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Google Readying 3-D Mapping “Tango” Tablets For Developers

Google Project tango graphic Google is reportedly getting ready to release 4,000 prototype tablets that would help advance the company's Project Tango, which is a 3D mapping and modeling effort involving multiple robotics experts from around the world. The story was first published in the Wall Street Journal last week. Google may provide these specialized tablets to developers attending Google I/O next month. The idea would be to see what sorts of applications and use cases developers would come up with. According to a description of these "Tango tablets" (not Google's term) in the article the devices would have [...]


Smartphones Have Big Quarter, Bigger iPhone 6 Anticipation Grows

smartphones-featured Data from research firm Counterpoint (via AppleInsider) asserts that smartphones constituted 87 percent of all U.S. handset "shipments" in the first quarter. Shipments and sales are not identical. However feature phones are pretty clearly now on the way out in the US and other developed markets. Earlier Nielsen and comScore survey data reflect that US smartphone penetration is now at 70 percent. Higher quality, inexpensive devices such as the recently released Moto E ($129) are helping to drive deeper smartphone penetration. Smartphone critical mass and related "cultural" changes argu [...]


Effective Mobile Marketing Across Retail, Travel, Automotive & Financial Services

mobile-devices-analytics-featured A recent eMarketer report, "U.S. Tablet Users: Q1 2014 Forecast and Comparative Estimates," predicts that the number of dual tablet and smartphone users will reach 140 million U.S. internet users by 2018. Because of this growth, marketers across industries are working to identify the most effective digital practices for engaging users, driving app downloads and increasing conversion rates. While marketers across verticals are generally working toward the goal of creating more engaging brand experiences across all platforms, mobile marketing strategies can differ by industry. Retail [...]


Yelp Will Allow 12-Second Video Reviews Starting Next Month

yelp-video-reviews Yelp is planning to move beyond text-based reviews (and tips) by allowing users to share brief video reviews of local businesses and places. As Business Insider reports, the video review feature will launch next month and initially only for "Elite" users. A Yelp spokesperson tells us that the program will eventually expand to all users, but didn't have a timeline for that. The video reviews will be brief -- between three and 12 seconds -- and the user will be able to choose a cover photo to represent the review, and write a caption to go with the video. They'll initially show up just wit [...]


Google Eyes Future For Enhanced Campaigns: Ads On Thermostats, Wearables, Refrigerators And More

google-logo-glow-featured Google is looking ahead to a future in which ads are served up on any number of "smart" devices in your home, in your car and on your body. In a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission the company makes its case for not breaking out ad revenue performance by mobile devices in part by saying the definition of "mobile" is continually morphing and it could soon include serving ads on any number of devices beyond the smartphone, tablet and desktops of today: We expect the definition of “mobile” to continue to evolve as more and more “smart” devices gain traction in the mar [...]


MoCo: Mobile, Content & Advanced SEO. How To Prepare

mobile-websites-smartphones-featured What does it mean to be "mobile ready"? You might say having a mobile responsive site -- and that's certainly part of it. But there's much more that goes into ultimately creating an excellent website experience for your ever-expanding and ever-discerning mobile user base. It's a fact that people are starting to use smartphones as the go-to device. According to Google's 2013 Mobile Search Moments study, 77% of mobile searches occur at home or work, even when a PC is likely nearby. We know that smartphones are often used as a multitasking accessory to other devices as well, with 82% using [...]


Google Adds More Recommendations To Its PageSpeed Insights Tool

google-developer Google announced they've updated their PageSpeed Insights Tool to included five new recommendations around mobile usability and speed. The new recommendations include: Configure the viewport: Without a meta-viewport tag, modern mobile browsers will assume your page is not mobile-friendly, and will fall back to a desktop viewport and possibly apply font-boosting, interfering with your intended page layout. Configuring the viewport to width=device-width should be your first step in mobilizing your site. Size content to the viewport: Users expect mobile sites to scroll vertically, not ho [...]


Apple & Google End Bitter Mobile Patent Litigation Chapter

apple-google-featured Late last week, Apple and Google's (soon to be Lenovo's) Motorola Mobility settled their mutual mobile patent claims against one another. However, the companies declined to do a cross-licensing deal, which is often customary in these situations. While the agreement ends the often bitter litigation between Motorola and Apple, it has no impact on the ongoing Apple-Samsung dispute(s). In that litigation, so far, Apple has won a majority of the courtroom battles, but Samsung is winning the market-share battle out in the world. Perhaps more significant than the Apple-Google settlement, the c [...]


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 [...]


Smartphone Share: Another Look At Devices Vs. Web Traffic

Chitika mobile web traffic The headline of today's Chitika North American smartphone usage report is that Windows Phone has finally and firmly established itself as the number three operating system. It now has the third-largest share of web traffic among mobile OSs in North America. According to Chitika's examination of "hundreds of millions of US and Canadian smartphone-based online ad impressions" in Q1, Windows Phones are generating about 1 percent of North American mobile web traffic. The moribund BlackBerry now drives less than 1 percent. Windows Phones' share of web traffic is flat however. So while [...]


