Archive for the 'Mobile' Category

roamTouch GestureKit

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

I have been following roamTouch for a long while now. Their latest incarnation is GestureKit a cross-platform tool to create and use gestures in apps. They currently have a new Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to fund further development.
 

The proliferation of apps, devices and types of device increasing need new ways to control them more easily. GestureKit extends […]

The Future of Apple Pay and NFC

Monday, September 15th, 2014

I have been analysing Apple Pay to determine if it’s likely to accelerate mobile payment in general and the use of NFC. FirstPartner have an explanation how Apple Pay Works and Penrillian explain how the market isn’t open yet.
The initial implementation is US only, supports only 1.5% of US merchants, relies on the unpopular […]

Comprehensive Mobile Device Usage Report (and data)

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Scientiamobile has a MOVR report for April to July 2014. It’s a free report (pdf) based on WURFL and WIT usage data. It gives information on smartphone and tablet use across manufacturers, devices, operating systems, screens size and countries. 

The report covers only a small subset of the raw data that’s also available as […]

Emerging vs Mature Market Smartphone Growth

Friday, August 29th, 2014

I have often mentioned how smartphone growth is mainly in emerging markets. Well, now we have information from IDC that puts some numbers on current and forecasted smartphone growth…

I am amused with the way IDC classifies very low end Android devices as "borderline junk" - something that Google is hoping to change with Android One. […]

Shuttle Mini Android PC

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Shuttle, the Mini PC maker has a new ARM-based Android PC. It runs Android 4.2.2 on a ARM Cortex-A9 Freescale i.MX 6 DualLite processor with two 1GHz cores and uses only 4-watts when in idle.

 

 
Shuttle are under-selling it as a ‘digital signage player’ when in fact it’s suitable for a large range of […]

Android Growth

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

IDC has a great chart and table that shows how Android smartphone shipments have increased over time. You can also see how iOS shipments oscillate as new devices become available…

Will Android continue to increase in market share? At the moment the only threat is that Chinese OEMs are outpacing the market coupled with the news […]

Mitigating Tap Jacking

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

You might have heard very recent press saying it’s possible to hack into apps such as GMail. The source of this is a presentation from the 23rd USENIX Security Symposium on Peeking into Your App without Actually Seeing It: UI State Inference and Novel Android Attacks.
While the use of shared memory to discover app use […]

Listening in on Android Apps

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

FireEye has a new post on Android man in the middle (MITM) vulnerabilities on Android. While it covers Android, the coding flaws are just as applicable to iOS. FireEye found that 68% of 1000 most downloaded apps had one of three SSL vulnerabilities. For the avoidance of doubt, these are vulnerabilities introduced through app coding, […]