Oct 082012
 

Facebook has revealed figures that show that an astounding 185,000 iOS and Android apps have Facebook integration, driving downloads through Facebook’s sharing and recommendation functionality.

The figures revealed that 55 percent of the top 40 grossing iOS apps are connected to the social network. The company added that the platform drives more than 170 million app referrals to Apple’s App Store and Google Play each month as users interact with the activities of their friends on various apps.

The social network’s app centre, which is home to both mobile and web apps, has more than 22 million monthly active users.

Oct 052012
 

The computer processor company AMD has announced an app store to bridge the prevalent gap in smooth running of the Android apps on the computer. This store will showcase how the apps will be optimized for its processors. With this, we will be able to download and run popular Android apps on AMD based PC running Windows. The joint efforts of Blue Stack and AMD have enabled the AMS AppZone Player which in turn has led to such possibilities.

amdlogo AMD bridges Android and PC gap

This is expected to be a big leap to bridge the gap and enabling the Android apps to be run on AMD-powered devices. With this collaboration, the software developers will now be able to easily tap AMD’s products and keep the great expectations of the users satisfied. Manju Hegde, corporate VP of heterogeneous applications and developer solutions at AMD confirmed the news.

Further, users will be able to download featured apps directly from the AppZone Player or search for the AppZone store. This collaboration is a success already and they are now planning and working with leading OEMs to preload the player on the upcoming AMD-powered devices.

We are waiting fingers crossed for more surprises. Thanks to AMD for the good news!

Jun 122012
 

Vision Mobile have released another infographic on the breakdown of the Virtual assistant market.

Beyond Siri breaks down the virtual assistant market and showcases key players, Android vs. iOS downloads and revenues, as well as the evolution of VA technology from the phone assistant to the lifestyle buddy. This is still a market of high volumes of downloads, but low revenues. While Google’s Voice Search leads in terms of downloads, claiming a huge 86% of the market, it’s actually Voice Actions by Pannous who’s snatching most of the revenues – $655 USD in 2011. Android gets the lion’s share in terms of downloads, since 94% of all Virtual Assistant apps are downloaded on Android devices. However, it’s iOS that makes developers money – despite the fact that iOS only has 6% of VA apps downloads, it accounts for 86% of revenues!

[Infographic] Beyond Siri: the next frontier in User Interfaces

May 212012
 

Tablets are the future of tomorrow, so predicts Research2guidance, the analytical firm. According to a report published by them,

The number of new tablet app consumers increased by 58 million. As a result, tablet owners now constitute 8.6% of the installed app consumer base.

While in 2011,

apps in the Apple App Store for iPad grew 180% to more than 140,000 apps by the end of Q4 2011. While this cannot be easily quantified for Android as tablet apps are not separated out, the growth of niche stores and niche store categories focusing on Android tablets reflects their growing presence. For example, Archos Appslib focuses completely on Android tablet apps, while other stores like Android Tapp has a dedicated category.

During 2011, apps in the Apple App Store for iPad grew 180% to more than 140,000 apps by the end of Q4 2011. While this cannot be easily quantified for Android as tablet apps are not separated out, the growth of niche stores and niche store categories focusing on Android tablets reflects their growing presence. For example, Archos Appslib focuses completely on Android tablet apps, while other stores like Android Tapp has a dedicated category.

growth of tablet user base research2guidance thumb Tablet users to shape the future mobile app market

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Several studies have shown that tablet users exhibit different behavior towards app downloading/usage and mobile browsing than smartphone users.  Based on the breadth of use cases for gaming, ecommerce, digital publishing and the enterprise – tablet user growth is likely to have a marked effect on consumption in these areas.

In the enterprise, for example, tablets have already been largely implemented at upper levels of management and are quickly working their way throughout organizations – according to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook in 2012, 92% of Fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying iPads. As more and more use cases are developed and penetration increases, so too will the number of apps being developed for enterprise tablet users. While Apple has already carved out a niche section for iPad and iPhone Business users called “@Work”, other players like Lenovo and Cisco are trying to do the same for Android Business users.

But what about the likes of Galaxy note? The Phablet device which is quickly gaining momentum as the choice of device for user who want a tablet with smartphone functionality and vice versa…!!

May 212012
 

Great News for Windows Phone fans. Windows Phone has edged out iPhone in China, as per Microsoft. Launched barely two months back, Windows Phone now has a market share of  percent, as  compared to iPhone which has a market share of 6 percent.

Michel van der Bel, Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer for the Greater China Region predicts that the trend will continue. Bel feels that smartphones and upcoming Windows 8 Tablets would prove to be the key to Microsoft’s position in the competition.

While Microsoft highlighted the overwhelming success of Android in the Chinese region, it is confident that it will topple iPhone to take it’s spot in the region.

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Apr 132012
 

RIM has always offered secure platform to the enterprise customers and maintained their status through the years. The survey by Trend Micro compares different mobile platforms to suggest that the Blackberry scores highest among all to meet the demands of use in the enterprise.

The test parameters include a combination of factors from built-in security to application security, authentication, virtualization, device wipe and firewall.

Blackberry stood victorious at the highest average score of 2.89, followed by iOS at 1.7. Windows Phone stood close at 1.61 and Android managed a score of 1.37.

Raimund Genes, CTO of Trend Micro quoted:

Against the growing, unstoppable backdrop of consumerisation and BYOD, every mobile device is a risk to business. What is interesting in these results is that, whilst some mobile platforms have evolved very noticeably along enterprise lines, there is still a strong ‘consumer marketing’ legacy in some quarters and this is negating some of the progress made on the enterprise front. Indeed, some of the attributes we have examined in the report are still firmly ‘enterprise-unready’.

