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Another Mobile Card Reader SumUp Inks Deal With Local Taxi Hailing App

In the increasingly crowded mobile payment card-reader space, it’s not just technology that’s being cloned. In the scramble to build traction and outrun the pack, startups are borrowing each others’ business strategies too. The latest move comes from Berlin-based mobile payment startup SumUp, which opened for business in August backed by more than $20 million in funding. SumUp has just announced a nationwide partnership with German taxi hailing mobile app, Taxi.de – following a move by rival German mobile payment startup Payleven last month, which signed up a Berlin taxi association to trial its tech.

Taxi.de does not break out user numbers — but its Android app has had between 5,000 and 10,000 installations on Google Play in the past 30 days. It also offers an iOS app.

The partnership between SumUp and Taxi.de is an exclusive one, according to the startup, and should see its mobile payment card reader used by taxi drivers across Germany — assuming it gets widespread adoption from the drivers (who will have to sign up to receive their card reader and start taking payments via SumUp).

via Another Mobile Card Reader Startup Cozies Up To Cabbies: Germany’s SumUp Inks Deal With Local Taxi Hailing App, Taxi.de | TechCrunch.

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Foursquare now lets businesses add their own events to listings

On Thursday, Foursquare announced an update aimed at businesses: the ability to add events to their listings. The company is touting it as a new way for businesses to leverage the location-based social network over at business.foursquare.com.

While there are already movie, concert, and sporting events in the Foursquare app, which anyone can see and edit for themselves, this addition allows businesses to add their own. The company has a few suggestions: a trivia tournament, open mic night, wine tasting, book signing, author appearance, arts and crafts fair, and a fundraising event.

via Foursquare now lets businesses add their own events to listings – The Next Web.

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iOS mobile news

Google Play Narrowing The Gap On iOS For Mobile Revenue

According to a new report from mobile app analytics firm App Annie, Google’s Play software store is gaining on rival Apple’s iOS app marketplace. The revenue gulf between the two stores is often cited as a reason why Apple is able to attract more top-tier developers and quality titles, so a lessening of the gap between the two in that respect is particularly significant.

iOS revenues still take the cake, according to the report, sitting pretty at four times the size of those coming in from Google Play titles. But where iOS revenue actually contracted during the month by a slight percentage (0.7 percent), Google’s actually rose considerably (17.9 percent). Revenues in Google Play are up 311 percent overall since January 2012, and downloads on Play are up 48 percent overall, with global free downloads still 10 percent higher on iOS. App Annie notes that Google Play’s download growth has dropped off during the last month considerably, however, and that raises some question about whether or not both companies might be approaching a plateau in this regard.

via Google Play Narrowing The Gap On iOS For Mobile Revenue, But iOS Still Brings In 4X The Money | TechCrunch.

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Apple Vets Carriers For 4G Performance Before Allowing iPhone 5 To Be Sold As An LTE Device | TechCrunch

Apple wants to ensure that customer experience with its iPhone 5 lives up to what the company is promising, and it will take strong measures to do so, including telling carriers when they can and can’t make the phone’s LTE capabilities available to subscribers. Generally speaking, carriers test to ensure devices meet their own network standards, but Apple seems to be in a strong enough position to be able to reverse that relationship.A new report from Telecoms.com says that a spokesperson for operator Swisscom had confirmed earlier claims that Apple only flips on 4G LTE access on the iPhone 5 once the network has passed a number of stringent live tests. Swisscom launched its LTE network this week, but wasn’t able to make the iPhone 5 an LTE device right away, since Apple still has to test and then issue a carrier update setting. This report was backed up by an earlier claim from NorthStream founder and CEO Bengt Nordstrom, who had heard about the same policy separately, according to Telecoms.com.

via Apple Vets Carriers For 4G Performance Before Allowing iPhone 5 To Be Sold As An LTE Device | TechCrunch.

