It’s just another day at the office for Android handsets, kicking everybody else’s behinds. According to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), Android-powered handsets maintain its commanding lead over Apple’s iOS devices and others in the global smartphone market for Q3 2012.
With Google’s latest update to its iOS Search application, it might pose a more serious challenge to Siri on its iOS home turf. Google’s latest Search app for the iPhone and iPad may not be Google Now, but is “still a big step forward.”
In the heat of the Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit, a judge in one of the international court cases ruled that Samsung’s Android products were not as cool as the Apple iPad, and hence the Korean company could not have succeeded in copying the iPad’s iconic design. Well, we now have data from consumer research, and it seems that Android, as a platform, is now considered the new cool kid on the block.
It took 16 years since the first smart phone came out, but the number of smartphones in use has recently exceeded one billion. According to Strategy Analytics, that equals about 1 out of every 7 people who now own a smartphone. With major smartphone companies like Apple, Samsung, HTC, and Motorola raking in billions of dollars a year, it’s not surprise they’re being so competitive.
According to an ABI Research study, both iOS and Android average app sizes have been growing at an alarming pace of late, reaching some numbers we never thought possible. iOS games, for example, are now 60 MB in average, up 42% from back March.
Adobe Reader has received a much needed update for its mobile platform. Among the various other features, the big feature is cloud storage. It uses Google Drive to sync documents between your phone, tablet, and computer to allow for easy reading, editing, and sharing.
Skype has had an exciting nine years of life. They’ve been acquired twice. Once by eBay and once by Microsoft. Even so, the video chatting giant has reached a memorable plateau of 45 million users online at the same time. Despite a lot of competition in the video chatting market, Skype’s numbers are trending upward.
Mobile application development has been on the rise since it first started. This makes sense, as mobile operating systems like Android and iOS have skyrocketed in popularity over the last half a decade. With so many phones out there and so many more predicted to sell, it is predicted that application development, which has already created 512,000 new jobs, will continue to grow at a very quick pace over the next half a decade.
One of the best browsers for Android and iOS, Dolphin Browser, has hit 50 million users worldwide. To celebrate the accomplishment, they have released the Jetpack addon for their Android browser. Jetpack promises faster HTML5 speeds among other enhancements for a faster browsing experience.
Now that the market is filled with smartphones and tablets, AOL has given Games.com a makeover. It now includes over 5000 free video games that gamers can play from the comfort of their mobile browser.