Though not all of the device owners are fortunate to have Jellybean and ICS on their devices, but the number is surely rising on a solid rate. Though it is almost a year since Google had released ICS for Android devices, a whopping majority of Android devices are still powered by Gingerbread.

Here is a comparison for you on the flavor of Android been run on devices. This data is collected during a 14 day period ending on October 1, 2012.

 ICS and Jellybean now on almost quarter of all Android powered devices, Gingerbread still the undisputed king

 

metrics thumb ICS and Jellybean now on almost quarter of all Android powered devices, Gingerbread still the undisputed king

The data is based on the number of Android devices that have accessed Google Play during the 14 day period.

The overwhelmingly high percentage of the devices on Gingerbread is due to two facts – Operator bottlenecks and delays from manufacturers on legacy devices. We predict that by the end of the year, ICS will be available on roughly 40% of all the devices.

What do you think?

Google has bought Quickoffice, a pioneer company in “mobile office” solutions.From its origin as an enterprise apps suite for mobile devices, Quickoffice has developed to include support for a range of cloud services, enabling seamless content sharing across devices. With Google Docs already on the list, it also integrates with Dropbox, Evernote and Microsoft SkyDrive among others.

According to Alan Warren, engineering director at Google

Quickoffice has an established track record of enabling seamless interoperability with popular file formats, and we’ll be working on bringing their powerful technology to our Apps product suite.

While Microsoft has embraced online services with the latest version of its Office suite, and with its planned Windows 8 platform set to bolster its position in the mobile computing space, the QuickOffice buy enables Google to improve its own mobile enterprise proposition, with the addition of apps to its online services – essentially approaching the problem from the opposite direction to the computing giant.

Vision Mobile have released another infographic on the breakdown of the Virtual assistant market.

Beyond Siri breaks down the virtual assistant market and showcases key players, Android vs. iOS downloads and revenues, as well as the evolution of VA technology from the phone assistant to the lifestyle buddy. This is still a market of high volumes of downloads, but low revenues. While Google’s Voice Search leads in terms of downloads, claiming a huge 86% of the market, it’s actually Voice Actions by Pannous who’s snatching most of the revenues – $655 USD in 2011. Android gets the lion’s share in terms of downloads, since 94% of all Virtual Assistant apps are downloaded on Android devices. However, it’s iOS that makes developers money – despite the fact that iOS only has 6% of VA apps downloads, it accounts for 86% of revenues!

[Infographic] Beyond Siri: the next frontier in User Interfaces

A couple of lines just shattered a million dreams. Over at Motorola, now purchased by the Big G aka Google, it is cast in stone that no hardwork will be done on older device firmwares. Instead, newer devices would be pushed out and users would have to pay big moolah for those.

A small statement from the official Motorola page sums up it all:

You may be wondering why all devices aren’t being upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Here’s the deal. We work very closely with Google and cell phone carriers for every software update. And, obviously we want the new release to improve our devices. If we determine that can’t be done—well then, we’re not able to upgrade that particular device.

So no ICS for a majority of the Motorola devices. We believe only the top end Droid line would be getting the ICS update. This is a shameful state that must be avoided, if sales figures are to be maintained at a respectable level. Everyone knows what happened to LG. We foresee Motorola treading the same path…!!

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Tablets are the future of tomorrow, so predicts Research2guidance, the analytical firm. According to a report published by them,

The number of new tablet app consumers increased by 58 million. As a result, tablet owners now constitute 8.6% of the installed app consumer base.

While in 2011,

apps in the Apple App Store for iPad grew 180% to more than 140,000 apps by the end of Q4 2011. While this cannot be easily quantified for Android as tablet apps are not separated out, the growth of niche stores and niche store categories focusing on Android tablets reflects their growing presence. For example, Archos Appslib focuses completely on Android tablet apps, while other stores like Android Tapp has a dedicated category.

During 2011, apps in the Apple App Store for iPad grew 180% to more than 140,000 apps by the end of Q4 2011. While this cannot be easily quantified for Android as tablet apps are not separated out, the growth of niche stores and niche store categories focusing on Android tablets reflects their growing presence. For example, Archos Appslib focuses completely on Android tablet apps, while other stores like Android Tapp has a dedicated category.

growth of tablet user base research2guidance thumb Tablet users to shape the future mobile app market

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Several studies have shown that tablet users exhibit different behavior towards app downloading/usage and mobile browsing than smartphone users.  Based on the breadth of use cases for gaming, ecommerce, digital publishing and the enterprise – tablet user growth is likely to have a marked effect on consumption in these areas.

In the enterprise, for example, tablets have already been largely implemented at upper levels of management and are quickly working their way throughout organizations – according to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook in 2012, 92% of Fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying iPads. As more and more use cases are developed and penetration increases, so too will the number of apps being developed for enterprise tablet users. While Apple has already carved out a niche section for iPad and iPhone Business users called “@Work”, other players like Lenovo and Cisco are trying to do the same for Android Business users.

But what about the likes of Galaxy note? The Phablet device which is quickly gaining momentum as the choice of device for user who want a tablet with smartphone functionality and vice versa…!!

If there is one thing our readers should avoid, it is getting their apps and games from unofficial sources (read as cracked, patched etc. etc.). We yesterday reported the popular Angry Birds loaded with malware being offered at some places other than Google Play Store. This time it is Instagram, the popular photo sharing app whose parents  have just been bought by Facebook for a whopping $1 Billion.

