Archive for the 'Android' Category

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 […]

Wearables Bigger Than I Thought

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

I have been watching wearables, from the sidelines, with the view that it’s probably not worth investing effort in this area until volumes prove it’s something people actually want. Well, today I was surprised to learn from Canalys that nearly 5 million smart and basic wearable bands were shipped in Q3 2014. This a large […]

Majority of Top Paid/Popular Apps Have Been Hacked

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Arxan has a free State of Mobile App Security research report (pdf) that claims a very large proportion of the top paid/popular Android and iOS apps have been hacked. Hacked apps either have IP stolen that’s used in other apps, have clones created or the apps are modified to remove payment mechanisms.
 
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Android White Box Tablets

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Strategy Analytics has new Q3 2014 research on World tablet shipments. Android reached an all-time high of 72% of the market while iOS declined 13% to 22.3% market share.

 

29.9% of Android’s 72% market share is "white box" manufacturers. A white box tablet is produced by a company (the manufacturer or ODM) that other companies (the […]

iOS <-> Android Native App Conversion

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

One of the problems of mobile development is that it’s a human resource driven activity that’s expensive. Multiply that by iOS and Android and the costs double (or more). Wouldn’t it be good if you could develop on Android or iOS and a tool could automatically generate for the other platform? Well, MyAppConvertor has that […]

Notifications vs Apps

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

There’s a thought-provoking article and discussion at Intercom on "The End of Apps As We Know Them". The premise is that we will use apps directly less and less and instead interact with rich notifications or cards.
While I can see some notification-rich apps might work this way, I am less convinced that the majority […]

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 […]