Google's Android operating system has rounded up developers and a bevy of hardware partners to swamp the smartphone industry with devices. Android's market share has surged courtesy of devices from HTC and Motorola and analysts are generally upbeat about the platform's prospects and ability to crack the top three platforms.
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The Kindle Fire represents a real threat to the Android tablet landscape not because of the Amazon logo, but because of its highly disruptive pricing.
For those that need a ruggedized smartphone, the Cat B15 may be a decent competitor priced at a reasonable $350 with no carrier contract.
Despite apps such as Bump on the market, there has yet to be a suitable replacement for calling cards. Perhaps Google Drive can fill the void?
The 8-inch screen on the Note 8.0 is the perfect size to take advantage of portability while displaying lots of information. These apps work well on the Note 8.0 and should run well on other Android tablets.
Apple needs to add more web integration if iOS is going to be competitive with Android.
With the Galaxy S4, Samsung has squeezed a superb 5-inch screen and a host of high-end features into a slightly slimmer, thinner and lighter chassis than its S III predecessor. It's an excellent handset, but some will find the S4 overladen with unnecessary features and too expensive.
Google snubbed iOS users with its All Access music subscription service, but developer James Clancey has submitted an app to the App Store that will bring Google music subscriptions to the iPhone.
Google I/O was held last week and while no new hardware was announced, we did see many service launches and improvements that make Google a compelling choice.
As summer approaches and we start to think about getting out and about, I took a look at apps related to travel, sports, and the new Google I/O launches.
Smartphones today take good quality photos, but you can make them even better with a little editing. This gallery shows the available tools for Android, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone, and iOS.
Smartphones continue to drive the market, contributing 42.2 million units to the overall 108 million units sold in the Southeast Asian region in the 12 months ended March 2013.
Timothy Jordan, senior developer advocate at Google for Project Glass, noted new developer tools as it builds the Google Glass ecosystem on the fly.
There's no end in sight to the Google-Apple duopoly in the smartphone market, but Microsoft's Windows Phone software has taken third place, overtaking BlackBerry, thanks to Nokia's help.
There are a lot of portable Bluetooth speaker options available. and I found the Divoom Bluetune Solo to be an excellent choice at a fantastic price. It comes in several attractive colors and even serves as a microphone.
Engineers from the Google Wallet team offer some simple but essential tips for building mobile commerce experiences at I/O 2013.