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Android hits the billion mark in smartphone shipments
January 30, 2015 | 6:25 pm

Android mascot, LloydAccording to a recent report by Strategy Analytics, shipments of smartphones running the Android OS reached 1 billion for the first time in 2014, when "global smartphone shipments grew 30 percent annually to reach a record 1.3 billion units."The report continues: "Android has become the first ever smartphone operating system to ship more than 1 billion units in a single year. Android accounted for a huge 81 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally in 2014, and Apple iOS remains its only serious threat for now." This rather puts a dent in recent laudatory reports of Apple's sales numbers, claiming that Google...

What Happened to Google?
January 15, 2015 | 12:22 pm

google logoWhenever anybody talks about Amazon 'winning' or something, I always chuckle and think about how many tech 'winners' I have seen fall by the wayside. I remember when everybody bought books from Fictionwise! And, more recently for me, I remember when everything I did was via a Google app. And now? I am moving away from Google, as much as I can. Why? 1) The apps have become slow and clunky. I had everything on Google Docs not too long ago. When it started pausing and thinking for upwards of one or two minutes every time I opened something, I thought it...

Linshof and the problem of Android vaporware
December 21, 2014 | 12:25 pm

gsmarena_001 A German startup that had announced new Android devices has just shut up shop - before even opening. Linshof, the German company in question, states on its own website that: Linshof is closed. We understood that it would be a difficult project and we are grateful for having the opportunity to work on it. Unfortunately, our investors decided to close the project due to their own internal reasons. Thank you all for your wonderful support. Note: We have never accepted any kind of pre-orders, donations, or third party investments. All our liabilities and obligations were paid in full. Previously, Linshof announced a smartphone, the i8, with...

Regular Chromecast finally does screen mirroring
December 15, 2014 | 10:25 am

IMG_20141212_171203 Some readers may remember my previous gripes about the Google ChromeCast for Android, and its halfway-there functionality, which allowed individual Android apps to stream to an HDMI-capable monitor or TV, but not screen mirroring. Well, finally with the latest update for the Android ChromeCast app, this has been implemented - for my Nexus 2012 anyway. It's not perfect, but it's a start. The 1.9.6 version of the app requires Android 2.3 or above on a device for basic functionality, but for screem mirroring, Android 4.4.2 KitKat or above is needed. Scren casting is available as an option from the pull-down menu...

Android app development might have just got a whole lot smoother with Android Studio 1.0
December 12, 2014 | 3:00 am

Google might have taken a critical step towards closing the proverbial time and cost gap between app development for its platform and for the Apple App Store, with the release of Android Studio 1.0, a stable Integrated Development Environment (IDE) available for free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux. One of the attractions for the developer community is supposed to be that this IDE is built on the IntelliJ IDEA, and "in a report by Infoworld in 2010, IntelliJ received the highest test center score out of the 4 Top Java Programming Tools." In any case, Android developers now have a...

Google Device Assist sweetens your Android 5.0 Lollipop experience?
December 10, 2014 | 10:19 am

In the wake of all the issues reported over Android devices upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has released a helper app designed to provide "tips and proactive troubleshooting to help you get the most out of your device." Google Device Assist runs on "US-based Nexus, Google Play edition and Android One devices running Android 5.0, Lollipop," which of course, at this stage of the upgrade cycle, are the majority of devices affected....

Groupon offers 16 GB 2013 Nexus 7 for $150
December 9, 2014 | 7:38 pm

If you were disappointed when Google stopped selling the Nexus 7, this deal on Groupon might make you feel a little better. Groupon is offering a new, not-refurbished 16 GB 2013 Nexus 7 for $149.99. That’s $50 less than Amazon’s price. That’s the generation 2 model, with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2 gigs of RAM, and a full 1080P display, capable of running Android 5.0 Lollipop without breaking a sweat. Made by Asus, branded by Google. The high-resolution, 323 pixels-per-inch display is one of the best you can get for e-reading short of an e-ink display. ...

Google, New York City libraries deliver new lending program – of Wi-Fi devices
December 5, 2014 | 12:25 pm

public librariesAccording to an announcement from NYC City Hall, Google has committed $1 million to support "an innovative library program lending Wi-Fi devices to New Yorkers to use at home." The New York City Library Hotspot program, offered by the city's three library systems, the The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library, seeks  "to offer about 10,000 families Wi-Fi devices powered by Sprint, helping to close the digital divide in New York City." Knight News Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Robin Hood Foundation, are also supporting the...

Break up Google?
December 2, 2014 | 6:26 pm

European Union flagHeadlines got duly grabbed by the non-binding vote in the European Parliament calling on the European Commission, currently still in a long-running anti-trust investigation against Google, to demand the separation of the search giant's commercial businesses from its web search engines. The proposal was formulated by two MEPs, Andreas Schwab, from Germany's conservative Christian Democrats, and Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, of Spain's Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya, and passed by 384 votes to 174, but immediately ran into opposition from Guenther Oettinger, the EU’s digital economy commissioner, who declared that there would be "no breaking up of Google." Special interests behind the parliamentarians'...

Chromebook K-12 popularity implies changes for ereading?
November 12, 2014 | 4:25 pm

New figures from IDC and the UK's FutureSource Consulting, shared by Education Week and elsewhere, indicate that Chromebooks are getting a lock on the U.S. K-12 market, helped by the cheapness of the devices, the Chrome Os's suitability for cloud-based scalable deployments, and Google's free Apps for Education suite. "Schools tell us that Chromebooks fill three big needs: they’re easy for students and teachers to use, they’re easy to share, and they’re easy to manage," says the Google Official Blog. "That’s critical for schools that often want to give their students the best technology, but don’t have a large IT department...

Google Play Books’ most self-referential release to date: A guide to being a successful Google app developer
November 8, 2014 | 2:32 pm

Google has conveniently levered off its own platform to deliver one of the most Google-friendly books you could possibly find on Google Play Books: The Secrets to App Success on Google Play: A guide to useful features, tips, and best practices that will help you grow a successful app business on Google Play. This handy guide aims to pretty much do what it says in the title, and is available for free download from Google Play Books. It's also very much directed to the business model architect rather than the coder, with much of its emphasis on making the app work...

Vsenn can stand against Project Ara as a modular platform?
November 7, 2014 | 4:31 pm

A new modular smartphone project - albeit one based on vanilla Android - has emerged with the advent of Finnish startup Vsenn, whose mission statement is "to give everyone the power to create their perfect smartphone by using modular and upgradable hardware." How far this stands a chance against Google's own homegrown Project Ara, or even how far it is differentiated from it, remains to be seen, though it does also claim to be "co-founded by a former Nokia Android X program manager." "We use only the best and fastest hardware in our modules," states the Vsenn introductory material. "There are...