Archive for the 'Android' Category

Google Play Revenue vs App Store Revenue

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Yesterday I posted on how Android now has 84.7% of the Smartphone market. However, Android users are less affluent than iOS users and tend to be less inclined to pay for apps or in-app purchases. So when might there be enough Android users to counteract Android users’ unwillingness to pay?
Strategy Analytics has new research that […]

Discover The Enterprise Mobile Opportunities

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Good Technology have a new free Mobile Index Report (pdf) to "track and analyze the impact of mobile apps and platforms". The report concentrates on the use of apps in the enterprise.

Top usecases include document editing, instant messaging, business intelligence and CRM. Enterprise app activations increased 20% quarter over quarter.
"Android device activations jumped significantly quarter […]

Developer Lottery

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Vision Mobile has a new post on "Will Developers Stop Playing the App Lottery?". In summary, the majority of developers don’t make money. However, the ecosystem will exist as long as there’s a supply of developers hoping to get rich.
The analysis of ‘developer’ (whatever that means) in this way is probably narrow in that it […]

Android AOSP Devices and Development

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

ABI Research has some interesting findings in that Forked Android AOSP grew 20% quarter-on-quarter and now accounts for about 20% of the market. Chinese and Indian vendors accounted for the majority of smartphone shipments for the first time with 51% share.

Some people might think AOSP implies Chinese devices for use in China. However, this isn’t […]

Severe Security Flaws Found In Security Apps

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Trend Micro has a post on how flaws have been found in some file locker apps. The problem is that developers have mistakenly thought that hiding sensitive information makes it secure. Unfortunately, you can’t get security through obscurity. The scary thing is that consumers have been trusting these apps with their particularly sensitive information. One […]

Android vs iOS Device Replacement

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Benedict Evans has some analysis on Android device replacement. He concludes that people are replacing their Android devices more frequently that the 24 month industry average. During the recent peak growth period, replacement was closer to one year. Benedict supposes that the iPhone replacement is longer than a 24 months.

An interesting observation is that the…
"Android […]

Android Security Perfect Storm Pending?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Last January I reflected on my Android-only strategy and commented that a worrying area is Android security. The severity and number of vulnerabilities has since grown. For example, only today, the FakeId bug was publicised that affects all versions of Android from 2.1 to 4.4. Allied to this is poor security in top used apps. […]

Has Your Android App Been Repackaged as Malware?

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Trend Micro have an interesting recent article on repackaged Android apps. That is, apps that have been downloaded, reverse engineered, modified and re-uploaded to app stores to look like the original app. Modifications often include malware to capture private data and/or generate income from advertisements. Trend Micro found that nearly 80% of the top 50 […]