Why Google’s Android surpassed Apple’s iOS for a 1st time

Analyzing a pivotal trends for mobile phone companies in 2Q14 (Part 2 of 15)

(Continued from Part 1)

The iPad has dominated web trade in North America

In a prior partial of this series, we discussed Google’s (GOOGL) Android prevalence in a smartphone handling complement market.

Apple’s (AAPL) iPad has always dominated web trade on tablets in North America. According to a news from Chitika, 81% of web trade on tablets in North America came from iPads.

Amazon (AMZN) and Samsung (SSNLF) each had market share of reduction than 7%, while Google and Microsoft (MSFT) each had market share of reduction than 2%.

Things have started to change for Apple

But things are opposite when we demeanour during the global level. Although Apple continues to be a clever actor in a U.S. market, a participation in rising markets continues to decline.

iPad sales have started to decline, as section sales fell by 16% in 1Q14 and 9% in 2Q14 over a analogous entertain final year. At a same time, Android has started to benefit further presence in a inscription market.

In a smartphone market, Android has always been the undisputed leader, that we also discussed in a prior partial of this series.

Android now leads a worldwide mobile web use market

All this meant that iOS lost a tip position to Android in terms of worldwide mobile web usage, that includes both tablets and smartphones. According to a news from Net Applications and as a draft above shows, Apple’s iOS share of worldwide mobile web use declined from 59% in Jul 2013 to 44% in Jul 2014. Android’s share, meanwhile, increasing from 25% to 45% during a same period.

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Why Google’s Android keeps winning a smartphone OS market

Analyzing a pivotal trends for mobile phone companies in 2Q14 (Part 1 of 15)

Android continues to browbeat a smartphone handling complement market

In this series, we’ll plead a latest pivotal trends that are affecting the mobile phone industry. According to a news from Strategy Analytics and as a draft next shows, Google’s (GOOGL) Android continues to browbeat the smartphone handling complement market. It has, in fact, gained share in this market—from 80.2% in 2Q13 to 84.6% in 2Q14.

This benefit has come during a responsibility of Apple’s (AAPL) iOS, Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone, and BlackBerry’s (BBRY) handling systems. All these smartphone handling systems mislaid marketplace share during the same period, as a draft next shows.

Google has taken a few beginning to strengthen a position

A integrate of months back, Google introduced a extended chronicle of Android’s handling complement for smartphones, Android L. Google announced a array of updates and new facilities in Android L, including the ability to clear your phone but entering a password if you’re connected to a devoted Bluetooth device or Wi-Fi network. The new handling complement has an extended design, with brighter colors and crook contrast. It will also assistance we stress a many critical equipment and notifications on your screen.

Google also introduced a Android One handling complement generally for rising markets. Google has planned to partner with a few smartphone vendors to introduce sub-$100 smartphones in India formed on Android One. This is Google’s plan to constraint the next billion people who don’t have smartphones, as rising markets are price-sensitive.

Overall, Android’s augmenting participation also helps smartphone players like Samsung (SSNLF), that is a largest smartphone hardware actor in a universe and that uses a Android handling complement on its smartphones.

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Android Operating System

A mobile handling complement grown by Google. The Android handling complement is essentially used in touchscreen mobile devices, such as dungeon phones and tablets. Its pattern allows users to manipulate mobile inclination intuitively, with phone interactions following common motions such as pinching, swiping, and tapping.

The handling complement was grown by Android, Inc., a program association located in Silicon Valley, before Google acquired it in 2005. Investors and a wiring attention had speculated over what Google’s intentions were in a mobile marketplace given a acquisition. The association announced a handling complement in 2007, with a initial Android-powered device reaching a marketplace in 2008.

Software and focus developers can use Android to rise mobile apps, that are sole by app stores, such as Google Play.

Because it is grown as a Google product, Android users are given a event to couple their mobile device to other Google products, such as cloud storage, email, and video services.

The Android source formula is expelled in an open source format, with Google indicating that it prefers a growth of open standards. Despite being expelled as “open”, Android is mostly finished with exclusive program when sole on handset devices.

The presentation of Google’s Android handling complement has lead to a “smartphone wars”, with Apple’s iOS portion as a arch competitor. This is identical to a “cola wars” between Coca-Cola and Pepsi as of a 20 th century. As of 2014, Android was a many renouned handling complement for use on mobile devices, with over one billion active users.