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IiPad Mini finally trademarked

Apple has had more than a few items on its agenda of late – releasing the iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad mini, paying billions in dividends to shareholders, etc. Apple’s been so busy that only last week did the Cupertino, California-based tech giant finally get around to trademarking “iPad mini.”

According to Patently Apple, only after the iPad mini was release did Apple file the trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Apple filed for the trademark under application 85780375.

via Mobile Marketing Watch | Mobile Marketing News and Information.

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Foursquare’s investors are losing interest

Before Facebook went public in May of 2012, venture capital firm Spark Capital Partners LLC “bought $30 million of Foursquare Labs Inc. stock from the startup’s employees in a deal that valued the four-year-old company at $760 million,” sources tell the WSJ.Well, what a difference seven months can make. These days, Foursquare is finding it immensely challenging to convince investors that it has retained that degree of value. According to today’s report, Foursquare is presently finding it difficult to pull in as little as $50 million in a new round of funding.

via Foursquare’s Woes Continues as Investor Interest Subsides | Mobile Marketing Watch.

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Google adds fragmentation clause to developer agreement

Google updated its developer agreement earlier this week and included a clause that addresses fragmentation. The new paragraph added to the terms and conditions for Google’s Android SDK says,

“You agree that you will not take any actions that may cause or result in the fragmentation of Android, including but not limited to distributing, participating in the creation of, or promoting in any way a software development kit derived from the SDK.”

As written, the terms prohibit developers from creating their own fork of Android that’ll compete with the versions of Android sold on phones, a situation that could possibly confuse consumers. This new condition does not address the bigger problem of fragmentation, which is created by Android handset manufacturers and wireless carriers.

via Google adds fragmentation clause to developer agreement.

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Samsung producing 64GB flash memory for mobile devices

Samsung recently started mass production of a 64GB eMMC solution for mobile devices, and now they’re going one step forward by announcing the next-generation 64GB flash storage that uses 10nm-class process technology.

According to the Korean company, this new 64GB NAND (64GB eMMC Pro Class 2000) is 30% faster than the previous generation, while achieving sequential read/write speeds of 260MB/s and 50MB/s. To put it into perspective, that’s up to 10 times faster than Class 10 memory cards!

via Samsung unveils next-gen 10nm-class 64GB NAND flash memory for mobile devices.

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European M-Payments Company Payleven Signs Berlin Taxi Firm To Chip & PIN Trial

Square has Starbucks and now Square-clone Payleven, which is backed by Germany’s Rocket Internet incubator/investor, has signed up Berlin taxi association — Taxiverband Berlin (TVB) — to trial its Chip and PIN payment dongle. Payleven also makes a smaller magnetic swipe dongle for taking mobile payments but taxi drivers have opted to kick the tyres of the (presumably more secure) Chip and PIN system. Payleven currently only offers this in the European countries where it operates. Its swipe & sign system is available across its entire rollout footprint.

Payleven has launched in the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Italy and Brazil but has not broken out any customer numbers, so it remains to be seen how much traction it’s getting for its SMB mobile payments system. In the U.K. and Germany customers of its app plus dongle system pay 2.75 percent per transaction — with no minimum revenue or monthly fees. Card payments from €1 can be accepted.

via European M-Payments Company Payleven Signs Berlin Taxi Firm To Chip & PIN Trial, Claims Chip & PIN “Necessary” For Visa Mobile Payments | TechCrunch.

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Flurry Signs 1,000 App Publishers To AppSpot Mobile Ad Targeting Platform

App measurement and ad company Flurry has revealed significant traction for its iOS and Android app advertising and targeting platform, AppSpot. The platform was made publicly available just over three weeks ago and has attracted more than 1,000 app publishers to sign up, according to the company.Flurry described revenue performance of the first 500 applications already live as “very strong”, with an average eCPM of $5.80 across interstitial, video and banner ad formats.

via Flurry Signs 1,000 App Publishers To AppSpot Mobile Ad Targeting Platform In ~Three Weeks, Average eCPM Of $5.80 For First 500 Apps | TechCrunch.

