Cycada might let you run iOS apps in Android

In today's Android roundup: Columbia develops a new system to run iOS apps on Android devices. Plus: Is the Motorola Shamu the first Android Silver phone? And Apple's parternship with IBM could be a big blow to Android

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Is the Motorola Shamu the first Android Silver phone?

Tech Times reports that the first Android Silver phone may have leaked.

According to Tech Times:

The first Android Silver smartphone may have just leaked. A new report and accompanying video from TK Tech News provides details on what is being described as the Motorola Shamu, Nexus 6, and Moto S. The tipster claims the device leaked to the site is a Verizon Shamu model. It supposedly is packing high-end specs, including a 2K display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, Adreno 420 GPU (graphics processing unit),13-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

More at Tech Times

Apparently, the Motorola Shamu will be called the Moto S on Verizon. There's a video on YouTube that shows a display shield and discusses the implications of the new phone.

Apple plus IBM could spell disaster for Android

Wired explores the consequences of the IBM and Apple deal for Google and its Android partners.

According to Wired:

Apple’s Enterprise Sales team pales in comparison to IBM’s reach and presence in the Enterprise. IBM has a point of view on key verticals where Apple has none, while vertical customers are crying out for business process re-engineering and productivity enhancements. Mobile then becomes part of the equation for which IBM crafts the end-to-end solution.

And while this is a lot about tablets (and likely iPhones), it’s probably also about Macs (guess who hasn’t made ThinkPads for years?). Google and Samsung know this. Apple has sucked the air out of the high-end consumer segment. If Android similarly loses out the only other profitable segment — big business — they’ll be pretty screwed.

More at Wired

The tone of the article is obviously quite pessimistic where Android is concerned, but I think that it's far too early for Apple and IBM to be declaring victory over Android in the enterprise market. Oh sure, I respect IBM's enterprise prowess and Apple's hardware. But neither of those things makes them unbeatable, and not every company is going to opt for their solutions.

ZDNet had an article on this topic and they weighed some of the possible counter-moves that might be done by Google and its partners to neutralize the threat to Android represented by IBM's partnership with Apple. The ZDNet article goes on to note that beating IBM and Apple won't necessarily be easy, but it is possible for Android to carve out its own share of the enterprise market. And I think that's a very reasonable conclusion, all things considered.

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