Apple Inc. this week said it sold 4 million iPhone 4S units at launch in the first three days of sale to set a new sales record for the device.
The sales figure beat the previous record held by the iPhone 4 at 1.7 million units sold in three days.
Apple Inc. this week expanded pre-order sales for the iPhone 4S to 22 additional countries.
Pre-order sales are now available in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The iPhone 4S was released to the U.S., U.K., Japan, Canada, France and Germany Oct. 14.
Sales of Apple Inc. iPhone device in the forth quarter fell short of analyst estimates this week.
Apple this week reported it sold 17.07 million iPhones in Q4, below the 20 million units estimated by analysts, which concluded buyers held out for the release of the iPhone 4S.
Fourth quarter profit increased to $6.62 billion to increase from $4.31 billion, a 54 percent increase from one year prior.
Apple Inc. this week said more than 25 million customers are using the new iOS 5 mobile platform in the first five days of release.
In addition, more than 20 million customers have signed up for iCloud, a free cloud services solution.
IHS Inc. this week said Apple Inc.’s new iPhone 4S 16GB SKU costs an estimated $188 to build in a breakdown of the new device.
The build of materials includes Apple’s A5 Dual-Core CPU at $15.00, 16GB NAND Flash memory by Hynix Semiconductor Inc. at $19.20, and a wireless subsystem by Avago Techonologies at $23.54, which allows the iPhone 4S to function between CDMA and GSM networks in 2G or 3G.
The estimate would exceed debut sales of Apple Inc.’s iPad, which sold 3.3 million units between Apr. and June 2010.
The firm this week said the Silk browser’s Cloud Acceleration Mode, which routes webpage requests to Amazon’s cloud servers to speed up loading, can be turned off in the first page of the browser settings menu. When Cloud Acceleration Mode is off, the browser acts like a typical program to send requests directly to websites.
In addition, any HTTPS secure websites will not be accelerated or tracked by Amazon.
Amazon says the only information logged by the company through browsing will be the URL, timestamp, and token to identify a session. The data is logged for 30 days, with no identifying information like IP or MAC addresses associated with browsing history.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Google Inc. this week introduced the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone, which includes Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the Android OS.
The Galaxy Nexus, formerly code-named Nexus Prime, includes a 4.65-inch display at 1280 x 720 resolution, 1GB RAM, 5MP camera with 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front-facing camera, barometer, and NFC technology.
The device is 8.49 milliliters thin and features concave glass screen.
Pricing and carrier information is to be determined.
The new Android 4.0 OS, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich, includes the ability to create folders of apps, list view and flick away currently running apps, take screen shots, save e-mails for offline search, set mobile data limits, Android Beam to bump info to another user, and a new face unlock feature to unlock the phone via facial recognition technology.
Finally, the new OS is said to include improved copy / paste functionality, added photo editing options, and an improved keyboard.
Google Inc. this week said it will release the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the Android OS, soon.
In a Google Groups post, a company engineer wrote the source code will be available once it is available on devices.
Verizon Wireless this week confirmed it will sell Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone to utilize Google Inc.’s new Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
The company said it will be available later this year and utilize the 4G LTE network.
Research in Motion Ltd. this week said it will release a new operating system called BBX to Blackberry phones and the Blackberry Playbook tablet.
BBX is an open-source operating system that will merge current phone and tablet functionality into a unified platform.
The company did not disclose release dates for BBX or products to use the new OS.
Motorola Mobility Inc. this week said it will release the Droid RAZR smartphone to Verizon Wireless this Nov.
The Droid RAZR includes a 7.1mm thin chassis, 4.3-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz Dual-Core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera with 1080p camcorder, front-facing camera, 4G LTE functionality, and Google Inc.’s Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS.
In addition, the outer shell is made with Kevlar fiber to repel water and the Corning Gorilla Glass for scratch-resistant durability.
Finally, the Droid RAZR can utilize the Motorola Lapdock 100 or HD station to provide desktop-like functionality.
It will be sold at $299.99 with two-year contract.
T-Mobile USA Inc. this week said it will release LG Corp.’s LG DoublePlay to U.S. retail.
The LG DoublePlay includes a 3.5-inch main display and a 2-inch sub-display flanked between a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
The two screens can be used independently or in tandem. For example, a user could update their Facebook status with the main screen or surf the web on the sub-screen.
The final device includes a 1Ghz Qualcomm CPU, 5MP camera, 720p HD camcorder, and Google Inc.’s Android 2.3 OS.
A release date is to be determined.
Hewlett Packard Co. this week released a new update to the webOS software for the HP TouchPad.
The webOS 3.04 update includes snappier performance, a new camera app to take pictures and record video, and faster app store loading.
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