Archive for the 'Mobile' 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.

Deloitte Global Consumer Survey 2014

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Deloitte’s ‘Global Consumer Survey 2014′ (pdf) has some useful market research on mobile. While the report offers a unique perspective on the Dutch market, the data is global and the study comprised 37,000 respondents across 22 countries.
Some interesting insights for app developers…

Older consumer segments are rapidly catching up with smartphone ownership
Free WiFi remains the main […]

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, […]

Older WebViews Not Being Updated

Monday, January 12th, 2015

If you have been following my posts on Android WebView security concerns then you might be interested to know that Google No Longer Provides Patches for WebView Jelly Bean and Prior. However, as one of the post comments points out "Even if Google does continue support, would the devices even get it?". Learn more about […]

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 […]

UK Mobile Coverage

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

UK mobile coverage is in the news today with the Government and network operators claiming it’s a win for consumers. However, as the article says, the money is "unlikely to be any more than the operators were going to spend anyway in that time period".
From a consumer angle, I have suffered from the network operators […]