Archive for the 'Android' Category

41% of Android is Forked (AOSP) Android

Friday, January 30th, 2015

It seems to be research release season and ABI has also reported numbers for smartphone shipments. However, this time we have a breakdown of what proportion of Android is forked (AOSP). That is, Android devices that aren’t sanctioned by Google, haven’t passed compatibility testing and don’t have Google Apps and Google Play Services (at least […]

Latest Mobile Market Research

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Strategy Analytics has latest research that shows about 1.3 billion smartphones were shipped in 2014. Of these, about 1 billion were Android. Meanwhile, IDC released numbers that agree with the 1.3 billion smartphones being shipped.
I continue to regularly update my market research site with these and other free mobile market research releases.

Cryptographic Vulnerabilities in Android Applications

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

FireEye has some new research that has found that of the free apps with over a million downloads, 88% use some cryptographic functionality provided by the Android platform and 62% of these have cryptographic vulnerabilities. What this means is that while the authors and the end users of these apps might think data is secure, […]

Mobile Threat Report

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

There’s an interesting new free (no registration needed) Lookout Mobile Threat Report (pdf) that describes the trends in mobile security that occurred during 2014. Ransomware has replaced SMS billing scams and Adware threats. Malware in the US increased from 3% to 7%. The report gives more details, numbers and charts for the US, UK, France, […]

Tablet Shipment Growth Slowed

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Gartner has some new research and forecasts for tablet (and PC) shipments. The initial growth in tablet sales has slowed considerably.

Despite this, tablet shipments are still growing and tablet shipments are now of the similar order as desktops. The above table shows that Android tablets might see a larger share of the growth in the […]

Smartphone Sales Grew 20%

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Gartner has some new research that shows smartphone sales grew by 20% for Q3 2014. However, the respective OS market shares stayed roughly the same…  

What’s more interesting is that three of the top five smartphone vendors are Chinese: Huawei, Xiaomi and Lenovo. Samsung continues to see a double digit decline in percentage market share. I suspect […]

State of Mobile Commerce

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Criteo has some new analysis "State of Mobile Commerce Q4 2014", covering over $130 billion of annual sales across more than 3,000 online retailers globally. There are lots of insights and the research upends many assumptions.
Consumers are buying on mobile. Smartphones have overtaken tablets and the average order value is reaching desktop level. Criteo […]

Beacons Need Content

Friday, December 5th, 2014

There’s a thought-provoking story at prismatic that explains Why the beacon revolution has been postponed. I worked on an iBeacon client project (on Android) this past year and some of the observations are similar to mine.
If you don’t know what beacons are, at their simplest, they are just Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices that […]