The streaming-device market is looking pretty saturated right now, but there are still more device announcements to come. Sony said it will debut its PlayStation TV device on Oct. 14 in North America. And Google is still working on its Android TV platform, which will run on smart TVs--it hasn't announced a release date yet. But according to analysts, neither of these products is going to shake up the streaming market.
It's been clear for years that Google's Android and Apple's iOS are the two dominant smartphone platforms around the world, but a new report form research firm IDC on second-quarter smartphone shipments makes clear there almost isn't any breathing space for any competitors.
Absolutely every app or mobile game must have what's known as a layered interface. There also should be thumb-focused interactions, simple typefaces and all kinds of swiping. At least, those are some of the user experience design trends that seem to be prevalent today. Developers may need to upgrade their skill set to know what will be hot in mobile UX tomorrow.
The submarine cable industry just gained another new player as six major service providers have formed a consortium to build and operate a new trans-Pacific cable system to be called "FASTER," with NEC Corporation as the system supplier.
Quettra just emerged from stealth mode with six employees, three interns, $2.9 million in seed-round funding and a plan to develop a mobile platform that founder and CEO Ankit Jain says will provide "a thorough understanding of the user" to advertisers.
It is reasonable to assume that the use of streaming music must have some impact on mobile network performance as well as device battery life, but just how much? Researchers at Nokia have quantified the impacts by testing the popular music streaming applications Spotify and Pandora.
Even as Amazon announced the availability of more channels and apps on its new Fire TV, a sour note sounded for one streaming device maker. Apple TV sales are slowing, even as the market continues to grow, a new Strategy Analytics report says.
With Google reportedly having cemented a $1 billion deal to buy online-streaming service Twitch, the video game-focused service's owners have shut down the site from which Twitch originated: Justin.tv. The platform pioneered live streaming video, launching in 2007.
New technologies from Google could bridge the gap between Google's Chrome and Android platforms, and may pave the way for developers to build HTML5 apps that work across multiple platforms, from iOS to Chrome laptops. For more on this topic, check out this FierceDeveloper report.
Subscription video on demand providers, led by Amazon and Netflix, make up nearly half of over-the-top revenues in North America and are driving a market that will likely top $10.7 billion this year alone, a new report by Strategy Analytics says.