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ABI: Cumulative Mobile App Revenues To Exceed $30B By End Of 2012, Nearly Double 2011 Figure; Now “Major Digital Industry”

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Analysts are finally recognizing apps as a major economic industry rather than a short-term fad.

How much money have mobile apps made? By the end of the year the cumulative revenues of the global mobile app market will have exceeded $30 billion, says analyst ABI Research. This figure includes money from pay-per-download apps, in-app purchases, subscriptions and in-app advertisements — the whole app kit-and-caboodle if you will.

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PayPal Thanksgiving Mobile Payments Volume Up 173 Percent; eBay Mobile Transactions Up 133 Percent

PayPal Thanksgiving Mobile Payments Volume Up 173 Percent; eBay Mobile Transactions Up 133 Percent

Inexplicably, although iOs and Android users are spending the same amount of time shopping, actual spending is ten times higher on iOs. Perhaps iOS apps are somehow better designed for economics as a whole?

eBay saw a 133% increase in mobile volume transacted on Thanksgiving, compared to 2011. PayPal says that Thanksgiving 2012 resulted in a more than 2.5-fold (173%) increase in global mobile payment volume compared to Thanksgiving 2011.

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Android

Samsung Galaxy SIII Beats iPhone 4S To Be Top-Selling Smartphone Globally

Samsung Galaxy SIII Beats iPhone 4S To Be Top-Selling Smartphone Globally In Q3; iPhone 5 To Be Top In Q4: Analyst

An analyst from Strategy Analytics has determined that the SIII is the top selling smartphone worldwide for Q3.

The analyst does not expect Samsung’s Galaxy SIII to hold the number one handset title for long though — in Q4, it’s predicting the newer iPhone 5 will out-ship Samsung’s flagship.

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mobile development Windows 8

Microsoft’s Wowzapp Hackathon Attracts 17,000 Student Developers

Microsoft’s Wowzapp Hackathon Attracts 17,000 Student Developers Who Want To Build Windows Apps

Windows is hoping that events like this will not only have a positive academic affect, but also a positive affect on the amount and quality of the Windows apps.

Microsoft just announced that it has managed to attract over 17,000 developers – many of them students – who are currently working on their Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Azure apps with the help of mentors from Microsoft. The event is scheduled to run until November 11.

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mobile news

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

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

Apple and Samsung are both increasing their market share, with RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian continuing to fall.

Smartphones were used by 51 percent of those surveyed, up 8 percent since the June quarter. Android was the top smartphone platform during the period, nabbing 52.5 percent of the overall market. That was up 0.9 percentage points from the quarter ending in June. Apple’s iOS also gained, going up 1.9 points between the two measurement periods, from 32.4 percent to 34.3 percent. RIM was the big loser, dropping 2.3 percentage points from 10.7 to 8.4 percent of the mobile OS market. Both Microsoft and Symbian also saw slight decreases in share during the period.

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Android iPad mobile news

The iPad Mini’s Huge Potential For Retail

The iPad Mini’s Huge Potential For Retail, Customer Service And Industrial Applications

Because the iPad mini is the right size to hold while working, it’s likely to have a bigger presence at work than regular iPads; because its market presence is better, it’s likely to be adopted in industries faster than Android devices.

But the big bonus is that it plugs into the existing software ecosystem without modification required from developers. That means that retailers can take advantage of existing software from providers like Revel and Square, as well as custom-created apps for sales staff distributed via enterprise deployment.

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Android iOS

Strategy Analytics: iPad’s Loss Is Android’s Gain

Strategy Analytics: iPad’s Loss Is Android’s Gain In Tablets In A Lackluster Quarter Of 25M Units Shipped

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.

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iOS

Apple Adds 8 New Currencies Supported In App Store

Apple Adds 8 New Currencies Supported In App Store, Including Russian Ruble, Indian Rupee And Saudi Riyal

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.

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mobile news

Mobile Milestone: The Number Of Smartphones In Use Passed 1 Billion In Q3, Says Strategy Analytics

Smartphone sales have accelerated rapidly since Nokia owned the market in 1996; they now trail further and further behind Samsung and Apple every year.

there are now more than 1 billion smartphones in use worldwide — 1.038 billion, to be exact. It’s taken 16 years to pass 1 billion, but the analysts believe it will only take three years for the next billion smartphone users to come on board.

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disruptive technology

In Paywalls We Trust: How The Magazine Industry Can Weather The Coming Digital Transition

How The Magazine Industry Can Weather The Coming Digital Transition

Next year, as Newsweek leaves the print business and goes entirely digital, they will face challenges in trying to adapt to mobile and web seamlessly while remaining profitable.

We are, in short, in an era of media transition. Newsweek can survive in this era because it is a trusted brand that can exist outside of the fast-moving bubble of blogs and “web properties.” In the Venn diagram of Newsweek readers and, say, TechCrunch readers I would expect the overlap to be minor. The new Newsweek is aiming at less-savvy yet news-hungry readers whose subscriptions have been grandfathered over to their iPads. Those 1.1 million subscribers will receive a renewal notice, understand when their Newsweek app has been updated with new content, and will be happy to read whatever the heck Newsweek writes about these days. It’s a brand they trust.

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Five Big Changes In The iOS 6 App Store

Five Big Changes In The iOS 6 App Store (And What Developers Should Do)

Developers are complaining that their app sales have decreased with iOS 6, but there are certain tips that can help their App Store SEO.

It’s difficult to parse the legitimate gripes about user interface and its subsequent impact on the long tail app developer community, but from the complaints arising from second-rate developers we know that less popular apps have lost ground and visibility. But there are still some things which developers should be aware of, whether or not they agree the changes.

