eWEEK is ending its first year of eWEEKchats with a look ahead to 2014 and the new and different things we may expect to encounter.
IDC forecasts that tablets running Google's Android operating system will constitute 60.8 percent of the worldwide market in 2013.
In its third-quarter threat report, McAfee finds attackers increasingly focus on mobile devices and use digital signature to make code seem more legitimate.
Although Android comes with Google Maps, and the search company's platform is arguably the best mapping solution out there, some folks running Android mobile devices need more than that. That's why so many developers have created applications that are designed to help people travel and get around their towns with ease. Now, it should be noted that not all travel-focused applications are made the same. Some applications provide mapping technology, like Google Maps, while others are designed to help users see reviews, find a favorite restaurant, or provide information on where they can find this holiday season's hot product around their area. Location-based apps, in other words, offer a wealth of opportunities for those folks who want to know more about their areas and get what they're after. This eWEEK slide show offers a look at Android apps designed to help folks get around town with ease. Some of the apps are well-known, and some will be new to you. Some are free; others are simple and cheap; still others are complex and expensive.
The ex-Nokia workers who, not ready to give up on MeeGo, formed Jolla, have announced their first smartphones are shipping.
The Nokia Lumia 525, a variant of the 520, costs $199, has swappable, candy-colored shells and may be the Moto G's challenger in emerging markets.
NEWS ANALYSIS: Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt raised eyebrows when he posted to his Google+ page a step-by-step guide on moving away from the iPhone and to an Android-based device, like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Motorola's Verizon Droid Ultra and the Nexus 5. All of those devices, Schmidt argues in his posting, "have better screens, are faster, and have a much more intuitive interface" than the iPhone. Schmidt then went on to discuss the seemingly simple process with which current iPhone owners can embark and move to Android phones. Schmidt even offered some general advice, saying that users should use Chrome instead of Apple's Safari. "It's safer and better in so many ways," he argued. Not surprisingly, the posting charged up Google's diehard fans and enraged Apple's. The posting also brought to the fore the idea of users actually switching from iPhones to Android-based handsets. Although Schmidt indicates that such a move is simple, eWEEK takes a look at several factors to consider before making the switch.
The GSM version of the Moto G is now available, says Motorola, which originally promised a January delivery.
Eric Schmidt says that many of his friends are jumping to Android, so he wants to help make the transition easier with step-by-step instructions.
Google Play Newsstand brings together Google's existing Magazines and Currents apps so Android users can get the stories they want to read in one place.
The Nexus 7 can be the first wireless-charging tablet, with the $50 Nexus Wireless Charger, shipping from Google Play Nov. 29.
The Moto X is available from all major carriers. Verizon Wireless customers, though, are the first to start upgrading to KitKat, Android 4.4.
Google has launched a special section in its Play store where educators can find cool apps for teaching their students.
NEWS ANALYSIS: The Isis mobile wallet will work first with Android phones. But will support others soon and will ultimately bring Near-Field Communication (NFC) to the iPhone.
Google wants to help Android developers sell their apps in other countries by translating them into other languages.