Yesterday, we discussed the second part of our tech giants coming to the west series with Huawei. What people may not know, however, is that Huawei owns a company by the name of HiSilicon. Hisilicon's processor department may not be the most popular in the west but their technology is impressive, with year on year improvements being easily seen. In the coming years, manufacturers such as Qualcomm may have to face the fact that there are other companies just as able...
Some Android Statistics: Only 0.6% On Ice Cream Sandwich, Market Reaches 400,000 Apps
Good news first: The Android Market recently crossed the 400,000 mark, according to mobile app analytics firm Distimo. While it took 31 months to reach the first 200,000 apps back in April last year, it has only taken eight months to double this number; apparently, the rate of growth is greatly accelerating. Unsurprisingly, over 60% of all apps are free.
Furthermore, with every developer submitting 4.1 apps on average, the Android Market is close to reaching 100,000 active developers.
However, the common complaint with Android apps is that they are generally of lower quality, which Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich aims to remedy. But obviously, with the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S being the only devices that are officially running the latest Android version (yet), only 0.6% of all Android devices that have accessed the Market in the last 14 days are on Android 4.0, as reveiled by the latest statistics on the official Android Developers blog.
To put these numbers into perspective, that’s about as much as Cupcake, Android 1.5. And Android 2.2 Froyo is still running strong with over 30%, with Android 2.3 Gingerbread clearly dominating the carts at over 50%. Of course, these numbers aren’t surprising – Android updates have been, historically, a mess, with the Galaxy S being the latest example.
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There are many great Android handsets on the market today that are much cheaper than the flagships from the major players like Samsung and HTC. The OnePlus One and Nexus 5 are two great examples of high-end phones being offered at prices much cheaper than competitors. But there are phones in the mid-range that may offer even more bang for your buck. Let us know which smartphone deal you think has the best value.
TapDeck which has just entered beta, is a smart wallpaper app that allows you to change to a random wallpaper by simply double tapping your screen. After selecting images you like from a selection, your wallpapers will be chosen based on similar images from Flickr, Imgur, Reddit and Wikipedia. If you see one you like, simply swipe up and you will see information relevant to the image. After spending a day with this app it is clear that it is still...