In the wake of Samsung’s $1.05 billion punch in the nose from Apple in their high-stakes patent trial, the general reaction seems to be that Samsung’s loss is also a major setback for Google and Android. That’s not necessarily the whole story. In some ways, Apple could actually be doing Google an unintended favor. For the most part, Google’s [...]
Is HTML5 a distant dream or a here-and-now lifeline for the mobile Web? A recent report from research firm Gartner predicted that this collection of next-gen Web technologies is still five to 10 years from becoming a suitable basis for businesses. But developers are moving forward apace, and HTML5-enabled apps will become ubiquitous within m [...]
When Motorola Mobility was plummeting to its doom in 2011, Google rode to the rescue. Now, with massive layoffs and a proposed sale of critical assets, the knight in shining armor seems hellbent on tearing its acquisition to pieces as part of its restructuring process. Is Motorola nothing more a legal hedge for the search giant, or is there [...]
Samsung just made a mistake.
On August 15, Adobe will no longer offer Flash for Android through the Google Play store. Any Android device that does not already have Flash will be unable to download it any longer. It is the end of a very long, difficult road for Adobe as it cedes video on mobile browsers to HTML5. Come tomorrow, if you do not already have Flash on your A [...]
The rise of Apple as the darling of the technology industry was a decade in the making. The company had fallen on hard times before its co-founder and guru Steve Jobs came back in 1997 and redefined what Apple computers stood for. A decade later, in 2007, Apple released the iPhone, and love for the company as well as its revenue have skyrock [...]
Going deeper into Wednesday’s Starbucks-Square mobile-payment announcement, it’s obvious who the big winner is. And it’s not necessarily Starbucks or even Square. The coffee giant has partnered with fledgling mobile-payments vendor Square to bring smartphone purchases to its 11,000 U.S. stores. It’s a deal that adds weight to the argument th [...]