Google lists nine companies that use the most money in advertising in Google per day. Amazon is number three on list spending $132,000 per day. Maybe a bit surprisingly the top two companies are phoenix online university and ask.com. Ask.com is Google’s biggest competitor when it comes to answering peoples queries. “WordStream CEO Larry Kim tells us he saw a big decline in the average cost per click (CPC) and significant growth in ad impressions and clicks during the quarter.”
“One Laptop Per Child” organization is having a project in Ethiopia in which they are dropping of tablets to villages. These Motorola Xoom tablets that are already loaded with apps such as games, cartoons, e-books, and educational programs. The goal is to give these tablets to illiterate children and let them experiment and learn on their own because some areas don’t have teachers available for the children. In some areas that they have already started the experiment and researchers have gone back after couple of months and found the children using the tablets. Some of them were able to write some words and show the functioning of the tablet.
Apple (AAPL) customers are famed for their loyalty, but it looks as though some of them may not be as fanatical as they’ve been in the past. New data from Strategy Analytics shows that 75% of iPhone owners in Western Europe said they would buy an Apple device for their next smartphone, versus 88% who said they’d buy an iPhone for their next device last year. iPhone user loyalty also dipped slightly in the United States, with 88% of iPhone owners saying they’d buy an Apple smartphone in the future, down from 93% last year.
The stakes are significant for an industry that is still finding its way in the mobile world. Advertisers will spend a relatively small amount of money on ads on phones and tablets this year — $2.6 billion, according to eMarketer, less than 2 percent of the amount they will spend over all. Yet that is more than triple what they spent in 2010.
Mobile data provides companies unfettered access to potential customers needs, interests and geography. Google, purveyors of the Android environment, is slated to earn $8 billion from mobile sales while Pandora’s -the music streaming company- mobile sales add to 58 percent of their earnings. Read more about what advertisers are doing to get on the bandwagon in the New York Times article.
The worldwide mobile phone market grew 2.4% year over year in the third quarter of 2012 (3Q12), driven by heavyweights Samsung and Apple as Nokia dropped off the Top 5 list of smartphone vendors. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 444.5 million mobile phones in 3Q12 compared to 434.1 million units in the third quarter of 2011.
In the worldwide smartphone market vendors shipped 179.7 million units in 3Q12 compared to 123.7 million units in 3Q11. The 45.3% year-over-year growth was slightly above IDC’s forecast of 45.2% for the quarter.
Today, Verizon Wireless and Nokia announced the upcoming availability of the Nokia Lumia 822 – a powerful Windows Phone 8 smartphone exclusive to Verizon Wireless. With a unique design, enhanced camera, world class maps with turn-by-turn navigation and free unlimited music streaming, the Nokia Lumia 822 provides Verizon Wireless customers with high-end smartphone features on America’s largest 4G LTE network.
… [Mobile] applications like Angry Birds collect personal information, usually the user’s location and sex and the unique identification number of a smartphone. As the Internet goes mobile, privacy issues surrounding phone apps have moved to the front lines of the debate over what information can be collected, when and by whom.
Apple’s new iPad sales are weaker than expected, with Android still dominating the tablet market.
Apple and the iPad remain in the lead with 57% of all shipments, but just as Apple missed sales expectations on the iPad, it also is losing some market share in the tablet market overall, with Android picking up the slack to reach an all-time high of 41% of shipments on overall shipments of just under 25 million units.
Apple has posted a notice on its website which says that Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 did not contravene in any way the Apple’s design patent for iPad. The notice is accessible via the link on apple.co.uk. In the notice Apple recognizes the fact that the High Court of Justice of England and Wales has concluded that the Samsung Galaxy Lineup does not breach the Apple’s design patent for the iPad. Apple was required to tender the notice as per the orders of the court.
Apple has sent a message to developers letting them know that they can now more easily reach an increasingly global set of customers.
