Are Android users being left in the lurch by carriers?
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has made a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) claiming that major US operators AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are not doing enough to provide particular Android users with adequate security.
The ACLU links consumers using Droid iterations with “known, exploitable security vulnerabilities” as consequently using smartphones which do not receive “regular, prompt security updates”, and as a result the operators are...
Support apps for startups suck...until now
In the past 5 years or so we’ve really seen an explosion of online support apps. These companies have become some of the most lucrative business of late; basically the Zen desk clone wars.
For me it’s been very interesting to watch these companies as they design their applications. In my career I’ve always worked in organizations where we built our own support applications. I have also needed a good support app for my startups. So this is a topic I researched often and did so with great...
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.
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...
Salesforce.com updates SDK, enables quicker app development
Enterprise cloud computing giants Salesforce.com has launched Salesforce Platform Mobile Services, a tool to help accelerate mobile app development for customers and partners on the Salesforce cloud platform.
The platform, which runs Salesforce CRM and, according to the company, is home to over three million custom apps and a million developers, is of course the cornerstone of one of tech’s giants.
The majority of cloudy polls put Marc Benioff’s company near the top, most notably being crowned the number one...
Staying ahead of the software development curve
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...
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...
Why the Japanese app market is a tough nut to crack #AppsWorld
The US dropped to second place in terms of app revenue generation last year for the first time ever, supplanted by the new dominant player whose smartphone market is beginning to snowball, Japan.
Mobile app intelligence and metrics tracking specialist App Annie has released a detailed breakdown of the complex Japanese market, shedding some light on how difficult a nut it is for western developers to crack.
Smartphone uptake among the Islands’ population progressed at a leisurely...