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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 [...]


Click-Through Rates On Mobile App Ads Reach New Heights, Lead To Record Downloads

mobile-apps-featured In March, click-through rates on ads for mobile adds on iOS devices reached new heights, increasing fivefold from the previous year. CTRs on Android were nearly three times higher than a year ago, reports mobile app marketer Fiksu in its latest pulse of the app market. All those clicks are driving record downloads. While the report doesn't capture Android downloads, a new high of 7.1 million iOS apps were downloaded daily in March, up 41 percent from a year ago. Fiksu says that in addition to apps themselves becoming more compelling, programmatic solutions, better targeting and ad format [...]


How You Can Use Geo-Location To Turn Mobile Traffic Into Off-Line Gold

mobile geolocation_shutterstock_183546110 Mobile traffic is on a steep upward climb, with people now looking at their mobile devices an average of 150 times per day. Businesses that aren't selling an e-commerce-friendly products will need to get very creative if they are to transmute this increasing mobile traffic into more revenue. But even businesses that have the advantage of products which are easy to order online still need to find clever ways to capitalize on such an active mobile user base. One of the emerging mobile marketing opportunities that brands can take advantage of is to use geo-location technology to reach users [...]


Smartphones To Reach 90 Pct. In US, UK By 2016 — Forecast

smartphone-shutterstock An analysis by The Guardian, relying on Kantar ComTech data, asserts that the UK market will reach 90 percent smartphone penetration in 2016. The publication cites a separate analysis by Horace Dediu arguing something very similar for the US market: smartphone adoption will reach 90 percent by the end of 2016. These now sound like common sense or even bland predictions. But there was a time a few years ago when they would have sounded quite radical. But costs have come way down for smartphones (especially Android devices), and the culture has changed as well. The future of global interne [...]


Frictionless Mobile Commerce: 5 Examples Of Companies That Are Leading

frictionless_commerce In 2000, MIT professors Erik Brynjolfsson and Michael D. Smith published a paper titled, Frictionless Commerce? A Comparison of Internet and Conventional Retailers. Their thesis centered around the fact that the World Wide Web had evolved into a platform enabling a "nearly frictionless market" connecting buyers and sellers and providing the ability to instantly find whatever goods or services desired. Even more powerful, buyers could comparison shop in real time and then purchase these goods and services instantaneously. This evolution from traditional brick-and-mortar shopping gave t [...]


Facebook: App Links Allow Deep Links Between Mobile Apps

Facebook App Links Today at F8, Facebook's developer event, the company announced an initiative called App Links. It's a free and open-source solution for developers to enable deep linking between apps, which will mimic linking on the PC web. It's also cross-platform between mobile and web content, as well as between mobile operating systems. Implementation is simple and uses basic tags/HTML code: Publishing App Link metadata is as simple as adding a few lines to the <head> tag in the HTML for your content. Apps that link to your content can then use this metadata to deep-link into your app, tak [...]


Live Blog: Mark Zuckerberg Keynote At The Facebook F8 Conference

Facebook F8 Hello from San Francisco. After a three-year hiatus, Facebook is once again holding its F8 Developers Conference. Kicking things off is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, with an opening keynote. NOTE: The keynote is now over. Here are some of our formal stories out of it: Meet FAN: The Facebook Audience Network For Serving Up Mobile Ads Facebook: App Links Allow Deep Links Between Mobile Apps Facebook Will Give You The Ability To Login To Apps Anonymously Below is our live blog. Facebook is also offering a live stream, which you'll find here. [...]


Report: 70 Percent Of Mobile Ad Revenue Coming From “Interstitials”

Mobile ad breakdown China-based mobile ad network appflood.com has released its first report on the state of global mobile advertising (for Android apps). The data are based on activity gleaned from 400 million unique smartphones globally. While the company does business globally I would caution that AppFlood's data, in addition to reflecting Android only, may skew regionally and not be fully representative of the North American or European trends. AppFlood says that global cost-per-app-install rates declined in Q1 to $0.30 globally. This is a global average. North American and European markets CPI rates are [...]


Report: Apple, Samsung Lose Ground To Chinese Handset Makers In Q1

smartphone-shutterstock New numbers out from Strategy Analytics show that smartphone shipments grew at 33 percent globally in Q1 2014. However market leaders Apple and Samsung lost share to Chinese handset makers Huawei and Lenovo. Strategy Analytics' numbers must be viewed with caution however because they're based on the unreliable "shipments" metric and methodology. Shipments don't equal sales to end users and certainly don't equal usage and traffic in the real world. According to the data, Samsung's shipments-share loss was its first decline since late 2009. The lower end of the market is where competitio [...]


“Facebook Audience Network”: More Details Leak On Mobile Ad Network Launch

facebook-mobile-phones-featured More details about Facebook's mobile ad network, which Re/Code reported will be unveiled at the F8 developer conference next week, are coming out. TechCrunch today, citing"multiple sources", says the network will be called Facebook Audience Network. TechCruch reports: It will offer both simple and custom ways for advertisers and other developers to harness the power of Facebook’s ad targeting data across the mobile app market... Facebook will also bring the ad targeting muscle, allowing advertisers to reach people based on biographical and interest data, and likely with cookie-bas [...]


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 [...]


Study: Load Times For 69% Of Responsive Design Mobile Sites Deemed “Unacceptable”

mobile-responsive-design-featured While many brands are using responsive design to create websites that deliver a consistent experience across multiple platforms and devices, mobile web developer Trilibis found that image-heavy responsive design mobile sites are taking an "unacceptable" time to load. Evaluating page weight, images and load times for 155 prominent responsive design websites -- including Starbucks.com, Engadget.com and BoldandNoble.com -- Trilibis found 69 percent took four seconds or more to load on a smartphone. Trilibis revealed only one in five of the sites it analyzed delivered a "good" load time on [...]


Official: Google Approves The Marketing Land Google Glass App

ml-glass-app-600 How's this for felicitous timing? Just days after Google Glass does its first public sale, which sells out all available units, the newest official Glassware added to the Glass app directory is our very own Marketing Land for Glass. The app offers the latest internet marketing news as reported by the Marketing Land crew delivered directly to your Google Glass, ready to be read -- actually, listened to! -- at your convenience. Marketing Land for Glass offers "Read Aloud" functionality so you can get our news via audio; no need to try reading lengthy text on the display screen [...]


After 15-Hour Sale, Google Says All Glass Units Are Sold Out

glass-sold-out-600 Google's one-day public sale of Google Glass was apparently a success. The online store where Glass and its accessories are sold to Glass Explorers now lists all five colors of Glass as "out of stock." During the day Tuesday, Google listed the white ("Cotton") version of Glass as out of stock while continuing to sell the other four colors. Google isn't sharing any specific sales figures, but a spokesperson sent out this statement a short time ago about the device going out of stock: "We were getting through our stock faster than we expected, so we decided to shut the store down. Whi [...]


Reports: Mobile Traffic Up 50 Percent, M-Commerce Doubles

mobile-devices-featured Mobile web traffic has grown 50 percent over the past year and now represents more than 25 percent of all internet visits according to a study by Wpromote. The company looked at traffic to 35 of its client sites, including e-tailers, B2B industries and consumer services. Consumer services was the category with the highest percentage of mobile traffic at 33 percent. B2B sites had the lowest percentage of mobile traffic at 16 percent. Source: Wpromote With a much larger sample of sites, StatCounter shows a higher aggregate percentage of mobile traffic in the US market: Desktop [...]


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 [...]


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