Folks, numbers don’t lie. Android OS has taken a clear majority of the smartphone market over the past year and competitors seem to be falling behind. Why is it that Windows 8 is even being considered as a competitor when it now only controls 9% of the Mobile OS Market? Keep reading to hear the top 5 reasons that won’t be happening. 1. Windows Marketplace?
One of the main reasons for choosing one mobile OS over another is it’s app store. While Android and IOS currently boast close to 500,000 apps each, the Windows Marketplace has yet to break the 10,000 mark. This is clearly an area where they must catch-up if they want to stay a competitor.
Well, this is a bit of a surprise. The Windows Team have recently blogged that they’ve given developers access to tools so they can integrate Windows Live on several mobile platforms – one of them being Android.
For those not familiar with it, Windows Live is Microsoft’s own internet suite of tools. If you’ve got an old Hotmail account somewhere, then you’ll probably be able to use it, along with Messenger and SkyDrive. It’s looking to be a seamless integration with an easy-to-use interface. All you need to do is sign-up once and then you can have access to your Live account and have it accessed by third-party apps.
The big [...]
If you’re not familiar with what ‘rooting’ your phone means or what root access gives you, it’s not really that different from being a complete Administrator of an account a PC. Without having administrative rights, you are limited in what you can to the computer itself. If you were to bring a phone into a carrier’s location they would not be obligated to support you and your issues if you have ‘rooted’ the device. In the same breath these carriers are selling laptops, netbooks, notebooks or whatever the hip marketing term happens to be at that moment (I am going with “notebook”), with windows installed that have administrator accounts that have the highest elevation of access [...]
Despite literally being pulled from the fires of failure by Android, Motorola have opted to speak out about their desires to push their own new OS as CEO Sanjay Jha clearly puts it; “If I had more money for R&D, I’d be developing an operating platform.” Indeed, Jha states that Motorola require diversity in their portfolio, something I think anyone could agree with. When discussing the possibility about a Windows Phone 7 Jha says, “I’m open to it…I think I need diversity in our portfolio.”
Motorola had a great time of it when they were the first to release an Android based 2.X device. An aggressive marketing campaign saw that the Motorola Droid really did do very well on [...]
Ever since I used the Samsung Omnia i8910HD I’ve been investigating the success of Android ports to this device. For me, a version Android supporting 720p video recording afforded by the hardware on this device, along with some of the new features found in Android 2.0, would be perfect. Unfortunately on this occasion I have missed out to the HTC Touch HD. It seems to be the case that Windows based devices are getting the Android treatment before Symbian.
The non-English speaking video below shows what appears to be a fully functional HTC Touch HD running Android 2.0. Typically, the primary difficulties lie in getting the radio, WiFi, etc. to work, but this appears to have been [...]
With all the genuine and well deserved excitement surrounding the prelaunch of the HTC Hero/G1 Touch yesterday, one thing really stood out, and that was obviously the custom developed Sense UI interface. With that said, I think it is safe to say that current Android users sporting the standard Google Android OS found on the HTC G1 and HTC Magic (and presumably the upcoming Samsung i7500) may feel somewhat left out.
After all, both of the two available Android devices are HTC manufactured, and with the Taiwanese company doing such as great job customising Android for the Hero, why not release the UI as an optional upgrade to [...]
NVIDIA have snuggled up tightly with Microsoft and expressed that they will be working on optimizing Windows CE for Tegra-based “smartbooks” (something between a smarphone and a netbook), as opposed to Android. According to an article over at ComputerWorld, Mike Rayfield from NVIDIA was quite clear and specific about the differences between Android and Windows Mobile, and has clearly taken ‘sides’ – at least for now. We say this because there is also news that NVIDIA is working with Google to accelerate Android when running on Tegra hardware. The downside being that it will take about a year before anything good comes of it due [...]
A web metrics company going by the name of Net Applications has recently announced that Google’s Android holds 6.15 percent of the Internet mobile browsing market share, putting it in 4th position behind No. 2 Java ME’s 9.06 percent and No. 3 Windows Mobile’s 6.91 percent. Obviously the big gun is still Apple with its iPhone, but is this change foreshadowing what is to come?
With many more phones running Android due for release this year, we can surely expect Apple to relinquish more of its market share; after all, it is quite simply outnumbered. However, Apple’s “commanding lead” of 66.61 percent of the market is pretty convincing at this point. Even [...]
It seems that if you wanted to, you could spend your whole life flying around the world to conferences reporting on the latest technology…in fact, I’m sure you could. Down in Cannes, VMWare’s VMworld Europe 2009 technology conference is finishing today, but not without some interesting announcements. At their conference, VMWare revealed Windows CE and Google’s Android running side by side on the same device. Although this is not strictly Android exclusive, it’s very cool and has many applications. There is a video after the jump at the bottom.
In recent news, Bloomberg have written a speculative article on ASUS and the prospect of the Android OS in their upcoming netbooks. As one of the first companies to pioneer the netbook style laptops (sub-$500), ASUS continue to forge a path which many other manufacturers have already begun to walk. Samson Hu, head of the Eee PC business at ASUS, recently said that ASUS have “allocated engineers to develop an Android-based netbook by as early as the year”. Hu was quick to mention that whether or not this will result in a final product is unclear since the project is still in development.