Samba Filesharing for Android Shares Your SD Card Over Wi-Fi

Samba Filesharing for Android Shares Your SD Card Over Wi-FiAndroid: Plugging in your phone and mounting the SD card is inconvenient. If you have a rooted Android phone, free app Samba Filesharing will let you browse its SD card right from your computer over Wi-Fi.

Whether you’re out and about and you’ve forgotten your USB cord or you just don’t want to be tied down by physical cables, Samba Filesharing is a super easy way to access your phone’s SD card from your computer. Just download the app, start it up (make sure to allow it superuser permissions), and type \ANDROID into Windows Explorer (or follow these instructions for Mac OS X). The default username is SDCARD, but you can change the username and add a password from the app’s settings. Even if you’re unfamiliar with Samba and file sharing, this app is incredibly easy to use, so as long as you’ve rooted your phone, it’s worth checking out. Hit the QR code to give it a look.

Samba Filesharing for Android Shares Your SD Card Over Wi-FiSamba Filesharing is a free downlaod for Android devices running 2.1 and above.

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If you’ve got all your gadgets Googled out, chances are you’re rockin’ an Android Phone and browsing the web with Google Chrome. Some of you may not know that your Android obsession can transcend mobile and land directly on your browser… and in your GMAIL! The folks over at ChromeSpot are helping you get your Android on within the confines of Chrome.

If you want to go for pure aesthetics, look no further than Android Theme for Chrome and the Android Theme for GMail. Not only will your browser tabs be ballin’ Android-style, but your inbox will be infiltrated by the little bugger as well:

Yes, that is correct… I have 14,000+ unread E-Mail messages, so when I don’t respond to you instantly, now you know why. I’ve deleted all the subject/senders as you can see, but I’m now realizing that this Black Hole of E-Mail is a realistic symbol of reality.

Other Extensions ChromeSpot recommends for Android Enthusiasts include Chrome To Phone, Android Market Link Converter, SpringPad for Chrome, and LastPass for Chrome. Head on over to their article titled Chrome Extensions for Android Fans for the full list. We’d like to tack on an additional extension sent in to Phandroid by a reader just hours ago: the Phandroid Chrome Extension.

The Phandroid Chrome Extension only does one tiny little thing but it does it very well – it links directly to Phandroid from your browser bar for easy access. I have one main question… why would anyone need this? I mean, everyone keeps at least one Chrome Tab open with Phandroid in it 24/7 right?

If you’re doing anything interesting that mixes Android with Chrome Extensions, please share with us all in the comments!

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Reports that Apple’s iPad lost a big chunk of its market turn out to be premature

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Judging from Monday morning’s tech headlines, Apple’s (AAPL) iPad must have got clobbered last quarter.

  • VentureBeat: “Android steals tablet market share from Apple’s iPad”
  • Huffington Post: “Android tablets eat away at iPad’s lead”
  • Computerworld: “Android tablets sales skyrocket, a clear sign that they’ll dominate the iPad.”

In all, nearly two dozen news outlets went with the report, issued by Strategy Analytics, that on the strength of 2 million Samsung Galaxy Tabs, tablets running Google’s (GOOG) Android had captured 22% of the tablet market last quarter, reducing Apple’s market share to 75% from 95% in less than six weeks.

But then an analyst thought to ask Samsung VP Lee Young-hee whether those 2 million Tabs were shipped to retailers or sold to customers — or to use her jargon, “sell out” or “sell in.”

The answer, posted below in full as reported by the Wall Street Journal, was that Samsung had merely shipped them.  Actual sales to paying customers, Lee admitted, were “quite small.”

“Well, your question was on sell-in and sell-out,” Lee replied. “As you heard, our sell-in was quite aggressive and this first quarterly result was quite, you know, fourth-quarter unit [figure] was around two million. Then, in terms of sell-out, we also believe it was quite small. We believe, as the introduction of new device, it was required to have consumers invest in the device. So therefore, even though sell-out wasn’t as fast as we expected, we still believe sell-out was quite OK.”

She added Samsung was “quite optimistic” about 2011 sales but wouldn’t provide a forecast. “As you know, the tablet is relatively new and we need to see how the market develops before we give any firm numbers,” Ms. Lee said. (link)

According to Apple’s fiscal Q1 2011 quarterly report, it sold 7.3 million iPads in roughly the same time period and was left with 525,000 more iPads in inventory than last quarter.

Via Business Insider.

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More confirmation has poured in, this time with another Verizon email. Also confirming that it will be Mobile Hotspot capable at launch, the email is meant for Verizon employees and emphasizes that the simultaneous data and voice should not be a major selling point of the device to avoid brand confusion with the network.

Now that it will be on par with phones on other networks, are you more interested in the ThunderBolt? Or do you plan to wait for the DROID BIONIC?

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Neil Mawston, director at Strategy Analytics, said the following about the situation: “Apple’s volumes will continue to go up, but market share will inevitably go down. Even at $500 retail [for the iPad], based on some of the research we’ve done, that’s probably two or three times more than what most mass market consumers are expecting to pay. If you were to ask me in two years time, will Apple have less than 50 percent of the global tablet market, I think that’s a certainty.”

In related news, Canalys research group showed Android becoming the world’s best selling smartphone operating system in the fourth quarter of 2010. Take a look at that story [here]

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The shift is a big one — Symbian has been the leading smart phone operating system globally since the smart phone market launched about a decade ago, according to a report from Reuters.

