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iPhone regains its lead over Android for first time in three years

Android's not winning this fight any more.

Android’s not winning this fight any more.

Coming off a monster financial quarter, things are pretty good in Cupertino right now. But if Tim Cook didn’t have enough to smile about over his morning coffee, here’s one more: Apple has overtaken U.S. sales of Android devices for the first time since 2012.

According to figures pulled by market research team Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the holiday quarter was a massive one for Apple as far as market share goes — with iOS devices picking up 47.7 percent of sales, compared to Android’s 47.6 percent.

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Android switcher stats show iPhone’s undeniable international appeal

The iPhone 6 dominated 2014. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The iPhone 6 dominated 2014. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Tim Cook told investors he’s optimistic that the iPhone 6 still has legs, mostly because it has the highest Android switcher rate the company has seen in over three years.

The bigger screen was supposed to cause an avalanche of Android switchers, but according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, most of them must have come from outside the U.S.

Take a lot at their analysis of the last three years of new iPhone buyers:

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Google Chrome for iOS gets a Material Design makeover with Handoff support

Chrome's fancy new look on iOS. Screenshots: Google

Chrome’s fancy new look on iOS. Screenshots: Google

Google’s Material Design makeover isn’t just for those running the latest version of Android; the search giant is also bringing it to its slew of popular iOS apps as well. Chrome is the latest to get the fancy redesign, and it comes with Handoff support and further improvements for iOS 8.

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation is fighting Apple over its new app

The EFF is fighting Apple. Photo: EFF

The EFF is fighting Apple. Photo: EFF

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, or the EFF, fights the good fight. An international non-profit digital rights group, the nonprofit is famous for standing up against big companies who think they can use baseless legal threats or intimidation to deny users their rights. But now they are setting their sights on Apple. Who is right?

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Google’s iOS app gets an Android-like makeover

Google Search for iOS gets a Material Design make over. Photo: Google

Google Search for iOS gets a Material Design make over. Photo: Google

First debuted with Android L, Material Design is Google’s new in-house unified design ethos, Material Design. Boiled down, it’s a series of UI/UX tricks that makes Google’s web properties not feel unified with one another, but like digital paper, folding and unfolding underneath your fingertips no matter what device you use.

Android L, of course, has already seen a Material Design revamp, but now we’re starting to see Material Design creep to Google’s iOS app.

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Microsoft raids App Store for popular cross-platform email app

Accompli. Photo: Acompli

Acompli’s powerful email app is now owned by Microsoft. Photo: Acompli

Microsoft is digging its roots deeper into iOS and Android this week with the announcement that it has acquired the popular cross-platform email app Acompli.

News of the Acompli acquisition was posted today on Microsoft’s company blog, with VP of Office, Rajesh Jha, saying the company plans to integrate the app into the Outlook redesign his team is currently working on.

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iOS is twice as memory-efficient as Android. Here’s why.

Here's why the iPhone 6 can do with less RAM (outlined in red) than Android phones. Photo: iFixIt

Here’s why the iPhone 6 can do with less RAM (outlined in red) than Android phones. Photo: iFixIt

When the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were announced, many Android fans laughed at the “pitiful” 1GB of RAM of Apple’s flagship smartphone, when Android flagships tended to ship with 2GB and sometimes more.

But specs don’t always — or even most of the time — tell the whole story. As it turns out, an iPhone 6 with 1GB of RAM runs much faster than a similarly specced Android smartphone with 2GB of RAM. And it all has to do with the fundamental difference in the way iOS and Android handle apps.

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Android founder quits Google to build robots

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Former Android head Andy Rubin answers questions in 2008. Photo: Karitsu/Flickr CC

Andy Rubin, co-founder and former head of Android, has left Google to start up a hardware incubator dedicated to building robots.

Rubin helped establish Android as the world’s most widely-used mobile operating system after it was bought by Google in 2005, before switching to run Google’s robotics business last year.

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‘Netflix for pirates’ comes to jailbroken iOS devices

The Popcorn Time app on Android. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

The Popcorn Time app on Android. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Popcorn Time, the service that allows users to stream movie torrents, today makes its debut on iOS. It’s available only to jailbroken devices — there’s no way Apple would have approved it for the App Store — and it can be obtained through Cydia via a dedicated Popcorn Time repository.

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Chinese government plans to ditch Apple and Google with its own OS

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China is planning to take on Apple and Google with a new homegrown operating system that will launch this year, as Chinese government seeks to distance itself from imported rivals.

The new operating system created by the Chinese government will hit desktops first when its released in October, according to a report from Reuters, and will hopefully supplant Windows, OS X and Chrome OS as the top desktop operating system in China within one to two years, with a mobile version planned as well.

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