Last-Mile Local Marketing With Mobile: An #LSA14 Retrospective

shutterstock_112609958-mobilelocal Mobile devices are our own personal Sherpas -- or, as Woz said in his popular keynote, "your most trusted advisor in the world." Marketers are soaking up real-time info based on our location-based needs so they can reach relevant consumers' hands whenever and wherever -- ideally in the Last Mile of the purchase cycle. This is the message I addressed at the Local Search Association (LSA) Annual Conference (#LSA14) two weeks ago, and the theme came through in a number of valuable sessions. More And More Mobile comScore's executive chairman and co-founder, Gian Fulgoni, discussed the changin [...]


Three Well-Known Travel Apps Launch On Google Glass

travel-glass-apps If Google Glass is going to gain widespread consumer acceptance, it's going to happen on the strength of the apps that are available for it. So with Google re-opening Glass sales earlier this week, it's surely not a coincidence that the company just announced that three well known companies in the travel and hospitality space have new Glass apps: Foursquare, OpenTable and TripIt. The Foursquare app offers local search on Glass, plus check-ins (which is odd since Foursquare recently announced that check-ins are moving to its new Swarm app). OpenTable's app adds a new "OK Glass, mak [...]


Google Glass Is Back On Sale To Anyone In The U.S.

glass-homepage If you live in the U.S. and want to buy Google Glass without needing a friend's invite, you can. Google has opened up the Glass Explorer program again, just like it did a month ago, when supplies of the device ran out in less than 24 hours. In a Google+ post this afternoon, Google says this isn't the consumer launch of Glass -- it's the next step in the Explorer program for early adopters. We learned a lot when we opened our site a few weeks ago, so we've decided to move to a more open beta. We're still in the Explorer Program while we continue to improve our hardware and software, [...]


Google Glass’ First Public Retail Effort? A PGA Tournament Sales Booth

glass-tpc-600 Attendees at this weekend's PGA event in Florida, The Players Championship, had an opportunity to buy Google Glass -- the first time Google has sold the device in a public, face-to-face setting. Business Insider first reported the news, thanks to a tweet and photo from tournament attendee Richard Ranick that shows what looks like about 1-2 dozen Glass boxes on display: @kylebrussell Google Glass display at #theplayerschampionship pic.twitter.com/fssBtVegRH— Richard Ranick (@triple_r73) May 9, 2014 Ranick later tweeted that the Glass rep said "sales were much better than expec [...]


Report: Mobile Video Ad Consumption Rises, Native Ads Yielding Higher Engagement Rates

Celtra mobile ads Celtra issued its Mobile Display Ads Performance Report covering the first quarter of 2014 today. The report shows ad performance rates leveled off for the first time since Celtra began reporting on it in 2012. However, areas of growth include video ad consumption, and native ads performed quite strongly. Native ad formats accounted for just 1 percent of the total impressions, yet engagement and click through rates on native ads outperformed both standard formats and IAB Rising Stars ads. Native ads saw engagement rates hit 14 percent, well above 9.8 percent and 3.4 percent for standard and [...]


What Can Keyword Planner Tell Us About Mobile Search Behavior?

mobile-devices-screens-featured If you were to ask the question posed by the title of this article a month ago, the answer would be: nothing. Unfortunately, when Google sunsetted the Keyword Tool and replaced it with Keyword Planner in July of last year, one of the things marketers lost was the ability to see traffic by device. But mobile keywords are back! Well, sort of, as it's not exactly what we had before. If you haven't heard, Google recently added nine new features to Keyword Planner, including the ability to see percentage of search volume by device. This allows us to do some pretty cool things to optimize for [...]


Chip Vendor Predicts $20 Smartphones This Year

moto x A $20 smartphone -- really? Yes, according to mobile devices chip vendor ARM. AnandTech reports that at its recent "tech day" event, ARM predicted the appearance of a $20 smartphone later this year. To be clear (and fair) that's the lowest possible cost for an Android-based smartphone, the rock bottom, according to ARM. More likely, the vendor said, the segment of entry level smartphones retailing for under $150 would dramatically grow to be twice the size it is today by 2018. That prediction is highly plausible and even inevitable. Today the cost of premium, unlocked smartphones is s [...]


Google Wallet Coming To Glass To Enable “Send Money” Via Voice Command

google-glass-frame-600 According to a source who spoke with TechCrunch, Google Wallet is coming to Google Glass. The idea is to enable users to send money to friends, family and others through Glass-based voice commands. Last year at the Google developer conference, I/O, the company introduced the ability to send money through Gmail. It's a simple, almost frictionless process. Square also offers a similar way ("Square Cash") to send money to friends/family. It's not clear how many people are taking advantage of the send money feature in Gmail. Google hasn't shared any data to my knowledge; and since I never he [...]


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 [...]


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