Android challenges Windows as world’s most popular operating system in terms of internet usage

Development would have been “unthinkable” five years ago

“Windows has won desktop war but battlefield has moved on”

In what StatCounter describes as “unthinkable five years ago”, Google’s Android is challenging Microsoft Windows as the world’s most popular operating system (OS) in terms of total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined.

The research arm of StatCounter, the independent web analytics company, finds that in February 2017, while Windows remained top of worldwide OS internet usage market share with 38.6%, Android came within striking distance on 37.4%.

“The idea of Android almost matching Windows would have been unthinkable five years ago,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “In January 2012 Windows held 82% global internet usage share compared to just 2.2% for Android.”

He said that the development was a function of the growth of smartphones to access the internet as well as a slowdown in sales of traditional PCs plus the impact of Asia on the global market.

Windows still dominates the worldwide operating system desktop market (PC and laptop) with a 84.1% internet usage share in February.

“Windows has won the desktop war but the battlefield has moved on,” said Cullen.

StatCounter recently reported that in October 2016 internet usage by mobile and tablet devices exceeded desktop and laptop worldwide for the first time.

In North America Windows (all versions) maintained its lead across all platforms with 40.7% share in February followed by iOS (24.9%) and Android (20.3%). It’s a similar story in Europe where Windows (51.8%) is more than twice the level of Android (23.5%). However, in Asia, Android is now over 50% (51.8%) compared to 29.8% for Windows.

OS market share map: http://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share#monthly-201702-201702-map

StatCounter data also finds that Windows 10 overtook Windows 7 for the first time in North America in December.

“Windows 10 will need to maintain momentum in order to combat the steady march of Android across all markets,” added Aodhan Cullen.

The data is based on StatCounter Global Stats for which the company has recently released a major upgrade. This provides media, researchers, analysts and interested consumers with a free service to help analyse internet wars as the major vendors battle for dominance across operating systems, search, browsers, desktop and mobile.

StatCounter (www.statcounter.com) has also launched an upgrade of its core website which provides web analytics, including a free option, to help companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed and charities measure, analyse and understand visitors to their own sites.

“We’ve always focused on ease of use and with these upgrades we wanted to make both services even more intuitive, usable and accessible,” commented Aodhan Cullen.

StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to over 2.5 million websites. Further information: http://gs.statcounter.com/faq

To analyse individual countries or regions see: http://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share

Vodafone ties up with Google Cloud to bring G Suite to Indian enterprises

Vodafone Business Services (VBS), the enterprise arm of Vodafone India, has tied up with Google Cloud to offer G Suite – a set of intelligent productivity, communication and collaboration applications – on a pay-as-you-go model, securely from the cloud with easy access from any device.

In its mission to build Ready Businesses in India, Vodafone Business Services (VBS), the enterprise arm of Vodafone India, has tied up with Google Cloud to offer G Suite to Indian enterprises. G Suite is a set of intelligent apps – Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts, and more – designed with real-time collaboration and machine intelligence to bring people together and help them work smarter.

Under this tie-up, Vodafone enterprise customers can conveniently and securely access G Suite in a pay-per-use, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. With G Suite securely delivered from the cloud, Vodafone will support enterprises from on-boarding and activation right up to migration and service support through a dedicated Cloud Support Team.

Making the announcement, Nick Gliddon, Director, Vodafone Business Services, said, “We are delighted to work with Google to help Indian enterprises benefit from substantial productivity gains through the adoption of G Suite using Vodafone.

Vodafone is widely acknowledged as an enterprise mobility leader. With our cloud delivery model, we are now well positioned as a total communications partner to Indian enterprises embarking on their digital journeys.”

CES Celebrates 50 Years of Tech

The world’s leading innovation event commemorates 50 years as the launch pad for breakthrough technology

CES® 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the world’s leading innovation event, cementing CES’ place in history as the global gathering place for innovation and technology. Since its start in 1967, CES has showcased an estimated 700,000 products. These include world-changing innovations such as the VCR (1970), the DVD (1996), digital radio (2000) and Blu-ray recording standards released (2002), as well as more recent technologies – consumer 3D printers, tablets and 4K Ultra HD Television. CES has also driven the market growth in pioneering technologies such as autonomous cars and drones. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the 50th anniversary of CES will celebrate the evolution of the industry January 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

“Only a few events and tradeshows have 50 years of success, and we are humbled to be in this elite group,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. “Over the past 50 years CES has evolved as the industry has changed, reflecting and helping drive the ever expanding consumer tech landscape. We have succeeded throughout the years due, in large part, to our loyal customers, partners and the deep relationships we have made along the way. This anniversary is the perfect milestone to thank and celebrate our incredible industry partners and the individuals and companies who have been with us for five decades.”

The first CES was held in June 1967 in New York City, attracted approximately 17,500 attendees and featured 117 exhibitors demonstrating products such as transistor radios, stereos and small-screen black-and-white TVs, including the first solid-state TV. Top companies exhibiting at the first CES included: 3M, Memorex (now MEM-CE), Motorola with Lenovo, Panasonic – Matsushita, Philips, RCA (now a Technicolor brand), SANYO Fisher (now part of Panasonic), Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Westinghouse and Zenith (now part of LG). Several prominent tech leaders have presented keynotes at CES, including Microsoft, Intel, Google, Apple, and Samsung.

