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Launch of Galaxy S4 could make it even more dominant
Latest figures from research firm Kantar show Android is becoming increasingly dominant as a smartphone platform, and is set to extend its lead. It found that in almost every global region the Google OS had a bigger slice of sales, accounting for 58.3 per cent of smartphones in the UK alone during the first three months of this year , compared to 48.3 per cent a year earlier. Android has also surged ahead of Apple’s iPhone in key markets such as Japan and the USA, and is even more dominant in Europe and Greater China. Continue reading
Rating: Even though it zooms past 200 million downloads milestone
Adblock Plus has been trumpeting the fact that it has surpassed 200 million downloads for its adblocking add-on for browser. This has secured its official position as the number one most downloaded browser add-on of all time. However, as GoMo News pointed out in our previous story ‘Adblock Plus warns that 44% have heard of adblocking apps‘, the creators are still very much desktop-centric. We spoteed that only one per cent of those who download the Firefox version of the add-on are Android users. Continue reading
But the clouds still over BlackBerry
Latest figures from market researcher Kantar confirm Android’s overwhelming dominance of the UK smartphone market, accounting for six in every ten handsets sold. But, as with the rest of the world, Kantar’s quarterly survey up to February  also reveals BlackBerry as continuing to lose ground, with the once dominant manufacturer taking just 5.1 per cent of sales in the period, down from 16.8 per cent a year ago.
Rating: Music festival traders ideal customers for wirelessly accepting payments
WorldPay has just announced extra capabilities for its Pay As You Go card acceptance service for UK small businesses. It has now been extended to include iOS compatible devices and an updated Android app means that customers have the option of printing receipts using a Bluetooth printer. WorldPay is also expanding its pilot programme, which already boasts several thousand users across the UK. The company expects to have a full roll-out of this service by Summer 2013 – just in time for the music festival season, we suspect. Continue reading
Mozilla, the not-for-profit outfit behind the Firefox web browser, has unveiled its own smartphone operating system aimed at challenging Google’s Android platform while also throwing down the gauntlet to others ahead of the Mobile world Congress event in Barcelona.
According to Mozilla 18 carriers including Deutsche Telekom and Spain’s Telefonica, which owns O2, have already signed up with the new operating system intended for smartphones that sell for £100 or less. Continue reading
by Courtney Lee, a blogger who sometimes works with newegg.com
Did you know that Google Play currently offers over 450,000 apps? Out of all these many are useful and top-rated, but there are also many that will only waste your time if you download them. Anyhow, if you want to improve the functionality of your device here are the Top 5 android apps that you must check out: – Continue reading
Rating: Nokia still hanging on in there says Canalys
Mobile phone shipment tracker Canalys has just published figures for its estimates of shipments in 2012. Both the Android OS and Samsung (as a handset vendor) completely dominated in the phone market. Surprisingly however, Nokia still managed to cling on in third place. That’s because Canalys assembles these figures for the 50 plus countries that it tracks. Continue reading
Some 52.5 million tablets were shipped globally in the last quarter, latest figures from IDC reveal, but the bulk were Android devices as Apple’s iPad and iPad mini accounted for a dwindling 43.6 per cent of sales.
Korean giant Samsung, meanwhile, more than doubled its share to 15.1 per cent over the Christmas period with eight million devices sold, while Amazon shipped about 4.7 million Kindle Fire tablets closely followed by Google with its Nexus 7 with sales of 3.1 million tablets. Continue reading
Hopes to put years of bad decisions behind it
Korea’s LG is gearing up to sell 75 million handsets this year, compared to 55 million in 2012, as it strives to recover from past mistakes and focus on a new strategy based around Android and WP8. Unlike fellow Korean manufacturer Samsung, which is now the world’s biggest seller of mobiles and aiming to sell half a billion phones this year, LG’s ambitions are more modest thanks to previously placing its faith in the Windows Mobile platform and having failed to grab an opportunity to build the very first Android smartphone. Continue reading
Rating: Side effect of abandoning mainstream software developers
It has always puzzled GoMobile News as to why the UK’s retail banks have responded so poorly to the obvious consumer demand for banking by smartphone. We’d always assumed it had something to do with data security and/or the time it takes to develop an app fro the three major platforms – iOS; Android and BlackBerry. Let alone developing for Windows Phone 8 (WP8) as well. However, an article in the Sunday Times points the finger somewhere else entirely. According to this report, Barclays has eschewed the use of traditional high tech companies like Microsoft, Google, Oracle and SAP. Instead it has adopted an ‘internal cloud’ model based around using the Linux OS. The result? Mobile app development time dropped dramatically. Continue reading
Korean giant Samsung has confirmed plans to release multiple phones running on its new Tizen platform in 2013, in a counter to Google’s acquisition of Motorola last year and in a bid to ease its dependence of the search giant’s Android OS.
Tizen, developed in conjunction with Intel, is Linux based like Android and as such is expected to make it easier for developers to port their apps across.
Also, as Android is developed from Sun Microsystem’s Java – now owned by Oracle – Samsung now has the wind behind of it of a recent US court ruling that there was nothing unlawful about Google copying large amounts of Linux API material to build an open programming environment for its Android apps community Continue reading
by Carlene Masker, a technology blogger working with Buyverizon Telco Services
Dropbox came in the form of a ray of sunshine… an answer to everyone’s prayer. Especially if you’re the kind of person who, like me, tends to misplace her ‘important-files-containing’ USB stick quite often. Let me paint you a picture here. You’re called for an interview and being in the creative field you obviously have to display your ‘digital-portfolio’ on a USB (Duh!). So, on the said interview day, your alarm fails to ring and you wake up late only to have to rush through your morning routine. Run out that door. Search for a cab. Rattle off the address promising him a generous tip if he drives like a rally racer and gets you there ASAP. You reach the said destination. You’re ushered in to meet the Creative Head. And that’s when you remember that you left your USB at home. That’s exactly when you need Dropbox. Continue reading
Rating: Yet another mobile OS – this one backed by Samsung and intel
Whilst Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS continue to dominate the mobile OS scene, there are still a number of alternatives vying for attention in the mobile sector. One of these is Tizen which – like Google’s Chrome and H-P’s webOS all use Webkit and a Linux kernel. By contrast, Mozilla’s Firefox (see here) has its own runtime environment in terms of Geko not Webkit. Where has Tizen sprung from? Well it’s really a joint effort by Intel and Samsung which spearhead the Technical Steering Group (TSG) which leads the Tizen Project. To give Tizen a bit of marketing clout there is also a Tizen Association which can be found here. Continue reading
Research by a US professor has revealed that an astonishing 85 per cent of malware fails to be discovered by Google’s new app verification service.
Though Google’s Bouncer service scans for viruses and malevolent programs in featured Play Store apps, users often opt to “sideload” applications so bypassing any protection. To overcome this Google recently introduced its application verification service in Android 4.2, letting users send information about any app back to the search giant to check if it is safe. Continue reading
Rating: Don’t emerge from Tube station using it
According to a report in the Sunday Times here, in London (England) the iPhone is the most common handset snatched by muggers. The Metropolitan Police say that although iPhones only account for around 28 per cent of total phone sales, they make up 28 per cent of handsets reported as stolen. This report contains a great deal of information on how to avoid a handset mugging and how to prevent personal data theft. Did you know for example, is that a typical modus operandi is for the mugger to be on a pedal cycle and swoop passed as you come out of a train station? Those planning to attend the MWC 2013 in Barcelona should take notice. Continue reading