Oct 132011
 

Apple might boast of its app store being the best of them all but Android is a serious challenge to it. At the current pace, Android is expected to overtake Apple by June 2012 in terms of number of apps downloaded per month.

monthly app downloads thumb Android to surpass Apple in monthly app downloads by June 2012

The research company Xylogic has released a report which says

While Apple still leads Android overall, we already see signs of things to come. Given current growth rates Android will catch Apple by June 2012 in terms of monthly app downloads. In fact, August 2011 is the first month in which we have seen the first countries where Android was outperforming the iPhone: specifically Poland, the Czech Republic and Portugal.

But the report fails to mention a widely accepted fact, that majority of apps on different app stores are not worth it. It is only a small percentage of apps that actually counts.

Oct 122011
 

You read it correct ladies and gentlemen. Andy Lees, President of Microsoft’s Mobile unit, in an interview with the Seattle Times, thinks that iOS and Android are making users to go in and out of the apps, but Windows Phones aims at a flowing, almost singular experience.

His views on the iPhone 4S

Q: Do you think the iPhone 4S (running on iOS 5) gives you an opening? Do you think they missed an opportunity there?

A: Yes I do. I think, from an end user’s experience on the software, there’s a lot of interesting reviews written comparing us to iOS 5 and the amount that we’ve got done in 11 months — so some people (are) making comparisons of pace.

Perhaps the biggest comparisons people are making is our people-centricity. The more capabilities we add into our phone, the more delightful it becomes to use because you seem to have more at your fingertips without this clutter and confusion of the other platforms.

From a pure hardware perspective, I was surprised they’re not giving the consumer more choice. People want a variety of different things.

Pertaining to Android, he thinks that

…Android is heading down this chaotic phase. We want to enable OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), we want to enable operators, but we don’t want chaos.

If you’ve used some of the (Android) phones, some of them are great, but some of them are not great. But it’s random. And it feels like, with some of them, that you’ve had several cooks in the kitchen trying to bake different things with the same thing. Whereas we have much more coherency in the totality of what somebody gets when they buy our phone.

Quite interestingly, on the $100 phone option, his views are as follows

Q: Do you expect consumers to be able to walk in this holiday season and see some nice options for Windows Phone for around $100?

A: Or below. The strategy I’m talking about here is choice, different price points, different geographies.

The other thing that people ask about is what’s happening in terms of the level of commitment that (manufacturers) have to promoting or marketing phones. (In terms of Nokia, which will be using Windows Phone exclusively on all its smartphones), they’re 100 percent betting on Windows Phone. They have more reach than anybody else in terms of selling phones. They directly and indirectly manage over 600,000 retail outlets.

Having them so committed to Windows Phone is going to be a fundamental element for us to not only have great hardware but also huge reach and breakthrough with the customer.

We think it’s (also) going to be an accelerant for other OEMs (including Samsung, which reached an agreement with Microsoft recently to cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone, and HTC, which is increasing its sales and marketing commitment).

From whatever Mr Lees said, Windows Phone is definitely going to be the third ecosystem.

Sep 252011
 

Gartner, the analyst firm, has lowered it’s forecast for the number of Android tablets shipped since it’s last prediction in the previous quarter. The projection has been lowered by as much as 28%.

The global media tablet sales to end users are to amount to 63.6 million units this year, which is a staggering 261.4% increase from 2010 sales of 17.6 million.

Android tablets are forecast to ship 11 million units in 2011, accounting for 17.3 percent of total sales – up only slightly from Android’s 2010 market share of 14.3 percent.

According to Gartner’s Carolina Milanesi

Google will address the fragmentation of Android across smartphone and tablet form factors within the next Android release [the Ice Cream Sandwich], which we expect to see in the fourth quarter of 2011…

…“Android can count on strong support from key OEMs, and has a sizeable developer community.

She also commented on the holistic picture

…We expect Apple to maintain a market share lead throughout our forecast period by commanding more than 50 percent of the market until 2014…

…This is because Apple delivers a superior and unified user experience across its hardware, software and services. Unless competitors can respond with a similar approach, challenges to Apple’s position will be minimal.

The data released by Gartner is as follows.

gartner tablet forecast

Worldwide Sales of Media Tablets to End Users by OS (Thousands of Units, September 2011)

The demand for MeeGo anad webOS is clearly out of proportions (pun intended). And QNX is also predicted not to sell well, adding to the woes of the already troubled RIM.

Since the demand for the tablets is very high, this makes me think about the future of laptops, netbooks and desktops.

Source: Gartner

Aug 162011
 

Research2Guidance, the company that is behind some of the best Android related predictions has another one right on the spot.

According to the analyst firm, Android will not only overtake Apple in smartphone shipments but also in app store user numbers. Here’s how and why:

Today almost every third app store user owns an Android phone. Within just under a year and a half Android leapt from 2% to 28% in mid-2011. In 2008 Apple‘s users made up 74% of the total smartphone app store user base, however it dropped to less than 40% in Q2 2011.

