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Location-based service Loopt is introducing real-time mobile “Reward Alerts” app for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android phones.
Reward Alerts allow brands and local businesses to offer limited-time deals to people nearby. Reward Alerts offer a “flash” deal that is redeemable in person, instead of a deal that is purchased now, but used at a later date.
Penny-pinching Google shareholders should perhaps look away. Your money isn’t being used in the most responsible manner. But it’s at least helping many of the rest of us smile, as Google’s once again installed an unnecessarily large statue in commemoration of the latest version of the Android operating system.
Google has launched a feature for its iPhone and Android mobile search that lets you see results for only local businesses that are actually open at the time of the search. While this may not seem incredibly helpful during normal business hours, it marks a tremendous boost in relevancy for late night searches.
Anyone who’s unimpressed by the adoption rate Android’s enjoyed since its launch should consider setting aside three minutes to watch a new video. The Android Developer Channel on YouTube has created a visualization of the mobile operating system’s spread, and it’s an interesting sight to see.
Online comic service Graphic.ly has launched an app for Android that offers users access to more than 150 publishers and over 2,000 titles.
Publishers include Marvel Comics, Archaia Entertainment, Archie Comics, BOOM! Studios and IDW Publishing.
“Like our community, we are firm believers in the explosion of the Android market,” said Micah Baldwin, CEO of Graphic.ly.
Google has made video available of CEO Eric Schmidt’s speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week.
At the event, he discussed the company’s current operating system focuses: Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb, and Chrome OS. "We’ve got an OS for phones called ‘Gingerbread’ and one for tablets called ‘Honeycomb’. G and H. You can imagine that the next will begin with I and will be named after a dessert, and it will unite them," he said.
"Google Music" is one of those legends that seems like it’s been around as long as Google itself (ok, maybe not quite that long). Rumors pop up from time to time, then they die back down a bit. Then they always come back.
Right now, they’re in full force due to some comments made by Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha at Mobile World Congress. Guardian quotes him:
MapQuest has unveiled a new Android app that comes with voice-guided/turn-by-turn Navigation, voice search, a map toolbar (making it easily find restaurants, gas stations, etc. with one click), walking/driving directions, recommendations for the best routes, rotating maps, and live traffic flow/incidents.
Google has launched an app called Androidify, which allows you to make a version of the Android mascot that looks like you. Expect these to start popping up everywhere like the South-Parkified avatars you currently see.
There’s not much to say. It’s a free app that can be downloaded from the Android Market on your Android device. You can then share it with your friends.
Wireless company Qualcomm said today that new Android devices using its Snapdragon platform will have access to instant streaming of TV shows and movies from Netflix.
“We’re excited about this collaborative effort to help bring the Netflix application to Android devices running on the Snapdragon platform,” said Liat Ben-Zur, senior director of software strategy and ecosystems for Qualcomm.
Time and Sports Illustrated are introducing a new “All Access” digital subscription plans for Android tablets and smartphones.
Beginning today, Sports Illustrated "All Access" includes new magazine apps for the Samsung Galaxy and Android smartphones (OS 2.1 and higher); web access to the issue (after log in). The plans are:
Yahoo said today it would launch a digital newsstand called LiveStand, aimed at tablets and mobile phones, in the first half of this year.
The company said LiveStand will offer content to people based on their personal interests.
Content from Yahoo will include sports, news, finance, Flickr, omg!, and its contributor network.
American Airlines has launched a mobile app for Android user aimed at improving its customers travel experience.
The American Airlines Android app allows users to check in for flights; receive gate, seat and flight status information; view terminal maps; and provides a number of other functions, including the ability to:
This may not come as a surprise, but the end of 2010 didn’t pose much of a stumbling block for Google’s mobile operating system. New numbers from comScore are out, and Android continued to make significant gains in December.
comScore pegged Google’s share of American smartphone subscribers at 28.7 percent in December, up from 26.0 percent in November. That’s a big rise, suggesting Android devices were a go-to holiday present.
Google said today it is bringing its Priority Inbox feature to Gmail for mobile users.
Priority Inbox allows users to automatically flag important messages and reduce clutter. It was previously only available for the desktop and on Android devices.
Google’s Blogger has released a new Android app that allows bloggers to update on the go.
