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Poll: Mobile Phones a Common Obsession Throughout the World

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- All over the world, people have got to have it -- "it" being their mobile phones. A Time mobility poll that surveyed 5,000 people spanning eight countries finds that a whopping 84 percent can’t go one day with their mobile device at hand.

Our addiction to mobile phones is astonishing, with 25 percent of respondents saying they check it every half hour and one in five admitting that they need to take a peek every ten minutes.

It seems that our mobile devices go everywhere we go no matter where we live: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom and of course, the good, old U.S.A.

This obsession carries over to our downtime too, with Time saying that three out of four people ages 25 to 29 will take their phones to bed with them.

As far as sexting and sending provocative photos of ourselves, Americans have a way to go to catch up to the rest of the world.

For instance, Brazil leads the pack with 64 percent of phone owners there claiming to have sent naughty images of themselves, 54 percent saying the same in India and 45 percent in South Africa.

Only 25 percent of Americans in the Time poll admit to sexting.

Overall, the need to be constantly connected is a little less crucial in America, with 76 percent agreeing that it’s a good thing, compared to 90 percent of phone owners in Brazil and India.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Google Design Chief Would Love to Collaborate with RIM

Joanna Stern / ABC New(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Take a look at the myriad Android phones on the market today and you’ll notice that most of them no longer have actual keypads -- only virtual keyboards on their screens. But Google’s director of Android User Experience, Matias Duarte, said he still hopes there will be Android phones with hardware keyboards.

“I am still a huge fan of hardware keyboards,” Duarte told ABC News in an interview. “Many of the products I have worked on in the past  have had them. I think there is a place for them -- it’s all about choice and different types of devices. I would love, personally, to have a portrait oriented device, like we made at Palm.”

Before joining Google, Duarte headed up software design at Palm and worked on the company’s Palm Pre device, which had a physical keyboard and touchscreen.

On the heels of RIM’s major loss and struggles to put out a new operating system and phones, Duarte said he would love to work with the BlackBerry maker. “If RIM wanted to work on Android devices, I would really welcome that. They clearly make great physical keyboards.”

Duarte is one of the leads on Google’s Android Nexus program, in which Google works closely with hardware partners to make phones or tablets to highlight the software. Google and Asus released the Nexus 7 tablet Wednesday with the new version of Android called Jelly Bean.

Just Thursday RIM announced plans to cut 5,000 employees after reporting lackluster earnings. The company does allow for Android applications to run on its own software, but has continued with its plans to develop BlackBerry 10, the next version of its BlackBerry software for its phones.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


For Many, Being on the Phone Means Being on the Internet

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Using your mobile phone to only make calls is so landline.

The latest Pew Internet & American Life Project on cellphone use reveals that 88 percent of U.S. adults now own some kind of mobile device and 55 percent of them use their phone to go online.

In fact, 17 percent say that most of their Internet browsing is done on the phone and some admit they use it exclusively to get online, forgoing computers and other devices.

According to Pew, 45 percent of adults ages 18 to 29 do the majority of their browsing on their cellphones while 51 percent of African-Americans and 43 of Latinos rely on their phones go online.

In the phone survey of 2,254 adults 18 and older, the Pew report concluded, “Cellphones are convenient, always available -- 64 percent of cell-mostly Internet users mention factors related to convenience or the always-available nature of mobile phones when asked for the main reason why they do most of their online browsing on their cellphone.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


T-Mobile Bets Big on HTC One S, New $199 Phone

HTC/T-Mobile(NEW YORK) -- T-Mobile doesn’t have it easy these days. Not only is it the only major U.S. carrier to not carry the iPhone, it’s about to become the only carrier without a high-speed LTE network. But with some rebranding and some new phones the carrier is hoping to resurrect itself in the eyes of you, the cellphone-loving customer.

Wednesday, T-Mobile and HTC announced that their latest high-end Android phone, the HTC One S, will be available on the network starting on April 25. The phone will cost $199.99 with a two-year contract, and offers quite a lot.

It has a beautiful 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, which makes images and webpages look great. It has a fast 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, and a high-quality 8-megapixel camera. It runs the latest version of Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, with HTC’s Sense 4 software, which adds some enhancements.

On top of that all, the phone is only 7.8mm thick -- by comparison, the iPhone is 9.3mm thick.

All those specs add up to a very well-rounded phone, which is comfortable to hold and easy to use. But that key ingredient, LTE -- which is making its way into competing phones from Verizon, AT&T, and now even Sprint -- seems to hold it back.

