Microsoft is hitting around $2 billion per year in revenues from Android patent royalties, according to Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund. The Android revenue has around a 95% margin so it is mostly profit. The money generated from the royalties enables Microsoft to hide how much money their mobile and Xbox groups is losing.
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Google Android has hit a third quarter marketshare of 81.3%, according to Strategy Analytics. Strategy Analytics reports that Android most likely crossed the 80% milestone at the end of September. Nokia also saw some growth by enabling Windows Phone to hit a 4.1% marketshare, which is almost double what the results were a year ago. The fourth quarter will be an interesting race due to the popularity of the iPhone 5s though.
Google has recently revealed Android KitKat (version 4.4). The Google Nexus 5 will be the first device that runs on KitKat. KitKat has several new awesome features. You can say “Ok Google” while on the home screen or Google Now to launch apps, music, text messages, etc.
Earlier this month, Dell announced the Venue 7 and Venue 8 tablets. The Android tablets started selling yesterday. Both of these models have a ship date of October 25th. They are priced at between $149.99 and $179.99 for the Venue 7 and Venue 8, respectively.
One of the most notable features built into the Moto X is that it is “always listening” for voice commands. TuttoAndroid got their hands on a leaked screenshot of Android 4.4 KitKat running on a Nexus 5 with the same “always listening” feature. The function would be activated by saying “Ok Google Now.” You could also say “Ok Google.” You will likely be able to turn this feature off in case you are worried about privacy. Android 4.4 KitKat will be available later this month.
Facebook has announced that they now have 1 million daily active users on the Android beta-testing program. This program gives developers access to the Facebook Android application before it is released so that they can help find bugs. These users are in 150 different countries. These users are also spread across over 50 manufacturers.
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Google TV has not been very popular with consumers and now Google is reportedly going to rebrand the platform. Google TV is reportedly going to be renamed “Android TV,” according to sources with GigaOM. GigaOM’s source is an executive working for a consumer electronics manufacturer that builds Google TV devices.
The specs of the upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone has been allegedly leaked. Rumor has it that Google will be launching the Nexus 5 for this holiday season. As a result, the Motorola Moto X will likely see a major price drop. A 281-page document on Scribd of the internal Service Manual of the Nexus 5 was allegedly posted. Here are some of the details: