Android N to be named “Nougat”

Android

Google’s latest Android operating system, until now named “Android N” (version 7.0), now has an official dessert-themed name like all previous Android versions: “Android Nougat.” For some reason, Google opted to reveal this new name initially via Snapchat, not through Twitter or even their own Google+. For those of us who don’t use (or have never used) Snapchat, … Read more

The world’s most popular apps I actually use

Social media apps

A study by research firm SensorTower reports that the world’s most popular apps (based on number of downloads) are largely dominated by Facebook. WhatsApp, a messaging app bought a few years ago by Facebook, is the most popular app by far, with 41.2 million global downloads as of May 2016. WhatsApp is followed by Facebook Messenger … Read more

Increasing price gap between iPhones, Android phones

Moto X

A study by venture capital firm KPCB on smartphone prices has shown that the price gap between the average iPhone and the average Android smartphone has grown since 2008. This is mainly from the prices on Android smartphones having dropped by half over the past eight years. The average Android smartphone price has dropped from $403 in … Read more

Android apps are finally coming to Chrome OS

Chromebook

On Wednesday, Google held its annual I/O keynote. There, the company announced various products, including: an Amazon Echo competitor (“Google Home”); some new messaging apps; the next version of Android, “Android N” (no name yet); and VR products. Thursday’s news might be of equal interest to the above, however. Google announced that its long-developed plans to integrate Android into Chrome … Read more

How hands-off is OK Google versus Siri, as shown by… Cookie Monster?

Sesame Street

There’s a new iPhone ad on TV using “Sesame Street”‘s Cookie Monster. The ad promotes the iPhone’s Siri features as useful, with Cookie Monster using it while baking cookies. Here’s the ad: For comparison, I thought I’d try the same things Cookie Monster did with my Android-based phone, and its counterpart “OK Google” voice command … Read more

Android or iOS are the only (popular) mobile OS choices

iPhone 6

A study by research firm Gartner has revealed that smartphone sales are still growing, though growth last year was the slowest since 2008. However, it’s also revealed that Android and iOS now dominate smartphone operating system marketspace, with a combined 98.4% market share. The current shares of smartphone operating systems are listed below: Smartphone OS 2015 market … Read more