Intel refuses to surrender the lower-end of the market.
Years ago AMD was putting pressure on Intel to continue innovating on the high end, but fast forwarded to 2013 and Intel is the last man standing. The new war is in ultra-low powered chips, and the company is years behind. Intel’s response to ARM was the ATOM series of processors, but they were stuck trying to power a heavy and bloated Microsoft OS, while ARM had custom designed operating systems that extended battery life, and created an entirely new market. This year the two companies are destined to meet in the middle, and it will be a pivotal moment in the history of computing. Intel has announced its plans to compete with the current crop of dirt cheap ARM based devices, and to the winner goes the spoils.
So much for not throwing stones from within a glass house.
Microsoft may seem destined to launch its own brand Surface Phone, and though it's possible the company eventually will, there are no immediate plans, said Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of Redmond's Windows Phone Division, at AllThingD's Dive Into Mobile conference earlier this week. Fair enough, but it was Myerson' comments about competing mobile platforms that we found most interesting.
Android co-founder Andy Rubin recently revealed at an economic summit in Tokyo that the world's most popular mobile operating system (OS) was originally conceived to power smart cameras. From those humble beginnings, Android has grown into something bigger, impacting the mobile market in ways that a simple camera platform would never have been able to. Fast forward to today and Google is seeing 1.5 million Android activations per day.
Google's Android platform is a potential goldmine for whichever companies can harvest the most mobile mojo out of it, but would you have thought that the not-so-little green machine would be capable of lining Microsoft's pockets with dough? It's true, thanks to the wonder of patents. Squeezing even more money out of the open source platform, Microsoft and Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn's parent company) just inked a patent licensing agreement in which the Redmond outfit will receive royalties for devices running Android and Chrome OS that use technology for which Microsoft owns a patent.
Security reports suggests mobile malware writers are almost exclusively focusing on Android.
To the victor belong the spoils, along with everything else that comes with being the most popular kid on the block. In the mobile world, Android is clearly winning in terms of market share, and while that translates into a bigger chunk of the pie, it also means there's a big brightly lit target painted on Android's back for malware writers to take aim at. Whether or not mobile malware is truly a problem to begin with, however, is debatable.
Instagram made a billion dollars, why not WhatsApp?
WhatsApp has become the de facto standard when it comes to cross platform communications, and as bizarre as this might sound, mobile smartphone titan Google is rumored to be considering a $1 billion acquisition. According to DigitalTrends the deal was initiated four or five weeks ago, however they claim WhatsApp is “playing hardball” in an attempt to drive up the price.
Facebook didn't announce its own brand phone, but did unveil it's own Home screen.
Rumors of an official Facebook phone have been swirling for a long time now, though Mark Zuckerberg has in the past tried to quiet such speculation by saying he's not interested in diving into hardware. If you thought he was lying, today's announcement is bound to be a disappointment. Instead of unveiling a Facebook phone, Zuckerberg introduced the world to "Home," which isn't a phone or an operating system. So, what the flip is it, then?
Futuremark today announced that the Android version of 3DMark is now available to download, giving Android device owners another benchmark at their disposal. Several prominent technology firms provided input into the benchmark's design, including Imagination Technologies, Intel, Broadcom, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and others. One of the goals was to make it so that scores could be compared across platforms, and apparently Futuremark delivered.
Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread) is still the most popular version of Android in terms of market share.
Still waiting on your device maker and wireless carrier to dish up Jelly Bean to replace Ice Cream Sandwich on your mobile phone? Hey, it could be worse. You could be stuck on Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread) where 44.1 percent of all Android users reside, or on an even older build (Froyo, Elcair, or Donut), which collectively account another 9.6 percent of the Android camp. Add them together you have nearly 54 percent of the Android userbase rocking a dated version of their OS.
Happy second birthday, Amazon Appstore, and here's to many more.
Typically when you're invited to a birthday party, you're expected to bring a gift for the birthday girl or boy (or pet). But in this case, Amazon is the one handing out freebies to anyone and everyone with an Android device to celebrate two years of the Amazon Appstore. There are 18 "app of the day" apps up for grabs, which normally range in price from $1 on up to $10 a pop. Let's have a look.