Microsoft is expanding its partnership with Samsung Electronics to pre-load some of its software and services on Samsung's Android devices. Further, Microsoft struck deals with several lesser-known Android device makers to do the same thing, continuing a strategy of getting its services key real estate on phones and tablets running Google's Android platform.
Mobile startup Cyanogen, which aims to cut into Google's control over the Android platform by offering a modified version of the software, raised $80 million in fresh funding.
Amazon plans to launch a new section of its Android-based Appstore that will let users access a range of paid apps and those that have in-app purchases free of charge, according to a TechCrunch report.
BlackBerry is an afterthought in the device market, but the company wants to become much more of a software player in the next few years. However, the open question is whether the company has the wherewithal to achieve its goals.
Gartner predicted that a growing number of Android smartphone users will migrate to Apple's iOS in 2015, as it forecast that mobile phones and tablets will lead growth in global device shipments during the year.
Apple will soon start accepting Google's Android smartphones as part of an iPhone trade-in program, according to multiple reports, in an effort to juice sales of its latest iPhones and cut into Android's market share.
Why is Google courting iOS developers? Todd Kerpelman, a developer advocate for the Android platform and host of the YouTube video series Route 85, recently connected with FierceDeveloper to explain the situation. Turns out, they've got more than a few tricks up their sleeves.
Mobile startup Cyanogen, which is seeking to chip away at Google's control over Android by offering a modified version of the software, is close to getting a new $110 million round of financing, according to a Bloomberg report. However, the report, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the matter, said that Microsoft declined to invest in Cyanogen.
Microsoft is going to enhance its Cortana digital assistant for its own Windows 10 platform and then offer it as a standalone app on other platforms including Google's Android and Apple's iOS, according to a Reuters report.
The global tablet market continues to show signs of slowing down, with IDC scaling back its five-year forecast and predicting that global shipments would increase by just 2.1 per cent to 234.5 million in 2015.