In the past, users in these countries would not have been able to pay for apps in their local currencies. Instead, they would have had to pay in U.S. dollars in their local app stores, using cards that processed payments in dollars, only use free apps, or perhaps get paid apps by illegal means.
There has been a fair amount of negative attention drawn to the iPad Mini. Some of the general public thinks the device is too pricey, considering how similar its specs are to many Android devices that are at least $100 cheaper. Despite the complaints, the iPad Mini is still doing quite well when it comes to pre-orders.
Google employees in San Francisco are now able to order products through a mobile device and have them delivered the same day. This thrusts Google into commerce, new territory for them. Google does not plan on operating warehouses or handling the shipping of items, they are planning to work with retailers and delivery companies. Several retailers, many national chains, in San Francisco are already participating in the program.
LEAP Commerce, a mobile shopping start-up, released its app called ‘Best Decision’ today. The application works across 23 e-commerce sites including Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Gilt. There are currently over 110 million items available for purchase through the ‘Best Decision’ application. The company plans to increase partners and availability of products in the future.
Apple approached around 1.3 million in sales of the apple TV in the years fourth quarter, but its still being called a “hobby.” According to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said “Apple sold a total of 5.3 million Apple TVs this fiscal year, almost double the 2.8 million it sold in 2011. But those numbers are still tiny in comparison to, say, the 26.9 million iPhones Apple sold in just the last quarter.”
There is obviously some major potential in this product, until it gets its big break, I guess it will continue to be a decent hobby.
According to game developers, the iPad mini is expected to have quite an impact on gaming. Created with an A5 chip, and its display is a 7.9-inch, 1024×768 pixel display, this will make it difficult for developers to create the apps, considering their used to making it for the fourth generation ipad with a A6X processor.
According to Scott Foe “the iPad mini could further revolutionize the educational market, leading to more devices in classrooms. That could mean kids goofing off playing Angry Birds in school or new kinds of apps that could replace physical textbooks.”
“The price of $329 is a real issue. But it’s a serious competitor not only to the $249 PS Vita and the $169 3DS but also the $299 iPod Touch. Apple has to hope that its new device won’t cannibalize the popular MP3 player.”
Yahoo purchased mobile app developer Stamped today. The Stamped team will help Yahoo create a new center of mobile product development, according to Yahoo senior vice president Adam Cahan, who called Stamped and its staff “a natural fit.” This is the first Yahoo acquisition under new CEO Marissa Mayer who was appointed six weeks ago.
After 10 months of work, including winning a Microsoft app contest, developer says he’s still unable to get the app past the Windows Store approval process.
After 10 months of work it was finally time for this Professional App developer to submit his app to the new Windows App store. This took 2 months of errors and failures on Microsofts end, and none of the experienced personell that were asked for assistance submitting the app (including many higher ranking Microsoft employees) had no clue what the problem was either. He lost out on many opportunities to create and run a great app, and has yet to be able to publish it.
Read the developer’s own blog post about the issue here
Microsoft released their new Microsoft Surface Tablet to compete with others in the tablet market. With this release came their brand new Windows App Market.
Unfortunately the market does not have anywhere near as many apps as the android or apple app markets, and is a major let down for consumers and producers alike.
Due to this, the surface is
“not entertaining enough to replace a wildly popular tablet, nor work-friendly enough to replace a laptop.” – Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
In Nigeria, a survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that over 64% of imported malaria drugs were counterfeits. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control is attempting to counter this growing problem by offering an SMS authentication service. Authentic anti-malaria drugs will come with a scratch-and-text label. Users can scratch off part of the label to reveal a 10-digit authentication code. Texting this 10-digit code will return a response stating whether or not the drugs are real.
Samsung has doubled its shipments year over year to an estimated 56 million smartphones in the third quarter, more than double its closest competitor, Apple, according to a new report from market research firm IDC. Meanwhile, Nokia continued its fall from grace after it dropped off the top 5 list for the quarter.
