first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan lyons Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#Apple#international#iOS#iPhone#smartphones center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why do Americans overwhelmingly prefer iPhone when the rest of the world has overwhelmingly embraced Android?The numbers tell an incredible story. Worldwide, Android has 75% market share in smartphones, versus 15% for Apple, according to IDC. But in the United States the iPhone still rules, accounting for 63% of smartphone sales at Verizon and an amazing 84% of smartphone sales at AT&T.In Asia, affluent young buyers are dropping the iPhone and turning to Android devices, particularly those made by Samsung, Reuters reports. One marketing manager in Bangkok says Apple products have become like Louis Vuitton handbags, something that once was considered luxe but now is commonplace.But here in the States Android still lags far behind, even though, to my mind, the top Android phones like the Google/LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S3 (my primary smartphone) are at least as good as the iPhone.Why do such a huge majority of Americans go out of their way to choose Apple?Home Team Bias?Part of it might be that Apple is an American company, and Americans like to root for the home team. Part of it also might be that Apple’s lawsuits against Android phone makers have been an effective form of marketing, creating the impression that Apple’s rivals are a bunch of Asian cloners – a message that resonates with many Americans.But Apple and its cheerleaders in the States don’t just criticize Android phones; they also criticize Android users, depicting them as low-class people who are uneducated, poor, cheap and too lacking in “taste” (a favorite Apple fanboy word) to pay for an Apple product and instead willing to settle for a low-price knockoff.See, for example, a recent story by Sam Biddle on Gizmodo called “Android Is Popular Because It’s Cheap, Not Because It’s Good,” illustrated with a photo of a homeless man sleeping next to a shopping cart and bags full of collected cans. Nice touch! (The article includes a breathtaking reference to African Americans having less money and therefore choosing Android, ironically citing as evidence a Samsung ad that depicts a well-to-do African American family using a $700 Galaxy Note 2 to take a family photo.) Apparently inspired by this article, John Biggs of TechCrunch picked up the “Android is cheap” meme and ran with it too.This crap about Android being cheap has been around for years. It’s true that there are inexpensive Android phones. But there are also inexpensive iPhones. And there are Android phones that cost more than an iPhone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 costs $300 on Verizon with a two-year contract. The Galaxy S3 costs $200 with a contract. Apple’s top-end iPhone 5 starts at $200 with a contract, while the 4S costs only $100, and the iPhone 4 is free. But while we’re on this: What on earth is wrong with making phones for people who don’t have much money? And is the implication that somehow those sales don’t count? Or count less?The other canard is that Android lags behind Apple technologically. This was true at one point. But it is simply not true anymore. At the very least the two platforms are on par. And I would argue that Apple now lags behind Android.The Inconvenient TruthFirst, look at software. As a leading mobile recently declared, Apple’s iOS operating system has fallen behind Android. So much so that last year Apple tossed out the guy who ran its iOS software division.In hardware, Android quality varies depending on the make and model. Certainly you can buy a poorly made Android phone, but high-end phones like the Nexus 4 and Galaxy S3 have top-notch fit and finish.Then there’s screen size. With Apple you get two sizes: tiny and not-quite-as-tiny-but-still-frustrating. Android phones have bigger displays. Sure it’s a matter of personal preference, but to me the bigger screens are better. The rest of the world seems to think so too. Apple and its fans have touted the superiority of Apple Retina Display. (Except when the iPad Mini came out without the Retina Display, at which point the fanboys said they really didn’t notice the difference.) But that’s on tablets. On the phone, apparently, they still notice the difference, and the Retina Display is said to be a huge advantage for Apple.But guess what? The iPhone’s pixel density is 326 pixels per inch (PPI), which is actually less than some of the latest Android phones. Even the Samsung GS3 has 306 PPI, which should be indistinguishable from the 326 PPI on the iPhone, since as Steve Jobs once said there’s a “magic number right around 300 pixels per inch” above which the human eye can’t tell the difference. Apparently that “magic number” stopped working once Samsung hit 306 PPI. Or maybe it got bumped up to 326. At least that seems to be the case for Apple fanboys, who will tell you that even though Steve