A brief history of the smartphone [infographic]
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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...
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...
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:
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:
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...
Can’t wait a full four weeks for BlackBerry 10 to arrive? Have somewhere in the region of $1000 (£613) to spend? Well fear not, as eBay may have the answer.
As reported initially by CrackBerry, the online auction site has a few BB10 dev alpha devices on show, rarer than hen’s teeth and something of a second prize with actual BB10 phones not available and the official launch date set for January 30.
Of course it’s worth stressing that selling something with a big ‘not for...
Smartphone device sales tell us about the popularity of these devices.
Forget the fact whether it’s Apple ruling the roost, or Android, or whether BlackBerry is able to make a dent, what needs to be celebrated is the sheer number of devices sold. But, figures do matter as no company is in this business for charity. They want to make a killing at the gates and they need to go one up over their competitors if they want their brand to survive.
This is why we have come up with an infographic that takes...
As we zoom towards 2013, we thought we’d ask mobile experts the world over what surprised them about the past year, what they expected in the coming year and what they think needs a bit more attention. Today’s interview is with David Wachs of ePrize.
What surprised you about the mobile advertising industry in the past year?
I think the number one surprise in the mobile marketing industry this year was the number of QR codes that led to non-mobile friendly sites. While we expect these numbers to decrease in...
The Android platform is completely overtopping the smartphone market. Google is fully aware of what consumers want. As shown in the infographic below, a total of 1.3 million Android devices are activated each day versus 515.000 iOS devices.
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, Samsung Galaxy S3 left...
By Stefan Bielau, co-founder, Zapstreak
The growth in popularity of SMART TV and the connected home presents a chance for mobile app developers to gain a competitive advantage over their competition. However, this opportunity also brings with it a number of obstacles with it:
After having conquered the various mobile...
Polish firm Zapstreak has unleashed its mobile SDK for live media streaming upon the world of Android app development.
With a lengthy 6 months beta phase now at its end, the SDK offers developers Airplay-like functionality between Android devices and a range of other wifi enabled media gadgetry.
As part of an ongoing shift to get developers onside for BlackBerry 10, RIM is putting forward plans to have 18 hours of developer support per week on various developer forums.
The websites involved in RIM’s plan include cross-platform app developers Marmalade and HTML5-based app developers Sencha.
“One thing we heard over and over again was that developers loved getting almost instant responses to their questions from one of the many members of our Developer Relations team,”
Guide to programming for OUYA
This Brave New World continues to impress us with the sophisticated solutions that help streamline the global innovation process. As the battle for dominance in the smartphone and tablet market becomes tougher, mobile device makers are now focusing on differentiating their products in order to increase profit margins and market share in the lucrative fast growing markets.
As a way to reach this goal, some are currently putting money and efforts into improving design and usability of mobile devices by making...
The launch date of the long-awaited BlackBerry 10 will be on January 30 2013, Research in Motion has announced.
The launch event will occur “simultaneously in multiple countries around the world”, according to a BB blog, and will introduce both the device and the BlackBerry 10 platform.
“In building BlackBerry 10, we set out to create a truly unique mobile computing experience that constantly adapts to your needs,” said RIM CEO Thorsten Heins in a press release.
“Thanks to our...
A farmer who lost his smartphone up the wrong end of a cow and a man who had his handset stolen by monkeys are two of the people who have appeared on a list of bizarre insurance claims for lost or broken phones.
The team at UK phone insurance website MobileInsurance.co.uk filtered through their claim data from the last year to reveal what they deemed to be the weirdest claims, all of which were fully investigated.
Interestingly, their data involved details of over 60 people who...
By Mubaloo developers David Dixon and James Frost
Yesterday in San Jose, Apple revealed its latest addition to the tablet family, the iPad mini, along with the debut of the fourth-generation iPad, a new 13-inch retina display MacBook and a new iMac.
Apple revealed that there have been over 35 billion downloads on the App Store, that there are 200 million devices running iOS 6 and that there have been 100 million iPads sold to date. This latest move is a bid to ensure the firm continues to dominate the tablet...
Android security is a common point of discussion, and it’s no different here as a university research paper has noted that certain Android apps leave users’ details out in the open.
The paper, jointly by Leibniz University of Hanover and Philipps University of Marburg which looked at “the inadequate use of SSL (secure socket layer) in Android apps”, found that 8% of the 13,500 most popular apps in the Google Play store failed to...
A poster on the Nokia developer forums has unintentionally revealed that the Finnish handset maker has put its original OS, Symbian, out to pasture in ‘maintenance mode’, meaning that aside from major bug fixes, there will be no more updates to Symbian.
Having enquired on the forum about the Nokia Drive app, user ‘aklotz’ was told the following:
“Dear developer, Thank you for your improvement ideas, thus (sic) Symbian is in maintenance mode and no new features will be...