Steve Jobs resigns as apple CEO

(CNN) — As Steve Jobs steps down as CEO at Apple — perhaps the world’s most valuable and admired company — business and tech pundits are showering him with glowing appellations: Innovator. Visionary. Genius. The skinny man in the black mock turtleneck, and the company he created, have had arguably more impact than anybody on how we consume content in the digital age. “Steve Jobs is one of the great innovators in the history of modern capitalism,” New York Times columnist Joe Nocera told CNN’s Piers Morgan Wednesday night. “His intuition has been phenomenal over the years.” But four decades ago, you might have been hard-pressed to spot clues to Jobs’ future success. He dropped out of Oregon’s Reed College after one semester, although he returned to audit a class in calligraphy. He quit one of his first jobs, designing video games for Atari, to backpack around India and take psychedelic drugs. Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple Will Apple be OK without Jobs? Tim Cook new Apple CEO Apple’s future without Steve Jobs RELATED TOPICS Steve Jobs Apple Inc. Personal Computers But those early experiences, Jobs would say later, shaped his creative vision. The graceful brush strokes of the calligraphy class influenced his elegant Apple aesthetic. His LSD trips as a young man expanded his mind and helped breed Apple’s counterculture, “think different” spirit. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future,” he told Stanford University graduates during a commencement speech in 2005. “You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” Why Steve Jobs is so fascinating Born February 24, 1955, and then adopted, Jobs grew up in Cupertino, California — Apple’s longtime home — and showed an early interest in electronics. As a teenager, he phoned William Hewlett, president of Hewlett-Packard, to request parts for a school project. He got them, along with a summer job offer at HP. While at HP, Jobs befriended Steve Wozniak, who impressed him with his skill at assembling electronic components. The two joined a Silicon Valley computer hobbyists club, and Jobs soon teamed with Wozniak and two other men to launch Apple Computer Inc. It’s now the stuff of Silicon Valley lore: Jobs and Wozniak built their first commercial product, the Apple 1, in the garage of Jobs’ parents in 1976 (the same year Microsoft began developing software). Jobs sold his Volkswagen van to help finance the venture. The primitive computer, priced at $666.66, had no keyboard or display, and customers had to assemble it themselves. The following year, Apple unveiled the Apple II computer at the inaugural West Coast Computer Faire. The machine was a hit, and the personal computing revolution was under way. Jobs was among the first computer engineers to recognize the appeal of the mouse and the graphical interface, which let users operate computers by clicking on images instead of writing text. “When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there,” he told Newsweek in 2006. “But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions.” For Jobs, that solution was Apple’s pioneering Macintosh computer, which launched in early 1984 with a now-iconic, Orwellian-themed Super Bowl ad. Jobs has long had a reputation as a demanding taskmaster, and the mustachioed computer whiz — a multimillionaire by age 30 — drove his Macintosh engineers hard to produce the machine he wanted. The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work –Steve Jobs The boxy beige Macintosh sold well, but Jobs clashed frequently with colleagues, and in 1986, he was ousted from Apple after a power struggle. Then came an 10-year hiatus during which he had high-profile successes (buying Pixar Animation Studios from George Lucas before they made it big with “Toy Story”) and failures (founding NeXT Computer, whose pricey, cube-shaped computer workstations never caught on). In 1996 Apple bought NeXT, returning Jobs to the then-struggling company he had co-founded. Within a year, he was running Apple again — older and perhaps wiser but no less of a perfectionist. And four years after that, he took the stage to introduce the original iPod, the little white device that revolutionized portable music and kick-started Apple’s furious comeback. Internet mourns Jobs’ resignation | iReport: Share your thoughts “I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple,” he said at Stanford in 2005. “It was awful-tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick.” When it comes to Apple, you pretty much know the rest. Over the next decade, Jobs wowed launch-event audiences, and consumers, with one game-changing hit after another: iTunes (2003). The MacBook (2006). The iPhone (2007). The iPad (2010). Observers marveled at his skills as a pitchman, his ability to inspire God-like devotion among Apple “fanboys” (and scorn from PC fans) and his “one more thing” surprise announcements. Time after time, he sold people on a product they didn’t know they needed until he invented it. And all this on an official annual salary of $1. By the mid-2000s, however, Jobs was having serious health problems. In 2004, he announced to his employees that he was being treated for pancreatic cancer. He lost weight and appeared unusually gaunt at keynote speeches to Apple developers, spurring concerns about his health and fluctuations in Apple’s stock price. One wire service even accidentally published Jobs’ obituary. Jobs, 56, who is married with four children, had a liver transplant in 2009 during a six-month medical leave of absence from Apple. He took another medical leave in January this year. Because of this, some observers said they weren’t surprised by Wednesday’s news that Jobs was stepping down as Apple’s CEO. Read Jobs’ resignation letter “There is a certain sort of sad inevitability to this moment,” the Times’ Nocera told CNN, adding that Jobs wouldn’t give up control of his company easily. “Apple is his life. He cares about it almost as much as he cares about his wife and children.” According to the Wall Street Journal, Jobs once famously said, “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.” He even flew a pirate flag over his engineers’ building while they were building the Macintosh. But the reality is his once-renegade tech company, the David to Microsoft’s Goliath, is long been part of the mainstream. Apple has more than $70 billion in cash reserves and even briefly surpassed Exxon Mobil this month as the world’s most valuable company. Jobs doesn’t give many interviews, especially about his personal life, and Apple has been tight-lipped about his health. But perhaps mindful of his legacy, he has cooperated on his first authorized biography, scheduled to be published by Simon & Schuster in November. “I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of, such as getting my girlfriend pregnant when I was 23 and the way I handled that,” Jobs is quoted as saying in the promotional material for the book, being penned by Walter Isaacson. “But I don’t have any skeletons in my closet that can’t be allowed out.” By contrast, Jobs has always spoken with immense pride about what he and his engineers have accomplished at Apple. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do,” he told the Stanford grads. “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”


