It looks like some companies may be looking to horn in on Apple's "hobby."
According to a report filed by The Street, Samsung may soon be cramming their televisions chock full of Android. According to the report, Samsung is set to include the OS in their television sets to provide a web and application enabled television experience much like that being offered by other companies such as Sony and LG.
It looks like devout iPhone users may have some new ammunition to lob at their Android toting counterparts: While the iPhone and other iOS devices might be able to run Flash videos or applications, Flash running on an Android handset--a key differentiator if you were to ask any fandroid--is pretty terrible. If you're interested in some proof, Gigaom has the video to prove it.
For those of you who prefer to rock an Android handset over Apple's brand of smartphone sexy, prepare to be giddy: Mozilla has announced the immediate availability of Fennec Alpha for Android, bringing with it improved performance and responsiveness that even occasional on-the-go users are sure to enjoy. The alpha version of the software marks Mozilla's second update to Fennec for Android since April and brings us one step closer to the much anticipated beta version of the software.
According to mobile ad network Millenial Media, whose ads reach 81 percent of the U.S. mobile web, requests for ads on Android OS and the iPad are soaring. Since January, requests for ad spots on the Android OS have grown a total of 690 percent since January; they're now number two on the millennial network, surpassing even BlackBerry maker, RIM. Requests had also increased 47 percent in July, compared to the 23 percent in the previous month.
Requests for Apple ad spots increased 24 percent, month-over-month. The iPad in particular has grown massively--327 percent in July alone. And, Apple is still number one in terms of ad impressions, with a 55 percent share of the total. Top ad spots include games, social networking, and music.
There may appear to be no love lost between Apple and Google these days, but the search giant’s CEO still appears to appreciate the dough they’re seeing from search on the iPhone -- at the same time as he brags about selling upwards of 200,000 new Android handsets each day.
The up again, down again consumer spending habit saga continues. This time around, the market research gurus at NPD Group have declared that based upon the sales figures of the 2010 second financial quarter, Android is the king of the hill with the purchasing public, with 33% of all purchased handsets rocking Google's OS. The numbers come to us despite Apple's report of having experienced the best financial quarter in the history of the Cupertino-based company.
For the first time in the history of the iPhone, the sales of our glossy friend have been overturned by Google's OS powered devices. Granted, there are many more Android-powered devices than there are iOS devices on the market, but the new Nielsen Company report makes us wonder about how these devices stack up in terms of sales.
We've heard a few rumors about Google Music in the past, but the New York Post believes that Google could be in "accelerated" discussions with music companies to make Google Music a reality sooner than later. As Apple touts at many keynote addresses, iTunes currently holds 28% market share of the digital music download business. With Google Music, it is rumored that the search engine giant could grab some of that market share for its self.
Barnes and Noble pushed its Nook app live to Android today, so mobile users that have decided to stick with Google can now choose between Amazon's Kindle app and B&N for their reading-on-the-go endeavors. Additionally, iOS device owners have also been given a little treat through the Nook app.