News Scan: Windows Phone Loses Market Share; Apple Plugs 44 iOS Security Holes; More
Microsoft’s Windows Phone is losing market share in the U.S. smartphone OS wars, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel. Windows Phone dropped from a 4.7 percent share of the U.S. market in May 2013 to 3.8 percent in May of this year. Android saw its U.S. market share rise from 52 percent in May 2013 to 61.9 percent in May 2014, while iOS saw its U.S. market share drop from 41.9 percent market share in May 2013 to 32.5 percent in May of this year.
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>> Apple plugs 44 security holes in iOS
Apple this week patched 44 security vulnerabilities, 30 of them critical, in its iOS mobile operation system, and 19 holes in its Mac OS X operating system, reportsComputerworld. Most of the iOS bugs were located in WebKit, an open-source browser engine that powers the mobile version of Safari. Apple also made non-security changes to iOS in the update, such as improved connectivity with iBeacons and a data transfer bug fix. Green” fleets for package delivery companies, relates ABI Research. “Delivery fleets are working hard to keep costs down, and telematics is still important for route planning and monitoring driver behavior. In fact the number of subscribers using telematics in this sector is set to reach over half a million by 2019. However, there’s a limit to how much telematics can do when fuel prices keep rising, and so using EVs for last-mile delivery makes a lot of sense. Going forward EVs are the future for last-mile delivery,” says Filomena Berardi, senior analyst at ABI.
>> Orange drops bid for French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom
French telecom carrier Orange has decided not to pursue a bid for mobile operator Bouygues Telecom as part of a consolidation effort in the French telecom market, the New York Times reports. “Orange has examined the possibilities of participating in an operation that would lead to consolidation in the French telecoms market and believes that it cannot pursue this avenue at the present time as the conditions that the group has set have not been met,” the company says in a statement.
Qualcomm has acquired startup Wilocity, which is developing chips for the high-speed WiGig and 802.11ad Wi-Fi standards, the Wall Street Journal reports. The deal could be worth $300 million, the newspaper says. “If you are a leader in Wi-Fi you have to have WiGig. If you don’t have it in time, you have a problem,” comments Amir Faintuch, president of Qualcomm Atheros.