Blackberry is fighting back against its competitors by asking politicians to step into the apps business.
The company’s CEO John Chen has written to members of the US Congress and is trying to persuade them to force competitors to make their apps available for his company’s own products. more»
By 2018, tablet sales will reach 540 million units, despite 2014 being a quiet year for the sector.
CCS Insight introduced its annual look at the marketplace and bullishly predicts the market will grow 28 percent this year to reach 283 million units. more»
Next year could see the rise of the new Android defeating platforms, according to new research.
Sales of smartphones based on newly emerging platforms, including Android One, Firefox OS and Tizen, are expected to increase significantly in 2015.
According to beancounters at Gartner, the ratio of feature phones to total global handset shipments already dropped to 34 percent in the third quarter of 2014 and is expected to dip to as low as 10 percent in 2018. more»
What was shaping up to be the daftest and most expensive patent war in history has been averted.
Apple and Microsoft had teamed up to form a super patent troll called the Rockstar Consortium in a bid to take out Android. more»
People eager to throw off the shackles of Windows 8.x look like they’ll have some time to wait before they’re free at last.
According to PC Advisor, a “consumer preview2 will be released in January so you’ll be able to see what you’re missing for quite a long time. more»
One of the longest running multipurpose mobile botnets has been updated to become stealthier and more resilient and it could be a major headache for businesses.
Dubbed NotCompatible, the botnet is mainly used for instant message spam and rogue ticket purchases, but it could be used to launch targeted attacks against corporate networks because the malware allows attackers to use the infected devices as proxies. more»
While Android Open Source Project (AOSP) smartphone growth was a staggering 211 percent in 2013, things are slowing right down, and a projection is growth will fall to 18 percent in 2015.
ABI Research said the previous growth figures were driven by the rise of Indian and Chinese handset vendors targeted at the domestic market, growth in the Chinese market is slowing. more»
A US judge has rejected Samsung bid to put Microsoft’s smartphone patent royalties case on hold while the South Korean company pursues arbitration in Hong Kong.
New York Judge Jed Rakoff said the lawsuit would proceed despite the arbitration.
Microsoft sued Samsung in August, claiming it broke a collaboration agreement by refusing to make royalty payments after the US company announced its intention to buy Nokia’s handset business in September 2013. more»
In either a sign of desperation or a sign of largesse, Microsoft said today it will let people using the Apple Pad make and edit documents for free instead of paying through the nose.
Microsoft wants its software to be pervasive across every gadget and gizmo as the world has opened up to applications that don’t need an expensive PC or a pricey Windows operating system to work. more»
Andy Rubin, co-founder of the Android mobile business and head of its robotics effort is leaving Google.
According to a statement from Google, Rubin will start a company to support startups interested in building technology-hardware products.
It is possible that Rubin is getting a little bored. more»
Google has released a major update of Android, dubbed “Lollipop”.
According to Google, this is its thirteenth and most ambitious release of Android.
It has over 5,000 new application program interfaces (APIs) and to work on all devices.
Lollipop, it says, has a consistent design across different devices. more»
No one is entirely sure how succcessful smartwaches can be and the jury is still out on the matter.
But market research company ABI Research believes that after Apple releases its smartwatch in 2015, Android will face a real challenge.
ABI predicts that Android’s market share for smartwatches will drop below 50 percent, while iOS is likely to take 50 percent of the market. more»
Google has managed to avoid having to fight patent troll Rockstar Consortium in a Texas court that lawyers consider nicer toward plaintiffs
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday ordered proceedings stayed in Texas over whether handsets made by Samsung Electronics, HTC, AsuSTEK, LG Electronics and ZTE infringed on Rockstar’s patents because they used Google’s Android. more»
Want an Android smartphone for around 100 bucks? Go to India, because that’s where the action is.
Market analysts at IDC said Google has introduced what it describes as the “first wave” of Android One devices in India in collaboration with local gizmo makers Spice, Karbonn and Micromax. more»
Microsoft and Samsung cannot agree on the best city in the world to hatch out peace. Samsung thinks that Hong Kong is the best while Microsoft believes that it should be New York.
Samsung has started an arbitration proceeding in Hong Kong against Microsoft as the Seattle behemoth attempts to give it a Chinese burn over smartphone patent royalties. more»