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Microsoft’s Surface 2: New tablet, same problems

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/23/microsoft-surface-2-same-problems/

Microsoft Surface 2 Same Problems

What’s the definition of insanity? Trying the same thing several times and expecting a different outcome. While we wouldn’t suggest that Microsoft’s finest minds are in need of urgent medical care, it does seem as if the company’s executives have failed to heed the lessons doled out this summer. After all, it was only a few months ago that Microsoft had to admit that very few Surface RT tablets had been sold, and booked a $900 million loss on inventory that remains rotting in warehouses.

At today’s launch of Microsoft’s second Windows RT-running slate, Surface chief Panos Panay opened his remarks by saying that the “Surface 2 is not subtle, but is a revamp. It is not the simple changes that everybody wants, but it’s the changes people need.” Unfortunately, the changes that he then went on to describe involved making the device thinner, faster and giving it a full-HD display — criticisms that few had leveled at the first generation of the hardware. No, the problems that every critic had were the limitations of the Surface’s operating system: Windows RT. Not that you’d know it from today’s event. In fact, Microsoft went out of its way to downplay the fact that the Surface 2 runs RT, mentioning the ambitious Windows-on-ARM project only three times in an hour. But why was the star of the show reduced to such a bit-part role?

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Monday, September 23rd, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Android Is Solving Its Fragmentation Problem

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Android is turning the corner on fragmentation. 

Of all Android devices globally, 45% are now using Jelly Bean, the latest major update to Android (versions 4.1 and above). Only 31% are on Gingerbread (Android 2.3 versions). This is a big improvement over previous platform distribution numbers: 

  • Three months ago, when we last covered the Android landscape, 33% of Android devices used Jelly Bean.
  • Last September, only 1% of Android devices were running Jelly Bean. And 59% were still running Gingerbread. 

Android Distribution Platform 1

Superseded versions of Android are fading from prominence. Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread are still found on about half of Android devices, but they’re losing share and ancient versions like Froyo, Eclair and Donut are disappearing from view. These trends spell relief for developers who complained about having to support outdated Android versions. 

(The expectation is that Android’s newest version, Kit Kat, will be released in mid-October.)

Wireless operators and device makers are notoriously bad at helping Google execute its updates. 

For that reason, Google is no longer relying only on Android updates to channel major software imp! rovement s. It has also begun rolling out updates to Android in a piecemeal fashion through the various applications and services it controls, particularly the Google Play Services app pre-loaded on Android phones. 

In reality, Google Play Services is much more than an app. It has broad permissions and effectively acts as a kind of quasi-operating system, allowing Google to introduce improvements without having to wrangle carriers and manufacturers.

Google Play Services is compatible with nearly all Android versions still in circulation. 

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Android Distribution Platform 2


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Thursday, September 19th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: HTML5 vs. Apps: Where The Debate Stands Now, And Why It Matters

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BII_HTML5_Mobile_NeedsAn HTML5 app is housed on the Web and runs inside a mobile browser. Unlike apps built specifically for Apple or Android devices, it does not need to be built from scratch for each operating system. The promise is that it can be “write once, run anywhere.”

It’s true: In many cases, HTML5 can work just as well as a native approach. HTML5 has established itself as the de-facto alternative “platform,” after Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.

But it is not the silver bullet it is often made out to be, for several reasons. HTML5 faces a fragmentation issue of its own, since there are gaps in the range of HTML5 app features supported by the different mobile browsers. Backers of HTML5 are working furiously to fill those gaps.

So where are we in the HTML5 vs. native apps debate? The status of HTML5 is vital to decisions about where to invest mobile budgets. In an August 2013 reportBI Intelligence analyzes this very question.

In the report, we do a head-to-head comparison of the two, explain the specific reasons why HTML5 has some clear advantages over native apps for mobile development, look at adoption data, analyze the barriers to HTML5 as a development tool and explain how HTML5 is starting to overcome them, look at the current state of the performance advantage held by native apps, and explain why in a hyper-fragmented mobile landscape, HTML5 has emerged as the long sought-after “third platform,” allowing for mobile Web apps that cut across fragmentation.

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Here are examples of where HTML5 is trying to close the performance and feature gap:

    • Graphics: Web apps are far along in allowing for scalable (users can enlarge them by zooming in) graphics that allow for “the creation of very advanced and slick user interfaces,” according to the W3C, the nonprofit that creates the HTML5 standard.