But T-Mobile said its the new ad campaign, featuring an edgier “No More Mr. Nice Girl,” is meant to take on this very challenge.

“The ‘Alter Ego’ campaign illustrates our market challenge and opportunity. With this campaign, we’re telling the market, loud and clear, that T-Mobile is a competitor -- that we will win and retain customers by delivering affordable, innovative 4G services,” T-Mobile Senior Vice President of Brand and Advertising Peter DeLuca told ABC News.

DeLuca said the One S will be featured loud and clear in the campaign: “The new image showcases our challenger approach and being more assertive about who we are and what we stand for, like network speed and delivering cutting-edge devices like the HTC One S.”

It’s an assertive move and the One S is a a very nice and well-rounded smartphone. But AT&T just announced Wednesday that its HTC One X, which is very similar to the S but has a larger display, will be available on May 6 for $199.99 with LTE.

So T-Mobile’s likely to have a hard time no matter how hard it tries.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Survey: More Wireless Devices than People in US

Microsoft(WASHINGTON) -- The number of wireless devices used in the United States has officially exceeded the country's population, according to the trade group CTIA, which released its semi-annual survey Tuesday. The group found that Americans had also doubled the amount of data traffic they generate by using the Internet on their smartphones.

CTIA found that the number of mobile devices rose by 9 percent in the first six months of the year, to 327.6 million, which exceeds the number of people -- 315 million -- who live in the U.S. and its territories. Internet traffic also rose 111 percent, to 341.2 billion megabytes during that time.

More than one trillion text messages were sent in the past year, according to the report.

According to the survey’s data, people keep more than one wireless device, including smartphones and tablets, in their possession. Some analysts believe the surge comes from people having greater access to more of these devices, which have dropped in price and become more readily available.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Apps Provide Living History of the World Trade Center

Brian August(NEW YORK) -- As One World Trade Center rises in Lower Manhattan, three smartphone apps are helping to ensure that its larger predecessors and the stories they housed will forever be remembered and have a place in the New York City skyline.

Explore 9/11 and 110 Stories offer innovative ways to remember the towers and understand the events of 9/11 using photos, first person accounts and augmented reality.

Brian August, creator of the app 110 Stories, found the void the Twin Towers left troubling.

"I would draw pictures of the skyline and put the missing towers in," August told ABC News.

Originally inspired to create physical art installations that would place the towers in the skyline when they were viewed from a specific perspective, August, who's 50 and lives in Brooklyn, decided to create an app so that people could experience the towers from many locations. The app allows anyone within eyesight of where the towers stood to see an outline of them superimposed on the landscape and take a photo.

"The project really beautifully blends the lines between an art project and a tech project," August said. "The image of the towers that you're seeing through the app is very agnostic, it's simple looking. It's a symbol of the towers, it looks like the towers, but it's just an outline and it's kind of ghostly in the way it looks. It's beautiful."

Once users take a photo with the outline of the towers, they can add a note to it and share it through the app.

"I want people to use the app to express their feelings," August said. "Those stories get pinned to a map on the website and get maintained as a repository of our collective feelings about the stories we associate with the buildings."

Users can download 110 Stories for free and August says he views his app as a gift to people who want to remember the towers and to the generations who will never see them.

Explore 9/11 is the official app of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The app guides users on audio and photo tours of the site, offers a timeline of the event and uses GPS to display photos that were taken near where the user is standing.

"There is a real sense of intimacy and of closeness when you hear people's stories through your headphones or through your iPhone. That's something that makes it a very, very personal memorial experience," said Jake Barton, principal and founder of Local Projects, the company that designed the app. "Explore 9/11 becomes really this channel of almost direct accounts from people who saw and made history on that day. And so the phone in some ways becomes the perfect threshold for people to pass from the present moment into the past as they literally cup the phone to their ears to hear what exactly it was like to live through that day."

Barton says the app works as a living history of the World Trade Center site, constantly being updated so it not only tells the story of 9/11, but also the evolution and rebuilding of ground zero.

Local Projects also created the app Memorial Guide for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Memorial Guide, which will be released on Sunday, allows visitors to the site to learn about and see photos of the 2,983 individuals whose names are engraved around the two memorial pools. The app also enables people to search for and find specific names on the memorial as well as understand how the names are organized based on interpersonal relationships.

Both Explore 9/11 and Memorial Guide can be downloaded for free.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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