Report: Chrome The World’s Top Browser, Safari Now Second

apple-safari-featured How things have changed. Chrome is the world's top browser, and Safari is number two. That's according to Shareaholic’s most recent browser share report. The company says the data are collected from a base of more than 250 million users and over 200,000 publishers. While Chrome is the undisputed browser leader (35 percent), Shareaholic says that mobile growth has helped propel Safari to the number two position. Safari's combined mobile and desktop share is now 26 percent, says Shareaholic. The company reports that Internet Explorer and Firefox have both lost ground. The two now co [...]


Italian Regulators Take Aim At “Freemium” Apps

mobile-web-apps-featured Claiming that so-called "freemium" mobile apps mislead consumers, Italy's competition regulator is taking aim at Google, Apple, Amazon and French game developer Gameloft. According to the Wall Street Journal, Italian authorities have begun to investigate the companies and the issue. Previously, the EU argued that freemium apps are potentially deceptive because they're initially free to download but generate revenues within the app, possibly without full awareness of users. The EU, and now the Italian authorities, worry that consumers may not know they're being charged for items within apps [...]


Apple Beats Staples: Ranks No. 2 On Internet Retailer’s List Of E-Commerce Sales Leaders

apple-store-600 According to a report from the Wall Street Journal yesterday, Apple has edged its way into the No. 2 spot on Internet Retailer's list of 2013 e-commerce sales leaders, second to Amazon, and now ahead of office supply store Staples. The report claims Apple's leap into the No. 2 position is a result of Internet Retailer's recent decision to include Apple's online hardware sales. Previously, Internet Retailer had only used digital sales from Apple's App Store and iTunes. Wall Street Journal claimed Apple's online sales were up 24 percent last year, reaching $18.3 million, while Staples onli [...]


Patent Verdict: Apple Wins The Round But Fails To Land A Blow Vs. Samsung

apple-google-featured You have to wonder what Apple and its lawyers are now thinking. Last Friday's patent victory did almost nothing for the company and nothing to deter or stop the momentum of chief rival Samsung. After a hard fought and widely publicized trial, Apple extracted a jury verdict of just $119 million against the Korean company. It's a far cry from the roughly $2 billion Apple was seeking. As a financial penalty it's trivial; as a "moral victory" there may be some satisfaction there -- but not much. Apple won roughly $1 billion in damages -- a landmark in patent litigation -- from Samsung last J [...]


Google+ Breaks Into The Top 15 Mobile Apps — comScore

google-plus-app-mobile-600 Yesterday afternoon comScore released its US smartphone and mobile app rankings for March. Interestingly the company appears to have discontinued its ranking for mobile websites and is now only reporting on the top apps. In terms of smartphone marketshare, the story remains largely unchanged over the past six months, except that Samsung continues to incrementally gain share among Android OEMs. The firm gained almost a point since December. On the operating system front, Apple lost some share in the last quarter while both Android and Microsoft gained share. In October 2013 Android ha [...]


Report: Driven By EU Sales, iPhone Regains Share In Q1

smartphones-600px According to new data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the iPhone has regained some market share with strong sales in Europe, Japan and Australia in the first quarter of 2014. This was echoed in better than expected iPhone sales growth in last week’s quarterly earnings from Apple. The company said that it sold 43.7 million iPhones in the quarter, easily beating analyst consensus estimates of 37 million. Apple's iPad sales were less than expected however. Smartphone market share Source: Kantar Worldpanel ComTech (April 2014) Despite the overall upbeat iPhone report, Kantar s [...]


Report: Android Beats iOS In Mobile Ad Traffic But iOS Still Leads In Mobile Ad Revenue

sma_q1_2014_2 Opera Mediaworks released a report showing mobile ad traffic and revenue, where for the first time, Android has overcome iOS in mobile traffic impressions. The report shows Android with a 42.83% share in mobile ad traffic, with iOS trailing at 38.17%, followed by Blackberry with 1.14%. On the revenue end, iOS has 52.27% followed by Android with 33.46% and then 1.15% for Blackberry. On the tablet end, iOS is still by far the winer both on ad impressions and ad revenue. Here is a chart showing the data, click on it to enlarge: Here is a breakdown showing the UK data, showing iOS sti [...]


Google Wallet & Apple Passbook: A Brand’s Next Best Friends

google wallet POS Recently, the industry has seen a considerable amount of buzz surrounding mobile wallet applications such as Google Wallet and Apple's Passbook. Defined as an effective mobile solution for providing customer loyalty rewards and savings, there's no question as to why these apps are becoming more popular. Even though consumers have expressed a desire for mobile offers, some brands and retailers have been slow on the uptake. This column explores the loyalty and rewards features of each platform, their benefits and how they can be used to create a truly revolutionary customer experience when [...]


“We’re Very Proud” Says Cook After Apple Posts Q2 Revenue Earnings Of $45.6 Billion

apple-featured Apple released its Q2 2014 earnings this afternoon, reporting $45.6 billion in quarterly revenue. According to the announcement, Apple's Q2 revenue is up compared to last year's second quarter revenue which totaled $43.6 billion.  The company claimed a net profit of $10.2 billion for the quarter and gross margins at 39.3 percent. "We're very proud of our quarterly results, especially our strong iPhone sales and record revenue from services," said CEO Tim Cook. He went on to say the company is looking forward to introducing more new products and services. A quick breakdown for device [...]


Download Index: Android Beats iTunes But Not In Revenue

Google Play iOS app store App Annie Index App Annie's new Q1 Market Index shows Google Play beating iTunes in terms of app downloads by a significant 45 percent. However, Apple's App Store still generates 85 percent more revenue than its Google-owned rival -- though the gap is closing. App Annie said that Google Play download growth was largely driven by emerging markets, while Apple revenue growth came from China and the US. The top download market for Google Play was the US but the top revenue market was Japan. For iOS the US occupied both positions.  Currently in the US, Android controls 52.1 percent of the smartphone [...]