IDC estimates Samsung has captured 31.3 percent market share in the recent quarter, noting that this is the first time since the fourth quarter of 2009 that one vendor broke the 31 percent mark. The South Korean handset maker confirmed on Thursday record third-quarter profit of $7.4 billion
It’s that time of the year when companies are pushing out their financial results and HTC, one of Asia’s most notable tech firms and a company in the midst of change, gave out its unaudited third-quarter figures earlier this month. Today it followed up with confirmed sales data and a dismal forecast for the final quarter of 2012.
Total revenue for Q3 was confirmed as coming in at $2.4 billion, down some way on the $3 billion in revenue it posted the previous quarter. The figure represents a 48 percent year-on-year drop; that’s worse still than the previous quarter, in which revenue slumped 35 percent on the same time in 2011 – big losses.
This quarter report announced yet again, increased growth of the company. They announced $36.0 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.2 billion, compared to last year’s $28.3 billion and net profit of $6.6 billion. Breaking it down, the company increased its iPhone sales by 58% and iPad sales by 26% (largely due to the recent release of the iOS6). This information can be translated into the continuous growth of Apple as a company. They seem to be dominating the mobile world at this time.
Microsoft Surface has been delayed in the UK even though pre-orders were already made and expected to be delivered. Microsoft has stated that they have been delayed due to holdups with customs in the UK. The new shipping date is expected to be Nov. 2nd, a week off from the original Oct. 26th date. Though a week might not seem like it is that long, some customers who are early adopters were expecting to have the Surface already and are very upset as they wanted to get the Surface before Americans did.
At first glance it seems that this short guide is chock-full of obvious advice e.g. put your address in a prominent place. Duh! But you would be surprised how many small companies forgo a lot of this seemingly obvious advice. Here are the tips-in-brief:
-If you depend on local customers for your business, make sure they can find you.
-Make sure it’s clear where you’re located and what services you offer so you’ll show up in search engines. Do the same thing on your social media profiles and pages.
-Get your business on Foursquare and encourage happy customers to write a review on Yelp.
As more enterprise users show up at the office with tablets, organizations are increasingly looking for creative ways to leverage these devices for business use. Recent research shows that a significant number of organizations will deploy mobile line-of-business apps in the next year, with many of those efforts geared toward tablet-specific enterprise apps. As enterprises bolster those tablet development plans, IT will need to adjust to the latest twist in enterprise application strategy, including new demands for IT support.
Enterprises that plan to build apps for mobile devices should consider how best to take advantage of the platform. For example, Fino advises clients to regard enterprise tablet apps as content-centric, and phone-based apps as a way to check on status.
Three conclusions were presented when the Q3 numbers were crunched The first is that 80% of all devices sold last quarter on both carriers were smartphones. The second piece of info is 48% of all post-paid retail handsets sold were iPhones. And lastly, 60% of all smartphones sold on both carriers combined in Q3 were iPhones
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced the availability of Arndale, a new community development board designed around its Exynos 5 Dual system-on-chip (SoC). The Exynos 5 Dual features the implementation of both the world’s first dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A15 MPCore™ processor and the world’s first quad-core ARM Mali™-T604 GPU based on 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process technology. Priced at an affordable $249.00, the newest board offers the open source developer community a rich environment for producing the highest caliber of mobile applications, including in the areas of gaming, security, multimedia and user interface on multiple operating systems.
This is a fun way to look at the number of people who use mobile technology. The infographic intends to give an insight on the growth of the global enterprise, the mobile workers and their preferences on device usage and applications.
Click to view the complete infographic on The Mobile Workforce.
“Freemium iOS apps eclipsed 50 percent mark in the US about a year ago. But in the last year, the momentum behind freemium apps has only grown stronger, according to new data from app analytics firm App Annie.
App Annie Intelligence, which tracks more than 700,000 apps, found that global revenues for freemium apps on iOS have quadrupled over the last 24 months. And for Google Play, worldwide freemium revenues have grown 3.5x in 2012. Now, freemium apps generate 69 percent of the worldwide iOS app revenue and 75 percent of global Android app revenues. Meanwhile, premium app revenue from paid download apps have remained relatively flat over the same periods.
