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NFC to be victim of Great Game between Android and Apple?

IHS - NFC handsets

Just to flag an interesting comment piece from the News section, which covers the issue of mobile payments technology and whether NFC will be pipped at the post when it comes to mass adoption – see NFC and mobile payments – always a bridesmaid never a bride Is NFC finally going to make it into mainstream cellphones, asks David Manners, looking ...

Jelly Bean accounts for 60% of Android

Android platform stats Feb 2014

In the latest monthly platform stats issued by Google, the headline news is Jelly Bean now accounting for 60% of Android devices interacting with Google Play. As the “Jelly Bean” flavour of Android actually accommodates three versions (API levels 16, 17 and 18) the nuances are to be found within the Jelly Bean moniker. Version II almost increased 50%, and ...

Android 4.4 kitKat sneaks into monthly stats

Android platform stats Dec 2013

The newly released Android 4.4 (KitKat) – featured in the LG-made Nexus 5 – makes its first appearance in the monthly platform stats issued by Google. The total is 1.1%, and the more recent versions of Jelly Bean (4.2 and 4.3) also inch forwards (things will inevitably seem a tad glacial, in month-by-month figures). See Google’s developers blog for the latest figures. (“Data ...

Android prospers in Western Europe; Samsung dominant, Sony resurgent

Kantar smartphone platform share UK

TechCrunch is highlighting figures from Kantar Worldpanel (a market research division of WPP) that outline Android European dominance in Western Europe, specifically the markets of Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. There’s good news for Smasung in that almost half of all smartphones sold in Europe are now Samsung devices. Android apparently enjoys a 70% share, up from 61% ...

Android dominates the European smartphone landscape – IDC

IDC western europe mobiles report

The latest IDC report reveals a dominance of the Android platform, for mobile shipments, in the Western European market. Market share for Google’s platform increased to 69% in 1Q13, up from the 55% recorded a year ago. The overall size of the market shrank, however – total shipments dropped 4.2% year on year to 43.6 million units – as there ...

Apple throws pie chart in face of Android

Apple iOS fragmentation chart

In a barely disguised dig at Google, Apple is now documenting “iOS fragmentation” in a monthly chart just like the Android counterpart. Ouch. The pie chart shows what percentage of people are using different versions of iOS. In an exact echo of Google, the chart is available on the company’s developer website and the wording is “As measured by the ...

Android, iOS duopoly reigns in sneak preview of Developer Economics survey

Vision Mobile Developer-Mindshare-Index-2Q131

I’ve flagged the VisionMobile blog before as worth watching, and the analysts have just announced the completion of their 2Q 2013 developer survey. With 6,000 respondents, they claim it to be the biggest developer (mobile, presumably) survey globally. The sneak preview of data, ahead of full publication in July, includes areas such as a platform mindshare index, the position of ...