With the app, users can switch between different accounts and blogs (for which they have author rights) and post accordingly. You can compose posts, attach photos, assign labels, and save them as a drafts or go ahead and publish them.
"Saving as draft is handy if you need to wait until you have Internet connectivity," notes Blogger’s Vinay Sekhri.
What’s that buzzing you’re hearing? Are you surrounded by wasps? If not, it could be people reacting to Google’s newest logo; this time, for their Android 3.0 update, named “Honeycomb.”
Keeping with the look and feel of the original Android logo, while incorporating a theme that matches the Honeycomb name, the new logo is a mix between the current green guy and a blue-and-black bee, giving us this:
Using an app on a smartphone can be both easy and fun. Browsing through dozens or hundreds of them, on the other hand, might result in an unscheduled trip to the optometrist. So this afternoon, Google introduced the Android Market website in the midst of some other Android announcements.
Android is now the leading smartphone platform according to Canalys, which just published its Q4 2010 report on the subject. Shipments of smartphones with Google’s mobile operating system reached 32.9 million.
The fourth quarter saw 101.2 million smart phone shipments in all, representing an in crease of 89% year-over-year.
The Internal Revenue Service has introduced IRS2Go, its first smartphone app that allows people to check on the status of their tax refund and receive tax information.
"This new smart phone app reflects our commitment to modernizing the agency and engaging taxpayers where they want when they want it," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.
"As technology evolves and younger taxpayers get their information in new ways, we will keep innovating to make it easy for all taxpayers to access helpful information."
AAA has introduced a mobile app for Android that allows its members to request roadside assistance.
The free Android app allows AAA members to request roadside assistance without having to place a call. The app uses the phone’s GPS to send the location of the user to AAA Roadside Assistance.
T-Mobile has released an Android app called DriveSmart Plus aimed at preventing texting while driving.
DriveSmart Plus, powered by Location Labs, is is a subscription-based, opt-in service that automatically detects when a handset user is driving and sets the phone into a ‘Driving Mode’. Once this service is activated, it disables most texting and calling features to the handset while the car is in motion.
Whether it’s been accomplished by the hardware, the software, or the marketing department, Apple has done something right when it comes to creating user loyalty. New data from Zokem indicates that iOS users are more loyal than the users of other mobile operating systems by a wide margin.
Zokem surveyed over 1,500 smartphones users and found that, on a loyalty scale ranging from negative 100 to 100 percent, the iPhone scored an impressive 73 percent. That puts it far ahead of the competition, as the chart below shows.
TurboTax has introduced SnapTax, a mobile app that lets people file their taxes from their iPhone or Android devices.
SnapTax allows users with simple returns to take a photo of their W-2 with their mobile phones and then automatically enters the information into their tax return. Users answer a few basic questions, review their their return for accuracy and tap “File Now” to electronically file their federal and state tax returns.
Millennial Media has released its monthly Mobile Mix report looking at the smartphone market for the month of December. For the first time, Android surpassed iOS as the largest smartphone OS on the Millennial network, with an 8% increase month-over-month and 46% impression share on the firm’s network in December. iOS currently has a 32% share.
For context, Millennial’s network is the largest mobile ad network in the U.S.
Yesterday, Google announced that it would stop supporting the H.264 video codec in Chrome, and in the process, praised the concept of openness. That approach isn’t always popular, however, and a Trend Micro exec cited it when stating that Android devices are less secure than the iPhone.
Android phones got off to a late start compared to the iPhone, but now, most research firms agree Android phones are winning in terms of sales. And Android tablets might soon pull off a similar coup, as the experts at BMO Capital Markets have predicted shipments of Android tablets and iPhones will draw even in the second half of this year.
A Netflix app for Android was spotted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which wrapped up yesterday. Verizon, showing off its new LG Revolution 4G phone with Android, showed evidence that the app is indeed in existence.
Android users have been waiting for a Netflix app for quite some time, and have had to wait idly by while apps for the iPhone, iPad, and even Windows Phone 7 were released. UnwiredView.com posted the following video of the demo, which is now making the rounds:
Earlier this week, a company called Trusteer determined that mobile users are three times more vulnerable to phishing attacks compared to people sitting in front of desktops. Now, in a move that’ll perhaps help address that problem (and others), Trend Micro has released its first security app for the Android platform.
