News Scan: Apple on top; Sensors make the rep; more


>> Apple takes top smartphone maker spot

Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer with 40.6 percent of the OEM market, followed by Samsung with a 25.4 percent market share, according to October stats from comScore. Google Android continues to lead the smartphone platform market with a 52.2 percent market share, followed by iOS with 40.6 percent market share. Google Sites ranks as top mobile media property, while Facebook is the top individual app. Read more on comScore's stats.

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>> Sensors make the rep

Plantronics, known for its headsets and speaker phones, is expanding its presence in the wearable device market, according to a report by AllThingsD. Plantronics has been working on adding sensors to its handsets, which enable call center reps to enter the call routing queue simply by putting on their headset. If the reps are near an active webcam, they are placed in the video support queue as well. The company is looking to expand the use of its wireless headsets beyond the call center, the report notes. Read more on Plantronics wearable device efforts.

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>> Google builds Chrome apps toolkit for Android, iOS

Google is building Chrome apps toolkit to support Android and iOS mobile platforms, NextWeb reports. The toolkit will enable developers to "create Android and iOS hybrid native apps with Chrome app polyfills, through Apache Cordova. The steps include modifying for mobile design, fixing bugs, working around limitations and, of course, testing," explains NextWeb. Developers can publish apps on the Google Play and Apple App Store. Read more on Google's plans.

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>> WiGig standard enables high-speed connections among devices

The WiGig standard, 802.11ad, is enabling new applications and high-speed connections among intelligent devices, according to Mark Grodzinsky, vice president of marketing at Wilocity. The WiGig standard supports speeds up to 7Gbps. "By using some of the basic techniques we see today in .11n and .11ac, up to 100Gbps is achievable within the next few years," he writes in a Computerworld article. Read more on Grodzinsky's observations.

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>> New Vega Secret smartphone touts fingerprint scanner

Pantech has unveiled a new Vega Secret smartphone, called the Up, which includes a fingerprint scanner, Engadget reports. In addition to the scanner, Up has an LTE-advanced data connection and a 13-megapixel rear camera. The smartphone uses the WCDMA/GSM bands and has a 2.3GHz MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chip and a 3,150 mAh battery. Read more on Vega Secret Up.

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