Gartner has released its first quarter smartphone numbers today. As expected, Android is still leading the charge with 74.4 per cent of the worldwide smartphone sales in Q1, 2013, followed by iOS. Other smartphone OS players are still far away and don’t seem like a threat to these two leading platforms.
“There are two clear leaders in the OS market and Android’s dominance in the OS market is unshakable,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “With new OSs coming to market such as Tizen, Firefox and Jolla we expect some market share to be eroded but not enough to question Android’s volume leadership. Continue reading
In the first major interview since taking the place of Andy Rubin, Google executive Sundar Pichai has told Wired that making Android update process better is an area of focus for him and Android team.
“We are thinking about how to make Android handle updates better. We see ways we can do this. It’s early days. We’re talking with our partners and working our way through it,” said Pichai. Continue reading
Google I/O 2013 is just 14 days away and as always we will be seeing several new things from Google at this dev conference. The session schedule and agenda posted by Google suggest that we will only be one keynote speech this year at the conference.
There is still no clear idea on what to expect this year. As per reports, Android 5.0 has been delayed and we are likely to see Android 4.3, which won’t be a major update. So, the keynote will most likely include little-little from Android, Chrome, Google TV and Google+.
In the initial days of Android development, the creators of this operating system did not have smartphones in mind, revealed Android co-founder Andy Rubin in Tokyo. He was speaking at Japan New Economy Summit.
Rubin said that Android was originally meant for digital cameras and he even pitched the idea to the investors. “The exact same platform, the exact same operating system we built for cameras, that became Android for cellphones,” added Rubin. Continue reading
This is big! Google has announced that Android boss Andy Rubin will be stepping down from the helm of Android and will be replaced by Sundar Pichai, who also currently heads Chrome and Apps for Google. Andy will remain at Google and is likely to be involved in other projects, but specifics are not available at the moment.
Andy Rubin (Left) and Sundar Pichai (Right) with Vic Gundotra
Andy Rubin was the co-founder of Android Inc., the company behind Android before Google acquired it in 2005. Andy joined Google with Android and has been a driving force behind it as it became the top selling mobile operating system globally. Continue reading