Android News & Analysis
| Monday Dec 9, 2013
Mobile commerce has gone from a theoretical possibility to a practical imperative. Marketers don't have to look any further than the statistics from Black Friday to understand that.
But how you reach your customer on their smartphones is an ever changing game. Asian device makers are throwing curve balls with a flexible smartphone from LG headed west in 2014. That's just one of the new technologies — and questions — to consider.
Will Amazon's Fire smartphone finally burn bright? What crowd-funded gadgets could influence the market? And who will challenge Samsung as the dominant manufacturer?
| Wednesday Nov 27, 2013
BlackBerry has introduced an updated version of its messaging app that makes the service a social network — but Android and iOS users will have to wait for the new features.
Owners of BlackBerry 10 and Blackberry 7 devices can use BlackBerry Messenger Service (BBM) to join in social media chat across channels and interact with people, brands, celebrities and communities. In the near future, the feature will also be extended to Android and iPhone users.
With massive user growth of BBM, is this a threat to the likes of Facebook or will others just mimic it as we move to a more mobile social landscape?
| Tuesday Nov 26, 2013
You couldn't have made it through the past month without hearing one prediction after another about the importance of mobile commerce this holiday season. And guess what? Everyone who emphasized that optimizing for mobile was an essential retail strategy was apparently right, according to early insight from IBM.
| Wednesday Nov 13, 2013
Two heavyweights — International Data Corporation (IDC) and Gartner — just released quarterly statistics on smartphone shipments and market share.
The consensus: Android is running away with market share, now accounting for four out of five mobile phones sold worldwide. But Apple continues to rake in most of the money and Nokia is moving up in the rankings. What could change in 2014?
| Tuesday Nov 12, 2013
With Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales looming, new super-powerful game consoles — the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One — appear to be the hot tickets this year.
But from affordable 3D printers to tiny and low-cost smart-TV adaptors, there's something for every budget in this most bountiful of selling seasons.
| Thursday Oct 31, 2013
Those tasty fingers of chocolate biscuit take on extra meaning today as the latest version of Android arrives to add flavor to the new range of devices and upgrade those that were losing their bite.
Google's $349 Nexus 5 smartphone has also been made official, challenging rival devices to a major selling fight over the holiday season.
What else does the company have to offer fans and users increasingly tempted by less-expensive Apple devices, a wide range of Nokia Windows phones and others?
| Wednesday Oct 30, 2013
Google+ has a reputation for being a bit barren for many users. But it just made several upgrades that could improve the user experience. Now there’s the ability to schedule a Hangout On Air and backup photos via auto syncing for iOS.
While we don’t see Google+ becoming the most popular place to share photos, that hasn’t stopped the company from taking dead aim at the Facebook and Instagram. Facebook has long been the go-to place for so called frictionless sharing of photos with friends and family, but Google+ updates like backup syncing of photos on iOS devices could prove to be a streamlined way to manage an incoming photo stream.
| Wednesday Oct 30, 2013
In just one week, 20 million new users signed up to use BlackBerry's BBM service through a free app available on the iPhone and Android stores.
But even that good news has a caveat for the struggling Canadian handset maker, which is pivoting to software and services and still looking for a buyer. The app rates only 2.5 stars on iOS and garnered a reportedly suspicious four stars on the Android store.
| Monday Oct 28, 2013
Apple has just announced storming sales of 33.8 million iPhones for its latest fourth quarter results, with iPad sales down a bit at 14.1 million, as buyers awaited the latest models, a similar fate that affected the Mac line-up.
On the money side, the company saw $37.5 billion revenue, quarterly net profit of $7.5 billion, adding an extra $9.9 billion to its cash mountain. We'll listen to the earnings call and follow up with any details.
| Monday Oct 28, 2013
We've already seen the the Nexus 5 phone in black, thanks to leaks last week from Google. Now images are floating around of the phone stylish white, with the chatter coalescing around a Nov. 1 release date. More scurrilous chatter also suggests a full-size tablet, a Nexus 10 model, is also on the way.
Meanwhile, LG has shown off another curved smartphone for Korean users, suggesting that curved will be an option in most price ranges next year.
| Monday Oct 21, 2013
Customer service provider UserVoice is out with an Android-targeted Software Development Kit for its in-app software.
| Friday Oct 18, 2013
If Google has been struggling to find a solution to falling mobile advertising prices, it appears to have found a solution this quarter: sell more ads and sell them quicker. It may seem simple, but it has taken Google a while to come up with it. The result is a spectacular 12 percent rise in revenues to $14.9 billion year-over-year, with profits close to $3 billion -- and a promise of more to come in future quarters.
| Friday Oct 18, 2013
While Apple gets the foreign factories to do most of its leaking, Google is happy to do the work itself, with a brief appearance on the Google Play store of a Nexus 5 offering.
The page has vanished now, but with a starting price of $349 -- if the price holds for the official release -- puts top-notch smartphones within easy reach, without the need for a long-term contract with a mobile network provider.
The phone will also be the first device to ship with Android 4.4 KitKat, making it a must-have for those who crave the latest in operating systems and chocolate-covered biscuits.
| Friday Oct 11, 2013
While smartphones and tablets have exploded, the smart TV concept has struggled. Sure, people are buying sets, but those extra features and apps have been overlooked thanks to niche stores, complex menus and other customer experience issues. With an upcoming war against Apple and Microsoft, Google is changing its own game.
| Wednesday Oct 9, 2013
In vendors' increasingly desperate attempts to differentiate smartphones, we've seen them get larger, smaller, thinner and now curvier, thanks to Samsung's efforts with flexible displays. But what are the advantages of a curved-screen in a smartphone. Korea finds out tomorrow, the rest of the world will have to wait a while.