Google's mobile operating system may be getting a boost from -- of all places -- Blackberry.
FORTUNE -- This week's Google I/O conference in San Francisco was disappointingly light on Android news. And it was especially light on new, enterprise-friendly features for Android devices. Instead, it showed improvements aimed at consumers and education institutions. But while Google may not seem focused on making its mobile operating system more attractive to IT departments, MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - May 17, 2013 9:23 AM ET
Google's Android and Apple's iOS still make up the vast majority of the market.
FORTUNE -- There's a new number three.
Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Phone operating system has overtaken BlackBerry (BBRY) for the first time, according to researcher IDC. The firm released its quarterly report on the smartphone market, showing that during the first quarter of 2013, Windows devices made up 3.2% of all smartphones shipped. BlackBerry devices accounted for 2.9% of MOREMatt Vella - May 16, 2013 10:46 AM ET
In the U.S., it's everybody's but Apple's according to comScore.
FORTUNE -- It's often been said that Android's share of the U.S. smartphone market has come chiefly out of the hides of Research in Motion's (BBRY) BlackBerry and Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Phone, but nothing shows this quite as clearly as Horace Dediu's charts at Asymco.com.
Not that Apple (AAPL) hasn't been hurt by the success of Google's (GOOG) mobile platform. Some of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 5, 2013 6:56 PM ET
Overall, quarterly downloads were up 11% and revenues up 9%.
FORTUNE -- Canalys on Monday issued a report on app downloads at four major mobile stores: Google (GOOG) Play, Apple's (AAPL) App Store, Microsoft (MSFT) Windows Phone Store and Research in Motion's (BBRY) BlackBerry World.
The news was good for Google and Apple. For Microsoft and BlackBerry, not so much.
Among the findings:
App downloads at the four stores totaled 13.4 billion in Q1, up 11% MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 8, 2013 11:30 AM ET
Have a fancy navigation system? It's probably running software built by QNX, a little-known but powerful Canadian company.
By Kurt Wagner, reporter
FORTUNE -- Under the bright lights of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last January, a stunning black Bentley sat with the top down on the showroom floor. The Bentley -- a Continental GTC convertible starting at $191,000 -- became the center of attention throughout most of the MOREApr 5, 2013 7:12 AM ET
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HTC's marketing chief takes bolder approach [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
"We have a lot of innovations but we haven't been loud enough," said Mr. Ho, a Singaporean who is HTC's third marketing chief in less than two years. The new approach, he says, will be bolder.
Customers were treated to a sneak peek of the new strategy when HTC fielded teams to demo the One outside the MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 26, 2013 3:00 AM ET
Also: Apple's internal design teams play nice; Samsung guns for low-end smartphone market.
Google's Android unit reportedly building a smart watch [THE VERGE]
According to a recent report from The Financial Times, Google might also be getting into the smartwatch game. And unlike Glass, which was developed in the company's experimental X Lab, the watch (not pictured above) is said to be under development by the Android unit, possibly indicating that Google sees it MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 22, 2013 3:26 PM ET
It's increasingly a two-platform race -- at least for now
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FORTUNE -- ComScore released dozens of useful slides in its Mobile Future in Focus "webinar" Wednesday. The one above shows that not once since the iPhone was introduced in 2007 has Apple's (AAPL) platform had the largest share of the U.S. smartphone market.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 20, 2013 5:57 PM ET
As Apple and Google dominate the American market, former leaders Microsoft and RIM find themselves brawling for third.
FORTUNE -- On Jan. 30, Research in Motion -- the Canadian company that once owned the American smartphone industry -- will attempt to regain its foothold with the launch of a new mobile operating system, BlackBerry 10. The company's goal is not to out-innovate the iPhone. Rather, in a market controlled by Apple MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Jan 28, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Also: Microsoft's Surface gets priced; Apple to unveil the iPad mini Oct. 23?
Apple event set for Oct. 23. Investors await the iPad mini [FORTUNE]
If the price were right, a smaller tablet that could run 700,000 iOS apps -- 250,000 of them customized for the iPad -- would be, in the words of Sterne Agee's Shaw Wu, the "competition's worst nightmare."
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