Android’s ascension is particularly notable because of how quick it has risen to the top of the smart phone software heap. Google’s first Android operating system release was in October 2008.

According to the Reuters report, about 32.9 million handsets running Android were sold worldwide in the last three months of 2010, up nearly seven times more than the same period in 2009. Phones powered by Symbian accounted for 31 million handsets sold in the fourth quarter of last year, according to data from the research firm Canalys, the report said.

Sales of Apple’s iPhone rose to 16.2 million units in the fourth quarter, up from 8.7 million a year earlier, according to Reuters.

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Update: Now it appears that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab sales are lower than the company previously let on, which means that Android tablets likely didn’t take as much market share away from the iPad as we reported below.

Android isn’t just gaining on its competition when it comes to phones. The mobile operating system is also beginning to make waves in the tablet market, Bloomberg reports.

In the fourth quarter of 2010, Android tablets snagged 22 percent of global tablet shipments (up from 2.3 percent in the last quarter), while the iPad dropped 20 points to 75 percent of the market, according to data by the market research firm Strategy Analytics.

Apple’s stranglehold on tablets was bound to loosen eventually, but it’s surprising how little it took for the iPad to go from 95 percent of the market to 75 percent. There aren’t many Android tablets widely available at the moment, and the only truly successful one I can think of is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, which sold 2 million units in 2010.

Apple announced in its most recent quarterly earnings report that it sold 7.3 million iPads in the last quarter, which brought total iPad sales to upwards of 14.8 million since it was released last April.

The iPad’s success in 2010 was far beyond most analyst expectations, but it’s going to have much more competition this year, including high-end Android tablets like Motorola’s Xoom, as well as RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Market researcher Strategy Analytics has released a new report showing that Android tablet shipments have gone from 2.3 percent in the 3rd quarter of 2010 to 22% in the 4th, bringing the iPad from 96% down to 75%. This is impressive growth considering the Samsung Galaxy Tab was one of the only mainstream tablet products on the market in that quarter. (We’re not sure if they consider the Dell Streak a tablet, though.)

“The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the main driver of Android success,” Neil Mawston, director at Strategy Analytics, wrote in the report. “Tablet makers like Android because of its perceived low cost and an accompanying range of compelling media services such as YouTube and Google Maps.”

In total, over 2.1 million tablet devices were shipped compared to 100,000 in the previous quarter. It still doesn’t touch the 7.3 million iPads Apple shipped, but you have to expect the gap will only get thinner as Motorola, LG, Dell, Samsung, and more all offer up a smorgasbord of tablets on a variety of carriers starting in early 2011. [via BloomBerg]

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2010 was the year of Android when it comes to smartphones. That’s according to research firm Canalys, which reports Google’s operating system eclipsed Symbian in the fourth quarter to become the top smartphone OS in the world by shipments. Android’s share of the smartphone market jumped from 8.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 32.9 percent in the fourth quarter last year, nudging past Symbian, which slipped from 44.4 percent to 30.6 percent over the same period.

The numbers confirm Android’s ascendency and are somewhat predictable considering the fast growth of Android, which we’ve followed since last year. But overall, the entire smartphone market grew by 89 percent year over year, with all the major players except Microsoft growing their shipment numbers. The explosion of smartphones — Canalys said just under 300 million units were shipped last year — means opportunities across the industry and potentially more shifts to come. Still, the latest Canalys numbers represent a major milestone for the Android platform, which only launched in October of 2008. Since that time, it has bested pioneers and stalwarts such as Symbian, BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone 7 and iOS.

This doesn’t mean the game is over. Apple is now ramping up production of CDMA iPhones, which should goose sales, especially in the U.S. with Verizon. Microsoft recently got underway with its mobile reinvention by launching Windows Phone 7, which should command more sales in the future. HP is poised to unleash a new slate of webOS phones and tablets and could become a player. RIM, meanwhile, has struggled, but is migrating its platform to its QNX-based OS, which looked promising in our PlayBook hands-on video and could give the company new life. Nokia is also pinning its hopes on newer versions of Symbian along with MeeGo, both of which will be tied together through the cross-platform Qt framework. And with smartphones still less than half of all cell phone sales, it means there’s still time for jockeying and growth among the existing players.

But at this moment, Android’s trajectory seems the most promising. With so many form factors and so many carriers and manufacturers supporting it, the platform shows no sign of let-up. Android was the top OS in the U.S., with 12.1 million units shipped. But its growth in Asia shows why Android has been such a fast riser: Android shipments in Japan topped 1.4 million over the past year, while Android growth in China, particularly from handsets by Samsung and Huawei, has chipped away Nokia’s market share there from 76 percent down to 56 percent. With cheap Android phones expected to flood the market, it will only drive more units of Android phones. That may be why Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop is considering a new strategy that may mean using Android or possibly Windows Phone 7 on upcoming phones, something my colleague Kevin suggested back in July of last year.

All the focus on operating systems obscures the fact that Nokia still remains the largest manufacturer of smartphones. IDC also confirms that Nokia remains the largest cell phone manufacturer overall, with a 30.8 percent market share in the fourth quarter. But as smartphones account for a larger piece of the cell phone pie, manufacturers using Android appear to be benefiting. IDC said Samsung grew its shipments by 17.3 percent in the fourth quarter while low-cost Chinese manufacturer ZTE, which sells cheap Android phones in its lineup, grew shipments by 76.8 percent. ZTE also jumped into the world’s top five manufacturers, dropping RIM out of the top five.

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