Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference Monday with the usual spate of new product announcements, self-congratulatory proclamations and cheap shots against archrival Google. The marquee headline was the overhauled iOS 7, which Apple CEO Tim Cook called "the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone."
Apple's Tim Cook used the company's developer conference today to spotlight the fragmentation that he said plagues Google's Android ecosystem. Cook said that 90 percent of all iOS users are on the latest version of Apple's operating system, iOS 6, whereas the Gingerbread version of Google's Android, released in 2010, remains the most widely used version of Android.
Google is finalizing an agreement to acquire crowdsourced location services firm Waze for $1.3 billion, Israeli newspaper Globes reports. The Wall Street Journal corroborates the deal, which sources said could be formally announced as soon as this week. Representatives for Google and Waze declined to comment.
The National Security Agency is working with Verizon Communications, AT&T and Sprint Nextel to collect data about U.S. citizens' telephone calls, according to multiple reports. However, government officials and lawmakers say the program is lawful and is reviewed by Congress and the courts.
Google's YouTube video unit has tripled its mobile advertising sales over the last six months, YouTube Vice President of Sales Lucas Watson told Bloomberg .
Google is rolling out Keyboard, a text input application that delivers typing features and tools found in the company's Nexus device line to all smartphones and tablets running Android 4.0 and higher.
GungHo Online Entertainment's Puzzle & Dragons reigns as the top revenue-generating application worldwide across both Apple's iOS and Google's Android, app analytics firm Distimo reports.
Apple is revamping its iAd mobile advertising business, shifting the unit's focus away from campaigns integrated into iOS applications to messages supporting the forthcoming iRadio streaming music service, Bloomberg reports.
Microsoft's Windows Phone platform and BlackBerry 10 have a chance to make headway in the enterprise smartphone market but face an uphill challenge, according to a top Verizon executive.
The FCC is soliciting public input regarding recently concluded trials of TV white space (TVWS) databases systems operated separately by Google and Key Bridge Global.