Google there are a growing number of users, Apple continues to grow sales
of the established narrative with mobile technology is that Google's Android dominates in terms of the sheer number of users and devices, but Apple iOS collects the lion's share of the profits. Nothing changed on this situation in the year 2015, after app Annie's annual report, with the trends are actually always more exaggerated. Android its flight path of amazing growth and reaches approximately twice the app downloads of the nemesis plateaued iOS, seems to have in the last few years.
The Google App Annie explains expansion as driven by the emerging countries such as India, Mexico and Turkey, which is always more access to cheaper and more powerful Android handsets. The Google games store has also shown strong in the United States says the app analytics company. Apple is still very much in the lead when it comes to the economically important metric of App revenue. In 2015, 75 percent of iOS collected more income than Android, the due to the diffusion of the subscription services and in-app purchases. China, in particular has been the source of "incredible profits" for Apple, which recorded an increase of 20 percent in downloads between 2014 and 2015 and a doubling of sales in the country.
Li-Fi is a concept you may not be familiar with, but there are indications Apple is toying with it for inclusion on future iPhones.
Now is a good time to get a smartphone. The latest devices hitting shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, and there is likely to be a lull in new versions until next spring. So why wait?
Here are some things to consider before you hit the stores. If you are upgrading from an older model, you can skip the first part for smartphone buyers first.
Need a smartphone?
Maybe you've been doing fine with just a basic cell phone, but many people who buy smartphones discover things they never thought they could do. You can install applications from a museum for a map or learn about current exhibitions, or you can catch up on e-books with a scanning application. You can also check email and Facebook more easily and take great pictures and share them quickly.
But you have to pay more - not just for the device. The monthly fees for voice, text and data tend to be higher compared to basic telephony plans.
What system should you choose?
This is the most important decision that will influence its future smartphones. It is not easy to change once you have all your apps, contacts and bookmarks in a single system.
Apple iOS, you can choose from a variety of iPhone models - ranging from the giant iPhone 6 Plus for older and smaller iPhone 5s and 5c. The iPhone 6 is a good choice in the middle and comes with all the bells and whistles, including a chip to make payments at Apple stores that accept payment. Phones running Google's Android operating system include further options from various manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, ZTE and Sony.
Android is more flexible in the sense that phone makers can be customized to your taste, and application developers have more say in what they write for Android phones. That flexibility has led to a free-for-all environment, however. Settings and features vary so much from one phone to another it is difficult to ask a friend or search online for help. And some Android apps do not work with all phones.
Android gets too fragmented because many application developers work with iOS first. Apple is the only company that makes the iOS phones, and must approve what goes into its app store. This helps ensure the quality, but it means to trust Apple to make those decisions for you. One advantage of iOS is that iPhones work well with other Apple devices, including iPads and Mac computers. Android can not do that because the hardware and software are not as tightly integrated.
There are several other systems competing for third place. Microsoft Windows is the most promising, then fell BlackBerry pioneer of the bunch. Windows is a good system, but has fewer applications.
How should you pay?
Simply used to pay $ 200 for the best phone, and the phone company covered the remaining $ 450 or so, which offset higher service fees for the duration of their contract of two years. Lately, telephone companies have been trying to wean customers off subsidies by having customers bring cell used or pay full price in installments. With T-Mobile, which is the only option. In return, you pay less in monthly service fees.
If I forgo subsidies usually come out ahead if you sign up for a data plan bigger - 10 gigabytes or more with AT & T and Verizon and 20 gigabytes or more with Sprint. The monthly savings are not as great with smaller data plans, so they are giving up more subsidies you get at discounts. But payment plans have other advantages, including the ability to negotiate your phone in for a newer before the typical two-year contract is up model.
You can buy the phone through your wireless service provider or go to a dealer such as Best Buy or Wal-Mart. You can also find phone on eBay and Amazon. Check with your company first to make sure it will work, as the networks in the US vary.
How much should you pay?
It may be tempting to spend a lot for the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, but you should ask yourself if you need all that power. This is especially true if you are paying full price. (If you are getting a subsidized phone with a contract, then why do not pay the phone company for the better?)
There are several phones available for $ 200 or less, at prices no contract, compared to $ 600 to $ 700 for the typical high-end phone. Normally, you are giving up a better camera, better screen and a faster processor. But what you get in a budget phone is usually good enough for such basic things as email, Facebook and even video. Owners of smartphones for the first time will notice a big difference in their basic phones.
Veterans smartphones might want more, especially if the phone is its main access to the Internet. Regular users may even consider paying more for additional storage. Phones fill quickly with photos and video and music downloaded.
For the first time in years, Apple iPhones were not the star of the show. Apple released a SmartWatch Tuesday, a portable device that marks the first major entry of the company into a new product category since the debut of the iPad in 2010.
The move is significant due to recent questions about whether Apple still has the ability to innovate after the death of 2,011 co-founder Steve Jobs.
The introduction of two new device eclipsed the iPhones, larger company that does not quite have larger screens; they will have a new landscape mode to take advantage of the larger screen.
The iPhone 6 will have a screen that measures 4.7 inches, while the iPhone 6 Plus will be 5.5 inches. In both cases, application developers can design applications that can be viewed differently when the phone is horizontal.