Pundits have predicted the growing adoption of tablets as a top 10 trend for 2011. According to Mashable, a new Forrester report estimates that 44 million tablets will be sold in 2015, surpassing even laptop sales by nearly 5 million and desktop PC sales over 25 million.
Android-based tablets are expected to capture a significant share of the overall tablet market and they’re making quite the splash at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Individuals who both own an Android phone and subscribe to Hulu Plus are perhaps not the poorest folks around (food and shelter tend to come before data plans and entertainment services), but soon enough, they may get more for their money. Hulu Plus is supposed to become available on certain Android phones sometime this year.
People who purchased smartphones in the past six months were more likely to buy an Android device than an Apple product by a ratio of about 1.5 to 1, according to a new report from Nielsen. This led the data research firm to give Android the enviable title "leading OS among recent acquirers" this morning.
Android users might soon be presented with a more convenient way of finding content from their favorite publications. Rumor has it that Google’s trying to put together a "digital newsstand" through which people would be able to purchase magazine- or newspaper-specific apps.
Five months ago, an organization called AndroLib indicated that 100,000 apps had been submitted to the Android Market. Now, although AndroLib’s stats aren’t official, it looks like a whole lot of growth has taken place, as the latest graph shows the number has topped 200,000.
Have a look at the growth curve for yourself below. It seems Android’s popularity with developers isn’t exactly tailing (or even leveling) off, which is good news for Google. A platform with lots of apps should have a better ability to appeal to a wide range of people.
Three days ago, some of you no doubt opened a present and were surprised (or not, depending on how many hints you dropped) to find an Android phone inside. Now, while we’re sure you’re capable of reading the manual and experimenting, here’s a collection of Android tips straight from Google.
Last week, reports began to circulate that the Nexus S had been rooted. Concerns about Android’s (lack of) security ensued. Android fans shouldn’t worry, however, as this appears to be an authentic "it’s a feature, not a bug" situation.
Non-news along these lines may be a little anticlimactic, but Google has been pretty firm on the matter. The company explained its stance last week and hasn’t tried to go back on that position since.
A whole lot of smartphones – and in particular, Android phones – are going to find their way into new owners’ hands next year, according to one expert. Seth Weintraub recently predicted that 500 million smartphones might sell, with Google’s mobile operating system accounting for a lot of the purchases.
Android users who are also AT&T customers should no longer have to worry about pulling out a credit card and typing a long sequence of numbers every time they want to buy an app. Late yesterday, Google introduced an AT&T Direct Carrier Billing option for this audience.
Google sent seven of the new Nexus S phones into "near space" via weather balloon to do some exploring. The phones were equipped with Google Maps for Mobile, Google Sky Map, Google Latitude, etc.
Does Google have too much time and money on its hands? Perhaps. A publicity stunt for these products? Maybe. It’s pretty interesting either way.
Here are a couple videos showing off the experiment:
While a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, Google will not have to see if the same concept applies in the case of its mobile operating system. A judge has thrown out an Android trademark lawsuit and given Google the right to continue using the word "android."
Amazon said today that users of its Kindle for Android app can now buy, read, and sync more than 100 Kindle newspapers and magazines.
Additional new features include the ability to buy and download Kindle books and periodicals within the Kindle for Android app, share reading progress via social networks, and zoom closer to images and other graphics. Kindle for Android is the first major e-book app to offer periodicals on the Android platform.
Google introduced a new version of Google Maps for Android, which brings several new features. These include 3D map interaction and offline reliability features.
Google is now using vector graphics for the maps, so you won’t see the map load in squares as it has done in the past. Instead, it will "dynamically draw" the map as you use it. Google lists the following features that come with this functionality:
Today, Google began pushing out its first software update for Google TV. The update fixed a few bugs, and added some other new interesting features.
Facebook has updated its Android app. It’s a pretty significant update because it adds Facebook Chat functionality, which was previously unavailable, and for some people a big part of Facebook use.
The update also adds push notifications to Android devices running version 2.2 or above. Chat doesn’t require this high of a version, however.
Google has launched personalized voice recognition for voice search on Android 2.2 and higher. If you’ve used Google’s voice search much, you probably know how inaccurate it can often be. This feature should (theoretically) help with this.
Google will get to know your voice and understand it, and your search queries will become more accurate. Google’s Amir Mané and Glen Shires explain:
Google announced the launch of Gmail for Android 2.3.2, which brings Gmail’s well-received Priority Inbox feature to mobile.
