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2013: More Than 1 Billion Smart Devices

By the end of this year, around 831 million smart devices – smartphones and tablets – will be sold. In 2013, that number will reach 1.2 billion, according to the forecasts made by Gartner.

It looks like mobile smart devices are the new big technological advancement taking over the world. With over 1 billion to be sold in 2013, developers have an extremely wide audience to market to. It is going to be interesting to see how this is accomplished in the next few years.

2013: More Than 1 Billion Smart Devices | Innovation.

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Mobile Devices in Retail

It’s the holiday season and that means people all over are thinking about not just buying the best gift for their loved ones, but also at the best price they can find. We enjoy retail deals so much that we created faux holidays, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These two dedicated shopping days give consumers the thrill of discovering the greatest deal.

Shopping on mobile is revolutionizing how consumers and retailers engage and is doing so in ways that cross-channel commerce could never imagine. SAP and Google teamed up with Retail Systems Research (RSR) to answer some powerful questions on how the retail enterprise will respond to this mobile shopping revolution in a research paper entitled “Keeping Up With The Mobile Consumer”.

The Power of Mobile in Retail, Part 1 | Innovation.

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NYC Pay Phones Pivot To Become Information Hubs

plan to transform 250 of New York’s city phone booths into touchscreen information hubs begins today, following a successful pilot. The initiative is a collaboration between New York, Cisco and City 24/7, and will eventually reach all five boroughs in the Big Apple.

NYC Pay Phones Pivot To Become Information Hubs | Fast Company.

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Nexus: Now available in three sizes

Nexus is releasing 3 new devices, all in time for the holidays. The most interesting aspect to note is that they all offer the same features as difference sizes. Nexus calls their devices small, medium and large which begs the question, ‘are there varying markets for different sized mobile devices?” It seems like many mobile producers have begun making differing sized devices of the same kind. So are we heading in a direction where there will be divides on who purchases what devices based on size? And how will producers continue to market to varying groups.

 

Nexus: The best of Google, now in three sizes | Official Android Blog.

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Can Mobile Ad Networks Slow The Spread of Mobile Malware?

According to the latest insight from digital security experts, mobile malware is poised to pose an epidemic-level threat to the mobile community unless more drastic steps are taken to curb the phenomenon.

Based on the current patterns observed by mobile security analysts, cybercriminals are losing interest in PCs and laptops. Instead, they are focusing on the new challenges associated with infiltrating our mobile devices – the devices from which we operate, organize, and frequently orchestrate our lives, purchases, and day-to-day activities.

Can Mobile Ad Networks Slow The Spread of Mobile Malware? | Mobile Marketing Watch.

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Android Chinese market share soars to more than 90%

Android Chinese Market Share

The Android operating system has seen substantial growth in the Asian country and is now estimated to have captured 90.1% of the market, a year-over-year increase from 58.2%. Budget smartphones continue to be a hot seller in the country with the average price of an Android device being roughly $220, compared to the iPhone’s average of $720. While China has more than 1 billion mobile subscribersGoogle’s(GOOG) mobile monopoly isn’t as lucrative as it sounds. A number of the Internet giant’s services are blocked or constricted in the country and make it difficult for it to capitalize on Android’s success.

 

Android: Chinese market share soars to more than 90% | BGR.

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Study finds people are allergic to BlackBerry phones

In class we have talked about the negatives associated with app creation for BlackBerry phones, and how in most instances we would tell clients to look at other systems to cater their apps to for better customer results. Well even more negative press on BlackBerry came out this week. BlackBerry seems to have a problem with people being literally allergic to its phones. According to the researchers over at American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, BlackBerries are being produced with two different types of allergens: cobalt and nickel. The research group found that one-third of BlackBerries had nickel. Surprisingly, flip-phone models carried the most nickel at 91 percent, while 52 percent of phones had cobalt. iPhones and Android phones, by comparison, didn’t seem to have either allergen.

 

This news is only going to hinder BlackBerry sales more. Who would have thought someone could be allergic to their phone? Hopefully other smartphone producers will continually keep this in mind as I am  sure studys will continue to be done on how future phones might create allergies for their users. As well as other questions that many of us might not think of. This is something that should keep smartphone creators on their toes.

Study finds people are allergic to BlackBerry phones.

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Environmental Impact Of Your Smartphone

When you trash your cell phone, the environment cries a little tear. Luckily, as phones become more technologically advanced, their manufacturers are becoming more environmentally-conscious.

 

With improvement in technology with smartphones, we also see improvement in the impact these phones have on our environment. The average smart phone user in the US upgrades their phone every 2-3 years. This leaves a lot of old smart phones to trash. When these phones reach the end of their line they have the potential of being thrown away and leaving toxin like mercury, cadmium and chlorine in our landfills, polluting our environment.

