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Android Platforms Adoption (May 2015)

Every year I like to take a snapshot of Android platforms adoption for historical purposes. Below is the Android platform comparison 2015 vs. 2014. (Search my blog for previous ones). Keeping track of platform adoption is important as it directly impacts what developers…

Android and Microsoft (2015)

(Image Source: Mario Tomás Serrafero) I find this interesting: the recent move by MSFT to get into and “steal” the Android space. Today, thanks to new leadership at MSFT (Nadella), it seems the company is entering a new phase — with new vision…

Google is the Master of Personalization…

This is personalization well done. It is the little things… Thank you, Google.

Android App Ops *WAS* a Step Forward

Android App Ops is no more… Two weeks after I wrote Android App Ops is a Step Forward, Google has disabled/removed the permission manager. After the Android 4.4.2 update, invoking the App Ops app results in a RuntimeException. The R.I.P. permission manager, a…

Google Ads are not really relevant anymore

Over time, I have seen the behavior of Google Ads on my weblog change behavior. Today, when I visit websites, including my own blog, I no longer see content-relevant Ads. Digging around I found information on how ads are targeted to your site:…

Texas GDG TX DevFest 2013

[Google invited me to give this talk, but expanded, in Kansas City on Aug 23rd. Stay tuned for more info] Next Fri and Sat July 12 – 13 in Austin is the Texas’ GDG TX DevFest. There will be multiple session tracks on…

Android Platform Versions (2012)

Below is a snapshot of the Android platform distribution, as of September 2012. As you can see, the majority of the devices out there, close to 60%, are still 2.3 (Gingerbread). This is followed by ICS with close to 21%. Froyo 2.2 is…

On SmartTVs: The Vizio Co-Star (2012)

Vizio Co-Star is NO-GO. Part of creating a product is providing proper customer support throughout its life-cycle. A product life-cycle begins with product envisioning, followed by definition, followed by create/build, followed by going to market (which on itself consists of different aspects including…

Google I/O Extended Austin (2012)

While the major Google I/O fun is happening in San Francisco on June 27-29, some of us will stay behind and run/participate at the Extended version of Google I/O — in my case, Google I/O Extended Austin. You can sign up for Google…

APIs and Copyrights (Oracle vs. Google)

The Oracle vs. Google case on Java is such a precedence case that any ruling on APIs vs. copyright might open a can of worms. The outcome of this ruling literally will affect any software company and developers designing APIs (and protecting those…

Oracle vs. Google on Java (2012)

Some background: I spent many years as an individual contributor to a number of J2ME expert groups including MIDP 2.0, MIDP 3.0 and a number of J2ME APIs ~ around 10 different JSRs over 8+ years. I was a huge proponent of Java…

On Google’s Moto Mobility Group Acquisition

The latest big news on Android is Google’s acquisition of Motorola’s Mobility group. And I have to say, I wasn’t expecting that one. The main arguments floating around on the acquisition are: Patent play, driven by the patent war including the recent Nortel…

On “Japan as the (mobile) leader, USA as the laggard, Nokia in between” and developers, developers, developers, developers

As discussions and opinions continue at Forxum Oxford on the topic of mobile leadership and Nokia and so forth, the following statement was made by Tomi Ahonen, for which I responded as follows. Why I am writing about this? Because it is important…

On Reasons Why The Mobile/Wireless Usage Boom is Underway | Part 2

Back in April 2008, around a year after the introduction of the iPhone and Android, I wrote a piece on my blog on the Reasons Why The Mobile/Wireless Usage Boom was Underway, where I introduced the diagram below that highlights the convergence between…

Will RIM go the Android Way?

Will RIM adopt Android? A very interesting thought indeed. But why or not would RIM do such a thing? Some thoughts below: Why this would be unlikely? “Not built here” mentality — this is probably the biggest hurdle for them. There will be…

Navigation (and maps) the killer app for LBS and Google Maps Nav potential to disrupt the whole Nav systems market

      Yes, navigation and maps is the killer app for LBS. Now it seems that Google Map with support for navigation has the potential to disrupt the whole Nav systems market. And if Google decides to make this new app available…

Motorola announces DROID, the world’s first smartphone powered by Android 2.0

Today I received this from the Motorola marketing folks, here for your reading pleasure: Motorola today announced DROID, the first device powered by Android 2.0 and features the brainpower and breakneck speed of a modern smartphone. DROID is designed to outperform where other…

On the the rise of open mobile

While looking for information on how CTIA 2009 in San Diego went, I found an article by Richard Wong (who is a venture capitalist with Accel Partners) titled on “The rise of open mobile (and congratulations Android team)“. A good article by Richard,…

On hardware vs. software-based handset differentiation

Is mobile handset differentiation based on hardware coming to an end? Back in 2007 I wrote a piece on my blog titled: The future of handset design: from hardware to software. And today this is getting more real (and validated) than ever. When…

On App Stores (Guest Post by Kiran Mudiam)

This week guest post is by Dr. Kiran Mudiam, a long time mobile technologist and a researcher. Here is my take after reading all the letters sent to the FCC. We all know that there are positives and negatives to open and closed…

The Google App Market – An Analysis

I’ve written a quick analysis on the Google App Market situation… Looking forward to your feedback/opinions! You can download this article in PDF format. Download The Google App Market – An Analysis (PDF). The Google App Market – An Analysis September 6, 2009…

Resolving Device Fragmentation Issues – Mobile Web and Local Apps (and Google)

The Problem: Too many handsets, environments, and differences across platforms The Solution: A single environment/platform for mobile apps There you go, problem solved, no more fragmentation! Google at MobileBeat 2009 Now that the “noise” level has dropped, it is my turn to comment…

Gmail’s Search vs. Sort Approach to Email

With Gmail, Google introduced a couple of peculiar ways to deal with email. One of these is the “search vs. sort” approach to finding emails of interest or finding related emails. Instead of going with the common approach of sorting by column which…

Browser Swallows OS, Part 2 — the Real Thing

On December 2008 I wrote on my blog Browser Swallows OS, where I pondered on the idea of a Web OS. The machine boots up to a totally web-based experience. The application-bar at the bottom of the screen consists of widgets and icons…

Motorola, the Recession, Android, what about MIDP3, and the potential for good things to come

From Recession Delays Motorola Cellphone Spinoff, More Cuts Coming (MOT) (Sillicon Alley Insider): 8:24 Have had too much complexity. Today over 20 combinations of software, silicon, and UI platforms. This has resulted in high costs and portfolio gaps in 3G, smartphones, very low…

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