Apple also introduced a system to use the phone to make credit card payments in retail stores.
Apple is turning to the past, as it exposes their future. The company is holding the event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, the same location where Jobs introduced the Mac computer changing industry 25 years ago. The Cupertino, California, located close to the headquarters of Apple.
As for iPhones, which still represent the main source of profit for Apple, the larger models should help the company compete with Android devices.
This is what unfolded in Tuesday's event:
The iPhone 6 will have a 4.7-inch screen, while the iPhone 6 Plus will be 5.5 inches. The screen resolution on the Plus version will be sharper than previous iPhones, to 401 pixels per inch instead of 326.
With the larger screen is a new horizontal view of the Home screen. Usually icons are stacked vertically, even when the phone is horizontal. Application developers will also have new tools to reorganize their content to take advantage of the larger screen.
The new phones are not as great as the last flagship phone of Samsung - 5.1 inch to 5.7 inch Galaxy S5 and to Note 4 - but they will be large enough to neutralize a key advantage of Samsung and other manufacturers Android have had.
In particular, Note Samsung phone is not growing this year. Last year Note 3 was 5.7 inches. Instead, Samsung is emphasizing other hardware features, such as a sharper screen. Also releasing a model with a curved edge to show the time, weather and other information on the side of the phone.
Apple says the new phone will be faster and have better battery life than previous versions. The phones also have a new sensor, barometer, to estimate the amount you've climbed the stairs, not just how far you have walked or run.
Of course, some people still use their phones to actually make calls. When there is poor cellular reception, people will be able to make regular calls over Wi-Fi. The transfer between the two networks will be transparent. In the USA, this feature will initially be available through T-Mobile.
The resolution of the camera is 8 megapixels, while Android and Windows Phone rivals are pushing that. The S5, for example, is 16 megapixels. However, the number of megapixels is only one factor in what makes a good photo. Apple says it is putting in new sensors for better shots.
Apple is also enhancing the role of video in slow motion, allowing even slower shots. The camera is capable of taking 240 frames per second, twice what is on the iPhone 5s last year. Normally, the video is at 60 frames per second.
The new phones will begin shipping in the USA September 19, with pre-orders to start on Friday. Starting Prices are comparable to those in the past - $ 199 with a two years for the iPhone 6 with 16 gigabytes of storage.
However, models of elevators have double the memory than before - $ 299 for 64 GB and $ 399 for 128 gigabytes. The iPhone 6 Plus phones will cost $ 100 more for each configuration.
Apple is calling its new payment system Pay Apple.
You will be able to use your phone's camera to capture a photo of your card. Apple will verify that behind the scenes and add it to the account passbook your phone so you can make payments to a retailer. Apple announced several merchants who accept this system, including Macy's, Whole Foods, Walgreens and Disney stores - and, of course, Apple stores.
Many companies have tried to push mobile payment services, but none has caught on widely. Cook says that's because the business models have focused on self-interest of companies rather than the user experience. The latter, Cook says, is "exactly what Apple does best."
For security, the card number is stored only on the device. Every time you pay a card once to create the transaction.
The audience burst into applause as Cook proclaimed that he had "one more thing". It was how Jobs used to close his speeches.
That was a closer SmartWatch Apple thing. It's called the Apple clock instead of iWatch many people had been speculating.
Consumer electronics companies have yet to demonstrate a compelling need smartwatches while bracelets have been largely niche products aimed at tracking fitness activities. Apple device seems to change that.
Consider the history of the company: music players, smartphones and tablet computers existed long before Apple made their own versions. But they were not the main or until the current popular iPod, iPhone and iPad arrived. According to Jobs, Apple made those products easy and fun to use.
Cook said Apple had to invent a new interface for the clock because simply shrinking a phone would not work.
Much of the interaction would be through the dial on the clock, which Apple calls the digital crown. It is used to zoom in and out of a map, for example, which is not blocking the screen, what would have happened if you were pinching in and out of zoom.
Apple has also been working with application developers to create new functionality. You will be able to open the doors of the rooms at Starwood hotels or remembering where you parked your car with a BMW application.
The new watch will come in a variety of styles and straps, with a choice of two sizes. Clocks competing vendors have been criticized for being too large for small arms.
The clock will require one of the new iPhones or an iPhone 5, or 5c 5s. It will be available early next year, with a starting price of $ 349.
While much of the attention has focused on the new devices, software powering these devices is becoming its annual update. Apple iOS considers 8 to be the biggest update since the introduction of the App Store in 2008.
Current users of iPhone and iPad will be eligible for the free upgrade, too. Apple is proud of pushing customers to the latest version of the software, allowing application developers to incorporate new features without having to worry about the abandonment of existing users. With Android, many recent phones can not be upgraded immediately because of the restrictions imposed by manufacturers and wireless service providers.
Among other things, 8 will allow iOS devices work best in sync. For example, it is possible to start a message on an iPhone and finish it on an iPad. With a forthcoming update called Mac Yosemite, will be able to continue working in the same message on a Mac computer also.
These features extend handover to the new Apple clock, too.
The new software will be available for existing users on September 17.
Closing the event, U2 performed on stage before Cook made his new album, "Songs of Innocence", available for free to all customers of Apple's iTunes.
Apple shares rose 1 percent to $ 99.36 in afternoon trading Tuesday.