Windows Phone 7.5 review


Some people are wary of buying a first generation product – and with good reason, there’re always kinks to sort out. That’s what Windows Phone 7.5 is here to do. The long expected Mango update finally puts iron to fabric in a bid to get rid of the said kinks.

There are game changers like multitasking and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. There are smaller things like custom ringtones. There are improvements to the core apps along with a host of new features.

There isn’t a hub left untouched. Each has at least a few minor improvements, adding up to a much more complete and functional OS than Windows Phone was at the beginning.

You have to keep in mind though that the OS is still only a year old. There’s been plenty of time and software versions for the competition to finally get things nailed down. And we tend to forget how bad it looked for them too in the beginning.

Before you dig into the review, you might want to re-read our original Windows Phone 7 review, as we’ll be focusing on the changes since then for this one.

Anyway, will version 7.5 put Windows Phone squarely on the map and make it the third horse in the smartphone race? Let’s look at all the changes in detail and find out.

Core changes

When Windows Phone 7 was announced, multitasking was the glaring omission. Well, v7.5 comes to fix that.

It still isn’t true multitasking; things are being done the iOS way. Apps not in the foreground are suspended, but the OS has ways to take over and carry out the task for them.

The exact details of that are for developers to worry about, what the user needs to know is that once apps are updated to support multitasking, they won’t be able to tell the difference.

We only worry that this logic can be too restrictive for some apps, but we’ll see how things pan out. Of course, there will be a transitional period when some apps will support multitasking and others won’t. We’ve been there with the iOS, when it first left the realm of single-tasking – it’s not that bad.

Anyway, to switch between apps you press and hold the Back key (that’s right, the Back key, not the Windows key). The app switcher itself looks similar to that of Symbian or WebOS: thumbnail snapshots of the apps, ordered chronologically left to right.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
Press and hold the back key to launch the app switcher

You can scroll the list horizontally to select an app and a tap will bring you back to exactly how you left it. Usually, the last 5-6 apps are here. You can’t “kill” any of those apps, this is more of a history of the recently used apps.

Eventually, as you open more apps, the old ones start to drop out of the list. Once an app is gone, you have to launch it again the old fashioned way, which has the drawback of starting it over from the beginning.

These contrasts with iOS, where apps retain their state until you explicitly kill them. It’s not a perfect solution, but it works much better than what we had before (the countless back clicks were a slow and clumsy solution). Plus, apps with active background tasks (e.g. streaming online radio) will keep on working.

