BlackBerry will offer versions of its BBM instant-messaging service on iPhones and Android devices, extending one of its most popular features beyond its own smartphones for the first time. IDC Research Chief Research Officer Crawford Del Prete speaks with Mark Crumpton on Bloomberg Television’s “Bottom Line.” (Source: Bloomberg)
It’s billed as the battle of the century, at least as far as app developers are concerned; which has better ROI, Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android? Consumers are split: Apple have the single largest market share, Google have numerous manufacturers on their side; iOS dominates North America, Android wins out in Europe. Continue reading
Let’s start Monday morning with some big numbers. Now that smartphones account for 73.2 percent of all mobiles sold in China, and with many locals opting for Android devices across a variety of price-points, it’s not too big a surprise that China is an Android nation. As neatly outlined in this brand-new infographic, China had 224 million Android users at the end of last year (already three times larger than the number of US fandroids), and is on course for 300 million by the end of this year. Continue reading
Check out the latest figures on the Google Android and Apple iOS mobile operating systems. Continue reading
In January, we wrote about the crazy number of devices Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak takes with him on his travels around the world.
Then the Naked Security team counted up how many devices we each carried around every day… well, it was embarrassingly high. Continue reading
With Android and iPhone now combining for nearly 90 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, many app developers are concentrating their efforts on serving the majority of smartphone users through these two platforms. But there is an inherent tension when resources are limited and developers must choose one over the other, or decide which platform to develop for first. As a result, every app developer should be armed with some basic facts around the differences between Android and iPhone users when making these decisions. Continue reading
This infographic takes a look at Android’s market success and milestones in 2012.
Research group API has released its forecast for mobile handsets in 2013. Android will keep its lead in handsets and iOS will continue to dominate in tablets. Microsoft and BlackBerry will remain in the smartphones game with small shares of the … Continue reading
“How long does it take to build a mobile app?” While the question isn’t as timeless as “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?” (spoiler alert: 3481), it is one that’s very dear to our community of mobile app developers. And now we’ve got an answer. 18 weeks.
In collaboration with research firm AYTM, we surveyed 100 mobile designers to discover how long they expected it would take to build core front- and backend components of an Android or iOS app. We averaged the responses and then teamed with the designers at Visual.ly to visualize the time required to develop each component of an MVP-quality native app.
For fun, we put app development time in context. Who knew you could drill three 3000-foot oil wells in the time it takes to launch the first version of your “drill for oil” iOS game?
Of course, there’s a subtext to this graphic. Specifically, it doesn’t have to take 18 weeks to build v1 of your app. It can take a lot less time. The backend alone is estimated to require 10 weeks, but a backend as a service like Kinvey can dramatically reduce that time. And our SDK partners, like Adobe PhoneGap, BrightCove and Trigger.io, can all help accelerate your frontend development efforts as well.
Ever since Google was first incorporated in 1998, its meteoric rise has set the standard for other tech companies in the Internet age. Now one of the world’s most innovative companies, Google has a constantly expanding list of software and hardware products, including Android, the world’s most-used smartphone platform. Find out how Google spends its ever-expanding income.
Source: Masters In Finance, Visual.ly
You could be carrying a virus with you everywhere you go. This new strand doesn’t target the immune system, but rather the operating system — on your smartphone.
Smartphone usage has skyrocketed over the past few years. There are now more than 1 billion active smartphones, or one for every seven people on the planet. Because of their immense popularity, smartphones have become a main target for nefarious hackers looking to spread malware and steal personal information.
The main avenue for viruses to infect smartphones is through third-party apps. There are over one million apps combined for the two most popular mobile operating systems, Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.
Many hacked apps, often made to look like popular apps, are rigged with malware. More than 90% of the top-selling Android and iOS apps have hacked versions available for download on torrent sites and other unofficial platforms, according to a study by Arxan, a mobile security company.
