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Android apps ‘secretly sharing user data’

Some of the most popular apps written for Google's Android phones do not tell users what is done with data they gather, according to a new study. The research, conducted by a team of computer scientists from Intel Labs, Penn State, and Duke University chose 30 out of the 358 most popular Android apps that, when installed, ask for permission to get at location, camera and audio data.

Half of 30 applications studied share location information and unique identifiers with advertisers.
Information about the data gathering was collected using software developed by the team. App creators should provide more information what will be done with harvested data, they say.


05/10/2010  |  Full story...

Google buys BlindType to boost mobile touch typing

Google has acquired BlindType, a company that specialises in touch typing software for mobile devices, to boost company’s Android mobile operating system. The BlindType system aims to solve the problems of typing on small touch screens, buy creating self-learning technology that constantly adjusts to the user's 'perceived' keyboard and typing style. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


05/10/2010  |  Full story...

Google debuts voice search for Android phones

Google has released the latest voice based control applications for Android-based smartphones. The voice based action program aid users to direct commands to their smartphones and thus enables to write texts, e-mails and even find road directions. The application works with 12 commands including calling, texting, browsing and GPS navigating.


19/08/2010  |  Full story...

Google to integrate PayPal into Android phones?

Google has been in talks with PayPal about using the popular online payment system with its Android smartphone software. The talks between the search giant and the eBay-owned firm include utilising PayPal's mobile technology to collect payments for applications via Android smartphones.

Currently, Android smartphones offer Google checkout as a payment method. However, to appeal to a larger customer base, PayPal may be another option.Several websites offer PayPal as a checkout option, and adding it to Android smartphones would allow users who do not use Google checkout to pay for their applications.


16/08/2010  |  Full story...

Android phone sales up 350% this year in UK

UK sales of Android phones have more than tripled since the start of 2010, with one in 10 new contract handsets now running Google's mobile OS.

Figures from GfK show that Android's share of the UK's mobile contract market rose from 3% to 13.2% from Q1-Q2 this year.


27/07/2010  |  Full story...

HP enters smartphone market, buys Palm for £787m

Computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard has become a new player in the smartphone market, buying phone maker Palm for $1.2 billion (£787 million). Palm has been struggling to compete with rivals Apple and RIM, with its most recent model, the Pre, failing to make sales targets.HP will use Palm's webOS operating system to help it to gain a foothold in the competitive smartphone and mobile devices markets; expanding the OS across other devices, possibly including a tablet or slate type device.

Commenting on the acquisition, Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP's Personal Systems Group said "Palm possesses significant IP assets and has a highly skilled team. The smartphone market is large, profitable and rapidly growing, and companies that can provide an integrated device and experience command a higher share. Advances in mobility are offering significant opportunities, and HP intends to be a leader in this market.”



Apple sues Google’s mobile handset maker HTC for 'copying iPhone'

Apple is taking legal action agaianst phone manufacturer HTC, the company behind Google’s Nexus One handset and other Andriod-based smartphones, for allegedly using patents and technology seen in the iPhone.Apple claims the phone manufacturer has infringed 20 iPhone patents, using the company's "underlying hardware and architecture" for its own phone models.

Sales of HTC handsets that use the techonology could be blocked in the US if Apple's lawsuit is successful, though not in the UK. Although Apple has not named Google in the suit, many of the named patents relate to operating system processes. Google’s Nexus One handset is expected to launch in the UK in April.


04/03/2010  |  Full story...

iPhone misses out as Adobe brings Flash video to Android phones

Adobe has made long-awaited updates to its Flash video player to support Google's Android phone platform, but iPhone users will still miss out. Adobe, whose Flash software delivers most video viewed online and made YouTube possible, also said it believed Apple would eventually bow to market pressure and include Flash on the iPhone and the new iPad tablet computer.

Apple has until now rejected Flash on these grounds, and has also said Flash is "buggy," blaming it for instances of its Mac computers crashing -- although almost every other device manufacturer, including hundreds of brand names -- supports it. On Monday, at the start of the week-long Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Adobe unveiled Adobe AIR for mobile devices, which provides developers tools to create Flash applications to be delivered through application stores for a variety of devices.


16/02/2010  |  Full story...

Google unveils Android 2 mobile platform

Google has released the much anticipated Android 2 software development kit, codenamed ‘Éclair’. The new platform features improved email and social media functions, alongside multi-touch controls, more camera features, improved maps and a more user friendly browser. The operating system now supports multiple email accounts, including those of Exchange. A Quick Contact widget will also allow users to email, text or call a contact by clicking on their photograph, wherever it appears. Phone makers can also extend this through sync adaptors, potentially allowing people to have their Twitter and social-networking updates delivered to their inbox.


01/11/2009  |  Full story...

Google’s Andriod ‘second largest OS for SmartPhones by 2012’

Google Android will be the second most used mobile operating system in the world by 2012, according to a new report. Research group Gartner predicts that Android will overtake Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS, the iPhone OS and Windows Mobile to capture 14.5% of the smartphone market in three years. Simbian will remain the top OS in world, which runs on most Nokia smartphones, with 39% of the market. This would mark a significant fall from the ner 50% market share it enjoys now.


09/10/2009  |  Full story...

Spotify app goes live on iPhone and Android

Music streaming service Spotify has launched an app for the iPhone and the Android mobile platform. The Spotify App for iPhone and iPod touch is on the App Store as of today, available to Spotify Premium subscribers in the UK, Sweden, Spain, France, Norway and Finland. The service is also available on phones using Google’s Android mobile platform, also available only to premium members.

04/09/2009  |  Full story...

Mobile ads get set to take off

The mainstreaming of digital marketing on mobile - beyond SMS - is looking increasingly strong as more researchers forecast a rapid increase in mobile adspend. At Digital Strategy we see 2010 as the year mobile marketing accelerates similar to the mainstreaming of web advertising in 2003-4. Key drivers include fast mobile access, a massive increase in mobile apps, a shift in consumer expectations and the mainstreaming of new generation phones like the iPhone, Android and the Nokia N97 smartphones, popularity of smartphone applications and social networks.
From, 30/06/2009


Google unveils new ‘Twitter phone’

Google has launched a new mobile phone that links Twitter and Facebook updates to a user's contact book. The HTC Hero, which runs on Google's Android platform, is aimed at rivalling recent smartphones such as Apple’s new iPhone 3Gs and Nokia's N97 phone. The Hero lets users to view their Twitter messages on their homescreen and see friends' online updates alongside their contact details.

30/06/2009  |  Full story...

AdMob lets developers monetise Android apps

Mobile ad marketplace AdMob has launched its first advertising unit for applications on Google's Android mobile operating system. The move will let developers monetise their applications, with AccuWeather, Jirbo, and TapJoy among the first to sign up. AdMob’s new Android ad unit will also allow brand and performance advertisers to reach consumers engaging with applications on their Android devices. Advertisers will be able to use these ad units to drive customer actions such going to the Android Market to download an application.

28/01/2009  |  Full story...

Google debuts mobile platform with T-Mobile

Google is to launch its much-anticipated mobile operating system ‘Andriod’ on T-Mobile’s upcoming G1 handset. The handset, set to launch on 22 October, will use the open source Android platform. It will include a full-featured Web browser and support for Google services such as Google Maps Street View, Gmail, YouTube and others.

24/09/2008  |  Full story...

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