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Larry Page promises cheaper Android tablets in the future

Google’s CEO Larry Page had some interesting comments at their Q1 earnings call for 2012 today including predictions about CPC for mobile and the future of android tablets. He mentioned that mobile CPC, which is essentially the pay per clicks of ads, “will pass that of the desktop and PC soon.” When asked about Android tablets, Page had this to say  “we definitely believe that there is going to be a lot of success at the lower end of the market. As well, with lower-priced products that will be very significant. It’s definitely an area we think is quite important and that we’re quite focused on.”

His comment adds fuel to the fire that Google may be seriously considering releasing a powerful yet relatively cheap ($199) 7-inch tablet to compete with the iPhone an Kindle Fire.

 

http://www.slashgear.com/googles-larry-page-promises-inexpensive-tablet-future-12222729/

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Google updates Android design guidelines

Google’s director of Android user experience Matias Duarte announced changes to the Android design guidelines which help app developers make better apps. The update is based specifically on how developers should and shouldn’t use the settings menu in their apps as well as adding new guidelines about navigation, specifically regarding “navigating between apps” and “navigating into apps via widgets or the notification menus”.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/10/2938226/android-design-guidelines-update-settings-navigation

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Microsoft paying developers to make apps

With the upcoming release of the Nokia Lumia 900, Microsoft and its latest mobile OS Windows Phone 7 are about to find out if they can start to make a dent in the smartphone market against the two heavyweights, Apple and Android. Microsoft knows that in order for people to buy their devices they need to have good apps that people will want to use. Considering that Android and Apple had a huge head start and have hundreds of thousands of apps already available Microsoft needed to do something extra to get developers interested in their platform. Their plan was to offer “incentives, like plying developers with free phones and the promise of prime spots in its app store and in Windows Phone advertising.” Because of this push by Microsoft, there are around 70,000 apps in its appstore which is a significant feat.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/technology/to-fill-out-its-app-store-microsoft-wields-its-checkbook.html

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Google Glasses: The future of augmented reality?

Google recently revealed their latest project called Google Glasses which shows the wearer of the prototype glasses receiving messages and notifications, taking photos of their surroundings and even video chatting with another person while on the go.  Although this device is still in testing and at least two years from being reality, people are excited for what this product may one day accomplish. From the video it looks like Google is trying to create a product that seamlessly combines the basic functions of a smartphone (messaging, taking photos, getting directions, receiving email/notifications) but instead displaying the data on the phone itself, the information would be displayed on a wearable set of glasses. This device aims to help reduce the number of people who are constantly glued to their phone screen but that is only if Google is able to accomplish the lofty goal they set for themselves in the reveal video.

 

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/04/augmented-reality-experts-say-google-glasses-face-serious-hurdles/

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Google makes four times more money from iPhone than Android

According to documents released by Google in their upcoming legal battle with Oracle, Android generated less than $550 million in revenue for Google between 2008 and 2011. The use of Google Maps and search on Apple devices including the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad generated more than four times as much revenue since in the October earnings call, Google CEO Larry Page announced that mobile revenue has “grown 2.5 times in the last 12 months to a run rate of over $2.5 billion”.

 

http://www.bgr.com/2012/03/29/google-generates-four-times-more-revenue-from-iphone-than-android/

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Apple begins rejecting apps that use the UDID

Apple has begun rejecting all apps that make use of the UDID, or Unique Device Identifier, which is a number that is given to every iOS device that is basically used as the devices serial number. They are doing this largely due to privacy concerns since it became apparent in 2010 that numerous apps were “transmitting transmitting user data back to their own servers. Some of those apps associated real names in plain text.” Because of this, it was possible to identify the user of the app even without a specific username or address which is an obvious privacy concern to many users.

 

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2012/03/after-warning-from-apple-apps-using-udids-now-being-rejected.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss

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RIM looking to hire senior iOS developer: Is BBM on iOS next?

According to a recent job posting, RIM may be looking to make apps for iOS devices. The job listing was removed soon after it was discovered but a screen grab of the listing shows that they are looking for “an experienced iOS/Objective-C developer capable of architecting, designing, developing and testing complex applications for iPhone and iPad devices.” Although they do not mention why they are looking to hire someone with these qualifications, it is fair to say a BBM app is in the works.

