iOS

Apple knows no shame: steals ICS camera unlock for iOS

"Good artists copy. Great artists steal." A certain megalomaniacal CEO is famous for this phrase, though the company that he co-founded seems to have forgotten the often-repeated mantra in the last few years. There seem to be plenty of "great artists" left at Apple: In addition to basically lifting Android's notification system and slapping it into iOS 4, then copying homescreen folders for iOS 5, it looks like they're planning on yet another misappropriation for iOS 5.1. BGR caught an early glance at the new lockscreen for the March update, which has an "innovative" feature added: users can either swipe right to unlock the phone, or swipe up to go straight to the camera app.

Android most popular among first-time buyers in Q4, says NPD

Despite a strong 4th quarter showing for Apple thanks to the launch of the iPhone 4S, Android continues to kick digital butt all over the world. Contradicting earlier numbers, analytics firm NPD reports that Android is even more popular among first-time smartphone buyers. Among US buyers from October through December, 57% chose Android, 34% chose iOS and just under 10% chose something else. Android led the overall race as well, with 48% of sales as opposed to Apple's 43%. Android's total US market share, as reported by a handful of firms, remains in the 46-48% range.

ComScore: Android still dominates US, BlackBerry and Windows fall further behind

Remember those reports from last month that showed Apple beating out Android in the latter half of 2011? The ones that half the internet jumped on as proof that Android was "falling behind"? Yeah, not so much. Despite a massive rise in iPhone sales in the fourth quarter, Android is still way out in front of the mobile landscape with 47.3 % market share, according to ComScore. Their number crunchers say that's a 2.5 point increase since Q3 2011. Apple continues to rise at a slower pace, capturing 29.6% of the total smartphone market in the US.

iOS apps crash more than Android, says recent data

"Oh, I'd never use an Android phone - those things crash too much!" This mantra is often heard from those cradling their iDevices, basking in the self-satisfied glow of the latest incrementally updated iPhone Designed by Apple in California (and Made by Foxconn in China). But is it true? Recent research from mobile analytics firm Crittercism says no. Based on data collected in November and December of last year, iOS apps crashed at a significantly higher rate than Android apps - more than three times as much for top selling apps. Don't panic, Apple faithful, just keep repeating this soothing chant to yourself: "It just works."

Anomaly Warzone Earth HD “Tower Offense” game lands on Android

While Tower Defense games are hugely successful and loads of fun I can't help but feel like we have entirely too many. What we have today though is the poplar "tower offense" game called Anomaly Warzone Earth HD from 11 bit studios. This game was extremely successful over on that iOS platform and now it's finally here where it belongs -- on Android.

Temple Run popular iOS game heading to Android next month

For us in the world of Android we might not see or hear about some of the fun games over on that other platform, but occasionally they have some hugely popular games that haven't quite made their way to Android yet. Take Temple Run for example. It's been the top iOS game for a few months and has seen over 20 million downloads. I'm happy to report it will be landing on Android next month.

Android adoption slows in Q4 2011, thanks to iPhone 4S

While Android's rise to the top of the smartphone world has been nothing short of meteoric, it looks like the gravy train slowed somewhat at the tail end of 2011. Despite high-profile phone releases like the Motorola DROID RAZR and the Galaxy Nexus, not to mention a wider and wider selection of Android devices across all price points, Android adoption by new users slowed considerably according to Nielsen. While 62% of first-time smartphone buyers chose Android in October, by December only 47% did.

Nokia director says youths are confused with Android, probably doesn’t have kids

A little verbal back-and-forth is normal among megacorproations, and since Nokia is on the defensive, they're not above dishing some out. Speaking with Pocket Lint, Nokia's director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales Niels Munksgaard claimed that Android phones don't sit well with young people on account of its complexity. He went on to say that they don't want the iPhone, because everyone already has one. I'll give you ten points if you can find the error in that statement.

NPD: Android passes 50% market share in the US

Android has been making a beeline to the top of the smartphone world for the last two years, and it looks like the little green OS that could has passed one of its biggest milestones yet. Research firm NPD says that Android runs on 53% of the smartphones being used in the US. No other OS comes close, with iOS in a distant second at 29%. If mobile operating systems were horses, Android would lead by about two and a half lengths.