Trend Micro, Bloor Research and the researchers from Altimeter Group declared Blackberry as the best option for the most stringent mobile roles due to corporate-grade security and manageability.

Now that’s something no one can dare argue against…!!!

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Apr 112012
 

Microsoft and Nokia have been pretty busy pushing the Windows Phone. With AT&T coming into the picture, the game was quite clear – Lumia 900 was to be AT&T’s new flagship.

We all know that a flagship is something which the carrier/store pushes with all it’s might. But this is not the case with AT&T. As an article points out on CNET, who conducted a secret shopper survey of 5 AT&T stores in Manhattan. They did not find the Nokia Lumia 900 high on the list of recommended handsets. Here is what happened

…But when I asked for advice on buying a new smartphone, sales associates in five different stores in Manhattan actually recommended the Apple iPhone and not the carrier’s latest "hero" device.

Even when I prompted them to tell me more about the Lumia 900, none was willing to recommend it to me for purchase.

"Windows Phone is alright," said an associate in a store on the Upper West Side. "But it’s no iPhone."

This became clear to me when I walked into the AT&T stores and told each associate I encountered that I had never owned a smartphone but was looking to buy my first one. I explained I didn’t have any preconceived ideas about which device I wanted to buy. I told them I was a PC user, who knew little about cell phones and was looking for something easy to use. My main objective for owning a smartphone was to access email, surf the Web and check Facebook.

While all these activities could be easily achieved with a Windows Phone, associate after associate first pushed me to toward an iPhone and then suggested an Android device as my second option.

"For your first smartphone, you should get an iPhone," an assistant manager at an AT&T store told me. "When you get bored with that, you should try an Android phone."

When I asked him about the Lumia 900 and the Windows Phone OS for someone such as myself who had never had a smartphone, he told me he thought it was too complicated. He admitted he hadn’t used the Lumia 900 much. He had only gotten the device a couple of days before the launch on Sunday.

No wonder we will see competition on the east coast between Android and iPhone only.

Apr 022012
 

You heard it correct sirs and madams. A recent report published by Flurry points out how Amazon “forking” of Android led to an overwhelming toppling of Google Play when it came to revenue generation.

Flurry found that the in-app purchase revenue model generates the majority of revenue for apps.  Combined, these apps average 11 million daily active users. The did a survey over a 45-day period, from mid-January through the end of February 2012 on the revenue generated. The results were surprising

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The chart above compares revenue generated per user across iOS, Amazon and Android app stores. 

According to Flurry

We start by taking the revenue generated per user in the iTunes App Store and setting it to 100%.  We then compare the relative revenue generated from Amazon and Google to the amount of revenue per active user generated by the iTunes App Store.  Doing so, we find that Amazon Appstore revenue per active user is 89% of iTunes App Store revenue, and Google Play revenue per active is 23% of iTunes App Store revenue.  Another way to interpret the results is that for the same number of users per platform, every $1.00 generated in the iTunes App Store, will also fetch $0.89 in the Amazon Appstore and $0.23 in Google Play. 

…Amazon’s bet to fork Android in order to put consumers into their own shopping experience on Kindle Fire appears to be paying off.  Showing its commerce strength, Amazon already delivers more than three times the revenue in its app store compared to what Google generates for developers.

No Matter which app store loses the battle of revenues, the winners will surely be developers.

Jan 262012
 

The patent wars are raging in full swing, and there is no winner in totality. Recently,  Samsung filed a petition in a US Court that access to certain contracts and correspondence between Apple and Qualcomm should be granted in order to show those documents to foreign courts.

While it is noteworthy that Apple has won a similar injunction where Samsung was ordered to give a Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Apple to be dissected for patent infringement claims (The drama that followed is history now).

According to Foss patents

On January 20, 2012, Samsung had amended the motion, and its proposed order, which the court ultimately signed, stated that Apple didn’t oppose the motion.

The amended motion included, in addition to a request for certain business documents, a request for "a specific portion of the source code related to ETSI 3GPP Technical Specification (section 9.2.2.5 and 9.2.2.8 of TS 25.322 V6.9.0) and used in Qualcomm’s chipsets that were incorporated into the iPhone 4S", claiming that "[t]his source code is critical for Samsung to prove its infringement claim against Apple in the Apple/Samsung Litigation". Patent exhaustion can indeed depend on technical details.

It should be noted here that Qualcomm can bring a motion to quash this discovery request. It was given an option to do so in the earlier injunction but it never took such a step.

Jan 102012
 

Nintendo is in talks with iOS developers to port apps to the gaming company’s Wii U platform, including an offer to assist with porting and publishing.

According to Forget the Box

…the last thing I expected to hear was anything about the Wii U. My good friend in Los Angeles who works for a software developer claims Nintendo approached them and offered them assistance in porting and publishing some software from iOS to the Wii U so it can be played on the Wii U’s touchscreen controller. Due to non-disclosure agreements, I can’t get into full details of what was discussed because it would reveal my source.

Now that is pretty neat. Nintendo has already proved it concepts when it launched the Wii (We), a console on which the whole family can play games upon. The Wii U (We You) is set to focus on services as well as gaming. And it sees iOS developers as their fore-runners in development. Maybe Android guys are next. Smile

Stay tuned for more..!!!