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Android 5.0 rumored for a Q3 release

According to reports, Google is planning on revealing their next iteration of the Android OS in June of 2012. The release date would coincide with Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, which is typically held every year around the end of June so this move would not be a complete surprise. However this update may be a little too premature since Android 4.0 (ICS) is only available on 1 to 2 percent of Android devices but with Google activating around 1 million Android devices a day, the percentage is expected to increase significantly.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57402420-94/android-5.0-aka-jelly-bean-rumored-for-q3-release/

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China may soon surpass the US in smartphone shipments

According the the IDC, China will surpass the United States in smartphone shipments by the end of 2012. They are predicting that China will account for 20.7 percent of the total global market which is .1 percent above the estimated total of the US. With China having already surpassed the US in smartphone shipments for the past two quarters in 2011, this trend is expected to continue in the future. Two other emerging markets, Brazil and India, are expected to join China and the US in the top 5 due to the increase in production of low cost phones and increased demand for phones that “provide a full, robust experience” of a smartphone.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/16/china-may-surpass-us-in-smartphone-shipments/

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Amazon appstore celebrates first birthday

Amazon announced on Thursday that the Amazon Appstore has officially turned one year old. In only one year the service has grown nearly eight times and has seen the number of Android apps go from only 4,000 at the beginning to over 31,000 today. Amazon also mentioned that since the release of the Kindle Fire, revenues from the appstore grew nearly 1,000% in only four months since the devices launch.

 

http://www.bgr.com/2012/03/15/amazons-android-app-store-celebrates-one-year-and-31000-apps/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBoyGeniusReport+%28BGR+%7C+Boy+Genius+Report%29

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Highlight: The future of location based sharing

Highlight is an up and coming app which helps you learn about the people around you just by simply passing them in real life. When you walk by a person that has something in common with you (a friend or interest), Highlight automatically pushes your information to them and if you find them interesting you can “highlight” them. Once a person is highlighted “that person is notified and added to a list on the highlighter’s profile. It’s like a bookmark for people”. This kind of social discovery app has become fairly popular recently with apps like Foursquare (Radar) , Banjo, and Sonar which notify you whenever your friends or interesting places are nearby.

http://mashable.com/2012/03/08/highlight-app-revamp/

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Apple adds demo licensing to terms and conditions

After the reveal of the new iPad yesterday, a change was seen in Apple’s terms and conditions which mentions timed trials of apps. The new paragraph states “Certain paid In App Subscriptions may offer a free trial period prior to charging your Account. If you decide you do not want to purchase the In App Subscription, turn off auto-renewal in your Account settings during the free trial period.” With the addition of app trials, developers can allow users to try out paid apps for a limited time which opens the door to increased app sales. In the past, a user would have to purchase an app for full price and hope that it was what they expected since there was no possibility of a refund. Although no apps take advantage of this yet, it is only a matter of time until it is adopted by developers looking to allow users to test drive apps before buying which will leave their users happier and probably more likely to leave a positive review.

http://www.tuaw.com/2012/03/07/apple-updates-t-and-c-includes-terms-for-demo-licensing/

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Almost half of American adults own a smartphone

Pew Research Center released a report stating smartphone owners now outnumber feature phone (or “dumb phone”) owners in the United States. They also say that 46% of Americans are smartphone users up from about 35% last May. The report goes on to describe the breakdown of  the smartphone market by brand and of the three major OS’es (Blackberry, iOS , and Android) only Blackberry’s percentage decreased from last year. The official numbers were %20 Android, 19% iPhone and 6% Blackberry which does not hold well for Blackberry since they are struggling to keep up in the smartphone business.

http://www.bgr.com/2012/03/02/pew-smartphones-overtake-feature-phones-among-adults-in-the-u-s/

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Advances in haptic feedback on smartphone screens

This year at Mobile World Congress, two companies have introduced functional smartphone prototypes that can simulate the sensation of interacting with items that are displayed on screen. These companies, Senseg and Immersion, demoed products that made users feel like they were “shaking maracas” or “riding a roller coaster” through accurate vibrations throughout the device.

