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Year of the ChinaDroid | TechRice
Just as they do at home, Chinese manufacturers will start replacing Google apps on devices bound for the developing world. Rather than paying a license fee for Google’s suite of apps (Gmail, Maps, Chrome, etc.), these manufacturers want someone to pay them for pre-installs. Benedict Evans asks: “How many of these devices will have Google Play? How many users will install Google Maps? How many will come with a third-party web browser (from Tencent, say), one or two of the dozens of major Android app stores operating in China, or Amazon’s app store?” Expect to see Android devices in Jakarta, Addis Ababa, and Tehran that experiment with alternatives to Google apps. 
android  google  china  mobile  asia  business  technology 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
The future of mobile CPUs, part 1: Today’s fork in the road | Ars Technica
In this grand progression, 2013 will certainly be a significant milestone for mobile devices, smartphones and beyond. It's likely to be the first year in which tablets out-ship notebooks in the US. And in the coming years, this will lead to a confluence of high-end tablets and ultra-mobile notebooks as the world figures out how these devices co-exist, blend, hybridize, and/or merge.
mobile  tablet  computing  technology  android  ios 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Ten basic Android terminal commands you should know | Android Central
Besides the times when we've broken something and need to fix it, there are plenty of reasons why an advanced Android user would want to talk to his or her device. To do that, you need to have a few tools and know a few commands.
android  mobile  technology  unix  google 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Why Mobile Web Matters | NPR Digital Services
A Nielsen survey shows that a third of tablet and smartphone owners have downloaded a news app in the past 30 days. In addition, news apps can be very successful at driving deeper engagement with content. For people using NPR apps, for example, there are more pageviews and more return visits than for people using NPR.org.

But for all their success, the benefits of having an app (especially as an engine for capturing new audience) are starting to plateau, because apps are turning out to be most successful for only one segment of your audience. Research is showing that apps attract the particularly loyal segment of your audience who is already consuming a lot more news. In a study of tablet users, Pew found that these “power news users” spend twice as much time consuming news as do browser users. For users who want a daily fix and are proud advocates of stations, apps are the preferred channel.

But of course, stations want to reach a wider audience of casual users as well. And for this larger segment of casual users, mobile-optimized web pages are the preferred way to access your content.
mobile  digital  android  iphone  iOS  apps  web  news  engagement 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Android Momentum Plateaus, Says New Developer Report
The survey also asked about the always hotly debated "mobile apps vs. mobile Web" question and found the community closely split between developing native apps (48%) or developing "both" native apps and for the Web (42%). Only 10% of die-hards said we should build for the mobile Web only. Also of note, the number one reason developers were interested in mobile Web development was the ease of cross-platform development.
android  mobile  research  apple  iOS  software  technology  code 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Really Smart Phone - WSJ.com
"We can measure their daily exposure to political opinions," said project scientist Anmol Madan at MIT's Media Lab. "Maybe one day, you would be able to download a phone app to measure how much Republican or Democratic exposure you are getting and, depending on what side you're on, give you a warning."
politics  technology  mobile  data  android  google  republicans  democrats  behavior 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
MLB.com CEO Bob Bowman says iOS users are more likely to purchase content than Android owners | Edible Apple
“The Android user typically is less likely to buy,” said Bowman, “and therefore the ROI on developing for Android is different than it is for Apple… The iPhone and iPad user is interested in buying content–that’s one of the reasons they bought the device. The Android buyer is different.”
android  apple  google  ios  iphone  ipad  media  sports  baseball  app  software  mobile  business 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
louisgray.com: Seesmic: My Go-To Twitter Client on Android (and #Wp7)
Amusingly, one of the boons of Android also turned out to be a detraction, for after Seesmic's installation, I would not only receive notifications from the native Twitter app that replies and messages were waiting, but the same activity would double down my alerts, coming from Seesmic as well. So I did the unthinkable and the official Twitter app is off my Android devices, which eliminates duplication. Meanwhile, on Windows 7, Seesmic was the first app I downloaded, comfortable the experience would be familiar and very useful.
twitter  technology  social  mobile  android 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
8 must-have iPhone & Android apps for covering breaking news | Poynter.
At the Lawrence Journal World, we recently outfitted our reporters with iPhone 4s — a move that has yielded multiple advantages.

