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Topic: Android

Google's new 3D Maps destroy Manhattan in the wake of Apple's Flyover

05/22/2013, 06:05 pm

Nearly a year after Apple introduced its own Maps service in iOS 6 with Flyover 3D satellite views, Google is expanding its own online Maps to support similar 3D satellite imagery, with the same sorts of buckled roads and visual distortions Apple was castigated for last summer.

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Apple's iPad dominates online shopping traffic & revenue generation

05/22/2013, 01:05 pm

Despite growing competition from other tablets, Apple's iPad still accounts for a whopping 89.28 percent of e-commerce website traffic, and also rakes in more money on a per-user basis than any other platform.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 & Google Now accused of violating Apple patents for Siri

05/22/2013, 10:05 am

In its ongoing litigation against Samsung, Apple has added five new patents to its claims, targeting both the company's new flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, as well as the Google Now service for Android.

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Looking to pull even with Apple, Samsung to pay developers for Galaxy-specific apps

05/20/2013, 09:05 am

Apple rival Samsung is turning to third-party developers to help improve the standing of its smartphone lineup against the iPhone, offering $800,000 in prize money for Galaxy-specific apps.

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Google engineers talk fragmentation, how to make Android work for emerging markets

05/18/2013, 09:05 pm

This week's Google I/O saw no announcements of any new versions of the company's mobile operating system, Android, and that may be because the team that is building the system is working to address the platform's biggest problem: fragmentation.

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Revenue from iOS, Android gaming apps now three times greater than portable consoles

05/17/2013, 04:05 pm

The trend that's seen portable gaming shifting largely to devices like Apple's iPhone continues apace, according to a new report that pegs revenue from gaming on iOS and Android devices at three times the size of revenue on dedicated portable gaming consoles.

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IDC: Apple's iOS fell to 17% of smartphones shipped in Q1, Windows Phone passed BlackBerry

05/16/2013, 08:05 am

Gains made by Google's Android platform chipped away at the smartphone market share of Apple's iOS in the first quarter of 2013, while Microsoft's slow-growing Windows Phone managed to surpass BlackBerry in the battle for third place.

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Google Play game services offers cross-platform support on iOS, Android and Web

05/15/2013, 12:05 pm

Google's response to Apple's Game Center was announced on Wednesday in the form of Google Play game services, a cross-platform series of developer tools that will support iOS as well as Android and the Web.

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Google announces 900 million Android activations, 48 billion app installs

05/15/2013, 12:05 pm

Google on Wednesday announced that its Android mobile platform has seen 900 million total activations to date, while 48 billion applications have been installed on Android devices.

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iPhone's popularity among Facebook staff may have aided in Home's lackluster launch

05/15/2013, 11:05 am

The launch of Facebook's Home layer on Android appears to have been a flop, with relatively low installation rates and even lower user ratings on Google Play thus far. Now, some observers are blaming an unlikely candidate: Apple's iPhone.

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Mobile malware exploding, but only for Android

05/14/2013, 06:05 pm

Malware targeting mobile devices is rapidly growing in both the number of variants found in the wild and in their complexity and sophistication, but the only platform being actively targeted is Google's Android, which researchers now say is resembling Windows on the desktop PC.

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BlackBerry BBM coming to Apple's iOS, Google Android this summer

05/14/2013, 11:05 am

BlackBerry's BBM messaging service will go cross-platform this summer, when official BBM applications will launch on iOS and Android.

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Apple fell to 18% share of smartphone sales in Q1, Gartner says

05/14/2013, 10:05 am

While Apple increased its iPhone sales year over year, its share of the global smartphone market shrank to 18.2 percent in the first quarter, according to data from Gartner.

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Google's Android on 59.5% of all 'smart mobile devices' shipped in Q1, Apple at 19.3%

05/10/2013, 03:05 am

According to research firm Canalys, Google's Android platform continues to dominate the worldwide mobile marketplace as the OS powered 59.5 percent of the nearly 310 million smart mobile devices shipped in the first quarter, while Apple managed to grow its iOS and OS X presence to a 19.3 percent share.

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Apple takes fight to Google, wants Android source code in Samsung lawsuit

05/08/2013, 11:05 am

The week has seen new turns in Apple's ongoing patent-based struggle against Google's Android operating system, as the iPhone maker attempted to pull the search giant deeper into the proceedings in one case while trying to keep Google out of the mix in another.

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Editorial: Apple's iOS is the new Windows

05/04/2013, 06:05 pm

Over the last six months, Apple earned $22 billion on revenues of over $98 billion, while selling 85 million iPhones and 42 million iPads globally. The profits Apple is now earning in mobile dwarf the best mobile profit performance records set by Nokia in 2008 by more than a factor of three. Why are Apple's competitors not beating back its advances?

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Samsung on Galaxy S4 storage complaints: Go buy an SD card

05/03/2013, 03:05 pm

Samsung has some advice for buyers of the 16-gigabyte model of its new Galaxy S4 stung by its low storage space: if that's not enough storage for you, that's why we put in a microSD card slot.

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Big phones, phablets & tablets account for just 10% of Android's installed base

05/03/2013, 02:05 pm

While many pundits insist that Apple must make a larger screen iPhone to keep pace with the offerings from Android licensees, Google's own stats indicate that all big phones, tablets and phablets put together are a tiny 10 percent fraction of active users.

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Hearst reaches a million digital subscribers on Apple's iPad, other platforms

05/03/2013, 11:05 am

Hearst Magazines has hit its goal of one million digital subscribers on devices like Apple's iPad, as well as competing tablets such as the Amazon Kindle Fire.

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Pentagon to grant security clearance for Apple's IOS, some Samsung devices

05/01/2013, 04:05 pm

Devices from the world's two largest smartphone makers will soon be cleared for use by Department of Defense employees, as the Pentagon makes ready to open up its systems to Apple's iPhone and handsets from Samsung.

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