The increasing recognition of a complement has also lead to lawsuits over patents. As a invulnerability maneuver, Google purchased Motorola Mobility in 2011.

Samsung Android KitKat 4.4.2: Galaxy S4 LTE, Note 3, Note 2, and Galaxy Tab 4 …

Samsung is rolling out a Android 4.4.2 KitKat refurbish in a series of countries for opposite devices, and Android 4.4.4 KitKat and Android 4.4.3 KitKat refurbish is finally accessible in some places.

Unlike a series of a other competitors, Samsung has not announced that it is bringing a Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates to a phones, even yet a rags have been out for some time.

The arriving Galaxy Alpha will be using on Android 4.4.4 KitKat, however, according to central information from Samsung.

It is misleading if a Galaxy Note 4, that should be denounced during during Unpacked eventuality on Sep 3, will run on Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

Also, some carriers in a United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada will be rolling out a Android 4.4.3 KitKat and a Android 4.4.4 KitKat refurbish for some phone models.

Optus records on a site that an Android 4.4.4 KitKat refurbish for a Galaxy S5 has been approved, and could be accessible “within a entrance days.”

The European Galaxy S5 LTE-A indication will also get an Android 4.4.4 KitKat refurbish in a United Kingdom.

Finally, Rogers in Canada lists a Android 4.4.3 KitKat refurbish as being accessible for a Note 3 and Galaxy S4, and that a Android 4.4.3 KitKat refurbish for a Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S3 Mini, and Galaxy Note 8.0 is “coming soon.”

Check out a list of countries and Samsung mobile inclination that will be receiving a Android 4.4.2 KitKat refurbish around SamMobile below.

Galaxy S4 

Baltic [LTE]

France [LTE]

Netherlands [VE]

New Zealand [LTE-A]

Saudi Arabia [LTE]

South Korea [Active]

United Arab Emirates [LTE]

United Kingdom [LTE]

Tab 4

Argentina [8.0 Wi-Fi]

Baltic [10.1 4G]

Brazil [8.0 Wi-Fi]

France [8.0 LTE,10.1 4G]

Germany [10.1 4G]

Hong Kong [10.1 Wi-Fi]

Italy [10.1 4G]

Mexico [8.0 Wi-Fi]

Panama [8.0 Wi-Fi]

Peru [8.0 Wi-Fi]

Trinidad and Tobago [8.0 Wi-Fi]

Note 3

Argentina [Neo]

Hong Kong [LTE]

New Zealand [LTE]

Portugal [LTE]

Russia

Ukraine

Note II

Italy

Portugal [LTE]

Slovenia

 

 

 

Six Clicks: Top Android apps of a month, Aug 2014

Summary: What are some of a many engaging apps for a Android handling complement we’ve detected this month?

Charlie Osborne

By Charlie Osborne for iGeneration | August 29, 2014 — 11:26 GMT (04:26 PDT)

By Charlie Osborne for iGeneration | August 29, 2014 — 11:26 GMT (04:26 PDT)

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  • Ignore No More

    For a hordes of relatives undone with their children ignoring phone calls and content messages, a brainchild of one mother, a Ignore No More app, could be a ideal solution.

    Perhaps talent in a simplicity, a mobile app allows relatives to close their child’s smartphone from afar, should they select to omit parental efforts to stay in hit with them. On a app’s website, it says:

    “When we close your child’s phone with Ignore No More your child has usually dual options – he or she can call we back, or call for an puncture responder. Now we have their attention. Ignore No More is an easy to install app that gives we control over your children’s phones.”

    You set a cue that unlocks a phone, though children usually benefit entrance once they’ve called back.

    Price: £0.60

    Via: Ignore No More | Google Play

  • Dashboard Cast

    Dashboard Cast is a flattering cold app that personalizes a shade of your Google Chromecast. Instead of adhering with a customary background, this app can be used to emanate a arrangement including time and date widgets, a calendar, RSS feeds and stocks. 

    Price: $Free (in-app purchases)

    Via: Google Play

     

Topics: Mobility, Android, Apps, Google

About Charlie Osborne

London-based Charlie Osborne is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She binds a grade in Medical Anthropology.

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Nokia’s Here map app arrives on Tizen, before Android Wear

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The Samsung Gear S tells we where to go interjection to a turn-by-turn navigation app powered by Nokia’s Here maps.
Samsung

You are Here: Nokia’s Here maps is display a approach brazen with a navigation app for wearable devices, starting with a new Samsung Gear S. The Gear S is powered by Tizen, with Here gripping still on skeleton for Android Wear.

