Gartner lowers 2011 sales forecast for tablet computers

Worldwide sales of tablet computers are on pace to reach 63.6 million units according to a recent report from Gartner. If correct, tablet sales would be up over 250 percent from 2010 sales of 17.6 million units.

While the increase is still amazing, the numbers are down significantly from the almost 70 million in predicted sales in Gartner’s April report. The firm has significantly lowered its sales forecasts for Android, WebOS and QNX tablets.

iHome’s iW1 Airplay Speaker ships next week

iHome has announced that its wireless iW1 AirPlay speaker, which lets owners wirelessly stream music from their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or iTunes over their home Wi-Fi network, to the device will go on sale next week.

Four out of ten American mobile users now own a smartphone

Four out of ten (40%) U.S. mobile users over the age 18 now have smartphones according to recent report from Nielsen.

The July 2011 survey found Android was the most popular smartphone operating system, with 40 percent of mobile consumers reporting they have a smartphone with an Android OS.

Galaxie offers up its music streaming service to smartphone users

Montreal based Stingray Digital announced today the launch of Galaxie Mobile, a subscription based streaming music service for Android and iOS users.

The new service offers Android smartphone and Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users access to the forty-five commercial and talk-free music channels found on the Galaxie service.

Essential iPad Apps for the Home Theatre Enthusiast

Due to the overwhelming number of new iOS apps being released on a daily basis, it is difficult to keep up with all the new releases so the following is an overview of my favourite home theatre related apps along with some other recently released equipment specific apps which could be useful in many home theatres.

iPhone users more satisfied with their OS than other smartphone users

A recent report from ChangeWave Research has found that 70% of Apple iPhone users are very satisfied with their smartphone’s operating system (iOS) versus 50% for Android users, 27% for Windows OS users and 26% for Blackberry users.

The research firm surveyed 4,163 smartphone owners or potential smartphone owners in the United States and Canada between June 6th and June 15th

Smartphones now outsell feature phones in U.S.

Smartphones now outsell feature phones in the U.S according to a new report from research firm Nielsen.

Nielsen’s May survey of mobile consumers found among those respondents who purchased a new handset in the past three months, 55% bought a smartphone instead of a feature phone, up from 34 percent just a year ago.

Global Smartphone sales expected to top 472 million this year

Worldwide Sales of Smartphones is expected to increase 55 percent in 2011 according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracking report. The firm predicts 472 million smartphones will be shipped in 2011 compared to roughly 305 million units shipped in 2010

Smartphone sales are expected to nearly double from 2011 to 982 million units by the end of 2015.

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