Recommended by elsterama on August 19, 2011 via ReadWriteWeb
One day after Hewlett-Packard announced that it will be suspending the production of webOS-based phones and tablets, news has surfaced that members the webOS team itself had misgivings about the TouchPad hardware on which it was running.
The promising mobile operating system is said to have run twice as fast when loaded onto Apple's iPad 2 tablet compared to when it was running on the TouchPad hardware on which it was sold to consumers, according to The Next Web. WebOS reportedly ran considerably better in the iPad's Web browser than it did natively on the TouchPad. Continue
In a surprisingly candid move, Google Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond published an opinionated post on the company's official blog contending that its Android mobile operating system is under "attack" from a "hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents."Continue
A London-based research firm called VisionMobile has released a new method of tracking "openness" among mobile platforms called the Open Governance Index. According to its metrics, Android is the least "open" of all the supposedly open source mobile platforms, with a 23% openness rating. Eclipse, an open development platform comprise of extensible networks and tools, was rated the most open at 84%.Continue
Mobile application developers believe that Google's new social network Google Plus will have more impact on mobile growth and adoption than Apple's iCloud, or even iOS 5's Twitter integration. This is just one of the fascinating findings related to Google Plus revealed within the results of a new developer survey led by mobile cloud platform provider Appcelerator and analyst firm IDC. Together, the two companies had surveyed 2,012 app developers to better understand their take on current and future mobile trends.Continue
As promised back in May, multiple APK support has now arrived in the Android Market. Originally said to be launching in June, the actual arrival took a bit longer, it seems. The new publishing option will allow developers to maintain separate copies of their apps for different devices, whether those are tablets, phones, TVs or otherwise. Developers can also use this feature to offer apps optimized for different chipsets or OS platform versions.Continue
Mobile ad network Millennial Media is out with its report for June and the numbers look good for Android. 16 of the top 20 devices on the network run Google's mobile OS, keeping Android as the leading OS on the network for the 7th consecutive month. Android also accounts for a 54% impression share, says Millennial.
Other major findings this month include a growth in iOS impressions and connected devices (e.g. iPad, iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy Tab, etc.).Continue
Analytics firm Flurry has analyzed trends on its network of 45,000 companies and 90,000 apps to determine where developers are investing their R&D budgets this year. In a comparison of Q1 2011 and Q2 2011, you can see that the Android project starts have dropped from 36% to 28% while those on iOS have picked up.
With a growing proportion of the workforce already being highly mobile, coupled with an increasing number of workers are expecting to bring their own devices to work, it’s clear that picking the right collaboration apps to keep workers productive while on the go is vital to business success. But what apps do mobile workers need to get their jobs done?Continue
Today at the MobileBeat 2011 conference, payments leader PayPal announced it would support NFC (near field communications) on mobile as a new way to both shop and pay. The company demonstrated its solution in the form of a new NFC-enabled Android widget that lets people send payments just by tapping two phones together.
The widget will arrive later this summer, the company said.Continue