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.
Android is by far the most popular smartphone platform on the planet, according to data by the IDC.
You can't really call it a smartphone battle royale when the only armies on the battlefield are Android and iOS. Google's open source platform closed out 2012 with a 70.1 percent share of the global smartphone market by way of 159.8 million handset shipments, making it by far the most popular platform. Next in line is iOS (iPhone), a distant second with 47.8 million iPhone sales to claim a 21 percent share of the market. Together, the two platforms accounted for just over 9 out of every 10 smartphones sold last year.
The latest data from market research firm comScore underscores the old adage 'The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.' In terms of mobile market share, Google and Apple are the two fat cats living high on the hog, while Microsoft, Research In Motion, and Symbian fight over the leftover scraps, and there were less to go around in January 2012.
Nokia has bet its future on Windows Phone 7, but before CEO Steven Elop has a chance to prove that he isn’t just jumping from one burning platform to the next, he still has several challenges to overcome. Chief among them is a massive workforce that up until now, the company has maintained despite quarter after quarter of market share losses. Analysts knew Nokia couldn’t keep it up forever, and were not surprised to hear that the company is announcing over 3,500 layoff’s that will target manufacturing, location and commerce, as well as administrative staff.
Rovio, the Finnish developer of the Angry Birds mobile game franchise has announced a new installment of the popular bird launching game. Before you get your hopes up, the new Angry Birds Magic will only be available on Nokia phones running the newest "Anna" update, and will require users to interact with NFC tags to unlock levels.
It turns out all the rumors were true. In the wee hours this morning for North America, Nokia made a big announcement in their Capital Market Day conference. Nokia, led by CEO (and former Microsofty) Stephen Elop, has entered into a "strategic alliance" with Microsoft. The deal involves Windows Phone, Xbox Live, and Bing services. What this really means, is that Nokia will be making Windows Phone 7 devices.
For a company trying to reassert its relevance in the cell phone market by going after the high-end smartphone segment, Nokia sure has taken its time getting its E7 out the door. This flagship device is finally available for purchase, provided make your way to Helsinki, Finland or one of Nokia's other flagship stores.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Nokia has unexpectedly, and at the last minute, cancelled the US launch of the X7 smartphone. The device was apparently slated for a big announcement with AT&T as the exclusive partner at Mobile World Congress in February. This isn't just another phone for Nokia, the X7 was to be the first US exclusive launch of a device since former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop took the reins of the faltering company.
Sources said that Nokia decided to pull the device for fear that it wouldn't receive marketing and subsidy dollars from AT&T. This leaves Nokia with the N8 as it's only modern flagship phone, and there is no carrier support for the device in the US, despite it having a versatile penta-band UMTS radio. Clearly, the US market is a sore spot for Nokia.
It could be that Nokia is just biding its time until their next gen software platform, MeeGo, is ready for use on phones. Symbian is seen as clunky and old-fashioned by many in the industry. Even if Nokia has a plan, the US market isn't going to wait forever. iOS and Android are already claiming users as their own in droves.
Nokia's music subscription service was seen as an iTunes competitor when it launched in 2008. Now here we are just a few years later, and Nokia has made to call to discontinue the service, branded as either Comes with Music or Ovi Music Unlimited, in all but a few regions. Nokia will continue offering 12 month subscriptions in China, India and Indonesia, and 6 month subs in Brazil, Turkey and South Africa. As for those that have bought into the service in other places, they will still have access to tunes until their current subscription is up. Then only previously downloaded tracks will be accessible.
Nokia was fairly upfront about the issues associated with the service citing a lack of traction in most markets. Many point to problems with the service at the fundamental level. The subscriptions service was only available on some phones, most of which were running older hardware. The songs were also DRM-encumbered, making them playable only on a single phone. "The markets clearly want a DRM-free music service," said a Nokia spokesperson. Nokia still has a DRM-free Ovi Music store, but that will be of little comfort to those few that had gotten used to the all you can eat version.
In 2011, Android will claim more market share than any other mobile OS, including Symbian. You hear that? Symbian will finally fall from its top spot, shoved aside by Google's little green robot. Or at least that's the future DigiTimes research is predicting.
If nothing else, we have to give DigiTimes Research credit for predicting what few, if any, other market research firms have been willing to say. It's not that analysts have been overlooking Android by any stretch of the imagination, but for the all praise, we can't remember another firm predicting the fall of Symbian, at least not so soon.
By the end of 2010, DigiTimes Research sees Android jumping from fifth to second place, while Symbian will fall to 35.5 percent, still enough to claim the No. 1 spot. But in 2011, Android will slip ahead, edging out Symbian with a 29.7 percent share compared to 28 percent. Coming in third will be iOS at 16.7 percent, followed by Blackberry at 14 percent and Windows Phone at 5.1 percent.