As we can see, the smartphone app market monopoly is continuously transforming into a duopoly. Both platforms together comprise nearly two thirds of all potential smartphone application users, leaving all other platforms as niche players.

The battle of the OSes
Apple versus Android

It won‘t take long for Android to catch up with Apple in terms of potential application store users. Another successful quarter for Android and both will be up to par. Developers who have to choose between the two platforms will make their decisions on more than just pure reach. They will consider more qualitative user base differences and potentials, or develop for both platforms.

For most starting developers, one of the key criteria in selection of a platform is the potential reach of an application, i.e. how many people own devices running the platform and how many users they would actually reach through a chosen app store?

Previously Apple was the unquestionable leader, with the largest app store user base. If we count only smartphone users, Android is already far beyond: however the Apple App Store user base is fueled by millions of iPod Touch users and a successful iPad spread. To date, Apple has shipped over 240 million smart devices (iPhones, iPod Touch and iPads) leaving Android behind with 170 million cumulative device shipments. Given the device replacement cycles and other relevant factors, actual potential user bases today are lower but Apple still wins over Android.

So we can see the age old saying being realized in the press release – What goes up, must come down.

Stay tuned for more…!!!

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Aug 162011
 

GetJar, the very first app store of the mobile world, asked developers about their current and future development interests.

GetJar logo with shadow thumb GetJar tells us where the developers’ interests head to

The results were quite surprising. The polls figure said:

80 percent of respondents stated that they are developing for iOS for iPhone/iPod Touch today, which declines to 55.6 percent who are planning to develop for this platform in six months time. The same trend is seen in iOS for tablets, which sees developer backing decreasing from 59 percent to 52 percent.

In short, the popularity of app developers towards Apple is taking a hit.

Android for smartphone currently has 51.2 percent support, which will increase to 58 percent six months from now. And Android for tablets currently has 20.5 percent, which will more than double to 47 percent.

That means that the Android folks will not quit their remarkable exponential growth. The same will be reflected in six months’ time.

Interestingly,

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform is set to be more popular with developers than web apps, BlackBerry for smartphones and tablets, and HP’s webOS.  Some 24 percent of developers intend developing for the MS platform in the future, compared to less than 9 percent today. While that is still less than half of the interest in Android, GetJar said that “given Windows’ small base it looks like there is some optimism for the Nokia/Windows alliance.”

Unsurprisingly, the survey noted a continued fall in support for Symbian OS, with less than 7 percent of developers stating they will be supporting the platform in six months time. Fewer than 20 percent of developers think the OS will be around in “the next couple of years.”

RIM’s BlackBerry OS also faces challenges, with less than 15 percent of developers interested in developing for the platform in the next six months. Less than half of the developers believe the platform will survive the next five years.

While presently, around 80% of current developer junta is targeting iOS, around 44.4% of devs are targeting towards Android. The scales  will indeed be tipped in Android’s favor in six  months from now, if the poll is to be believed, with over 70% devs developing for android.

The news is surely bad for already troubled RIM and HP, Symbian fans will be equally annoyed by this poll outcome.

But for Nokia-MSFT alliance, this sure is the silver lining of the clouds. Bad news for Apple though.

Stay tuned for more…!!!!

Aug 012011
 

For those who have used JailBreakMe, the name will sound familiar. For those who haven’t had the chance to tinker with JailBreakMe, Comex is the guy who single-handedly destroyed Apple’s much touted securities on the iOS devices by creating JailBreakMe.

Comex

Now Forbes.com has uncovered Nicholas Allegra aka Comex and they have published a nice story over at their blog.

…After Allegra released JailbreakMe 2 last year, Apple upped its game another notch, randomizing the location of code in memory so that hackers can’t even locate commands to hijack them. That’s like requiring an attacker to assemble a note out of a random magazine he’s never read before, in the dark.

Yet Allegra has managed to find a path around those locks…

The kid always is 3 steps ahead of Apple, and in the process it brings down Steve Jobs’ pride to mere rubble.

Dino Dai Zovi, co-author of the Mac Hacker’s Handbook, says JailbreakMe’s sophistication is on par with that of Stuxnet, a worm thought to have been designed by the Israeli or U.S. government to infect Iran’s nuclear facilities. He compares Allegra’s skills to the state-sponsored intruders that plague corporations and governments, what the cybersecurity industry calls “advanced-persistent threat” hackers: “He’s probably five years ahead of them,” says Dai Zovi.

While he still considers himself an Apple fanboy, he considers Android to be the real Enemy.

You can read the complete article at The Forbes Blog.

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Jul 252011
 

Apple has purportedly released an upgrade to the recently released iOS 4.3.4. This updated takes care of a “certificate validation” vulnerability.

ios435dantetktk 1311617345 Apple releases iOS 4.3.5

Update is always a risky thing, so do follow the instructions carefully and only proceed if you know what you are doing. Or else you would be left with a non-operational device.

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