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  1. According to ABI Research, 438 million handsets and 244 million smartphones shipped during the 3rd quarter of 2013. Samsung's share of the smartphone market grew to 35%, while Apple saw its share stay level at 14%. On the platform numbers, BlackBerry is down to its lowest point at just 1.5% of worldwide shipments. Windows Phone was the big mover once again, showing solid growth up 165% year-on-year, to finish at 4% of global shipments and the number three platform. Of course, Nokia essentially is the market for Microsoft, making up 95% of Windows Phone shipments. Android is still the top of the pile with its share of shipments growing to 80.6% of the market. ABI is also saying that based on the Q4 revenue guidance provided by Apple, the company is expecting to ship 53 million iPhones during the holiday quarter. And, if that turns out to be correct, Apple is looking at a big drop in Q4 shipment market share. It could drop all the way to 18.7% market share which is down from 22.6% in Q4 2012. source: phonearena
  2. Even though over 10 million people have downloaded BBM for iOS and BBM for Android, we told you that a further update would be necessary for the voice and video calling features of the service to work. On Sunday, Andrew Bocking said that those with BBM for iOS and BBM for Android will be able to make voice and video calls within months. And Bocking should know, considering that he is Executive VP of BBM for BlackBerry. While Bocking says that BBM will always be free, the Canadian OEM wants to monetize the app. One way will be with BBM Channels. Appearing Sunday on CBC’s The Morning Edition, Bocking said that this will be the way for BlackBerry to make money off of BBM. Calling Channels a "social engagement platform within BBM," the executive says that it spreads the "BBM experience to brands, artists, businesses and communities, you will now be able to connect with individuals and groups in real time." CBC says that BBM Channels will launch soon, although the service might remain in beta for some time. Speaking of BBM, Bocking says that "We continue to plan to evolve the service and keep making it more engaging and have more reasons why people will come back to use the service." With BlackBerry looking to monetize Channels as a way to profit from BBM, we could be looking at a new BlackBerry, more software oriented with a focus away from handsets. source: phonearena
  3. BlackBerry as a company and as a platform may be seeing its market share dropping, but the BlackBerry Messenger app has been very popular since it was released on Android and iOS this past week. The app has seen pretty substantial download rates even with its waiting list to actually use the app. But, that wait list has been removed and users are now free to get their BBM on. BBM has been popular on both Android and iOS, which makes it hard to tell if more BlackBerry users have upgraded to Android over the years than they have to iOS. The iOS App Store shows BlackBerry Messenger as number 2 on the list of free iOS apps, while the Google Play Store is showing BBM at number 7 in the top 10 free apps, and it has passed the 10 million download mark to slide into Google Play's ambiguous 10 million to 50 million download category. It only took BBM one day to break the 1 million download mark on Google Play, and it is not slowing down just yet. Unfortunately, iOS doesn't give even general download numbers, so we don't know how big it is there, but given how high it is on the top charts, it must have quite a few downloads. And, the best news so far is that no one on Android or iOS needs to worry about the wait list anymore. If you download BBM, you should be able to sign up and get going right away. source: phonearena
  4. Live on stage at Nokia World 2013, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced the instant messaging service now has 350 million monthly active users. That's up by 50 million since August, when the network announced it had hit 300 million. Koum also announced that some 250,000 users per day are registering for WhatsApp using Nokia devices — including Symbian, Asha, and Lumia handsets — over 7 million per month. source
  5. Opera MediaWorks is out today with its latest report on the state of mobile platforms for Q3 2013. The report, which gathers data from billions of ad impressions each month, notes that iOS continues the lead for mobile advertising, with around 44.4% of all ad requests and 50% of revenue on its platform. That’s compared to 31.32% for Android, but the lead for Apple is mostly thanks to gains from iPad. Remove tablets from the equation and ad impressions on iPhone and Android smartphones fall to just 31% vs. 30.3%. There might be good reason that more ads are being served on iOS despite Android being the larger of the two smartphone platforms. A somewhat unbelievable number in a report yesterday claimed that iOS ads are generating up to 1,790 percent, or almost 18x more return on investment than ads on Android. The numbers come from advertising platform Nanigans, which