Google announced a new Android feature on their Official Android Blog late last week called ‘Android Device Manager’, designed to allow users to locate their Android device in real time in case it gets lost or stolen. Sound familiar? It should – because it’s basically a ripoff of Find my iPhone – a feature Apple has offered since 2010, released alongside iOS 4.2.
The beta version of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) has reportedly started rolling out for Android and iOS devices. The beta will require iOS 6.0 or later. BBM is expected to hit Google Play and the App Store sometime next month.
Data from App Annie’s latest download and revenue report shows that while Google Play has, for the first time, surpassed Apple’s App Store in the number of downloads during the second quarter of 2013, the App Store is still where the revenue is at for app publishers.
While Google’s second-generation Nexus 7 sports an impressive set of features, not everyone is convinced it will be a huge hit. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimates shipments for the device will be markedly below market predictions.
Google is taking another shot at gaining a spot on that big screen you’ve got sitting in your living room, as today they introduced the Chromecast, a small $35 dongle that will allow users to stream videos from a phone or tablet to their TV using the Chrome browser.
Mobile advertising firm Opera Mediaworks has released a report about the state of mobile advertising for Q2 2013, and shows that Apple’s iOS continues to dominate in the mobile ad space, with 44% of all ad impressions and close to half of total revenue (49.36%).
CNET reports that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón will today test Apple’s Activation Lock feature to see how it holds up against thieves.
Free apps continue to grow in popularity, as a new study shows that iPhone users spend an average of only 19 cents per app download, and Android users spend only 6 cents per download.
The co-founder of the torrent sharing service The Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde, has begun teasing his latest project, a truly secure messaging app for mobile devices named “Hemlis.” (“Secret” in Swedish.)
A new report says the launch of Apple’s iPhone on the T-Mobile network helped the iOS platform step a bit closer to Google’s Android in market share over the past three months.
Security research firm BlueBox claims to have found a “master key” that could give the bad guys complete access to almost any Android phone.
Apple’s iOS platform keeps on truckin’ in the mobile advertising space, as mobile ad firm Velti says it’s most recent look at the market shows Apple’s iOS devices growing their share of mobile ad consumption from 59% to 64% in the time period from May 2012 to May 2013.
Tired of mechanical blinds that get jammed? Hate those venetian blinds that block your view even when they’re open? Introducing the Kickstarter of the Week: SONTE DIY Digital Window Shades, the digital shades you can control from your iOS or Android device.
Apple is again the top smartphone vendor in the United States. Apple took 39.2% of the market in the three-month period ending in May.
A representative of Japan’s largest wireless carrier, DoCoMo refused to speculate on when his company might start offering Apple’s popular iPhone to its customers, saying only that the device is no longer “the god of all smartphones.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is working on an Android-based video game console, as well as a smart watch. The company is said to be working on both projects in order to be ready to compete with products believed to be in the works from Apple.