Having been an iPhone owner for years, I’ve compiled a list of apps for reporters and bloggers to download and briefly explained how to use them. Each one of these has proven helpful in my own work as a journalist and in our newsroom as a whole when covering breaking news.
mobile  reporting  apps  journalism  media  android  iphone  apple  technology 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Who is Winning the U.S. Smartphone Battle? | Nielsen Wire
The answer depends on whether you’re looking at operating systems or manufacturers.
technology  mobile  apple  android  data  research 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Things overheard on the WiFi from my Android smartphone | Freedom to Tinker
Today in my undergraduate security class, we set up a sniffer so we could run Wireshark and Mallory to listen in on my Android smartphone. This blog piece summarizes what we found.
android  mobile  technology  security  software 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Reflections of a Newsosaur: Mobilizing for mobile before it's too late
1. People use mobile devices to find information, get directions, check prices, play games, listen to music, and, yes, sometimes even surf the news. Because consumers are not passive, successful apps must be engaging and transactional.

2. Mobile devices don't just put the user in control; they also enrich the experience by knowing exactly where consumers are - and, in the case of many apps, exactly who they are. Accordingly, successful apps must be customizable and geographically aware.

3. Community and self-expression are as elemental to the digital experience as the information the media dispense or the transactions they enable. Successful apps foster community and enable user control.
mobile  media  journalism  technology  apple  android  local  location  community  creativity  music 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Guardian Project | Open-Source Mobile Security | The Guardian Project
While smartphones have been heralded as the coming of the next generation of communication and collaboration, they are a step backwards when it comes to personal security, anonymity and privacy.

The Guardian Project aims to create easy to use apps, open-source firmware MODs, and customized, commercial mobile phones that can be used and deployed around the world, by any person looking to protect their communications from unjust intrusion.
android  privacy  mobile  technology  anonymity  security  communication  opensource 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Nokia X7 canceled: death-march journey continues - Computerworld Blogs
And what's this? Zokem, a mobile analytics company founded by some ex-Nokia executives, came out with a damning report on Nokia's U.S. smartphone user loyalty, Tuesday. Out of the eight smartphone platforms surveyed, Symbian had the poorest churn (defined as "the likelihood to shift to a competing platform during the next 12 months.")
At an astoundingly high 94%, it even exceeded webOS, which HP hasn't managed to prove isn't a dead platform). Yes, only 6% of users would buy another Symbian device. Unsurprisingly, surveyed Symbian users indicated that they mostly planned to move to iPhone (33%), Android (25%) or Windows Phone (25%).
nokia  mobile  apple  iphone  hp  symbian  google  android  technology  business  att  windows 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The $85 Smartphone and the imminent extinction of non-smartphones | asymco
Note that I’m not suggesting that the market for high-end smartphones is threatened yet–there is still a lot of innovation that still needs to happen to shape that market into one of mobile computing (vs. mobile phoning).

Instead, what I am suggesting is that the bottom of the phone market is very vulnerable to becoming smart. This may sound like an odd sort of disruption, but it’s a very sinister threat to companies who are in the business of selling brands and not platforms.
technology  mobile  business  nokia  android  google  apple  marketing 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How would you change Nokia's N8? -- Engadget
If someone (read: UPS) accidentally delivered the keys to the Finnish kingdom to you, how would you go about tweaking and / or reshaping the N8? Would you have selected a different operating system? Added a few more hardware buttons? Thrown in a different processor? Made it available on your carrier of choice?
nokia  mobile  android  windows  technology  design  symbian  software 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Android Data Stealing Vulnerability | thomascannon.net
Responsible disclosure would normally prevent me from publishing the advisory while there is a chance the users will get a fix in a reasonable time frame. However, despite the speed at which Google has worked to develop a patch I don’t believe this can happen. The reason is that Android OS updates usually rely on OEMs and carriers to provide an update for their devices. Not all OEMs are providing Android OS updates to all of their devices, and the ones that are we have seen are not always doing it in a timely fashion. There may be legitimate reasons for this but the bottom line is there will still be a great deal of devices exposed for quite some time or perhaps forever, including my own.