 

The good news is that as technology in smartphones progresses, businesses like Apple, Motorola and Samsung are taking the negative impact their products can have on the environment into account.

 

The first iPhone was the most toxic of all models examined, but every new series after that has shown an improvement – not only in technology, but also in the environmental impact. The iPhone 4S ranked second overall.

Environmental Impact Of Your iPhone 5 | Innovation.

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Android Secures 75% Smartphone Market Share in 3rd Quarter of 2012

On Friday, IDC confirmed that the Android smartphone operating system was found on three out of every four smartphones shipped during the third quarter of 2012.

Android smartphone shipments worldwide reached 136.0 million units, accounting for 75.0% of the 181.1 million smartphones shipped in 3Q12.

How will these numbers affect the smartphone world. With two top level executives leaving Apple this year, will Apple have the ability to maintain the popularity that most believe they have? These statistics raise an eyebrow for sure. 

 

IDC: Android Secures 75% Smartphone Market Share in Q3 | Mobile Marketing Watch.

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Small Businesses Diving into Mobile

BIA released the findings of a new study showing that small business spending on their digital presence is trending up. So where are these businesses spending their cash? The study shows heightened expenses for websites, social, mobile and even loyalty programs.

Last year at this time only 8.7 percent of identified businesses had a mobile website. Today, there is an increase to 14.7 percent. Another 22 percent say they intend to add one within the next 12 months.

With the rise in mobile smart phone users, mobile websites are were it seems to be at for more and more small businesses. I think we will only see a continued rise. This means more work for developers in creating and maintaining the effectiveness of these mobile sites. 

 

 

 

 

BIA/Kelsey: Small Businesses Diving into Mobile | Mobile Marketing Watch.

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Can ‘dumb phones’ grow Facebook in Africa?

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”.

textually.org: Can ‘dumb phones’ grow Facebook in Africa? [BBC Video].

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Smartphone and tablet ownership doubles in the UK

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. 

Smartphone and tablet ownership rockets | Mobile News Online.

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Presidential Debates Bring Out Mobile Search Activity

 

The latest data from Google shows that more and more people are using online tools and resources to fact-check the candidates while the debates are still taking place.

Will this be the case for other campaign debates as well? Are we as mobile users moving into an age where our smartphones are high on the lists of research resources? It appears so on all fronts. The infograph below eludes to smartphone user infoseeking behavior related to picking a presidential candidate to vote for. Think of someone sitting in front of their TV watching the debate. How are they going to fact check what the candidates are saying? One could write down the things (s)he wanted to check up on and then check them on her computer after finishing watching the debate. OR, a much easier and time efficient way to do so would be to pull out the handy dandy smartphone during the debate and find cites that are fact checking in real time. Most users are smart (and semi-lazy) and are going to take the latter route if possible. Developers should keep this information seeking behavior in mind when thinking of apps that users are going to want.

 mobile debate infographic google 649x1024 Infographic: Presidential Debates Bring Out Mobile Search Activity

Infographic: Presidential Debates Bring Out Mobile Search Activity | Mobile Marketing Watch.

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SMS is still king despite Smartphones, Twitter and WhatsApp

So why does text messaging still thrives despite smartphones, Twitter And WhatsApp? One would think that since SMS still costs users so much money, they would be more inclined to use other means available on smartphones such as Facebook Chat, WhatsApp, Twitter, etc. 

Nobody disputes that SMS  is the king of mobile communications today. 7.8 trillion SMS messages were sent last year, according to Portio Research. Another firm, Informa, counted 5.9 trillion text messages worldwide last year, comprising 64% of mobile messaging traffic. You also have research showing that in developed countries, texting has just become more popular than voice calling.

Not only is SMS on top, but it’s still growing substantially. Portio predicted earlier this year that it will increase 23% this year to 9.6 trillion SMS messages.

This all leads me to believe that there is a long way to go before a developer (or the futurism business) develops something that has the likelihood of taking over SMS for the majority of mobile users. What exactly will it take? I have been wrestling with this thought for the last week and a half and have not a clue. I am excited for the day something takes over SMS and alleviates all of the brushes I accrue by college students bumping into my while walking the halls texting friends and family.So why does text messaging still thrives despite smartphones, Twitter And WhatsApp? One would think that since SMS still costs users so much money, they would be more inclined to use other means available on smartphones such as Facebook Chat, WhatsApp, Twitter, etc. 

Nobody disputes that SMS  is the king of mobile communications today. 7.8 trillion SMS messages were sent last year, according to Portio Research. Another firm, Informa, counted 5.9 trillion text messages worldwide last year, comprising 64% of mobile messaging traffic. You also have research showing that in developed countries, texting has just become more popular than voice calling.

