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, [...]
Android’s success has been phenomenal over the past 2 years, and we all know it. It grew from a few percentage points market share to 30% in a year, and now it’s over 50% globally, which means out of 2 new smartphone sales, one of them is an Android device. But at some point this has to stop, right? It’s not like Android can keep growing forever. Or can it?
Well, obviously they can only grow so much out of a 100% market share, but I do think globally it will achieve more than 50%, and maybe even more than 60% in the next couple of years. The rest of the market would be split between iPhones and a bunch of other mobile operating systems, whether [...]
Kantar WorldPanel ComTech has recently unveiled the results of a survey they conducted. According to them, more than half the population of Great Britain is now a proud owner of a smartphone. And, on that topic, the logical question to ask is: which mobile OS is preferred, iOS or Android? Yep, you guessed it – the winner is Android.
The statistical company surveyed a total of 15,000 participants in Great Britian who had to report every 4 weeks to Kantar WorldPanel ComTech; whether they changed their phone, network or tariff. As the study learned, Android has an estimated 49.7% users. Compared to last year’s results, Android has risen by 12.7%.
On the other [...]
Before buying your own smartphone, what criteria do you use for choosing the right phone? Does it include having a wider screen and higher resolution? Does it include having the fastest processor on the market? Or what about battery power that lasts for more than a day? Most consumers focus their gaze on the phone’s specs but neglect to consider a very crucial and important criterion: security features.
In the battle of the best phones on the market, let’s now compare the security features of both Apple and Android devices which most consumers have overlooked.The Similarities
Let’s first tackle those security features where both mobile operating systems are on [...]
Android has had a very tough uphill battle with Apple over developers. This has been because of 2 reasons. One reason is that Apple had the headstart in both iPhone units and customer base, but also in the ecosystem. This made it so most new mobile developers would be naturally inclined to go with the iPhone ecosystem first. The more developers there were working for the iOS platform and more success stories appeared, the more wanted to join it.
The second reason was that Google hasn’t really cared about developers until more recently. In the first few years there were few Android units out there, definitely fewer than iPhones, but the Android Market was also [...]
I’m getting really tired of arguing against Net Marketshare stats. Every month they post the same type of hugely misleading stats. But this month they’ve really surpassed themselves in how much they are misleading people. There are so many things wrong with their stats, I barely know where to start.
Let’s start with the misleading tactic they keep using over and over again.1) Browser Usage vs Browser Units
If we were comparing just PC browsers, or just phone browsers, maybe I wouldn’t argue much against this, but even then, counting “browser usage’ or better said “time spent in a browser”, is really a pretty [...]
In a recent interview at Le Web Paris 2011, Eric Schmidt was asked why applications often release on iOS and then make their way into the Android Market. His answer? Complete smack talk. “My prediction is that six months from now, you’ll say the opposite,” Schimdt was quoted as saying. And, like any good debater, Schmidt did not just speak his mind and not give any background reasons. He believes that Android will take over because it is open. Therefore, more developers will be attracted to the platform for creating their applications. With tons of developers flocking to Android, and Ice Cream Sandwich already out, Eric Schmidt believes that 2012 will be [...]