cuando podríamos ver lo último del robot verde funcionando en los citados dispositivos —aunque hay pistas que señalan que este mes de agostocomenzaría el despliegue—. Pese a todo, gracias a CyanogenMod 10, ya es posible disfrutar de una versión no oficial de esta plataforma en el teléfono de amplia pantalla firmado por la firma surcoreana.
El funcionamiento de esta edición tan peculiar de Android 4.1 en el Samsung Galaxy Note va razonablemente fluida, según informan desde XDA Developers, donde puede conseguirse la ROM. No obstante, advierten de que algunas de las funciones de la plataforma no están operativas.
La radio FM, por ejemplo, es una de ellas. Pese a todo, las carencias que van parejas a la instalación de este sistema son mínimas. En cualquier caso, recuerda que la instalación de una plataforma de terceros por canales que no sean los oficiales de Google o de Samsung queda a tu entera responsabilidad, con lo que si decides hacer la operación, mejor que estudies bien cómo se realiza el proceso y hayas realizado una copia de seguridad de todos tus datos. Sigue leyendo
Nihal Mehta has started several successful businesses. His most recent venture is LocalResponse, and it just may be something that turns traditional advertising and marketing on their head.
You are fed up with AT&T‘s customer service, so you change your Facebook status, tweet your displeasure or post in another social media forum to let others know just how you feel about AT&T. Seconds later, you receive a message, not from your friends, but from Verizon offering you $100, if you switch.
Think that sounds like something out of the future? Think again. That is an actual campaign being conducted by a new social advertising platform called LocalResponse.
“This is a relatively new phenomenon that people are raising their hand and saying, ‘I’m here,’” said Nihal Mehta, CEO and co-founder of LocalResponse. “They are broadcasting their location and what they are doing.” Mehta said his company analyzes that data and helps marketers respond with relevant offers. Sigue leyendo
Apple said on Monday that it had already sold more than three million new iPads during the product’s first weekend on the market, including preorders. That’s triple the number of iPad 2 tablets that analysts
Which classes of apps eat the most data? Which single apps in each category are the least data-efficient? We tested various popular Android apps to find out.
Some apps are far worse than others when it comes to data usage, and it’s important to know which ones are the hogs, especially for those on limited or low-end data plans.
And limited or capped data plans appear to be the wave of the future. For instance, AT&T offers tiered plans ranging from 300MB to 3 gigabytes (GB) per month. When you exceed your monthly allotment of data, your carrier either throttles down your speed or hits you with expensive overage charges.
We tested the data usage of popular apps in six different categories to find out which are easiest and hardest on data. If one of your go-to apps is a data hog, you may be able to find a similar app that does the same things but uses less data.
Esta semana Google retiró del mercado su servicio de Google Wallet después de encontrar fallas en su sistema de Near Field Communication (o comunicación de campo cercano, en castellano). Algunos dicen que la solución podría estar en los servicios de tecnología en la nube.
¿Apple o Mac? ¿Coca-Cola o Pepsi? ¿Tecnología NFC o en la nube? Esa parece ser la última controversia en el mundo de la tecnología. Después de que Google anunciase esta semana la interrupción de su servicio Google Wallet para pagar productos con un teléfono inteligente vía NFC, algunos dicen que la respuesta a los problemas de seguridad estaría en la tecnología en la nube que usan empresas como PayPal para pagar productos online.
No hay que confundirse. La tecnología en la nube está de moda pero expertos como Lana Albert, de Globys, dicen que no hay que dar por muerta a la tecnología NFC. Algunos de los gigantes de la industria móvil todavía apuestan al pago mediante este servicio aunque, aclara Albert, la controversia se definirá cuando Apple decida si usará o no un chip NFC. Sigue leyendo
The Samsung Galaxy Note is a beast of a phone.
The Note’s gigantic 5.3-inch, Super AMOLED display makes it the largest “smartphone” we’ve seen so far. It’s practically a mini-tablet. In fact, a 5-inch touchscreen device, the Dell Streak, was marketed as a tablet in June 2010. But the Note is even larger. And it’s a smartphone.
We played with the Note at CES, but when Samsung announced Monday that the phone — er, tablet… er, tabphone — will be landing in AT&T stores Feb. 19 for $300, the device suddenly became a lot more real to us, and deserving of closer scrutiny. Its size notwithstanding, the Note is also interesting because it comes with a super-sensitive stylus Samsung has dubbed the “S pen.”
