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Why Google's acquisition of Firebase could be bigger than developers realize

Instead of the usual "iOS vs. Android" research reports, wouldn't it be a bit more interesting--and accurate--if analyst firms described the race for app developer loyalty as one between a proprietary and open approach? If nothing else, it would help explain why Google recently bought Firebase.

Strategy Analytics: Android's market share has peaked

Google's Android platform has long dominated the smartphone market in terms of market share, but research firm Strategy Analytics thinks Android has reached its peak. Android ran 84 percent of smartphones shipped globally in the third quarter, according to the research firm, down from 85 percent in the second quarter. "Android's global smartphone market share is peaking," Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston told the Wall Street Journal.

Google's Android remains dominant in Q3, but challenges emerge

Google faces a fight to maintain the dominance of its Android smartphone operating system (OS) even though the platform increased its grip on the global market during the third quarter.

Lenovo completes $2.9B deal for Motorola, will pursue dual-brand strategy in emerging markets

Lenovo officially closed its $2.91 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility from Google, a move that immediately turns Lenovo into the third largest smartphone player in the world by market share. Lenovo, which is popular in China and many markets where Motorola doesn't play, will use a dual-brand strategy to grow the combined company's mobile businesses in emerging markets.

Motorola's Osterloh: After 'near-death' experiences, Lenovo deal to give firm a new lease on life

HALF MOON BAY, Calif.--Motorola Mobility has been through several near-death experiences in the past few years, but its impending acquisition by Lenovo will allow it to double the number of markets it competes in and ride the trend toward lost-cost smartphones, according to Motorola President and COO Rick Osterloh.

YouTube's Wojcicki mulls subscription service, says half of viewing now mobile

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said her Google-owned video platform may soon launch a subscription-based service

YouTube chief hints at sitewide paid subscription model

HALF MOON BAY, Calif.--YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said the online video giant could introduce a subscription-based service sometime soon, but said the Google-owned site is interested in giving users choices over how they view video content.

Amazon jumps into streaming stick segment with Fire TV dongle, buys Rooftop Media

With its Fire TV device reportedly selling steadily, Amazon is entering the streaming stick segment, competing directly with Roku and Google with a competitively priced, $39 Fire TV stick.

Google's Page puts Android chief Pichai in charge of products

Google CEO Larry Page is giving the company's Android boss, Sundar Pichai, responsibility for the search giant's biggest products.

What's Roku up to? Company raises another $25M

Streaming video company Roku revealed in SEC documents that it has raised an additional $25 million in private funding, putting its total backing at $153.1 million.