Google's Android regained some U.S. market share as of the end of October after losing share last spring, according to a new report from digital research firm comScore. The firm also reported that Apple is the No.1 smartphone maker in the U.S. with 40.6 percent share.
Struggling phone maker BlackBerry offered some positive news this week with the announcement that 12 small Android phone makers have agreed to pre-install its BBM messaging application on their Android phones. Further, the company launched its BBM Channels service, a Twitter-style social engagement platform within BlackBerry's Messenger service that allows customers to connect with businesses, brands, celebrities and groups.
The FCC revealed the first data points from its mobile speed test application for Android devices, whoing the app has been installed more than 30,000 times so far and has generated around 40,000 collections of the full suite of mobile broadband speed measurements.
As expected, Google's Motorola Mobile division announced the Moto G, a low-cost version of its Moto X smartphone aimed at emerging markets.While Motorola sees an opportunity to sell the device to prepaid carriers in the U.S. market, the Moto G is really about the rest of the world.
Developers compare platforms all the time, but France-based Pfeiffer Consulting recently decided to offer a benchmark-style evaluation of the five major mobile OSes to see how well iOS 7 ranked in terms of mobile user experience.
This Thursday, the FCC is scheduled to hear a presentation regarding its new Speed Test App for smartphones based upon Google's Android operating system.
AT&T Mobility said it will install the Lookout Mobile Security application on most of its new Android phones. The move is intended to help customers stem the advance of threatening mobile applications.
In-app purchases made in free apps are the primary way that developers make money in both of the world's major app stores, according to a report from Distimo and the MEF. The two organizations partnered on a new study of the revenue generated from smartphone apps on a global basis.
The market has long talked of the democratisation of smartphones in order to connect people in emerging and developing markets, but the mobile community still has a deal of work ahead to ensure there are more attractive devices out there at a lower cost to give people more options.
Samsung recently held its first developer conference in San Francisco, where the consumer electronics giant released five different SDKs to create apps for its smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.