The numbers confirm the trend we’ve been noticing but the fact that there’s been no let up shows just how app developers continue to embrace the freemium model and how those apps continue to bring in more money. We reported two years ago that the 1/3 of the top grossing apps on iOS in the US had moved to the freemium model. By the end of 2011, Distimo reported that about half of the revenue from the 200 top grossing iPhone apps came from freemium app while 65 percent of the revenue from top apps in the Android Market came from freemium apps.
Not every app needs to go freemium. As Flurry recently pointed out, some apps are better suited to that model. For example, apps with high intensity of usage in a short window creates an opportunity for developers to make money though in-app purchases that users can binge on. And for users who come back repeatedly over a long period of time, there’s also a chance to keep selling them on more content and add-on functions. Apps that don’t necessarily hold on to users over a long period of time might monetize better through one-time paid downloads, said Flurry.”
“Google Maps has officially stepped into what may be its most difficult challenge yet — mapping the alleys, ledges and trails of the world unreachable by Street View’s cars, tricycles and snowmobiles. The effort formally began on foot Monday as Google took three of its Trekker backpacks down into the Grand Canyon for the new gadgetry’s maiden voyage.
“When we were designing Trekker, we really knew we wanted to take it to these rugged, remote locations,” said Ryan Falor, a product manager on Google’s Street View special collections team, at the top of the Grand Canyon’s Bright Angel Trail on Monday. “We worked really hard to make sure it was waterproof and could handle heat and cold and all kinds of abuse on the trail.”
The Trekker — which looks like a Ghostbuster’s Proton Pack with an oversized soccer ball mounted on top and a USB-connected Android smartphone in place of a particle blaster — was first shown off at aGoogle Maps event back in June. At that point, the device was still a prototype and a bit lighter than its current 40-pound heft. But after about a year and a half of prototypes and improvements, as well as test hikes around the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View and on weekend trails in the Bay Area, Trekker is finally polished enough to collect 360-degree imagery for use in Google Maps Street View.”
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is diving into Canada’s fast-moving mobile payment market, bringing his vision of making “commerce easy for everyone” to a country he sees as ripe for his latest technology startup.
Today’s launch of Square, a free mobile credit card reader Dorsey’s San Francisco company first made available in the U.S. in 2010, is the latest move in a Canadian mobile payment world that already resembles a Wild West. A number of major players — telecoms, credit card companies, banks and others — are already jockeying for position and for the big prizes of revenue and access to customer information.
Everloop is an online social media platform that is specifically designed for kids under the age of 13. The site allows the kids to connect with friends, play games, listen to music and watch videos. Everloop has released their first mobile app called Goobit which focuses on the network’s most popular features ‘goobs.’ “Everloop’s app presents a safer alternative for kids’ social networking, than allowing them to lie about their age in order to set up an account on Facebook, as many unfortunately do.” It is impossible to stop kids nowadays from joining FaceBook and Everloop is not hoping to stop them. However, Everloop can stall those kids and prevent them from joining FaceBook and other social media sites by providing them with a safer environment that is fun entertaining. The Everloop app will offer, “a variety of social activities for kids, without the embarrassment of mom commenting on kids’ posts. Parents are kept informed through notifications, but this is not their network – it’s for the kids.”
“Apple will launch an ad-supported streaming radio service optimized for iOS devices within the first three months of 2013, Bloomberg reports. Sources said Apple views the streaming initiative as a way to grow its iAd mobile advertising platform, and also plans to integrate the service with its iTunes digital music storefront to fuel download sales.”
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) today announced the release of an iPhone application that makes information about agricultural and veterinary chemicals registered in Australia instantly accessible to people on the move.
‘The tool, thought to be a world first, will give a farmer in a paddock the ability to access a searchable database of the 10,500 agricultural and veterinary chemicals approved for use in Australia’, APVMA spokesperson Dr Simon Cubit said today.