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iPad mobile development mobile news

iPad trade-ins rise since iPad mini

SellCell.com, a website service that allows you to find the best buy-back deal for your phone or tablet, released new statistics about tablet trade-ins. It particularly revolves around Apple’s recent unveiling of the fourth-generation iPad and new iPad mini. Since that announcement, it turns out iPad trade-ins have skyrocketed up 500 percent.

via Report: iPad trade-ins soar 500 percent since iPad mini announcement.

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Samsung Tops U.S. Mobile Device Manufacturers

Digital metrics firm comScore today released its most recent mobile market share report, detailing trends in the mobile industry for the three month period ending in September. The survey of over 30,000 mobile subscribers in the U.S. revealed that smartphone penetration topped 50 percent for the first time ever in the study’s history, with Android and Samsung leading the charge.

via Samsung Tops U.S. Mobile Device Manufacturers, Apple Gains In Hardware And Platform Share | TechCrunch.

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Samsung Widens Global Smartphone Lead, as Nokia Drops from Top 5

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

via Samsung Widens Global Smartphone Lead, as Nokia Drops from Top 5.

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HTC Foresees Revenues Dropping a Further 14.5% in Q4 2012

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.

via HTC Foresees Revenues Dropping a Further 14.5% in Q4 2012.

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PCH revenue up 72%, driven by smartphone and tablet demand

Chinese manufacturing company PCH International has announced its 2011 full year results – reporting a big rise in revenue and record profits off the back of strong demand for smartphones, tablets and ereaders. The company, which has its corporate headquarters in Cork, Ireland and operational headquarters in Shenzhen, China, designs and makes consumer electronics in partnership with PC makers and consumer electronics brands.

PCH International reported a 72 percent increase in revenue for the year — to $710 million — while gross profit for the year totalled $70.7 million, an increase of 46.6 percent year-on-year, translating to a net profit of $17.9 million. EBITDA amounted to a record $24.5 million — a 37.9 percent year-on-year rise.

via Gadget Maker PCH International’s 2011 FY Results: Revenue Up 72% To $720M, Driven By Smartphone, Tablet Demand | TechCrunch.

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UKs Biggest Mobile Operators Form JV to Speed up 4G Rollout

While EE is expected to push live its 4G networks in ten cities on October 30, the UK’s four biggest mobile operators have quietly worked with the UK government and communications regulator Ofcom to speed up the deployment of 4G services, forming a joint venture to reduce TV interference caused by LTE networks.In an announcement today, Ofcom said that it has made further progress in speeding up the deployment of 4G services in the UK, specifically affecting the 800 MHz frequency band that remains unused after consumers made the switch to digital TV.EE, Telefónica O2, Three and Vodafone have all committed to forming a joint venture — originally called MitCo but now known as Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited — which will be responsible for ensuring consumers can continue to receive FreeView TV signals without experiencing interference from 4G networks when the 800MHz band goes live in “Spring of next year.”

via UKs Biggest Mobile Operators Form JV to Speed up 4G Rollout.

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Microsoft plans to engages Google in patent suit

Speaking yesterday in the Munich I Regional Court, Microsoft’s lead counsel, Tilman Mueller-Stoy, told the court that the software giant will amend an earlier lawsuit against Motorola to include Google, marking the first time the two technology giants have gone after each other in a patent infringement case.

via Microsoft looks to roll Google into German patent suit | Mobile – CNET News.

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YouTube Mobile Views Up 400% in Under Two Years

In less than two years, YouTube has seen it’s rate of videos consumed on mobile devices climb some 400%.

According to YouTube executive Robert Kyncl, views from mobile devices now represent a full quarter of views on the popular video-sharing platform.

via YouTube Mobile Views Up 400% in Under Two Years | Mobile Marketing Watch.

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600 Million Monthly Mobile Facebook Users

Hidden in Facebook’s 1 billion monthly active users announcement today is one statistic particularly worth underlining: the service is now seeing 600 million monthly active mobile users. Given the growing importance of mobile, and Facebook’s emphasis on it, this is worth underlining in itself.

via Facebook: 600 Million Monthly Mobile Users.

