Android News & Analysis
| Wednesday Feb 5, 2014
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak captivated a tech-savvy audience in San Francisco today by warning that society is moving towards "a police state," calling for public resistance to the unrestricted collection of marketing data, and speculating that Apple could produce iPhones that run on Google's "not-so-fenced-in" Android operating system.
| Friday Jan 31, 2014
With Lenovo buying Motorola and a new generation of devices on the way, there's rumblings of change in the mobile marketplace. But none of the hardware and network juggling will stem the tide of mobile marketing.
Marketing campaigns are focusing on apps and social media. But as the dollars continue to flow, are marketers who are following the money risky their creativity and niche opportunities? A new infographic highlights the trends.
| Monday Jan 27, 2014
Ahead of today's Apple earnings announcement — whatever the sales for last year's models — all the gossip is about company's "plans" for larger iPhone and iPad devices, as its enterprise and worker battle with Android and Windows Phones heats up. Are competitors poised to take a bite from Apple?
Or will Apple's expected larger-screens satisfy an insatiable mobile marker — and even help improve productivity? What more can Apple do to drive its presence in the enterprise as Intel's Android Device Protection Technology drive starts up, with CIOs becoming increasingly concerned about mobile security? And, with Microsoft's wide-ranging enterprise play, can the revamping of iWorks help it become an enterprise winner?
| Thursday Jan 16, 2014
The current forecast for cyber security in 2014 is “grim” and has the potential to get even worse, according to new research from Cisco. The report concludes that if technologies like cloud computing and the growth in the use of mobile technologies are creating a wider landscape for hackers to work on, then trust is the open door letting hackers into systems.
| Wednesday Jan 8, 2014
Gartner is not only predicting steady growth across the global IT sector this year: It is also predicting 7.6 percent growth in device shipments in 2014. Android will dominate the operating systems (OS) market and the PC market, contrary to popular belief, will still have a slight pulse.
| Friday Dec 20, 2013
Despite iOS and Android's huge consumer mobile sales and the rise of bring your own device (BYOD) policies, Microsoft still has a shot at becoming the dominant force in mobile enterprise.
Business connectivity, SharePoint and Office integration for Windows Phone 8 will earn it many friends in the enterprise. And Microsoft will place increasing emphasis on its mobile offering as the desktop market continues to stagnate. As sales rise, developers are returning to populate the app marketplace.
| Wednesday Dec 18, 2013
Email isn't going away, no matter how hard we try. So instead of fighting it, I've decided to simplify it. Here are five apps I've tried to tame the email beast.
| Monday Dec 16, 2013
Twitter is testing a new service called Nearby that will display geographically local tweets to users. It will allow a limited amount of local interaction and provide users the ability to search for tweets in a defined geographic area.
It could also give local business and marketers a boost, enabling them to target advertisements and offers to users in proximity to a business or event. The service mixes maps and tweets to identify local tweets.
| 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.