Google is moving quickly to capitalize on its recent acquisition of traffic service Waze, with real-time data now incorporated into the iOS and Android editions of the Google Maps app in a number of countries.
Much of the news from the Applesphere over the past year has centered on doom and gloom influenced by the perceived lack of innovation at Apple and the meteoric rise of Samsung's Android-powered devices, but a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Papers shows that things aren't quite so bad as some critics make them out to be. According to the firm's recent findings (as reported by MacRumors), Apple gains more users from rival operating systems than it loses customers to them.
It's no secret that handset maker HTC has been struggling in recent months, despite the critical success of its latest Android-based HTC One smartphone. Now it may have another problem, as a high-profile partnership looks toward the exit sign.
Rumors and leaks are heating up and you know what that means: pure speculation! Fakes! A slowly growing fever pitch of excitement as we get closer and closer to the big day. If the 9/10 predictors are right, we'll be seeing Apple invites pretty soon, but only time will tell. That, and a MacLife columnist goes Android rogue — GASP!!!
While Android tablet makers continue to serve up a dizzying array of new models compared to Apple's relatively simple iPad lineup, the manufacturers remain helpless to offer the one thing users really want: More top apps.
I figure it started around the time I first laid eyes on the Nexus 4. For hours, I would gaze at its screen and pore over its tech specs, trying to convince myself that I needed a second phone. I similarly lusted over the Google Play editions of the HTC One and (to a somewhat lesser extent) Samsung Galaxy S4, but the financial commitment was always enough to scare me off.
But when Google took the wraps off its new Nexus 7 a few weeks back, I finally pulled the trigger. Running a brand-new version of Jelly Bean and packing 323 pixels per inch, the Asus-built tablet seemed like my perfect match. I ordered one as soon as it was available, and I could hardly wait for it to arrive.
The news just keeps getting worse for Apple on the smartphone front, as evidenced by a new report from research firm IDC (via MacRumors) that shows that iOS takes up a mere 13 percent of the smartphone market share compared to Android's whopping 79.3 percent. At this rate, it's worth wondering if iOS 7 can do much to turn the trend around to previous levels.
Ever since the so-called "patent wars" broke out between Apple and Samsung in 2011, we've known that Apple's been trying to distance itself from its Korean rival and supplier. According to AppleInsider, however, Samsung itself might be attempting to break with other strange bedfellows of its own — namely, Google's Android operating system. Indeed, in a CNET interview this week, Samsung co-CEO J.K. Shin played up the virtues of Samsung's own little-known Tizen operating system over Google's popular OS.