When you handle such a large smartphone, you can’t help but wonder if anyone actually needs something this size. After all, even a 4.5-inch screen (like on the Samsung Galaxy S II) is plenty large (perhaps too large) for most everyone’s smartphone needs. Bumping it up a notch, a 4.7-inch screen, coming soon in the HTC Titan II, seems almost ludicrously large. So what’s the deal?
The transition to ever larger smartphone displays is a natural byproduct of humankind’s embrace of the mobile lifestyle, DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim says. Now that more and more people depend on accessing information, videos and websites on the go, we’re discovering that larger screen sizes enhance that experience. Samsung is a leading member of this trend. Sigue leyendo
by Damon Kiesow
This Mobile Media blog turned a year old on Jan. 21, 2010. It started with a write-up of a blog post by Chip Oglesby: “Newspapers need to connect their content to smart devices, location awareness.” More than 1,000 other updates followed.
Typically, such an anniversary could call for a list of the most popular stories from the last year, as well as a cogent analysis of the state of the industry. But I did those just before the new year:
- The top Mobile Media stories of 2010
- In its debut year, the iPad has not saved journalism, but it offers 3 lessons for media companies
So instead, let’s look back and forward, with the help of a Wordle tag cloud of the headlines of the last year:
Apple’s iPhone and Verizon‘s wireless service are the favorites of respondents in this year’s survey.
Apple fans love the iPhone, but they’re not particularly thrilled with AT&T, which at press time was the exclusive iPhone carrier in the United States. Readers rate AT&T last in voice call quality and data speed, while Verizon Wireless is the overall favorite.
John Moncure, an iPhone 3G owner in South Carolina, says AT&T’s 3G service is unreliable where he lives. “Sometimes walking from one side of the house to the other–and I live right downtown in the county seat–I lose connectivity,” says Moncure, headmaster of a Montessori school in Camden, a small town of 7000 people.
“I like the iPhone, it’s a good machine. If it were available with all the providers, I would pick the provider that gave me the best service–and I don’t think that’s AT&T, not out here,” he adds.
Research In Motion (RIM) should take note that BlackBerry users aren’t a happy lot either. RIM’s widely used smartphone received below-average grades in nearly every reliability and usability category, although BlackBerrys arrive with few out-of-the-box problems. Nearly 1 in 3 BlackBerry users report at least one significant problem with their phone, compared with roughly 1 in 5 Motorola handset users.
RIM has another serious issue to contend with: Younger consumers in their twenties tend to favor phones from Apple, HTC, and vendors that use Google’s Android mobile operating system, according to a recent Yankee Group study. RIM’s demographic skews a little higher–in the 30-plus range–mostly because a BlackBerry “tends to be used a lot in work environments,” says Yankee Group mobile analyst Carl Howe.
T-Mobile deserves kudos for its customer support. While the fourth-place wireless carrier’s overall service rating is very close to its competitors’ scores, the company excels in phone support, readers report. T-Mobile’s average hold time is 4.6 minutes–significantly lower than the others, which have times ranging from 5.2 minutes (AT&T) to 6.1 minutes (Verizon).
And 84 percent of T-Mobile customers report that they’re satisfied with the voice call reliability of the carrier’s network, second only to Verizon’s 86.7 percent. (AT&T was a distant fourth with 72.8 percent, no doubt an indication of the dropped-call problems many iPhone users have reported.)
We should also note that Motorola takes the honors in phone reliability.
After reading this article, you may want to jump to PCWorld’s Facebook page, where readers can add their own stories of product reliability and vendor service.
The four charts below summarize our survey’s findings on smartphone reliability by brand, wireless carriers’ customer service, smartphone ease of use by brand, and satisfaction with wireless network service. For more on the measures used in the charts and the survey methodology, see “The Tech Brands You Can Trust .”
- Mark Dolliver, Adweek
Anyone who has tried to shut a teenager up will be unsurprised to learn that teens produce a disproportionate amount of “word of mouth” about products and services. A recent report from Keller Fay Group has the numbers to document this phenomenon.
Based on data collected during a one-year period (July 2009 through June 2010), the report says teens “engage in a significantly higher level of word of mouth about all categories than the total public.” For instance, 78 percent of 13-17-year-olds, vs. 57 percent of the general public, engaged in word of mouth about “media & entertainment” brands during that period; 67 percent of 13-17s, vs. 39 percent of the public in general, talked about “technology” products. Sigue leyendo