Although this technology can be considered only for entertainment purposes right now, in the future it can be developed for other areas such as “a physical cue to something in a long list of data. Imagine, for example, scrolling though email and feeling a physical bump when you get to a message from your spouse or boss.”

http://gizmodo.com/5889715/oh-my-god-there-are-real-functioning-smartphones-that-can-make-you-think-youre-touching-grass-and-rocks

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Android possibly looking to expand to PC’s

Recently revealed patent applications by Google reveal that they are looking to bring their Android OS to desktops and laptops. The applications were filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the third quarter of last year and refer to the mapping of trackpad operations to touchscreen events. This would “permit even computers that don’t have touch capabilities to run Android and apps designed for it”.

With this patent information coming out and Apples recent announcement of iOS X Mountain Lion, it appears the smartphone and laptop business are converging and we can look forward to devices in the future that have the capabilities of both devices.

 

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/250608/android_coming_soon_to_a_desktop_near_you.html

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Report: Android Apps are too expensive

According to market research firm Canalys, Android apps are on average 2.5 times more expensive than iPhone apps. They calculated the cost of buying the top 100 paid apps for each device and found that there was a large difference between the two devices. The price to buy the top 100 apps for Android would cost $374.74. For iPhone, it would cost around $147.

The research also showed that 82 of the top 100 paid apps in the Apple store are priced at $0.99 cents, while only 22 of the top apps in the Android Market are $0.99. The information provided shows how vastly different the two market places are after so many years. Apples store is still very closed and controlled while Android’s is open and less consumer friendly.

 

http://www.bgr.com/2012/02/23/canalys-android-apps-are-too-expensive/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBoyGeniusReport+%28BGR+%7C+Boy+Genius+Report%29

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Apple sold more iOS devices in 4 years than all Macs ever

Even though Mac computers have been on sale for the last 28 years, it only took Apple four years to sell more iOS devices than Macs. The total number of computers sold is around 122 million and in the past year alone Apple sold 156 million devices.  These stats further show how successful Apple has been the past few years and explains why Apple has decided to add iOS features like iMessage and notifications into OS X Mountain Lion.

 

http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/16/apple-sold-more-iphones-than-macs-ever/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29

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Loophole lets Google track Apple users through online ads

Jonathan Mayer, a Stanford researcher, discovered a loophole in Safari that let Google track user’s activity through cookie-laced web ads. Google was able to achieve this by embedding a “+1” button on their ads and if a user was logged in to Google+ they would have a cookie planted on their device. This method circumvented around Apple’s restrictions and convinced Safari to allow cookies because it appeared that the “user actually submitted the form intentionally”. When notified by the Wall Street Journal, Google disabled this feature and apologized saying that they “didn’t realize” and they have “now started removing these advertising cookies from Safari browsers”.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/17/wsj-safari-loophole-lets-google-track-apple-users-through-web-a/

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HP releases Android kernel for TouchPad

After HP’s Touchpad device was discontinued after only 49 days at retail, hackers who picked up the device in the $99 fire sale quickly sought to install Android on the device but progress has been “slow”. Several alpha versions have been released but they include serious bugs and are not all that stable. Although this development looked promising at first, a member of the CyanogenMod team has said  “don’t expect huge gains… it will help with things like serial console and Bluetooth. Most other areas will be minor.”

 

http://www.bgr.com/2012/02/08/hp-releases-android-kernel-source-for-touchpad-to-cyanogenmod-team/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBoyGeniusReport+%28BGR+%7C+Boy+Genius+Report%29

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RIM: Blackberry apps more profitable than Android Apps

RIM executives announced Tuesday at DevCon Europe that there are now more than 60,000  apps in the Blackberry App World marketplace and that Blackberry devices are the most popular smart phones purchased in the UK. Alec Saunders, RIM’s VP of  developer relations said at the event that “App World has 43% more daily downloads per app than Apple’s own iTunes App Store and App World can be more profitable as well — BlackBerry apps supposedly earn about 40% more than their Android counterparts, and 13% of BlackBerry developers have made more than $100,000 from their apps.”

