Sep 13

So good that in 2006, they predicted that Windows Mobile was poised to take over the industry and attract the most developers.

[From How Good Is Gartner at Predicting Smartphone Market Share?]

That’s a hoot 🙂

Sep 09

In a surprising announcement, and after receiving countless criticisms by developers and users, Apple has announced that they “are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps” and “publishing app review guidelines.” More » [From Apple to Allow Other iPhone Development Tools, Publishes App Review Guidelines [Apple]]

I guess they think the app ecosystem is strong enough now that Apple won’t get blamed for poor software development tools from third parties. And they can say I told you so if it happens.

Sep 07

Apple’s iOS mobile operating system rocketed past the open source Linux this summer to become the third most popular Web browsing platform on the Internet.[From Apple’s iOS tops Linux to become third largest browsing platform]

Maybe next year will be the year of Linux 🙂

Sep 06

Detailed list from Mark Gurman at 9 to 5 Mac.

[From What’s New in iOS 4.1]

They are busy.

Aug 31

Autodesk has announced that AutoCAD will be coming to the Mac this fall, along with a companion iOS app for iPhone and iPad.

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The Loop, Autodesk

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[From Etc: Autodesk has announced that AutoCAD will be coming to the Mac this fall, along with a companion iOS app for iPhone and iPad.]

Pricey. The CAD market on OS X will get a bit of a shakeup.

Jun 02

Up from #39 one year ago.

[From Objective-C Moves Into Top 10 of Tiobe Programming Language Index]

So it’s not an obscure language that nobody uses any more then 🙂

May 19

Get ready to rumble, the latest Gartner and IDC smartphone numbers are out to give us a pretty good idea of how things shape up globally. Remember, IDC measures vendor shipments while Gartner measures actual handset sales to end users. So what does the data tell us? Well, to start with, in terms of smartphone devices, Gartner claims a 48.7% increase in smartphone sales of 54.3 million units in Q1 2010 compared to Q1 2009 — IDC pegs growth at 56.7% on 54.7 million units for the same period. Both estimates easily outpace the 17% or 21.7% growth in worldwide units of mobile phones moved according to Gartner and IDC, respectively.

IDC’s list of top 5 smartphone device makers (pictured above) has Nokia at the number one spot repeating its 39.3% share as it did in Q1 of 2009 while RIM is down slightly from 20.9% in 2009 to a 19.4% market share in 2010. Apple (up from 10.9% to 16.1%) more than doubled its device shipments in the last year as HTC (up from 4.3% to 4.8%) and Motorola (up from 3.4% to 4.2%) all managed to increase their shares on higher volumes.

Regarding smartphone OS market share, Android’s global numbers echo its success in the US jumping from a 1.6% market share to 9.6% in just one year. Gartner claims that sales of Android-based phones increased 707% year-on-year to displace Windows Mobile in the top 5 for the first time. Apple’s iPhone OS also saw growth from 10.5% in 1Q09 to 15.4% in 1Q10 as both RIM (down from 20.1% to 19.4%) and Symbian (down from 48.8% to 44.3%) dropped. See the OS numbers broken down into a no-nonsense table after the break.Continue reading IDC and Gartner award smartphone growth prizes to Apple and GoogleIDC and Gartner award smartphone growth prizes to Apple and Google originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 May 2010 04:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments [From IDC and Gartner award smartphone growth prizes to Apple and Google]

It’s pretty clear who’s not doing well anyway. Faster growth is always possible from a small base so let’s see how Android grows now that it is in the same market share range as the other main contenders. Nokia has the most to lose.

May 14

In this guest opinion piece, Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps argues that the introduction of the iPad ushers in a whole new era in personal computing, one with less choice, but more relevance. There is something very significant about the iPad beyond how many units it will sell: it’s changing how we think about the PC. The iPad creates a use case for a device that doesn’t do everything your laptop does, targeted at a consumer that uses devices more for consumption than production. The iPad ushers in a new era of personal computing that we call “Curated Computing”—a mode of computing where choice is constrained to deliver less complex, more relevant experiences. Let me repeat that, because it’s the essence of the Curated Computing experience: less choice; more relevance. Consider this: consumers can do a wide variety of things with a Windows PC or Mac, like run commands, install robust software, connect easily to external devices, and save files locally. But the iPad does things differently. Its operating system runs more like a jukebox than a desktop, asking consumers to choose (and often pay for) applications from a predetermined set list. Each of these applications is in itself also curated, since the publisher selects content and functionality that’s appropriate to the form factor, just as a museum curator selects artwork from a larger collection to exhibit in a particular gallery space.

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[From Curated computing: what’s next for devices in a post-iPad world]

An interesting viewpoint. I agree with some of it, but of course it isn’t either/or. Many (most?) people will prefer the curated experience but some will want greater control. I reckon they’ll be the minority, like Linux on the desktop.

May 13

A piece of crap. Three pounds, slow, poor battery life, 4 GB of built-in storage, doesn’t work with YouTube, and no support for Android Marketplace apps. All for the same price as a 16 GB iPad.

Or, you could pay just $199 and get the 7-inch Archos 7 Android tablet. It too is slow (“most apps take four to five seconds to open”), it too does not support apps from the Android Marketplace, it doesn’t have an accelerometer, it uses a resistive (rather than capacitive) touchscreen, and it runs the year-old Android 1.5 OS and there’s no way to upgrade it.

[From Look at What You Get for $499 in an Android Tablet]

Oh dear 🙂

May 04

In less than one month, Apple has already sold more than 1 million iPads. The company has announced that it reached the milestone on Friday after the launch of the iPad WiFi + 3G in the US.

“One million iPads in 28 days—that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a statement. “Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.”

Supply is indeed tight—many Apple Stores were out of stock of 3G-enabled iPads by Saturday afternoon, though Best Buy locations outside major population centers still had some stock left. Shortly after launch, tight supply and greater than expected demand caused Apple to push the international launch of the iPad back about one month to late May.

Apple also noted that, in the last month, iPad users have downloaded more than 12 million apps from the App Store and over 1.5 million e-books from the iBookstore. There are now over 5,000 apps designed specifically for the iPad among the over 200,000 currently on offer in the App Store.

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[From iPad sales hit the 1 million mark in less than a month]

That seems fairly successful. The naysayers will need to spin that a bit.

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