Our experimental Duly Noted category is a collection of news from other publications and press announcements that we put into our own words. Hey, someone should start a business around that!
Happy (now belated) Birthday, iPhone. You changed everything.
Not only is Android the most popular smartphone platform in the U.S., but its lead is growing. ComScore now pegs Android penetration at 50.9 percent (0.8 points higher), and iOS at 31.9 percent (1.7 points higher). The big loser comes as no surprise: poor RIM, which saw its marketshare dwindle to 11.4 percent (2 points lower).
It’s easy to make fun of non-Apple tablets, especially if you own an iPad, but they’re set to improve, with implications for music app developers and music fans. Google plans to sell the Nexus 7 for $200, and CNN lists many reasons why it will be better than the Kindle Fire, which is already relatively popular. Microsoft’s Surface looks like it can do a better job of replacing a laptop than the iPad does. Not to be outdone, Amazon is reportedly working on a quad-core Kindle with enough oomph to power some truly next-level apps.
Avid is selling M-Audio, which makes lots of neat audio hardware, to Corel, makers of Akai, Alesis, and Numark.
Remember when we blew the lid off of the story about the spectacular implosion of the once-promising music service Beyond Oblivion? Our pal Stuart Dredge from The Guardian notes that Shashi Fernando, formerly of Saffron Digital, which he sold to HTC, is now listed as the president of Beyond Oblivion on LinkedIn. Before it went under and fired its employees with no warning or severance packages over the 2011 holidays, Beyond was talking to HTC about building a music service there. Presumably, Fernando was involved in that. Unknown: whether Beyond Oblivion really will make another go of it.
Google built the Nexus Q in some country called the United States of America.
Look out, heavy downloaders, watchers of online video, and people who upload and download lots of data per month: Last weekend, ISPs reportedly planned to start throttling the bandwidth of people who really like the internet — the same way mobile providers already do.