Not only is SMS on top, but it’s still growing substantially. Portio predicted earlier this year that it will increase 23% this year to 9.6 trillion SMS messages.

This all leads me to believe that there is a long way to go before a developer (or the futurism business) develops something that has the likelihood of taking over SMS for the majority of mobile users. What exactly will it take? I have been wrestling with this thought for the last week and a half and have not a clue. I am excited for the day something takes over SMS and alleviates all of the brushes I accrue by college students bumping into my while walking the halls texting friends and family. 

 

Why Text Messaging Still Thrives Despite Smartphones, Twitter And WhatsApp | Innovation.

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Samsung unveils Galaxy S III Mini smartphone with Smart Stay

This article points out two things that are of importance. The first is the fact that Samsung has decided that there might be a market for mini smart phones. I think most of us would agree that there are many people who would love to decrease the size of their smart phone. So, while Apple is going with a bigger screen and a more narrow body, Samsung is taking it a new direction by decreasing the size of the touch screen to 4 inches and making the entire phone smaller. The other innovation Samsung is adding to this phone is a Smart Stay feature.  ‘Smart Stay’ enables the phone’s camera to track a person’s eyes and keep the screen lit as long as they are looking at it. I believe that this will be something other smart phone designers look at and find other ways of implimenting in the near future.

So are minis the direction smartphone developers will go in the future? I truly wonder as the added convenience of a smaller device will definitely draw many people towards. I am excited to see the way Samsungs Galaxy S II Mini pans out.

Samsung unveils Galaxy S III Mini smartphone | Mobile News Online.

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Active Frames touted as key differentiator for RIM BlackBerry 10

RIM showed off its new Active Frames feature for the BlackBerry 10 at CTIA’s MobileCon this week. The concept behind Active Frames is pretty simply: No one likes minimizing apps on their smartphones and then flipping through different screens to open up new ones. So Active Frames creates a series of minimized windows on users’ screens that show them all the apps they’re currently running, and it lets them easily flip through them without having to return to a central home screen and clicking on separate icons.

“What we’re trying to do is streamline [the multitasking] process, break down the silos that exist between a lot of those applications … and introduce a new flow to the whole user experience paradigm,” Jeff Gadway, RIM’s senior manager of brand and marketing communications, told VentureBeat. They are hoping this feature sets them apart in the smartphone market. Will this feature be adopted by other smart phone makers in the near future? 

 

RIM BlackBerry 10: Active Frames touted as key differentiator.

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AMD deal brings Android apps to Windows 8

Gadgets built around chips made by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will come optimised to run the Android apps. The Android apps will be available on Windows 8 devices via AMD’s AppZone player. Inside this is code from Bluestacks that acts as a wrapper around the mobile phone programs so they can run on desktops, laptops and tablets.

AMD has made changes to the core code that runs its processors and graphics cards to ensure apps built for the small screens on mobile phones look good and run well on larger displays.

This means that Android apps will have a wider audience of users, namely those who will be using Windows 8. It will also be used in a different way as many Windows 8 users will now have touch options allowing for gestures on their PCs. How might this change the way developers look at developing Android apps?

 

BBC News – AMD deal brings Android apps to Windows 8.

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Hewlett-Packard to take on the smart phone world

Hewlett-Packard plans to take on the smart phone and tablet world. No PC makers have made the mobile transition except for Lenovo. With a new player in the smartphone world, HP will offer new ideas and devices for app developers to work with. Having a PC company enter the mobile phone and tablet world might give a new take on what can be done with app development.

HP: Is a push into tablets, smartphones risky? | ZDNet.

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Groupon mobile payments launch on iPhone and iPod touch, Square & Paypal rival

Like Paypal and the new Square payment service (talked about in class), Groupon has created its own credit card payment service. This service will now be available for iPhone and iPod touch creating competition for other online payment services. Participating merchants can get a free plastic dongle (just like Square) for swiping credit cards. Groupon says that they will only take 1.8% of transactions on major credit cards which is the “lowest rate available” according to Groupon reps. Both Paypal and Square currently charge over 2.7%. Looks like some developers believe mobile payment systems are the new way of transactions.

 

Groupon mobile payments launch on iPhone and iPod touch, Square rival.

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iOS 6 will help Apple’s revenue grow by up to 70%

With the addition of the new Maps platform and Passbook app to its iOS 6 operating system, Apple Inc. has extended the reach of its smartphone and tablet ecosystem into the real world, helping to drive the company’s app store revenue up by nearly 70 percent this year.

