Archive for the 'Mobile' Category

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, […]

App Market Peaking

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Mobile World Live, brought to you by the GSMA, has a new article on how the app market is close to peaking in the UK and Deloitte says this trend could become global over the next few years. Apparently, there’s an increasing number of ‘casual users’ who are less interested in downloading app releases.
I see […]

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 […]

IDC Q2/2014 Smartphone Shipments

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

IDC have details on smartphone shipments for Q2 2014. Android and iOS now account for 96% of the market. Total shipments were more than 300 million in Q2.

 
Windows Phone and Blackberry are just about dead. iOS market share is starting to become worryingly smaller. However, most of Android’s growth is in developing countries. Having said […]