Android, PayPal, Pew: News briefs
By Staff reports
March 14, 2013
News and notes of the day
Rubin is replaced as head of Android
Google did the executive shuffle this week, with Andy Rubin – who had been heading up Android for the company – being replaced by Sundar Pichai.
Mr. Pichai is the senior vice president of Google’s other operating system, Chrome. He adds oversight of Android, the largest mobile operating system, to his responsibilities.
Mr. Rubin, who is a co-founder of Android, will reportedly assume another, as yet unnamed, role within the company.
The move suggests Google may be trying to bring Android and Chrome closer together as the lines between mobile phones, tablets, desktops and laptops continue to blur.
PayPal acquires mobile app developer Duff Research
PayPal has acquired mobile app development company Duff Research as it looks to build creative and simple ways for consumers to use the PayPal digital wallet.
Duff Research's work includes developing iPhone and Android versions of the adidas miCoach personal trainer app and creating TiVo an iPad and iPhone universal app to function as command central for TiVo DVRs. The company, which has shipped more than 40 apps, is based in Sunnyvale, CA.
The firm’s 18 employees will join PayPal.
While PayPal is a leader in digital payments the move comes at a time when the competition is growing and there is pressure on players to develop solutions that both retailers and consumers will embrace.
Mobile transforms how teens use the Internet
Growth in mobile adoption is changing how teenagers access the Internet, with one in four teens saying they mostly go online using their mobile phone and not some other device such as a laptop computer, according to a new report from Pew Research Center.
Other key findings include that 37 percent of all teens who have smartphones, up from just 23 percent in 2011.
Additionally, 23 percent of teens have a tablet computer, a level comparable to the general adult population, 95 percent use the Internet and 93 percent have a computer or access to one at home.
With teens often representing the leading edge of mobile connectivity, the patterns of teen technology use often signals future changes in the adult population, the results show that the nature of teens’ Internet use has transformed dramatically from stationary connections tied to shared desktops in the home to always-on connections that move with them throughout the day.
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