Mobile phone tracker firm IDC has released the latest numbers of worldwide smartphone shipment for the first quarter of the year. This period has all but confirmed the dominance of two particular mobile platforms, Android and iOS. The dynamic duo secured a combined 82% share of the 152.3 million smartphones shipped in Q1 2012 and made it tougher for other mobile platforms, such as Symbian, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7/ Windows Mobile, to stop falling further down the chart.
Smartphones running Android OS were at the top of the heap, with more than 59% market share. Samsung emerged as the dominant player in the Android universe, and was the biggest contributor to the [...]
Just when you thought tablet adoption rates couldn’t possibly go any higher, a recent forecast report from NPD DisplaySearch claims that the next five years will see tablet shipments increase fivefold, up to a level where they will surpass notebook PC shipments. This significant increase in tablet sales could materialize due to the big investments made by various manufacturers in the tablet market, as well as to the growing diversity of hardware offerings.
In 2011, tablet shipments figures have reached 81.6 million units. According to the NPD report, 184.2 million tablets are expected to ship in 2013. By 2016, tablet shipments will exceed notebook PC shipments, and reach [...]
As Android seems bound to overtake the tablet market share crown from the iPad, there’s a new contender on the horizon: Microsoft’s Windows 8. Granted, the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 seems to show that Microsoft did their best and have developed a decent OS, not to mention the impressive hardware announced for the upcoming Windows 8 tablets. But, it’s not all pink butterflies, as there are some that believe there’s a chance that Microsoft’s tablet OS will arrive too late to a very competitive party.
One of those people is Alan Masarek, CEO of QuickOffice (the developers of the Quickoffice app that allows iPad users to edit Microsoft Office documents). When asked to share [...]
I’ve been writing about Android since the release of the first smartphone to run the OS, the HTC Dream (those of you from the US might know it as the T-Mobile G1), back in October 2009. At the time, I must have read about a hundred articles by authors of all calibers, all arguing why Android didn’t stand a chance to become what it is today: the largest smartphone OS in the world by market share.
But despite the fact that I’m a big Android fan who honestly believes that Android is the best mobile OS out there, I’m not going to make the same mistake that all those writers did back in 2009. I am not going to let my preferences get it in the way of observing how [...]
Lately, there have been a spurt of reports and surveys detailing the concern the developer community has about Android fragmentation. But is Android fragmentation as big of a problem as it’s made out to be? Let’s take a look.Fragmentation Basics
When we talk about fragmentation, we’re essentially looking at two types – Hardware fragmentation and Software fragmentation.
Hardware fragmentation is a term used to describe the fact that, at any given point in time, devices based on the same software platform are running on different types of hardware (processors, graphics chips, screen size, etc.) Now, this should [...]
According to a recent study conducted by mobile app analytics firm Flurry, Google Play (it still has an odd ring to it, doesn’t it?) is not only behind the iTunes App Store when talking about revenues from in-app purchases, but is trumped by Amazon Appstore’s ability of getting users to pay for these kinds of “acquisitions”.
The guys at Flurry conducting the study showed that, for every dollar earned through in-app purchases on Apple’s iOS, Amazon’s Appstore generates $0.89, while Google Play only makes $0.23. That’s pretty good for Amazon, considering that the Kindle Fire, their only device generating in-app purchases, is still a toddler compared to Apple’s [...]
Although the features, the UI, and the general experience matter a lot when it comes to choosing the “right” smartphone operating system, for many people the choice boils down to the number and quality of apps available for each OS. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 has recently surpassed RIM’s BlackBerry store when it comes to the total number of available apps, although the comparison with RIM’s Blackberry OS (with its major downfall over the past few years) is not something to make WP7 users particularly proud. Although the number of apps available for Windows Phone 7 recently went north of 70k, that’s no match for roughly the half of million apps available for [...]
To help identify and plug out security holes in their products, big software companies are sponsoring a number of hacking events, handing out cash prizes that motivate many white-hat hackers to reveal their hacking arsenal. One would say that the $60,000-each that Google offered in one such recent competition to those who managed to hack the Google Chrome web browser is actually a lot of money, right? Wrong, as it turns out some governments (especially the US and a few EU members) are willing to pay up to four times that sum for exclusive ownership of so called “zero-day hacks”.
This bit of info comes via a couple of Forbes articles interviewing agencies [...]
The next time you are caught in a heated debate with your non-Android buddies over which platform is on top, you may want to quote the latest quarterly data on key trends in the US mobile phone industry, which was just released by comScore MobiLens for the period ending January 2012.
The survey reveals that, in U.S., Android OS still holds a commanding lead over other mobile platforms, securing 48.6% of the smartphone market. This is a 2.3% increase from the previous quarter. Taking second place is Apple’s iOS, which grabbed a 29.5% market share, an improvement of 1.4 percentage points. The third and fourth positions are held by RIM and Microsoft, [...]
There are few things more personal that the pictures you snap with your mobile phone. While SSNs, bank accounts numbers, or street addresses are critical for our safety, pictures and videos take the meaning of privacy to a whole new level.
We snap pics of our dear ones, of our kids, and our friends, sometimes in situations that are meant to remain private. Now imagine how you would feel if anyone with basic programming skills and a couple of hours of spare time could steal your most personal photos. That all the photos stored on the SD card on your smartphone are free for the taking?
A nightmarish scenario? This is exactly how Android works right now. And iOS users, [...]