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.
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.
Close to one year after introducing a Google Play digital storefront update enabling select Android application developers to respond to both positive and negative consumer reviews of their work, Google is finally expanding the feature to all members of the Android developer ranks.
Google is expanding its Android gaming efforts, introducing a series of multiplayer and social features to rival Apple's Game Center platform for iOS, Android Police reports.
There will probably be a lot of chatter about Babel. Those in the hands-on labs might get a taste of Key Lime Pie. A new Nexus device seems almost inevitable. But for the hoard of developers descending on San Francisco for Google I/O 2013, the focus will surely be on one thing: Making the most of the Android app opportunity.
Consumers aren't exactly putting out the welcome mat for Facebook Home: Roughly a month after the social networking giant rolled out the alternative Android homescreen, there's mounting evidence to suggest the concept is a dud.
Amazon is extending its Appstore for Android to China, becoming the first Western company to offer premium-priced Android applications to consumers in the world's largest smartphone market. Rival Google Play's Chinese efforts remain limited to free Android apps.
Barnes & Noble is expanding Google Play support to its Android-powered Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets, offering users access to more than 700,000 applications and games as well as millions of songs, movies and television programs. Nook owners were previously limited to downloading apps and content offered via the bookseller's own Nook Store.
More devices now run Android Jelly Bean 4.1.x and 4.2.x than the previous Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.x, Google reports.