Is Amazon about to bring out a smartphone?

Amazon already has a cloud service, film and TV streaming service and ereader, so a smartphone would be the next logical step, wouldn’t it?

Reports from Bloomberg suggest that Chinese mobile manufacturer Foxconn is collaborating with the retail giant over a potential Amazon phone running on Android which could be out by the end of the year.

The reports have certainly done both companies’ stock good –...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android.

No Flash for Jelly Bean, Adobe says

Adobe has officially announced they are not going to be supporting their Flash software for Google Android 4.1, otherwise known as Jelly Bean.

Jelly Bean was unveiled at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco earlier this week, and promises to be an altogether better experience than the current OS, Ice Cream Sandwich when it gets rolled out to various devices in July.

Even though...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Development.

Has Siri met her match in Robin?

Watch out Siri, you might have some competition on its way. Meet Robin, the new free Android virtual assistant app.

We have seen a number of Android apps that have aimed to one-up Siri, but failed to do so. Robin comes into play with a new method to accessing voice commands: a wave of the hand. Brush your hand over the phone and Robin is ready to help you.

This is a neat idea, with the obvious benefits being ease of use and in-car...

By Mike Brown, 22 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Mobile.

Is Spotify's new radio app trying to shoot Pandora down?

Spotify has taken aim and fired at Pandora following the rolling out of the Swedish streaming giant’s free iOS mobile radio app.

The new app is planned to only be available in the US for iPad and iPhone, but is expected to be available on Android within the coming weeks. Users outside the US will still need a premium subscription to utilise mobile radio.

Spotify claims that mobile radio...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Mobile, Social.

Facebook rolls out App Center to US with 600 apps making cut

The highly-publicised Facebook App Center, described as “the place for people to find great social apps on the web and mobile”, has been officially released to US users, with apps available on iOS and Android platforms as well as on Facebook.com.

Many of the apps are already-popular games and services, such as Spotify, Pinterest and Draw Something. The Center categorises best apps in terms of top rated, trending and top...

By James Bourne, 08 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise App Stores, iOS, Social.

Android “will peak this year” as Windows Phone challenges Apple, IDC says

As forecasts go, this is a pretty big one: the International Data Corporation (IDC) has predicted that Windows Phone will overtake iOS by 2016 and that Android will have hit its peak by the end of this year.

This won’t be great news for Google, but the report notes that Android will still be far ahead of the opposition, holding 52.9% of the market share by...

By James Bourne, 07 June 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Research.

Unique payment app launches to give businesses cash-flow freedom

Payment service provider CreditCall, in partnership with Elavon, is rolling out what is claimed to be the world’s first mobile payment app which allows UK businesses on the move to utilise Chip and PIN on Android and Blackberry devices.

The revolutionary app, called Elavon MobileMerchant, launches today following a highly successful five month trial, and has...

By James Bourne, 29 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, BlackBerry.

Google vs Oracle: Google wins round two of patents case

Google has won the latest battle of the patents after a court in California ruled that the internet search giant didn’t infringe on Oracle’s patents.

The trial has had two distinct phases, concerning copyright and patent infringement separately.

The jury had already returned an inconclusive verdict in the copyright infringement aspect of the case, stating that they believed Google had infringed Oracle’s copyright on 37

By James Bourne, 24 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android.