This may just be loose talk but it could be something interesting. Per the Financial Times, Rene Obermann, the CEO of T-Mobile USA (and also the parent company of Deutsche Telekom), told the newspaper that T-Mobile USA hopes to start selling the iPhone later this year or next year, but in the meantime will focus on Android-powered smartphones.
T-Mobile was the first U.S. carrier to offer an Android-powered phone, the HTC G1, and has since expanded its Android lineup with several other models, including the Google-branded, HTC-built Nexus One.
If Apple needed a reason to pursue HTC on legal grounds, it could be as simple as market share. Per Computerworld, a study by Quantcast, a web analytics firm, has shown the Android as showing spectacular growth in the past few quarters.
While iPhone is clearly the market leader in Web consumption with over four times the share as Android, its nearest competitor, recent trends show that they aren't standing on firm ground.
In the last month the iPhone has lost 3.2% of its marketshare compared with RIM and Android both gaining considerably. The trend seems to be ongoing as Google's phone market has grown 44% over the past quarter and almost doubled over the past year while the iPhone has lost around 5% and 10% of the overall market over those same periods.
Apple is adamant about not supporting Adobe's Flash framework on the iPhone, but that's not stopping them from making it the develop once-publish anywhere framework for mobile app development. They announced today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that they plan to bring Adobe AIR to Android OS and Blackberry devices. Their goal is to make it possible for developers to write their app using AIR and then publish that app for each of the popular mobile devices.
A recent study from Flurry Analytics shows that on average, Android and iPhone users get bored with new apps at roughly the same rate. According to the study, only about 40% are still using an app after a whole month. That number drops to about 15% after the second month, and only 5% after the 6th month. The study concludes that in terms of the platform, the devices are close to identical.
If you've been following iPhone or Android news sites for more than a week or two, you can probably tell that Apple and Google are no longer joined at the hip like they used to be. Now that the iPhone and Android OS-based handsets are pitted against each other, the two companies now consider themselves to be the competition. Genius: SAT Vocab 2.2 by developer Flash of Genius made mention of Android, but now Apple has asked them to remove the word "Android" from their description.
Back when Apple and Google were still practically joined at the hip, the notion that Google disabled multitouch functionality from the Android OS seemed plausible, albeit totally bogus for Android users. Now Google seems to agree, as their latest over-the-air update has enabled multitouch on all Android devices. Why the sudden change? Good question.
As many of you probably already know, Google today officially released the Nexus One, the first Android-based phone to be sold by Google. But I know what you iPhone-weilding hipsters really want to know; how does it compare to the iPhone? Well my babies, the great folks over at the BillShrink blog have created a comparison chart using the specs from the iPhone, the Nexus One, the Droid, and the Pre.
The chart not only compares specs like storage capacity, battery life, and camera, but it also breaks down the total cost of the devices over the lives of their contracts. Of course there's no obvious winner out of the bunch, but it's great to get a nice breakdown before you start making plans to switch carriers. Graphic after the break!
The hype surrounding the upcoming Nexus One (aka Google Phone) in the past few months was palpable, with many saying it was going to be the ultimate Android device, free of influence from meddling hardware makers and sold with an exciting new business model. Now that some have seen it, they say that while it's still a great device, it's not the iPhone-killer everyone made it out to be.
Analysts at International Data Corporation today made a sweeping set of predictions for the tech industry in 2010 that highlighted Apple. Researchers expect a major push into mobile apps as the future of computing and expect iPhone apps to lead the pack, with the app count almost tripling to 300,000 by the end of next year.
The Android platform will also swell rapidly and reach between 50,000 and 70,000 apps. In comparison, Microsoft shows just 10,000 apps as explicitly compatible with Windows 7, although the list isn't a complete picture.
Today iPhone game giant Gameloft announced that they've decided to scale back development for Google's Android OS. What's the reason? According to Gameloft finance director Alexandre de Rochefort, it's because they've been able to sell significantly more games on the iPhone than on Android devices. "We are selling 400 times more games on iPhone than on Android," Rochefort said at an investor conference.
Of course you might think that the number of Android devices out there might be to blame, but Rochefort believes that the Android marketplace is the real issue. "It is not as neatly done as on the iPhone," he explained. "Google has not been very good to entice customers to actually buy products. On Android nobody is making significant revenue."