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Android mobile news

Over 60% of Android Malware Hides in Fake Popular Apps

Like any popular platform, Android has malware. Google’s mobile operating system is relatively new, however, so the problem is still taking form. In fact, it turns out that the larger majority of threats on Android come from a single malware family: Android.FakeInstaller, also known as OpFake, which generates revenue by silently sending expensive text messages in the background.

via Over 60% of Android Malware Hides in Fake Popular Apps.

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Mobile Money is Driven by the Poor

We looked at the top ten countries in percent of population having used their phones to send and receive money. Turns out, even in countries with the highest use – countries that are all among the world’s poorest) – it remains the poor within those countries who use mobile financial services more frequently. In each of the ten countries, the poor used mobile banking more than the rich.. A higher percentage of the bottom 40% in income were users compared with the top 60%.

via Mobile Money: Driven by the Poor [Infographic].

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iOS 6 Adoption At 60% For iPhone And 41% For iPad

Adoption of Apple’s iOS 6 continues to trend upwards, with touch-friendly website conversion provider Onswipe seeing more users flocking to the newly-released platform, despite its apparent shortcomings. Based on a sample of 100,000 users coming through Onswipe’s partner sites Friday morning, the company is seeing 59.43% of iPhone traffic from iOS 6 devices, and 41.3% of iPad traffic coming from those who’ve upgraded to the latest version.

via iOS 6 Adoption At Just Over One Week: 60% For iPhone And 41% For iPad | TechCrunch.

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Samsung producing next-gen DRAM

Samsung Electronics has started mass production of a new type of memory chip for mobile devices, LPDDR3, that will dramatically increase performance in future smartphones and tablets.

The new memory, which meets a standard published in May, will allow future devices to play high-definition video in real time on larger mobile screens than is currently possible, Samsung said. The new RAM will allow data rates of 12.8GBps, much faster than the current generation of mobile RAM, which usually transfers at 8.5GBps.

via Samsung begins producing next-gen DRAM for mobile phones, tablets | Mobile Technology – InfoWorld.

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Security experts hack and refresh US transit cards with Android app

The researchers say they have identified a flaw in the paper-electronic ticketing systems used on the San Francisco Muni and New Jersey PATH networks. They say the transit authorities haven’t been using the basic security functionality of the NXP chips used in the cards.

Two researchers have created an Android app that they say can re-program certain NFC-enabled travel-cards, such as those used in the San Francisco Muni and New Jersey PATH transit system.

via Security experts hack and refresh US transit cards with Android app | ZDNet.

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Apple Pushes Back iPhone 5 Preorder Shipping Date

Demand for the device is so strong that Apple sold out of its initial inventory in an hour and pushed back its shipping date for such pre-orders.

via Apple Pushes Back iPhone 5 Preorder Shipping Date.

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Things Every First-Time Android User Should Know

If you’re thinking about an Android device, or if you’ve just bought one and want to get the most out of it, we have some basic tips to get you started.

via Top 20 Things Every First-Time Android User Should Know.

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Android Increases U.S. Market Share to 52 Percent

Android‘s market share in the U.S. has risen from 50.8% to 52.2%, while Apple’s iOS grew from 31.4% to 33.4% in the quarter ending July 2012, comScore’s latest report reveals.

The two most popular mobile platforms now have a collective market share of 85.6%, leaving all other competitors in the dust.

via Android Increases U.S. Market Share to 52 Percent [REPORT].

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Tablets Are Just 5.8% of Android’s Daily Activations

…Citing comScore’s latest report, Schmidt shared that Android now accounts for more than 52% of smartphonesin the United States. Conversely, Apple’s iOS has 33% of the U.S. market.

Globally, Android is king. Schmidt said that more than 1.3 million Android devices are now activated each day. That’s an impressive number for sure — but it’s almost entirely phones…

 

Tablets Are Just 5.8% of Android’s Daily Activations [STATS].