ComScore: Android continues to lead in OS marketshare, Apple behind in second

Research firm ComScore is out with new quarterly numbers today, giving us a look at the current state of mobile marketshare in the United States. Over the last three months, nothing too dramatic has changed. Android still has the lead in marketshare, now boasting a 50.9-percent share of smartphone customers (0.8-percent gain over three months ago but down from March), whereas Apple is in second with a 31.9-percent share (1.7-percent gain).

As for OEMs, Samsung has a commanding lead with 25.7-percent marketshare, followed by LG with 19.1-percent (had a 0.3-percent loss). Apple is third with 15 percent (boasting a 1.5-percent increase). The real story will come when companies report their earnings to investors in a few weeks. You can check out the charts after the break for all the details:

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AT&T Galaxy S III goes on sale Friday, July 6

The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III could be summarized in one word: delays. Being one of the carriers experiencing such delays, AT&T announced this afternoon that the Samsung Galaxy S III would finally go on sale for its network June 6. According to AT&T’s online store, only the 16GB white and blue versions of the device will be available at launch, priced at $199 on a two-year contract and featuring AT&T’s 4G LTE. For some reason, the 32GB version and exclusive AT&T red model are nowhere to be found. Is anyone picking one up?

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CamUp sues Google, says Google+ and YouTube stole Hangouts feature

CamUp filed a lawsuit late last week that claimed Google ripped its video-chat feature for Google+ and YouTube.

The lawsuit filing revealed Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president, along with a few Mountain View engineers, approached the New York-based startup at the South by Southwest Festival in March 2011. They later met in London to negotiate adding a Hangout-like button, called “Watch with your friends on CamUp,” to Google’s popular video-sharing platform, YouTube. Despite receiving accolades on its product, CamUp did not hear from the Googlers after the meeting.

By May 2011, CamUp detected an alarming amount of visits from Google’s headquarters in California. The startup suggested that the traffic is evidence of Google beginning to examine its product for copying purposes. Google launched Hangouts with a “Watch your friends” button just one month later, which were allegedly indistinguishable from CamUp’s offerings.

CamUp is seeking damages, an injunction to remove Hangouts on YouTube and Google+, and it is suing Google UK’s Director of Business and Markets Richard Robinson.

The filing (via GigaOM) is embedded below.

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HTC Droid Incredible 4G launching on Verizon for $149 on July 5

Verizon announced in a press release this morning that the HTC Droid Incredible 4G is launching on its network July 5 for $149 on a two-year contract. The Droid Incredible 4G was previously shown off at this year’s CTIA after running its course in the rumor-mill for months. It is packed with a 4-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, front-facing camera, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 4G LTE, and the option for up to 32GB of expandable storage. It will be interesting to see how this device will stack up against the Galaxy S III, which launches on Verizon fairly soon but is currently facing delays. At any rate, this looks like a sleek device.

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VLC for Android makes its way to Google Play in beta form

Open source media player VLC announced an all-new beta Android app available on the Google Play store this morning. The app features the ability to play a long list of support video and audio with a basic controller that allows you to play, pause, and skip content. We assume better features will be added over time. The VideoLAN staff makes it clear that the app is not on the stable side. However, why not give it a shot if you are loyal to the orange and black. Though we do have to pass on VideoLAN’s message, just as a warning: “It might kill your kitten, destroy your house and start the Mayan apocalypse. Use it at your own risk.” Sounds rough. (via The Verge)

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After facing delays, Samsung Galaxy S III goes on sale at Sprint

As we told you last week, Sprint officially began selling the Galaxy S III in stores and online today. The Now Network priced the 16 GB and 32GB Galaxy S III at $200 and $250, respectively. However, if you are looking to pick up one in-store, you will have to settle with the 16GB version. The 32GB version is only offered online. Is any of you picking one up? Samsung pegged shipments of the Galaxy S III to be over 10 million units for the month of July (also due to high demand).

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Google Analytics gets and Android app and mobile app tracking

As highlighted on the official Google Analytics blog, the company is today announcing the addition of mobile app analytics for three main areas: Acquisition and new users, Engagement (retention, crashes, conversions), and Outcome (app sales and in-app purchases).

New and active users – measure the number of new and active users who launch your app everyday and analyze your most valuable segments.

App versions – keep track of the distribution of active users over the older and newer versions of your app so you know what to support.

Device overview - check out the top mobile devices and OS versions that your app runs on, and optimize the experience for each device.

User behavior – assess how loyal your users are, how frequently they use the app, and the engagement level of each loyalty group.

Engagement flow – visually see the screens, actions and paths users take to move throughout your application in order to optimize usage.

In-App purchases – if you sell virtual or tangible goods in your app, you can measure the number of purchases and the revenue generated.

