Apples and Androids

Why It Is Imperative For Apple To Build Its Own Search Engine

This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder & CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can follow him at @garysguide and reach him at gary [at]

Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that Apple last week announced its quarterly earnings and the entire tech industry let out a collective gasp and then promptly went into a swoon. Apple’s now overtaken Exxon as the world’s most valuable company and has almost $100 billion in cash reserves. Thats higher than the market cap of 474 of the S&P 500 companies. Apple’s been very careful when it comes to spending its cash. Expect it to continue the trend of locking in a better deal on components in its supply chain boosting its own profit margins and increasing prices (and scarcity) for competitors. Also expect it to snap up important IP that can provide a generational leap to advance core features of its hardware (camera, screen, battery, memory, CPU). Beyond that (‘n all the cool wearable computing rumors), one of the things thats imperative for Apple to do (if its not doing it already) is to finally build its own search engine. Here’s why. Read More

Planet Google

Does Santa Have an Android Bias? Google Claims 3.7 M. Activations Over the Weekend

Google senior vice president Andy Rubin happily tweeted out some holiday cheer this morning: “There were 3.7M Android devices activated on 12/24 and 12/25.” It was an update on another bit of pre-Christmas good news, namely that more than 700,000 Android devices are now activated everyday.

Yesterday, Venturebeat shared statistics from the app analytics company Flurry that activations for Android and iOS devices shot up to 6.8 million on Christmas day. It’s not yet clear whether Apple or Google can claim more activations, but it’s more evidence that of that unflashy eventual market dominance Android fans keep promising will come. Read More

Ad Venture

Turns Out the Pricey Walled Garden Approach Doesn’t Work with Mobile Ads, But Don’t Count iAd Out Just Yet


When Steve Jobs launched iAd last July, the idea was to provide a mobile advertising platform that took its cues more from television advertising than online advertising, which he deemed “irritating.” As with all things Apple, iAd only works within the walled garden—selling ads within apps on iOS devices like iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches.

Advertisers would pay a premium, but could expect an advertising experience perfectly built for its environment.

According to information from the research firm IDC, however, the sales strategy that works so well to sell Apple devices hasn’t necessarily paid off in the case of Apple’s attempt to dominate mobile ad sales. Read More

Apples and Androids

Marco Arment Calls Android’s Bluff

Tao of Steve

Instapaper creator Marco Arment is an Apple acolyte who pointedly and repeatedly refuses to develop an Android version of his popular reading app. In fact he often takes to his blog to bash Google’s mobile OS, berating its commercial potential and enumerating the woes he would have should he someday have the misfortune of developing for Android.

But last night the guys from Shift Jelly, a mobile development shop in Australia, managed to get Mr. Arment’s attention. Read More

Apples and Androids

Paid The Cost to Be The Boss: Android’s Malware Growing 4X Faster Than iOS

Feed me

It’s commonly accepted that Apple’s tightly controlled iOS app ecosystem is a more difficult environment for scammers to push malware into than Google’s relatively open Android marketplace. But a new report from security provider Fortinet shows that Android’s dominance as the market leader in smartphones is making them a even juicer target for bad actors.

“Unfortunately, we believe Android’s higher market share comes with a price; an almost six fold increase in malware targeting the operating system,” Axelle Apvrille, senior mobile anti-virus researcher at Fortinet, wrote in an email release today. “To date, our Labs have seen a 90% increase in Android malware families in 2011 compared to 2010, while malicious iOS families only increased by 25%.” Read More

Pics or It Didn't Happen

CEO Avi Muchnick on Why Aviary Distanced Itself from Flash and Pivoted Towards Mobile

Mr. Muchnick, right, with some unidentified broad.

Aviary, the  Made in NYC startup behind a robust suite of editing software,  announced the release of an iPad SDK today. It’s been just a few weeks since Aviary launched its mobile SDK. But as AllThingsD reports, the iPad SDK as well as several new API extensions represents a big pivot away from Flash.

In fact, although Aviary started out by bringing Adobe-esque multimedia editing to Web browsers via Flash, CEO Avi Muchnick says Aviary will no longer be adding to that tool set and will instead focusing on mobile. “It wasn’t part of the road map for the company,”Mr. Muchnick told Betabeat. After watching mobile  grow to 50 percent of overall Aviary usage in just a few weeks, it appears the company is onto something big. Read More

Get Smart(Phones)

Android and iOS Extend Their Lead on RIM and Windows

The big green monster is growing

Google’s surprise purchase of Motorola led a lot of pundits to declare that the window was now open for Microsoft and RIM. They could forge partnerships with some of the manufacturers and carriers who would be wary of allying with a Google that was planning to build its own phone. But the raw data paints a grim picture for the also-rans in the smartphone world.

John Paczkowski at All Things D posted this chart from NPD showing the change in market share when it comes to the smartphones consumers are buying. Android has solidified a massive lead with 52 percent of the market, up from 33 percent this time last year. Apple is the clear second place with 29 percent, up from 22 percent in 2010. Blackberry saw its share dip from 28 percent to just 11 percent. And poor Microsoft saw its last place gap widen, as it fell from 0 percent to just four percent. Read More

Android Agony

Why My Mom Bought an Android, Returned It, and Got an iPhone

What has become of me?

This is a guest post by Ben Duchac. You can find his work here.

The other day I bought the newest, fanciest flagship Android phone for my mother and it was an unmitigated disaster. She has an iPhone now, which she loves, and when I read that 30-40 percent of Android devices are being returned, I honestly wasn’t surprised.

With a user experience as bad as I saw on a brand new Android device, I’m considering an iOS device for my next phone, and I’m a big Android fanboy and proud PC owner. Of course, that 40 percent number is very hard to verify and I’d guess that it’s a bit of an exaggeration – but still, something is rotten in Android town. Read More