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Topic: Android

Editorial: How Steve Jobs' 'Thoughts On Flash' gave iPad a head start in tablets

11/12/2019, 12:11 pm

In 2010, Steve Jobs detailed why Apple would not be investing any efforts to make Adobe Flash run on iPad. Rather than agreeing, Apple's competitors seized on Flash as something they could hold up as an exclusive feature that Apple's iOS products lacked. That strategy backfired badly.

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A4 to A5: How Apple outflanked its fragmented competition in silicon

11/07/2019, 10:11 am

Apple's A4 project helped deliver the custom silicon for the very first iPad, positioning the company in a race against time with the world's leading mobile chip designers. Although it ran into stiff competition along the way, Apple succeeded with an implementation that was markedly different from its peers. Here's how they did it.

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Apple's iPad still leading global tablet market despite Amazon surge

11/06/2019, 10:11 am

Apple has continued to maintain its dominance in the global tablet market in the last quarter, according to Strategy Analytics, but major online retailer Amazon has overtaken Samsung to become its nearest rival, in part due to its promotion of Prime Day.

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How Apple's dramatic rise in computing flipped an OS myth

11/05/2019, 09:11 am

The history of personal computing is often told in terms of operating systems: the dramatic battle between IBM's DOS PC vs Apple's Macintosh; the emergence of fiefdoms of promising independents such as Amiga OS, NeXTSTEP and BeOS; and ultimately the crushing destruction of any PC OS competition under the homogenous, global and permanent rule of Microsoft's Windows platform. But these stories often resulted in inaccurate conclusions, because the OS platform wasn't the only important factor in picking winners and losers.

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Editorial: Apple Pay passes PayPal, tramples Google Pay & Samsung Pay

10/31/2019, 10:10 am

Apple Pay transactions reached above three billion in the September quarter, enough to surpass PayPal. Apple Pay growth is also leaving behind far less popular Android NFC payment alternatives promoted by Google and Samsung.

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Editorial: Following Fold fiasco, Samsung fields a flexible flip-phone

10/30/2019, 06:10 am

At its annual Samsung Developer Conference, Google's leading Android licensee is working hard to be taken seriously as a software platform vendor on its own, highlighting Bixby, SmartThings, a closer copying of Apple's iOS appearance, and new plans to license Tizen OS to other TV makers. Yet most of its attention is centered on a few seconds of a video depicting the concept of a flip-phone.

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iPhone 11 sales continue to cut down Android's market share globally

10/23/2019, 08:10 am

Apple has increased its presence in the five most important European markets against Android, a study of smartphone OS data reveals, with the international use of iOS rising on the strength of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.

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iPhone 11 versus Pixel 4 -- Benchmark and hands on comparison

10/22/2019, 01:10 pm

Google's Pixel 4 is the ideal, undiluted Android experience, and has features to separate itself from the rest of the pack. AppleInsider puts it side-by-side versus Apple's iPhone 11 lineup to see how they compare in specs and benchmarks.

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Editorial: Why the Apple A13 Bionic blows past Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus

10/22/2019, 12:10 pm

It is no great surprise that Apple's iPhone 11 A13 Bionic chip continues to tromp Qualcomm's fastest mobile CPU, the Snapdragon 855 Plus. The slower non-Plus variant of that chip is used in many premium Androids including most of Samsung's Galaxy S10 models as well as Google's Pixel 4. What's more interesting is why Apple is ahead, and what it means for future generations of technology.

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Duet Display update will allow Mac users to extend displays to Android tablets

10/02/2019, 07:10 am

Shortly before Apple releases its Sidecar feature in macOS Catalina to allow Mac screen mirroring and extension onto iPads, the makers Duet Display are soon to release a version that will allow users to use an Android tablet as a Mac display.

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Exploit resellers report glut of iOS vulnerabilities, will pay more for Android bugs

09/03/2019, 09:09 pm

Software vulnerability brokers have lowered payout rates for iOS exploits, saying a recent "flood" of iPhone zero-days makes the bugs less valuable than comparable attacks designed to penetrate Android.

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Apple Music for Android beta adds Chromecast support, radio stations

08/28/2019, 07:08 am

The most recent version of the Apple Music beta app for Android has added Chromecast support, an often-requested feature by participants.

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Brief Thoughts: Questionable RF lawsuit, Apple TV+ vs. Disney+, Siri listening & more

08/25/2019, 10:08 am

Every week has dozens of things going on at any given time, too many to talk about in real-time. Here's what we think about this week's radio frequency revelations and lawsuits, Disney rolling heavy at the D23 expo in regards to Disney+, the workers responsible for listening to Siri recordings, an inadvertent iOS 12 jailbreak restoration, and Google's Android rebranding.

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Editorial: Free advertising for Apple Card isn't coming from unit sales or market share

08/24/2019, 09:08 am

Apple Card is all over the news, in part because the physical legacy card it ships with can be scuffed up if you throw it in your jeans pocket with coins and keys. There are thousands of other card issuers globally that wish the inherently fragile nature of a pristine credit card was also capable of driving free global advertising of their brand as well. Why does Apple get so much free press?

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Apple Music beta for Android tests Dark Mode and time-synced lyrics

08/07/2019, 11:08 pm

Apple Music subscribers with Android devices will soon gain access Dark Mode and time-synced lyrics, two new features slated to debut in the iOS version of the app this fall.

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iPhone loyalty rates down to 8-year low, survey claims

07/17/2019, 10:07 pm

The loyalty of iPhone owners in the upgrade cycle outside of Apple's iPhone upgrade program has reportedly fallen to its lowest levels since 2011, benefiting Samsung, new survey data suggests.

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Editorial: No Bill Gates, Windows was not iPhone's 'natural' nemesis

06/30/2019, 09:06 am

Microsoft's former chief executive Bill Gates mused this week that it would have been the "natural thing" for Microsoft to have been the "standard non-Apple phone platform." But he's wrong, and here's why.

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Microsoft should have been Apple's challenger in mobile, says Bill Gates

06/24/2019, 09:06 am

It should have been Microsoft posing the main competition to Apple in mobile platforms, not Google, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates commented in a recent interview.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 expected to launch Aug. 7

06/19/2019, 08:06 am

Samsung is reportedly gunning to launch its next top-end phone, the the Galaxy Note 10, at an "Unpacked" event on Aug. 7 -- with one version of the phone approaching tablet sizes.

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Apple & Samsung expected to benefit most from US Huawei ban, says Ming-Chi Kuo

06/01/2019, 01:06 pm

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects both Apple and Samsung to pick up Huawei customers outside China now that the manufacturer is no longer able to use Google's Android operating system without a branch.

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