A comprehensive history of Android versions [infographic]

Cupcakes, froyo, ice cream sandwiches and jelly beans are all delicious! They’re also all Android operating system versions. Over the years Android has released 39 public updates to their OS. What did each update add to the platform? When did your favourite feature hit the market? Learn all about the history of the Android versions in this infographic put together by Kinvey.

By Mike Brown, 15 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

How mobile is changing software testing

Jennifer Lent is the site editor for TechTarget’s SearchSoftwareQuality.com. She is a treasure trove of mobile application dev and testing news. If you have some time to kill and want to learn more about the rise of mobile and how it’s changing companies and their development approaches (particularly in enterprise) go through her archives.

In the meantime, here’s a look at four major changes mobile has forced upon the...

By Mike Brown, 09 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Study shows huge Android adoption in Chinese market [infographic]

Android accounts for 86% of all new smartphones in China, with the Asian country having three times as many Droid users as the US.

These were the key takeaways from new research by Chinese startup Wandoujia, with the highlights being published in an infographic.

According to Wandoujia the Chinese market is predominantly freemium, with developers in the main relying on in-app purchasing for remuneration, yet the ecosystem is growing at a frightening pace.

A report from analytics experts Flurry

By James Bourne, 25 March 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices.

Google Glass and the wearable computing revolution

Go back far enough and any major development in how we handle data seemed like it would never catch on. Computers? Those are the size of large rooms. How are you going to fill an office with those? Tablets? We’d had abortive attempts before, but the announcement of the iPad was greeted with scepticism. Now the talk is that the next big deal will be Google Glass, which will bring all the mobile information services that Google provides through...

By Decoded Solutions, 18 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices.

Android tablets to move further ahead of iPads in 2013, says IDC

There’s change afoot in the tablet market, according to the International Data Corporation. Android-powered tablets, currently shipping in greater numbers than its iOS counterparts, will surge further ahead by 2017.

Similarly, the overall number of tablets shipped will increase: IDC has moved up its prediction for the global market from 172.4m units to 190.9m by the year’s end.

Android is predicted to have 48.8% market share by the end of 2013, with iOS behind at 46%. However by 2017, these...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Devices, iOS, Platforms.

New Android malware infects 620,000 Chinese users

NQ Mobile, a mobile security provider, has revealed a new form of Android malware, called ‘Bill Shocker’, which has infected 620,000 Chinese Droid users.

The threat carried by the malware was SMS spamming from victims’ phones, remote control of devices and collecting personal information, and in various cases subverting users’ text contract quotas, leading to further charges.

The malware was found using NQ Mobile’s RiskRanker cloud scanning engine. NQ Mobile has issued an alert...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Security.

RIM changes name to BlackBerry as BB10 unveiled worldwide

It was first announced back in 2011, was expected to be launched in 2012, but its various setbacks meant that 2013 was the earliest time a rollout of BlackBerry 10 could be expected.

And the BB10 launch today, simultaneously in Dubai, Johannesburg, London, New York, Paris and Toronto, threw up a few surprises as well as some expected features.

The key pieces of news following the BlackBerry 10 launch were:

  • Research in Motion changes its company name to BlackBerry, in order to promote a single brand theme
  • Two smartphones are unveiled: the Q10, with the BlackBerry trademark...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Devices, Platforms.

Preview Firefox OS smartphones released to developers

Mozilla has announced that its long-awaited Firefox OS smartphones are available as a preview to developers, ramping up the open source evangelist’s mobile push.

As reported by DeveloperTech in July, the Firefox OS replaced the ‘Boot 2 Gecko’ project and utilises HTML5, and is being developed by Geeksphone in partnership with Telefonica.

Mozilla outlines three reasons why developers should build apps on its nascent OS:

  • Keeping the web open – particularly on mobile
  • Simplicity –...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Enterprise: Why MAM is more than simply an MDM add-on

About a week ago, I felt compelled to comment on a Channel Partners article authored by Hyoun Park, Making Sense of Mobile Life Cycle Management.

It was an informative piece, and its emphasis on developing an app management strategy was spot on. The aspect of Hyoun’s article I took issue with was, in my opinion, an incomplete explanation of Mobile Application Management. While he provided welcome detail on many of its advantages, in the context of the...

By Jim Casey, 17 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Enterprise.