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Mobile search is taking over, with Google searches taking place on smartphones and other mobile devices more than on computers in 10 countries, according to Google.
Just the United States and Japan were listed, with Google declining to publicly list the other countries - but confirmed the metrics include mobile browser-based searches and Google search apps combined. Google and other search companies are anxious to find relevant ways to cash in on mobile users, with Google relying on AdWords to help generate revenue.
As more users begin to embrace mobile, Google says ad prices are beginning to climb, with advertisers understanding the need to immediately connect with mobile users.
According to a recent report published by Opera Mediaworks, Android has now beaten iOS in the overall mobile ad revenue share department.
With Android traffic being listed as 65.17% compared to Apple's iOS at 22.34% and the revenues at 45.77% and 45.44% respectively this signifies a change in the market.
It's basically all about the top two as Michael has reported previously, with the fight for third place going on strong in the mobile market. The research by Opera further shows that 'Other' phone operating systems are listed at a revenue of 5.48% with Windows Phone coming up last achieving a small 0.09% compared to BlackBerry's second last placement of 1.96%.
The third-generation Moto X smartphone is the latest handset to have the rumor mill start up for it, with Motorola's purported new smartphone said to rock Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 processor.
Not only that, but the third-gen Moto X should feature a 5.2-inch QHD (2560x1440) display, 4GB of RAM, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and more. We're being told to expect a 16-megapixel "Clear Pixel Technology" rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel snapper up front, 32GB or 64GB of storage, and a 3280mAh battery.
It's no secret that texting while driving is a dangerous - and often illegal activity - but it's something that occurs regardless of possible safety risks and being pulled over by the police. A new service from RayGo uses voice prompts to interact with your smartphone, and will automatically pause if the driver is going too fast.
RayGo hopes to give drivers a safer method to interact with text messages, as the app connects to a five-key Bluetooth controller mounted to a driver's steering wheel. In addition to text messages, users can interact with Gmail, Spotify, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp, with messages being read through the vehicle's speakers.
"RayGo is a product for the many of us who use their phones even though we know it's wrong, providing a much safer way to engage with your smartphone while driving," according to the RayGo on its Indiegogo page. The company wanted $30,000, and has raised $31,900 with 11 days left.
Google provides an open ecosystem with its Android mobile operating system, but that has led to fragmentation due to multiple versions of the OS running on such a large number of different products. Android is trying to close the gap, however, it's something that rivals such as Microsoft have picked up on while criticizing the OS.
"Google ships a big pile of... code, with no commitment to update your device," said Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, when speaking during the Microsoft Ignite conference keynote. "Google takes no responsibility to update customer devices and refuses to take responsibility to update their devices, leaving end users and businesses increasingly exposed every day they use an Android device."
Microsoft has had a rather dismal showing in the mobile space, but hopes Windows 10 will power a growing number of smartphones and tablets. The company also didn't disclose how it will deliver its updates to Windows 10 phones as needed in the future.
We've been hearing iPad Pro rumors for quite a while now, but the latest leak has Apple providing a 12.9-inch display in its 'more professional' iPad. We could see the iPad Pro with a display somewhere between 12.5 and 12.9 inches.
The new iPad Pro would have Apple targeting professionals, who want a more serious slate from Apple, with stereo speakers, too. So not only would professionals gain from the larger display, but iPad enthusiasts would have something to consider with the larger display and stereo speakers on the iPad Pro.
The latest mock up (in the video above) shows four ports on the iPad Pro. We don't know what all of these could be, and they could change as this is just a mock up, but we should expect Apple to unveil a new iPad, as well as the iPad Pro, later this year.
Want to try a unique gaming experience? Night Terrors is a mobile game that will use augmented reality to scare the hell out of you.
The game creates a map of your home, with walls, rooms, ceilings and floors tracked by your smartphone's accelerometer. Using the data collected, a custom gaming experience is created with monsters in your living room. A player explores with the lights off, and a phone's LED as the only light source - with the camera and microphone information used in real-time to enhance the experience.
"If the game needs the player to go down their hallway, it manipulates the player to go there," said Bryan Mitchell, the game's developer, in a statement on Reddit. "If the game doesn't want the player to see or move, it presents a situation where seeing and moving will get the player 'killed.'"
With Sony unveiling the Xperia Z4 for Japan only, it's a big surprise to begin hearing about its successor so early. The upcoming Xperia Z5 is said to feature a beautiful QHD display, with a resolution of 2560x1440, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor.
Other rumored specs include the Snapdragon 820 processor being built on Samsung's 14nm FinFET technology, 4GB of RAM, an improved 21-megapixel rear-facing camera with Sony's new and improved IMX230 sensor with OIS, and a Sense ID fingerprint sensor.
Right now this is just rumors, but Sony has been playing the smartphone market well, except the company doesn't seem to be swirling up any huge sales numbers unfortunately.
The tablet market is suffering, with worldwide tablet shipments enduring a second consecutive quarter of year-over-year decline, according to the IDC research group. Tablet shipments and 2-in-1 devices dropped 5.9 percent, down to 47.1 million during Q1 2015, researchers discovered.
Apple still leads the tablet market, shipping 12.6 million iPads during Q1, which captured 26.8 percent of the market. However, this is the fifth consecutive quarter of negative annual shipment growth, as Apple - just like other manufacturers - must find new ways to appeal to customers.
"The market slowdown that we witnessed last quarter is continuing to impact the tablet segment, but we see some growth areas that are starting to materialize," said Jean Philippe Bouchard, research director of the tablets segment at IDC. "Cellular-enabled tablets are outgrowing the rest of the market, providing an additional revenue stream for OEMs and mobile operators."
As millennials embrace in-store self-service checkouts and mobile payments, there is concern that cashiers and "retail sales clerks" will one day face a reduced number of open positions. Twenty percent of millennials would choose to use self-checkout or mobile payments and avoid interacting with cashiers, according to a survey from Retale.
Eighty-five percent of survey respondents confirm using a self-checkout lane, with the number increasing up to 91 percent among millennials. Meanwhile, 26 percent of millennials "want to be able to pay at self-service kiosks using mobile devices," though may have to wait a while. Retail stores don't tend to embrace technology rapidly, and it will be a steady rollout in the coming years.
Apple Pay has successfully attracted banks and credit card companies, retailers and consumers - and there is growing interest in mobile payments. It will take time for shoppers and retailers to adjust to newer technologies, but it seems inevitable that more solutions will become available in the future.