“Until now, Apple’s iOS ecosystem has focused on virtual services, such as apps, digital music and movies,” said Ian Fogg, senior principal analyst for mobile at IHS. “However, with iOS version 6, Apple is moving into real-world location and financial-transaction features. The new Apple Maps and Passbook apps and accompanying location platform for app developers is the keystone for this real-world expansion, and will help support the accelerated growth of the Apple App Store market in 2012.” 

The new features in iOS6 will be immediately relevant to existing iPhone owners as well as developers because of Apple’s slick upgrade process for new iOS versions.

Apple reported that more than 80 percent of iOS users had upgraded to the then-current iOS 5. The same is projected for iOS 6. Ian Fogg says that “This means that Apple’s app developers have a much greater potential target market for Apps that use iOS6′s headline new features, such as the new Apple Maps location platform, Passbook and Facebook integration. Apple understands that to build a viable ecosystem, it needs to have a large audience of users on the most recent version of iOS. Apple has been, and will continue to be, successful at delivering that up-to-date installed base.”

App Store revenue 2012: iOS 6 could help Apple’s revenue grow by 70%.

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Infographic: What the iPhone 5 Costs Consumers & Developers

Velti has already pulled metrics to analyze the costs associated with upgrading to the iPhone 5 — both for consumers and developers — and even produced the infographic below.

“With its new size and features, the iPhone 5 can end up costing a lot more than the surface price of the phone itself,” the company said.

Developers will now have to build for the new screen size and higher resolution. Might this cause a lot of problems in the development world? We will just have to wait and see.

 

Infographic What the iPhone 5 Costs Consumers Developers Infographic: What the iPhone 5 Costs Consumers & Developers

via Infographic: What the iPhone 5 Costs Consumers & Developers | Mobile Marketing Watch.

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500 million Android devices activated

Google found the time to sneak in some pretty interesting numbers before Apple held the day hostage with its iPhone 5 announcement. The search giant announced an incredible milestone of 500 million Android device activations. Hugo Bara, Android’s director of product management, touted the company’s glowing achievement in a Google+ post saying, “Today is a big day for Android… 500 million devices activated globally, and over 1.3 million added every single day.” 

Google is top dog in mobile devices sold, and wanted to make that point known to the world while Apple introduces us to it’s newest iPhone. I am not sure those numbers will sway many iPhone faithfuls as the iPhone 5 is looking mighty impressive. 

 

Google flaunts its milestone of 500 million Android devices activated.

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Dropbox Competitor Adds BitTorrent Support

Earlier this year many BitTorrent users got excited by the launch of a new Dropbox app that enabled the downloading of torrents directly to Dropbox folders. Unfortunately, this enthusiasm quickly faded when Dropbox banned the app over piracy concerns.

Luckily, there are also companies who see BitTorrent for the neutral technology that it is. The relatively new Dropbox competitor Maxxo is a good example, underlined by their launch this week of BitTorrent support as a native feature.

“By using BitTorrent through Maxxo our users can download files fast and completely anonymously,” Maxxo CEO Luka Hovat told TorrentFreak. “It’s a feature that none of our competitors have.”

Dropbox Competitor Adds BitTorrent Support | TorrentFreak.

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Amazon’s Appstore Has Doubled Developers For Kindle Fire

On Friday, online retail giant and upstart mobile juggernaut Amazon announced that since the Kindle Fire was rolled out last fall, the known number of mobile developers for the platform has doubled.

“Amazon’s platform is a complete end-to-end solution for developers wanting to build, market and monetize their apps and games,” boasts Paul Ryder, Vice President of Apps and Games at Amazon.

The service Amazon is providing to it’s customers and developers is helping to expand Amazon’s presence in the mobile app world. With such big business from Apple and Google, it is interesting to see that Amazon is holding its own in mobile technology.

 

Amazon’s Appstore Has ‘Double Vision’ on Growth | Mobile Marketing Watch.

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Send Links From Chrome Desktop to Chrome Mobile

Google has long offered an awesome way for Android users to share links from the desktop to a mobile device. Just recently iOS has been given the same privileged.

With this new Google offering, both Android and iOS users will be able to send web pages from Chrome on their computer to Chrome on their Android phone or tablet, iPhone or iPad.  

You’ll find the extension in Chrome under a new name… Chrome to Mobile.

Send Links From Chrome Desktop to Chrome Mobile (iOS and Android).

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Tokyo court gives win to Samsung in patent war with Apple

A court in Tokyo has ruled that Samsung Electronics did not infringe on patents held by Apple, a victory for the South Korean company.

Shortly after losing a key patent case in the US and being ordered to pay more than $1 Billion in damages, Samsung is found innocent of charges that it infringed on patents held by Apple in Japan.

 

BBC News – Tokyo court gives win to Samsung after US loss.