studied more than 200 billion ads on Facebook for the study. According to the report, iOS ads aren’t just generating more ROI than on other platforms, but returns on Android are typically a 10 percent loss vs the cost of the ads. That means Nanigans is seeing investors increasingly upping their advertising budget on iOS and decreasing it on Android. Opera MediaWorks report today also estimates that around 61.09% of iOS users have upgraded to iOS 7 since it’s release on September 18. That compares to just 49.77% for Jelly Bean on Android since its release back in July 2012. Opera’s number seems to be slightly lower than the almost 70% on iOS 7 estimated by app marketing platform Fiksu’s usage tracker as of today. The results above are from the analysis of over 60 billion ad impressions per month that reach around 400 million consumers worldwide on mobile devices through over 13k sites and apps. source
  6. BlackBerry’s CMO Frank Boulben has confirmed the BBM messenger for Android and iOS will be released “within days”. The client has been teased a lot in the past few months with the promise the released date is getting closer. We even saw a beta version makes it to the Apple’s AppStore, but it was quickly taken down. Well, it seems the BBM is finally ready and its arrival is only a matter of days. Frank Boulben shared this info alongside other reassuring piece of info that BlackBerry is doing well and the development is going according to plan. You can find about the open letter from BlackBerry to its partners and customers right here. According to BlackBerry six million people have already signed up to be notified for the released of the BBM on Android and iOS. SOURCE
  7. Though you’ve never met Susan Bennett, you are probably more familiar with her than you think. You may have asked her for directions, what the weather is like, the score to baseball games and even to remind you to pick up dog food. Bennett has revealed herself the voice of Apple’s original Siri, and in a recent interview with CNN, she dished on, among other things, how she came to be the one to give life to your favorite snarky personal assistant. Bennett has done voice work for automated systems since the 1970s. Her first job in the biz was as the voice of Tilly the all-time teller, the first ATM machine. She’s also lent her vocals to GPS devices, automated telephone systems and even Delta airlines terminals. “The Siri voices were recorded in 2005, in the month of July, four hours a day for the whole month,” Bennett told CNN. “When I recorded those voices, I had absolutely no idea where they would end up.” Software company ScanSoft, which eventually merged with Nuance Communications, approached Bennett about doing some recordings that would be used in a database to construct speech. Nuance is believed to be the company that partnered with Apple to provide the technology behind Siri. Though Bennett’s thought was that the voice samples would be used in company telephone systems, according to CNN, she first heard her voice as Siri in 2011 the same way many of us did - on Apple’s iPhone 4s. “The first time I actually heard my voice as Siri was when my friend emailed me and said, ‘Isn’t this you?’ Bennett said. “And because I didn’t have the newest version of the iPhone, I went to the Apple site and that’s where I heard the voice, and I just went, ‘Ohh, hmm. That is me.’” Apple has yet to confirm that the Susan Bennett recordings were what was used to create the original Siri voice, but legal representation for Bennett has vouched for her and audio-forensics have told CNN that Bennett and the Siri voice are a “100%” match. Bennett says she was inspired to reveal herself after a feature in tech news site The Verge called "How Siri Found Its Voice," after which many readers concluded that the voice of Siri was another voice actress, Allison Dufty. Dufty cleared up the record on her own website; her website now comes with a disclaimer that she is "positively NOT the voice of Siri." Great Britain's Siri -- a man on the UK version of the phone -- is Jon Briggs, a voice actor who revealed himself in 2011 shortly after the release of the iPhone 4S. The identity of the American Siri had been kept a mystery for some time, but now it appears Bennett has provided a definitive answer... ...for now, at least: With iOS 7, Apple has given users two options for Siri voices, a male and female now. And though Apple will neither confirm or deny, it sounds as though Bennett’s female voice has been replaced. As for the sometimes “snippy” tone of our beloved original Siri, there may be an explanation for that. "There are some people that just can read hour upon hour upon hour, and it's not a problem,” Bennett explained to CNN. “For me, I get extremely bored ... So I just take breaks. That's one of the reasons why Siri might sometimes sound like she has a bit of an attitude. Those sounds might have been recorded the last 15 minutes of those four hours." Siri, it’s nice to meet you. Original Article: http://news.yahoo.com/apple-siri-132922340.html
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