Google will use its I/O developer conference, which kicks off today, to unveil an overhaul to its mobile payments offering, according to a New York Times report. Further, the report said Apple is going to soon announce enhancements to its own Apple Pay platform, including a rewards program.
Smartphone shipments are expected to increase by 11.3 per cent in 2015, which is down from 27.6 per cent in 2014.
Microsoft is bringing its Cortana digital assistant to Google's Android and Apple's iOS platforms. The company's decision to do so is part of a broader effort by Microsoft to bring features and services from Windows 10 to non-Windows smartphones.
I've heard "marshmallow," "marmalade" and everything in between, but this is the only thing I know for sure: Even if it might resonate with app developers, it is highly unlikely the "M" in Google's upcoming Android M operating system will stand for "monetization."
When developers walked into Google I/O last year they were probably expecting updates to Android and some additional tools, but the introduction of its Material Design guidelines was something of a surprise. This year, however, may be the moment when Material Design starts to make a material difference to the way Android apps are created.
Google is set to unveil the next version of its Android platform next week at its I/O developer conference, and according to a BuzzFeed News report it will include native fingerprint authentication.
Android mobile games trail iOS in retention over a 30-day period by an average of 72 percent, according to AppsFlyer. "iOS dominates gaming retention, widening gap with Android over time," the report said.
In the three weeks since Microsoft announced it would let developers who have written apps for Google's Android and Apple's iOS port those apps to phones and tablets running Windows 10, Microsoft hasn't exactly had its door beaten down by developers.
Social and communication apps were the No. 1 app category based on sessions per active user in the first quarter of this year, according to App Annie. The mobile analytics firm released its Insights Into App Engagement report based on data from its usage intelligence platform.
The smartwatch market will grow from 3.6 million unit shipments in 2014 to 101 million in 2020 according to a new report by IHS.