SAN FRANCISCO The mobile video game Kingdoms at War is popular with owners of Apple Inc’s iPhone and Google Inc’s Android smartphones alike. But for the game’s maker, there is a very important difference – it earns more than double the money on iPhones and iPads than it does on Android devices. The disparity is a weakness for Android, which has emerged as the world’s most widespread mobile operating system, but has long suffered second-class status among software app developers who prefer the prestige, higher revenue potential and uniformity of Apple’s rival platform. But app developers say that is changing [...]
Google and Samsung have teamed up for the Nexus 10 Android tablet, coming November 13.Google’s new 10-inch tablet is a direct competitor to Apple’s full-size iPadThe 16GB version will cost $ 399 and the 32GB version $ 499It will be running a new version of Android’s Jelly Bean operating systemThe tablet goes on sale November 13 While Apple is busy pushing a smaller tablet to take on Google and Amazon’s 7-inch offerings, Google is thinking big.The company has teamed up with Samsung for the new Nexus 10 tablet, a direct competitor to the full-size iPad.The Nexus 10 is a solid [...]
Google’s (GOOG) shares closed down 8% on Thursday after a rollercoaster session caused by the premature release of third-quarter results that badly missed analysts’ projections. The leaked earnings forced Google to halt trading on its stock, which failed to mount much of a rebound once trading resumed in late afternoon action. Google blamed the early release on a mistake by R.R. Donnelley (RRD), its financial printer, which Google said filed the company’s 8-K earnings statement “without authorization.” R.R. Donnelley said it is investigating the premature release. Hours after the accidental release, Google released a new 8-K that corrected and superseded [...]
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO Google Inc’s shares have clung tenaciously near record highs after a three-month, 30 percent rally fueled by rising optimism about Internet advertising, but Wall Street fears it may be running out of steam. Google stock has hovered near an all-time high of $ 774.38 since touching that peak on October 5. To break through that level, investors and analysts say it needs to run a gauntlet of risks that could undermine its status as technology’s second-most valuable company. The most immediate concerns center on competition in the mobile arena, which is shaping up as the main battleground [...]
SAN FRANCISCO Yahoo Inc. said late Monday that it hired Henrique de Castro as chief operating officer, finally settling the question on who will be Marissa Mayer’s No. 2 at Yahoo. De Castro, who is currently vice president of Google Inc.’s worldwide Partner Business Solutions group will start at Yahoo on or before Jan. 22. Mayer joined Yahoo as chief executive after leaving Google in mid-July. In August, Yahoo began actively searching for a COO to focus on restructuring and finance while Mayer handled product and innovation.
Shipments of smartphones running Google’s (GOOG) Android operating system will continue to dominate other platforms by an overwhelming margin according to a new report. Digitimes Research, the analyst arm of daily trade paper Digitimes, on Friday said that Android accounted for approximately 60% of all smartphones shipped in the first half of 2012. Despite the imminent launch of Apple’s (AAPL) sixth-generation iPhone next month — which could sell 50 million units this year according to recent estimates from Baird’s William Power — Digitimes Research analyst Luke Lin estimates that Android’s market share in the second half will balloon to 70% [...]
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