It seems that the Microsoft-developed mobile operating system is getting some reprieve as gains fans among European countries. Meanwhile, Android and iOS are still ahead in the mobile platform race, especially in the US.
The classic and extremely addicting iOS game Zombie Gunship has launched on Android this week, so get ready to kill some zombies. A few apocalypse survivors must man the gunner seat of a heavily-armed AC-130 as you rain fire from above and save the remaining humans from infection.
In case you haven't seen the news this afternoon, Apple just announced a budget and wallet-friendly iPhone, called the iPhone 5C. Whether that stands for cheap, consumer, or color, we're not sure, but we do know they're aiming right for what has helped Android sell over 1 billion devices. The budget market.
Without the help of Android, the number one mobile OS in the world with millions of devices activated daily, the extremely popular Plants vs Zombies 2 is still doing great. While we all know these numbers would be substantially higher with a simultaneous release, the developers from PopCap games are already celebrating nearly 25 million downloads.
Oh, it is definitely on! The battle for the top smartphone assistant has been going on for quite some time now but it seems that Apple's voice-controlled helper has now taken her gloves off. Siri has been reported to have some very amusing replies when people, mistakenly or intentionally, address her as "Glass".
Earlier this year Google released a pretty massive update that completely overhauled their Google Maps application for mobile devices. The new and improved Maps is pretty awesome, although some still miss the old version, but that change was to stay ahead of the competition. That competition being Apple and Nokia.
The hit game Plants vs Zombies is quite popular, and last year around this same time we learned that a sequel was in the works. Then back in March we learned it would arrive on mobile come this summer, only to later find out it would launch as an iOS exclusive. So this isn't really news, but by now we were hoping for at least some details regarding an Android release.
Yesterday the folks from Gameloft releases a large update to their popular and free official NFL simulation game for mobile devices. NFL Pro 2013 was one of my favorite NFL games for Android. A quick look on the Play Store shows I'm not alone, with over 1 million downloads on Android. However, the update yesterday announcing the all new NFL Pro 2014 only arrived for iOS.
The numbers just keep pouring in. Research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics just released its latest research on smartphone shipments for the second quarter of 2013 and the figures shouldn't surprise us anymore. Android-powered smartphones comprised 80 percent of global smartphone shipment of 229.6 million units.
Android just seems to be raking in the numbers this quarter, giving Apple something to really worry about. The latest figures from App Annie Index reveal that as of the second quarter of 2013, Google Play store has outmatched Apple's iOS App Store by as much as 10%. It also showed that Google Play is solidifying it's foothold on emerging markets.