“The farmer, for example, will be able to search for a registered chemical product available to treat a specific insect pest. That search will also provide information about active constituents, withholding periods, product labels, and pack sizes at the touch of a button.’
‘Once a search has been completed the farmer will be able to save the search for later reference or share the results with others, perhaps in the form of an email to a rural supply store.’
Interestingly, the application (called APVMA) also provides information on products that have been suspended, cancelled, stopped or archived. This ability, which provides a time depth to chemical registrations in Australia, is not currently available on any other system including the ‘parent’ PUBCRIS database available on the APVMA website.
“The app is expected to be widely used not just by farmers but also by environmental managers needing chemical tools to tackle environmental weeds and pests. Versions of the app suitable for Android devices will also be developed.”
“The development of the application reflects a commitment by the APVMA to deliver the benefits of more efficient regulation to business and the community’, Dr Cubit said.
“In 1998, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which outlaws attempts to get around digital rights management schemes. Because of the exploding growth of technology, the act has become outdated in many senses. Yesterday a bunch of changes were published—making it legal to jailbreak phones, but not tablets.”
Nokia, once the leading global smartphone manufacturer, has fallen so far behind Samsung and Apple that it no longer registers as a Top 5 vendor, according to market analysts IDC. Nokia has ranked among the Top 5 vendors since IDC first began tracking smartphone shipments in 2004, but the company fell behind Research In Motion, which shipped 7.7 million handsets in the quarter. That was a 34.7 percent decline from RIM’s shipments during the same period last ear, but it was still higher than the performance turned in by Nokia.
Parse, a mobile app platform that eases back-end development, has added Windows 8 to their Software Developer Kits (SDK). Parse has been known as a company whose mission is to help developers be more efficient. With this move, the company believes that adding Windows 8 to the SDK will open the doors for many developers. Ilya Sukhar, co-founder, said, “We think Windows 8 will be an important contender and we want our existing clients to be able to build apps on Day One.” Parse believes that Windows 8 is going to be able to compete with Android and iOS in the world of tablets. Sukhar later goes on to talk about how widespread Microsoft is and their impact on large companies. “People in the Valley don’t quite realize how big the Microsoft developer ecosystem and how entrenched it is in many big enterprises.” Parse is banking on Microsoft putting a lot of resources into Windows 8 and their new Surface tablet.
The Android app was inspired by Dragon Go!, Nuance’s app for iOS; it performs similar functions to Siri, an intelligent voice-controlled personal assistant that works with iPhone 4S and 5. Dragon Mobile Assistant can help you send texts, make calls, set appointments and provides access to web content from more than 200 content providers. Dragon Mobile Assistant is currently available in beta (English only) for free on Google Play in the U.S. It supports Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and above.
Facebook, Google Talk, and MSN Instant Messenger services are letting ForgetMeNot help grow there user base in places like Africa by delivering status updates, posts and chat as text messages on these ‘dumb phones’. Google is also offering Gmail in this same way. Receiving messages is free and replying costs the same as a regular SMS.
Music downloads, mobile payments and instant messaging may be common place in the developed world but in Kenya, the uptake of smartphones has been slower, particularly with many living on low incomes.
Spencer Kelly reports on how Kenyan entrepreneurs are convincing the tech goliaths like Facebook, Google and Microsoft to jump over the Atlantic and help grow their user base on even the simplest of phones – known as “dumb phones”.
A Russian online newspaper The Village has created “Parking Douche”, a mobile app created to highlight poor parking practices in Russia. Cell phone users can take a picture of the pesky car, type in a physical description and the license plate number, and send it to the paper. The Village will then post it as a pop-up advertisement on their webpage and — even more embarrassingly — the pop-up will only be posted for people who are reading within the immediate vicinity of the car (the idea being that someone will recognize the car and its owner). The app has won several awards, including the Grand Prix at the Golden Drum Awards for Mobile, Digital Campaigns, Mobile Campaigns and Innovative Campaigns; and the Silver Drum for Digital and New/Innovative.
