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December 4, 2012

Technology News Briefs — Dec. 4, 2012

Samsung Leads Smartphone Market Share

Samsung was the top handset manufacturer in the U.S. from August to October of this year, with a 26.3 percent market share.

According to a comScore report, Samsung, who also placed first in the previous period as well, enjoyed a 0.7 percent growth in its market share.

Apple ranked second for the first time on record with 17.8 percent market share — a jump of 1.5 percent.

LG with a 17.6 percent share, Motorola with 11 percent and HTC with six percent al experienced slight dips — less than one percent — in their marketshare.

Google Android continued to lead among Smartphone operating systems, accounting for 53.6 percent of Smartphone subscribers. Apple again secured second place with 34.3 percent with its iOS.

RIM ranked third with a 7.8 percent share, followed by Microsoft (3.2 percent) and Symbian (0.6 percent).

iPad-Based Newspaper The Daily Folding         

The Daily, News Corp.’s iPad-based newspaper, is shutting down after less than two years.

“From its launch, The Daily was a bold experiment in digital publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation,” News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch said in a press release. “Unfortunately, our experience was that we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long-term.”

As part of a digital restructuring initiative, the company will cease publication of The Daily on Dec. 15, though the brand will live on in other channels. Technology and other assets from The Daily, including some staff, will be folded into The New York Post.

Murdoch said the company would “take the very best of what we have learned at The Daily and apply it to all our properties.”

Windows Phone 8S Not Coming to U.S.

The HTC Windows Phone 8S will not be released in the U.S., HTC has confirmed. The device is a lower-end alternative to its bigger brother Windows Phone 8X.

HTC told Engadget it is focusing its American efforts on the 8X, its flagship device.

HTC is expected to issue a statement revealing the device’s price and availability across the globe.