Apple Leads Smartphone Race, while Android Attracts Most Recent Customers. The race for the lead in U.S. smartphone operating system (OS) consumer market share is tighter than it has ever been.
According to November data from The Nielsen Company, the popularity of the Android OS among those who purchased a smartphone in the last six months (40%) makes it the leading OS among recent acquirers. But despite its surge among recent acquirers, when it comes to overall consumer market share, Android OS (25.8%) is still behind Apple iOS (28.6%). RIM Blackberry’s position is less clear: Its share (26.1%) puts it within the margin of error of both Apple iOS and Android. In other words, RIM remains statistically tied with both Apple for first and Android for third. Apple’s clear lead over Android notwithstanding, this race might still be too close to call. This much is clear, however: All three smartphone OS leaders – Apple iOS, RIM Blackberry and Android – are benefitting from strong demand for smartphones.
New iPhone Security Patent App: User Protection or 1984 iSpy? Your next iPhone might listen to your heartbeat or scan your face to identify its rightful owner — and it could react with anti-theft measures if it ended up in the wrong hands, according to a patent application recently filed by Apple.
Filed in February and made public this month, the patent application describes an invention that uses several methods to detect “unauthorized” usage of a device, such as voice and facial recognition or a heart rate monitor. Possible anti-theft measures include restricting access to some applications, gathering location data about the unauthorized user or shutting down the device remotely. Why I Turned In My iPhone and Went Android. For such a long-time Apple believer and Mac/iPhone customer, the idea of turning my back on Steve Jobs and crew, stopping my app store and media buying preferences almost entirely and choosing a divergent path is not one taken lightly.
Samsung Unveils iPad Rival in Galaxy Tab. Is Apple the New Big Brother? - Page 1. Will Apple Embrace the Web? No. Is 2011 like 1994 for Apple, Twitter, Facebook, and the Web? Fact: In 1994 I thought Apple was going to own it all.
By 1999 most magazines thought it was dead. Fact: In 1992 Pointcast shipped. By 1999 it was dead. Fact: In 1994 Microsoft was beta testing a system called “Blackbird.” They killed it before shipping it. What changed the course of all these technologies? Developers and content producers. I remember Pointcast well. Lots of people thought it was killed by lack of low-cost Internet (their business just didn’t work back then. Apple vs the developpers. Attaqué au couteau le logo apple de mon portable. Adobe Gives Up on iPhone App Development. The saga of Adobe and Apple or, more precisely, Flash app development for the iPhone, is drawing to its inevitable conclusion.
It all started with Apple's change to its iPhone Developer Program License Agreement - the notorious article 3.3.1 - which banned the use of the Flash-to-iPhone converter. In the simplest of terms, the article makes it meaningless for developers to create Flash apps that target the iPhone because Apple can ban them at any time. Now Mike Chambers, the principal product manager for developer relations for the Flash platform at Adobe, has put a full stop to the story from Adobe's side. In a lengthy blog post, he calls for developers of Flash apps for smartphones to focus on Android and stop developing apps for the iPhone. He also announces Adobe's intention to stop working on the Flash-to-iPhone converter. "We will still be shipping the ability to target the iPhone and iPad in Flash CS5.
An Open Letter to Apple Regarding The Company’s Approach to Conv. Dear Apple: We miss you.
Once upon a time, back before you got real popular, you used to take part in the public square. You may have been less forthcoming than most, but at least your employees would speak at industry events, have unscripted conversations with journalists, and engage in the world a bit here and there. But over the past few years, things seem to have changed. You pulled out of MacWorld and began hosting your own strictly scripted events. Apple - Really intense work environment. Unique culture. W3C: Hold off on deploying HTML5 in websites. HTML5, which updates the HTML specification to accommodate modern Web applications, has gained a lot of adherents in vendors like Microsoft, Google, and Apple.
But the specification is plain not ready yet for deployment to websites, an official with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees HTML5, stressed this week. Let Developers Choose Their Tools, Apple. (A note from Harry: Here’s a “letter to the editor” from Kevin Miller, CEO of Scotland-based RunRev.
His company makes a HyperCard-like development platform; one of its investors is Mike Markkula, who funded the creation of the Apple II and later served as Apple’s CEO.) In recent weeks, there has been much speculation about the impact and overall effect that Apple’s decision to change the rules regarding its iPhone SDK has had on the software developer community. Given the growing debate, I feel I need to outline our thoughts and observations on the matter. Apple’s move prevents developers from using a range of software development tools, among them RunRev.