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.
For better or for worse, it's increasingly starting to look as though 2014 may herald the heyday of the so-called smartwatch. We've seen increasing hints that Apple has its own device in the works, and now TechCrunch is reporting that Samsung may be throwing its own competitor into the arena with the "Galaxy Gear."
Google's media event on Wednesday did indeed unveil an update to the Nexus 7 tablet as expected, but the bigger news had more to do with a $35 dongle that appears to be the company's answer to Apple TV.
It seems like whenever Google wants to get the word out without a formal press release, they send former CEO and current chairman Eric Schmidt out to become their microphone -- and this week he's talking about their relationship with Apple.
How's this for irony: Android users are only now receiving an update to Google Maps that brings feature parity with the iPhone version released at the end of last year, and is finally getting serious about tablets.
Android's meteoric success over the last couple of years has had a lot to do with its availability to almost every phone carrier, and now it looks as though Apple's finally taking that lesson to heart. Good thing, too. According to the data Kantar Worldpanel released this morning, Apple's increasingly more open attitude toward carrier availability has resulted in a 3.5 percent bump in sales since May of last year.
Seems like WWDC 2013 put the kibosh on crazy Apple smart watch rumors for a little while, but Sony is ready to stir that pot back to boiling with the introduction of its own Android-friendly wristwatch.