Multitasking can be disabled from the settings to save battery. There you’ll also find a list of all installed apps that support multitasking.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
Multitasking can be turned off to preserve the battery • You can check which apps support mutitasking

Check out the app switcher on video:

The Live tiles, the basic building blocks of the Start screen of Windows Phone have been revamped. Now they are quicker and offer more info.

For example, the Pictures tile shows an animated slideshow of your images. The Group tile (Groups is a new feature to boot) lists friend updates.

The application list has grown a virtual Search button, which makes finding apps easier for those with many apps installed.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
The Group live tile shows the latest update from the group • Easy searching in the app list

Windows Phone 7.5 can be controlled through voice only – you can dictate a text, have the phone read out the reply, you can initiate searches and so on. Other OSes are doing it too (*cough*Android*cough*) but voice commands are a big part of iOS (and a loudly touted one at that), so WP7.5 can brag about it too.

Windows Phone 7.5
Voice commands are go

Another change to the core functionality is that you can now manage the phone remotely via a browser over the Internet. That includes features like install, reinstall or delete apps and keeping track of your Xbox Live stats. WP7 had a free phone location service from the start and it’s still here.

People hub

The People hub from Windows Phone 7 was impressive, but the 7.5 update makes it absolutely brilliant. Part of that is due to the better social network support, complete with Twitter and LinkedIn.

One of the new features of the hub is Groups, a handy way to organize your contacts, with “text everyone” and “email everyone” features. All the status updates from the grouped contacts are pulled in from their various social networks, and you get access to their online photo albums too.

Groups can also be pinned to the homescreen for easier access.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
Groups handle everything from mass messaging to SNS updates

The rest is pretty much the same. You still get the clever way of jumping to contacts starting with a specific letter, the What’s new tab that aggregates status updates from all contacts and the Recent tab, which lists only recently viewed contacts.

And deeper social networking support makes things even better. When viewing a contact’s profile, you get everything from call, text, send email, write on wall, mention on Twitter and so on. The contact photo, along with the latest status update, are visible on top.

The What’s new tab works like its namesake in the People hub, but only shows updates from the specific contact. Pictures is where the contact’s Facebook albums are.

The most interesting addition is the new History tab. The complete history of exchange with a contact is in one place listed by day. Everything but status updates is listed here – calls, texts (actually threads from the Messaging hub) and emails.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
Looking at the profile of a single contact

The Me card is your own profile. From here you can post status updates, set chat status, check into locations (there’s more location goodness coming on later). You can also change your profile picture (only for Facebook and Live though, not Twitter).

Another tab in the Me card lets you view notifications (e.g. Twitter mentions) and, finally, What’s new lets you view your own status updates.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
The Me card manages your social networks

Messaging hub

Messaging was heavily retooled for version 7.5.

Threads are the building blocks of all non-email messaging. Although a sort of conversation view, threads mash together SMS, Facebook and Windows Live messages.

That’s the thing about Windows Phone: the Messaging hub removes the old division between texts, IMs, social messages. The other hubs do the same for the other functionality, making the whole thing simple yet powerful.

Anyway, Messaging is separated into two tabs – threads and online. Online shows you who’s online with the people you’ve talked to most recently on top. This makes finding someone to talk to very easy.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
Viewing all threads and who’s online • A single threads combines messages from SMS, Facebook, Messenger

Threads is where this hub’s impressive features kick in. A new thread is created for each person you start a chat with. Messages are displayed as speech balloons and a label on the left shows the type of message – text, Facebook or Live Messenger. Labels are placed only when the conversation moves to a different platform so it’s not cluttered.

You can choose which platform to use to send a reply and the text box will remind you what you’re currently using with a message like “chat on Facebook”. Individual messages can be copied (the whole message is copied to be pasted later, you can’t copy only a part of the message), they can be deleted or forwarded. Whole threads can be deleted too.

You can’t attach anything to Facebook messages, you’ll need to use MMS for that.

The visual voicemail functionality is also part of the new OS (that is dependant on the carrier and your plan). It works as you would expect, by letting you read your voicemail messages instead of listening to them.

There are extensive methods to chat on social networks but we’ll get to that in another chapter.

Here’s a quick demo of the messaging and SNS prowess of the People and Messaging hubs:


Conversation view was expected – it lists emails between you and a contact chronologically, grouping them by subject. It’s the display style that Gmail popularized and is the best way to keep track of a conversation over email.