In addition to the inclusion of the new Mobile App Analytics reports that can be seen in the screenshots above, Google is also rolling out a new Google Analytics Android app (images above via AnalyticsTalk.) If you are interested in checking out the new Mobile App Analytics and app, Google said it would roll out to select whitelisted users. You can sign up to become part of the beta here.

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‘Gayglers’ celebrate LGBT Pride Month, World Pride [Photos]

Google is once-again touting support for the LGBT community by participating in worldwide Pride events and expanding company-wide benefits.

According to “Gaygler” Randy Reyes on the official Google blog

We encourage people to bring their whole selves to work. And this month Googlers, Gayglers (gay Googlers), and their families and friends took this spirit to the streets in Pride parades and celebrations around the globe. In Sao Paulo, a group of 50 marched as a Google contingent for the first time ever. In San Francisco, more than 1,000 Googlers and allies marched (nearly doubling the number of people we had in 2011!). In New York, more than 700 of our friends and colleagues took over 5th Avenue marching alongside our double-decker Pride bus. And this weekend in Singapore, we’re sponsoring the Pink Dot celebration for the second consecutive year.

Reyes further revealed action-based plans to celebrate World Pride in London this year. The Mountain View, Calif.-based Company will host a “Legalise Love” Conference at Google London, with hopes to “eliminate homophobia” and “decriminalize homosexuality.”

Google also significantly increased coverage of transgender health care for its U.S. employees. Transgender-inclusive benefits, such as “transitioning procedures and treatment in accordance with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care,” now receive a lifetime maximum coverage of $75,000.

“Next month we’ll carry the energy of Pride into our fourth annual company Diversity & Inclusion celebration, the Sum of Google. The Sum is an opportunity to celebrate and engage in a discussion about diversity and inclusion across our offices around the world,” Reyes concluded.

A picture gallery is below.

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Google Crisis Response team launches new crisis map for raging US wildfires

The Google Crisis Response team just issued a new crisis map for the 2012 U.S. wildfire season.

Major media outlets are reporting on the massive wildfires wreaking havoc in Colorado and Utah, and Google is working to provide related information to those affected by way of maps that feature fire perimeters cropped from the U.S. Geological Survey, Red Cross, and satellite imagery by DigitalGlobe.

“Use the checkboxes along the right-hand panel to turn on and off the layers of information, and the ‘Share’ button at the top of the map to grab the URL or embed code. Note that both the URL and the embed code will automatically restore your current view of the map, including the set of layers that you have turned on,” wrote Googler Pete Giencke on the Google Lat Long Blog, while explaining how to navigate the crisis map.

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Google fixing spam from Google+ Events feature following complaints

When Google announced some updates to Google+ during its I/O keynote this week, perhaps apart from the new iPad compatible tablet version, the most talked about new feature was the Facebook-like invitations called “Events.” While Google calendar integration in the Events feature was supposed to be a big selling point, Google unfortunately did not provide users with control over which invites were added to their calendars. The issue led to massive amounts of spam in the form of notifications and calendar entries—most notably for Google+ users with large followings. Robert Scoble outlined the problem in a Google+ post:

Hey, +Vic Gundotra the way you rolled out the new Google+ events feature was — by far — the worst social launch ever… Not only did it spam the crap out of my notifications and my Google+ events page but it added events — hundreds of them — onto my calendar…My calendar is MINE. Not yours. You should NEVER put anything on it that I don’t approve of… I have turned down every event and they are still on my calendar so now I have to delete them one-by-one… By the way, I’ve been asking for noise controls since day one and you guys simply aren’t getting it. Amazingly bad service here folks.

As noted by Scoble, another avid Google+ user, Will Wheaton, highlighted the issue and received a response from Google’s Senior Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra: Read more

Google TV to stream movies, TV shows, and music from Google Play this summer

Google gave an update regarding improvements to the Google Play store coming to Android devices and elsewhere yesterday during Day 1 of its Google I/O keynote. However, information on what was in the works for Google TV was notably left out from its presentations (despite two identical Google Glass skydiver demos from yesterday and today). Today, Google made a blog post confirming features that were announced for Android devices yesterday. A new UI, subscription billing, and movie, music and TV shows will also come to the Google Play store on Google TV this summer:

You already have access to a variety of apps on Google Play, and soon you’ll be able to find movies, TV shows, and music from Google Play to stream on Google TV. Google Play works across devices, so you can rent and start watching a movie on your Google TV, keep watching on your tablet on the move, and finish watching on Google TV. The TV & Movies app will also show Google Play content, adding to the more than 100,000 TV episodes and movies available in the app. The full power of Google Play will be available later this summer on all Google TV devices.

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