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  • Multimedia capabilities are improving. Video and audio playback has become a widely-supported and widely-used HTML5 mobile app feature. Other multimedia features are still in a more nascent stage.
  • Responsiveness: HTML5 apps can be written so that the device type is detected, and an appropriate app version is delivered. That’s important because of the variety of screen sizes out there. The layout, behavior and resolution are optimized for the screen.
  • User Data: Web apps are far along in their ability to store app data so that users can return to an app and pick up where they left off. Smooth offline usage is an area that needs more improvement.
  • Geolocation on Web apps is now basically a solved issue across mobile browsers, while integration with user calendars and address book data is still a work-in-progress.

 


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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 news No Comments

iOS 7 Tracks Your Every Move and Displays Your Favorite Places

Source: http://gizmodo.com/ios-7-tracks-your-every-move-and-displays-your-favorite-1058179004

iOS 7 Tracks Your Every Move and Displays Your Favorite Places

Creepy new feature alert! Creepy new feature alert! Buried in the Settings menu of the latest beta version of iOS 7 is the somewhat unsettling ability to see everywhere you’ve been since upgrading the operating system. It makes you wonder: Who else can see these maps?

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Android’s Insane Fragmentation (GOOG)

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Android is a seriously fragmented operating system, and it’s only getting more fragmented.

OpenSignal, which makes an app that measures network performance, produced the following chart on the state of Android based on its users. It used the last 682,000 downloads of its app to produce the chart.

It says there are 11,868 distinct Android devices, up from 3,997 Android devices last year.

While this sounds like a mess for developers, Google has 1 million apps in its Google Play app store for Android. That’s more than Apple has for its App Store. So, the fragmentation isn’t turning off developers.

And the fragmentation of Android is the reason it’s the most popular smartphone operating system in the world. Handset makers have used thousands of versions of Android to push the operating system around the world.

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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Facebook Remains The Largest Social Media Crowd Draw On iOS, But It May Be Slipping

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Facebook remains by far the most popular social media platform on Apple’s mobile operating system. But recent data indicates Facebook’s app may be losing some of its grip on iOS users.

In June 2013, 73% of U.S. iOS users opened the Facebook app at least once on their tablets or smartphones. That’s an impressive number, since it means that three-fourths of the iOS population can be counted as Facebook monthly active users.

But that figure was actually a six percentage point decline from July 2012, when 79% of iOS users opened the Facebook app.

The findings were in U.S. data provided by Onavo Insights. Onavo’s data is aggregated from users of its data management apps such as Onavo Count and Onavo Extend, and does not include Android usage.

Also since the data is from users of a single company’s apps, it’s necessary to take it with a grain of salt. (Onavo’s data-conscious iOS customer base may have different habits than the general mobile population.)

However, Onavo does offer a rare glimpse across a large swath of the U.S. iOS user base. The company’s apps have “hundreds of thousands of U.S. users” on iOS, including iPad users, Onavo said.

Meanwhile, some of the smaller social media platforms have been growing or maintaining their penetration into the iOS user base.

  • Twitter has kept its numbers steady, with 25% to 27% of iOS users over the previous 12-month period.
  • Pinterest’s mobile app was opened at least once by 11.4% of U.S. iOS users during June 2013, compared to 7.7% who did so in July 2012.
  • LinkedIn’s mobile app was opened at least once by 9.7% of! U.S. iO S users during June 2013, compared to 5.1% who did so in July 2012. The company launched a redesigned iOS app in April of this year, which could be helping to draw in more iOS users.

As a large, multi-featured social media service, Facebook may be experiencing the first signs of user loss to more focused competitors, such as social photo messaging app, SnapChat.

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 news No Comments

Android Halts iPhone’s Advance In The U.S. Smartphone Market

Source: https://intelligence.businessinsider.com/welcome

For the first time since October 2012, the iPhone failed to notch a monthly gain in U.S. smartphone market share, standing unchanged at 39% at the end of May, according to comScore. That’s up from 32% a year prior.

Android eked out a minor gain, finishing May with a 52% share of the U.S. smartphone market, up slightly from 51% a year prior.

Despite the relatively flat market share growth, the broader expansion of the U.S. smartphone market means Android still has 17 million more U.S. users than it did a year before. The iPhone picked up 19 million users in the 12-month period.

Windows Phone continues to show no growth in the U.S. market, with only a 3% share. It actually has less users than it did a year ago, and that was before the release of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s latest attempt to launch a popular mobile operating system.

