England 2-1 Brazil | International friendly match report

Any victory over Brazil has to be cherished and Roy Hodgson is certainly entitled to feel the good outweighed the bad even if it was a close-run thing during those moments when their shortcomings in defence threatened to undermine all the positive points that accompanied only their fourth victory in 24 attempts against the most famous team of them all.

England’s defence was generous enough at times to revive the argument about the rights and wrongs of Rio Ferdinand’s exclusion. They were also indebted to Joe Hart for his penalty save from Ronaldinho, and an even better piece of goalkeeping to deny him a second time from the rebound.

Yet Hodgson is entitled to be satisfied after a night when Wayne Rooney scored his 33rd international goal and Frank Lampard, a half-time substitute, delivered a wonderful reminder of his enduring talents with a beautifully taken winner.

Hodgson will be troubled by the manner in which England’s defence threatened to go to pieces, allowing the Brazil substitute Fred to score, but it was an encouraging night in other respects, too, not least in the form of Jack Wilshere demonstrating what an outstanding player he can be for this team.

Perhaps the most striking lesson is that in an attacking sense England look so much more fluid when Hodgson, almost exclusively a 4-4-2 man during his four decades in the management business, moves away from what he knows best. The better teams tend to regard two banks of four as terribly old-fashioned these days and, though we are still not at that point when Hodgson seems utterly convinced, it is encouraging that he is at least willing to experiment.

The manager can also be encouraged by what he saw from Jack Wilshere, namely the hard evidence that he is cut out for this level and fits snugly into a central midfield featuring Steven Gerrard in close proximity.

Wilshere was prominently involved from the start, always wanting the ball and knowing the right thing to do with it, and it was his incisive pass that sent his Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott running clear and led to the opening goal. Walcott, operating on the right of attack, could not beat J lio C sar but when the ball rebounded off the Brazil goalkeeper it fell invitingly to Rooney just inside the penalty area. J lio C sar was now out of position, leaving the goal exposed, and Rooney is too assured a finisher these days to snatch at the opportunity.

Danny Welbeck had slashed a good chance wide shortly before, opting for his right foot from an angle that would have better suited his left, but these were moments that could encouraged England to suspect Brazil may be vulnerable in defence. It is their old problem, and England’s attacking players passed the ball well enough to expose the gaps. Rooney flashed another effort wide shortly after scoring and J lio C sar was not to know that the referee would award a free-kick against the Manchester United striker when he kept out an early header with a brilliant piece of goalkeeping.

Brazil, however, also may have suspected that the opposition defence could be susceptible at times. Neymar will be perplexed when he sees the replay of his far-post miss from Oscar’s 38th-minute cross and, though a lot of credit has to go to Tom Cleverley for putting him off, the same player should really have buried the loose ball after Hart had kept out Ronaldinho from the penalty spot. Neymar tried a clever flick when it needed a surer touch.

The penalty had been given against Wilshere for blocking Ronaldinho’s cross with his hand. Strictly speaking, the Portuguese referee, Pedro Proen a, was right but it was harsh on Wilshere, who had turned his back to the ball. Ronaldinho shimmied his way to the spot and did not strike his shot with great power but it still amounted to a wonderful demonstration of Hart’s goalkeeping ability.

The most impressive part was not actually the first save but the way he was up on his feet in a flash and diving at Ronaldinho’s feet to prevent him turning in the rebound. Neymar was first to the loose ball but Cleverley was sliding in at full pelt to spare England from going behind.

The lesson for England is that they really cannot be so generous in defence. For Cahill in particular, it was a bruising night. He had never looked in control as he moved out of defence in the 48th minute, over-running the ball and losing out to Arouca. Chris Smalling, making his first appearance in the Hodgson era, did not get close enough to Fred and the striker lashed a left-foot shot past Hart.

Cahill almost made amends with a header from Steven Gerrard’s corner but he and Smalling were both responsible, too, for another chance that Fred curled against the crossbar. Rio Ferdinand, among the Wembley crowd, will have been watching with interest.

Ashley Cole, winning his 100th cap, had gone off at half-time and England looked weaker for it. Yet they shook their heads clear. After an hour Walcott attacked from the right and, though Brazil retrieved possession, Rooney quickly won it back. Lampard’s finish was on the volley, expertly steered inside the post.

