Android mobile ad traffic trumps iOS for the first time, still lags in ad revenue though

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Android might dominate the mobile market share in terms of devices sold, but when it comes to mobile ad traffic and ad revenue, it has always lagged.

As reported by Opera Mediaworks, Android showed 42.8% of mobile ad impressions as compared to 38.2% for iOS devices during the first quarter 2014. However, Android still lags in ad revenue as iOS achieved 52% vs Android’s 33.5%. The good news is that Android did show a significant jump over the first quarter of 2013, which was 27%. Although this data is worldwide, the U.S. represents 50.6% of global market ad traffic.

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Is President Obama switching to Android?

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Last week it was reported that the White House was testing both Samsung and LG smartphones for what could be the end of BlackBerry. You really didn’t think that would happen did you? I am almost certain that if the White House ever dumped BlackBerry, it would be in favor of the iPhone. Even so, it doesn’t look like either is up for the challenge because a White House spokesman has made it clear that the Executive Office of the President is not testing non-BlackBerry phones.

I think the White House is BlackBerry’s last customer. The Pentagon, Capital Hill Offices, the State Department, the National Security Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security all allow employees to use a Samsung Android phone or iPhone. I guess we will have to wait until 2016 for BlackBerry to leave the White House.

source: Washington Post

Motorola Migrate adds iCloud support

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Moto_X_Motorola_MigrateA lot of the time, trying to switch your data to your new phone can be a hassle. Motorola’s Migrate app tries to ease that hassle, by simply transferring info by installing the app on both devices and scanning a QR code or NFC. The app was previously only compatible with Android devices, but today’s update brings support to iOS.

There isn’t an iOS app for Migrate, but instead you log in on your Android phone with your iCloud credentials, and Migrate does the rest. In addition to iOS support, the new version of the app also adds bug fixes. Motorola Migrate is compatible with the Moto X, Moto G, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini, and Droid Ultra. Check out a download link after the break. » Read the rest

How to setup Remote Desktop for Windows 8 Pro on your Android or iOS device

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Do you need remote access to your home or work Windows 8 (or 8.1) computer? Well it’s not all that hard to setup. Microsoft recently released their official Remote Desktop app and this guide will help you set things up. You will not only be able to access your home or work computer remotely from your Android phone or tablet, but you will also be able to from an iOS device as well. Hit the break for the step-by-step instructions.

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Google Maps loses 23 million users to Apple Maps

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When Apple maps on iOS originally came out, it was somewhat of a laughing stock among tech geeks around the world. It had a lot of bugs and errors, and seemed to be a failed attempt at launching something that could be as good as Google Maps. Despite this, Google Maps has lost a whopping 23 million users to iOS since Apple Maps was first released, almost a quarter of the 81 million user that it used to have.

A year after Apple maps was originally launched, it now has a total of 35 million users. It is important to note that Google still has more users with a total of 58.7 million users across both Android and Google Maps for iOS. Around 6 million of those users are using it from the Google Maps app for iOS.

Maps data is extremely important for both Apple and Google. It helps both companies monitor information like traffic jams, and it also helps Google provide location based advertising, which is an extremely important source of income for Google.

Sources: The Guardian, comScore

Google updates Hangouts to add in support for voice calls and Google Voice integration… but only on iOS

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Google has updated their Hangouts application in Apple’s App Store to add support for making voice calls, and some pretty neat Google Voice integration. That’s all well and good, but those improvements haven’t made it over to the Android app just yet. To be fair, this update also bakes in some of the features Android users have had for a while, but it’s just another one of those weird cases where Google implements functionality on iOS before Android. It doesn’t usually happen that way, but it seems like every once in awhile we do see it. » Read the rest

Microsoft releases Remote Desktop app for Android/iOS alongside Windows 8.1 release

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Along with the official release of Windows 8.1 today comes Microsoft’s new Android/iOS Remote Desktop application. That’s right, there is now a “Microsoft-official” way to access your desktop remotely via your device.

Some might say that it’s hard to control your PC on a tiny phone screen, but the tile-view in Windows 8 certainly works great on the phone, as well as many Windows 8 apps. (For obvious reasons, it works better on Android tablets and iPads, due to the bigger screens.)

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Koush, Cyanogen Inc. developer, shows off AirPlay mirroring on Android in new video

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Koushik Dutta, one of the top developers at Cyanogen Inc., has been working for quite a while now on bringing AirPlay mirroring to Android through its ROM.

In the video after the break, Koush was able to mirror the HTC One to a Nexus 10. He still has some work to do, but he’s definitely making progress. Check it out for yourself!

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Apple’s Siri tries to get snarky with Google Glass

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Apple’s Siri must be feeling a bit down with all the attention Google’s Glass devices are garnering. Some folks have discovered a bit of an edge to Siri when a user accidentally says “OK Glass” to the personal assistant. The responses from Siri are present in iOS 6 and supposedly even more are offered in the iOS 7 Beta. Some of Siri’s comebacks include a reference to Glass being “half empty” or being akin to strapping a phone on your forehead. The question now is how long will it take for some intrepid Google Glass wearer to produce a response.

source: The Verge

New ComScore numbers for June show Android holding steady, iOS feeding off Blackberry defections

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ComScore released their newest U.S. smartphone market numbers for the quarter ended June 2013 showing Apple continuing to slowly grow their share while Android held firm in the number one position. Google’s Android saw a slight dip earlier this year when U.S. market share fell from 52.3% to only 52.0%, but held firm at that same 52.0% through the second quarter. » Read the rest