Q3 2013 Roundup: Analyzing IOS 7 And The Evolving Mobile Landscape

iPhone5s-iOS7 A recent study published by Chitika Insights found that nearly 32% of North American iOS-based Web Traffic was generated by iOS 7 users just 48 hours following the release of the new OS on Wednesday, September 18. In a subsequent update published on September 25, data showed the iOS 7 adoption rate reaching more than 50% in North America a week after its release. When compared with the adoption rate of Jelly Bean 4.3 in the same time period, the rapid rate of adoption for iOS 7 seems all the more impressive. By most measures, iOS 7 was the fastest software upgrade in history. The success [...]


Boom: iPhone Sales Top 9 Million, 200 Million On iOS7

apple-iphone-5s5c-featured Last Monday after iPhone 5c pre-orders began there was no triumphant press release from Apple. The market dumped Apple shares thinking the 5c had bombed. This past weekend the 5s went on sale. It sold out. The press release just came out: Apple today announced it has sold a record-breaking nine million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models, just three days after the launch of the new iPhones on September 20. In addition, more than 200 million iOS devices are now running the completely redesigned iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in history. Both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are availab [...]


3 Key iOS 7 Features Marketers Should Care About

iPhone5s-iOS7 [caption id="attachment_59254" align="alignright" width="300"] Image via Apple[/caption] On September 18, Apple rolled out its new mobile operating system, iOS 7. Described by Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive as the "most significant change to the mobile operating system since our first iOS platform," iOS 7 has applied the addition by subtraction principle. For starters, Apple's "reductive design" approach features flatter icons (versus trying to make icons look three dimensional). Interestingly, this is an approach that Google rolled out with its Android platform a couple of years back. [...]


Apple iPhone Reviews Roundup: iOS 7, 5S Win Raves

iOS 7 The iPhone 5C became available for pre-order last Friday. On Monday, there was no press release from Apple touting boffo sales (as there has been consistently in the past). This was immediately interpreted by the market as a "disaster." The flagship iPhone 5S becomes available on Friday. My suspicion is that we'll see some sort of combined press release on September 23 from Apple discussing both handsets. Supplies appear to be very low for the 5S and Apple could easily sell out of that device. The chances of a sellout were made even better by a wave of positive reviews today from those w [...]


Morning After iDay: iPhone 5C, Touch ID And iWork

iOS 7 There was no "iWatch." There was no Apple TV upgrade. There was no iPad or iPod refresh. However almost everything else about yesterday's iPhone event was predicted and endlessly discussed prior to the appearance of Tim Cook & Co. on stage yesterday morning in Cupertino -- even Touch ID, the new fingerprint biometric password substitute. Perhaps the one thing that wasn't correctly predicted was the pricing of the iPhone 5C. Wall Street Analysts and others had expected a much less expensive device for China and other emerging markets. They didn't really get it. The unlocked the 5C wil [...]


July Mobile Data: Apple Gains, Google Top Mobile Site, Facebook Top App

smartphones ComScore released its July smartphone subscriber market share data for the US. The story is very similar to past months: the market continues to be a contest between Apple and Samsung, iOS and Android. In the handset category, the iPhone continued to be the top individual smartphone with Samsung gaining 2 points. All other makers were down. The Moto X has just become available and has yet to register. It remains to be seen whether it can reverse Motorola's long decline. For its part HTC has just launched an expensive branding campaign featuring actor Robert Downey Jr.  It's unlikely to [...]


Samsung Announces Galaxy Gear, Apple iWatch Next Week

gear As expected, Samsung has announced its Galaxy Gear smartwatch at the IFA conference in Berlin. Danny Sullivan live-blogged the event, which also saw a number of other announcements, including the Galaxy Note 3 and a new 10-inch Galaxy tablet. Earlier today Sony introduced its new and improved smartwatch at IFA. The new Samsung smartwatch comes with a camera (+ video) and a speaker. The camera is 1.9 megapixels. I'm sure the quality will improve over time. Gear can be used as a phone, but it's not a phone. It relies on a bluetooth connection to a Samsung smartphone: The built-in speak [...]


5 Mobile Trends Marketers Need To Know About

5 trends Given that we are a little more than halfway through the year, it feels like it's the right time to take a step back and look at some of the key trends happening in the mobile space. In particular, these are trends that marketers should care about, especially as this channel continues to grow in both numbers and usage (see stats below). Some Key Mobile Stats Below are some stats that marketers should pay attention to. [caption id="attachment_56015" align="alignright" width="288"] Image via Shutterstock[/caption] There are 6.8 billion mobile subscribers worldwide. That's up from 6 bill [...]


Samsung Taking Share From Other Android OEMs, Not iPhone

iphone-android-ios-phones-featured A "meta-analysis" of smartphone owner surveys, conducted between July 2012 and July of this year by research firm CIRP, produced some interesting findings about who buys Samsung (Android) smartphones and who buys the iPhone. There were a number of generalizations that emerged from the analysis: Samsung buyers are mostly prior Android and feature phone owners Apple owners mostly come from prior Apple ownership, with a smaller number coming from feature phones 42 percent of Apple customers already had an iPhone, while 43 percent of Samsung customers owned Android handsets All buyer [...]


The Smart Watch: Samsung, Apple Ready Dueling Wrist Devices

smart-watches-generic-featured The competitive effort by Samsung and Google to introduce an "iWatch" is not unlike the US-Soviet race to launch a man into space. Early September should bring new wearable devices from both companies within days of one another. Both Bloomberg and the NY Times reported that Samsung is going to announce its smart watch on either September 4 or 6, seeking to preempt Apple's anticipated similar announcement during its iPhone event on September 10 (still not confirmed). Samsung's watch is reportedly to be called "Galaxy Gear," which sounds more like a product category than an individual prod [...]


