Tech wrap: Android continues world conquest
Google’s Android platform has taken almost 50 percent of the global smartphone market, dominating in the Asia-Pacific region, research firm Canalys said. It was the number one platform in 35 of the 56 countries Canalys tracks, resulting in a market share of 48 percent, the research firm said. By comparison, Apple, which shipped 20.3 million iPhones, is a distant second with a market share of 19 percent but it overtook ailing handset maker Nokia as the world’s largest individual smartphone vendor.
Apple’s next generation iPhone will be unveiled in October, not September, according to a source, writes John Paczkowski at All Things Digital. Other sources said it will be later in the month, rather than earlier, Paczkowski added.
Samsung has agreed to halt sales of the newest version of its Galaxy tablet in Australia until a patent lawsuit brought by Apple in the country is resolved, Bloomberg reported. Samsung will also provide Apple three samples of a new Australian version of Galaxy at least seven days before it plans to start distributing it so the U.S. company can review it, Bloomberg said, citing Australian court documents.
A British teenager charged with hacking offenses and believed to be a leading member of the Anonymous and LulzSec online activist groups was released on bail in a London court on Monday on condition he did not use the Internet. Jake Davis, 18, who goes by the online nickname of “Topiary,” was charged with computer attacks on Sony, UK crime and health authorities and Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper arm News International. Davis, who has no previous criminal convictions, is due to appear for his first trial hearing on August 30 in London.
Google bought The Dealmap, expanding further into a potentially lucrative daily deals market now dominated by the likes of Groupon and LivingSocial. Terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed. The daily deals sector has exploded in recent years. There are more than 400 providers now and the industry may generate as much as $6.1 billion in annual gross revenue by 2015, according to BIA/Kelsey, which tracks local advertising.
Google’s Chrome overtook Mozilla Firefox in July to become Britain’s second-most popular Web browser after Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Web analytics firm StatCounter said.