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.
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.