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much has been made of the ongoing fight over what will be the html5 video standard for the future. but what about audio support in html5? one might easily assume that a browser that is supposed to support html5 video, will naturally also support html5 audio, right? apparently this is not so, at least not for the android default browser.

* update, for impatient readers: i eventually verified that due to some kind of bug, the audio tag does not work in any currently available version of android, including 2.2 (froyo). the bug is reported to be solved in “post-froyo code”, which probably means android 3.0. read on for details and some info about other platforms.

in my attempt to build a webapp-version of the textopia android app, which should be available both to iphone and android users, i have come across this problem: while i can get users’ position in the same way on both platforms, i can only play sounds using the html5 audio element on iphone, not on android. trying to find out why, i set up a test page with a list of html5 audio elements with test files in different formats. testing out this page in different browsers reveals that while support varies between platforms, android stands out by simply not supporting anything at all – not even the error messages that should come up for browsers that don’t support html5 audio!

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ifølge admob’s siste rapport er det nå ca. 5 ganger så mange iphone-brukere som android-brukere i norge. hvis det stemmer som ryktene (og vg-nett) sier, så er det ca. 500 000 iphone-brukere i norge, noe som innebærer at antall android-brukere er rundt 100 000.

dette er høye tall for iphone, tatt i betraktning at andelen iphone-brukere globalt er bare ca. 1% av alle mobil-brukere. i norge er det altså ti ganger så stor andel. men det er heller ikke helt usannsynlig, sett i lys av at andelen 3G-telefoner i norge er dobbelt så høy som gjennomsnittet for resten av verden – noe som kan tyde på at markedet for avanserte mobiltelefoner er større i norge enn i mange andre land. men det er viktig å ta alle disse statistikkene med en dose skepsis, der er nok en del usikkerhet i disse tallene.

uansett, når android nå har begynt å selge bedre enn iphone på verdensbasis skal det bli interessant å se hvordan dette utvikler seg i norge fremover.

oppdatering 9. juni: har blitt tipset om en artikkel i dagensit.no, som beregnet antall iphone til 3-400 000 i midten av mars. 500 000 nå i juni virker i så fall kanskje litt i overkant, men ikke helt på jordet. (det må det derimot ha vært for 8 måneder siden, da vg-nett artikkelen kom… har også sett andre tall som bekrefter dette, kan dessverre ikke oppgi kilde.) 100 000 for android ser også ut som et rimelig ballpark-nummer. begge deler er jo ganske oppsiktsvekkende; android har vært i salg under et år i norge. og apple er tredje største mobilprodusent etter nokia og sony ericsson, selv om de bare selger 1 (rådyr) modell…

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google just announced that more than 100,000 android phones are activated every day. a few weeks ago a report from NPD suggested that android has already passed the market share of iphone – in the us. however, if this number is reliable – and the similar announcement of 60,000 a day reported in february appears to have been right on target – it means that at the moment, more android phones are being sold per day, worldwide, than iphones in the previous quarter. (100,000 per day means 9.1m in the quarter, whereas apple sold 8.7m devices last quarter.)

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according to the new quarterly reports from the largest cell phone manufacturers, the global market share of android vis-a-vis other smartphone OS’s has just about passed the 10% mark in the first calendar quarter of 2010. in other words, android has roughly doubled its market share compared to the previous quarter. and since the iphone market share is flat at 17%, this means that android is rapidly catching up with the iphone.

these numbers come with some caveats, though. first of all, android’s sales number is calculated from the claim that they sell 60,000 devices per day – first announced in february at the mobile world congress, and later repeated in google’s quarterly report. this number, which corresponds to about 5.4m per quarter, is compared to nokia’s estimate of the size of the entire smartphone market, at 56m devices. either of these numbers could be flawed, so one should judge them with some caution at least until the market analysis firms release their reports for the first quarter.

my source for all of these numbers is two posts from the communities dominate brands blog:

Quick notes on phone market: Android/Google and SonyEricsson quarterly data, 18 april 2010

So bloodbath in smartphones continues: Q1 results from Apple, AT&T and Nokia, 22 april 2010

can’t vouch for the accuracy of the information, but it does fit well with recent trends. unless iphone sales pick up strongly and the android growth rate decreases, we might see iphone and android neck-to-neck by the end of the year!

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google launches tv box

…based on android. the idea is that people can access the internet through their tv, so they can watch youtube or update facebook while every now and then doing a google search and click on ads and make google rich.

don’t have a lot to say about this, except that it seems like a very good idea. personally, i stopped watching tv on a tv when they shut down the analogue signal in the us last fall (my landlord didn’t have a digital decoder and i didn’t want to buy one), and i haven’t missed it since. once you get into the habit of watching your favourite shows whenever you want, you can never go back. so yeah, based on a scientific poll of myself and my girlfriend, i am certain that this will be a success!

(and yes, if google can use this to break into the tv advertising market they are going to make so much money that they can buy you and your grandmother and pay you to watch their ads all day long.)

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…from october 2009 to january 2010: from 2,8% in oct 09 to 7,1% in jan 10, according to a cnet article enthusiastically entitled “Why Google Android is winning”. ok, so the author of the article works for canonical, the company that makes ubuntu, and is probably biased in favor of open source. but the numbers speak for themselves: in 2008, android had a marketshare of zero, and one year later it is at 7% (measured by only the last quarter). it is still far up to iphone at 25%, but palm has already been surpassed, and windows mobile (which sank from 20% to 16% in the same period) looks troubled as well, given that windows 7 is still far away.

lots of ifs and maybes there, and i’m no business expert – i just enjoy seeing an open source platform being so successful. 🙂

update 27 March: according to admob’s february numbers, 24% of the smartphone internet traffic worldwide went to android devices, compared with 50% for iphone (not including ipod touch). this would point to a 1:2 relation between android and iphone – 1 android user for every two iphone users. however, looking at the us numbers and comparing them to the market shares reported above, it seems that admob is skewed in favor of android (at least in the us) – it reports nearly the same traffic from android (38%) as for iphone (47%) in the us in january, when share of devices supposedly was 7% and 25%, respectively. even so, the increase in android traffic share over the last year is impressive – from 2% in february 2009 to 24% now. if it keeps increasing at the same rate it will be nearly 300% a year from now. :p

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can’t help it; i just have to forward this one from cnet: 10 things that are better about android than the iphone. i love this not just because i’m a nerd and a born-again follower of the android path to salvation – i probably am both of these things, but lo and behold my objectivity: i also bring you 10 things that are better about the iphone than android. basically, I just think it’s nice to have a comprehensive comparison between the two platforms. in particular because a surprising number of people have approached me for advice about buying phones lately.

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