While watching your favorite shows users are prone to be updating social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter or even doing a Google search. Advertisers are now trying to grab the attention of users watching television while using their mobile devices. Apps that enhance the television experience are trending with companies now to sell more ads to consumers.
Amazon’s most recent addition to its Appstore could most likely stir up controversial patent holders, and cause lawful and monetary strife for app developers. The new addition is an in-app purchase service, recommending developers to allow users to spend money inside certain apps.
Google’s Android is practically the most popular mobile operating system in the worldwide. But the Android operating system’s security standards and controls do not quite the opposite of popular. Due to Android’s open source and its capability to establish applications from third party sources make it a victim for hackers and malware developers. Google’s ‘Bouncer’ program will supposedly increase Android’s security somewhat, but will it make a difference?
Google could supposedly be making as much as four times more money from ads on Apple’s iOS devices than on devices administrating its personal open-source Android operating system. Google’s expenses top $12.5 billion to obtain Android device manufacturer Motorola Mobility, most likely its biggest expense. Why android is making less money for Google than iOS? Android is just not as good in comparison. Browsing experience is key. If users are satisfied with their browsing then they will use it more often which increases ad revenue for Google. Unlike Android, Apple’s user experience tops the charts which explains why Apple is an increasingly amount ahead.
Spotify, recently has given its users a handful of new apps that further service their experience in discovering new music. ‘Filtr’ creates playlists based on your Facebook friends’ interests in music. ‘Tweetvine’ generates playlists according to songs or artists people are tweeting about on Twitter.
Almost all Facebook users wish there was a dislike button. Well, meet EnemyGraph. EnemyGraph promotes Facebook users to list things such as people or places that they dislike and then share/connect to others that agree. The app is easily established through Facebook login. The concept behind it is having people discuss their disagreements. For example, If one of your friends on Facebook likes Kanye West, but you have him listed as an “enemy” it will send you a “dissonance report,” identifying the difference and encouraging conversation about the topic.
Apple has rejected the overheating concerns with the new iPad 3. When running an intense application or action game, users claim that the device is much hotter than the iPad2. Users noticed the bottom left section of the tablet a lot warmer than the rest of the device. Batteries in recent history with Apple have had overheating issues due to a manufacturing defect. Could this be a similar case with the iPad 3?
After security researches evaluated Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS they found that by far Android is the preferable platform for hackers. Most mobile data is not useful for hackers but what they are after is banking information. The most popular way hackers get into your system is through users loading malicious apps. Android is easier to hack and the risk of getting caught is much lower. But with Apple, they are better about catching malicious apps. Android will continue being exploited by hackers and this in turn will not make the future so bright for them.
With the new release of the iPad 3 it includes a higher-resolution display. It has four times as many pixels as the predecessor, the iPad 2. This new display makes text extremely clear and richer in color. But with that comes bad news. Don’t expect all of your favorite apps to be able to run on the higher-resolution display. Certain parts of the mobile application need to be redone to make better use of the extra pixels. Apple’s own apps such as Pages and Numbers within the iWork suite increased in an extreme amount in MB (from 109MB to 283MB). This will incur more work for developers, users will experience longer download times and have to consider available storage for the application.
PayPal will soon offer a mobile credit card swiping device that will supposedly be cheaper in price in comparison to Square’s device. This card reader will charge merchants 2.7 % which is less than what Square’s charges (2.75%). PayPal is on a mission to have in-store payment service terminals at various different small and large companies such as Home Depot. They are attempting to convince 200 U.S. retailers and get them to sign an agreement to accept PayPal in their stores. Will this be the sole competitor with Apple’s Square device? Or will there be other companies that will start their own card readers?
Microsoft seems to be struggling in the mobile market. With the competition such as Apple and Google, Microsoft appears to not have a place in today’s mobile market. This article offers ten reasons as to why Microsoft’s Windows mobile strategy is failing. I’ve only listed a two below for blog purposes but visit the link below to read all ten reasons.
