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Android market share grows 400%

June 18, 2011

According to Gartner’s latest market data, end-user sales of smartphones grew 85 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2011. Google’s Android platform led the pack with a whopping 400 percent increase.

Chart compares 13 streaming media players

May 31, 2011

[Updated Aug 30, 2012] – has updated its handy chart comparing many of the most popular Internet-enabled streaming media players, including the Apple TV, Boxee Box, Roku XDS, XBox 360, WD TV Live, and others.

Boxee iPad app coming soon

May 13, 2011

“Boxee is still all guns blazing in its keenness to get an iPad app out there, but it wants the product to be right before it hits the baying fanboys,” writes Paul Lamkin at

Sonos adds Android app, Apple AirPlay

April 19, 2011

Sonos today released several enhancements to its Linux-powered streaming audio player devices. The new capabilities, all delivered via free apps and software upgrades, include the first Android app for remote control of Sonos gear, new support for Apple AirPlay audio sources, and the introduction of iOS 4 multitasking capabilities into the remote control apps.

Android now #2 in smartphone shipments

March 9, 2011

Gartner reports that among new smartphone shipments in 2010, Google’s Android penetration rate grew 888.9 percent, making it the second most common OS in new smartphones. As indicated by Gartner’s market share data (tabulated below), the top five smartphone OS vendors in 2010 were Symbian (37.6 percent), Google (22.7 percent), RIM (16 percent), Apple (15.7 percent), and Microsoft (4.2 percent).

12 mobile tech predictions for 2011 and beyond

December 10, 2010

Industry analysts often end the year with predictions of future trends. This year, CCS Insight has suggested possibilities such as an Apple iScreen TV, the dawn of mobile 3D video, implosion of the nascent tablet market (other than the iPad), Facebook adding VoIP, Android undermining Google’s new Chrome OS, the emergence of Meego as a mobile device OS, Apple acquiring GPS-maker TomTom, and more.

Android grabs 44% of U.S. smartphone OS market

November 3, 2010

Consistent with predictions by other mobile phone market analysts, Canalys announced this week that Android-based devices represented the largest OS segment of the U.S. smartphone market in Q3 of 2010, at 44 percent. On a vendor basis, Apple occupied the top spot, at 26 percent.

The Android invasion cometh: is resistance futile?

October 25, 2010

Last month, we learned from Gartner that Android will probably be the number-two worldwide mobile OS this year, and may lead the pack by 2014. With Android’s growing use as the OS embedded in phones, netbooks, tablets, set-top boxes, and LCD HDTVs, we can’t help wondering: will the Linux-based OS soon dominate the entire non-PC consumer device OS market?

iPhone app creates DIY cooperative mass transit

October 14, 2010

A free iPhone app and associated web-based service aims to provide a convenient and affordable way to share a cab with other passengers. Self-described as “DIY Mass Transit,” the “Weeels” app prompts you for a destination, locates prospective ride-sharing partners, specifies where and when to rendezvous, and even orders the group’s cab.

Android expected to be no. 2 mobile OS this year

September 17, 2010

Gartner expects Android to be the number two mobile operating system worldwide this year, behind only Symbian. Additionally, the market research firm expects the upstart OS to challenge Symbian for the top position by 2014.

Android beats iPhone in key market metric

August 5, 2010

Market researcher Nielsen reports that Google’s Android OS grabbed a greater share of recent smartphone sales than Apple’s iPhone did. Additionally, smartphones have now achieved a 25 percent share of the U.S. mobile phone market and are expected to surpass featurephones by the end of next year.

Using a PogoPlug as an iPod server

April 8, 2010

I recently acquired an iPod Touch, and soon found myself with an 80GB iPod paperweight knocking around and collecting dust. Then it hit me: why not use a Pogoplug as an iPod server, effectively filling my nifty new iPod Touch with 80GB of music whenever I have WiFi access!