Android gobbles up 85 percent of global smartphone shipments in Q2 2014

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According to new industry data from Strategy Analytics, Android is doing pretty well.

The numbers show that the operating system shipped on roughly 85 percent of all smartphones in Q2 2014 — the total shipments came out to 295 million units worldwide.

This can’t be good news for Apple, Microsoft and Blackberry, although their numbers are most likely much better when the statistics are including only American shipments.

To see the full report, hit the source link.

Source: Strategy Analytics

Amazon adds ‘hundreds of thousands of songs’ to Prime Music service

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We have literally no idea how Amazon’s Prime Music is  doing commercially, but it did recently add “hundreds of thousands of songs” and hundreds of playlists to the service.

The expanded availability of music is good for its current users, which can listen through their smartphones, computers, and Amazon’s cloud player.


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Access wallpapers from different OEMs, Android versions, ROMs or other OS’s with DroidPack app

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Admit it. You’ve looked at a buddy’s Android phone and thought, “Damn, that wallpaper is nice.”

You weren’t sure how to get the wallpaper for your own phone — it’s not like wallpapers have highly accessible names that you can just “search.”

Or can you? A new arrival in the Play Store allows you to do just that.

DroidPack, app app created by XDA Forum Member donniemceduns, allows you to select between the stock wallpapers from various OEMs, Android versions, ROMs and even other operating systems (yes, this means iOS). The collection is completely categorized and lets you download the wallpapers straight from the app.

It’s a nice addition to the Play Store — go check it out for yourself! Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store as well as a gallery of screen shots.


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Here are the top functions and apps available on Android that are NOT on iOS

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Because there are so many different Android devices (and so many variants of those individual devices), developers tend to begin programming their apps on iOS before putting together the resources (and endless hours) to begin porting their creations to Android.

Developing for Android is an arduous task, and Google knows it. That’s why the company will soon be making a concerted effort to streamline the development process. Google has also pushed manufacturers/carriers to stay as close to stock Android as possible by criticizing bloatware and OEM custom skins. But with different phones running different processors, having different amounts of RAM, different screen sizes/resolutions, etc., it’s tough to make sure an app will work seamlessly across the platform, no matter what Google does to ease the process. Android’s vast device offering can be seen as a major strength (and something that has led the platform to be an industry leader in market share) but it’s also been a weakness from the development side.


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Compatibility layer project brings iOS and Android apps together

 

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One of the most frustrating things about being an Android user — regardless of how popular the OS is — is that app developers tend to flock to iOS first. A prime example of this would be the finally released Baldur’s Gate. Android users are seeing the first of the series where iOS users have access to the more popular Baldur’s Gate II. Someone much smarter — or with better understanding — than I would have to explain why this happens but the reality is, iOS users get a chance at certain apps before Android users. Well that may no longer be the case as an iOS compatibility layer has surfaced, allowing for users to run both Android and iOS apps at the same time.


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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