Consumer knowledge isn’t there
Microsoft hasn’t done a great job in informing consumers about their mobile device and its benefits. Consumers hear about how great the iPhone and Android are but they don’t know that much when it comes to the Windows Phone.
Mobile carrier aren’t playing nice
Among the mobile carriers, Verizon Wireless and AT&T are willing to promote the iPhone and Android but the Windows Phone. The Microsoft’s mobile device will not stand a chance if the carriers out there are not willing to sell and sponsor their products.
As of Tuesday, the US Paten and Trademark Office has approved Apple’s patent on a planned mobile payment service. This opens the door for Apple in the mobile commerce industry. The service would function similar to a centralized banking system where credit card statements would be sent directly to iTunes accounts. This service will also allow for parents to set specific restrictions on their children’s purchases for example only permitting transactions for food instead of clothes. On the downside, Harris Interactive, a marketing research firm discovered that most Americans don’t actually use their Smartphones for scanning their mobile devices for a movie, airline ticket, or a purchase. According to this study, 63 percent of American Smartphone users don’t feel comfortable using their mobile devices to house their credit card information. This is a obstacle for Apple to overcome. But with their high popularity among their products this could be something that sparks a lot of interest for users.
Smartphones have been the center of attention for a while now with their sleek design and mobile applications. What has become of the computers and PCs? Well, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Computers are suddenly becoming more like Smartphones. The idea of “continuum of computing” is for example where your iPad or iPhone and Mac desktop would work together seamlessly and have features that would operate similar to all devices.
For mobile devices, having a gaming category is must have category whether the device is a phone or tablet. The VP of product management at Qualcomm, Raj Talluri, discovered that over half of users play game on their mobile devices regularly and that games have become an integral part of their mobile user experience. Talluri also stated that the game users are more likely to adopt technology and drive it. They are proven to be the most influential of all consumers. The number one downloaded and most frequently used app for the iPad and mobile phones are games. Looking in to the future of gaming technology applications, features such as a Siri-like voice interaction could be in the near future.
Patients will soon be instructed to monitor their health via a mobile app from anywhere versus seeing a doctor. Certain patients will be urged to record daily measurements and text them into a central computer system. The data will be evaluated and the patient will receive a reply aiding in their treatment. But there are some cons to this approach on health care. Doctors view this as a big mistake in that it would be wrong to force patients to use this mobile app. There would be certain groups such as the elderly that are not tech-savvy and would rather just make an appointment. Can mobile apps be inserted in to the health care industry with ease? A definite barrier is the widespread audience that it would affect. Can that be handled with mobile apps?
This article offers some things to know when creating an app for your business or organization. The first topic they address is platform. When deciding between the two platforms, iOS and Android, you need to evaluate your target audience. Android seems to have a bigger potential audience. This article seems to be bias toward Android. The second nugget of information they present is keeping the app simple. Your app should do a few things but do them very well. Think of perspective. How and when will your users most likely interact with your app? Consider selecting 3-5 features and have those as the main focus of your app. Consider your users’ attention span. Time and is money. If your app it too complex then users will not want to waste their time on it. Keep it simple.
Zite, a personalized news magazine available for iPad and recently iPhone, was named one of the best iPad apps of 2011 by The New York Times. Mike Klaas, the co-founder of Zite, examines usage data and finds that the iPhone is a daytime routine and towards the evenings in to the night iPads are used more frequently. With two months of collected data, companies want understand that when creating and designing apps for smartphones as well as tablets, it is critical to cater the different versions to accommodate the short bursts of usage on the iPhone and the longer sessions on the iPad. Anyone creating a news aggregator app for the two devices should take heed to the pattern of usage by users and strategize accordingly.
As the demand for software development education increases among computer/technology students nationwide, professors and administrators have been sluggish to accommodate. The Mobile Development Institute assists community colleges and universities in preparing their students as well as faculty by creating curriculum that is geared towards passing a certain examination, the MDICD. The Mobile Development Institute Certified Developer tests practical experience, hands-on demonstration of a mobile application the student has designed, assembled, and published. Community colleges and universities plan to start implementing classes that equip students in preparing for the examination and creating applications for the enterprise corporate market.
