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.

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

Jun 122012

Everyone has been wondering the talk of the show at the Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference and the banner reveals it all. The company’s plan for the upcoming hardware and software releases was the usual assumption. However, the banner simply revealed the inside news at the event gate.

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The WWDC banner confirms that iOS 6 will be unveiled at the Cupertino’s big developer event. The banner displays the silver theme from the usual blue theme present in the Apple apps.

Apple has some ‘really cool stuff’ to show off said the CEO Tim Cook.

Although we see no hope for the news on the long rumoured iPhone 5, the iOS 6 seems to excite us already.


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…!!!


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 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..!!!

Dec 012011

The already troubled (and much respected by me in person) RIM has shown its cards by an unprecedented move that would strengthen the dwindling trust of people in this once-upon-a-time-in-corporate-world-ruled-BlackBerry.

RIM is moving on to a more diverse and multi platform mobile device management. The new technology, called the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, allows businesses and government organisations to manage smartphones and tablets running not only the BlackBerry OS but also Android and iOS.

This move comes as an acknowledgement by RIM on how diverse the corporate world is becoming with each passing days. We must not forget that more than 90 per cent of Fortune 500 companies provision BlackBerry devices.

RIM’s VP for enterprise product management and marketing Alan Panezic said in a statement

It provides the necessary management capabilities to allow IT departments to confidently oversee the use of both company-owned and employee-owned mobile devices within their organisations.

The service makes use of BlackBerry Enterprise Server technology, allowing admins to manage devices using a single web-based console. It provides asset and configuration management, security policy definition, remote lock and wipe, connectivity management and scalability.

The whole exercise is still in Beta phase, but we are pretty sure this would hit the real world soon.

The press release is as follows:

RIM Announces BlackBerry Mobile Fusion – The Next Generation Enterprise Mobility Solution for BlackBerry, Android and iOS Smartphones and Tablets

Simplifies Management of Smartphones and Tablets for Business and Government

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion – the Company’s next-generation enterprise mobility solution and RIM’s entry into the multi-platform Mobile Device Management (MDM) marketplace. Building on years of leading enterprise mobility management solutions from RIM, BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will simplify the management of smartphones and tablets running BlackBerry®, Google® Android® and Apple® iOS® operating systems.

“We are pleased to introduce BlackBerry Mobile Fusion – RIM’s next generation enterprise mobility solution – to make it easier for our business and government customers to manage the diversity of devices in their operations today,” said Alan Panezic, Vice President, Enterprise Product Management and Marketing at Research In Motion. “BlackBerry Mobile Fusion brings together our industry-leading BlackBerry Enterprise Server technology for BlackBerry devices with mobile device management capabilities for iOS and Android devices, all managed from one web-based console. It provides the necessary management capabilities to allow IT departments to confidently oversee the use of both company-owned and employee-owned mobile devices within their organizations.”

RIM is the leading provider of enterprise mobility solutions with over 90 per cent of the Fortune 500 provisioning BlackBerry devices today. The enterprise market for smartphones and tablets continues to grow in both the company-provisioned and employee-owned (Bring Your Own Device or BYOD) categories. BYOD in particular has led to an increase in the diversity of mobile devices in use in the enterprise and new challenges for CIOs and IT departments as they struggle to manage and control wireless access to confidential company information on the corporate network. This has resulted in increased demand for mobile device management solutions.

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion brings together the market-leading BlackBerry® Enterprise Server (version 5.0.3) for BlackBerry smartphones; new management capabilities for BlackBerry PlayBook tablets built on BlackBerry Enterprise Server technology; and mobile device management for smartphones and tablets running Android and iOS operating systems.