Jobs said the human eye can’t see any difference above 300 PPI, they can still see it. By the way, why are we arguing about pixels? How about we call it even on resolution, and give Android the win when it comes to size.As for number of apps available, Android has caught up with the former leader and now is on track to surpass Apple by the middle of this year. Anyway, that game of “total apps available” has become pointless. When it comes to the apps that most of us need and want, they’re all available on both platforms. Some developers now give Android more priority. Also keep in mind that in the past year even hardcore Apple fans have been replacing their built-in Apple apps with superior apps from Google, including Google Maps. The Power Of PropagandaNevertheless, in America, a noisy chorus of pro-Apple bloggers keeps repeating the mantra about Android being cheap and crappy and second-rate, and people keep believing it and insisting that they must have an iPhone. American consumers have been told that those Android smartphones are hard to use, or complicated, or geeky, or unreliable, and, worst of all, on top of all that, they’re made forpoor people.And that’s where the rhetoric starts to border on something ugly. Look at what Apple fans were saying in April 2012 when Instagram became available on Android. Cult of Mac had a nice roundup which included sneering tweets about Walmart and “poor peasants” and “riff raff” and “poor people,” but also included these:* “It’s like when all the ghetto people started coming to the nice suburbs. Instagram was our nice lil suburb.”* “Instagram just got a whole lotta ghetto.” The italics are mine, and I’ve added them for a reason. Yes, it’s the dreaded G word, and it comes up again in a Dec. 13, 2011 article by Glenn Derene, who wrote that “Android’s Cheap, Low Quality Apps Make It Feel Like A Technological Ghetto.”Thank you, Apple fans, for bringing Karl Rove tactics to the world of tech.Despite all this name-calling, Apple promoters still claim to have no idea why Android users resent them, or resent Apple. Confronted with the insults that they’ve been hurling at Android users, they effect a faux-naif posture of innocence and disingenuousness.One example is a post that Apple fan Marco Arment just wrote lamenting what he sees as “Anti-Apple Anger,” and wondering “What is it about Apple and its success that makes people so angry?”Yes, indeed, why are those Android ghetto riff-raff so ticked off?See, I don’t think it’s Apple’s success that irks people.I think it’s that Android users are sick of being called stupid, poor and lacking in taste by a handful of smug, condescending posers.I think it’s that we don’t don’t like to see Android users depicted as homeless people sleeping on sidewalks.I think it’s that we don’t like seeing Apple bloggers imply that Android’s success doesn’t really count because what — poor people don’t count?I think it’s because some of us understand what that ghetto coded language is about, and when you start tossing it around we really don’t want to be in your club anymore. The real question is how long can this lifejacket of bullshit continue to buoy Apple’s business in the U.S. market? At some point won’t the U.S. wake up and realize what the rest of the world already knows?The FutureI tend to think that things revert to the mean. I tend to think that open beats closed, that choice beats lack of choice, that diversity beats homogeneity, that offering a range of models from low-cost to high-cost ends up being a winning strategy.I also tend to think that Apple’s stalled earnings growth and stock price collapse based on three quarters of disappointing financial results are living proof, in numbers, that Eric Raymond’s 1997 essay, “The Cathedral and the Bazaar,” was correct.Of course if Apple comes out with a breakthrough TV its business will take off like a rocket again. Better yet, if Apple produces a TV we will be treated to the spectacle of seeing its chorus of fanbloggers becoming overnight experts on television technology and sharing their wisdom at great length on things like chamfers, bezels, aspect ratios, color saturation, contrast ratio and all the other aspects of industrial design that only incredibly sophisticated, Dieter Rams-loving aesthetes can truly appreciate. The display might have more pixels than other TVs, or it might not, but it will still look better than any other TV because the pixels themselves will be better pixels, made from magic pixel dust.Most important, the Apple TV will cost more, and thus will be more desirable, and all other TVs will be cheap Asian clones made by Asians who speak Asian and copy Apple, and therefore those TVs will appeal only to homeless people and people who have no education and no taste or who can’t afford an Apple TV because they collect welfare and live in the ghetto, if you know what I mean, nudge nudge wink wink.The worst thing is, that kind of bullshit will work. Because it always works, especially in America. Which says more about us than it does about Apple.Image courtesy of Reuters. Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#Android#China#Google#Government#international center_img brian s hall A white paper issued last week by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology could pose a significant threat to Android. According to the government paper, China’s “mobile operating system research and development is too dependent on Android.” Reuters broke the story Tuesday. Should the Ministry take action to limit Android within the country, there could be a major impact on the world’s most popular smartphone OS – and a potential big win for Apple and others.As Reuters noted, the China Ministry was quite direct in its concern about Android:While the Android system is open source, the core technology and technology roadmap is strictly controlled by Google.What’s behind  China’s fears?The world’s largest smartphone market could be worried that its homegrown companies will be unable to develop their own viable mobile OS. Or that Google’s control of Android might ultimately favor their Motorola division or other partners. While Android has become the dominant smartphone platform around the world, with an estimated 70% market share, Android commands an estimated 90% of the Chinese smartphone market.Android’s Bumpy Road To ChinaThis is not the first time Google and China have locked horns over Android. Last May, China officially approved Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility. As the Wall Street Journal noted at the time, the Chinese government required Google to keep the Android service open source and to make it broadly available to China’s handset manufacturers, including ZTE and Huawei. Despite this requirement, South Korea’s Samsung remains by far the dominant Android handset maker, both overall and inside China.Late last year there was a highly publicized spat over Android between Google and China’s Alibaba Group, one of the world’s largest e-commerce platforms. Alibaba had developed its own Aliyun mobile operating system and inked a deal with Acer to offer smarpthones using the new OS. At the time, more than 90% of Acer’s smartphones ran on Google’s Android. Under pressure from Google, however, Acer nixed the project right before launch.Alibaba claimed that Aliyun was developed in-house using Linux, while Google claimed it was a “non-compatible” version  of Android. As a member of Google’s Open Handset Alliance (OHA), Acer was prohibited from supporting non-compatible versions of Android. Andy Rubin, Google’s head of Android, posted comments on his public Google+ page that no doubt inflamed the situation:The fact is, Aliyun uses the Android runtime, framework and tools. And your app store contains Android apps (including pirated Google apps). So there’s really no disputing that Aliyun is based on the Android platform and takes advantage of all the hard work that’s gone into that platform by the OHA.  What Could Happen NextThis latest Ministry white paper could be a signal that the government will officially support Alibaba or other solutions over Google’s Android, or possibly seek ways to limit Android’s dominance of the Chinese market.If so, this could have a significant impact on both the Android ecosystem and Google itself. Google’s hope is that Android will spur widespread adoption of Google services and generate significant mobile ad and mobile search revenues. Forbes, for example, estimates that mobile search ads contribute 35% to Google’s overall market value, “primarily because we expect mobile advertising revenues to increase.”The latest actions by China could limit that potential. Google’s services have a limited footprint in China even as China’s low-cost smartphone manufacturers have helped quickly spread Android – and Google’s mobile services – throughout the world. Should China take action to limit Android within the country, this could cause Chinese manufacturers to pull back on Android in China and around the world, perhaps opening doors for new operating systems.Meanwhile, Apple continues its efforts to grow its sales in China. Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook predicted that China would become Apple’s number one market. “China is currently our second largest market, Cook said. “I believe it will become our first. I believe strongly that it will.”While in China, Cook met with a number of government officials and with China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua. China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile phone carrier, with over 700 million subscribers. Anything that limits Android’s appeal inside China will most likely help Apple. Along with Apple, of course, other smartphone OS companies may also benefit from China’s growing concern over Android’s market dominance. As TechCrunch has noted, for example, Jolla, the Finnish start-up whose OS is built atop the failed MeeGo operating system, is focusing its efforts on the massive China market. Top image courtesy of Android’s Google+ page. