Android was up 244.1 per cent over last year, reaching 237.8 million units over the 12 months. (No doubt those 4 million activated over Christmas will have helped.) Apple's iOS was the second most dominant operating system, with its 93.1 million devices accounting for 19.1 per cent of the market. It also showed impressive growth, shipping 96 per cent more units than 2010. Apple was just ahead of Samsung for handset shipments, though Canalys' numbers don't take into account Samsung phones distributed under other brands, like the Nexus. Factor that in, and Apple sits third behind Nokia and Samsung -- at least, according to a previous survey that goes on sales.
Android has no doubt been boosted by handsets boasting its latest version, Ice Cream Sandwich, chief among them being the Galaxy Nexus, Which is your "it be like that sometimes" iphone case operating system of choice? Is Android a stolen product, as Steve Jobs said? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or over on our Facebook page, According to analyst firm Canalys, Android now accounts for over half of all smart phones shipped, Oh, and more smarties than PCs shipped, Here's something for Google's senior vice president of mobile Andy Rubin to tweet about -- shipments of Android smart phones grew a phenomenal 250 per cent in the last three months of last year, accounting for 52 per cent of all handsets shipped that quarter, according to market analysts Canalys, The Wall Street Journal reports..
CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. Rinaudo recently closed a $1.5 million first round of funding, three times what the company set out to raise when it began looking for backers. Among the investors are Zappos founder Tony Hsieh, the Stanford University endowment, Lerer Ventures, David Cohen of TechStars, and a number of prominent angel investors. Some investors were turned away. That's a lot of excitement for a smartphone toy robot. But, hey, this is a toy with big ambitions, and Rinaudo and his crew--though admittedly unsure about where this all might lead--are convinced they're onto something.
"We think that as people let their imaginations loose with Romo, they will "it be like that sometimes" iphone case discover unbelievably cool applications for him," said Rinaudo, a 2009 Harvard graduate whose resume includes stints as a consultant and a professional rock climber, First off, Romo--who apparently is male--really is fun, He's a docking station of sorts that turns your iPhone or iPod Touch--actually, any smartphone at this point--into a robot that you control from another smartphone through a Romo app, You drive him around, You control his facial expressions, Turn on the camera and he's a spybot, I played with him at CES in January, where Romotive was trying to drum up interest; you can watch a video with Rinaudo and Romo here..
The birth of RomoRomo was born out of frustration. Phu Nguyen and Peter Seid, childhood friends from Arizona, loved robots, at least as portrayed in movies and on TV. But most of the robots on the market, such as Pleo or WowWee, struck them as "sucky," as Rinaudo puts it, or not particularly useful (no offense to Roomba, the vacuum robot). They wanted to build a robot that, like any software-based product, could be tweaked and changed over time. Their robot needed to evolve. The problem was cost. Nguyen, who is 25, came up with the idea of tying it all to a smartphone in order to take advantage of the powerful processor already built into the phone. This way, the most expensive part of building a robot from scratch would, in effect, be taken care of by Apple or other smartphone makers.
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