Archive for the 'Mobile' Category

Tablet Growth Slowing

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

IDC have new research showing that tablet growth is slowing significantly. It also shows Android is expected to have 67.7% market share this year and iOS 27.5% market share. IDC explain that the decrease in tablet shipment growth is being caused by people holding on to their devices. Ironically, this is due to OEMs updating the […]

Security Incentive For Device Upgrade

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Two Android security problems have hit the news over the last few days. The first is a problem with java.io.ObjectInputStream on ALL devices prior to Lollipop. It’s not a problem in itself in that the user needs to somehow accidentally install a malicious app. The second is one such app, NotCompatible, that has been around […]

Web Access From Devices

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Scientiamobile has a new free MOVR report (PDF) for Q3 2014 showing device usage trends, particularly related to web access from mobiles. There’s lots of data on form factors, top smartphones, top tablets, top OSs for browsing across different continents. A chart that caught my attention was one that showed the use of WebViews within […]

Wearables Bigger Than I Thought

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

I have been watching wearables, from the sidelines, with the view that it’s probably not worth investing effort in this area until volumes prove it’s something people actually want. Well, today I was surprised to learn from Canalys that nearly 5 million smart and basic wearable bands were shipped in Q3 2014. This a large […]

Forked Android Growth Slowing

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

ABI has research that shows forked Android growth is set to slow in 2015. China’s growth is slowing and Google’s Android One initiative is "seeing some significant wins among Indian manufacturers like Micromax, Karbonn, Spice, Intex, and Lava, as well as some of the more International Chinese brands like Lenovo and Alcatel."
 

This is good news […]

Majority of Top Paid/Popular Apps Have Been Hacked

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Arxan has a free State of Mobile App Security research report (pdf) that claims a very large proportion of the top paid/popular Android and iOS apps have been hacked. Hacked apps either have IP stolen that’s used in other apps, have clones created or the apps are modified to remove payment mechanisms.
 
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Android White Box Tablets

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Strategy Analytics has new Q3 2014 research on World tablet shipments. Android reached an all-time high of 72% of the market while iOS declined 13% to 22.3% market share.

 

29.9% of Android’s 72% market share is "white box" manufacturers. A white box tablet is produced by a company (the manufacturer or ODM) that other companies (the […]

MVP What and How

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

There’s a diagram doing the rounds that demonstrates what a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is (and isn’t). It shows that a MVP shouldn’t be just about functionality but also about reliability, usability and user experience. Building a MVP is one of the first steps after which you have to measure, learn and iterate. However, just […]