Better that we know now and have the chance to protect ourselves, or at least understand the risk. I don’t expect to see the exploitation of this issue become widespread, but if you are really worried about it there are a few things you can do to identify it or prevent it [...]
android  mobile  security  technology  google  software  data  crime  javascript 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
(404) http://beta.local.yahoo.com/layer-smartly-app-san-francisco39s-microclimates-7x7
Oakland could use one of these RT Layer Smartly: An App for San Francisco Microclimates
android  from twitter
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How Facebook is Pulling an Android… and Why | Android Phone Fans
The interesting thing is that mobile is inherently social; afterall, before all these apps it was used to talk to people with your voice. And social is inherently mobile too: you don’t only want to be connected to people while you’re at your desk at work, you want to talk to them when you’re out in the world, doing the things you love, and have something to say or something to share.

Facebook’s commitment to mobile is what will solidify their social dominance.
facebook  mobile  social  android  technology  software  identity  business  development 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Apple overtakes RIM as runner-up to Nokia in smartphones. Does volume matter? - GLG News
So far scale hasn't really been a decisive factor in the smartphone arena. Innovation is what's making the breakthrough. Both Apple and RIM have significantly innovated in terms of device, business model and communication strategy, winning customer preference through enhanced usage experience but also effective marketing and smart channel management.

In the future the environment might not be as favorable for Apple and RIM as it has been in the recent past. Top line growth will make international sales a higher priority and levels of operator subsidy abroad might be lower on average than those of the North American markets. This might result in growing pressure on the pricing side. Furthermore, competition is likely to increase. The Android pack gets larger every day, HP will re-launch webOS , Microsoft might at last gain traction thanks to Windows Phone 7 and Nokia should be expected to bounce back at some stage.
android  google  microsoft  nokia  hp  innovation  blackberry  mobile  business 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Android Market Is Attracting More App Developers - NYTimes.com
"The promise of Android goes beyond one device. We're going to see products running Android that no one has ever envisioned possible."
android  google  mobile  development  software  apple  technology 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Nokia Revises Symbian Strategy as Smartphone Sales Improve: Tech News «
The cost of creating a mobile app can easily surpass six figures, so developers are keen to watch which devices and platforms consumers are attracted to, and therefore, which of those smartphones are a potentially good target for their apps. A greater number of high-end device sales also raises the average selling price and profit margins for handsets. Nokia doesn’t enjoy the roughly $600 ASP that Apple does, but Nokia’s ASP did increase in the quarter to €65 (US $91) as compared to €61 in the prior quarter and €64 from the year ago period. You don’t need an accounting degree to understand that selling more devices at a higher price brings increases in revenue.
nokia  symbian  apple  android  google  mobile  technology  software 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Steve Jobs's Android Obsession Analyzed | Fast Company
No sense ignoring the elephant in the cloud: "Android" clearly made more appearances than any other word, by far. One might be tempted to read fear or obsession into the repetition of his rival's name -- self-possessed politicians usually settle for "my opponent," after all -- until we scrutinize some of the other words that made prominent appearances.
android  apple  ipad  google 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jobs speaks! The complete transcript | Phones | iOS Central | Macworld
Our goal is to make the best devices in the world, not to be the biggest. As you know, Nokia’s the biggest. And we admire them for being able to ship the number of handsets that they do. But we don’t aspire to be like them. They’re good at being like them. We want to be like us. And we want to make the best ones.
android  apple  google  interview  ipad  iphone  jobs  mobile  strategy  nokia  technology 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
What App Makers Say About Nokia’s Store - Digits - WSJ
“I had no idea of their scale and size…As a U.S. developer, we don’t get the visibility that Nokia can give us on a daily basis."
nokia  software  mobile  development  technology  apple  google  android 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Google Bets on Cheap Smartphones for India - WSJ.com
Rahul Choudhary, a 19-year-old fashion design student in New Delhi, said brand wasn't a factor when he bought his current handset, a Samsung smartphone.
"I just bought it because of the look of the phone and the touch screen. I didn't think too much," he said. "I used to have a Nokia but I'm not loyal to any particular brand."
android  nokia  symbian  google  india  mobile 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
ongoing by Tim Bray · Ten Theses on Tablets
As of now, I’ve been carrying the Samsung Galaxy Tab for a month, using it every day; this has included two major road trips. I suppose there are a few other humans who’ve had this much hands-on with a 7" form-factor tablet, but I don’t know of any others with a blog and a free hand to write what they think.
media  mobile  technology  android  ipad  apple 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Billboard.biz: Exclusive: Sources Detail Google's Proposal For A Music Service
Google's cloud-based locker would scan a subscriber's hard drive for music files. Any tracks that Google recognizes as music that it has licensed would be listed by Google as being accessible to the user from their cloud-based account. Such tracks could include those purchased at the Google download store or another download retailer, tracks ripped from a CD and even music files downloaded from peer-to-peer networks.

