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.
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 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 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.
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 CEO Susan Wojcicki said her Google-owned video platform may soon launch a subscription-based service
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.
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 CEO Larry Page is giving the company's Android boss, Sundar Pichai, responsibility for the search giant's biggest products.
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.