Despite Google Play’s increase in growth over the past six months, Apple’s App Store revenue is still tops. This, from a new report from App Store analytics firm Distimo.
Samsung’s “tribute” to Apple’s Passbook app has debuted on the Google Play Store. The app gives owners of select Galaxy devices the ability to store tickets, coupons, and anything else Samsung got an idea to include while perusing the Passbook app.
It’s no secret that Google’s Android platform has a serious fragmentation problem – there are such a massive number of factors in play that developers have to do one hell of a tap dance to develop and test apps for the platform. The folks at British network-testing firm OpenSignal have published a detailed new series of charts putting the matter in perspective.
Apple continues to dominate as the top smartphone OEM in the U.S., with a 39.9% share of the market in the second quarter of 2013. However, Samsung continues to make gains, more quickly than Apple.
Another new study shows that when it comes to actually using their devices, iPhone owners definitely get more of their money’s worth out of their devices than Android owners do.
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.