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RIM Taking BlackBerry 10 App Submissions

RIM Taking BlackBerry 10 App Submissions

RIM is attempting to revitalize the Blackberry by boldly incentivizing developers to start building apps now, hopefully to bulk up the Blackberry App Store before the device’s eventual release.

RIM announced earlier this year that developers who took the plunge would make at least $10,000 in app revenue in its first year in the BlackBerry App World, and that RIM itself would pay the difference if a developer’s product didn’t quite hit the mark.

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mobile news

Study: Users Both Mostly Positive And Inconsistent In Reviewing iOS App Store Titles

Empatika used sentiment analysis to analyze around 500,000 reviews and see what reviewers were saying about some popular App Store titles, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and more. What they found was that of the reviewers covered in the survey, a massive 52 percent posted only positive reviews, while 43 percent posted both good and bad reviews, and only a tiny 5 percent had registered only negative feedback through the App Store itself.

Reviewers of apps appear to primarily only review apps they perceive positively, and often the text content of the rating doesn’t match the number of stars given. A recommendation made by the study for app developers is to solicit a review from users, and to do so only after a user has spent some time using the app (thus ensuring they have had some positive experience and haven’t abandoned it).

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mobile development mobile news

Amazon Offers Simulator for Developers To Test Email In Apps

Amazon Offers A New Simulator For Developers To Test Email In Apps

Today, [Amazon Web Services] AWS added a new way to simulate in Amazon [Simple Email Service] SES what it is like to send emails fron an app so developers can test more easily and not have it count toward the bill.

While previously developers had to set up and test common scenarios for email in applications manually a new service by Amazon compiles and sends the information about these scenarios automatically. Other companies (such as Rackspace) have included similar features to simplify app development.

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Android iOS iPhone mobile development

iPhone App Users Young And Wealthy, Android App Users Skew Older

New data shows that iPhone users tend to be younger, more affluent, and wealthier than Android users, which concerns investors and developers when making decisions about what platforms are more profitable to work with.

iPhone users also tend to be the most affluent of all, with an average household income of $105,200, with Android trailing on that count with average income of $89,300. That’s a key metric for developers and brands looking to recoup the investment associated with creating software, since it stands to reason that customers with access to more disposable income represent a better target market, all other factors being equal.

Forrester: iPhone App Users Young And Wealthy, Android App Users Skew Older

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iOS iPhone mobile development

Better SDKs = Wall Street Shutting The F*ck Up: Facebook’s Mobile Platform Monetization Equation

Facebook is realizing that the key to profiting off all content everywhere is to become seamlessly integrated into more apps. Therefore, making it easier for developers to sync their apps with Facebook by providing better tools and SDKs is really just a ploy for The Social Network to gain more revenue and market share.

Native login lets third-party apps bypass asking for a user’s Facebook email and password. That easier installation process leads to social app growth and fuels Facebook’s plan to turn everyone’s content into its dollars.

Better SDKs = Wall Street Shutting The F*ck Up: Facebook’s Mobile Platform Monetization Equation

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Are Gift Cards Mobile Advertising’s Money Maker?

Are Gift Cards Mobile Advertising’s Money Maker?

Facebook has joined with a company who may have found a way to make ads slightly more relevant, immediate, and useful, which in turn makes them slightly more likely to be profitable.

Instead of the seemingly random ads we see (or that barely register) on many websites, including Facebook, Wrapp counts on your judgment to put a brand in front of your friends that they’d actually like. You feel good that you gave a friend a gift for their birthday, your friend gets a gift card to one of their favorite stores, and the brand gets a new customer.

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mobile news

Virgin Mobile Shrugs as Coder Warns Accounts Are Easily Hijacked

Virgin Mobile U.S. promises its customers that it uses “standard industry practices” to protect its customers’ personal data – but according to a Silicon Valley web developer, any first-year coder can bust into a subscriber’s account, see who they call and text, register a different phone on the account and even purchase a new iPhone.

After discovering how easy it is to write a line of code that easily guesses users’ passwords because of weak authentication systems, a developer contacted the company, only to be told they weren’t planning on doing anything about it.

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mobile news

The Patent Wars Are An Absolute Mess


Broken patent laws have created a messy system between mobile companies.

The big news this week was a California court handing a massive patent victory to Apple. It finally brought mainstream attention to a problem that has been plaguing the tech world for quite a while now. There are just too many companies suing other companies over questionable patents.

The Patent Wars Are An Absolute Mess

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mobile news

If Content Is King, Multiscreen Is The Queen

Although mobile is becoming more and more prominent, designers shouldn’t forget about its rival screens entirely. People are choosing larger screens for longer, quality content sessions.

 

While each of these has a significant place in our consumption today, their real power lies in how they are used together — in combination, 90% of all of our media consumption, or 4.4 hours per day, is happening across all four (which doesn’t leave much room for paper-based books and publications; or for radio).

 

 

If Content Is King, Multiscreen Is The Queen, Says New Google Study

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iPhone mobile development mobile news

Sharp’s Apple iPhone Displays Behind Schedule

Japanese electronics company Sharp is behind schedule on the production of screens for Apple’s next generation iPhone, according to a report by Reuters, citing sources “familiar with Sharp’s production operations.”

Sharp is behind schedule in their production of the new iPhone screen which could potentially delay the release date of the new iPhone rumored to be announced mid-September. Sharp is not the only manufacturer of screens, but the production schedules for other companies are unknown.

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mobile development mobile news

Pandora Surges 21%: All Eyes On Mobile

Mobile revenue growth was 86% y/y and total listening hours grew 80% y/y, implying that monetization has essentially caught up with listener growth. Mobile revenue in 2Q13 represented 58% of P’s total revenue. Mobile listening hours hit more than 75% of total listening hours, up from 70% last quarter.

 

Pandora is increasing its ability to create revenue and investors are taking notice.