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.

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

Also

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…!!

Apr 132012
 

Slashtop has released a $25 remote desktop client, called the Win8 Testbed, that brings the Windows 8 experience to the iPad. Though aimed at developer community at the moment, the Win8 Metro Testbed app offers support for Windows8 Metro UI gestures in a flawless manner on the iPad.

Windows 8 Metro touch gestures are supported, so you can take advantage of all the underlying touch capabilities of Windows 8 as you build your app:

  • Swipe from the right to view the Charms menu
  • Swipe from the left to switch apps
  • Pull down from the top to close an app
  • Swipe slowly from the left to run two apps side-by-side ("snapping")
  • Pinch to navigate files, folders, apps and data with Semantic Zoom
  • And more

Win8 Metro Testbed is a must-have app for anyone who’s trying to build a great Metro style app without incurring the high cost of a Windows tablet!

Experience it for yourself in 3 simple steps:
Step 1: Download and install Win8 Metro Testbed on your iPad
STRWIN8 50 Getting Windows 8 on the iPadappstore Getting Windows 8 on the iPad

Step 2: Download and install the FREE Splashtop Streamer on your Windows 8 PC
              Requirements:
              *Windows 8
              *1GB of RAM
              *1.6 GHz or faster dual-core CPU
Get the streamer Microsoft

Step 3: Set up the connection
              Both devices need to have a network connection.
3 steps to get your devices connected

If you need help, please visit Splashtop customer support at http://support-remote.splashtop.com/.

Though the only drawback is that being a *remote* app, an internet connection is needed to keep it up and running.

So what are you devs waiting for? You can really make use of this app without having the need to purchase a high $$ worth Windows 8 Tablet.

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Oct 082011
 

Everyone talks about the app store and the number of apps it has. The App store indeed has a fairly good number of apps and games. But what is mostly overlooked is that the developers who actually profit from their apps are very few in number.

A week long online research carried out by iOS game developer Streaming Colour Studios found out that the top earning 20 percent of iOS games developers take home 97 percent of revenues, compared with half which have made less than US$3,000 since publishing their first game on Apple’s App Store.

According to Mobile Business Briefing

 

…25 percent of all developers have earned less than US$200 from their iOS games, although a further quarter have made between US$1,000 and US$10,000. Another 25 percent have made more than US$30,000 in lifetime earnings.

Looking at the top-earning developers, the top 1 percent took one-third of the total revenue between them, with 4 percent – or 10 developers in the survey – earning more than US$1 million during their time with games on the App Store.

In terms of revenues from the past 12 months, the research found that 50 percent of developers earned less than US$1,100, with 25 percent earning less than US$140. However, another 25 per cent earned US$10,675 or more during the same period.

What is noteworthy here is that full time independent developers and development companies have the highest profit, due  to the fact that they have access to resources that can create games which are more sophisticated that their counterparts.

Also, the profit depends on how long the developer stays on the App store.

So we have presented  our readers with another proof of Darwin’s evolutionary theory – The big fish eat the small fish, and it’s food too…!!!