Reusable Glue Gives You a Mulligan by Unsticking Under UV Light

Reusable Glue Gives You a Mulligan by Unsticking Under UV Light

Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, or AIRT for short, have developed a remarkable new adhesive that can solidify (stick) or liquify (unstick) at room temperature with a blast from a UV light.

The glue’s secret is that it doesn’t form a permanent bond that has to later be broken. Instead, it uses what’s called an isomerization reaction where the molecules’ structures are repeatedly re-arranged so they form and unform bonds. And while the glue currently has the sticking power equivalent to double-sided tape, the researchers hope to improve that before commercializing the product.

As for applications? One’s mind immediately jumps to how this breakthrogh could make sealing and unsealing envelopes a far more enjoyable process. Instead of licking a dry adhesive, and tearing open an envelope when it arrives, one would simply have to shine a UV flashlight on it allowing it to be re-used again and again. But its creators have a less imaginative idea in mind, providing a way to temporarily hold something in place during the manufacturing process without leaving residue or requiring much force to remove it. [DigInfoTV]

Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World

There’s never been anything like Beats By Dre. The bulky rainbow headphones are a gaudy staple of malls, planes, clubs, and sidewalks everywhere: as mammoth, beloved, and expensive as their namesake. But Dr. Dre didn’t just hatch the flashy lineup from his freight train chest: The venture began as an unlikely partnership between a record-industry powerhouse and a boutique audio company best known for making overpriced HDMI cables.

You might know this; you might own a pair of beats that still has Monster’s tiny, subjugated logo printed on them. But what you don’t know is how, in inking the deal, Monster screwed itself out of a fortune. It’s the classic David vs Goliath story—with one minor edit: David gets his ass kicked and is laughed out of the arena. This is the inside story of one of the all time worst deals in tech.

The route to a rapper-gadget sensation doesn’t start in the VIP section of a club over a bottle of Cristal. The idea wasn’t hatched in the back of a Maybach or in a boardroom whose walls are decked out in platinum records and shark tanks. Before Dre got paid, and red ‘B’ logos clamped millions young heads across the globe, the son of Chinese immigrants started toying with audio equipment in California.

Beats begins with Monster, Inc., and Monster begins with Noel Lee. He’s a friendly, incredibly smart man with a comic-book hairstyle and a disability that adds to his supervillain stature: Lee is unable to walk. Instead, he glides around on a chrome-plated Segway. Lee has been making things for your ears since 1979, after he took an engineering education and spun it into a components business with one lucrative premise: your music doesn’t sound as good as it could.

In true Silicon Valley fashion, Lee started out in his family’s basement: taste-testing different varieties of copper wire until he found a type that he thought enhanced audio quality. Then, also in Silicon Valley fashion, he marketed the shit out of it and jacked up its price: Monster Cable. Before it was ever mentioned in the same gasp as Dre, Monster was trying to get music lovers to buy into a superior sound that existed mostly in imaginations and marketing brochures. “We came up with a reinvention of what a speaker cable could be,” Noel Lee boasts. His son, Kevin, describes it differently: “a cure for no disease.”

Monster expanded into pricey HDMI cables, surge protectors, and… five different kinds of screen-cleaner. Unnecessary, overpriced items like these have earned Monster a reputation over the years as ripoff artists, but that belies the company’s ability to make audio products that are actually pretty great. The truth is, audio cable is a lot like expensive basketball shoes: There are a couple hundred people in the world who really need the best, and the rest of us probably can’t tell the difference. Doesn’t matter: Through a combination of slick persuasion and status-pushing, Noel Lee carved out a small empire.

But you can only sell so many $200 cables. The next step was speakers, but the company started in on speakers too late; the hi-fi era was over. Plenty of people were content with the sound their TVs made, or at most, a soundbar. Monster took a bath.

But speakers for your head? This was the absolute, legit next big thing.

Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World

(The Lees: Noel (Left) and son Kevin (Right) at the MTV EMA 2012 Awards)

Noel began prototyping headphones, and dispatched his son to LA to book partnerships for a proprietary high-definition audio format. The audio format never saw the light of day, but the meetings were worth the ticket. “You gotta go get Usher, Mary J. Blige, U2,” Young Lee was instructed. And from there, as he tells it, fate took over: “Sometimes things just happen a certain way…the value of serendipity,” Kevin says through a halcyon smile. If he hadn’t been sent to tempt artists with a vaporware surround-sound music format, “[he] would have never met Jimmy Iovine from Interscope.” And it was this encounter that spawned the best bad idea in gadget history. Beats began.

Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World

(The Industry: Dr. Dre (Left) and Interscope Chairman Jimmy Iovine (Right))

Jimmy Iovine is a mogul par excellence; a man who helped mastermind the works of Bruce Springsteen and 50 Cent alike, co-produced 8 Mile, and today sits as the Chairman of Interscope Records. Dr. Dre is Dr. Dre. When hawking Beats at press events, the two work as a pair: Iovine, fast-talking and dagger-sharp, spouts the same corny origin story every time. Interscope wanted Dre to endorse sneakers. Dre replied: “Fuck sneakers, let’s make speakers.” The almost-certainly-apocryphal moment works partly because it’s cute, and and mostly because it rhymes. From there, they’ll have you believe, Beats was born.

But the Lees say this is only half true. After Kevin’s quest for surround sound partners, Iovine and Dre approached Monster with a dazzling offer: Let’s build electronics. “They came up and loved all the technology my dad did around sound,” Kevin recalls. Noel says he and Jimmy clicked immediately: “You know how music is supposed to sound, I know how music is supposed to sound, and the rest of the world is pretty screwed up.” It was a “love fest” from the start, says Kevin. What followed was an “education in sound,” with a didactic Monster demoing the company’s sound tech to impress upon Iovine and Dre, its ability to reproduce skull-bludgeoning bass, including an in-ear prototype. And the Interscope pair needed the education, says the elder Lee:

Dre and Jimmy needed to understand why it wasn’t a speaker world anymore. They had no idea why people wouldn’t want to buy speakers. [They’ve] got big speakers, and always had them in the studio. Why substitute headphones for speakers?

Monster took the rap duo’s vague audio aspirations and pointed them in one very lucrative direction: high-end headphones. Bose was something your dad bought. Everything else was either crap or too obscure and complex for consumers to pick out. “Let’s build headphones together,” Noel decreed.

Love fest or no, this was never going to be a Steve and Woz moment of geek kinship. This was business from the start—and while Noel knows it now (Jimmy wanted to “own both ends,” he says), Monster didn’t show much acumen when it mattered. Monster wanted to jumpstart its headphone business. Badly. In the turmoil of the mid-00s, Dre and Jimmy needed to find something other than records to monetize. Badly. But the money arrangement was destined to be dominated by Iovine, a man who’d gone head to head with Steve Jobs, and ran a music empire—not some small deluxe cable firm. The Monsters knew that if they could harness Dre’s “entertainment and sports” contacts they could launch their company into the mainstream. They were right, but they were also woefully underprepared for the path to success; in the process, they blew almost every business decision possible.

Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World

When Kevin Lee went to LA to negotiate, he had nothing but a bachelors degree, and no business experience outside of working for his father. Kevin Lee flew solo against a legal, financial, and corporate monolith that dwarfed him. And that was clear from the start—as soon as the two firms tried to ink a deal, they bumped up against the negotiating might of Interscope. Monster had audio engineering chops, but so did plenty of other companies. “[Jimmy Iovine and Interscope Marketing President Steve Burman] wanted a certain set of numbers, that we, as a small wire company that had just lost $50 million trying to make speakers, couldn’t afford,” says the younger Lee. Monster was offered a money split it couldn’t live off of. The music titans were lowballing. Discussions came to a standstill. Radio silence. Iovine walked, taking Dre and the entertainment industry with him. They ended it with a call: “We hate to do this to you, but we’re going to do the deal with someone else.”

Monster was alone.

Six months pass. Steve Burman, calls. Team Dre had tried to go with SLS Audio, a better-established firm with a track record in speakers, and it hadn’t worked. Burman wondered, was Monster still interested in making headphones with a rapper? They sure were!