Each email conversation is listed with a subject and number of messages, plus how many of those are new. A tap on a conversation expands it to show the messages plus a line from each message.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
Email has Conversation view

You can tap on an individual message to read it, as well as skip messages back and forward to navigate the conversation. We expected to be able to swipe between the messages, but that wasn’t the case.

Another highly requested feature was a unified inbox for email – and Windows Phone 7.5 delivers. You can now link multiple inboxes (and unlink them individually later), so that you have a single place to check for new messages.

Linking several inboxes will also automatically combine their live tiles. You can browse individual folders for each account, which lets you view messages from only one email account even if it’s linked.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
Linking inboxes

Calendar and Office updates

The business side of Windows Phone has its own list of cool updates in version 7.5.

The Calendar can view sub-calendars for each account you have and you can give each a different color to make it easier to tell apart. You can also disable sub-calendars if they’re getting in the way.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
Calendar supports multiple online calendars and sub-calendars

To-dos can be created too. Those can only be synced with Live accounts, and not a Gmail account for example. Each to-do can have a priority reminder, due date and notes. Later, to-do’s can be sorted by priority.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
To-dos are part of the calendar too

As for the Office hub, SkyDrive integration is one thing that was improved. Now, docs are automatically synced between the phone and your computer through SkyDrive. In case you missed it, Microsoft are offering free 25GB of storage with each SkyDrive account (but individual files are limited to 100MB).

Windows Phone 7.5
Office Hub supports multiple online locations

There’s more – the Locations tab replaces the old SharePoint tab. This lets you browse Office docs stored on the phone, in SkyDrive, through SharePoint or in Office 365 (a paid service that includes Office web apps).

The Excel section of the Office hub got better too – it grew the all-time favorite Auto-sum function and you can now tap and drag to select multiple cells.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
Excel has been touched up

OneNote now has a To-Do feature that turns the selected line into a to-do item that can be checked off.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
OneNote can make one very flexible check list

Changes to multimedia handling

The Pictures hub has been polished up a bit in Windows Phone Mango. There’s a new People tab, which lets you browse photo albums by individual contacts or groups.

Photos can be shared via MMS, email or on a social network. You can pick one network to be available for quick sharing, which requires one tap less.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
Sharing a photo

You can set a single photo as a background for the hub (it used to be the last photo viewed) or you can set it to shuffle different photos.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
Picking a background for the Pictures hub

And of course, the point of hubs is that they are the go-to place to do things, instead of apps. New functionality allows apps to integrate into the Pictures hub, so for example, a photo effects app can make its options available right in the hub. Devs need to enable that into apps however.

Windows Phone 7 used to be quite restricted when it came to sharing – it’s still not perfect (it still downsizes photos before emailing them, for one) but you can now share videos too, either via email or on Facebook.

While uploading photos to Facebook or Windows Live, the OS will detect any untagged faces and allow you to tag them before proceeding with the upload.

One bit of nuisance in the original version of the OS was its insistence to forget any custom camera settings – e.g. the video call camera would always launch in VGA resolution selected. Now you have a dedicated save settings button. You can go back to the defaults at any time if you’re not happy with the changes.

Windows Phone 7.5
Saving the camera settings

With Windows Phone 7.5, the Music+Videos hub also saw its functionality extended. Creating playlists on the phone is one of the new features (add songs to Now playing and save the list as a new playlist).

Smart DJ (part of the desktop Zune software) can create playlists automatically, again right on the phone. And another thing – you can subscribe to podcasts (both audio and video). You could do that with the desktop Zune, but this way you avoid the extra step of syncing with your computer.

Bing is better at finding things

When you search on Bing, one of the things that might be offered as a relevant result is an app from the Marketplace. For example, searching for “travel” will offer a travel tool app. This feature is called App connect.

Windows Phone 7.5
App Connect in action

Bing also grew two new search modes – song recognition and barcode scanner. Those are features popular with apps, but with WP7.5 you get those natively as part of the OS.

The camera scanner can also snap a photo of text, perform OCR and translate it into another language.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
Track recognition • Barcode scanner

Brand new web browser

The Internet Explorer on Widows Phone was updated to the latest version for the 7.5 update and it improves the user interface.

