Local brands help Android take market share from iOS in key urban China market

The prosperous urban regions of China – where almost all the emerging middle class are to be found – is a key market for premium smartphone models, and the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel suggest that local Android brands are taking market share from Apple.

The latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the three months ending February 2016 shows that Android increased its sales share in urban China to 76.4% from 73% in the same period a year ago. In the US and EU5, Android continued to make year-on-year gains.

Apple saw the iPhone’s market share drop 3.2% in the same period.

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Google Maps now allows Local Guides to create lists of saved places

Google Maps is a service we all use almost daily, but a lot of work goes into making it as great as it is. Lately, Google has been pushing users into its Local Guides program which lets them “level up” by writing reviews, uploading pictures, and adding/editing places on Maps. To help those users better do those tasks, the company has today added the ability to sort saved places into lists within the mobile app.

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Dish’s AirTV Player merges local channels, Sling TV, & streaming into a $99 4K Android TV box

Last year, Android TV came to Italy in form of a digital decoder from internet VOD provider TIMvision. At CES 2017, Dish TV is using Google’s large screened OS to to power the AirTV Player, a single streaming device that combines local over-the-air channels, on-demand streaming, and other internet video services.

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Google Maps on the web adds notifications for Local Guides users

With YouTube now providing alerts through the browser for new videos from subscriptions, Google Maps is the latest service to gain notifications on the web. The option is seemingly only appearing for members of the Local Guides program for now, but hopefully will expand to other users in the future…

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Google Search now lists whether you can borrow ebooks from your local library

The public library continues to be a wonderful resource, with many adapting to this day and age with various digital resources. As such, many offer ebooks in addition to their traditional counterparts. Google is now helping surface these online versions by showing ebooks that are available to borrow from your library.

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