Android OS making great market strides

The Android operating system has taken the lion's share of the mobile phone market over the past 12 months, according to the latest research from Gartner. Google's operating system, which runs on devices from manufacturers including Motorola, HTC and Samsung, is now the most widely installed in the world, appearing on 43.4 percent of all new smartphones sold in the first two quarters of 2011.

Of the 107.7 million smartphones shipped to the UK over the period, 46.8 million were Android devices - a complete...

By Matthew Henkes, 15 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Research.

Facebook launches instant messaging mobile App

Facebook has launched a instant messaging mobile app for smart phones to allow users to message on the go in what they claim is a "simpler and faster" way to communicate. The app, called Facebook Messenger launched yesterday in the US. It integrates Facebook service Messages and aggregates a user’s chat, email and texts into a single, continuous thread. This enables users to send messages to friends or contacts in their phonebook in either a text or notification form while photos and locations can also be added to messages. Unlike Blackberry...

By Verity Gough, 10 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Mobile, Social.

Channel 5 set to launch Big Brother app

Channel 5 has announced it is to launch a Big Brother app so fans can access their favourite housemate info, games and live coverage via their iPhones, iPads and Android devices.

The reality show, which was bought by Five last year after ten years of success on Channel 4, kicks off with ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ on Thursday 18 August with the apps’ launch set to coincide with the first broadcast, pending approval from Apple.

In addition to pre-roll ads which will be sold by the Channel 5 sales...

By Verity Gough, 07 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS.

Apple tops the paid-for apps battle

Apple is still taking the lion’s share of the paid-for Apps market leaving Google’s Android floundering in the water, according to a report by top UK app design firm, Nice Agency.

The iphone currently remains the market leader in terms of the amount of paid apps on offer - almost three times more than Android currently offers.

“Consumers are willing to pay for Apple apps because they believe they're good value for money,” said co-MD of Nice Agency, Ryan Hall but argued that its...

By Matthew Henkes, 01 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise App Stores, iOS.

Google Chairman ‘Not Too Worried’ About Apple Lawsuits Over Android

ZDNet Asia reports on comments from Google Chairman Eric Schmidt regarding the recent flurry of lawsuits between Apple and Android-based smartphone manufacturers such as HTC and Samsung. Schmidt’s comments, which came at Google’s Mobile Revolution conference in Tokyo, reveal that he is “not too worried” about the lawsuits as he takes a shot at Apple (and others such as Oracle and Microsoft) for suing when it...

By 3Squared, 20 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android.

Android now seeing 550,000 activations every day

You read that right. Today, during Google’s second-quarter earnings call, CEO Larry Page announced that some 550,000 devices are being activated every day.

That’s about 382 devices being activated every minute, or 3.85 million every week.

That’s a lot of devices.

Put it into perspective: On June 28, Android’s Andy Rubin tweeted that a half-million devices were being activated daily....

By 3Squared, 14 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android.

Impressions from the Droidcon 2011

As every year, the Droidcon 2011 was held in our capitol city of Berlin. Thus Ricky, Tobias and Andre of our team took off from Bremen to visit.

The Urania, a well-known theater, was the location of this year's conference which was a nice contrast to last years location which was far from the center of Berlin. With its classy red-padded chairs and theatre stages the feeling was much more of a show than of a conference. The Droidcon started on the first day with the...

By Enough Software, 30 March 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android.