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will provide the following mobile device management capabilities for all supported mobile devices*:

• Asset management

• Configuration  management

• Security and policy definition and management

• Secure and protect lost or stolen devices (remote lock, wipe)

• User- and group-based administration

• Multiple device per user capable

• Application and software management

• Connectivity management (Wi-Fi®, VPN, certificate)

• Centralized console

• High scalability

BlackBerry smartphones will continue to benefit from the many advantages of the end-to-end BlackBerry solution including the same advanced IT management, security and control available with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.3, which is part of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion. These advanced features include BlackBerry® Balance™ technology supporting the use of a single device for both work and personal purposes without compromising the organization’s need to secure, manage and control confidential information; over 500 IT policies; over-the-air app and software installation and management; high availability; and much more. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will also introduce new self-service functionality for employees to secure lost or stolen BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is currently in early beta testing with select enterprise customers. RIM is now accepting customer nominations for the closed beta program which will start in January, and general availability is expected in late March.

For more information, visit www.blackberry.com/mobilefusion.

* Device security, manageability and controls will continue to vary according to the inherent capabilities of the individual device operating systems.

Nov 092011

Chitika research, the ever number crunching people, have yet posted another useful into the adoption if iOS 5.

Chitika Insights analyzed iOS traffic from October 22nd to October 28th, to determine which Apple product users were more willing to update; with a paid fee.

iOS Chart thumb iOS 5 update adoption rate

According to Chitika

According to our data set, 38% of iPhone users had already updated their mobile devices to the latest version of iOS.

The iPad came in second in our study with 30% of all users updating to or already using iOS 5. This is an interesting statistic as it illustrates the similarity of the iOS version distribution of both the iPad and iPhone.

The iPod registered the smallest count of devices updated to iOS 5, with only 12% of users choosing to upgrade. This demographic is made further evident by the portion of devices running on older versions of iOS, with almost 80% of consumers using iOS 4.

iOS adoption thumb iOS 5 update adoption rate

Nothing much to add here…!!

Oct 272011

Developer Garden, the developer community of Deutsche Telekom, has announced the availability of an Objective-C SDK, which will purportedly make it easier for developers to integrate Deutsche Telekom services into iOS-based apps for the iPhone and iPad.

What the SDK will do-

  • Easy integration of Deutsche Telekom services into iPhone and iPad apps

  • Latest iOS5 operating system supported

  • Modular integration of text messaging services and telephone conferences

The press release is as follows:

Developer Garden, Deutsche Telekom’s developer platform, now offers a Software Development Kit (SDK) for the programming language Objective-C. Using Developer Garden programming interfaces, the SDK makes it easier for developers to integrate Deutsche Telekom services into iOS-based apps for the iPhone and iPad.

With the new Objective-C SDK, it is even simpler for developers to program mobile applications for iOS based on the Developer Garden APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). The SDK offers comprehensive English-language documentation and a series of sample applications for the individual APIs. It simplifies programming and takes care of routine tasks such as authenticating and processing messages in communication with the server. The SDK enables developers to perform tasks such as integrating the AutoScout24 market place into their iPhone applications, integrating text- and MMS messaging functions into an iPad app, and initiating telephone conferences, and all of this with a minimum of hassle.

The Developer Garden Objective-C SDK requires iOS 5. The Xcode 4 development environment even lets you try out the sample applications in the SDK without hardware, using the emulator.

More information about the Developer Garden Objective-C SDK is available at: http://www.developergarden.com/de/apis/apis-sdks/sdks/

Oct 182011

Its official, Apple has shipped more than 4 million iPhone 4S units in three days.

Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing said that the sales figures are

the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days.

AT&T had already said that it has received pre-orders for more than a million iPhone 4S devices on the first day itself, marking another record. It added that it has

already activated a record number of iPhones on our network – and is on-track to double our previous record for activations on a single day.

The iPhone 4S went on sale in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK last Friday. It will launch in a further 22 countries on 28 October and more than 70 countries by year-end.

Pertaining to iOS 5, research firm Localytics said yesterday that one-in-three eligible Apple devices have already been upgraded to iOS5.

locatys ios5 thumb Apple confirms 4 million iPhone 4S sales, 25 million iOS5 upgrades

The firm said that iPad 2 and iPhone 4 device users were the most enthusiastic with 36 percent and 35 percent of users, respectively, having made the upgrade already.