Sophos analyzed the app and found out the following

In our tests, the app didn’t do a very good job of emulating the genuine Instagram app, but that may be because it failed to find the correct network operator. Because this is a malicious app that seems to be relying in the sending of background SMS messages to earn its creators revenue.

Sophos products detect the malware as Andr/Boxer-F.

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Curiously, contained inside the .APK file is a random number of identical photos a man.

Maybe the reason why his picture is included multiple times is to change the fingerprint of the .APK in the hope that rudimentary anti-virus scanners might be fooled into not recognising the malicious package.

Easy cash from unsuspecting users who use popular apps is an age old trick, but always delivered promisingly functional.

Even if you have gone on the wrong side of the road, you should immediately uninstall the app and perform a thorough scan using a good antivirus. It is better not to have an app than to lose loads of money.

What do you think???

The end of the first quarter of 2012 and more success stories for Google. The long-term product investments of Google like: Android, Chrome, You tube are already a hit. The report on the profit and revenue has exceeded its own expectations.

Google has now designed share structure that allows independence and control of firm in the hands of the co-owners. Larry Page and Sergey Brin feel this will be in the best interest of Google, shareholders and users for flexibility and more success.

According to Reuters, Google surpasses its own prediction of US$9.65 to US$10.08 and has reported 61% year-on-year rise in Q1 net income. The revenue has increased by 24% and number of paid clicks on site grew by 39%.

RIM has always offered secure platform to the enterprise customers and maintained their status through the years. The survey by Trend Micro compares different mobile platforms to suggest that the Blackberry scores highest among all to meet the demands of use in the enterprise.

The test parameters include a combination of factors from built-in security to application security, authentication, virtualization, device wipe and firewall.

Blackberry stood victorious at the highest average score of 2.89, followed by iOS at 1.7. Windows Phone stood close at 1.61 and Android managed a score of 1.37.

Raimund Genes, CTO of Trend Micro quoted:

Against the growing, unstoppable backdrop of consumerisation and BYOD, every mobile device is a risk to business. What is interesting in these results is that, whilst some mobile platforms have evolved very noticeably along enterprise lines, there is still a strong ‘consumer marketing’ legacy in some quarters and this is negating some of the progress made on the enterprise front. Indeed, some of the attributes we have examined in the report are still firmly ‘enterprise-unready’.

Trend Micro, Bloor Research and the researchers from Altimeter Group declared Blackberry as the best option for the most stringent mobile roles due to corporate-grade security and manageability.

Now that’s something no one can dare argue against…!!!

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Microsoft and Nokia have been pretty busy pushing the Windows Phone. With AT&T coming into the picture, the game was quite clear – Lumia 900 was to be AT&T’s new flagship.

We all know that a flagship is something which the carrier/store pushes with all it’s might. But this is not the case with AT&T. As an article points out on CNET, who conducted a secret shopper survey of 5 AT&T stores in Manhattan. They did not find the Nokia Lumia 900 high on the list of recommended handsets. Here is what happened

…But when I asked for advice on buying a new smartphone, sales associates in five different stores in Manhattan actually recommended the Apple iPhone and not the carrier’s latest "hero" device.

Even when I prompted them to tell me more about the Lumia 900, none was willing to recommend it to me for purchase.

"Windows Phone is alright," said an associate in a store on the Upper West Side. "But it’s no iPhone."

This became clear to me when I walked into the AT&T stores and told each associate I encountered that I had never owned a smartphone but was looking to buy my first one. I explained I didn’t have any preconceived ideas about which device I wanted to buy. I told them I was a PC user, who knew little about cell phones and was looking for something easy to use. My main objective for owning a smartphone was to access email, surf the Web and check Facebook.

While all these activities could be easily achieved with a Windows Phone, associate after associate first pushed me to toward an iPhone and then suggested an Android device as my second option.

"For your first smartphone, you should get an iPhone," an assistant manager at an AT&T store told me. "When you get bored with that, you should try an Android phone."

When I asked him about the Lumia 900 and the Windows Phone OS for someone such as myself who had never had a smartphone, he told me he thought it was too complicated. He admitted he hadn’t used the Lumia 900 much. He had only gotten the device a couple of days before the launch on Sunday.

No wonder we will see competition on the east coast between Android and iPhone only.

Google Play, earlier known as Android Market, has some serious matter to take care of. According to a report published on Tech in Asia, 50 apps were surveyed from Chinese developers. The results were quite astounding

I then noted three things: which apps were given to people as ‘.apk’ files from the app homepage; which apps were available on the Play Store; and which developers actually guided consumers to the Play Store to get their apps:

Chinese apps Android Play Store 02 Every single Chinese developer bypassing Google Play

As you can see, then tendency is to distribute apps very directly, as occurred with all 50 of the surveyed apps. Only in eight out of 50 cases did the app homepage additionally encourage usage of the Play Store and linked to it as well. Generally, developers were more likely to guide users to local app stores instead (not indicated in the graph).

Now that is pretty serious. The more annoying fact is that the smaller developers had done the exact opposite on the iOS.

The reason for this is that Google Play doesn’t support paid apps in China and many overseas developers choose not to publish their apps to local consumers on it. The void has to be filled somehow. So developers have to resort to methods like this to generate revenue.

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