October 25th, 2011

Times launches on Android tab­let as Guard­ian iPad and Face­book edi­tions take off

The Times Android Tablet App

The Times launched their Android tab­let ver­sion today, almost 17 months after the launch of their iPad edition.

The Times web­site announced, “Like our iPad edi­tion, our Android ver­sion com­bines the best of The Times journ­al­ism with the inter­activ­ity of your tab­let, includ­ing enhanced graph­ics, stun­ning pic­ture gal­ler­ies and exclus­ive videos.”

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October 25th, 2011

Reach vs. Engage­ment? Android over­takes Apple for total app downloads

Android Vs Apple iOS App Downloads

Google’s Android has over­taken Apple’s iOS as the most pop­u­lar plat­form for mobile app down­loads, but Apple device users still down­load more per per­son, accord­ing to ABI Research.

In the second quarter, Android accoun­ted for 44% of the global mobile app down­loads, com­pared to 31% for iOS devices. That was fueled by a 36% jump […]

October 17th, 2011

Apple sells record 4 mil­lion iPhone 4S smart­phones in first weekend

iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S broke the pre­vi­ous sales record for an iphone, selling a total of 4 mil­lion units in its first three days of avail­ab­il­ity. This is more than double the company’s pre­vi­ous record of 1.7 mil­lion iPhone 4 units sold in the sum­mer of 2010.

The sale of four mil­lion iPhone 4S units at […]

October 14th, 2011

iPhone 4S standout app — Siri — lim­ited out­side US

iPhone 4S Siri

Siri — the voice recog­ni­tion “arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence” app that is per­haps the defin­ing fea­ture of the newly launched Apple iPhone 4S — was launched as a “beta”, and for those iPhone 4S users out­side of the US, its becom­ing clear why. Siri does not come with the com­plete func­tion­al­ity that it has in the US, […]

October 12th, 2011

Apple’s iOS 5 arrives

Apple's iOS5

The latest ver­sion of Apple’s mobile oper­at­ing sys­tem, iOS 5, was finally shipped today and is avail­able as an update when syncing an Apple mobile device via iTunes. iOS 5 is a free update and is com­pat­ible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch (4th gen­er­a­tion) and iPod touch (3rd […]

October 5th, 2011

Three reas­ons Apple launched the iPhone 4S and not the iPhone 5

iPhone 4S

Apple’s share price briefly dropped by almost 5% in response to the launch of the iPhone 4S — or more spe­cific­ally the non-​appearance of the iPhone 5.

How­ever, even though the iPhone 4S looks no dif­fer­ent to the iPhone 4, accord­ing to Apple “it is entirely new from the inside”.

It includes the faster A5 […]

September 22nd, 2011

Android remains top UK smart­phone platform

Android UK

Mobile Mar­ket­ing reports that Android remains the most pop­u­lar smart­phone plat­form in the UK, with 30% of smart­phone users, up from 28% in March. 27% of smart­phone users own an iPhone, com­pared to 26% in the first quarter of the year. RIM is in third place with 19% com­pared to 14% in March.

The fig­ures […]

September 22nd, 2011

Major Android OS update expec­ted late October

android-ice-cream-sandwich

The next major update to Google’s Android mobile oper­at­ing sys­tem will be released in late Octo­ber, shortly after Apple releases iPhone and iOS ver­sions 5, accord­ing to industry observers.

With “Ice Cream Sand­wich” as it’s ver­sion name, the gen­eral view is that it will be issued as ver­sion num­ber “Android 4.0″ to indic­ate that it […]

September 10th, 2011

Apps: more down­loads with Android, more money with Apple

Android-Apple

2011 could be the first year that Google’s Android over­takes Apple’s iOS in total num­ber of app down­loads, accord­ing to research firm Ovum. Ovum expects Android users to down­load 35% more apps than iOS users this year.

Android users are fore­cast to down­load 8.1 bil­lion apps this year, com­pared to the 6 bil­lion fore­cast for […]

August 15th, 2011

Google to buy Motorola Mobil­ity for $12.5bn — Why?

Google Motorola Mobility

Google today announced a deal to buy Motorola Mobil­ity for $12.5bn (£7.7bn).

A joint state­ment said the boards of both com­pan­ies had unan­im­ously approved the deal, which should be com­pleted by the end of this year, or early 2012.

Earlier this year, Motorola split into two sep­ar­ate com­pan­ies. Motorola Mobil­ity man­u­fac­tures mobile phones. Motorola Solutions […]

June 3rd, 2011

Apple to unveil iCloud and iOS5 on June 6th

Apple Worldwide Developer Conference 11

Steve Jobs is due to return to the stage at Apple’s World­wide Developers Con­fer­ence on Monday June 6th to intro­duce Apple’s cloud-​based sync ser­vice, the next ver­sion of the iPhone and iPad oper­at­ing sys­tem — iOS5 — and the next ver­sion of the Mac OS, Lion.

iCloud is expec­ted to fea­ture a music stream­ing service […]

May 14th, 2011

Busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als choose iPhone, iPad over Android

Ipad in Business

Accord­ing to Inter­me­dia, a global Microsoft Exchange host pro­vider, whilst Android mar­ket share and pop­ular­ity amongst con­sumers con­tin­ues to climb, busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als gen­er­ally prefer the iPhone.

Inter­me­dia reviewed the type of Act­ive­Sync*–based smart­phones its cus­tom­ers activ­ated across the 320,000 hos­ted Exchange email accounts it man­ages for its cus­tom­ers. 61% choose the iPhone, whilst only 17% […]

April 27th, 2011

Steve Jobs: “Apple not track­ing anyone”

Steve Jobs

Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave a rare inter­view this week to counter cri­ti­cism that Apple’s iphones and 3G iPads track their user’s loc­a­tion and store it in a data­base file in the iOS oper­at­ing system.

Jobs said that the loc­a­tion data stored on iPhones run­ning iOS 4 is used to deliver location-​based inform­a­tion to the […]

April 4th, 2011

Android numbers up, mobile use up, iPhone engagement strongest

Mobile OS

Android con­tin­ued to extend its lead amongst smart phone oper­at­ing sys­tems, accord­ing to two sur­veys — on in the US and the other in the UK. How­ever, accord­ing to the UK sur­vey, Apple’s iOS users remain more engaged than their Android coun­ter­parts whilst using their mobile device.

Accord­ing to a report issued by research firm […]

February 11th, 2011

Nokia, Microsoft join to build the “3rd mobile ecosystem”

Nokia Microsoft alliance

Nokia and Microsoft announced today that they are to form a broad stra­tegic alli­ance to cre­ate what they describe as the ‘third mobile ecosystem’.

As part of the deal Win­dows Phone will become the primary oper­at­ing sys­tem for Nokia’s smart­phones. The deal will also bring Bing and Xbox to Nokia devices.

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