The rise of so-called "phablet devices" that sit somewhere between the form factor of a smartphone and a tablet are propelling the overall mobile and app industry to 78 percent year-over-year usage growth as measured by number of sessions, according to Flurry.
It takes a certain kind of guts, given the market dominance of Apple and Google, to not only create a new mobile device and platform but an entirely new app store, but the makers of the Blackphone think they have found an important, overlooked niche: consumers who put a premium on the privacy of their personal data.
Android users sporting newer and more expensive devices are 40 percent more engaged with mobile apps than their iOS counterparts walking around with the iPhone 6, according to Localytics. The firm delved into Android fragmentation by looking at major OS versions installed across millions of devices since 2012.
Most people probably first heard about drones last year when Amazon, in one of the most outlandish strategies it has ever put together to serve its customers, began talking about using drones to deliver products and services to customers. But drones--also known as unmanned aerial vehicles--are becoming something that can be used as easily and inexpensively by consumers as they are by large enterprises for business purposes. And smartphone and tablet apps are taking a driving positon in the development of the drone space.
It may not have quite the punch of Apple's iPhone 6 launch, but BlackBerry's attempt to re-ignite interest in its platform by bringing out an updated version of one of its most popular smartphone designs got some surprising reactions from app developers.
If I ever thought there was a possibility that Google Glass would fail before it even had a chance to succeed, it was when I started hearing people wearing them described with a term that sounds a lot like a swear word.
Call me crazy, but I thought Apple already had an evangelist for its forthcoming Apple Watch, and his name is Jony Ive. Nonetheless, the company is looking to hire someone to take Ive's show on the road.
Smartphones with screens of 5.5 inches generate more minutes in app usage than smaller devices, according to a joint report released by Mobidia Technology and IHS. The two firms assessed more than 25 different smartphone models from Apple, HTC, Samsung and Sony with screen sizes ranging from 3.5 to 5.7 inches model ages of one to four years.
The worst may be over, but reports that a bug in Android 5.0, otherwise known as Lollipop, was draining batteries and pushed back the OS release date had developers unhappy on Twitter.
"I think it's two years or more" before wearable technology hits mainstream adoption, said Brent Blum, wearable technology practice lead at consulting firm Ac centure in San Francisco. "The aesthetics are getting there, but the development cycles are longer for this kind of hardware."