Everyone wants to get into the smartphone market it seems. First Apple brought the heat with the iPhone which challenged earlier pseudo-smartphones like Blackberry and Palm to step up. Then Google put pressure on Apple with their array of Android-based devices. Now it seems someone else might be wanting to jump in the game.
Now that the weather is turning rainy and colder, it'd be a really good time to catch up on some television, some films, and some gaming. Well, turns out you're in luck with Boxee in the on-deck circle, the all new Apple TV ready to drop, and possibly even Google TV setting up shop. Plus, iPads are expanding to new retail locations, Game Center is taking off big time, and we haven't even hit the holiday shopping season yet. So tuck in to some electronic goodness from your friends at Mac|Life.
It seems that no matter how popular the iPhone 4 has turned out to be, it would appear that so long as the smartphone availability remains exclusive to AT&T, its marketshare's gonna take a beating. According to a report from market watcher ComScore, Apple's share of the American smartphone market is dwindling, despite strong sales of its flagship mobile phone. The report revealed that during a three month period ending last July, Apple's smartphone market share dropped by 1.3 percent while handsets powered by Google's Android OS clawed an extra five percentage points out of the American people.
Granted Yahoo and Bing might have joined forces, but given both sites still exist, we still have to rank their market share right? Don't expect Google to leave it's perch anytime soon, but some new Nielsen rankings actually place Bing ahead of Yahoo now.
One of the great things about Google's Android OS is that with its open platform, hardware manufacturers can slap it on any device they darn well please. They can modify it to suit their needs and skin it to their heart's content.
But this is also one of the rotten things about Android. If pushed too far, the OS might still boast top-level functionality, but can often lose much of the stability and flexibility it had when Google let it out of the gate. If you cram Android into a device it's not meant for--a tablet computer, for example--plenty of important features, such as the ability to use third-party applications available in Android Market, will simply refuse to work.
Perhaps you've already had a taste of this "fast, fun and interactive" search experience that Google's Eric Schmidt mentioned yesterday. Now, the search giant has introduced Google Instant search. The new "search enhancement" shows search results as you type. So, if you're querying for the search term "antelope," Google will start reeling in results for every letter you type, like "an" and "ant," and so on and so forth.
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.
Apple and Google may rattle their sabers every so often over browsers, cell phones and operating systems, but they appear to remain cozy pals when it comes to the ad dollars Cupertino is dropping into AdWords each month.
The Wave is not over--er, the Google Wave that is. Sure, Google announced a while ago that development on Google Wave is no longer, but that was just for the standalone product. Actually, Google is thinking it will expand up to 200,000 lines of code they've already open sourced on the Wave and offer it up in "Wave in a Box." Yep.