CES 2017 will have more than 3,800 exhibitors covering 2.4 million net square feet of space and more than 165,000 attendees. A truly global show, CES expects more than 50,000 international professionals representing 150 countries.

Today, CES continues as the proving ground for innovators and has expanded to feature industries not traditionally connected to consumer tech. The show now touches every major industry as leaders from the entire innovation ecosystem come together to discover and experience the latest trends and network with peers. CES is where titans of tech mix with next generation disruptors and where esteemed and highly sought after global leaders take the keynote stage to tout disruptive technology and envision new trends and markets.

CES will celebrate its 50th anniversary before, during and after CES 2017 by:

Sharing flashback photos and news from the past 50 years.
Providing attendees badge ribbons to denote the number of CES shows attended (in five year increments).
Providing exhibitors and attendees with 40+ years at the show will wear 50th anniversary lapel pins.
Selling 50th anniversary commemorative t-shirts will be available in the CTA Center.
Holding special ceremonies will be on opening day.
Providing signage illustrating the timeline of Innovation Award products (in the Innovation Showcase).
Giving a special tribute to CES Founder Jack Wayman.
Featuring a digital timeline on CES.tech detailing the history of CES.
Buzzing social channels with celebration and commemoration

The celebration will not end on January 8 – a retrospective documentary of CES will be released in June 2017. Registration opens on September 6. For more information on CES 2017, visit CES.tech.

Note to Editors: The official name of the global technology event is “CES®.” Please do not use “Consumer Electronics Show” or “International CES” to refer to the event.

Google cripples the Google Drive benefit offered to Local Guides

Google today announced some changes to their benefits offered to Local Guides.

The company has reduced the free storage offer on Google Drive to Local Guides who reach Level 4. Instead of 1TB storage space, they would now be given 100GB storage space

Google cripples the Google Drive benefit offered to Local Guides

Local Guides reaching Level 4 in the next two weeks would be the last batch who would be able to redeem the 1TB upgrade offer on their Google Drive.

The program also now require the Local Guides to avail of the benefit within 30 days of reaching Level 4. This was not required before as the upgrade links offered during the first round are still active (I am yet to utilize the offer on my account).

Google cripples the Google Drive benefit offered to Local Guides

It is however not clear if the 30 days requirement is applicable on all accounts including mine. It is hard to get a clear answer from Google for such queries.

Google however has a useful update for Local Guides. They have made it easier to add multiple photos to businesses from their phones. Google said:

Add Photos to Multiple Places
No more digging through photos and searching for the right business — now we automagically match them for you with Google Photos.
On your Android phone, simply turn on the back up and location features in Google Photos to have your photos of places appear in the Contribute tab of Google Maps, ready for you to share and score points. Coming soon to iOS and desktop.

Google now lists support period for Nexus devices similar to Chrome OS devices

It might not be new but Google now has a dedicated table for Nexus devices and time period till which they would get software updates. The company has generally offered updates for two years from the launch date. Security updates are going to be provided for three years (or 18 months from the date where it is no longer on sale directly through Google).

Here is the support chart for Nexus devices:

Check and update your Android version – Nexus Help

OYO becomes youngest Indian startup to feature in LinkedIn’s Top Attractors List

OYO, India’s largest branded network of hotels, has become the youngest Indian startup to be included in the prestigious LinkedIn Top Attractors list for India in 2016. Ranked at number 16 overall and 6th in the rank of home-grown Indian companies, OYO is the only hospitality company among the 25 companies featured. The list also features industry stalwarts such as Amazon, Google and Flipkart.

The Top Attractors list is the first ranking of its kind to be based entirely on actions of LinkedIn users. According to LinkedIn, the 25 companies featured on the list are the best in India at attracting and keeping top talent. OYO pipped eCommerce companies such as MakeMyTrip and Zomato, and veterans such as Cisco, Reliance and Accenture, that are also featured in the same list.

Speaking about the achievement, Ritesh Agarwal, CEO and Founder, OYO, said, “We are ecstatic at being recognized as a top attractor by LinkedIn. People and technology form the crux of our operations and this survey along with its methodology represents the best convergence of the two. OYO is a preferred employer on account of being an agent of transformation. In the very short time since our launch, we have driven positive impact in the hospitality sector as well as the experience of lakhs of Indian travellers. The OYO DNA is all about being innovative, agile and responsive. This recognition further validates our belief in our vision of becoming the most-loved hotel brand in the world.”

Globally, the list featured companies such as Apple, Facebook and Uber. LinkedIn partnered with Censuswide Research to carry out an online survey of 6,266 workers between May 18 and May 23, 2016. The countries surveyed were Australia, Brazil, France, India, UK and USA.

The list comprises companies where people most eagerly want to land jobs, and stay in them, as determined by 12 metrics that measure online actions taken by LinkedIn’s members. Among those metrics are the number of views and applications per job posting on LinkedIn and other career sites, the number of views of a company’s career page, and employee retention statistics as measured through profile updates.

