While it’s fun to predict market shares for years in advance, there’s really no telling what will happen six months from now, and four year predictions are pretty much useless in the tech world. But trends do matter and they are worth analyzing. With this necessary caveat out of our way, here’s what IDC says it’s happening in the tablet market, this year and beyond.
Android devices are on the rise, but engagement and commerce seems to have plateaued. Here are a few explanations on why iOS still leads in user engagement.
A new study looking into application stores and their ecosystem is available, showing some interesting numbers for the two main players in the business, Google and Apple.
Star Wars has been the flavor of the season, but it appears Star Trek may be making its way into the mobile industry. An IndieGoGo start up called CommBadge looks to bring a Star Trek: TNG-style communicator to your t-shirts.
Apple’s Maps application in iOS frankly sucks. Apple seems to be making an effort do do something about it, and the company has reportedly edged out a key executive responsible for Maps development. Will this help accelerate development and improvement on the platform, or should Apple just bite the bullet and let Google Maps handle what it does best?
There’s probably no greater rivalry in the mobile space right now than the one between Apple and Samsung, although one could argue that the Apple vs Google battle is also quite important for the mobile market.
The Android platform is completely dominating the smartphone market. Is it because Google is getting better at design faster than Apple is getting better at web services? We take a look at Android’s rise as Google improves the platform while Apple sticks with the same old tried and tested combination.
The iPhone is still the most popular mobile device in Facebook’s campus and that’s not a good thing for the company when it comes to releasing a flaw-free, or close to it, Facebook app for Android devices.
When a highly rated iOS game appears for Android, it’s always good news. After all, the more good games on Android the better. Now MegaCity, a Tetris-meets-Sim City puzzler has hit Android with its usual high reviews.
With tablet computers being more powerful than ever before, it looks like they’re about to pass a milestone. Reports are that tablets will pass notebook computers in units shipped in 2013, which will be the first time tablets have outsold computers.