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Mobile phone ownership could average one per person this year.
According to data from the International Telecommunication Union the world has almost 1 mobile-cellular subscription for every person on the planet.
An estimated 6.8 billion subscriptions are already active, with an estimated world population of 7.1 billion.
It’s worth noting that data from 2012-2013 is estimated only, and there is no data to indicate how many people have multiple subscriptions.

Mobile phone ownership could average one per person this year.

According to data from the International Telecommunication Union the world has almost 1 mobile-cellular subscription for every person on the planet.

An estimated 6.8 billion subscriptions are already active, with an estimated world population of 7.1 billion.

It’s worth noting that data from 2012-2013 is estimated only, and there is no data to indicate how many people have multiple subscriptions.

Pebble E-Paper watch to release in 2013.
With the Kickstarter campaign wrapping up in May with a record setting $10,266,845 pledged, the team is now taking the watch into production, with their website saying any pre-orders placed now will be released in early 2013. If you were quick enough to fund the Kickstarter project you’re likely to get it even sooner.
The Pebble watch uses low energy draining Bluetooth 4.0 and a 144x168 pixel e-paper display to last an amazing 7 days of use before needing to recharge. It connects to your Android or iOS smartphone to enable downloadable apps, such as the cycle computer app which uses your phones GPS to calculate speed and distance. The watch also features a 3 axis accelerometer with gesture detection, and a vibrating motor. It displays caller ID and SMS from your phone, and the SDK is available to anyone wishing to code their own apps for the device. Oh, and it tells the time too.
If you can’t wait until 2013 for your Pebble to arrive you could try a MetaWatch which is available now, although it seems to be only available for bulk orders to developers who would customize and sell it on to end users. The cut price Chinese gadget websites have long had actual watch phones available too, although those full colour screens and older Bluetooth 2.1 mean they need to be charged at the end of every day.

Pebble E-Paper watch to release in 2013.

With the Kickstarter campaign wrapping up in May with a record setting $10,266,845 pledged, the team is now taking the watch into production, with their website saying any pre-orders placed now will be released in early 2013. If you were quick enough to fund the Kickstarter project you’re likely to get it even sooner.

The Pebble watch uses low energy draining Bluetooth 4.0 and a 144x168 pixel e-paper display to last an amazing 7 days of use before needing to recharge. It connects to your Android or iOS smartphone to enable downloadable apps, such as the cycle computer app which uses your phones GPS to calculate speed and distance. The watch also features a 3 axis accelerometer with gesture detection, and a vibrating motor. It displays caller ID and SMS from your phone, and the SDK is available to anyone wishing to code their own apps for the device. Oh, and it tells the time too.

If you can’t wait until 2013 for your Pebble to arrive you could try a MetaWatch which is available now, although it seems to be only available for bulk orders to developers who would customize and sell it on to end users. The cut price Chinese gadget websites have long had actual watch phones available too, although those full colour screens and older Bluetooth 2.1 mean they need to be charged at the end of every day.

Graphic: The World of Lost Smartphones
The graphic was compiled using data from mobile security company Lookout. Their Android App allows users to locate their phone from an internet browser using the phones GPS, so it’s worth noting that the information is showing the number of phones located by GPS data, not necessarily found and returned.
Check out the full sized graphic here.

Graphic: The World of Lost Smartphones

The graphic was compiled using data from mobile security company Lookout. Their Android App allows users to locate their phone from an internet browser using the phones GPS, so it’s worth noting that the information is showing the number of phones located by GPS data, not necessarily found and returned.

Check out the full sized graphic here.

Almost one in five US kids have a cell phone.
According to a study of Massachusetts school students, 20% of third-grade boys and 18% of third-grade girls have a cell phone. (Third graders are around 8 years old)
That figure was up to 39% for fifth-graders.
In middle school, over 83% had a cell phone.

Almost one in five US kids have a cell phone.

According to a study of Massachusetts school students, 20% of third-grade boys and 18% of third-grade girls have a cell phone. (Third graders are around 8 years old)

That figure was up to 39% for fifth-graders.

In middle school, over 83% had a cell phone.

Video: Radio Shack’s “Complete transportable cellular phone system” from 1989.

Mobile World Congress kicks off tomorrow.
MWC runs from 27 February to 1 March, and is likely to see big announcements from most of the big smartphone manufacturers. Unfortunately, Samsung have already announced that the successor to the Galaxy S II will not be shown off at MWC, with a separate event for that before mid-2012. As usual, Apple won’t be attending.
Bookmark 8 Bit Future for the latest updates from the show, which are likely to include:
More 4G/LTE devices,
Quad-core smartphones,
Many new Android tablets,
News from a keynote speech from Google CEO Eric Schmidt,
NFC/mobile payment systems,
Connected babies (!),
Ubuntu for Android,
Waterproof phones,
And perhaps, flexible devices.

Mobile World Congress kicks off tomorrow.

MWC runs from 27 February to 1 March, and is likely to see big announcements from most of the big smartphone manufacturers. Unfortunately, Samsung have already announced that the successor to the Galaxy S II will not be shown off at MWC, with a separate event for that before mid-2012. As usual, Apple won’t be attending.