Here’s maps app has arrived in beta form currently for Samsung’s Android smartphones, though when it comes to an app on your tangible smartwatch or wearable, Tizen gets Here first.

Tizen is Samsung’s possess handling complement for using inclination from watches to cameras, nonetheless a first Tizen phone has been delayed several times.

As good as Tizen, Samsung also has skeleton for wearable inclination that use Google’s Android Wear, that powers smartwatches such as a Motorola Moto 360 and LG G Watch R. Here hasn’t ruled out operative with Android Wear devices, though staid on Tizen first.

“Android is a fat OS,” says Sean Fernback, comparison clamp boss of Everyday Mobility during Here, explaining a Here app for Tizen wearables. “Tizen is a lighter-weight handling complement some-more concordant with wearable technology.”

“Anything that is scaling good we will adopt,” says Fernback. “Wearables are a large opportunity, though we haven’t seen a best of it yet. We are examination a Internet of Things really closely.”

Directions on your wrist

Here is a partial of Finnish association Nokia that builds maps and provides that information to a smartphone and inscription app, and to third-party apps that work only about everywhere, from smartphones and tablets to in-car sat-nav systems. It was not acquired by Microsoft in a $7 billion deal that snapped adult Nokia’s device division.

This is Here’s initial incursion into a burgeoning wearables sector, putting directions on your watch to save we fishing your phone out of your slot each hundred yards as we conduct towards your destination. It saves we station on unknown travel corners fluttering your costly smartphone around too.

Here powers an app for a Gear S called Navigator, that offers turn-by-turn navigation when you’re walking or removing open transport.

The tiny shade is excellent for display we where to go next, though not ideal for indeed formulation a route. So a watch pairs around Bluetooth with your phone, where a new Here Android app lets we demeanour adult your end and figure out how to get there, either on feet or open transport, before zapping a track to your watch, and environment off with your phone safely stowed in your pocket.

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The Here maps app for Samsung smartphones, with offline navigation and a ability to span with Samsung’s wearable devices.
Nokia

Handily, we can save maps on your phone and on a watch so we can still see where you’re going even when you’re not connected to a Web. The app will even calculate a track and give we directions when you’re offline.

Offline maps are accessible for roughly 100 countries, that means when you’re abroad we don’t need to spend a happening on joining to a Web to work out where you’re going. And if we occur to be in any one of 750 cities opposite 40 countries we can also demeanour adult open ride information but a information connection.

‘Modernise a map’

The arise of wearables and a connected automobile means a hardware is there for companies like Here to demeanour to a subsequent era of mapping, going over a roads and lines we’re used to from paper maps. “We wish to modernize a map,” says Here’s Fernback.

One of a subsequent stages is indoor mapping, display we how to get around inside selling centres, sight stations, museums and other venues. Here has indoor maps of some-more than 90,000 buildings in 71 countries, a information collected from information submitted by a venues or by teams of people exploring and mapping a venue — Here calls this “gig walking.”

Run Android apps on your Windows PC

Clash of Clans, using in BlueStacks on a Windows PC

After a bit of a delayed start, Android’s focus ecosystem has proven to be versatile and unequivocally developer-friendly. You are giveaway to rise an app for Android and tell it to a Play Store with minimal restrictions. This has led to a engorgement of unequivocally cold Android apps, some of that aren’t accessible on iOS or other platforms. Running Android apps customarily requires an Android smartphone or inscription — obviously! — though what if we now use iOS or another mobile OS, and wish to try out Android though indeed removing an Android device?

Well, fortunately, with a small leg work, we can run Android apps on a unchanging aged Windows PC. There are a few opposite ways to go about it, any with their possess strengths and weaknesses.

Android Emulator

The Android emulator

The many “basic” approach to get Android apps using on a PC is to go by a Android emulator expelled by Google as partial of a central SDK. The emulator can be used to emanate practical inclination using any chronicle of Android we wish with opposite resolutions and hardware configurations. The initial downside of this routine is a rather difficult setup process.

