Simon is an experienced tech writer with a background in game development. He writes for various websites and magazines about the world of tech and entertainment. He uses Android every day and is currently permanently attached to his Nexus 7.
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Google and Apple spend more on patents than on R&D
In 2011 Google and Apple both spent more money on patents than they did on research and development. The result is stifling innovation instead of encouraging it and, as usual, we, the consumers, have to suffer the consequences in terms of higher prices and limited features.
According to a Samsung Securities report LG Electronics is looking like a good investment right now. The report suggests that LG will go from 4 percent of the smartphone market to 5.8 percent next year.
Alternative app stores and platform branches: Is Android too open?
Android is continuing to dominate the worldwide smartphone market. Google’s open approach with Android is often cited as a major reason for the platform’s success, but recent events beg the question of whether that openness is a double-edged sword.
It has taken TomTom so long to bring its popular offline navigation apps to Android that you’d be forgiven for thinking they got lost along the way. If you’ve been waiting for a good offline solution then you might want to take a look.
When Oracle took Google to court over Android things didn’t turn out so well for it. As you might expect Oracle is not satisfied with an outcome that left them holding a $4 million bill for Google’s court costs. The inevitable appeal has been filed with the United States District Court in California.
Yandex takes on Google with an alternative Android app store
Yandex is the Russian Google, claiming over 60 percent market share for its search engine within Russia. Its latest expansion is into Google’s Android ecosystem with Yandex.Store, an Android app market that will offer around 40,000 applications on release.
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