Buffer’s iOS App Upgrade Gives It The Power Of The Desktop

buffer Buffer, the social media scheduling and discovery tool, upgraded its iOS app today and says it now offers most of the features of its desktop client. Like Klout, which also released an iOS app upgrade this week, Buffer touts its service as solution for people who want to boost their social media activity without spending all day on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. The service enables users to write a series of social posts and set them to trickle out during the day. It also has a content suggestion feature for those who need help with finding interesting information to share. [...]


After Period Of Neglect Apple Opens Up iAd To “Filmmakers, Small Business Owners”

apple-featured Apple appears to be reinvigorating its iAd platform in a bid to gain broader advertiser adoption. According to AdAge, "anyone with an Apple ID will be able to open an account with iAd Workbench, the company's mobile-ad management tool." Apple hopes that opening up iAd will bring new categories of advertisers and boost interest in iAd overall. The collateral on the site indicates Apple's ambition to make iAd more democratic: Whether you’re an app developer or a filmmaker, a small business owner or an experienced advertiser, reaching the people most likely to be interested in your product [...]


Second Apple Patent Suit Vs. Samsung Ropes In Google

apple-google-featured If you're tired of news about smartphone-related patent litigation, you're not alone. However, there's more to come as Apple and Samsung's long-running patent feud appears no closer to resolution today than it was two years ago. The parties return to court this week for another round of patent-for-tat. The new case presents five Apple claims against Samsung and two counterclaims against Apple. Among the Apple claims against Samsung are "slide to unlock" and "tap to search" (on a map) or call a phone number. The damages sought by each side are curiously unbalanced. Apple wants a $40 roya [...]


How Users Of Various OSes Differ In Their Online Behavior Over Time

social-media-clock-featured For marketers, timing is often as important as creative, the most obvious example being campaigns tied to particular holidays. These days, with complex analyses now possible for activities like email marketing, online promotions and blog posts, industry practitioners are actively pursuing the "best" timing for their latest initiatives. In this piece, we drill down into the nuances of this issue by examining the differences in hourly usage behavior between users of different operating systems and device types. These insights should hold particular value for those marketing to one or more def [...]


Motorola, LG, Fossil First Brands To Launch Android Wear

Moto 360 watch Shortly after Google announced Android Wear this morning, Motorola, Fossil and LG came out with their own associated announcements. Engadget reports that LG's "G Watch" (presumably for Google) will arrive next quarter and be aggressively priced. Motorola, which was just sold by Google to Lenovo, is launching a watch called Motorola 360 (see video below). Of the two it appears to be the more interesting one -- because it's round faced. However Motorola says "Moto 360 will be available in a variety of styles globally," so there will probably also be rectangles. Fossil is also an early Andr [...]


Apple, Samsung Gain, Windows Phone Plateaus In US — comScore

smartphones-featured This morning comScore released its latest US smartphone report. These monthly missives have become largely static documents with little change among the various players. Indeed, the OEM and OS share charts are basically consistent the past several months. Apple gained a point and Android lost a half a percentage point. Microsoft seems to have hit a share plateau in the US, while BlackBerry continues its slow, painful decline into the abyss. On the OEM side Samsung and LG gained slightly (as did Apple) while Motorola (soon part of Lenovo) and HTC continued their respective slides. Whi [...]


Apple Targets Brand Sensibilities: Will Debut Full-Screen, In-App Video Ads

apple-ipad-iphone-600 Full-screen video ads that launch automatically on iPhones and iPads will soon be a reality. According to a report in AdAge, Apple will debut the TV-like video ads through its mobile ad network iAds at some point this year. The ads would mark Apple's entry into the heated race to lure brand TV budgets online by giving advertisers compelling ways to re-purpose their already-produced TV ads for digital. Giving brands the ability to reach users with full-view in-app video ads on their iOS devices could prove very appealing to brands. Rather than expanding after being clicked on or hovered o [...]


As “Cortana” Approaches, Remembering Microsoft’s Other Digital Assistant: Ms. Dewey

msdewey & cortana Microsoft is apparently readying its own digital assistant called "Cortana," to take on Apple's Siri and Google Now. Hopefully, Cortana will see more love than Microsoft's other assistant that you have probably long forgotten about. Ms. Dewey. Ms. Dewey? She was an experimental interface launched in October 2006 for Microsoft's search engine Live Search (now called Bing). Actually, she was more an underground marketing campaign. She gained buzz because she was an assistant with attitude, if she had issues with what you searched for. Howard Stern? As this Marketplace report from the ti [...]


Android Tablets: 62 Pct. Of Sales But Only 23 Pct. Of Traffic

android-featured Gartner released new estimates of 2013 tablet sales on a global basis. The firm said that Android saw its market share go from 46 percent in 2012 to 62 percent last year. Apple's share fell from 53 percent to 36 percent accordingly. As with the smartphone market in the US and selected other markets, Apple remains the single largest individual vendor. Yet again, very strangely, Android shipments and alleged market share don't line up with actual internet traffic figures. Below are data from StatCounter that reflect global internet traffic from tablets. Unless the StatCounter da [...]


Apple Formally Introduces In-Car iOS Integration: CarPlay

Apple CarPlay Sounding more like a Google offering than one from Apple, the iPhone maker formally announced "CarPlay." The service was previewed last year and is being rolled out in vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo at the Geneva International Motor Show this week. Other car makers that are part of the program include BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan  and Toyota among a few others. CarPlay is built around calls, messaging, music and maps currently. Siri is the eyes-free/hands-free controller of the overall CarPlay experience, altho [...]


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