Google launched a new version of Google Goggles application for its iOS and Android smartphones today.
It can now recognize print ads in magazines and solve fairly difficult sudoku puzzles in a few seconds, and is also faster at processing barcodes and QR codes seen with a phone’s camera.
Source: Google Blog
Downloaded more than 30 million times, across different mobile platforms and 12 million of these are paid downloads on iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches. On Android the game is absolutely free and supported by advertisement. Some great advice by Peter Vesterbacka, “The Mighty Eagle of Rovio,” to share insights into the creation of this mobile game and advice for developers on how to think about building a mobile business.
Earlier I had written about how Android is picking the market share in being the most desired OS in the US.
It’s not only US but we are seeing similar trends in China also. The smartphone market in China is growing at an extraordinary rate, largely thanks to Google’s Android OS.
Chinese consumers purchased 8 to 10 million smartphones last quarter, up from an estimated 2 to 3 million in the same period last year.
Source: Digital Daily
The Nielson Company has released some stats on the most preferred smartphone OS in the US and as per that the BlackBerry OS and Apple iPhone OS are running an equal share at 27% followed by Android which is at a 22% share.
Next desired Smartphone OS is Apple OS at 30% followed by Android at 28%.
StatCounter has published a new report showing that for the first time Black Berry OS overtook Apple’s iOS in terms of mobile internet usage, making it the most popular mobile internet OS in the month of November.
The result was collated over 15 billion pageviews and over three million websites. As per the report, BlackBerry has a 34.3% share of the mobile browsing market in the US when compared to Apple’s iOS which recorded a 33% over the course of November.
BlackBerry has seen a 5% growth from October, whereas iOS saw a loss of 5% over the same period.
Google’s Android operating system continued to grow, tripling its market share from 8.2% in November 2009 to 23.8% in 2010.
With the holiday season on, there are a lot of sites that have been publishing their gift guides. I personally like the one at Mashable as it has everything a gadget enthusiasts could wish for like the iPad, iPod, HP Envy 14, Nikon D3100, XBox 360 with Kinect, Android Device and much more.