Up to this point, Apple seems to be doing a better job protecting its mobile users against cyber threats. The iPhone has never seen a virus, and its only spam app was removed. Conversely, 75% of smartphone malware targets Android devices, according to F-Secure.
One probable reason hackers target Android over Apple is that the former enjoys a much greater share of the smartphone market. More than 50% of all smartphone users employ the Android OS, while Apple’s market share is closer to 30%. With far more people using Android devices, a virus has the ability to do much greater damage.
For more on mobile app security and how the top two operating systems stack up, check out the following infographic, created by Ladbrokes Games.
Posted in Companies, Infographic, Technology
Tagged Android, Apple, Apps, Google, Hackers, iOS, Security, Smartphones, Virus
More than 100,000 Android applications in Google Play are considered “suspicious” or “questionable,” according to new research.
Out of 412,000 apps in the store, this 25% pose a security risk to mobile users, according to Bit9, the security software firm that analyzed the apps’ security permissions.
Among its findings: 72% of apps use at least one high-risk permission; 42% access GPS location data (including wallpapers, games and utilities); 31% access phone numbers or calls; 26% access personal data such as contacts and email; and 9% use permissions that can cost users money. For more details, check out the infographic, below.
“A significant percentage of Google Play apps have access to potentially sensitive and confidential information,” Harry Sverdlove, chief technology officer of Bit9 said in a statement. “When a seemingly basic app such as a wallpaper requests access to GPS data, this raises a red flag.”
“Likewise, more than a quarter of the apps can access email and contacts unbeknown to the phone user, which is of great concern when these devices are used in the workplace.”
Recently, Android phones have come under scrutiny after the FBI‘s Internet Crime Complaint Center found malware that targets Android operating systems. Wireless company T-Mobile is ramping up protection against malware and viruses by preloading select Android devices with a free security app.
Do you double check apps for safety before downloading them from Google Play or the App Store? Tell us in the comments below.
Source: bit9.com, Mashable.com
Posted in Business, Companies, Entertainment, Infographic, Technology
Tagged Android, Apps, Google, Malware, Play, Security Risk, Suspicious
How Are Apps Shaping the 2012 Election? [INFOGRAPHIC].
Source: Mashable.com, EngineYard.com
If 2008′s presidential race was the social media election, then this year’s is certainly the mobile election.
EngineYard.com created an infographic that breaks down how the U.S. has used mobile apps, in both sending and consuming information, during the 2012 election season so far.
SEE ALSO: Presidential Debate Most-Tweeted Event in U.S. Political History
Some notable stats from the graphic: 70% of the most active iPhone states (New York, California, Illinois) tend to vote Democrat, while 70% of the most active Android states (Colorado, Arizona, Georgia) tend to vote Republican. And, of the approximately $1 billion spent on the election by both parties, around $54 million has been spent on digital advertising — including mobile.
Take a look at the graphic below:
October 9, 2012 in Infographic, Lifestyle, People, Politics, Technology
Tagged 2012 Election, Android, Apps, Democrats, iPhone, Republicans, Technology
With all the new smartphones announced over the past few months -– including the iPhone 5 -– it should come as no surprise that many people are looking to buy a new smartphone.
AYTM Research, working with Mashable, conducted a detailed market research study of the smartphone market as it stands now at the end of 2012, and created this exclusive infographic looking at what prospective buyers are most interested in, particularly looking at the iPhone market.
Some of its findings:
73% of people looking to buy a smartphone in the next 6 months are already smartphone owners
Current Android owners are 2.4x more likely to switch to an iPhone than vice versa
87% of current iPhone owners plan to buy a new iPhone in the next 6 months
Only 9% of current iPhone owners are considering a switch to Android
Check out all of ATYM’s findings in the infographic. What do you think about the stats?
Source: Mashable.com, ATYM
September 23, 2012 in Business, Companies, Infographic, Technology
Tagged Android, Apple, Buyers, iPhone, market, Smartphones, Switch