Pebble has announced a trio of new app partners for its popular smartwatch platform. Official apps from eBay, Evernote, and Time Warner Cable are now available in the Pebble app store.
Apple maintained its spot as the number one smartphone maker in the U.S. Meanwhile, Google’s Android held onto its spot as the overall top smartphone platform.
While Xbox Live is usually though of as a service that connects the Xbox consoles, Windows PCs, and Windows Phones, Microsoft has also been working to entrench its popular service into iOS and Android devices.
Amazon is reportedly readying a set-top streaming box to compete with Apple TV and Roku for a March release. Industry sources say the box will be powered by the Android operating system.
“It’s time to explore the Pebble appstore.” With those words, smartwatch maker Pebble has opened its long-anticipated appstore – The very first open platform for sharing apps optimized for wearables.
If you’ll recall, back in calendar Q3 of 2013, things were looking down for our hero, Apple. The company had fallen behind arch-enemy Samsung in the U.S. smartphone market with 35% of the market, compared to Samsung’s 38%.
Despite record sales numbers for the iPhone, Apple’s smartphone marketshare continues to falter, and Samsung’s share of Android handset sales is feeling pressure in key markets from competitors.
Apple executive Phil Schiller stirred things up last year by tweeting a link to a research report showing significant growth in mobile malware, most of which was showing up on the Android platform. He’s at it again today, tweeting a link to Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security Report.
Our friends over at social app Hang w/ have announced that they’ve passed the always special one million download milestone. The entertaining app hit the million mark in only nine months, following a March 2013 debut.
Nintendo’s horrendous 2013 Wii U sales numbers may finally have pushed the company to make the move that so many iOS users have been longing to see – The company may finally move into the smartphone games market.
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.