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u.s. smartphone market share

Overall, U.S. smartphone penetration tipped past 60% for the first time, with 141 million Americans owning smartphone at the end of May.

U.S. smartphone penetration

 

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 news No Comments

Android Bounces Back From U.S. Market Share Declines

Source: https://intelligence.businessinsider.com/welcome

Android gained in the U.S. market in March after three months of consecutive declines, increasing its market share slightly to 52%, according to comScore.

That’s still down nearly 2 percentage points from Android’s market share peak in November and is only up 1 percentage point from a year ago.

Rival Apple continues to pick up market share on the back of a strong iPhone 5 release. At the end of March, Apple accounted for 39% of U.S. smartphone users, up from 31% a year ago.

comScore measures market share by installed base, not shipments. It looks at U.S. smartphone subscribers over the age of 13.

Given the healthy growth of the overall smartphone market, however, Android still has 17 million more net users in the U.S. than a year ago. Apple picked up 21 million net users in the same period.

Microsoft‘s Windows Phone 8 operating system has yet to gain traction. Its market share fell slightly to 3% last month, which means it actually shed 200,000 net users in March.

Since its introduction in late October, Windows Phone has only added 400,000 net American users. Nokia is expected to release the Lumia 928 this week in the U.S. market! , which may help Windows Phone a bit, but we don’t see evidence of a turnaround yet.

Meanwhile, the overall U.S. market continues to see robust penetration growth. Smartphone penetration is now 58 percent, a 13 percentage point increase over a year prior, and an acceleration of growth. However, we don’t believe the acceleration is sustainable. Eventually, penetration growth will slow.

It is important to remember that with the rapid emergence of China, the U.S. is no longer as central to the global smartphone market as it previously was.

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Here’s a look at U.S. smartphone penetration growth:

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U.S. smartphone penetration

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 news No Comments

Android Was Supposed To Be a Camera OS

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5994852/android-was-supposed-to-be-a-camera-os

Android Was Supposed To Be a Camera OSAndy Rubin, the now-departed former boss of Google’s Android division, has revealed that the OS was initially developed to power digital cameras, before the slump in snapper sales encouraged his team to turn it into a mobile phone system.

“The exact same platform, the exact same operating system we built for cameras, that became Android for cellphones,” Rubin told attendees at an economic forum in Tokyo. “We decided digital cameras wasn’t actually a big enough market. I was worried about Microsoft and I was worried about Symbian, I wasn’t worried about iPhone yet.”

Rubin showed off a presentation he put together in 2004, which showed a digital camera connecting to a computer and uploading images to a central server known as the… Android Datacenter. Once he’d switched it to a mobile OS, Android and Rubin’s team were acquired by Google in 2005. [PC World]


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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 news No Comments

Apple App Revenues And Downloads More Concentrated in U.S. Than Google’s

Source: https://intelligence.businessinsider.com/welcome

Apple’s app downloads and app revenues are more concentrated in the U.S. than those of its primary rival, Google Play, according to data from App Annie

There are numerous app stores on Android, but Google Play is by far the largest. App Annie counted only free apps for its downloads figure. Paid apps are included in the revenue analysis, however.

A combined 53 percent of iOS app downloads come from the U.S., China, Japan, and the U.K., with the balance coming from the rest of the world. Google Play’s top four download markets are the U.S., Japan, South Korea, and India. They combine for 43 percent of Google Play downloads.

China was the second-largest iOS market for downloads, even though Apple’s operating system only controls a fraction of Chinese market device share. 

Interestingly, despite the fact that Google’s Android platform owns the massive Chinese smartphone market, Google offers very limited support for Google Play in China. Android apps are typically downloaded through third-party app stores. 

App Store Down

While downlo! ads are important, developers ultimately want to get paid too. 

App Annie defines app revenues as revenues flowing to developers “through the store, including revenues both from the price to download an app, as well as any in-app purchases (including subscriptions).”

We know that iOS app revenues historically dwarf Android revenues. App Annie found that iOS generates four times the revenues of Google Play, even as Google Play revenues have grown 311 percent this year. 

Although iOS revenues are more concentrated in the U.S. than Google Play’s, it turns out iOS revenues are more evenly distributed across markets.

iOS receives 40 percent of its revenues from countries outside its largest four markets. Google Play saw only 23 percent of its revenues flow from outside the top four. 

Google Play leans heavily on high monetization in Japan and South Korea, but has not effectively monetized its massive global user base.

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