But a lot had happened in that half a year. The term “Beats by Dre” was already coined through the failed collaboration, and SLS had come up with a rough prototype headphone that would shape the entire lineup though the present day: giant ear cups, a thick, streamlined headband, and enough gloss for a Formula 1 car. But it was way too big, Kevin Lee says—it even looked giant on Dr. Dre’s enormous frame. “Put it on your head. Look in the mirror. You don’t look good.”

Back to the kitchen. Monster went through “40 or 50 prototypes,” and saddled itself with some extraordinary risk. Kevin admits his father “wasn’t as gung-ho as [he] was” about the partnership. So he went behind his back and spent millions of dollars of Monster’s money without anyone’s permission. “We announced the [CES 2008] press conference, and I had already spent a million and a half dollars on engineering and marketing before we even had a signed contract.”

Kevin was completely over his head, forging the future of his father’s company without oversight, and really, without a sturdy clue: “At the time, we didn’t really know what we were going to make, at what price points, [and] at what cost.” Kevin Lee was building an entire electronics product line in secret before he had the business partnership to actually do anything with it. He was making Beats By Dre before Dre said he was allowed. And he was panicking. “It was beyond insubordination,” says Kevin. “[I was going to] lose the trust of my father. I already had millions of dollars of inventory. He would have killed me.”

Young Lee faced financial and familial self-destruction if he couldn’t seal the deal. So he sealed whatever he could—what he says was “the most complicated contract [Interscope] had ever seen.” And he faced it by himself, with his BA, against a phalanx of corporate lawyers who wake each day to do nothing but negotiate contracts that favor Interscope.

There can’t be two winners. Monster solidified an agreement that got Beats Electronics alive and shipping headphones, but not without gigantic forfeit: Jimmy and Dre’s side of Beats would retain permanent ownership of everything that Monster developed. Every headphone, every headband, every cup, every driver, every remote control—if there was a piece of metal or plastic associated with Beats By Dre, Noel and Kevin Lee surrendered it to Jimmy and Dre. Monster would also be entirely responsible for manufacturing the products—a hugely expensive corner of the deal—as well as distributing them. The heavy lifting. “I was a little intimidated by Dr. Dre,” Kevin Lee admits over a child-sized portion of chicken noodle soup. Noel sits beside him without a word.

Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World

What’d Team Dre do? Let Dre be Dre. After months of development, Kevin Lee presented Dre with the first final unit, seen here for the first time ever.

Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World

Dre put the headphones on, played In Da Club, and said “That’s the shit.” That’s all anyone needed. Beats By Dre was greenlit.

Kevin Lee wanted to line up a fleet of musicians to do promotional education—trying to de-jargonize the upward-nosed world of the audiophile and make it something mall-compatible. Think Nelly Furtado explaining the importance and dangers of distortion, Robin Thicke whispering in your ear about the value of treble. That wasn’t going to happen.

Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World

The Partners

The Dr. Dre task force took Monster’s audio gear and pimped it, tirelessly, as a gadget status symbol without rival. That was the plan—period. Marketing, Iovine told Kevin Lee, would take too long. Education would take too long. Instead, the strategy was to enchant the public: Beats would be “the hottest product to have, and sound will be a Trojan horse. And that’s what we did. Beats was in every single music video,” says Kevin. Iovine made sure Beats had prominent placement across Interscope’s sterling roster, infiltrating the money and product lust-addled brains of video-watching America.

Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World

It worked. Disposable income was disposed of in the hundreds upon hundreds of millions. “Kids did go into a Best Buy and bought Beats not because it sounded cool, but because it made them look cool,” admits Kevin. The Lees were putting their audiophilic necks on the line to prop up what was, essentially, a fashion company. Beats’ dominance is clear whenever you walk down an American sidewalk—the Bs swarm. Jimmy and Dre took decent headphones that could swamp your ears with low-end, isolate you from street noise, and keep your skull relatively comfortable during a long walk, and made all of these qualities irrelevant under a sheen of rapper-lure. Beats might be overblown and overpriced, but these weren’t sneakers, they were complex, miniaturized electronics. They were engineering projects that took millions of dollars, dozens of prototypes, and years of back-and-forth hassling from Iovine to Kevin Lee to finesse.

