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Android to Top 1 Billion Users

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January 7, 2014
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Cheaper prices for devices using Google's Android operating system are driving sales, says consulting firm Gartner. Fred Katayama reports.


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TheStreet (Jan. 7, 2014) — Research firm Gartner predicts that sales of devices running Google's Android operating system will hit 1.1 billion in 2014. That would mark the first time shipments of Android devices exceeded one billion and would also represent a nearly 26% increase from last year. Gartner expects Android to remain the most popular operating system thanks to the success of low-cost smartphones on the market, but shipments of Apple devices are expected to increase by the most, while shipments of Microsoft Windows devices will also be on the rise.
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WhatsApp Passes 600 Million Active Users, New Features in Progress

WhatsApp Passes 600 Million Active Users, New Features in Progress

TheStreet (Aug. 25, 2014) — There are 600 million people actively using WhatsApp. According to its founder, Jan Koum, the mobile app got 100 million more active users in just the last four months. Koum was quick to point out that active users are people using the app regularly. WhatsApp gained traction in every major region in the world. It's growing the fastest in Brazil, Russia and Mexico, and a tenth of the active users are from India. Facebook acquired WhatsApp at the beginning of this year for $19 billion. It expressed interests in monetizing WhatsApp better and is reportedly working on file sharing and call features. However, WhatsApp's most valuable part for Facebook is the database. Top traffic and the number of conversations allow Facebook to extract marketable information on the users' likings. Mark Zuckerberg said, "[WhatsApp] is the only app we've ever seen with higher engagement than Facebook itself." WhatsApp can also borrow what its competitor WeChat has been doing. WeChat took over the smartphone chatting arena in Asia by storm last year and it sells special stickers and emoticons for users to share with friends. Of course, WeChat contributes the most to its parent company Tencent's bottom line by driving traffic to everything else Tencent owns, and Facebook wants the same. Video provided by TheStreet
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Google Details New Android Wear Smartwatches at Its I/O Conference

Google Details New Android Wear Smartwatches at Its I/O Conference

TheStreet (June 25, 2014) — Google detailed its smartwatch operating system Android Wear at its I/O annual developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. The company said users' smartwatches running on Android Wear will operate as an extension of their phones. Users will be able to download apps directly to their phones in order to get them on their watches. Notifications on a user's watch can be dismissed by swiping the screen, which will also cause the notification to disappear from the user's phone. Google said the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are available to order in the U.S. now. The Motorola Moto 360 will be available later this summer. Video provided by TheStreet
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Google Shows Off 'L', Android One

Google Shows Off 'L', Android One

AP (June 25, 2014) — Google says 1 billion people now use Android devices as the company kicked off its two-day developer conference in San Francisco. It also unveiled Android One, an initiative to help manufacturers build low-cost smartphones for emerging markets. (June 25) Video provided by AP
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