• Chitika: At the 9 p.m. peak, iPad gets 4X Android tablets' web use

    Today's chart: iPad vs. Android tablets vs. Microsoft Surface, hour by hour

    FORTUNE -- The folks at the Chitika ad network set out last month to test whether Microsoft's (MSFT) Surface -- heavily promoted as the tablet best suited for doing real work -- is actually being used more in work settings than Apple's (AAPL) iPad or all those tablets that run Google's (GOOG) Android.

    To find out, they analyzed tens of millions of MORE

    - Feb 12, 2014 9:45 AM ET
  • If you wonder why Apple shares go down when sales go up...

    Here's a five-minute podcast that explains it in plain English (and in an English accent).

    FORTUNE -- If you're not familiar with Ben Bajarin and Benedict Evans' weekly Cubed podcast, their latest episode -- What a Week in Tech! -- is a great place to start.

    The two analysts have a lot on their plate: Google's (GOOG) sale of Motorola to Lenovo, reports of a Samsung-Google nonaggression pact, Facebook's (FB) new Paper app for IOS, and MORE

    - Feb 1, 2014 11:41 AM ET
  • 'Google Play Store lets your kid spend like a drunken sailor'

    Consumer Reports compared Google's parental controls with Apple's. Guess what.

    FORTUNE -- Consumer Reports, which hasn't been particularly kind to the iPhone lately, came to Apple's (AAPL) defense Friday -- two days after the FTC declared a $35.2 million "victory for consumers" against the company.

    According to the FTC, Apple failed to warn parents that by entering a password, they weren't just approving a single in-app purchase but were also letting their MORE

    - Jan 17, 2014 6:53 PM ET
  • Don't mistake Apple's market share for its installed base

    The top chart makes for exciting headlines. The bottom chart is the one that matters.

    FORTUNE -- For investors who missed Charles Arthur's useful primer in The Guardian on the difference between market share and installed base, the charts he published Thursday make the point even more succinctly.

    The top chart, created from the U.S. smartphone sales data that Kantar publishes, is the stuff of tech headlines -- the horserace in which Apple's MORE

    - Jan 10, 2014 7:33 AM ET
  • Samsung stumbles into 2014

    And you thought Apple had a bad 2013 ...

    FORTUNE -- Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, 71, looked a little shaky Thursday as he arrived to deliver his annual new year's address.

    And so did the conglomerate he's run since 1987 (not counting the two years he took off after his 2008 conviction for embezzlement and tax evasion).

    Samsung plays the heavy in so many global markets -- and so many Apple (AAPL) stories -- that MORE

    - Jan 3, 2014 10:58 AM ET
  • Infographic of the day: The 12 steps of an Android upgrade

    For owners of Apple's iPhone or iPad, it's a straight shot from iTunes to their device.

    FORTUNE -- When it comes to understanding the difference between Apple's (AAPL) iOS and Google's  (GOOG) Android, the long skinny picture attached below is worth at least 1,000 words.

    It was produced for the Taiwanese manufacturer HTC and spotted last week by 9to5Google's David Beren.

    We have no idea, of course, what's going on within Apple to get MORE

    - Jan 2, 2014 4:30 PM ET
  • Charts: How Apple's iOS users outspent Android on Christmas day

    As a percentage of online sales, 5 to 1. By dollars spent per sale, almost 2 to 1.

    FORTUNE -- For those who thought IBM's Black Friday weekend sales report was a fluke -- the one that showed Apple (AAPL) iOS users making 4.95 times as many online purchases as Android users, despite a smaller U.S. installed base -- IBM has issued its Christmas day follow-up.

    Bottom line: The ratio of iOS to Android purchases actually MORE

    - Dec 27, 2013 12:03 PM ET
  • Florian Mueller: Hypocrisy, thy name is Google

    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 MORE

    - Dec 25, 2013 2:55 PM ET
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  • Apple's iPhone forced Google's Android team to 'start over'

    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 MORE

    - Dec 20, 2013 7:40 AM ET
  • Fragmentation blues: Google's Android vs. Apple's iOS

    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 MORE

    - Dec 13, 2013 7:26 AM ET
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