You’ll need to squeeze the SDK package from Google’s site and use a enclosed SDK Manager module to download a platforms we wish — substantially whatever a many new chronicle of Android happens to be during a time (4.4 during a time of publishing). The AVD manager is where we can emanate and conduct your practical devices. Google creates some pre-configured options accessible in a menu for Nexus devices, though we can set a parameters manually too. Once you’ve booted your practical device, you’ll need to get apps installed, though a emulator is a bone batch open source chronicle of Android — no Google apps included.

Since there’s no Play Store, you’ll need to do some record management. Take a APK we wish to implement (be it Google’s app package or something else) and dump a record into a tools folder in your SDK directory. Then use a authority prompt while your AVD is using to enter (in that directory) adb implement filename.apk. The app should be combined to a app list of your practical device.

The large upside here is that a emulator is unmodified Android right from a source. The approach apps describe in a emulator will be a same as they describe on devices. It’s good for contrast app builds before loading them onto exam devices. The biggest problem is that a emulator is indolent and lacks a hardware entrance to make games run acceptably.

androidx86

Android PC ports

If we don’t mind a small additional work, we can have a some-more liquid Android app knowledge by installing a mutated chronicle of a OS on your PC. There are a few ports of Android that will run on desktop PCs, though support is rather singular since of a endless hardware pattern options for PCs. The dual heading choices for a full Android designation on PC are Android on Intel Architecture (UEFI-equipped devices) and the Android-x86 Project (pictured above).

Neither one is in a ideal state, and you’ll need a upheld square of hardware, like a Dell XPS 12 for Intel’s chronicle or a Lenovo ThinkPad x61 Tablet for Android-x86. You could implement them over tip of Windows, though that’s not a best idea. The smarter approach would be to emanate a apart tough expostulate assign and implement Android there.

If your hardware isn’t upheld by possibly of these projects, we can also try installing them in VirtualBox, that should be a small faster than a central Android emulator. It substantially still won’t be good adequate for games, though many apps should implement and run correctly. Also note, you’ll have to implement a apps we wish manually as there’s no Google Play formation here either.

Next page: The best option: The BlueStacks App Player

Nokia's Here map app arrives on Tizen, before Android Wear


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The Samsung Gear S tells we where to go interjection to a turn-by-turn navigation app powered by Nokia’s Here maps.
Samsung

You are Here: Nokia’s Here maps is display a approach brazen with a navigation app for wearable devices, starting with a new Samsung Gear S. The Gear S is powered by Tizen, with Here gripping still on skeleton for Android Wear.

Here’s maps app has arrived in beta form currently for Samsung’s Android smartphones, though when it comes to an app on your tangible smartwatch or wearable, Tizen gets Here first.

Tizen is Samsung’s possess handling complement for using inclination from watches to cameras, nonetheless a first Tizen phone has been delayed several times.

As good as Tizen, Samsung also has skeleton for wearable inclination that use Google’s Android Wear, that powers smartwatches such as a Motorola Moto 360 and LG G Watch R. Here hasn’t ruled out operative with Android Wear devices, though staid on Tizen first.

“Android is a fat OS,” says Sean Fernback, comparison clamp boss of Everyday Mobility during Here, explaining a Here app for Tizen wearables. “Tizen is a lighter-weight handling complement some-more concordant with wearable technology.”

“Anything that is scaling good we will adopt,” says Fernback. “Wearables are a large opportunity, though we haven’t seen a best of it yet. We are examination a Internet of Things really closely.”

Directions on your wrist

Here is a partial of Finnish association Nokia that builds maps and provides that information to a smartphone and inscription app, and to third-party apps that work only about everywhere, from smartphones and tablets to in-car sat-nav systems. It was not acquired by Microsoft in a $7 billion deal that snapped adult Nokia’s device division.

This is Here’s initial incursion into a burgeoning wearables sector, putting directions on your watch to save we fishing your phone out of your slot each hundred yards as we conduct towards your destination. It saves we station on unknown travel corners fluttering your costly smartphone around too.

Here powers an app for a Gear S called Navigator, that offers turn-by-turn navigation when you’re walking or removing open transport.

The tiny shade is excellent for display we where to go next, though not ideal for indeed formulation a route. So a watch pairs around Bluetooth with your phone, where a new Here Android app lets we demeanour adult your end and figure out how to get there, either on feet or open transport, before zapping a track to your watch, and environment off with your phone safely stowed in your pocket.


