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Submission + - Google Under Fire For Sharing Google Wallet Information (

bonch writes: Google is being criticzed for sharing user information with third parties through Google Wallet. Unlike Apple's system in which iTunes is the merchant, Google's third-party developers are the merchants and receive user information, to the surprise of developers like Dan Nolan, who wrote a blog post about being sent email addresses, mailing address, and sometimes full names. Critics charge that consumers are mostly unaware of the sharing. In a statement, Google noted that the behavior was outlined in the Google Wallet Privacy Policy.

Submission + - Google Made $550 Million From Android Since 2008 (

bonch writes: Figures in court documents filed as part of a settlement with Oracle suggest Google generated only $550 million in Android revenue since 2008. According to the numbers, which were derived from figures offered by Google as part of a damages offer to Oracle, Google receives just over $10 per Android handset annually. Google's presence on iOS was much more lucrative, generating four times a much revenue--though it may not last, as Apple is working to replace its use of Google Maps.

Submission + - Why Android Isn't Gaining On Apple In The Enterpri (

bonch writes: While iOS and Android fight in a tug-of-war for consumer sales, Apple's lead among enterprise buyers continues to increase. A combination of factors--including a 'bring your own device' trend in IT, the failure of Windows Mobile to generate interest, and the success of Firefox--has led to an embrace of non-Microsoft infrastructure and a rise in corporate iPhone users. Microsoft contributed to its own demise by licensing Exchange ActiveSync protocols for iOS 2.0. This has caused the iPhone to make up 53% of enterprise phones and the iPad to make up 96% of tablets. In contrast, Android, Palm, and Microsoft have focused on catching up to iPhone in the consumer space; for example, Android currently lacks IPsec VPN support and complete Exchange Server integration. Device fragmentation is also cited for increasing IT support costs.

Submission + - Android Malware May Have Infected 5 Million Users (

bonch writes: A massive Android malware campaign may be responsible for duping as many as 5 million users into downloading the Android.Counterclan infection from the Google Android Market. The trojan collects the user's personal information, modifies the home page, and displays unwanted advertisements. It is packaged in 13 different applications, some of which have been on the store for at least a month. Several of the malicious apps are still available on the Android Market as of 3 P.M. ET. Symantec has posted the full list of infected applications.

Submission + - Apple Beats Android In U.S. Marketshare (

bonch writes: Reuters reports that Apple outpaced Android marketshare in Q4 2011. Driven by huge demand for the iPhone 4S leading to a record-setting profit quarter, Apple's marketshare doubled from a year ago to 44.9%, squeaking by Android's at 44.8%. 'Overall, Apple sales are now growing at a faster rate than Android across the nine countries we cover', said research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

Submission + - Apple Closes In On Android Marketshare (

bonch writes: Nielsen reports that iOS closed the gap with Android marketshare in October through December, ending the year with 44.5 percent, nearly matching Android's 46.9 percent. Confirming an earlier report from NPD, Nielsen cited the launch of the iPhone 4S as the catalyst for the sudden growth. Other competitors didn't fare as well--RIM lost 7 percent share, while Windows Phone 7 carved out a measly 1.3 percent.

Submission + - Apple Closes Marketshare Gap With Android ( 1

bonch writes: A Nielsen report states that the launch of the iPhone 4S helped Apple close the marketshare gap with Android, raising them to 44.5% compared to Android's 46.3% in December, coinciding with an earlier study by the NPD group. Apple sold 35 million iPhones last quarter, with the iPhone 4S making up 57% of those sales. RIM continued its decline but still outsold Windows Phone 7, which came in at a measly 1.6%.

Submission + - Samsung Moves To Reduce Android Dependence (

bonch writes: Samsung, currently the largest Android smartphone maker, is building a platform with Intel called Tizen to reduce its dependence on Google's Android operating system. Based on its custom operating system Bada, Samsung says it will ship its first Tizen-powered device this year but cautioned that it would be some time before it would become their main platform. Samsung also announced an initiative to increase smartphone battery life, with the goal of lasting a full day on one charge.

Submission + - U.S. Carriers Don't Want Stock Android Phones (

bonch writes: Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha said at CES that U.S. carriers don't want to sell stock, unskinned Android phones because they don't make a profit. 'Verizon and AT&T don't want seven stock ICS devices on their shelves,' said Jha. 'The vast majority of the changes we make to the OS are to meet the requirements that carriers have.'

Submission + - iOS Closes Gap With Android Marketshare In U.S. (

bonch writes: According to NPD, iOS has closed the gap with Android's marketshare to within a few percentage points in the U.S. After the release of the iPhone 4S, iOS devices sales jumped from 26 percent in the third quarter of 2011 to 43 percent, while Android decreased from 60 to 47 percent. With estimated sales of 35 million in 2011, Apple sold the top three handsets in the final quarter, putting iOS neck-to-neck with Android. In the meantime, Blackberry OS saw its marketshare drop from 8 to 6 percent.

Submission + - Java ME Surpasses Android As #2 Mobile Internet OS ( 2

bonch writes: According to a report from NetApplications, which has measured browser usage data since 2004, Oracle's Java Mobile Edition has surpassed Android as the #2 mobile OS on the internet at 26.80%, with iOS at 46.57% and Android at 13.44%. And the trend appears to be growing. Java ME powers hundreds of millions of low-end 'feature phones' for budget buyers. In 2011, feature phones made up 60% of the install base in the U.S.

Submission + - No Such Thing As Android, Only Android-Compatible ( 11

bonch writes: Wired argues that Android as a singular entity doesn't exist. A wide range of cutting-edge Android devices are on the market today running at least three different Android versions, with spotty update support despite a public pledge of timely updates. One of the ramifications is that you're not buying an Android device running Android software but a Samsung, Motorola, or Amazon device running Samsung, Motorola, or Amazon software.

Submission + - Galaxy S And Galaxy Tab Won't Get Android 4.0 (

bonch writes: Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S smartphone, which sold 10 million last year, and the Galaxy Tab tablet won't be receiving the Android 4.0 update, known as 'Ice Cream Sandwich.' Samsung claims the devices lack enough RAM and ROM to run Android 4.0 alongside TouchWiz and other custom 'experience-enhancing' software. Note that the Galaxy S runs the same hardware as the Nexus S, which is already receiving the Android 4.0 update.

Submission + - Android Update Alliance Is Already Dead (

bonch writes: In May's Google I/O conference, vendors and carriers formed the Android Update Alliance and promised that new phones would receive timely OS updates. Seven months later, the promise remains unfulfilled. When asked, many vendors gave non-specific replies and promised to continue evaluating Ice Cream Sandwich for their devices. Sadly, in spite of their past pledge, a consistent version of Android across current smartphones remains out of reach.

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