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[November 19, 2012]
AME Info, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, technology briefs
Nov 19, 2012 (AME Info - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- GOOGLE'S OS IS OUTPERFORMING APPLE'S: Analysts have said tablets and smartphones powered by Google's Android operating system are devouring the mobile gadget market, eating into Apple's share by feeding appetites for innovation and low prices, AFP has reported. According to IDC's industry trackers, Apple's market share has fallen to just over 50 percent from 65 percent in the second quarter as Android devices gain ground. Android is benefiting from being an 'open-source' platform that gadget makers use free of charge and improve as they deem fit, while Apple tightly controls its products from the software to the hardware and even the online shop for music, books, games or other content. "What you get with Android is this incredible feedback loop with developers, equipment makers, customers, and designers," said Gartner vice president of mobile computing Ken Dulaney.
MICROSOFT'S SKYDRIVE CLOUD STORAGE TO OFFER SELECTIVE SYNC: Microsoft has updated its SkyDrive app for PC desktops that lets users select specific folders to sync with your computer instead of downloading all their SkyDrive files at once, PC World has reported. New users who download the new SkyDrive app will be prompted to either download and sync all folders, or selectively choose the documents they want. Current SkyDrive app users will get the new option in an update.
DELL POSTS 47 percent DECLINE IN Q3 PROFIT: Dell Inc. has announced its third-quarter profit fell 47 percent, hurt by lower PC sales, weaker demand from large corporations and the shift to mobile computing, Reuters has reported. The firm posted net income of $475m in the quarter, compared with $893m a year earlier. The world's third-largest personal computer maker warned that it "sees the challenging global macroeconomic environment continuing in the fourth quarter." However, Dell said it expects revenue to grow as much as 5 percent in the current quarter. "Our outlook for the quarter would be generally consistent with what we typically see in terms of a seasonal pickup," it said.
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