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.
Google's Eric Schmidt talked about keeping the search giant's two popular OSes separate from each other.
When Google announced that Android boss Andy Rubin was stepping aside and handing the reins over to Sundar Pichai, senior vice president for Chrome and Apps, it was only natural to wonder if, going forward, Android and Chrome would end up merging. Maybe someday they will, but for the time being, Google is adamant that both with remain independent operating systems serving two different markets.
At a slightly kitschy Broadway-style event at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, Samsung on Thursday officially lifted the curtain on the latest member of the storied Galaxy smartphone series: the octa-core Exynos 5-powered Galaxy S4.
What will become of Android following a surprise management change?
Andy Rubin, one of the founding fathers of Android, approached Google about the open source mobile operating system back in 2004. Now he's stepping aside as head of the OS he helped to create, handing the reins over to Sundar Pichai, senior vice president for Chrome and Apps, Google CEO Larry Page announced in a blog post today. Rubin is off to start a new chapter at Google, while Pichai will likely focus on making Android easier to use.
It's only a matter of time before Android overtakes iOS in the tablet space.
The open source nature of Android is perhaps a double edged sword, depending on how you look at the situation. On one hand, fragmentation is a sometimes annoying byproduct of having so many different device makers putting their own spin on the operating system, which is why Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread) is still the most popular version of Android to date. On the other hand, it's the very reason why Android's market share is so much higher than Apple's iOS platform. The one exception is tablets, but given enough time, it's inevitable Android slates will outnumber the iPad.
Mobile malware on the Android platform is on the rise.
Remember Symbian? Few people actually care about the mobile platform these days, and that's evidenced by the reduction of mobile malware aimed at Symbian, which dropped from 29 percent in 2011 to 19 percent in 2012, according F-Secure's latest Mobile Threat Report (PDF). Android, on the other hand, is more popular than it's ever been, and as a result, 79 percent of all mobile malware is targeted at Google's open source OS.
By itself, Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread) is still the most popular version of Google's open source OS.
Google first announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean around 8 months ago, and after all this time, the latest version (Android 4.1 and 4.2) has slow rolled itself onto 16.5 percent of all Android devices. Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x) is still the most prevalent version of Android, accounting for 44.1 percent of all Android gadgets, which is based on those that have accessed Google Play within the past 14 days, Google reports.