Google's Android engineering team said it is working diligently to ensure that mobile operating system updates are rolled out in a more efficient manner, reducing the fragmentation that has plagued the fast-growing platform since its inception.
Worldwide consumer spending on mobile games optimized for Apple's iOS has eclipsed total spending on titles for dedicated gaming handhelds like the Sony PSP and Nintendo 3DS, according to a new report issued by researcher IDC and mobile analytics firm App Annie.
A Google executive confirmed the company's new Hangouts messaging platform will integrate SMS and outbound calling services in the near future--before then distancing herself from the comments.
Devices running Google's Android generated 52 percent of all mobile advertising impressions across the Millennial Media network during the first quarter of 2013, jumping from 49 percent in the year-ago quarter.
Nearly one-third of U.S smartphone sales in the first quarter were on prepaid carriers, the highest on record, according to a report from the NPD Group. The statistic is another indication of prepaid's growing momentum in the smartphone market.
Google's Android long ago eclipsed Apple's iOS in terms of sheer size: Gartner reports that Android powers 74.4 percent of all smartphones sold worldwide during the first quarter of 2013, up from 56.9 percent during the year-ago period and widening its already considerable lead on iOS, which plummeted to 18.2 percent from 22.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012. But size isn't everything, and iOS has always maintained a number of competitive edges over Android.
Google continues ramping up its Google Wallet m-commerce network, introducing APIs for simplifying purchases within native Android applications and rolling out loyalty programs, additionally integrating payment capabilities into its Gmail platform.
Microsoft's Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year shipment gains of any smartphone operating system, eclipsing BlackBerry in the race to challenge marketplace leaders Android and iOS, research firm IDC reports.
During its Google I/O developer's conference, Google announced a new Android gaming service and a new, subscription-based music streaming service. The company also announced a range of new APIs and services for its Android developers.
Verizon Wireless and cloud services firm VMware are rolling out a new dual persona solution for select smartphones running Google's Android, enabling users to securely access both professional and personal applications and data via the same mobile device.