Archive for the 'Mobile' Category

Shift in Smartphone Market Shares

Friday, October 31st, 2014

IDC have a new press release showing smartphone vendor shipments for Q3 2014. Samsung lost market share at the expense of Xiaomi, Lenovo and LG. Apple’s market share dropped slightly by 0.9% to 12% meaning shipments of units grew by 16.1% vs 25.2% for all smartphones.
What does this mean for developers? For Android developers it’s […]

Mobile Potential

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Benedict Evans has a new presentation given at the WSJD conference and also at the a16z Tech Summit. It consists of very many charts showing how Mobile is Eating the World.
There’s also a related healthy discussion on ycombinator where people question what can be really done on a (UI) limited mobile device, others observe that many […]

WebView Unbundling

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

There’s an interesting post on ars technica on "Unwrapping Lollipop" talking to "high ranking members of the Android team" about changes to the OS. It includes a very useful breakdown of what’s now in the Android OS, what’s in Play services and what’s distributed via the Play Store.
Of particular interest is that WebView has been […]

Samsung Knox Security Blunder

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

There’s an anonymous single-post blog at that takes a look at Samsung’s Knox. Surprisingly, Knox relies on security by obscurity to hide the encryption key, the method of generation of which is now public information. It’s now known that it’s generated using the device’s Android ID and a hardcoded string.
As the author states, a […]

Mobile Retail Behaviour is Changing

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

GfK has new research into mobile consumer behaviour showing double-digit point changes in metrics that measure where and how people are shopping. 
Gfk says that companies should "build out an up-to-date and nuanced shopper insights platform" to provide insights, without which brands will be in a ‘hit-or-miss’ mode in execution. This dovetails well with my Does […]

Android Growing

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

There’s an upbeat article at Business Insider that says that Android is suddenly growing massively as an e-commerce, advertising and app platform. It says…
"Too many analysts remain attached to an outdated idea of Google’s mobile operating system as fragmented, malware-ridden, and low-end. They believe Android users don’t spend money on mobile and lack lifetime value. […]

Android Binder Subversion

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Some of the vulnerabilities in Android allow code to be run as root. Alternatively, if users root their device malware can already run as root. However, what can such code then do?
Nitay Artenstein and Idan Revivo of Checkpoint Research have a new presentation and white paper on how intercepting IPC, via the Android Binder, can […]

Does OS Market Share Matter?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Gartner has new research that compares sales of PCs, tablets and smartphones across the respective operating systems. The headline is that tablet sales are slowing. However, does it matter?
The ever insightful Benedict Evans also has a new post where he explains that we are in the uncharted territory where a minority market share is still […]