Late News: Sony Releases Two New Xperia Smartphones, Apple Focusing On Software Updates, iPad Holds 82% Market Share

Sony Ericsson has released two new Android powered Smartphones with social media integration to take on the Apple iPhone. The new Xperia Mini and the Xperia Mini Pro Smartphones, which were unveiled by Sony Ericsson at an event in London, are powered by the Google Android 2.3 OS with 1 GHz Snapdragon processors.

Senior Apple executives are focusing the company’s product cycle on software updates rather than hardware upgrades, an analyst has revealed. After a meeting with Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer, Senior Vice President of Retail Ron Johnson and Vice President of Internet Services Eddy Cue, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty revealed that the company’s product cycles were software driven.

Apple’s stake in the global Smartphone market is steadily rising, narrowing the gap with the consistent market leader Nokia, a new report revealed. The report published by the Internet research firm IDC (International Data Corporation) on BusinessWire covered an in-depth study of the Smartphone shipments by all the leading vendors in the first quarter of 2011.

Apple currently controls 82 percent of the US tablet market thanks to its immensely popular iPad tablet, a research firm has revealed. The metric is a part of a Spring 2011 survey conducted by market research firm Neilsen, which sheds light on the impact tablet devices are having on desktops, laptops and other media devices.