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_imgThe Gujarat government on Monday canceled all permissions granted to the bankrupt Sterling group promoted by the absconding Sandesara brothers to develop an all-weather port in Dahej.The absconding promoters of the Sterling group – Nitin and Chetan Sandesara – are alleged to have defrauded over ₹ 14,500 crore of public money. Two of their flagships–Sterling Biotech and Sterling SEZ are in bankruptcy tribunals now.Both the brothers are absconding since their names came up in the bank loan scam and money laundering activities and federal agencies began probing them.“Chief minister Vijay Rupani today decided to cancel all the permissions given for building an all-weather berthing port at Dahej to Sterling Ports of Nitin Sandesara,” the chief minister’s office said in a statement on Monday.“Rupani has also directed the Gujarat Maritime Board to recover the amount that the company had to pay as bank guarantees and also to take re-possession of the 84.95 hectares given to the company for developing the port,” the statement added.The Gujarat Maritime Board and a consortium led by Sterling Biotech had entered into an agreement to develop the Dahej port as an all-weather direct berthing port in 2009.Following this, the board had handed over 84.95 hectares to the group in 2010.The Sterling consortium had formed a new company – Sterling Port – to develop the port and had also signed a concession agreement in 2014 with the board.As per the agreement, the company was to invest ₹ 2,500 crore in the first phase and had to deposit 1.5 percent of the equity along with another ₹ 5 crore as performance guarantee with the maritime board.But the company is yet to start any work on the port, government officials said, adding it even failed to deposit ₹ 37.50 crore which it had to pay as bank guarantee to the government.Earlier in the day, the board of directors of the maritime board met and recommended to cancel the contract, they said, adding following this, the Chief Minister ordered cancellation of all the agreements and permissions given to the Sandesara group.The Sandesaras brothers are alleged to have committed bank frauds to the tune of ₹ 14,500 crore of the one by Sterling Biotech alone is around ₹8,100 crore, according to the Enforcement Directorate. The brothers have been absconding since the federal agency CBI registered a bank fraud case against them in 2017.last_img read more

first_img3 IS-linked gunmen slain in Maguindanao offensives Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “This kind of gathering is our way to spend quality time with each other. This is our way to inspire other athletes, tighten our bond, and learn from each other.”Sangiao added the titles won by his fighters are the result of hard work, dedication and sacrifice.“It’s our biggest year. We won championship titles and received many awards this year. This is the result of our hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. Like we always say, this is our passion. We love what we do. These awards and titles are just the fruit of our hard labor,” said Sangiao.Champion or not, Eustaquio said what’s more important is each one of them is happy.“We are grateful for every year. We are always full of joy,” Eustaquio stated. “Seeing each other happy, seeing everyone living a peaceful life is more than enough.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Duterte urged to order review of all power deals with generation firms Comelec disputes PCIJ report on voter turnout in Lanao del Sur town SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “We have an early celebration coming up this Saturday, 15 December. We are going to have a beach house party in San Juan, La Union,” said ONE flyweight champion Geje Eustaquio.“The gathering will celebrate our accomplishments this 2018, and also prepare for 2019. Everybody will come that day, most notably our professional athletes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefTeam Lakay’s celebration is also an opportunity for Folayang, Eustaquio, bantamweight king Kevin Belingon and strawweight titleholder Joshua Pacio to share their experiences and journey to the top of their respective divisions.“We have a program, a feast, and an open mat for whoever wants to roll. Our world champions will share their experience and tell what they went through this year,” Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao said. Top 10 finishers in 1st PH OCR Open earn national team pool slots Fans are in a frenzy as Netflix reveals that Henry Cavill is coming to Manila Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Photo from ONE ChampionshipTeam Lakay has a ton of reasons to celebrate for after four of its top fighters earned world titles this year with Eduard Folayang capping it off by reclaiming the ONE lightweight crown last month.And there’s no better time to celebrate the victories than the Yuletide season.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more