A new report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech says that Android devices as a group outsold the iPhone in the U.S. during the three months ending January 2013, with their share of total sales rising to nearly 50%.
The breakneck pace of change in the smartphone world is well known: Since the iPhone catalyzed popular demand in 2007, development has been moving faster and faster, to the point where devices are out of date mere months after their release. However, this wasn't always the case. In fact, according to some estimates, the smartphone is actually all of 20 years old, as of last Friday.
Smartphone and tablet buyers snapped up Android products five times more often than they chose Apple iOS devices during the third quarter, according to a new study from Gartner Research.
The outspoken creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds, called for laptop makers to follow the tablet world's lead in using the highest-resolution displays possible on mobile devices, in a post on Google Plus.
The results of a new study from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism indicate that half of American adults have mobile Internet access via a tablet or smartphone, further highlighting the quickly changing nature of media consumption.
The announcement last week that the Wikimedia Foundation will switch from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap for its cartographic needs marks the latest in an an increasingly long line of high-profile defections.
Location-based social media service FourSquare has abruptly swapped the Google Maps technology underlying its product for the OpenStreetMap. However, FourSquare's mobile applications will continue to use the Google Maps API due to the tight integration between the mapping components present in iOS and Android.