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Malware Reaches Play Store as Google Wages War Against BankBot Trojan

The BankBot Android banking trojan is giving Google engineers headaches, as this particular piece of malware has a knack for avoiding Google's …

The 'open and free' Android is no longer what anyone wants to buy (or sell)

The open Android is the most important Android.<p>Android is one of the largest and most popular collections of open source software that has even seen …

Firefox OS now completely dead as Mozilla lays off entire connected devices team

Mozilla isn’t having much success when it comes to expanding the reach of its most famous product. The company ceased development and sales of …

Software

There's almost no money in making Android smartphones

Apple captured an estimated 104 percent of total smartphone industry profits during Q3. How is this possible? Because the Android vendors were busy …

Google shows that at least 10 million users ditched Android for iPhone

We may never find out exactly how many Android users switched to the iPhone 7. Apple keeps telling us that many iPhone buyers come from the dark …

Apple

This iPhone 7 video review from a hardcore Android fan is making Android users want to switch

We recently discussed how trivial and ridiculous it is to judge a person by what type of smartphone he or she uses. In fact, it’s absolutely …

Why Google’s New Phone Will Soon Be Irrelevant

Entering the hardware business is nothing unusual for an Internet giant like Google. But in launching its Pixel phone last week, Google (goog) is …

Supreme Court hears Samsung v. Apple oral arguments

Case addresses design patent damage awards<p>Samsung and Apple argued in America’s highest court today, capping off years of patent lawsuits with a debate over a tiny piece of the overall case. The arguments the Supreme Court heard today address how much of the profits from a product — in this case, a …

The mobile wars are over

It’s time to call it: The mobile wars are over. The mobile market was once vibrant and variegated, a virtual coral reef of odd devices aimed at specific users. There was a phone with a 3D camera! There was one with a weird version of Android that catered to the security-conscious! There was one …

Apple iPhone 6s Crowned World's Best-Selling Smartphone

Apple’s iPhone 6s was the world’s most popular smartphone this past spring<p>Despite Android’s ultra dominance of the smartphone market, with over 80% market share versus 14.6% for Apple, according to the latest data from Gartner, Apple currently accounts for two of the three top-selling smartphone …

Apple

Platform wars: the final score

The smartphone platform wars are pretty much over, and Apple and Google won. But it's interesting, in passing, to note the final score, and think …

Mobile Technology

App Store nets devs twice as much money as Google Play

Android might have more apps and a lot more users than iOS these days, but it’s still trailing far behind when it comes to making money for developers. Last quarter, the App Store made twice as much money than Google Play for app makers.<p>Android has long had a problem generating good money for app …

Android is imploding, and there's nothing that can be done to stop it

There are more OEMs scrambling over one another for attention than there are customers to go around.<p>Things are not good in Androidland.<p>In the space …

Google Play Hit with Rash of Auto-Rooting Malware

Google takes down LevelDropper app that automatically jailbreaks Android devices giving attackers complete control over devices.

Information Security

New data shows Android's market share is on the rise globally

Android is on the rise. In Western Europe specifically, where the world’s most popular mobile platform has enjoyed its strongest growth in over two years. According to new data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the quarter ending March 2016, Android’s market share in the EU5 (UK, Germany, France, …

Mobile Technology

iPhone dominating Android more than ever among teens

Technically Incorrect: The latest Piper Jaffray Taking Stock With Teens survey shows an even greater enthusiasm from teens that their next phone be an iPhone.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Are teens increasingly conservative?<p>In the …

iPad Mini

I Am Back With iPhone After Short Love Affair With Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

<i>Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge [Photo by Daryl Deino]</i><p>It was a short romance. Actually, it only lasted for three days. It was one of those love affairs that proved exciting at first, but empty in the (short) end. You see, I purchased the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge from the T-Mobile store in Van Nuys, Calif. …

Samsung

Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 6s: Real-world speed test leaves one phone shamed

Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge flagship phones are now six days old. Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are six months old. Is it fair …

iPhone sales fall for the first time

iPhone sales have fallen for the first time, as the global smartphone market grew at its slowest rate in eight years.<p>Sales of Apple's high-end smartphones suffered their first ever year-on year decline of 4.4 per cent, according to market analyst Gartner.<p>South Korean rival Samsung market share also …

Mobile World Congress

Android's Weakness Continues To Undermine Google

I guess there will be a celebration somewhere. The latest major version of Android, Marshmallow, has broken a psychological barrier and is now running on one percent of Google-powered devices.<p>The numbers, as always, come direct from Google’s own Developer Dashboard. Updated monthly, it counts the …

Mobile World Congress

Report: Google wants to take “Apple-like” control over Nexus devices

To push the ecosystem forward, Google reportedly goes solo on designing the next Nexus.<p>A report from The Information <i></i>(subscription required) states …

Samsung profits plummet with sluggish sales | Business | DW.COM | 28.01.2016

The electronics giant has posted a significant drop in its fourth-quarter net profits. The dismal figure has further called into question the future …

Samsung

Who Won The Smartphone Wars: Google Or Apple?

Last week, an Oracle lawyer said in court that Google had made $31 billion in revenue and $22 billion in profit from Android, according to Bloomberg. …

Apple

Apple generated more iPhone revenue in one quarter than Android reportedly has in its lifetime

Android has generated $31 billion in revenue since Google acquired the mobile operating system in 2005, a lawyer for Oracle said in federal court amid an ongoing suit between the two tech giants.<p>Annette Hurst, an Oracle lawyer, said Jan. 14 that Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has made $22 …

Apple

Newly discovered security flaw could let hackers control 66% of all Android devices

A newly discovered vulnerability in the Linux kernel could allow attackers to gain access to millions of Android devices as well as Linux PCs and servers.<p>Security firm Perception Point found the bug indexed as CVE-2016-0728, which has existed for almost three years since Linux kernel version 3.8 …

Information Security

Samsung sued in the Netherlands over lack of Android updates

Samsung is notorious for being one of if not the slowest OEM to push out Android updates, if at all, and some have taken it as a fact of life. The …

Apple increases iOS App Store revenue lead, now earns 75% more than Android's Google Play

Despite a huge jump in Android app downloads from Google Play fueled by the company's expansion into developing markets, Apple's iOS App Store …

Apple

BlackBerry CEO: 'I think we're close' to making money on phones

At CES 2016, BlackBerry CEO John Chen discussed why the company has no plans to get out of the smartphone market, despite job cuts and pressure from analysts and investors.<p>"I personally believe we can actually make money on devices, and I think we're close," Chen says.<p>Indeed, while Chen says the …

BlackBerry

2016 looks set to be a tough year for Android

There's a big problem facing the Android ecosystem in 2016 - there's hardly any money in it for the hardware makers.<p>Here's a chart that should worry …