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U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigating Google's abuse of Android

04/27/2016, 08:04 pm

The FTC is expanding its investigation into Android related to complaints that Google is exploiting its ostensibly open platform to shut out rivals.

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A look inside Apple ahead of its Q2 2016 earnings report

04/25/2016, 08:04 am

Apple -- the world's most profitable public company -- is a day away from releasing its March quarter earnings. That means that while the company itself is in an official quiet period, everyone else is free to publish false and misleading information about it. Let's take a look at some of the worst fallacies.

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EU lays antitrust charges against Google over locking in Android apps and features

04/20/2016, 10:04 am

As anticipated, the European Commission on Wednesday pressed a new set of antitrust charges against Google, saying the company is hindering competition by locking in certain Android apps, or even versions of Android, despite it being an open-source operating system.

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EU confirms antitrust probe into Android apps, News Corp. attacks Google news scraping

04/18/2016, 01:04 pm

The European Commission and global media giant News Corp. on Monday confirmed separate actions against Google, with both factions suggesting that Google may be violating European regulations.

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Apple's AirPlay comes to Android in new flagship HTC 10

04/12/2016, 12:04 pm

HTC on Tuesday unveiled the HTC 10, its latest flagship smartphone, with an unusual feature in the form of native support for Apple's AirPlay wireless streaming protocol.

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Google mulling deep Android support for Apple's Swift language - report

04/07/2016, 01:04 pm

Apple's nascent Swift programming language could have a bright future ahead with one of the company's chief competitors, as Google is reportedly considering bring Swift to Android as a "first-class" language.

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Apple Music for Android update introduces home screen widget

03/24/2016, 07:03 pm

In continued efforts to improve its flagship Android app, Apple pushed out an update to Apple Music on Thursday that, among other improvements, builds in a home screen widget for playback control.

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FTC challenges Android developers on their use of SilverPush microphone spyware

03/18/2016, 01:03 pm

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued warning letters to a dozen Google Play developers over their use of SilverPush software, which turns Android devices into advertising spy beacons to listen for and track the television programming users are exposed to.

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85% of mobile device failures occur on Android, with Samsung leading the way

02/23/2016, 11:02 am

The overwhelming majority of mobile device failures come from handsets running the Android operating system, new data reveals, showing that Samsung devices are responsible for the most overall issues.

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LG, Samsung head to market with new Android flagship candidates

02/21/2016, 08:02 pm

There's just one flagship iPhone running Apple's iOS platform, but a variety of Android licensees are duking it out to define a hardware candidate that can win over premium buyers. One big obstacle: no hardware makers have any ability to materially stray too far from Google's commodity Android software platform.

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Apple Music update lets Android users save songs to SD cards

02/03/2016, 07:02 pm

Apple in an update to the Android version of Apple Music on Wednesday added the ability to save downloaded songs to an SD card, greatly increasing the offline listening library capacities for phones running Google mobile operating system.

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Google taking Nexus smartphone program in more iPhone-like direction - report

02/01/2016, 03:02 pm

Google is hoping to exert more control over its Nexus smartphone line, more closely following a business model set out by Apple and the iPhone, a report said on Monday.

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New quarterly data ranks iPhone high in China & US despite challenging conditions

01/27/2016, 12:01 pm

iPhone loyalty is at its strongest point in the U.S. since 2012, and despite numerous obstacles in China, Apple has managed to reclaim a position as the bestselling smartphone brand in that region, according to a new December-quarter research report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

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Google's Android revenue $31 billion over OS's entire lifetime, Oracle lawyer says

01/22/2016, 10:01 am

The Android operating system has reportedly generated $31 billion in revenues for Google since it first launched in 2008, creating $22 billion in profits largely from mobile advertising.

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Apple increases iOS App Store revenue lead, now earns 75% more than Android's Google Play

01/20/2016, 05:01 pm

Despite a huge jump in Android app downloads from Google Play fueled by the company's expansion into developing markets, Apple's iOS App Store continues to bring in more money and has actually increased its lead in profitability over Android's official store.

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Another new kernel flaw that Google won't fix for Android users prompts more switching to Apple's iOS

01/20/2016, 02:01 pm

A new kernel privilege escalation flaw discovered in the Linux kernel requires server operators to install a patch, but is not going to be fixed for the majority of Android users. After record numbers switched to iOS last quarter, Google's inability to update its user base is inciting switchers to move to iPhones even faster.

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Samsung working to copy iPhone 6s Live Photos feature for next Galaxy S7

01/15/2016, 05:01 pm

Samsung hopes to maintain its "lead by following" style of innovation for this year's Galaxy S7 launch by copying the Live Photos feature Apple developed for iPhone 6s, but the planned feature may not be done in time for the flagship's launch.

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Year-old Android 5 Lollipop on 33% of Google Play users, but only 20% of devices in China

01/14/2016, 11:01 pm

Google's ability to distribute new Android updates has always lagged far behind Apple's iOS, but the situation is even worse in China, where the "Lollipop" version 5.x, introduced in 2014 alongside iOS 8, has only reached about a fifth of all devices, two thirds the distribution it has achieved elsewhere.

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Antutu: iPhone 6s performance thrashes high-spec Androids Huawei Mate 8, Samsung Note 5 & Nexus 6p

01/13/2016, 02:01 pm

Performance benchmark vendor Antutu presented iPhone 6s as the best performing smartphone of the year, despite being compared against high end Androids with more RAM and faster CPU clocks driving four times as many cores.

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China reports record sales and 33% growth in non-Android smartphones, casts doubt on 'peak iPhone'

01/12/2016, 07:01 pm

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has released data showing a significant drop in Android's share of smartphone sales in the December quarter, leaving a 33 percent gain for non-Android smartphones, a segment dominated by Apple's iPhone.

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