http://www.bgr.com/2012/02/07/rim-blackberry-apps-are-more-profitable-than-android-apps/

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HP CEO: webOS will be better than iOS and Android

Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman recently said in an interview that even though the HP TouchPad failed and was discontinued only two months after it was released,  HP  “will be back in [the tablet] business. We’re coming back into the market with a Windows 8 tablet.” She also went on to state that they are “going to build another operating system that has huge advantages, in my view, over iOS, which is a closed system, [and] Android, which is incredibly fragmented and may ultimately be more closed with [Google’s] acquisition of Motorola Mobility.” Only time will tell if Whitman’s predictions for the future will come true and have HP competing with the iPad and other Android tablets.

http://www.bgr.com/2012/02/03/hp-ceo-says-webos-will-be-better-than-fragmented-android-and-closed-ios/

 

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RIM giving away free Playbook to increase interest in their App Word Program

Today RIM announced that they would be giving away free Playbooks to anyone who creates an Android app and submits it to Blackberry App World program by February 13th. By doing this, RIM is hoping that giving their device to developers for free they will create  interesting and creative apps for their Playbook which will hopefully help the company stay afloat and compete again with Android and iOS devices.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/03/RIM-free-BlackBerry-Playbook-Android/

 

 

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Electronic Frontier Foundation fighting to keep jailbreaking legal

Just two years ago the US Copyright Office declared jailbreaking (hacking a device to run software or programs that the original device was never intended to run) legal but now an exemption is set to expire which would make jailbreaking illegal again.

The EEF believes that “[Jailbreaking] is important to programmers, enthusiasts, and users. But jailbreaking creates legal uncertainty. Some device manufacturers claim that jailbreaking violates Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA), which carries stiff penalties.”

If the petition to extend the coverage of jailbroken smartphones and tablets fails it could mean bad news to app developers who do business on alternative appstores like Cydia.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2399413,00.asp

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Android set to overtake iOS as the go to platform for mobile developers

Within the next year, the Android OS will become the preferred platform among mobile developers according to data gathered by the research firm Ovum. Even though Android will become the new favorite, almost all developers will continue do develop for both platforms. They also went on to say that there has been increased interest in the less popular operating system Windows Phone which means Microsoft has been able to convince developers to take another look at its OS. Another interesting fact the article mentioned was that developers now prefer the HTML5 standard over Java and Flash when making a cross-platform applications.

http://www.bgr.com/2012/01/23/android-to-overtake-ios-and-become-the-top-mobile-platform-for-developers/

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Researchers working on a self-sustaining cellphone

Arman Ahnood, a researcher at the London Center for Nanotechnology, has developed a prototype that uses solar cells to capture wasted energy from OLED screens. The prototype relies on an array of solar cells behind the phones display and as of right now they are only able to generate around five milliwatts of power from a 3.7 inch screen. Although this is far from being sustainable, this holds promise that one day phones will have a battery life similar to that of current e-reader devices.

 

http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/20/oled-display-with-integrated-solar-cells/

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Almost half of U.S smartphone owners have Android

A recent report from marketing firm iGR states that 47% of US smartphone owners now have Android devices compared to Apple’s 24% share. The report also goes on the mention that the most popular Android brand is Samsung followed by Motorolla and HTC.

http://www.bgr.com/2012/01/20/android-share-doubles-iphone-in-u-s-samsung-most-popular-vendor/

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Mobile app recommendation startup Apptap raises $4 million dollars

Apptap is a service designed to help mobile app developers reach a larger audience by analyzing what users are reading and searching for online and  then recommending apps that the user would most likely find interesting. Apptap helps developers get their apps more exposure in the ever crowded app stores. With this new funding, Apptap will hopefully be able to expand their already impressive average of 150 million app recommendations a month and help upstart developers make a name for themselves.

http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/12/mobile-app-search-and-recommendations-startup-apptap-raises-4-million/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29

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Google releases design standards for Android 4.0

By releasing design guidelines for their newest OS, Google is hoping for a more consistent UI across all of their devices now that Android tablets are looking to challenge the iPad’s monopoly of the tablet industry.

 

http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/12/google-design-standards-android-4-ice-cream-sandwich/