Samsung is the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturer, having taken the top spot from Nokia earlier this year. Figures published in July by market research firm Strategy Analytics show that the Korean manufacturer shipped 50.5 million phones in the second quarter of 2012, following the release of the firm’s flagship Galaxy S III.
Nokia had held the title since as far back as 1998, almost an eternity in the world of mobile phones, with Motorola the previous holder. Despite the rise of popular, high-end smartphones from other manufacturers it was the Finnish firm’s plethora of feature phones and the popularity of such devices in the developing world which kept Nokia at the top.
With this in mind, the results of Dialaphone’s most recent poll have turned up something of a surprise. We asked our readers to choose their favourite smartphone manufacturer and, while Samsung is certainly popular, the electronics giant has finished a close second to Apple.
BlackBerry was as soon as the ruler of the smartphone planet. In the days just before the iPhone came along and altered handset style and design permanently, phones came in a broad variety of odd shapes and sizes. The BlackBerry format became hugely popular, providing an ergonomic interface with exceptional services that created it appealing to a wide demographic.
BlackBerry was at first linked with organization use, an association that it still carries to some extent. Typing messages is straightforward on the properly-created physical keypad and the push e mail function, which keeps the user immediately notified when messages come in, is best for company clients making use of the gadget for work.
However, the BlackBerry brand has fallen out of favour with mobile customers and RIM’s marketplace share has observed a downturn. The Canadian manufacturer is setting its sights on a new course for the platform with the announcement of its upcoming BB10 OS at this year’s BlackBerry Globe occasion, getting demonstrated numerous remarkable new characteristics that will be incorporated in the new operating system. But BB10 is a complete overhaul and will not be compatible with present gadgets, which means today’s BlackBerry phones will not be upgraded from BB7.
At its latest BlackBerry Globe conference RIM indicated that it was moving away from the standard BlackBerry kind aspect and seeking to build handsets featuring huge touchscreens. CEO Thorsten Heins did say that the Canadian manufacturer was not going to abandon the physical keypad totally but that the preliminary slew of BB10 Os devices will be total-touchscreen handsets.
Several BlackBerry followers may have been dismayed to hear that the company is pulling away from their significantly loved QWERTY keypads but RIM nevertheless has one thing to supply them in the shape of the Curve 9320.