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July 13, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry
 

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Nielsen: Smartphones account for two-thirds of sales
    Nielsen has provided more evidence that lower-end feature phones could be on the way out: Its June survey found that 2 in 3 people who bought handsets opted for smartphones as consumers increasingly turn to applications and Web browsing. Nielsen also reported that Android's share of the mobile-software market rose to 51.8% in the second quarter, compared with 48.5% in the previous period, while the Apple iOS platform's share grew to 34.3% from 32%. The gains came at the expense of Research In Motion's BlackBerry platform. Digital Trends (7/12), GigaOm/Mobilize (7/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • BMW upgrades cabin electronics options
    The electronics available to BMW vehicle owners are becoming more sophisticated and versatile, with the car-maker announcing that it is adding a voice-command system, using software from Nuance Communications, that enables users to write e-mails and texts with voice inputs. A new navigation system is also in the works, along with the capability to make the vehicle a 4G Wi-Fi hot spot running on a Long-Term Evolution wireless network. CNET/Car Tech blog (7/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NPD: Retail sales of video games dropped 29% in June
    Retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories in the U.S. totaled just under $700 million in June, a 29% drop from $989.5 million a year earlier, according to The NPD Group. Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 remained the top-selling game console for the 18th consecutive month, and Nintendo sold 155,000 3DS portable gaming units in June, bringing total sales of that product to more than 5 million. Bloomberg (7/12), CNET/Master News blog (7/12), Home Media Magazine (7/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Former Microsoft phone exec joins Amazon
    Robert Williams, a former mobile-phone executive at Microsoft, signed on as director of Amazon's Appstore for Android, announcing his post on LinkedIn and Twitter. The hire fueled speculation that Amazon plans to develop a smartphone. Los Angeles Times/Tech Now blog (tiered subscription model) (7/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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