Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Google improves Android with each new iteration by baking in new features, but where do they come from? Could it harm the app ecosystem if the hard work developers put in on an app has no pay off because the improved core functionality makes it obsolete? We take a look at developer pain, discuss the impact, and remember some pioneering apps that no longer seem necessary.

Exynos

Many developers are shying away from working their magic on Exynos-based devices due to Samsung’s reluctance to share proper documentations and sources for its chipset. Following its promise to come up with a solution, it seems Samsung is ready to open its Exynos playground – albeit partially.

Nokia Symbian devices

You’ve got to hand it to Symbian. It held the top smartphone spot for quite some time until Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android eventually toppled the platform in terms of user base. I had been a big fan of Symbian since its early EPOC days, and I’ve had my share of Symbian-powered smartphones from the Symbian-powered Nokia communicator series to a 2008 E-series, which was my last Symbian device.

Android-Tablets

It was recently revealed that only 5% of new Android activations are tablets, while daily a staggering 1.2 million Android smartphones are activated. However that still means that 70,000 or so tablets are activated every day, which after a quick bit of calculation, means nearly 2 million Android tablets are activated every month. Google has published some new tips urging developers to optimize their apps for tablets, as well as smartphones, as it forecasts that the number of Android tablet users, will grow which in turn offers developers new opportunities for monetization.