Google Adds Location Sharing Features To Google Maps & Releases Google+ For Android Updates

Google+-iOS After retiring Latitude earlier this month, Google announced today that they have added location sharing features to the Google Maps app. Users can now share "pin-point" or "city-level" locations, and filter which of their connections can see a location by selecting Google+ circles. Along with the new Google Map location sharing updates, Google+ for Android has new features as well: With a few taps, users can now switch between Google+ accounts without having to sign out of one account before signing into another. Also, any Google+ pages managed by a user are available from the [...]


Study: 75% Of Smartphone Owners “Highly Likely” To Delete Emails They Can’t Read On Their Phone

delete-keyboard-buttons-featured Email service provider Constant Contact's mobile email study released today discovered that 80 percent of smartphone owners say it is "extremely important" to read emails on their mobile devices, with 75 percent of the nearly 1,500 survey respondents claiming they were "highly likely" to delete an email if it couldn't be read from their smartphone. With the help of research firm Chadwick Martin Bailey, Constant Contact surveyed 1,497 smartphone owners to gain deeper insights into mobile email open rate habits among different age demographics. The study found that among participants age 18 t [...]


Facebook Mobile Pages Integrate OpenTable And TV Listings

Facebook mobile OpenTable Dinner and a show. Facebook is introducing new content and features to selected mobile Pages to make them more engaging and useful. The company said this afternoon that it is integrating OpenTable booking into Facebook mobile Pages for restaurants in North America. In addition, TV listings information will appear on TV and movie Pages. In the latter case, "Listings will be based on your current time zone and include the channel name, air time and a description of the show or movie playing." In the case of OpenTable, users will be able to book restaurants directly through their mo [...]


BlackBerry Up For Sale, New iPhones To Go On Sale

Blackberry Q10 BlackBerry has raised the white flag. It's over. The board has formed a special committee to explore "strategic alternatives." That means the company is essentially for sale. Here's the statement: BlackBerry Limited, a world leader in the mobile communications market, today announced that the Company's Board of Directors has formed a Special Committee to explore strategic alternatives to enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment. These alternatives could include, among others, possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the Co [...]


Study: Mobile Site Performance Drives Customer Satisfaction Over Premium Content

shutterstock_68911843-mobilecheck A new customer satisfaction report from ForeSee, focusing on media and entertainment mobile websites and apps, revealed that a site's mobile performance drives customer satisfaction more so than premium content. According to the study, "While mobile users want the newest releases and latest functions, the main driver of satisfaction for streaming mobile sites and apps is actually performance - how quickly the pages load and the ability to load without error messages." The study also discovered that customers prefer to view media and entertainment sites and apps on their mobile devices ov [...]


Twitter Releases New Login Verification, Photo Gallery & More For iOS & Android Apps

twitter-mobile-phones-featured Twitter announced today a number of updates for their iOS and Android apps, including a new login verification, search suggestions with a social context, and an updated photo gallery in search. The new login verification enrollment lets users approve login requests directly from their iOS or Android app. It is in addition to the SMS-based login verification that was released in May, and allows users to verify logins without relying on text messages. According to the announcement on Twitter's blog, the new login verification includes the following features: No phone number required: [...]


DOJ Seeks To Monitor Apple iBooks, iTunes In Proposal To Court

DOJ logo A couple of years ago, Apple took away the right of third-party book sellers on iOS devices to link through their apps to their online stores. Most prominent among these is Amazon/Kindle. The move was clearly anticompetitive, although consumers could still get to the Kindle store (and others) via the mobile Web. Last year, the Apple store was sued by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Sherman Act for conspiring to fix e-book prices along with five major book publishers: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster. Cupertino lost at trial and was found g [...]


Android Tablet Shipments Soar, Usage Hasn’t Shown Up Yet

Image Credit: Gizmodo Strategy Analytics came out with Q2 shipment estimates for tablets -- which are supposed to exceed PC sales by the end of this year on a global basis. It's now a critical market segment. The data show Android tablets with a solid "shipments share" lead over the iPad. What the numbers appear to reflect is two-thirds Android market share vs. iOS. However that's not reflected in actual usage, at least in North America, where the iPad has increased its share of Web traffic over Q1. Collectively, according to Chitika, non-iPad tablets (essentially Android) are driving roughly 16 percent o [...]


Smaller Phone Makers Challenge Samsung In Android Market

smartphones Just when it seemed like the Android market was becoming entirely synonymous with Samsung, smaller vendors appear to be gaining traction. That's according to new hardware figures from IDC. Samsung remained the world's dominant phone maker (Nokia is number two, but not in the smartphone top 5). The Korean company shipped more than 72 million units in the quarter compared to Apple's 31 million. However, both companies lost overall market share as LG, Lenovo and ZTE collectively gained 3.1 percentage points on the market leaders. Source: IDC Strategy Analytics released a competing re [...]


Apple Earnings Beat Expectations On 31.2 Million iPhones Sold

Apple logo Apple today announced Q3 fiscal results. Revenues were $35.3 billion vs. $35 billion a year ago (up 1 percent). That was somewhat better than analysts expected. Profit was $6.9 billion vs. $8.8 billion a year ago. Non-US sales contributed 57 percent of revenue. Here are the device and related sales numbers: 31.2 million iPhones (vs. 26 million a year ago). This was more than expected 14.6 million iPads (vs. 17 million last year). This was lower than expected 3.8 million Macs (vs. 4 million a year ago). This is slightly less than expected 4.5 million iPods (vs. 6.7 million a year a [...]


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