A great read by a seasoned developer who had significant troubles submitting his app to the new Windows 8 Marketplace. The Missing Bit: Windows 8 Doesn’t Want Your App. Try Again Later.
A survey by the Mobile Operators Association and YouGov shows smartphone ownership has doubled in the UK in less than a year.
Over half (58 percent) of mobile phones in the UK are smartphones, and 20 percent of adults own a tablet. Developers are going to have to take this rise in the UK into account as UK customers are going to want different things from the US as well as use different measurement systems, etc.
With such a rise in smartphone and tablet use, US developers might want to cater to people overseas more and will have to keep our differences in mind.
Square is now offering its services in Canada, with the same percentage per swipe offered in the US. Square will also introduce its register app to the new market, allowing smaller companies to exclusively use Square, allowing the company to be more mobile than it would with traditional companies.
Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller has defended the price of the iPad mini, claiming that it makes buying an iPad “even more affordable”.
The iPad mini was launched during the Apple Special Event 2012 in San Jose, USA, on Tuesday 23 October. It ticked almost all the boxes fans and eager consumers wanted. Some were slightly disappointed that it didn’t feature a Retina display – although, because of its size, the 1024 x 768 resolution equates to 163 pixels per inch (ppi). But almost all were disappointed by Apple’s pricing of the new device.
Starting at £269 in the UK ($329 in the States), it is more than £100 more expensive than its competitors, including the Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Barnes & Noble Nook HD. However, Schiller is not concerned.
Panasonic Corp will slash a significant portion of its mobile phone business as it struggles to make headway in the global smartphone market, dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co.
Panasonic, which sells mobile handsets in Europe and Japan, has been facing sluggish sales in Europe. It will close its mobile phone operations in the region as early as fiscal 2012, the Japanese business daily reported.
The company has already begun restructuring its business by shutting down its domestic cell phone factory in Shizuoka Prefecture and moving production to Malaysia, the Nikkei said.
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 25 million units in the third quarter of 2012. Apple iOS slipped to 57 percent global market share, allowing Android to capture a record 41 percent share.
Peter King, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global tablet shipments reached 24.7 million units in Q3 2012, rising a sluggish 43 percent from 17.2 million in Q3 2011. Demand for tablets slowed due to ongoing economic uncertainty and consumers holding off purchases in anticipation of multiple new models, like the iPad Mini, during the upcoming Q4 holiday season. Apple shipped a disappointing 14.0 million iPads worldwide and captured 57 percent share in the third quarter of 2012, dipping from 64 percent a year ago. Apple’s slowdown allowed the Android community to make gains and Android’s global share of the tablet market now stands at a record 41 percent.”
Corning’s Gorilla Glass is a scratch resistant front screen covering for smart phone devices. Originally it was featured on the Iphone, and since then the product has been featured on over a billion devices worldwide ranging from the Iphone to Dell, HP, LG, etc. With Gorilla Glass being so popular it causes other competitors to have little chance in entering the market for making screen protectors. Corning as a company has grown, in Q3 2012 alone the company has earned 363 million dollars which is up 21% from last year.
Yes, Yahoo! has made their first acquisition under Marissa Mayer’s watch. Stamped is a one-year old, New York based startup that allows users to keep track of and share the things they like with their friends as well as tap into their friends’ recommendations and those of well-known tastemakers. It seems though that the main motivation behind the purchase was the talent behind the company, which consists of five ex-Google employees. In their Q3 earnings call Mayer said that Yahoo! very much needed more mobile engineers as it transitioned to a “mobile-first” company.
Sprint has announced that it will be the first U.S. carrier to release the Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade, and it’s kicking off the update process right now. Sprint says that it will make Android 4.1 Jelly Bean available to Samsung Galaxy S III devices through an over-the-air update rolling out in stages today. Customers will receive a notification to update that will guide them through the installation process and add several new features and improvements.