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According to a new report, Android accounted for 45.77% of overall mobile ad revenues with iOS making up for 45.44% in the first quarter of 2015. This is a significant milestone for Android, even though the margin of the lead is relatively slim. iOS has always had the upper hand on Android with regards to revenues, but it’s good to see the tide changing gradually. These figures were accumulated by Opera Mediaworks and could only increase over the coming months. China, which is one of the world’s largest smartphone markets...

April Fools Day isn’t until April 1st, but Google has started their jokes early. Starting now, you can turn most streets in a real-life version of the popular video game Pac-Man. When you browse Google Maps on the desktop, or in the most recent version of the app for iOS and Android, there will be an icon in the shape of Pac-Man. Once you click it, if that area has enough space, you will be able to play the game. When Google changed their homepage in 2010, it caused over $120 million in lost worker productivity the day it was...

Android and iOS have been traditional rivals for a variety of reasons. While Apple for the most part called Android a “stolen” product, Android OEMs have quietly piled on the sales and snatched away market share from Apple. This dynamic changed to a great extent when the company recently unveiled the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus, which were the first large sized phones from the Cupertino company. The demand was such that the company posted record breaking quarterly financial results. A new report now suggests that the company has...

As an unapologetic (wink, wink), self-acknowledged Android aficionado (don’t call me a fanboy), and writer who earns money off Google’s prosperity, I’m practically and almost unconsciously compelled to dislike, scorn and mock Apple. But oftentimes, Cupertino makes it really hard to hate on them. The iPad Air and Air 2 are gorgeous and their “ecosystem” still makes a lot more sense than Android on a large, 7 inch+ screen. Then you have the iPhone 6 Plus, which is a bit overpriced but otherwise a mighty LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy...

Typically when you purchase a smartphone or tablet from a specific carrier, it is locked to that network for the lifetime of your contract, or possibly for the life of the device. Certain carriers had policies, but there was no one standard. Last year Congress and the President made it illegal for carriers to lock devices to their network. In the wake of that decision, the CTIA (the interest group for the carriers) called for a meeting of the carriers to discuss unlocking and starting February 11th, unlocking will be far easier. The FCC...

Apple has crossed horns with Google’s Android platform on a number of occasions. But it seems like the Cupertino manufacturer might be looking to bring an application meant for Android, in accordance with Beats Audio. Given that Apple now owns Beats, it’s only logical to assume that the app coming from them will have something to do with Apple. It is said that Apple will ditch the Beats Music branding and start a new service from scratch with apps available on its own iOS platform as well as Android. Apple will reportedly...

A series of stats compiled by the folks at App Figures reveals that the Google Play Store saw immense growth in 2014, overtaking even the iOS App Store, which is the Play Store’s primary rival in the industry. Google’s vast global popularity means that it has a lot more developers writing apps for the platform. The number of apps on Android was obviously quite high compared to the competition at 1.43 million, while Apple was at second place with 1.21 million applications running on iOS devices as of 2014. The Amazon App...

Recently Apple launched their mobile payments platform, Apple Pay. Like Google Wallet and Softcard, it uses NFC at retailers with the units to allow users to purchase items from a variety of retailers. Unfortunately, some of those retailers are now blocking NFC payments entirely. Some chains including 7-11, Rite Aid, Walmart, Best Buy, and many others are developing a competing system called CurrentC. It uses an app with a QR code to make a purchase. It gets around credit card fees by using your bank account, which is why the retailers...