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Topic: Android

Google reopens Map Maker with new safeguards to block controversial edits

08/25/2015, 04:08 pm

Google on Tuesday reopened Map Maker access in 45 more countries, including the U.S., with a new moderation system designed to prevent a repeat of the offensive Google Maps edits that forced it to disable the system in May.

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IDC projects Apple unlikely to make market share gains against Android in coming years

08/25/2015, 02:08 pm

Even with iPhone sales continuing to be strong, Apple is unlikely to make deeper inroads into Android's global marketshare in the near future, according to projections from an IDC research report released on Tuesday.

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iPhone sales stay strong amid worldwide smartphone market slowdown

08/20/2015, 10:08 am

Apple's iPhone continues to gain marketshare despite a slowing global smartphone market during the second quarter, doing particularly well in China -- where the overall market actually shrunk by 4 percent year-over-year.

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Google's initial Android Stagefright patch inadequate, forced to issue second fix

08/14/2015, 10:08 am

The first software patch designed to mitigate the high-profile Stagefright vulnerability in Google's Android mobile operating system was insufficient, one security researcher discovered, leading to the issuance of yet another update.

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Study: Apple's lead in enterprise mobility threatened as iPad's tablet share plummets

08/11/2015, 08:08 am

Apple's dominance in the enterprise mobility marketplace waned during the second quarter on a precipitous drop in tablet marketshare, the balance of which went to devices running Android and Windows, according to mobility solutions firm Good Technology.

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Flabbergastingly insecure: Google's Android is the new Flash

07/31/2015, 03:07 pm

Several years ago, Steve Jobs called out Adobe Flash as a trainwreck of security and performance problems, garnering him contempt from industry players deeply invested in the software platform. Today, Google's Android platform is getting same brutal appraisal, but it's coming from Android's own fans.

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Latest Android security exploit could leave more than half of current devices 'dead' & unusable

07/30/2015, 09:07 am

Yet another serious Android security issue was publicized this week, with the latest exploit rendering devices "lifeless," and said to affect more than half of units currently on the market.

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'Stagefright' vulnerability compromises Android phones with 1 text message, may affect 950M devices

07/28/2015, 03:07 pm

A newly discovered security issue in the Android mobile operating system dubbed "Stagefright" has been called one of the worst vulnerabilities to date, and could present a critical issue for some 95 percent of devices in users' hands.

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iPhone 6 continues to dominate best seller list, blocks Samsung Galaxy S6 from top spot

07/21/2015, 01:07 pm

Apple's iPhone 6 has remained the top selling smartphone for ten months in a row, with sales actually increasing in May, blocking Samsung's flagship phone from taking the top spot for the quarter.

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GameBench shows iPhone 6 beats Galaxy S6 in game performance & better looking graphics

07/11/2015, 05:07 pm

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from last fall beat this year's top Android flagship phones in a series of raw performance benchmarks. However, despite often having a pixel resolution advantage, Android phones also typically deliver worse looking graphics on top of being slower, as revealed by GameBench.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 'fastest smartphone,' if using phony benchmarks and ignoring iPhone 6 real world performance

06/30/2015, 06:06 am

Last Friday, Tom's Guide published an article calling Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6 the "world's fastest smartphone," writing that it came in "first in 6 out of 9 real-world tests and synthetic benchmarks." Unfortunately, that claim relied on cherry picked figures and ignored the real world entirely.

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Apple's 'Move to iOS' app transports user data from Android to iPhone

06/08/2015, 05:06 pm

With an eye on easing the transition from Android to the iOS ecosystem, Apple plans to offer switchers a special Android app that wirelessly transfers personal data, downloaded apps and other information over to a new iPhone.

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WWDC 2015 guaranteed to highlight growing gap between Apple and Google

06/07/2015, 05:06 pm

While tech pundits have long insisted that Apple and Google are growing more alike as rivals in smartphone and tablet computing, this week's WWDC should provide clear evidence that Apple is on a completely different track compared to the Android train operated by its formerly close iPhone services partner.

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Apple's iPhone gobbles up marketshare in U.S. as competitors stumble

06/05/2015, 04:06 pm

A fresh report published by comScore on Friday says Apple's share of the U.S. smartphone market grew nearly two percent during a three-month period ending in April, pushing iPhone's share of subscribers above 43 percent.

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Apple TV leaps into first place as iOS dominates online video market, Adobe reports

06/04/2015, 04:06 pm

Adobe's Digital Index team on Thursday issued a report on video viewing and browsing ahead of Apple's WWDC, noting that Apple TV has doubled its share in premium video viewing to overtake Roku as iOS devices in general widen their lead over Android and other competitors.

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Google I/O 2015 sets a low bar for Apple's WWDC to leap

05/30/2015, 09:05 pm

From all the breathless coverage detailing Google's I/O 2015 conference announcements, you might not have noticed that virtually all of what Google had to show this year were things Apple had already introduced over the past year (or long ago). Once hailed as being "more innovative" and faster at introducing new features, Android has become a slow follower.

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Google's Nest team helps create Brillo & Weave, to simplify the connected Internet of Things

05/28/2015, 01:05 pm

Seeking to connect everything around us, from household appliances to public parking meters, Google on Thursday announced Brillo, a low-level operating system that can run on a range of devices, as well as Weave, a communications layer that will allow devices to talk to one another.

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Study: Device users more responsive to Android app notifications than iOS

05/28/2015, 10:05 am

Mobile development services firm Urban Airship on Thursday released a study that found Android users are on average more than two times more responsive to push notifications than iOS device users.

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Google adding fingerprint support to 'Android M' - report

05/22/2015, 12:05 pm

The next version of Google's Android mobile operating system will reportedly bring system-wide support for fingerprint authentication, paving the way for more Android devices to adopt Touch ID-style biometrics.

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Apple's iOS holds lead in enterprise for Q1 on strong iPhone 6 demand, but tablet share eroding

05/11/2015, 08:05 am

Riding a wave of record-breaking iPhone sales, Apple remained the market leader in enterprise mobile device activations for the first quarter of 2015, but competitors are slowly eating away at iPad's tablet share, according to Good Technology.

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