According to recent data from Strategy Analytics, Google’s Android OS has peaked, with their market share slipping ever so slightly. The open source OS shipped on 84% of all smartphones sold in Q3. By comparison, Apple’s iOS accounted for 12%, Windows Phone had 3% and Blackberry hung in there with 1%. According to Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston, barring a collapse in iPhone sales, 85% is the most Google can hope to achieve, which it did in Q2. Read more
Back in July we reported that Microsoft was killing off any Android-powered Nokia smartphones that were in development, but new rumors claim otherwise. According to a couple China-based tech sites, the design team behind the underrated Nokia N9 are back at it, designing a new Android-powered flagship. Due to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia, it is unlikely the phone will bare Nokia’s timeless logo, but it will undoubtedly come with a sleek design like the N9’s, if it ever comes to fruition. After the mixed reviews of the Nokia X, does this rumor pique anyone’s interests? Let us know in the comments below.
Via: Phone Arena
The Starbucks app has long provided a way to pay for your coffee with just your phone, but the company has much bigger plans for its mobile counterpart. Starting soon the coffee giant will start testing a new app that allows you to not only order from your mobile device but also get your coffee delivered. There are already numerous delivery service apps, but until now none of them included Starbucks. Details are still hazy but the thought of having Starbucks delivered is tantalizing to say the least. Starbucks founder Charles Shulz says the service could launch to Starbucks Loyalty customers in Portland as soon as next month. Let us know your thoughts in the comments and if you’ll be taking advantage of the upcoming service. This is even cooler than paying for coffee with your smartwatch.
Whenever Motorola begins to push out a software update to their flagship devices, they typically use a soak test to gauge how well the update is playing with phones. Motorola Feedback Network members can sign up for these soak tests and essentially beta test updates before the general public. Read more
Here’s some exciting news for American football fans; it looks like you’re soon going to be able to pick up a Moto X with a football leather back.
Motorola already offers a leather option for devices created with MotoMaker, but this new back will reportedly look and feel just like a football. The company that supplies Motorola with their leather also happens to be the sole supplier of the NFL’s footballs, so expect something high quality. Read more
In response to a lawsuit filed by Microsoft against Samsung accusing the Korean electronics giant of delaying patent payments, Samsung indicates in a new filing that possible antitrust issues created by Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia violate the patent licensing agreement. Read more
Tomorrow is the official launch day for the new Google Nexus 9 tablet and to be ready for the onslaught of orders, Google has updated the Google Play Store with new information on shipping times and model availability. Earlier today the shipping status for several configurations changed to “leaves warehouse in 1-2 days.” Read more
The Nexus 6 pre-order came and went quicker than a heartbeat. The DROID Turbo was finally unveiled by Verizon making me wonder why the Moto X (2014) wasn’t this good. A slew of Google apps get the Material Design treatment, and Google Fit finally launches. Amazon surprised us with a pretty compelling new Chromecast competitor, and you never know what you will find in Google Street View. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the Android world.
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A patent, filed April 2013 and published Thursday, was granted to Google relating to its Google Glass. The patent portrayed a Google Glass headset with a projector built into the headset. Read more
The Cast Screen for Android devices has slowly made its way to additional devices. Still, the total is quite low and there are some key devices missing. One company that is seeing many of its devices supported is Sony. Last month, its flagship Xperia Z3 and smaller Z3 Compact gained Cast Screen support. Now, the a couple more have been added in.
Here are the newest Sony devices to get Cast Screen support:
- Xperia Z3v
- Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
- Xperia Z2
- Xperia Z2 Tablet
Source: Google Support