Soon enough, Apple Inc. will enforce stringent controls over software constructed for Mac computers by limiting how some apps can have the right to use certain parts of the operating system and hardware, such as the camera, network or photo library. Developers say that because of this new rule they might be required to eradicate certain features of their apps. Apple’s decision now is introducing a procedure known as “sandboxing” for apps which prevents an app from taking control of other parts of the system. This condition means that if developers would like an app to execute functions like connecting to the Internet or syncing data with some other apps they will have to ask permission from Apple when they present their apps to the App store.
Studies show that the U.S.economy is at last confirming promising signs of improvement and that the mobile application industry may be one of the key contributors. The “App Economy” has produced 466,000 U.S. jobs since 2007. Thanks to the creation of the iPhone and the iPhone App Store, the demand for mobile apps rapidly expanded to a billion dollar industry. Research explains that every mobile app produces numerous tech and non-tech related jobs such as programmers, user interface designers, sales, marketing and administrative support staff. The app market doesn’t appear to be slowing down due to the serious growth within the industry and the fact that more Smartphones are now being sold than laptops and desktops.
Apple’s iBooks Author is at the forefront of the digital textbook industry. Certain schools are receiving a strong emphasis and influence from the Obama administration in making the shift from physical to digital textbooks over the course of the next five years. The government has shifted its resource spending to tablet-based digital textbook editions. The government supports this transition but do the people do? Have we forgotten about the digital divide? There are still plenty of people that are not technology based to use this system. What about costs? The cost of the iPad is rather high. In the coming five years, does the government plan to support schools/students with iPads in order to make this shift to digital textbooks? Apple is currently the leading innovator for the industry, but we have yet to see other companies and organizations combat it with their own version of iBooks. Five years starts now.
Superphone is RIM’s (Research in Motion) next effort of a Smartphone. The Superphone will have a fully touch-sensitive screen as well as a thin sleek design and not to mention “rich in both power and efficiency”. It will be released later on this year. But will this specific device rebrand RIM and bring the company back to the top? And could the release of the iPhone 5 be an obstacle to the device’s success on the market?
Kousik Dutta, a developer for Android, has decided to create an app store exclusively for banned app from the Android Market. This banned app store will be available to users of Cyanogenmod which is a version of Android accessible to users that have rooted their device. There are a lot of copyright laws and patents that deal with banned apps so this will be a big issue for the app store to overcome and be successful.
Many consumers probably don’t know that the Kindle Fire which is valued to be the best-selling Android tablet is even an Android tablet. Amazon.com Inc. is using Android as a stepping stone for their devices, by passing preloaded applications such as Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube that produce ad revenue for Google, including its app store. Amazon uses its own app store versus Google’s Android Marketplace.
Apple’s senior vice president, Phil Schiller, revealed a full-screen digital textbook application for the iPad called iBook 2. This application will bring to life the text and diagrams within textbooks aiding in the learning process for students. There is also another application called iBooks Author which is for Macintosh computers where you can create custom templates to help authors create and publish their own digitized textbooks.
People waiting in line outside an Apple retail store in Beijing became aggressive when the store failed to open at the appropriate time. The crowd was expecting to purchase the iPhone 4S. When they were informed that the phone wasn’t available yet they began throwing eggs at the store.
In the near future, the Smartphone will become the gateway to other devices and appliances in the home. They will all work together and permit access to any kind of information you want anywhere in the house. You can already control the light system within your house via Smartphones. Google’s strategy is to use Android to shift the focus from mobile devices to a much more inclusive, practical and efficient function that shares information and intellect much like peer-to-peer devices do already. What Google faces now is the vast amount of differences in makes and models of devices.
U.S.mobile operators are realizing that consumers are finding cheaper ways of communication. Instead of using SMS text messaging, consumers are taking advantage of low-priced alternatives such as iMessenger, Blackberry Messenger and Facebook’s mobile messaging services. Because of this AT&T and Verizon Wireless have instituted higher service fees for text messaging.