Google Play jumps ahead in handheld game profits – Mario packs suitcase

Perhaps it’s overdue, but the inevitable has happened. Google Play has surpassed Nintendo and Sony for game profits on their dedicated handheld consoles such as the 3DS and PSVita. The report, which comes from IDC – shows Google Play is now only behind iOS for mobile gaming.

In fact, IDC’s numbers show that funds spent in both iOS App Store and Google Play combined; account for around four times that of dedicated devices.

Sony’s situation hasn’t yet reached the critical stage;...

By Ryan Daws, 21 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Gaming, iOS, Platforms.

The world of Android fragmentation in pictures

Time for your regular reminder that the Android world is giant and extremely fragmented! Open Signal put out a great visual looking at Android fragmentation in July, and compared it to last year’s landscape. Here are a few stats to warm you up:

  • 11,868 distinct Android devices seen in 2013
  • 3,997 distinct Android devices seen in 2012
  • 8 Android OS versions currently in use
  • 47.5% of devices are Samsungs
  • 37.9% of users are running Jelly Bean

Now, here’s the actual visual Open Signal produced to represent the Android device...

By Mike Brown, 13 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Hacking, Security.

Firefox and ZTE start attack on US and Blighty from Friday

You may be warranted in giving a groan hearing yet another competitor is trying to enter the market saturated by two heavyweights who need little introduction – Android and iOS.

Yet that’s exactly what Mozilla is attempting with their new ZTE “Firefox OS” devices. From Friday, ZTE will be taking to eBay to sell its first Firefox OS phone the “ZTE Open” for an incredibly tempting price of $79.99 (£59.99 in the...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Is Moto ‘X’ the “official” answer to Samsung’s Android domination?

Google can’t be a huge fan of Samsung’s Android dominance – the Korean company takes away 95% of all profits and is being called “the tail wagging the dog” for their resulting influence.

It’s a serious problem, for Google and the industry.

On one hand it's great Samsung is flooding the market with their OS (and therefore software and services.)

Yet it’s also a...

By Ryan Daws, 02 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Platforms, Samsung.

USB 3.1 to get 10Gbps speed boost, unofficially sponsored by DC Comic’s “The Flash”

Remember the days of USB 2.0? Featuring a top-speed which maxed out at the theoretical speed of 480Mbps?

Well those days have passed; alongside the upcoming USB 3.1 spec arrives incredible 10Gbps speeds - give it another dozen years and I’ll be back reporting USB 4.0’s 10Tbps speeds!

USB (Universal Serial bus) has been fast advancing compared to similar communication technology, and is more widely supported than – frankly superior – rivals such as Intel’s Thunderbolt; which has...

By Ryan Daws, 01 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Testing.

Today’s tutorial: How to rig Android benchmarks – Courtesy of Samsung and HTC

How do you make your handset stand out in today’s highly competitive market? Rig your benchmark results of course! That way - on paper at least - your latest smartphone appears to blow away rivals.

Should you have any moral issues? Not since it appears to be the industry standard.

It's undeniable Samsung has driven innovation in processors; for years even supplying them for Apple’s range of iDevices.

The Exynos 5 processor is an Octa-Core, but doesn’t use all eight cores at once. Four are...

By Ryan Daws, 31 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Devices, HTC, Samsung, Testing.

The rise (and perhaps the inevitable fall) of Nintendo

Nintendo is one of the “old-school” gaming powerhouses; not one of the pioneers such as the Odyssey or Atari, but the first in my comparatively short lifetime to get me into gaming, and for that reason, the house that Mario-built has a very fond place in my heart.

Announcing their Q2 2013 results; the future looks bleak. No-one I’ve spoken to can suggest how Nintendo can get out of the complete marketing mess they have made with the Wii U.

Between April and June the company sold just 160,000...

By Ryan Daws, 31 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

The poker playing Android malware pusher who took one gamble too many

Masaaki Kagawa had two primary ways of making money; one through his Tokyo-based IT firm, Koei Planning, and the other through his avid love of poker. It would come as a surprise to find out that the latter was a far safer bet for him.

Kagawa has winnings in the millions on the poker table. Yet after his company’s office was raided in April 2013, Kagawa and eight other men were arrested for soliciting Android Enesoluty, malware which collected user data and stored it on the owner’s device.

The findings from...

By James Bourne, 26 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Security, Testing.

Opera’s Devices SDK to power TCL’s line of Smart TVs

China-based manufacturer TCL is set to release a host of new television sets with a twist; they’ll be powered by web-brand Opera.

The new line of Smart TVs by the company - the TCL E5691, E5510, F3250 and F3500 - will all feature dedicated software applications developed on a brand-new Devices SDK.

Along with the TV browser, the TV store will allow customers access to a wide-variety of most the popular entertainment options – from video apps like Vimeo, to social...

By Ryan Daws, 19 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.