"While Priority Inbox on your Android phone doesn’t have all the features offered in the desktop version of Gmail, we think this is a good start and plan to add even more functionality moving forward," says Paul Westbrook of Google’s Gmail for Android team.
eBay has added local shopping results from Milo, its most recent acquisition, to its RedLaser barcode-scanning application, now available on the iPhone and Android.
With the integration of Milo, shoppers on RedLaser can find out, through a single scan, which local retailers have an item in-stock along with the best price. Shoppers can scan products from 50,000 U.S. stores.
Soon enough, lots of children will set out plates of cookies for Santa, and just in time, the mobile operating system named after a cookie associated with Christmas is going to arrive. Google introduced Android 2.3 (AKA "Gingerbread") this morning, along with the Gingerbread SDK/NDK and the new Nexus S phone.
A new comScore report concerning the state of the mobile market is out, and it should surprise exactly no one that Android’s market share continues to rise. The rate of Android’s growth is sure to displease some Apple fans, however, as it looks like Android may have eclipsed iOS in terms of smartphone subscribers.
Google has finally released an Android app for Google Reader, and as the company acknowledges itself, "It’s been a long time coming." I couldn’t agree more as a user. I already use a bookmark for Google Reader probably more than any app on my phone, so having an actual app for it should be pretty nice.
Roughly three years after its official debut, the Android operating system has more or less caught up to Apple’s offering in terms of desirability, according to Nielsen. The research company declared Apple’s iOS and Android tied today after surveying potential smartphone upgraders in the U.S.
So we’re not accused of a pro-Google bias: yes, the graphic below shows that iOS has a slight edge. But stats master Nielsen apparently decided the difference is small enough that the term "tied" still applies.
With Halloween behind us, the holiday season is here. Retailers, radio stations, and grocery stores have all started breaking out their Christmas-themed products, and Google may soon join them. Rumor has it the Gingerbread version of Android will launch on Thursday.
Please note: nothing’s certain. And if you believe Google wouldn’t want Samsung to in any way steal its thunder, the credibility of the rumor suffers.
When it comes to receiving attention from publishers and advertisers, rivals of Google’s mobile operating system are perhaps not going to do too well next year. New stats from Millennial Media are out, and Android appears ready to grab the figurative spotlight.
Google said today it is introducing a beta version of Google Instant to most iPhone and Android devices in the U.S.
Users can access Google Instant on their iPhone or Android the same way they can on a desktop.
It’s a good bet that the codename "gingerbread" causes employees at RIM, Apple, Microsoft, and Palm to flinch. The latest stats from comScore show that Android is still on quite a roll even without help from a fresh version of the mobile operating system.
Below, you can see a chart comScore constructed to show how the mobile market changed over a three-month period. Obviously, the chart represents bad news for everyone who doesn’t collect his or her paycheck from Google.
Android’s relatively quick upgrade cycle is something that excites fans, as it leads to new and better versions being released on a regular basis. But it’s also something that stirs up critics, since fragmentation results. Now, for better or for worse, there are new stats on the use of different platform versions.
The "better" part: the new data shows that less of a split exists now than in the past, and the majority of Android device owners seem to be using one of the two latest versions.
Canalys, a company that deals in market data, confirmed this morning that Android is on a roll in terms of shipments. Android supposedly attained a U.S. market share of about 44 percent in the third quarter, up significantly from the period before.
As you might expect, this puts Android (or "OHA" for "Open Handset Alliance") in the lead. Apple had a market share of only 26.2 percent by comparison, RIM had a market share of 24.2 percent, and Microsoft and "Others" were left with scraps of 3.0 percent each.
Milo.com announced a new Android app today for local shopping. The company claims this is the only app available in the Android Market that will search the inventory systems of local stores in real-time and tell shoppers (while they’re on the go) what’s currently in stock , where, and which local stores have the best prices.
Google announced the launch of a new version of Google Maps for Android that has a new design for Place page reviews, more options to filter search results, and an option for Google Latitude real-time updating.
Place Pages On Android will look pretty much like they do on the desktop. Users can see reviews from around the web and from Google users (for those posted directly to Google Maps).
Users can filter by distance and ratings, as well as by "open now", "neighborhood", or "related searches".
