More users in the United States are making the move to smartphones, and they are opting for Apple’s iPhone and Android phones by Samsung in increasing numbers. The NPD Group’s Connected Home Report has been released for Q4 2013, and shows Apple continuing to widen their lead over Samsung in the American smartphone race.
You may remember WinAmp, the music player that it seemed like everyone used back in the late ’90s. Well, it was supposed to shut down on December 21st, but it seems it has gotten a reprieve, as it is now 2014, and the service is still rocking. (And rolling, I assume.)
Cats everywhere will have to start sleeping with both eyes open, as toy robot ball maker Sphero has announced the Sphero 2B, a $100 smartphone accessory/robot that will be controlled wirelessly from an iOS or Android app. The new kitty terror will be available in the fall.
In a New Year’s Eve post on the Bump blog, the developer of that popular app has announced that it will be closing down both Bump, the app that allows devices to share contact information and other files by “bumping” the two together, and photo album aggregator Flock in order to concentrate its efforts on projects of its parent company, Google.
A recent NPD report says Apple saw a drop in commercial sales in 2013, while Google’s Android and Chromebook platforms gained ground.
Did you ever wonder why Android OS updates take forever to reach customer devices, if they arrive at all? Smartphone maker HTC has shared the circuitous route an Android update must travel before it reaches consumer devices.
A first of its kind website and service has debuted. The CTIA’s KnowMyApp.org website allows users to estimate an app’s data usage before downloading it, a welcome service to those who are on capped data contracts.
Apple’s iOS devices grabbed the lion’s share of online shopping and sales during Christmas shopping season 2013, grabbing over 83% of mobile-based sales during the season.
It’s been known for some time that Google’s Android platform was largely inspired by Apple’s iPhone. A fascinating excerpt from Fred Vogelstein’s new book, Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution, casts some even more interesting light on just how badly the iPhone made Google crap their pants.
Pebble, makers of the popular Pebble smartwatch, have announced the release of the version 1.14 firmware for their popular piece of wearable technology.
Spotify announced today that it is expanding its free streaming option to all devices. Users of Spotify’s free service can now listen to music tracks and albums via the Spotify app for iOS and Android devices.
With the latest wave of Explorers taking Glass out into the wild, it’s almost a guarantee that this wearable could begin to take shape as a real, main-stream product.
While iOS 7 faced a fair amount of criticism after it was revealed, mostly due to the new flatter design that abandons many of the design elements of previous versions, it has nevertheless been extremely popular among Apple’s customers. In fact, iOS 7 is now officially running on 74% of all iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches!
The results of comScore’s monthly rolling survey of U.S. mobile phone users for the August-September 2013 period has been released, and it shows Apple’s share of the smartphone market rising to 40.6%, while Android took 51.8% of the pie.
Google is reportedly preparing for a beta release of a toolkit to aid developers in creating native Chrome apps for mobile platforms such as iOS.
The iPhone 5c has been attracting large numbers of first-time Apple buyers who are switching over from Android devices. It has also proven popular among buyers with below-median incomes.