But if you ask Monster’s collaborators, they’ll play down Kevin and Noel’s roles to little more than FedEx and Foxconn—celebrated partners, but a group that was responsible for little more than building the things and getting them to your local big box. Beats Electronics denies Monster had any role whatesoever in the industrial or audio design of the headphones: “We have our own factories. We have control of everything. The sound…was always our thing—we have our own patented sound signature,” says the company. “It’s definitely us.” Beats Electronics CEO Luke Wood more or less repeats the claim, though insists all parties are still friends. But the friends on the Monster side were responsible merely for “sourcing” parts and picking out “materials” under the direction of “tuning” the Beats sound.

False, says Monster, who provided us with confidential design documents that show Monster’s work on both audio engineering and industrial mockups:

Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World

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Including high-profile star power deals with artists like Lady Gaga:

Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World

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Monster bristles at the suggestion that Beats had everything, even anything to do with engineering: “Absolutely not, they don’t have any engineers,” says Noel. Kevin piles on: “Beats [had] zero [engineering role],” a reality of the deal he says is “undisputed—Monster engineered the sound in Beats by Dre headphones. They told us what they wanted and they approved it, but we made that sound possible.” That “approval” role is one that’s repeated throughout Noel and Kevin’s recounting: They brought hardware to Jimmy and Dre, there would be a back and forth, and off the headphones would go to someone’s credit card bill, carried by a gust of music video bluster and rapper aspiration. It worked so, so well.

Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World

Until it didn’t—until HTC, a ballooning Taiwanese electronics giant worth billions, took an interest in Beats. Jimmy and Dre saw an opportunity for a money explosion instead of a money torrent, with $300 million on the table for a 51% stake. Luckily for the Interscope boys—and unluckily for anyone at Monster—that slapdash contract Kevin put together let Beats waltz right into HTC’s arms. A Beats rep says the separation allowed it to be more “nimble” and have less “reporting structure to go through,” but there was more incentive than pleasant words ditch the Lees.

Monster received some money as part of the breakup—more severance payment than cash-out—and Beats walked away with everything: all of Monster’s audio work, every single patent, the trademarked design, and more than anything else, the name. Iovine had once fought Monster to scrub its name off the very packaging of the headphones it’d designed—he wanted ‘Beats By Dre’ on the box and nothing else. No Monster logo. No mention of Monster whatsoever. With the HTC deal, Monster was out for good in every possible way, unable to use the technology it created to compete against the leviathan it’d helped birth. The same year Beats Electronics dropped Monster, the company put up $519 million in sales (versus $298 the year before), capturing a commanding 64% of the “premium” headphone market ($100 and higher). That’s beyond a fad—that’s a conquest.

It’s hard to decide where Jimmy Iovine being a shark begins and the Lee boys hamstringing themselves ends. It’s also hard to muster the slightest decibel of sympathy when everyone concerned made a lot of money and continues to be rich. There’s no reason to believe Beats Electronics will switch its formula or shift its branding in the slightest, short of some kind of heinous scandal involving Dr. Dre. There’s even less reason—as much as they deny it—that Kevin and Noel Lee will try anything less than clawing back at what they once had. They swear they enjoyed their years on the Beats gravy train, but aren’t after another household name cash-in or conspicuous fad gadget.

Yesterday, Monster announced that it is partnering with rapper, mega-producer, and all-around celebrity Swizz Beatz. The company’s new flagship line of headphones are called the “Diamond Tears,” plated in mirrored, gem-faceted plastic with a plump fake jewel stuck on each side.

Crazy iPad Numbers: 1 in 6 Computers Shipped Last Quarter Was an iPad

Biggest PC Makers Q4 2012

A report issued this week by the Canalys market research firm shows Apple surprisingly atop the list of the world’s biggest PC makers in Q4 of 2012. The clear reason for Apple’s position is that Canalys counts tablets as computers – unlike other major research firms like IDC and Forrester.

The chart above highlights that iPads make up the vast majority of Apple PC sales. It also highlights a few more staggering iPad numbers:

Around 1 out of every 6 computers shipped last quarter was an iPad!

– Apple sold more than twice as many iPads as Dell sold computers of any kind last quarter

– None of the leading computer manufacturers shipped as many computers total as Apple sold iPads. HP’s number is 15 million – well behind the iPad on its own at 22.9 million.