Rumor has it that the Nexus Two will be announced at a press conference on November 8th in New York. The announcement would come from Google and Samsung together, and the device would be he first to ship with the next version of Android – version 2.3 aka: Gingerbread. It would also be available on more than one carrier.
So far, Google hasn’t celebrated with any public parties or press conferences. Not even with a short press release or tiny blog post. This morning, Google just used a Twitter account to announce the fact that the Android Market’s now populated by 100,000 apps.
You can see the seven-word tweet for yourself below. It was sent from a somewhat out-of-the-way account the Android team uses to communicate with developers.
The version of Android that’ll follow the version codenamed "Froyo" should be released any time now. To celebrate its arrival, Google has already taken the step of installing a large statue of a gingerbread man on the company’s campus in Mountain View.
The bickering between Apple and Google continues. It’s gotten to the point where at just about every event where one of these companies has an announcement (at least within the mobile space), they take not so subtle jabs at one another.
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Don’t be surprised if a lot of Android users spend more than a few extra minutes toying with their phones today. A free version of Angry Birds, the game that’s occupied the top spot in Apple’s App Store for months, has finally been released for Google’s mobile operating system.
Verizon Wireless said today it will begin pre-loading Amazon’s Kindle app on some of its Android phones.
Verizon will pre-load the Kindle app on the new Samsung Fascinate, Droid 2 by Motorola and the Motorola Droid X.
Features of the Kindle app for Android include:
*The ability to synch bookmarks across devices so users can pick up where they left off.
With the help of Sprint and T-Mobile, Yahoo is moving onto Google’s turf. The company announced late yesterday that it intends to make Yahoo products and services more accessible to users of certain Android devices.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple will begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of the year that would allow Verizon to sell it in early 2011. It would be similar to the iPhone 4, but would be based on a different wireless technology – CDMA, which is used by Verizon. The WSJ’s sources are "people briefed by Apple".
Love it or hate it, a huge number of people are more familiar with PayPal than with any other online payment system. And so the Android Market may soon seem more much accessible to them, as a new rumor indicates Google is about to reach a payment-related agreement with eBay.
That would represent a significant about-turn on Google’s part. For a long time, the search giant did all it could to downplay the importance of PayPal and promote Google Checkout, linking to its service from Google.com and offering shoppers significant discounts.
Today, new comScore statistics regarding the mobile market were released, and it looks like RIM and Apple – and Microsoft and Palm, for that matter – are in trouble. Android was the only mobile operating system to increase its market share between May and August.
Any Google shareholders who have been concerned that Android might be costing the company money can find something else to worry about. Eric Schmidt indicated that the free mobile operating system is supporting itself and might at some point bring in $10 billion per year.
A better text input experience may be coming to Android. Late last week, Google announced that it has acquired BlindType, a company that specializes in touch typing software for mobile devices.
The BlindType system aims to solve all the problems brought on by small screens, larger fingers, and unsteady hands. According to the company, it "[c]onstantly adjusts to the user’s ‘perceived’ keyboard and typing style."
Google has released a new version of Car Home for Android, aimed at making customization easier and information retrieval faster. Users can customize shortcuts for one-touch access to apps and info on the phone. You can now also set your own wallpaper for the app and customize the color of the shortcut icons.
Judging by the latest developer survey results from Appcelerator, Android’s future has become brighter than ever. Exactly 59 percent of the developers involved wagered that it had the best long-term outlook, which isn’t bad by itself and represents a significant rise since June.
A little background data: in June, 54 percent of participating developers bet on Android, and 40 percent bet on iOS, so as the graphic below shows, the gap is definitely widening.
Sharp announced today that it is developing a new cloud-based media service business called Galapagos. The company will start by releasing two tablets and an e-bookstore. Sharp says the tablets are developed specifically as e-book readers. They will reportedly run Android as the OS.
The initiative is aimed at the Japanese market.
Users of Yahoo’s popular photo-sharing site can now more easily interact with it through Google’s mobile operating system. Today, Flickr made it possible for Android device owners to bypass the old upload-by-email approach to transmitting pictures.
A Yahoo spokesperson explained in an email to WebProNews, "Flickr has introduced new browser-based photo uploads on Android 2.2 today to enable more seamless uploading from your mobile device to the Flickr site."