Gartner, one of the top research and analysis companies in the world, has run the numbers and decided that Android could very well hold the #1 spot by 2014. Nokia's Symbian OS is likely to hold the top spot until 2014, and the analysts aren't certain Android will have taken the lead by then:
Symbian will remain at the top of Gartner's worldwide OS ranking due to Nokia's volume and the push into more mass market price points.
I am live here at the AppNation conference in San Francisco, and after San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom's welcome speech, in which he tried to get a bunch of developers to make apps for the government for free (yeah, riiight), we are looking at a mobile report from Nielsen, called The State Of Mobile Apps.
Nielsen, one of the largest media research companies in the world, compiled a report containing a few interesting metrics, such as:
- Most Popular Apps
- Application Discovery Methods
- Free VS Paid Apps
- App Billing Preference
- a few Advertising related stats
You can download and read the full report below, but before you do that, I wanted to highlight one metric that I found the most interesting. Read More
It's that time of month again: Android's platform distribution numbers are up for the period ending September 1, and things are looking pretty good. Android 2.1 is up to nearly 41.7% of the market, and 2.2 checks in at 28.7% - between the two, 70% of Android phones are running 2.1 or better.
Android 1.5 and 1.6 still measure at a combined 29.5% of all devices. Obviously, any number above 0 isn't good, but as long as the rate is dropping, we'll take it. Read More
TweetDeck for Android, which got immensely popular ever since its first public release a month ago, just got an update which finally brought the missing and very much anticipated widget support. After updating, you will find not 1, not 2, but 3 different widgets.
Here is the changelog:
- New "Quick post" widget
- New "Column" widget
- New "Quick launch bar" widget
- All new Add Column interface
- Fixed various bugs and improved performance
Check out all of the new widgets in the screenshots I just took:
- the top one is TweetDeck Column which turns into a quick view of one of your columns.
While we all wait for Google to officially institute PayPal as a payment option in the Android Market, Scoreloop has decided to beat Google to it by including it in their latest update. Developers who use Scoreloop with their games can now use PayPal to offer in-game purchases to gamers.
In-game purchasing is the key to many games success, and its implementation is essential if Google would like to lure developers to their platform. Read More
The Nexus One died for the general public, sadly, but continued to live on with the help of Google's own ADP (Android Developer Phone) program.
For an unsubsidized but reasonable price of $529, registered Android Market publishers (anyone can be for $25) could purchase this masterpiece, even though it was canned by Google and sold out pretty much everywhere else... until it sold out even as the ADP 3 weeks ago. Read More
When it comes to photo editing on the fly, there are usually two kinds of apps: those intended for mindless fun, and those intended for actual work. Without a doubt, Camera ZOOM FX falls into the latter category, along with its mediocre UI, strange (though not necessarily poor) selection of effects, and (relatively) low price tag. So is it worth a look? A purchase? Read on for the full Android Police review. Read More
This is seriously impressive stuff - the guys from the unrevoked team did it again, and this version 3.2 is definitely their best release yet. Most of the credit, outside of the core unrevoked team, belongs to Sebastian Krahmer for discovering the exploit that works on all supported phones.
Unrevoked 3.2 Features
- One-click root without reinstalling/reflashing/wiping your existing stock Android OS.
The mobile industry is a very competitive, complicated, fast changing world. The name of the game, though, is simple: get your product out there, get people using it, and do it fast. Quantcast, a company that specializes in the world of internet usage trends, recently released some information showing how well the players in the mobile OS and software game are doing. The information is intriguing, to say the least. Read More
Thanks to the FCC, we now have pictures and details on a new dual-band Android device for Verizon. It looks pretty similarly-proportioned to Samsung's Epic 4G, and that may not necessarily be a bad thing. The details we have at the moment:
- 4" Screen
- Both CDMA and GSM radios on-board (EV-DO Rev. A, also)
- 802.11 b/g/n
- Slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard
- Dark silver body, keyboard backing is bright red with black keys
The device (the "PD42100" - catchy) is also rumored to have a 1.2 GHz CPU. Read More