Google Play Music and Movies has come to iOS. Rather than keeping to Android, Play Music and Movies have made their way to the App Store. This is another in many steps for Google to become agnostic about OS, and more concentrated on services.
With Blackberry seemingly com in apart at the seams, many wonder just how the former smartphone juggernaut would plan to move on. More to the point, with Android and iOS soaking up the market share sunlight, how would Blackberry remain relevant? After previously swearing off Android, their CEO now says he’s like to give both Android and iOS a go — for security and productivity.
We often find ourselves complaining about apps that arrive first for iOS and then much later for Android. Well, today we have a time when the opposite has happened. Yes, Android Community is writing about an iOS app. But, that app just so happens to be for Google Glass, so there is room for exception here.
New reports suggest that Microsoft is now considering giving Windows Mobile away to OEMs for free, ending the licensing deal that garnered them about $30 per handset. This move would align Microsoft with Google, giving away their mobile platform for free while driving business to other revenue streams. This is only part of a series of moves being considered by operating systems chief Terry Myerson, along with bringing back the Start menu.
It’s the concern so many Android users have: when will my phone be upgraded to the newest version? As Android fans, we want to know that we will at least see the newest Android version soon after launch. While we don’t expect to see our HTC or Samsung device carry the latest flavor of Android the same day as a Nexus device, we don’t want to get left behind, either.
What is the best tablet for gaming? That’s subjective, of course, but a new study shows it may not be the device you think. While most still turn to iOS for gaming, the Android realm is catching up quickly. While we focus on tablets like the Nexus 7, we’re way off base. In fact, we’re not even acknowledging the people’s choice.
When it comes to spending, iOS users still outshine Android fans. The same can be said for web traffic, too, according to IBM. Their Big Blue mother brain found that the iOS platform accounted for 14.5% of all Cyber Monday web purchases. Android was only responsible for about 2.5%.
Google is set to bring Chrome packaged apps to mobile, as well as desktop. The apps in question, which recently launched as “Desktop apps” in the Chrome Web Store for Chromebooks (or "Offline Apps" elsewhere), act just like web apps except they operate outside of a web browser, and don’t need an Internet connection. While we’ve long expected Google to bring Chrome extensions to mobile, this represents a new frontier in Google’s platform functionality.
According to new research, 82% of all mobile phones sold in 2017 will be smartphones. Continuing a trend set forth with the iPhone, smartphones are set to dominate the worldwide market. This also takes into account those who're migrating away from feature phones, and emerging markets in the Middle East and Asia.
IDC has released its figures for smartphone shipments for the third quarter of this year and Android is yet again at the top of it all. The market intelligence company attributes this lead, as well as the rather surprising growth of Windows Phone devices, to steadily declining average selling price in the market.