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Is Android really facing a fragmentation challenge?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

A recent op-ed in Tom’s Hardware takes the view that, well: “Google Can’t Ignore The Android Update Problem Any Longer.” And this comes out concurrently with the latest Android Developers Dashboards numbers on the distribution of everybody’s (barring a few [...]

App Annie Index suggests Google has an app problem?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

The latest quarterly mobile app market index from analytics firm App Annie, the App Annie Index: Market Q1 2015, suggests that the Google Play store and the iOS App Store are following “different paths” as the mobile app market evolves. According to App Annie, “Google Play [...]

Google Play Books’ most self-referential release to date: A guide to being a successful Google app developer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Google has conveniently levered off its own platform to deliver one of the most Google-friendly books you could possibly find on Google Play Books: The Secrets to App Success on Google Play: A guide to useful features, tips, and best practices that will help you grow a successful app business on [...]

App Review: Google Play Books for Android

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2014 // 10 Comments

I hadn’t paid much attention to Google Play Books before. I’d installed and even paid for readers like Aldiko and Moon+ (TeleRead review), and snagged a couple freeish ones like UB Reader, but Play Books just sat in my app drawer, unused, like most of the pack-in Google apps. But when I came [...]

Kindle Fire HDX tablets can now print to Epson printers – but so can most Android tablets

By libertyc
December 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

Editor’s Note: I know many readers of TeleRead also read The Digital Reader. His articles are frequent additions to our Morning Roundup posts, and I’m delighted to publish his first TeleRead article. Please welcome Nate to the team! Thanks to a some hard work on the part of Epson and [...]

Is Android Still the Cinderella Platform For Content Apps and Digital Magazines

By libertyc
October 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Talking New Media just ran a piece detailing the relative revenues from the iOS and Android platforms for digital publishers of magazines and other content apps. And their findings were that the hand-over-fist growth in Android OS penetration, via cheap tablets and multitudinous generic cellphones, [...]

Android defragmentation via Google Play Services: Implications for e-books?

By libertyc
September 3, 2013 // 1 Comment

An excellent post by  Ron Amadeo on Ars Technica encapsulates Google’s changes to software upgrade procedures and rollouts of new generations of Android. Amadeo’s thesis—and while unsupported by specific comment from Google, it’s pretty hard to refute—is that Google has given [...]

Morning Roundup: A game of piracy under the dome

By libertyc
August 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Google Now Selling & Renting Textbooks in Google Play Books (The Digital Reader) Many colleges are going to start in the next few weeks, and Google is ready for them. I’ve just learned that the new textbook section of Google Play Books now has the textbooks that Google promised some weeks [...]

Ematic launches kid-friendly FunTab Mini 2, a tiny but robust $70 tablet

By Adrian Diaconescu
June 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

Children-focused tablets very rarely come with top-notch specs and features in tow, but you can at least count on them to be cheap. In the case of Ematic’s latest, called FunTab Mini 2, really, really cheap. This slate is just $69.99 and is available already via Amazon and Tiger Direct, but be [...]

Coming Soon: Google Play for Education

By libertyc
June 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

From The Digital Shift comes the intriguing news that Google’s app store is launching an education portal in a bid to gain traction in the schools. With Google Play for Education, coming this fall, schools will be able to purchase educational apps using money orders and other alternative [...]

Microsoft Not Buying Nook After All?

By libertyc
May 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

And this is why I try very hard not to report on rumors. Last week I wrote about a rumor that Microsoft was considering buying the Nook Media division. Well, the rumor was good for Barnes & Noble stock, which spiked up to $22 a share the day the rumor was announced, and then continued up to [...]

7 Must-Have Apps For Your New Nook HD

By libertyc
May 12, 2013 // 5 Comments

If you’ve taken advantage of the great sale on the Nook HD (ending today), or if you’ve had one for awhile and recently upgraded to add the Google Play Store, you might be wondering what apps to add. Here’s my list of must-have apps, not available in the Nook App store. 1. Feedly [...]

Nook HD as an Android Tablet Contender: Part 2 — Nook HD vs. Nexus 7

By libertyc
May 6, 2013 // 11 Comments

Yesterday, I wrote about the Nook HD mostly from a stock OS perspective. But I know the question you really wanted to have answered was this: “Does it work as an Android tablet?” After three days of using it, my answer is a cautious “yes.” Because I still don’t have a [...]

B&N Decides to Play Nice With Google Play

By libertyc
May 3, 2013 // 3 Comments

All right! Barnes & Noble has finally listened to its customer base, and the tech bloggers. They recently announced that they’ll be rolling out a software update that adds the Google Play Store to the Nook HD and HD+ tablets. This is excellent news. The Nook HD tablets have consistently [...]

Morning Links: What's next for e-books?

By libertyc
April 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Getting Kids Engaged with Primary Sources (The Digital Shift) Want to Know What’s Next for eBooks? Ask a Teen (Digital Book World) Archie Comics Goes Same Day Print as Digital on Google Play (Good e-Reader) Barry Eisler on Digital Denial (Joe Konrath) Kindle Daily Deals: King of Swords by [...]

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