1. Posted on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 1:16 pm by Andy

    BlackBerry Torch 9800UK consumers bought more BlackBerry handsets last year than they did iPhones, according to the latest retail figures published by GfK.

    This means BlackBerry smartphones were more popular than the much loved Apple handset, based on sales figures gathered from mainstream sales channels.

    BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM), will probably be very happy with its 28.2 per cent share of the UK mobile market which it captured in 2010. Its share of sales in the Christmas period was even better, as it sold half a million handsets and bagged 36 per cent of the market.

    RIM will also be celebrating the gradual improvements which have been made to its BlackBerry App World service, which increased in size by 60 per cent over the last 12 months. It is still a minnow when compared with the App Store or Android Market, but quality is more important than quantity and many of the 200,000 Android apps lack this all-important asset.

    It will be interesting to see how the BlackBerry range holds up in the coming months. With the arrival of the impressive BlackBerry Playbook tablet and the likelihood of a touchscreen Curve model on the market, things are looking bright.

  2. Posted on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 at 1:54 pm by Andy
    iPhone 5

    iPhone 5 with NFC?

    Apple is allegedly implanting NFC (Near Field Communication) chips into the iPhone 5 and its tablet equivalent the iPad 2, in a move that will follow the trend set by Google with its Nexus S smartphone.

    This news has come from industry analyst, Richard Doherty, who told Bloomberg of Apple’s plans to make all future iPhones part of a growing family of NFC-enabled devices.

    This could pave the way for NFC’s mainstream success as the huge popularity of the iPhone range means that more and more people will be able to make contactless payments in shops across the globe, according to Mr Doherty.

    NFC will intermingle with an updated iTunes platform, which will make payments and purchases even easier than before, the analyst said.

    iPhone 5 owners could even earn points for using the NFC capabilities which could then be converted into extra downloads from the App Store.

    It is worth pointing out that although Mr Doherty is a respected source, it is possible that this information is incorrect and that the iPhone 5 will not be NFC compatible. However, this move would make sense from Apple’s point of view, as it means more of the user’s money would be flowing through its devices.