Tag Archive: Android


One Indian Carrier Is So Desperate For iPhone Customers They’re Advertising An iPhone 4 Running Android

Even in India, carriers without Apple deals in place are going to desperate lengths to sell their inferior Android handsets as equivalent to the iPhone… even going so far as to advertise this weird iPhoneDroid rip-off, which boasts the design of the iPhone 4 and Android 2.3 Gingerbread as the operating system.

 

Pretty funny. We’re not sure if this is an actual handset or just exists in the mind  [Read More…]

Startup Hopes to Make Apple vs. Android Games Common

Imagine playing from your iPhone against anyone with an Android phone. That epic battle between Mac and PC types will be a more common option if an Austin startup is successful.

Digital Harmony Games says it will be the first time to allow different smartphone (or tablet) platforms to play a lot of games together in real time. Though there are currently a few games that allow platform-crossed players  [Read More…]

iOS Users, Start Your Gloating! Android Is Riddled With Malware, Researchers Say [Security]

Beware Android users, malware authors are picking Google’s platform as their first foray into mobile mayhem, security researchers say. Interestingly, there’s no mention of malware using Apple’s iOS.

 

“As mobile devices grow in popularity, so do the incentives for attackers,” said Kevin Mahaffey, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of Lookout Mobile Security. The prevalence and sophistication of mobile malware attacks have “evolve[d] significantly in the first six months of 2011,”  [Read More…]

Nasty Android Malware Secretly Records and Saves Your Calls [Report]

artwork by Andrew Champ • http://bit.ly/mQ4Htl

Apple’s main mobile competitor, Android, isn’t exactly known for being the most secure platform. While Google’s ‘open’ mentality has proven beneficial in many ways for the Android OS, a non-curated system often leads to compromises in security.

We’ve already seen numerous malware programs surface on the Android OS, and the latest one is particularly villainous.

CA Technologies has discovered a new piece of Android malware that disguises itself as a normal  [Read More…]

The iPad Will Kick Android Tablets’ Teeth In Until 2015 [Report]

Yet another report indicates Apple’s iPad beats the pack of Android tablets until at least 2015. More polished and less expensive alternatives could cut Cupertino’s comfortable marketshare by more than a third, new research finds.

 

“Apple’s edge is likely to wane as the quality of the competing products and application environments improves,” says David McQueen, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media. Apple’s current 75 percent of the tablet marketshare is expected to  [Read More…]

The iPhone Is The Biggest Smartphone In America, But Android Takes The OS Lead

Who controls the U.S. smartphone market? It’s a tie between Apple and Android with RIM and others trailing far behind according to new research.

Apple is the leading smartphone maker in the U.S., according to Nielsen research conducted in June. BlackBerry-maker RIM and Android handset manufacturer HTC are tied for 20 percent of domestic smartphones as Motorola ranks third with just 11 percent. Hewlett-Packard and beleaguered Nokia are barely a blip on the consumer  [Read More…]

Android Phones Sell Well, But Up To 40% Of Users Return Them Because It’s No iPhone

Photo by Arjan Almekinders – http://flic.kr/p/93on5h

Ah, the marketing sleight-of-hand, it’s something to behold. On one hand, Android sales are thundering past the iPhone. Yet, on the other hand, buyers are finding Android isn’t as easy-to-use as iPhone, resulting in returns of 30-40 percent.

By comparison, Apple’s iPhone 4 had a 1.7 percent return rate during the height of last year’s “Antennagate” fiasco. Why the difference? Essentially, geeks love the Android’s  [Read More…]

Android Tablets Are Sloooooooowly Catching Up To iPad

Ben Swinnerton, Herald Sun

Despite sliding almost 30 percent, Apple’s iPad still leads triple-digit growth in tablet demand, finds research released Thursday. Android-based rivals, although growing to 30 percent of tablet sales, still offer only ‘patchy’ alternatives.

 

Apple shipped 9.3 million iPads during the second quarter, its share of tablet sales falling to 61 percent, down from 94 percent registered during the same period of 2010, according to Strategy Analytics.  [Read More…]

Devs Flee Android For iOS As Easy Credit Trumps Open Access

For the second quarter, more apps were developed for Apple’s iOS and Android interest declined. The key: all those credit cards available via iTunes, a new report claims.

A surge in development for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch was reported by in-app analytics company Flurry. Apple’s mobile platform comprised 57 percent of development, up from 54 percent in the first quarter. Meanwhile, interest in developing Android apps continues to slack,  [Read More…]

Google: Another Day, Another 550K Android Activations

It appears Google is learning a lesson from Apple: mobility mean big bucks. The search giant told reporters Thursday Android could become “an accelerator” for the business. There are more than 130 million Android devices now, the company says.

“Our emerging high usage products can generate huge new businesses for Google in the long run, just like search,” CEO Larry Page said. Google activated 135 million Android devices — 35 million  [Read More…]