We’re almost at the middle of 2014, and research firm IDC predicts that smartphone sales will reach around 1.2 billion units by the end of this year, in its mobile phone forecast. It’s a massive 23.1 percent jump as compared to 2013.
The home automation market is all set to get organized pretty soon. Market speculations have put major technology companies like Google and Apple running towards grabbing as much tech arsenal as possible, to get into the market. It’s more of putting bits and pieces of existing technologies together, but this packaging will give birth to a lot more interesting ecosystems.
Developing mobile apps is a multi-step process. It has come a long way since smartphone operating systems starting evolving a few years ago, and now there are a number of tools and services you can rely on while developing apps. A perfect mobile development ecosystem will help you get through most of the tasks quickly and much more efficiently.
Google is all set to expand its Android based ecosystem. The company announced significant updates to Google Play Payments including support for PayPal payments. Google Play Store users in around 12 countries will be able to make payments for content and devices on Google Play Store using their PayPal account balance.
An OS compatibility architecture called Cider has been developed by some students from Columbia University. Cider can enable users to run iOS apps on an Android device. The six students used domestic as well as foreign binary on the same device to make it work.
Coda is probably one of the best web editors on the Mac. Panic, the company that develops the tool, has announced that the next release of Coda will happen outside Apple’s Mac App Store. Sandboxing is believed to be the culprit here.
The news of Yahoo acquiring yet another company doesn’t seem to surprise anyone now. But when Yahoo acquires a mobile messaging app, there are heads turning around for sure, and eyebrows going up. Yahoo has acquired Blink, a mobile messaging app on the lines of Snapchat.
LG announced three new tablets under its G Pad brand. These new tablets will come in with a display size of 7, 8, and 10 inch, allowing consumers with more choice based on their comfort level for choosing a tablet. The specifications are somewhat similar to the company’s 8.3-inch tablet currently in the market.
Payments company Square is looking to expand rapidly. The company has launched a new mobile app — Square Order — which will allow customers to place orders at eating places close to their place, make a payment on the app, and collect the food when it’s ready.
Motorola today announced its new budget Android smartphone — Moto E — at a press event here in India. Moto E is aimed at developing markets, and comes as a third option to its current line of Moto X and Moto G smartphones.