Bookmark 8 Bit Future for the latest updates from the show, which are likely to include:

Spray on antenna boosts cellphone signal by 10%.
Startup company Chamtech has released a spray-on antenna system that can turn any surface into an antenna. The technology was unveiled this month at Google’s new SolveForX event.
When applied to a normal cell phone, signal strength is boosted by 10% - something the iPhone could have done with during Antennagate!

In 2012 the company plans to expand its focus from government customers to mobile phone and medical device makers. CEO and co-founder Anthony Sutera believes the technology could be used by weather and oceanographic researchers, underwater welders, rescue workers, military special operatives in the field, airlines, and by manufacturers of cars, phones, TVs, radios and other consumer electronics.

Check out Chamtech’s very sparse looking website here.

Spray on antenna boosts cellphone signal by 10%.

Startup company Chamtech has released a spray-on antenna system that can turn any surface into an antenna. The technology was unveiled this month at Google’s new SolveForX event.

When applied to a normal cell phone, signal strength is boosted by 10% - something the iPhone could have done with during Antennagate!

In 2012 the company plans to expand its focus from government customers to mobile phone and medical device makers. CEO and co-founder Anthony Sutera believes the technology could be used by weather and oceanographic researchers, underwater welders, rescue workers, military special operatives in the field, airlines, and by manufacturers of cars, phones, TVs, radios and other consumer electronics.

Check out Chamtech’s very sparse looking website here.

Android Market to finally scan for malware.
One of the main criticisms of the open source Android software has long been the amount of malware, including this round of security flaws which last month affected up to five million users.
Now, Google has revealed a new scanning system for the Android Market, codenamed Bouncer.

Here’s how it works: once an application is uploaded, the service immediately starts analyzing it for known malware, spyware and trojans. It also looks for behaviors that indicate an application might be misbehaving, and compares it against previously analyzed apps to detect possible red flags. We actually run every application on Google’s cloud infrastructure and simulate how it will run on an Android device to look for hidden, malicious behavior. We also analyze new developer accounts to help prevent malicious and repeat-offending developers from coming back. 

The Google Mobile Blog goes on to say that the service has been looking for malicious apps in Market for a while now, and between the first and second halves of 2011, they saw a 40% decrease in the number of potentially-malicious downloads from Android Market.

Android Market to finally scan for malware.

One of the main criticisms of the open source Android software has long been the amount of malware, including this round of security flaws which last month affected up to five million users.

Now, Google has revealed a new scanning system for the Android Market, codenamed Bouncer.

Here’s how it works: once an application is uploaded, the service immediately starts analyzing it for known malware, spyware and trojans. It also looks for behaviors that indicate an application might be misbehaving, and compares it against previously analyzed apps to detect possible red flags. We actually run every application on Google’s cloud infrastructure and simulate how it will run on an Android device to look for hidden, malicious behavior. We also analyze new developer accounts to help prevent malicious and repeat-offending developers from coming back.

The Google Mobile Blog goes on to say that the service has been looking for malicious apps in Market for a while now, and between the first and second halves of 2011, they saw a 40% decrease in the number of potentially-malicious downloads from Android Market.

Samsung Galaxy S3 to be delayed.
Samsung have confirmed to Techradar that the next Galaxy S mobile phone won’t be shown at this months Mobile World Congress, as many had hoped. Instead, there will be a separate event slightly later to show off the much hyped device.

"Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012.
"The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product."

It’s unclear if the delay is due to a manufacturing hold up, or perhaps an attempt to release the phone around the same time as a rumoured iPhone 5 launch in July - the Galaxy S series phones have come to be seen by many as a direct competitor to Apple’s iPhone.

Samsung Galaxy S3 to be delayed.

Samsung have confirmed to Techradar that the next Galaxy S mobile phone won’t be shown at this months Mobile World Congress, as many had hoped. Instead, there will be a separate event slightly later to show off the much hyped device.

"Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012.

"The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product."

It’s unclear if the delay is due to a manufacturing hold up, or perhaps an attempt to release the phone around the same time as a rumoured iPhone 5 launch in July - the Galaxy S series phones have come to be seen by many as a direct competitor to Apple’s iPhone.

Largest ever malware outbreak discovered on Android Market.
Security company Symantec has unearthed an Android malware campaign that may have affected up to five million users.
In previous attacks, apps had been sourced from the Android Market, had malicious code inserted, and repackaged for sale under a slightly different name, hoping to dupe users into downloading and installing the software. The new attack consists of at least 13 custom made apps, mostly games or entertainment software, coming from at least three different publishers.

Android.Counterclank is a Trojan horse that when installed on an Android smartphone collects a wide range of information, including copies of the bookmarks and the handset maker. It also modifies the browser’s home page.
The hackers have monetized the malware by pushing unwanted advertisements to compromised Android phones.

Largest ever malware outbreak discovered on Android Market.

Security company Symantec has unearthed an Android malware campaign that may have affected up to five million users.

In previous attacks, apps had been sourced from the Android Market, had malicious code inserted, and repackaged for sale under a slightly different name, hoping to dupe users into downloading and installing the software. The new attack consists of at least 13 custom made apps, mostly games or entertainment software, coming from at least three different publishers.

Android.Counterclank is a Trojan horse that when installed on an Android smartphone collects a wide range of information, including copies of the bookmarks and the handset maker. It also modifies the browser’s home page.

The hackers have monetized the malware by pushing unwanted advertisements to compromised Android phones.