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Topic: Android

Google claims Android is "as safe as the competition" despite its outdated install base

03/16/2018, 10:03 am

Google's head of Android security David Kleidermacher claimed in an interview that "Android is now as safe as the competition" on the release of the company's 2017 Android Security report, which seeks to reassure users that it is doing everything it can to protect them from malware and exploits. The problem is that Google can't secure the 2 billion Androids it claims as its platform.


Apple Music Android app gets rare update to solve bugs

03/15/2018, 12:03 pm

Apple has issued an update to the Android version of Apple Music, fixing two recent problems with the client.


Refurbished, high-end iPhones are suffocating the growth of cheap new Androids

03/14/2018, 05:03 am

The fastest growing segment in global smartphones isn't Google's vision for super-cheap, simple Android phones. Instead, according to new market data, it's refurbished high-quality phones that carry a desirable brand but can be sold at a more affordable price, a segment where Apple is "leading by a significant margin."


The mystery of crashing apps on iOS and Android

03/13/2018, 10:03 am

An examination of mobile app crashes between Apple's iOS and Google's Android once appeared to suggest that apps crash significantly more often on iOS compared to Android. However, developers and analysts offer some explanations of why this occurring. As is often the case, the story behind the numbers is more nuanced and complex than a trivial clickbait headline can deliver.


Editorial: The mysterious curse of iPhone 6, lifted with... the headphone jack

03/10/2018, 08:03 am

In 2014, Apple unveiled a pair of larger iPhone 6 models that kicked off a "supercycle" of upgrades and permanently blunted the high-end Galaxy sales of its top rival in premium smartphones, Samsung. However, it appears that iPhone 6 and 6S suffered statically high hardware failure rates in diagnostic testing, a problem that has since subsided in more recent models. What caused this mysterious problem, and how did Apple improve things?


Google gives up on tablets: Android P marks an end to its ambitious efforts to take on Apple's iPad

03/09/2018, 07:03 am

Back at the beginning of 2010, Google felt quite confident that its Android platform would crush Apple's iPhone in the same way Microsoft Windows had marginalized Mac sales into relative obscurity with 2 percent market share in the late 1990s. However, Apple changed the game by launching another new iOS product: iPad. It split Google's focus and demonstrated that Android as a platform couldn't turn a bunch of commodity PC and phone makers into an innovative, creative challenge to Apple. Eight years later, Google appears ready to give up on tablets entirely.


Survey calls Android buyers "more loyal," but more users are still switching to iOS

03/08/2018, 06:03 pm

A survey by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners created headlines that Android was "beating iOS in smartphone loyalty," but the data actually shows that more Android users choose to upgrade to iOS than flow the other way and that most users tend to stick with what they've used before.


Google's Android P supports same HEIC format as Apple, has software display notch like iPhone X

03/07/2018, 02:03 pm

Google on Wednesday revealed a slew of details about the next version of Android, codenamed Android P, including a pair of features following in Apple's footsteps.


Google brings ARCore out of beta, raising challenge to Apple's ARKit

02/26/2018, 09:02 am

Google has launched version 1.0 of its ARCore SDK, signaling the first real salvo in a fight with Apple for developer support in augmented reality.


The Smartphone Endgame: Who wins once shipment volumes peak?

02/24/2018, 12:02 pm

For decades, market research firms have been confidently asserting that the "winners" in PCs, tablets, smartphones and other consumer electronics are not firms that are profitable or even sustainable, but merely those shipping the largest volumes at any given time. This has enabled them to crown a successive line of failed players, then rapidly move on to a new "winner," often within the same year. The bigger problem for this sort of flawgic is that the game itself is changing.


Chinese discount phone makers were supposed to rival Apple's iPhone globally. Instead, they're dying off within China

02/23/2018, 11:02 am

Ever since iPhones officially went on sale in China back in 2009, pundits have claimed that local production of cheaper smartphones would not only block Apple's growth prospects in China but also invade smartphone markets globally. They were wrong, here's why.


Android-powered Essential Phone estimated to have shipped just 88K units in 2017

02/13/2018, 10:02 am

Despite being one of the first handsets on the market with an edge-to-edge display, the Essential Phone, pioneered by former Android chief Andy Rubin, failed to compete with the likes of Apple's iPhone X in any meaningful way, with one new estimate suggesting just 88,000 units were shipped last year.


Google's next big Android update to support iPhone X-style 'notches'

02/12/2018, 10:02 am

The next major iteration of Android, due later this year, will reportedly support devices with "notches" like the one on Apple's iPhone X -- as well as other unusual display designs.


Lesser-known Android phone makers copy look of Apple's iPhone X

02/05/2018, 10:02 am

A pair of relatively unknown Android phone makers are reportedly copying the look of Apple's iPhone X without actually offering identical features.


Kantar calls iPhone X pricing 'vindicated' as Apple sees marketshare grow across Europe, China, Australia & Japan

01/30/2018, 09:01 am

As hand wringing over the $999-and-up pricing of the iPhone X continues, analysts at Kantar Worldpanel see the premium-priced handset as a wise move for Apple, after tracking marketshare gains for iOS in a number of key markets across the globe.


Apple's iOS platform advantage in fixing bugs is beating Google's Android

01/11/2018, 11:01 am

Apple is the only PC or smartphone vendor to have full control over the user experience it provides to its customers, thanks to its positioning as an integrated platform vendor. This is a key--often overlooked--advantage for the company that is driving customer satisfaction and trust as well as attracting serious attention from the enterprise at a time when Google's Android is doing neither one.


weMessage promises to bring iMessage to Android, uses Mac as server

12/12/2017, 07:12 pm

A new Android app called weMessage brings unofficial support for Apple's iMessages to devices running Google's operating system, but users need a Mac to complete the ad hoc setup.


Honor's new View 10 phone brings iPhone X-style Animoji to Android

12/05/2017, 06:12 pm

Huawei's Honor brand on Tuesday revealed the Android-based View 10, a new flagship phone that features a direct imitation of the Animoji feature available on Apple's iPhone X.


Essential's Andy Rubin takes leave of absence after 'inappropriate relationship' allegations follow from Google

11/29/2017, 10:11 am

Essential head and former Android chief Andy Rubin is taking a "leave of absence" after allegations of an "inappropriate relationship" at Google have resurfaced.


Android smartphones expected to follow Apple's iPhone X lead in adopting 3D sensor tech

11/17/2017, 09:11 am

Looking to keep up with the competition from Apple's iPhone X, a number of Android smartphone makers are expected to adopt 3D sensors for products launching in 2018.