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Topic: Android

Andy Rubin leaves Google's Android team for 'new chapter' at same company

03/13/2013, 01:03 pm

Google Android chief Andy Rubin is leaving his position, the company announced on Wednesday, to take on an undefined "new chapter" at the company.

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Apple uses mom-and-pop shops to jump into second place in India's smartphone race

03/13/2013, 09:03 am

Apple's increased efforts in the world's second most populous country appear to be paying off, as a new report has the iPhone maker grabbing second place in smartphones behind Samsung in India.

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IDC projects Android tablets will pass Apple's iPad this year, sees little good news for Microsoft

03/12/2013, 01:03 pm

The year 2013 will be the one in which shipments of tablets running Google's Android operating system will pass those of Apple's iPad, according to a new analysis out from IDC.

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Apple rival Samsung's Galaxy S IV shows up in online video ahead of launch

03/12/2013, 12:03 pm

Just days before its official unveiling at a massively hyped event in New York, a video has emerged online appearing to show off the Galaxy S IV, the new flagship smartphone that Samsung hopes will unseat Apple's iPhone 5 atop the bestseller list.

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Apple's iPhone accounts for two thirds of smartphones watching Web videos, report says

03/11/2013, 08:03 pm

A Web video provider reported on Monday that two thirds of mobile-based traffic seen on its network originate from Apple's iPhone, while Android devices accounted for roughly one third.

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Apple's iOS lineup accounts for 84% of in-flight Wi-Fi traffic from mobile devices

03/07/2013, 11:03 pm

In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo on Thursday reported that iOS users account for the lion's share of mobile devices accessing the company's ground-to-air Wi-Fi network, with iPhone owners comprising some 73 percent of all traffic originating from smartphones.

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Google admits its VP8/WebM codec infringes MPEG H.264 patents

03/07/2013, 06:03 pm

Almost three years after Google released its WebM video encoding technology as a "free" and open alternative to the existing H.264 backed by Apple and others, it has admitted its position was wrong and that it would pay to license the patents WebM infringes.

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New study shows iOS gobbling up enterprise market share from Android

03/07/2013, 05:03 pm

Data harvested by enterprise file sharing and cloud storage company Egnyte shows Apple's iOS, led by the iPhone, is growing its share of the enterprise market, while Google's Android user base continues to contract.

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Amazon, Samsung tablets inch up, but Apple's iPad still ahead by a mile

03/07/2013, 03:03 pm

The launch of Apple's iPad mini appears to have slowed the rate at which competitors have been able to eat into the company's overwhelming lead in the tablet sector, according to a new study out Thursday, even as Amazon and Samsung tablets continue to carve out their own share.

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Apple marketing chief uses rare Twitter post to take shot at Android security issues

03/07/2013, 01:03 pm

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller made a rare appearance on Twitter on Thursday to ding the security situation on Google's Android mobile operating system, linking to a report showing that Android malware threats are on the rise.

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Researchers bypass Android encryption by exposing phones to freezing temperatures

03/07/2013, 11:03 am

Security researchers in Germany have discovered that physically freezing an Android smartphone can grant access to encrypted data.

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Apple's 3.5% smartphone share gain was Android's loss in Q4

03/06/2013, 02:03 pm

The launch of the iPhone 5, combined with the continuing popularity of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, allowed Apple's iOS to grow by 3.5 percentage points in the U.S. market, taking share away from Google's Android OS.

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Android fragmentation predicted to squeeze out independent developers

03/05/2013, 04:03 pm

The plethora of distinct mobile device models on the market, driven largely by the popularity of Google's Android platform, is making it more difficult for independent software developers to reach a wide audience, new research confirms.

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iOS apps leak more personal data than do Android apps - report

03/05/2013, 03:03 pm

The most popular free apps on Apple's iOS platform are sharing significantly more user data than the most popular apps on Google's Android platform, according to a study recently released by Appthority.

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Chinese government may regulate Google's Android for having too much control

03/05/2013, 08:03 am

China's technology ministry has published a document accusing Google's Android operating system of having too much control over the local market a statement that could hint the government plans to impose regulations.

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Samsung adds security layer to Android to gain enterprise credibility

03/04/2013, 04:03 pm

In response to lackluster interest in Google's Android platform by corporate enterprise and government users, Samsung has announced plans to shore up its smartphones and tablets with third party security software in an initiative branded as "SAFE," or "Samsung For Enterprise."

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Smartphones projected to overtake feature phones for the first time in 2013

03/04/2013, 11:03 am

For the first time this year, smartphones like Apple's iPhone and devices running Google Android are expected to outsell limited "feature phones" worldwide, according to a new industry report.

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BlackBerry could be building comeback off iPhone, Android converts

03/03/2013, 05:03 pm

The Z10 and its accompanying BlackBerry 10 OS were something of a Hail Mary pass for troubled Canadian manufacturer BlackBerry, but that gambit may be paying off, as a new report says half of BlackBerry Z10 buyers are coming to the device having left Google's Android platform and Apple's iPhone.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Android growth: 'Success is not making the most'

02/27/2013, 01:02 pm

Apple could easily make the most products in a category, but that wouldn't be good for the company, Chief Executive Tim Cook told shareholders on Wednesday.

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As Samsung's market share grows, so too do tensions with Google

02/26/2013, 06:02 pm

Google executives are concerned that Samsung's influence on Google's Android operating system is too strong, and the search giant is turning to its other Android partners in hopes of getting back some leverage on the South Korean conglomerate.

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