View gallery

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The Here maps app for Samsung smartphones, with offline navigation and a ability to span with Samsung’s wearable devices.
Nokia

Handily, we can save maps on your phone and on a watch so we can still see where you’re going even when you’re not connected to a Web. The app will even calculate a track and give we directions when you’re offline.

Offline maps are accessible for roughly 100 countries, that means when you’re abroad we don’t need to spend a happening on joining to a Web to work out where you’re going. And if we occur to be in any one of 750 cities opposite 40 countries we can also demeanour adult open ride information but a information connection.

‘Modernise a map’

The arise of wearables and a connected automobile means a hardware is there for companies like Here to demeanour to a subsequent era of mapping, going over a roads and lines we’re used to from paper maps. “We wish to modernize a map,” says Here’s Fernback.

One of a subsequent stages is indoor mapping, display we how to get around inside selling centres, sight stations, museums and other venues. Here has indoor maps of some-more than 90,000 buildings in 71 countries, a information collected from information submitted by a venues or by teams of people exploring and mapping a venue — Here calls this “gig walking.”

Here's Another Sign That Samsung May Be Moving Away From Android


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Nokia’s Here Maps will come exclusively to Samsung’s Android inclination soon.

Google and Samsung frequently work together on several smartphones and smartwatches, though Samsung has been pulling a possess self-branded program for years.

The association has heavily mutated Android to stress a possess apps and facilities grown by Samsung that aren’t accessible on many other Android phones.

In fact, many have speculated that a association is building Tizen — another open-source handling complement arrange of like Android — into a possess homegrown program to diminution a faith on Google.

Now, we might be saying another denote that Samsung is looking to pierce divided from Android.  On Friday, Nokia announced a Here maps app will be accessible for Android exclusively on Samsung Galaxy products .

Nokia is emphasizing a giveaway application’s ability to work offline as one of a standout features. Google Maps also recently combined that underline in May.

Like Google Maps, we can also select from walking, open transportation, and pushing directions in Here Maps. In fact, this aspect of Here Maps indeed looks utterly identical to Google’s app, given it displays these options in boxes that resemble Google’s card-based interface.


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Nokia

Nokia’s Here Maps will come exclusively to Samsung’s Android inclination soon.

Although a Here Maps app is entrance to Samsung’s Android devices, it will be means to bond with a company’s recently announced Gear S Tizen-powered smartwatch too. The new watch, that doesn’t need to be interconnected with a smartphone to bond to a internet, has a possess chronicle of Here that can sync with a app on your phone. This means any maps you’ve saved for offline use can be eliminated to a watch.

Here Maps will work with Samsung’s Car Mode underline as well.

Of course, given Samsung’s smartphones run on Android you’ll still be means to use Google Maps whenever we please. But a fact that an choice navigation app done by a aspirant is entrance exclusively to Samsung’s inclination suggests that a association is looking to beef adult a possess program platform.

The Here Maps launch also coincides with a entrance of Samsung’s Gear S watch, that will strike stores globally in October.

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‘Silver’ enables developers to use Swift to write Android and Windows Phone apps

Silver-Snake

RemObjects is regulating a knowledge with compilers to allow developers to use Apple’s Swift coding denunciation for Android development. Previously, a company did something identical for C# and now a association is rebellious Swift. Silver allows app makers to write in a Swift denunciation (which is still in a infancy, really) though formula opposite a API’s and frameworks of non-Apple platforms.

The program does not port Cocoa Touch over to Android, so it doesn’t assistance with write-once-run-anywhere dreams some people might have, though it does concede a growth group to use only one denunciation to write natively for both iOS and Android. The group have also done it work with .NET, so Windows Phone apps could also be created in Swift too, regulating a IDE (Visual Studio) Windows developers already use. For small teams, something like Silver creates a suspicion of essay for non-Apple systems most reduction daunting.

Silver will be accessible as a open preview soon. You can pointer adult on RemObjects’ website.

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4 Responses to “‘Silver’ enables developers to use Swift to write Android and Windows Phone apps”

  1. antrikshy says:

    I consternation if this conflicts with Apple’s policies somewhere.

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    • Jonny says:

      I’m flattering certain even seeking that doubt is substantially a defilement of one of their policies :)

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    • luckydcxx says:

      i’m flattering certain it does

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    • degraevesofie says:

      No, as prolonged as it’s a clean-room implementation, there is no problem with this. Just like third-party clean-room implementations of Java (like IBM’s or EDG’s) are not a problem.

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