The New Sheriff In Town

7/1/2012 11:26:09 AM

Times are a-changin’ in Mobile Town. There’s a new order cornin’. Ian McGurren peeks out from behind a barrel

Like some upstanding old fella in a western, Nokia has long been the sheriff in the unruly town that is the mobile phone world. Seeing off challenges in the 90s from fellow Nords Ericsson, Motorola in the early 2000s, the big guy has finally had to hand his badge over. What's most surprising is that it isn't to those varmints from California, it's to Samsung.

Description: Times are a-changin’ in Mobile Town

Times are a-changin’ in Mobile Town

Of course, it can be said that Samsung's sheer range of handsets dwarfs that of Apple's mere three, though there's evidence to show that the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S have sold more than the Galaxy S 2, but the 88.2 million handsets shipped is arguably worse news for Nokia than the 93.5 million handsets shipped is good news for Samsung. Though Nokia still has a hold on the low-end non-smartphones, especially in developing nations, this is beginning to fade too, and with its patents on the iPhone making more money for it than its Lumia devices, and its investment rating being cut to a junk status, things are still looking bleak for this one time giant.

Driving To The Cloud

Description:  Google Drive: iCloud, Dropbox, SkyDrive and Box comparison

 Google Drive: iCloud, Dropbox, SkyDrive and Box comparison

Another of those piling on the pain to Nokia, Google has now launched its much vaunted Google Drive service, a rival to other cloud storage options such as iCIoud, Dropbox, Box and Skydrive. Offering 5GB out of the gate, matching iCIoud and Box, beating Dropbox (2GB) and just losing out to Skydrive (7GB), it integrates very well with Android handsets and Google's online office suite, Google Docs, as well as having easy desktop clients in the same vein as Dropbox.

In fact, apart from its overall Google integration, it's not far from Dropbox. Quite how that will change in the future with later versions of Android isn't yet clear, but until then it's free to try, though you will need a Google account. Go to for more information.

Hot Quad

 The Galaxy S III S5E4412 Processor

Recently, details have begun to emerge of Samsung's S5E4412 processor. "Wow," you're saying, "I love miscellaneous chip stats!" Yes, not too exciting on it's own, granted, but the S5E4412 is better known as the Exynos 4412! No? Okay, how about it's the chip powering the Galaxy S3? Now that is interesting! Not surprisingly the 4412 is a beefy little thing, a Cortex A9 with four cores, now with 128-bit processing internally, double the 64-bit of the S2. As the 4412 is likely to not only live in the S3 but Samsung's next generation of tablets, its ability to USB host and take up to four SD cards means it's also going to power some impressive kit to come.

Self Build Browser

Description: Android phones

Android phones

Finally, one of the best things about Android is its never-ending ability to be customised just how you want it to look, with Android phones being much more of a reflection of their owners than the barely customisable iOS, BlackBerry or Windows Phone handsets. Now though you can take it one step further and build your own customised browser, and best of all it's as simple as uploading a few images. Based on Maxthon, it's a fully featured tabbed browser, so pop over to custom. to give it a try.

  •  BlackBerry Java Application Development : Networking - Debugging with the MDS simulator
  •  BlackBerry Java Application Development : Networking - The transport-so many possibilities
  •  Huawei Ascend G300 On Vodafone
  •  Nokia's Extreme Megapixel Bid
  •  U-Mobile 21Mbps MiFi Modem - U And Mi
  •  Motorola ATRIX 2 - ATRIX: Part 2
  •  ASUS Eee Pad MeMO 171 - Got The MeMO?
  •  Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.7 - The 7.7-inch Wonder
  •  HTC One X - This Is The One
  •  Garmin Nuvi 50LM - nuviGating Our Way
  •  BlackBerry Java Application Development : Networking - parsing the response
  •  BlackBerry Java Application Development : Networking - calling a web service
  •  Ipad : Presentations with Keynote - Adding Transitions (part 2) - Object Transitions
  •  Ipad : Presentations with Keynote - Adding Transitions (part 1) - Magic Move
  •  What the world is waiting for ?
  •  Galaxy Tab 10.1 - Touchy-feely
  •  Le Pan II - Entry-level Honeycomb tablet
  •  Mobile - The Good, The Budget And The Surprising
  •  The Blackberry OS 2.0 - So, The Playbook Is Whole
  •  Mobile Phone Update Fever (Part 4)
    Top 10
    Nikon 1 J2 With Stylish Design And Dependable Image And Video Quality
    Canon Powershot D20 - Super-Durable Waterproof Camera
    Fujifilm Finepix F800EXR – Another Excellent EXR
    Sony NEX-6 – The Best Compact Camera
    Teufel Cubycon 2 – An Excellent All-In-One For Films
    Dell S2740L - A Beautifully Crafted 27-inch IPS Monitor
    Philips 55PFL6007T With Fantastic Picture Quality
    Philips Gioco 278G4 – An Excellent 27-inch Screen
    Sony VPL-HW50ES – Sony’s Best Home Cinema Projector
    Windows Vista : Installing and Running Applications - Launching Applications
    Most View
    Launch Center Pro - Action stations!
    Installing Exchange Server 2010 : Unattended setup
    Default Security Policy
    Windows Phone 7 : Working with Controls and Themes - Panorama and Pivot Controls
    Advanced ASP.NET : Data Caching (part 3) - Caching with the Data Source Controls
    5 Best HDTVs Overall : Panasonic ST50, Sharp LE640, Toshiba 5200, Samsung ES8000, Panasonic UT50
    The Truth About Android Security (Part 2) - Deciphering app permissions
    Three rising cybercrime threats
    Corsair Vengeance C70 Mid - Tower Gaming Case
    Seagate Slim Portable – Thin Mobile Drive
    Information Theory
    IIS 7.0 : Using Command Line Tools - Working with Configuration
    Remotely Access Your PC (Part 1)
    Exchange Server 2007: Administrate Transport Settings - Work with Accepted Domains
    Choose The Right Business Broadband (Part 2)
    How To Get The Best From Your Batteries (Part 2)
    All the stuff you didn't know (Part 2)
    Hands-On Preview: Pentax K-01- Stylish new compact system camera from Pentax
    Windows Phone 7 Development : Handling Device Exceptions
    Aperion Audio Zona Wireless Speaker System