Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Developer interest in iOS grows even as market for Android smartphones expands

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The latest survey from a respected research firm has Android as the #1 smartphone platform in the US for the month of March. Nielsen reported this morning that Android tops the charts as the country’s leading smartphone platform with a 27.9 percent market share measured by units, followed by the iOS platform which grabbed 27 percent market share. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry came in third with 22 percent of the market.

Just six months ago iOS led the pack with 27.9 percent of the smartphone market, followed by RIM (27.4 percent) and Android (22.7 percent). Some 31.1 percent respondents planned on buying an Android phone in March versus a 30 percent inclination towards iPhones. That’s also an increase for Android from a 25.5 percent preference and a drop for the iPhone from 32.7 percent, both six months ago. And now, the good news…



Despite Android’s lead stemming from a rich assortment of devices in different shapes, sizes and price points sold by dozens of carriers around the world, iOS is still the platform of choice for app developers. According to another survey of 2,760 developers by Appcelerator, they remain strongly attracted to iOS as “fragmentation and tepid interest in current Android tablets chip away at Google’s recent momentum gains”. About two thirds of polled developers think it’s game over for other platforms, namely RIM, Nokia, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard. Nearly the same proportion of respondents cited Android fragmentation as the biggest hurdle for the platform.

A whopping 91 percent are “very interested” in writing apps for the iPhone (86 percent for the iPad) versus 85 percent for Android phones (71 percent for Android tablets).




Despite Android’s lead, if I may add, Apple still controls about half the profits for the entire cellphone industry. That being said, it’s no wonder developers are shifting away from Android towards iOS. As I argued before, Android people reluctantly buy apps. The reasons are many, such as Android’s emphasis on ad-supported models and lower-quality apps in general. This tweet that sums it up best:

Room with 60 students. 40 have Android, 20 have iPhone. None of the Androids have ever bought a paid app. Almost all of the iPhones did.


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Jobs and Rubin on smartphone privacy

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AllThingsD posts quotes from both Steve Jobs and Android head Andy Rubin on how their devices deal with private data.

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Apple’s cash pile worth more than market caps of Nokia, RIM and Motorola Mobility, and it's still growing...

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Apple ended its most recent quarter with nearly $66 billion in cash, increasing its war chest by an astounding $6.1 billion in just three months. Their cash pile is worth more than the combined market capitalization of Nokia, Research In Motion and Motorola Mobility – or half of Google’s enterprise value – explains Asymco’s Horace Dediu:

The funds are big enough to place Apple’s CFO office in the top 100 largest fund managers in the world and larger than any hedge fund manager. If Apple had no revenues, the current cash would sustain operations (SG&A and R&D) for over seven years, or until the middle of 2018.

Matter of fact, Apple’s funds have grown more than tenfold in the period between the fourth quarter of 2005 and the latest quarter. Most of it isn’t so-called risk capital, the author explains, adding that if you owned $100,000 of Apple stock, “$19,000 of that would be cash and only about $80,000 would be ‘at risk’ capital”.

Oh, and more thing – Apple’s cash growth in the March quarter was so substantial that if you added component pre-payments back, the cash increase would match Motorola Mobility’s market cap. Not bad for a company that was on the verge of bankruptcy just fifteen years ago, don’t you think?

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You can buy an official white iPhone 4 now… If you’re in Belgium!

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That precious white iPhone 4 which was just a pipedream? As of today, that’s over. If a small Belgian retailer called Van Roey is to be believed, first batch of the mythical device could be shipping to retailers in Europe as we speak. This particular retailer snapped up the above image as a photographic evidence of them having received and stocking the sought-after unit. They are apparently selling both the 16GB and 32GB white iPhone 4 model via their web store and shipping them within the Benelux region.

Anyone from Belgium who can confirm this finding? Meet us in comments.

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Locationgate Lawmakers summon Apple, Google for Senate judiciary hearing in May

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Apple’s and Google’s practice of collecting geographical location data on their smartphone users has prompted lawmakers to quiz both companies over the privacy implications. Senator Al Franken and Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan have each summoned Apple and Google to appear before a Senate judiciary hearing on mobile privacy scheduled for May 10. Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan said in a statement:

I want to know whether consumers have been informed of what is being tracked and stored by Apple and Google and whether those tracking and storage features can be disabled.
And here’s from Senator Franken:

Recent advances in mobile technology have allowed Americans to stay connected like never before and put an astonishing number of resources at our fingertips. But the same technology that has given us smartphones, tablets, and cell phones has also allowed these devices to gather extremely sensitive information about users, including detailed records of their daily movements and location. This hearing is the first step in making certain that federal laws protecting consumers’ privacy-particularly when it comes to mobile devices-keep pace with advances in technology.
Other privacy watchdogs will speak at the May 10 hearing, including privacy expert Ashkan Soltani, top brass from the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice and Justin Brookman, Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology’s Project on Consumer Privacy. Meanwhile, CNET has learned that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 also tracks users’ location and phones home.

Both Democratic Senator Franken and Republican Senator Ed Markey last week issued public letters to Steve Jobs and Google seeking clarification to a number of questions related to the collection of location data on iPhone and Android users without their consent. But things have already gone too far and possible probes from the governments of South Korea, France, Germany and Italy are the least of Apple’s worries. Read on…




This comes just as we learned that two Tampa, Florida-based iPhone customers have sued Apple over location tracking. An email purporting to be from Steve Jobs dismissed the reports as false, saying Apple doesn’t track anyone and instead stressing that Android does. However, The Wall Street Journal discovered that turning off location services doesn’t prevent iOS from tracking your location. The device keeps collecting this information in regular intervals by triangulating cellular towers. iOS stores this data in a database on a device, copying it to a file on your computer at each iTunes sync. The file is unencrypted unless encryption is turned on in iTunes.

Most folks rarely use iTunes encryption, however, because it slows down the syncing process considerably. As a result of this, malicious users could theoretically steal your device or a computer and access up to a year’s worth of location history. A spokesperson for Google insists that Android location sharing is an opt-in, claiming any location data sent to Google’s servers is anonymized.




Apple hasn’t yet publicly commented on the issue, but various tests confirm that neither iOS devices nor desktop iTunes send back your location data to Apple. Both companies maintain they track location in order to improve the experience for users. It’ll be interesting seeing how this plays out because privacy advocates are all over this story. Plus, there’s no doubt that Locationgate will give VIP users of iOS devices a pause, including President Obama.

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