Given the iPad’s massive adoption rate in the Fortune 500, its use for a huge array of business and productivity purposes, and its amazing versatility I think it makes perfect sense to count it as a computer. It’s incredible to think that the iPad itself, and the sort of tablet it is, did not even exist just a little over 3 years ago.

CNN App for iPad Updated: Adds Some James Earl Jones

The CNN App for iPad was updated yesterday, to Version 1.8.2. Actually a better reference for the update would be The James Earl Jones Update – since this is the only notable change:

The CNN Mobile app now features the iconic James Earl Jones ‘This is CNN’ welcome greeting. This feature is optional and may be switched on or off at any time through the CNN app profile page

I’m trying hard to think of a single update feature that beats this one for pure cool factor, but so far I’ve got nothing. You get the James Earl Jones soundbite each time you open the app, and I have to admit I’ve quit the app from the multitasking bar and re-opened it several times after updating – just to enjoy it a bit more.

Here’s an App Store link for the James Earl Jones CNN App for iPad; it’s a free app.

comScore: Apple increases lead as top US smartphone maker while Samsung gains; Android and iOS fortify duopoly

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Apple may not be king when it comes to smartphones around the world, but at home it ended 2012 as the top OEM. In the US, Apple is increasing its share in first place and Samsung is slowly gaining on it in second. Rounding out the top five are HTC, Motorola, and LG.

The story is similar in the platform space, although slightly reversed: Google is first courtesy of Android, Apple is second with iOS, but the latter is gaining on the former. Again, rounding out the top five are BlackBerry, Microsoft, and Symbian.

The latest data comes from comScore, which as usual surveyed over 30,000 mobile subscribers in the US (although it limited its results to smartphones this time, for some reason). The analytics firm says 125.9 Americans owned smartphones (54 percent mobile market penetration) in December, up 5 percent since September.

Between those two months, here is how the top five smartphones OEMs have fared:

comscore devices december comScore: Apple increases lead as top US smartphone maker while Samsung gains; Android and iOS fortify duopoly

As you can see, Apple gained 2.0 percentage points in terms of smartphone subscribers (from 34.3 percent to 36.3 percent) while Samsung jumped 2.3 percentage points (from 18.7 percent to 21.0 percent). HTC fell 1.8 percentage points (from 12.0 percent to 10.2 percent), Motorola dropped 0.7 percentage points (from 9.8 percent to 9.1 percent), and LG managed to gain 0.7 percentage points (from 6.6 percent to 7.1 percent).

Samsung and Apple gained a combined 4.3 percentage points while the other three lost 2.0 percentage points together. In other words, the duo is even stealing share from OEMs not in the top five.

It appears that the iPhone 5 is helping keep Apple ahead, but Samsung isn’t really affected. Meanwhile, we can attribute LG’s gains to Google marketing the Nexus 4, although sales have been limited by supply issues.

Meanwhile, on the software side, Google is dominating and Apple is moving ahead in second place. Everyone else is losing share or has already become irrelevant (take your pick):

comscore devices december1 comScore: Apple increases lead as top US smartphone maker while Samsung gains; Android and iOS fortify duopoly

Samsung may be slowly gaining on Apple in the smartphone space, but iOS is growing faster overall when compared to Android, at least in this snapshot. Google gained 0.9 percentage points between September and December (up from 52.5 percent to 53.4 percent) to further pull ahead in first place. Apple increased its share by 2.0 percentage points (moving from 34.3 percent to 36.3 percent).

Meanwhile, BlackBerry is down 2.0 percentage points (from 8.4 percent to 6.4 percent), Microsoft lost 0.7 percentage points (from 3.6 percent to 2.9 percent), and Symbian seems to have stagnated at 0.6 percent. Naturally, we’ll be looking closely to see if BlackBerry can recover in the coming months with its BlackBerry 10 launch, though it will be very difficult as the company continues to be the biggest loser in these studies, month after month.

Again looking at the winners and losers, Google and Apple gained a combined 2.9 percentage points, while the other three lost 2.7 percent. The duopoly is even stealing from other smartphone OS makers as Americans seem to be perfectly happy to choose between the two camps.

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