According to ComScore, in September 2012 - just ahead of the introduction of Apple Maps - there were a total of 81.1m users of Google Maps, out of a total of 103.6m iPhones and Android phones users.
But a year later, its smartphone data says that the total number of Google Maps users is much lower, at 43% of iPhone and Android users - or 58.7m, despite the user base growing to 136.7m.
A federal court’s decision to let a class action suit move forward against Google for nabbing data transmitted over household Wi-Fi networks adds a new wrinkle to the Internet titan’s perplexing approach to privacy rights. via Pocket
I’m not a huge fan of Google because of this very case.
The next-generation iPhone is rumored to bring some radical changes for users, and it will also mark a very public break-up between Apple and Google. Much-loved Google products on iOS will now disappear or be replaced with Apple variants, while hardware design changes will bring long-term improvements, but short-term headaches for some users.
The latest beta releases of iOS 6 are now giving a clearer indication of which of Google’s services Apple will drop or replace with its own, with several reports indicating upcoming design and hardware changes that you’ll have to keep in mind. Until the new iPhone is announced on September 12, as reports indicate, here are the changes being discussed and what they mean. (via Four things Apple will eliminate with iPhone 5 and iOS 6 | Macworld)
iGoogle will be retired in 16 months, on November 1, 2013. The mobile version will be retired on July 31, 2012.
Google is taking over the world, one city, one nation at a time. “Here on Google Island, we strum rubber guitars…”
Google’s Android operating system is set to receive a massive boost in Taiwan with news that Japan-based Open Embedded Software Foundation is set to issue proposals detailing a concept of building the country as an Android Island, Digitimes reports. By educating and working with manufacturers and vendors in the country, the OESF hopes to paint Taiwan as Android Island, effectively promoting Android in devices other than smartphones, encouraging the development of Android-powered TV’s, set-top boxes, in-car computing systems and digital video recorders, building on the well developed technology supply chains in the country. The concept of painting regions as Android-focused areas is not a new one, the OESF has already successfully built a number of Android Cities in Japan and will present its new plans to Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau, which forms part of Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs. With microprocessing technology firm ARM, Fujitsu, Toshiba, NTT France Telecom, and over 70 supporting organisations, the foundation aims to help “jointly develop and promote standardization of common framework and platform among the participating members for various devices and systems other than cellular phones.” The OESF will submit its proposal in cooperation with Linaro, a non-profit software engineering company investing in core Linux software and systems running on ARM chips. (via Taiwan Set to Become an ‘Android Island’ in New Proposals)