News scan: Samsung beats Apple 2-to-1; Friendly Google Glass; more
>> Samsung beats Apple 2-to-1 on smartphone shipments, says IDC
Worldwide smartphone shipments reached 258 million units in the third quarter, a 39 percent year-over-year jump, according to the latest stats from IDC. Samsung led the way, shipping 81.2 million units, more than double the number shipped by Apple. Huawei shipped 12.5 million units in the quarter, followed closely by Lenovo with 12.3 million units and LG with 12 million units. The worldwide mobile phone market saw vendors ship 467.9 million units in third quarter, a 5.7 percent year-over-year growth. Read more on IDC's stats.
>> Google Glass says, 'Bring a friend'
Google is making it easier for people to get a pair of Google Glasses, the innovative mobile device that faces an uncertain future in the enterprise. Participants in the Glass Explorer Program, which enabled early adopters and app developers to test out a beta version, can now invite friends to join the program. Each Google Explorer can invite three friends to join the program and buy a pair of Google Glasses. In addition, Google Explorers will have the opportunity to swap their existing pair for an updated pair that includes changes made from feedback received from program participants. Read more on the Google Glass offer.
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>> Canadian mobile internet ad spending to see triple-digit growth this year
Canadian mobile internet ad spending is forecast by eMarketer to post triple-digit growth rates, reaching C$326.5 million in 2013. Search is expected to be the fastest growing mobile add format, posting 129.3 percent growth, followed by display growth at 128 percent. Total digital ad growth in Canada is expected to grow at an annual rate of between 9 percent and 10 percent, reaching C$4.64 billion by 2017. By that year, mobile internet ad spending will make up more than one-third of the total digital ad spending. Read more on eMarketer's predictions.
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>> Lenovo stretches the tablet form factor with Yoga
Lenovo unveiled this week two new Android-based Yoga tablets that put a curve into the usual tablet flat form factor. The new tablets feature a rounded "bump" at the base, which houses the hinge for the kickstand and a cylindrical battery that provides up to 18 hours of battery life in reading mode, according to a report by eWeek. The bump also includes the power button, which is located along the right side when viewed in landscape mode from the front and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera. Along the front are two speakers that provide Dolby audio. Read more on Lenovo's Yoga tablets.
>> Cellular to make up nearly 60% of M2M connectivity revenue by 2018, says ABI
Cellular connectivity is forecast by ABI Research to make up nearly 60 percent of machine-to-machine connectivity revenues by 2018. By then, M2M connectivity will be a feature in more than two billion devices across nine industries, including automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, security and energy. ABI evaluated four types of M2M connectivity--cellular, satellite, fixed-line and short-range wireless--and determined that cellular is best positioned to deliver the most value and revenue for M2M connections. M2M devices promise to improve efficiency, cut costs and improve customer services for enterprises. Read more on ABI's M2M connectivity analysis.