Google has been real slow in giving Android community the right set of tools to discover, search and install apps. Except for the Market app on the mobile phone, there was no official destination online or a desktop companion like iTunes to make life easy for Android adopters. AppBrain jumped in to fill the void and has since become a trusted source of Android app information and downloads.
A few weeks ago, Google woke from its slumber and showered Android users with a lot of goodies, including a searchable online app store that can even push apps wirelessly to your mobile phone. AppBrain fought back with a bunch of new features. After the break, we’ll take a look at who is the reigning king of the Android app hill.
Android recently overtook Nokia’s Symbian to become the top smartphone platform, according to Q4 2010 shipment numbers, with an apparent 33.3 million people rocking Android. The full data, credited to Canalys, suggest that Google gained 32.9% market share in the final quarter of 2010, pushing Nokia down to only 30.6% and Apple to a measly 16%. However, what does what actually mean? How did that actually happen? And what’s next for Google and the mobile industry?
The biggest shock from these results us the Nokia downturn, which is cited to be because of weak smartphone sales against Android and iOS. Apple’s one-and-a-half phone strategy still garnered them a nice 16% share (which, if my math is correct, is around $10 billion in revenue) but Google’s every-shape, every-size attitude netted them a phenomenal 33.3 million shipments. (more…)
Verzion’s recent release of the iPhone 4 on their CDMA-based network is a big event for those inclined to use Apple’s mobile operating system. We’re sure that this will mean some migration to iPhone for some Android users who opted for Android, only because it was available on Verizon. But the main question is, how big will this migration be?
Today we’ll look at how big the impact on Android sales may be, and examine what happened in the UK.
Just in case you haven’t heard the news, it’s true. Amazon is creating their own Android marketplace, scheduled to launch later this year, but currently open to developers to start submitting apps.
Read on to find out why there’s a need for a new marketplace and what this could mean for how you find and purchase Android apps.
I won’t write some sort of crude pirate analogy as my onlookers made when I started writing. Instead, I’ll start with a rule of thumb generally accepted in the mobile app industry: Google plays catch up to Apple. That’s the consensus around the mobile industry now when referring to the two rival app marketplaces. However, the reality is that Google gave developers a lot more time to prepare apps prior to their grand launch, yet they still seem to suffer at the hands of iOS. There are several factors that may dissuade developers from joining the Android Marketplace, with one of them being pirating.
One of Android’s major selling points is that it’s entirely open source and not a closed ecosystem like it’s Cupertino (or Canadian) rivals. However, this introduces the ability to plunder apps. As pirates learn the system, they also learn how to pirate and of the ability to install these apps without the need to manipulate the phone, like jailbreaking an iPhone.