Claims Google rails against "patent trolls" while investing billions to play the same game.
FORTUNE -- The ironies in the complaint Google (GOOG) filed in a California federal court Monday were not lost of FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller.
Google was responding to a pair of patent infringement suits filed in October by Rockstar -- the consortium led by Apple (AAPL) that edged out the search giant ($4.5 billion to Google's $4.4 billion) in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 25, 2013 2:55 PM ET
Android's designers had to scrap their first try after Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone.
FORTUNE -- "As a consumer I was blown away. I wanted one immediately. But as a Google engineer, I thought 'We're going to have to start over.'"
That's the money quote in the excerpt from Chapter 2 of Fred Vogelstein's Dogfight that was posted online Wednesday by The Atlantic. (The first chapter, you may recall, was excerpted two months ago MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 20, 2013 7:40 AM ET
Two charts illustrate a key difference between the two leading mobile operating systems.
FORTUNE -- The chart at right, taken from the Wikipedia entry for Android version history, illustrates the problem app developers call Android fragmentation -- the splintering of Google's (GOOG) installed base into incompatible fragments. Applications that run on one combination of hardware and software don't necessarily run on others.
Wikipedia doesn't offer a similar chart for Apple (AAPL) iOS, and the graphic MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 13, 2013 7:26 AM ET
If Microsoft ends up giving away its mobile operating systems, it will be playing catch-up with Google's dominant Android OS.
FORTUNE -- Microsoft (MSFT) is reportedly considering a radical shift in its mobile strategy: offering its operating systems free to manufacturers of mobile devices.
The Verge, quoting unnamed sources "familiar with Microsoft's plans" reported Wednesday that the company might trade in the revenues it gets from licensing Windows Phone and Windows RT by MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Dec 11, 2013 3:26 PM ET
Asymco's Horace Dediu now expects U.S. smartphone penetration to hit 90% by Dec. 2016.
FORTUNE -- I don't pretend to understand -- even after reading the Wikipedia entry on logistic regression -- the statistics Asymco's Horace Dediu used to draw the chart at right.
But even I can see that the curves representing various smartphone platforms have different shapes:
Orange: Research in Motion (BBRY), headed south
Blue: Microsoft (MSFT), recovering
Yellow: Android (GOOG), leveling off
NetApplications' November report shows steady gains by Android's Jelly Bean version 4.1.
FORTUNE -- Tim Cook likes to trot out Net Applications' monthly reports to show that although Apple's (AAPL) iOS ceded market share this year to Google's (GOOG) Android in terms of devices sold, it continues to dominate the Web in terms of devices used -- i.e. connected to the Internet and generating the online sales and ad revenues that MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 1, 2013 7:20 AM ET
Google frontman Eric Schmidt offers iPhone users an early Christmas present.
FORTUNE -- On Monday, Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt posted a guide for switching to an Android phone from an Apple (AAPL) iPhone. "Many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android," he began, laying out the procedure in 873 words and 17 steps (not counting five verifications).
By Tuesday morning his post had been forwarded 1,856 times and gathered 3,929 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 26, 2013 8:08 AM ET
The trade in bootleg USB videos and Android-based media players is booming in Asia.
FORTUNE -- One of the mysteries of the tablet wars -- where Android tablet shipments have been advancing rapidly on Apple's (AAPL) iPad -- is what exactly all those Android tablets are doing.
The answer may be that a lot of them aren't tablets at all. They may instead be so-called Android TV sticks and boxes -- typically dongle-like devices MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 18, 2013 8:33 AM ET
Is the company's predicament really as desperate as he makes it out to be?
FORTUNE -- Business Insider's Henry Blodget has a message for Apple "fans" -- an expression he used eight times in the space of one heavily illustrated post Friday, starting with the headline:
Come On, Apple Fans, It's Time To Admit That The Company Is Blowing It
Buttressing his message is a deck of slides -- including the one above MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 15, 2013 4:52 PM ET
Apple's iPad now trails Android in both units shipped AND revenues, says Morgan Stanley.
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) investors have long taken comfort in the fact that even if its share of tablet shipments fell behind Android's in a particular quarter, the company still took home the lion's share of tablet revenues.
That's no longer true, says Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty.
Working from the tracking numbers IDC released two weeks ago -- which MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 15, 2013 8:27 AM ET
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