The URL bar is always visible (but the status bar at the top of the screen is auto-hides, so you don’t actually lose any screen real estate) and next to it is the refresh button. You can, of course, bring up the extended settings, which offer a great deal of options.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
The new Internet Explorer interface

The URL bar also serves as a search bar, which is a handy shortcut for looking things up if you’re not sure which site exactly will do the job.

The browser makes the controls in web pages look just like their equivalents in native apps. So, a web app can look just like a native app with practically no extra effort from the designer.

The six tab ceiling hasn’t been lifted – it’s not too bad, but competing OSes don’t have such limitations. We were also hoping to see text reflow, but no luck on that either.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
More options • 6 tabs max • Settings

What has changed is performance – the new browser relies on hardware graphics acceleration to provide smoother graphics (and video) and animation and the JavaScript engine has been retooled as well.

Microsoft are so confident that they’ve set up a page specifically for testing the performance of your phone – both JavaScript and graphics. You can find the page here.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
Internet Explorer does a Test Drive

Don’t be afraid to pit the phone against even a desktop browser – the tests are pretty demanding and if you’re not running a recent version of the major desktop browsers, your computer will surely break a sweat.

And here’s a quick video tour of the new Internet Explorer Mobile:

Maps with driving directions and local search

Maps is a core part of the Windows Phone experience and there’s a new feature that makes version 7.5 a must-have – driving (and pedestrian) navigation for free.

Now, it’s not quite voice-guided navigation. Here’s how it works: first you set up a route and listen to the first instruction, then when it’s time for the next instruction, the phone will beep and highlight it. If you tap it, the phone will read it out to you, but only then.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
Maps now gives driving and walking directions

The Maps app uses a big font with white letters on black background that make reading easy. It still requires you to take your eyes off the road though, it won’t put SatNav apps out of business.

But it can come handy (especially if you’ve got a co-pilot) and until Nokia joins the Windows Phone team, it’s the best that the newest OS from Redmond can offer (oddly, WP6.5 had voice-guided navigation in the States).

Real-time traffic information is also available.

That’s not all the new Maps can do for you though. The app will locate nearby points of interest with the new feature called Local Scout and it will even show you indoor maps of malls.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
Local Scout helps you find something to do, something to eat or buy nearby

Local Scout has a tabbed interface to sort the various points of interest – eat+drink, see+do, shop and highlights. You can pick items from a “I care about” list to get the relevant options only.

Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5 Windows Phone 7.5
Looking over info and reviews for some interesting destinations

Miscellaneous improvements

It’s an odd thing to brag about, but Windows Phone 7.5 lets the user choose a custom ringtone. Don’t laugh, iPhone users had to go through the same in the beginning.

Another thing that WP7.5 enables is Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. To enable sharing, you have to pick a name for the network and then the security level, open or WPA2. Keep in mind that it’s up to the carrier to enable this feature, so you might not get it even if you install 7.5.

One thing that must have annoyed security-conscious people is WP7’s inability to connect to Wi-Fi networks that don’t broadcast a name (hidden networks). That’s no longer a problem with version 7.5.

The Games hub got an update too, now you can edit your avatar, track your Xbox Live achievements and get messages from Xbox Live contacts.

Final words

Windows Phone 7 failed to wow consumers, but it’s part of Microsoft’s long-term plan and they are not rushing anything. It will soon be joined by Windows 8, which shares the Metro UI, the live tiles, the ARM CPU support and will be sprawling across PCs and tablets in no time.

When that’s done, Microsoft will be offering a complete ecosystem – from your phone, through your tablet, to your computer at home or at work. That’s exactly what Apple have had going on for quite a while and this way of doing things has had a lot of vocal proponents.

Still, WP7 lacked key functionality, which deterred potential consumers. Version 7.5 however brings things that will appeal to businesspeople, social networking buffs and people who like a novel software experience.

If you’re using Microsoft software (chances are you’re using at least Office at work), WP7.5 offers the smoothest, most well-rounded experience. The rich bundle of several social networks and IM clients and emails and texts is beautifully organized too.

And let’s face it, the Windows Phone interface is the only UI around that’s truly different – iOS, Android, even Symbian are becoming harder and harder to tell apart. The only thing that held it back was the lack of multitasking and now that’s been sorted out.