In just three years since its inception, OYO has managed to expand its network to include 70,000 rooms in 180 Indian cities, with 2.3 million room-nights booked in the first quarter of 2016. CB Insights has cited OYO as one of the top 50 startups most likely to next reach unicorn status.

Google Maps is now alerting about traffic on places you might visit in coming days?

Just got this alert today:

Few weeks ago, I was a daily visitor to this park early in the morning. Apart from that, I cannot make any connection to my location data and why Google would alert me about possible traffic around the park in the evening on the next day.

I am also not a fan of the singer who is hosting a concert at the venue. And I do not have any related emails in my Gmail account. One can only wonder the relevance of this update aimed at me!

Google finally has a process to apply to own an orphaned Google+ Community

Google has opened a form where you can request to own an orphaned category or endorse someone else’s request to own a community.

Transfer Google+ Community ownership – Google+ Help

This has been one of the many issues faced by users of Google+ as communities dumped by their owners no longer had any moderators or admins to moderate it. Many of these communities have become so popular that it was not easy to migrate to a new one with a proper staff in place.

Google Photos finally gets the much needed commenting functionality

Update… Sadly, the functionality is poorly implemented and has a lot of UI related issues.




Google today announced a major new feature update on their Google Photos platform. The company is now allowing members of the shared albums to comment on photos. Until now, you had to share the photos on a third party platform like Google+ to get the ability to comment on them. But now, Google Photos has support for native comments.

Google said:

Starting today, people who join the album can add comments to photos and the album itself. So you can give your friend’s photo of her lunch and your mom’s photos of the cat the response it deserves, without leaving the app.

Google Photos finally gets the much needed commenting functionality

Google also added another useful functionality in today’s update. The app would now suggest photos from your own library that can be added to a collaborative album. Google is probably going to check for dates and GPS data to see if there are images that were potentially taken at the same event and recommend them. This is a pretty handy feature for shared albums focused on events.

Plus, to make it easier to add your own photos to a received shared album, you’ll now see smart suggestions for the right photos to add. No more searching for photos from last weekend’s birthday party and picking out the perfect ones – now you can add your best photos from the event in one tap.

Commenting and smart suggestions in shared albums Shared albums have always…

TechHub and Google announce global partnership and expand collaboration to India

Today Google and TechHub announce their global partnership, bringing more opportunities to TechHub’s 700+ tech startups around the world.

TechHub, the global community for tech entrepreneurs, announced that their partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs will benefit startups from India for the first time. Google supports TechHub’s work to help hundreds of tech companies scale up their businesses. Now TechHub members in Bangalore, other TechHub locations of Riga and Bucharest, plus Madrid, Warsaw and London will have access to programmes and assistance from Google, including Google mentors, the Google for Entrepreneurs international demo days, GFE Exchange and Google Cloud Platform credits for qualifying startups.

Elizabeth Varley, TechHub’s global Co-founder and CEO said, “We are excited to bring this partnership to India to increase TechHub’s support to Indian startups. In Bangalore we see a huge variety of startups creating innovative products, and we want to help them succeed both in India and all around the world. TechHub and Google for Entrepreneurs is a strong partnership that will empower Indian entrepreneurs to go global from the very beginning.”

David Grunwald, Google for Entrepreneurs Head of EMEA Partnerships said “We are excited to expand our work with TechHub beyond Google for Entrepreneurs Campus network, where we have collaborated successfully over a number of years. TechHub’s ‘community first’ values and their focus on supporting founders and startups with education and programs align perfectly with the goals of Google for Entrepreneurs.”

TechHub’s community is global: members hail from 60+ countries and every member can access Googlers in six international cities. TechHub membership gives each entrepreneur access to every TechHub in the world and all the programmes and opportunities available there including flagship events like Startup Funeral, and the monthly TechHubTuesday Demo Night.
Around a third of members base their teams full time in one of TechHub’s spaces, with the majority of members accessing the benefits of TechHub through its rich programme designed to help startups face the challenges of building and growing a global tech company.

Elizabeth Varley, TechHub’s global Co-founder and CEO said “TechHub continuously works to improve the way we support entrepreneurs through every part of the startup lifecycle – idea to exit. Our programme helps founders deal with challenges at the different stages of developing their company and product, whether it’s their first time or fifth time starting a company. TechHub and Google for Entrepreneurs have the same approach – using both relationships and data to truly understand startups.”

Talking about the TechHub and Google #GoGlobal message, TechHub Madrid member Miguel Elizondo, Co-founder and CEO of Festrip said: “From the very beginnings of Festrip, we have firmly believed that the only way to succeed is to go global. As soon as we learnt of TechHub Madrid, we wanted to be one of the first Spanish companies to join their community… and we made it! Our expectations have been surpassed. TechHub has provided us with a great, inspiring space full of potential partners and advisors, and have put the know how of their network to work for us. Thanks to this, we have closed deals in Madrid and London, with more in the coming months.”

TechHub and Google for Entrepreneurs are hosting partnership launch celebrations at TechHub Bangalore on Wednesday 24th February.