Archive for the 'Android' Category

Smartphone Sales Grew 20%

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Gartner has some new research that shows smartphone sales grew by 20% for Q3 2014. However, the respective OS market shares stayed roughly the same…  

What’s more interesting is that three of the top five smartphone vendors are Chinese: Huawei, Xiaomi and Lenovo. Samsung continues to see a double digit decline in percentage market share. I suspect […]

State of Mobile Commerce

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Criteo has some new analysis "State of Mobile Commerce Q4 2014", covering over $130 billion of annual sales across more than 3,000 online retailers globally. There are lots of insights and the research upends many assumptions.
Consumers are buying on mobile. Smartphones have overtaken tablets and the average order value is reaching desktop level. Criteo […]

Beacons Need Content

Friday, December 5th, 2014

There’s a thought-provoking story at prismatic that explains Why the beacon revolution has been postponed. I worked on an iBeacon client project (on Android) this past year and some of the observations are similar to mine.
If you don’t know what beacons are, at their simplest, they are just Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices that […]

$65 Android Single Board Computer

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Imagination have a new CI20 development board that can run Android 4.4. It uses a MIPS-based 1.2GHz dual core processor, includes 1Gb RAM, 4Gb flash and SD card support. There’s also HDMI, audio out, a camera interface, Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth. There’s also connection via 2 x UART, 25 x GPIO, 2 x SPI, […]

IDC Smartphone Predictions for 2018

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

IDC has new research into Smartphone shipments and predictions for 2018. 1.3 billion smartphones will ship this year representing an increase of 26.3% compared to 2013. However, this growth is set to decline to about 9.8% compound annual growth between 2014 and 2018. The respective Android and iOS market shares are expected to stay at […]

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 […]