If you bought Verizon's first 4G phone, start checking for updates now: the carrier has finally approved the Android 4.0 update (codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich) for the HTC Thunderbolt. The only problem? The Thunderbolt has been on the market since March of 2011, and Ice Cream Sandwich came out seven months later in October—not exactly a great turn-around time.
Apple is starting to significantly lose ground in its attempts to squash competition from Android.
The late Steve Jobs, always one for believing his own marketing, declared what he called thermonuclear war on his old business partners Google and Samsung, ironically claiming that they nicked his ideas. One of his ideas was the rounded rectangle which would be news to Euclid who thought of it a few thousand years ago.
Last week, Canonical finally showed the world how Ubuntu looks when running on a smartphone. And it looks good. The mobile version of the popular OS is fast, pleasant to the eye and features original design solutions not found anywhere else.
Android market share numbers for the end of December have just gone up on the Android Developers site, and the story is much the same as it was last month: Android 4.0, 4.1, and 4.2 continue to gain ground over older versions of the software. Version 2.3, codenamed Gingerbread, still powers the majority of the Android devices that accessed Google Play in the last two weeks of December, but its share has finally fallen below 50 percent (it now sits at 47.4 percent, down from 50.7 percent last month).
In 2012, we saw increased worries about nation-state-sponsored cybercrime, mobile security, and the resurrection of an old tactic: the venerable denial-of-service attack. On the heels of my “Five Myths About The Cloud That Will Be Debunked in 2013” post, here are five security predictions for the coming year.