To some, that's likely to come off as unconvincing justification for a boxy, ugly design that's more reminiscent of the original BlackBerry pager than a modern smartphone. To others, it may be just the unconventional pitch they've been waiting for. Either way, the Passport is critical to BlackBerry's future. The Passport: a doorway to more business Yes, I know how that sounds, especially in light of CEO John Chen's commitment to diversifying the business. Hardware sales accounted for only 39% of revenue in the most recent quarter.
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Amazon hopes to simplify mobile app http://www.androidsentral.com testing with new tool | PCWorld
In-house testing is great for isolating and fixing bugs, but its not enough to ensure that an application will work correctly once regular users start installing it, Amazon said in a blog post Wednesday . To allow developers to be better prepared, Amazon has launched Live App Testing, which is the latest move in the companys push to make its Appstore more competitive against Google Play. Doing that will make it easier for Amazon to sell more Kindle Fire tablets and Fire smartphones. With Live App Testing, developers can create a version of their app thats only distributed to select testers via email. The email includes instructions on how to download the app and begin testing it. The apps can be tested on any Android-based device, including Kindle Fire tablets and the Fire smartphone, which started shipping at the end of July.
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Android 4.4 KitKat grows again
Android usage data KitKat's success has been as a standalone version because while it has taken a large chunk of the market share, Android still remains terribly fragmented, with nearly 25% of the market still using versions that are over three years old and over 50% using the pre-KitKat version Jelly Bean. Indeed, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and its various patch numbers accounts for 54.2% of the market, highlighting how popular that release was. More worrying for Google will be the fact that Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4.0) still holds 10.6% of the market, while the ancient in tech terms Gingerbread (2.3.3) snaffles an alarming 13.6% of the market. Of course, this is a familiar story as cheaper Android devices sold in emerging markets still have those older versions, but again Google will attempt to address this with Android One.
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Qualcomm?s license negotiations with tablet vendors are delayed - Yahoo Finance
A number of Chinese players have entered the tablet market According to a report from the International Data Corporation (or IDC) and as the previous chartshows, Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) leads the worldwide tablet market. However, more importantly, the others category of the tablet market has shown faster growth and its share in the tablet market has increased from 37% in 2Q13 to 44% in 2Q14. Under this category, most of the low cost Chinese tablet vendors are present. Its clearwhy Qualcomm is taking this category seriously and why it wants to negotiate licensing deals with these vendors. Intel alsobecoming aggressive in tablet chipsets market Intel (INTC) has started to givebig discounts on its chipsets to tablet vendors in order toattract more customers.
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