Speaking of apps, two tech giants (Microsoft and Nokia) are hard at work to attract new developers to build even more apps and introduce even more services to the platform.

Second generation Windows Phone handsets are already on the way and they stand a good chance of stopping the market-share downward spiral. It will take years to catch up to Android and iOS, but Windows Phone 7.5 is a big step forward.

For more reviews visit

While Android is the leading smartphone operating system with 52 per cent market share, Apple’s iOS is the second best at 28 per cent.

 Android is the leading smartphone operating system and it has almost double the market share compared to the closest rival is a big surprise, says a recent study report.   According to a US based market research firm,Millennial Media Mobile Mix report, Android led the smartphone OS market with a 52 per cent share, followed by 28 per cent of iOS. While BlackBerry is the third largest with 13 per cent market share, it has been losing market share to the two of the leaders.   Symbian and Microsoft Windows Phone 7 contributed 1 per cent each. The data is based on USA figures but is representative of the growth of Android and iOS across the world.   Earlier, Gartner in its May report, said that Symbian, the erstwhile market leader, was losing market share especially after Nokia changed track and adopted Windows Phone 7 as its preferred operating system. In 2010, Symbian had 44.2 per cent market share in smartphone segment, which reduced to 27.4 per cent in May this year and now if this Millennial Media is to be believed it has fallen further. However, Nokia was never very strong in USA and so it does not meant that world figures would be that low for Symbian.   In India though, Nokia’s Symbian still continues to be a major operating system, with more than 70 per cent market share in the mobile operating system space. However in smartphone space, the Nokia’s OS is losing the share much more rapidly and now represents only 35 per cent market share. In terms of handset brand, Nokia continues to be the top brand but Samsung is closing in fast with 26 per cent market share already.   Samsung is aiming 40 per cent market share in India, and is riding on the success of its Android based Galaxy series of smartphones.   This Mobile Mix report also tracked the top 20 handsets with the iPhone making up 13.06 per cent. The second place handset was the LG Optimus at 6.71 per cent, probably largely due to it being cheap and in some cases free with a new two-year contract. However, the study did combine the count for current and older generations of the same device series. For instance, the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS were counted together, while the Motorola Droid and Droid 2 were lumped together as well.   The iPhone takes the lead in the top 20 handsets, 15 of those run Android, making up 33 per cent. Rounding out the top 20 are the BlackBerry Curve, Bold, Torch, and Pearl.   Additionally, the study also produced a Device OS Mix chart that now includes tablets and handheld gaming devices, MP3 players, and other connected devices. Tracking the impressions, smartphones now make up 72 per cent of the market, while feature phones and connected device each make up 14 per cent.   While in India, smartphone segment is growing but it is yet to breach the 20 per cent market share mark.Tablets especially the low cost ones from the newer brands have created new interest in the segment with price of tablets now starting from where low end smartphones start and support all the features which these smartphones support.

Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO


Big news out of the tech world tonight is that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has just resigned. Instead of CEO, Steve will serve as Chairman of the Board, director, and Apple employee. He has nominated Tim Cook to replace him as CEO of Apple.

Although the reason for his resignation hasn’t been revealed, it was probably due to health reasons. As you probably know, Steve has been battling pancreatic cancer since 2003. He has taken multiple leave of absences since he was diagnosed, and continues the battle.

Android vs. iOS aside, we really hope that Steve will be alright and that his health didn’t take a turn for the worse. Below you will find a letter of his resignation.

Best of Luck, Steve
The DroidMatters team

PRESS RELEASE: Letter from Steve Jobs

August 24, 2011–To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO




Big news out of the tech world tonight is that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has just resigned. Instead of CEO, Steve will serve as Chairman of the Board, director, and Apple employee. He has nominated Tim Cook to replace him as CEO of Apple.

Although the reason for his resignation hasn’t been revealed, it was probably due to health reasons. As you probably know, Steve has been battling pancreatic cancer since 2003. He has taken multiple leave of absences since he was diagnosed, and continues the battle.

Android vs. iOS aside, we really hope that Steve will be alright and that his health didn’t take a turn for the worse. Below you will find a letter of his resignation.

Best of Luck, Steve
The DroidMatters team

PRESS RELEASE: Letter from Steve Jobs

August 24, 2011–To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.