While the inclusion of P2P tracks may get some pushback from label executives, some sources acknowledge that in order for this concept to work, they may have to allow P2P tracks to populate lockers. But they also point out that in return, the labels would probably press Google to take stronger measures to fight music piracy, such as excluding P2P sites from search results or blocking the use of apps for Google's Android mobile operating system that facilitate P2P access.
google  android  mobile  music  news  media  business  online  p2p 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Great App Bubble | Fast Company
Until the bubble bursts, apps are the only mobile game in town. And without a doubt the future of digital is the ubiquitous, pocket-sized screen. What's needed are apps tied to real business models that have real ROI. And,companies should build apps with their eyes open about what they should realistically expect to accomplish with what they develop. Having an app for an app's sake is not enough.
mobile  apple  android  technology  symbian  nokia  iphone  ipod  ipad 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
David Beach's Blog: Developing for Android
Like it or not, Android is huge. Creating an open source mobile platform was one of the smarter things Google has done. It's too bad that they haven't done that great of a job doing it. Android has succeeded despite Google. In fact it's safe to say that Android is successful for one primary reason. The iPhone is only available on AT&T. If the iPhone was on Verizon a year ago. Android would be no where near as popular. But since this has yet to happen, Android has become a huge market that isn't going away.

If you are a company that builds/has iPhone apps, you better be thinking about developing for Android ASAP. But you should also be prepared for the pitfalls.
android  technology  mobile  iphone  opensource 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
An iPhone app developer’s diary, and some thoughts on Android » Nieman Journalism Lab
If someone out there is interested in volunteering to help build an Android (or WebOS, or BlackBerry, or Windows Phone, or Symbian) version, I’d love to hear from you. We’ve got no animus against other platforms; we just don’t yet see an audience big enough to justify our scant resources.
android  technology  iphone  apple  news  journalism  media  software  blackberry  symbian 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.: Google and the Search for the Future - WSJ.com
Let's say you're walking down the street. Because of the info Google has collected about you, "we know roughly who you are, roughly what you care about, roughly who your friends are." Google also knows, to within a foot, where you are. Mr. Schmidt leaves it to a listener to imagine the possibilities: If you need milk and there's a place nearby to get milk, Google will remind you to get milk. It will tell you a store ahead has a collection of horse-racing posters, that a 19th-century murder you've been reading about took place on the next block.

Says Mr. Schmidt, a generation of powerful handheld devices is just around the corner that will be adept at surprising you with information that you didn't know you wanted to know. "The thing that makes newspapers so fundamentally fascinating—that serendipity—can be calculated now. We can actually produce it electronically," Mr. Schmidt says.
android  google  location  mobile  privacy  search  seo  future  marketing 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Nokia needs a MeeGo phone. Right now. | Open attitude.
RT : In case you missed it: needs a phone to fight . Right now. -- RT if you agree or care
MeeGo  Android  Nokia  from twitter
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Both Sides Of The Table: App is Crap (why Apple is bad for your health)
am betting that the future is “the mobile web” not the “the mobile app.” There will always be some apps that have reasons to be native on devices but I am betting that serious innovation will happen on mobile browsers and that the future will so most apps folded into the cloud. We’ve already seen it once in the PC era. It’s the best thing for our health. We can build for one primary browser (like we do for Firefox on the desktop today) and then figure out how to get the rest working with whatever Microsoft builds.

It will be 3-5 years before this transition takes place. Much money will be gained and lost in this period. And somebody will win in the transition. Wise companies will plan for this “great porting” to take place. Unfortunately it won’t be in the next 3 years so we have to live through this temporary era.
media  social  business  technology  web  mobile  apple  google  future  software  iphone  android 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge

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