The Shelf Life Of A Mobile Ad: Shorter Than You May Think

shutterstock_alarmclock When a user loads a webpage, they aren't doing so with the intent of clicking on an ad. Yet, millions and millions of users do just that every single day. However, this isn't just a numbers game -- intelligent marketers (like those who are reading this article) are looking to get the most out of their advertising spend by targeting the right users in the right way at the right time. But even when an ad is shown based on any number of criteria, what's its proverbial shelf life for that user? Two seconds? One minute? Five minutes? Within this article, we'll be analyzing a week's worth of a [...]


Google Tries To Kill Android Class Action Before It Gets Going

android-600 The FTC itself declined to pursue an antitrust case against Google, extending to Android. However, private litigants in May picked up the baton, filing a would-be class action in California federal district court. On Friday, Google moved to dismiss the case. The plaintiffs' main arguments are the following:  Google maintains a mobile search monopoly through Mobile Application Distribution Agreements (MADAs) and “tying” — mandatory installation of the full suite of Google mobile apps, with a privileged position for Google’s search app. If OEMs want Google Play they are requir [...]


Forecast: In 2015, There Will Be About 4 Android Devices For Every Windows Or Mac/iOS Device In 2015

android-mascot-featured Android devices already beat Windows, Mac and iOS devices by a wide margin, and a new forecast from Gartner sees that growing even more in 2015. PC Get Slight Boost, Still Outpaced By Mobile Gartner predicts "a relative revival of the global PC market" this year, driven by enterprise upgrades. However it says tablets will outsell PCs next year (which has been predicted before). The PC now lives in a multi-device world -- getting larger with wearables -- and will never again have the centrality they once had. I'm sure this is discussed in a report somewhere; however the Gartner pre [...]


Study: Only 22 Percent Of Top 200 Apps Using Deep Links

mobile-apps-featured Among the top 200 mobile apps only 22 percent are using "deep links" from their websites into their mobile apps. This is according to an analysis by URX. Deep links are those that send a user from a website to a relevant page, piece of content or search result within a mobile app as opposed to the app's homepage. Google and Facebook are both promoting this as a way to webify the mobile app universe. URX details its methodology in its blog post. Essentially the firm looked for "tag sets proposed by Twitter, Facebook, Google, or URX omnilink tags." Below are the findings by platform -- mea [...]


iPhone Has Largest Market Share Growth Over Past 3 Years

iphone-5-featured With US smartphone penetration among mobile subscribers now at 70 percent, comScore released its May smartphone data yesterday. Compared with last month there isn't much change in the numbers. Android remains the top OS, the iPhone is the top individual device and Facebook is the most widely distributed and used mobile app. When we look at the data over the past three years however it becomes more interesting. BlackBerry has seen a precipitous decline in share (you knew that). Microsoft's share is essentially flat and so is Android's (despite millions more devices in the market in real numb [...]


Google Releases First Batch Of “Apps For Android Wear”

Android Wear & Phone Google has announced the first batch of Apps for Android Wear devices. There are 24 in all. They include Google Maps and Hangouts, Duolingo, The Guardan, Eat24, Pinterest, American Airlines and Glympse among others. The full initial group is below: These apps need to be installed on your Android phone before they can be installed on Android Wear devices. Users cannot install apps on Android smartwatches independently of the phone. The LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, the first devices released that run Android Wear, have received mixed reviews. Many, including me, are wai [...]


Google’s Answer To Facebook’s Oculus Rift Is Cheap “Cardboard”

Google Cardboard VR Goggles I was blown away when I recently strapped on the Oculus Rift headset and experienced the potential of virtual reality (VR). Facebook saw that potential and spent roughly $2 billion on the company earlier this year. At last week's Google I/O, the company introduced its answer to Oculus Rift and may have largely undermined Facebook's move to dominate the virtual-reality future of the internet. The image at right is Google's cardboard headset. It uses a smartphone, some open-source software and a few other bits of inexpensive hardware to create a low-cost VR headset. The company introduced [...]


Android Wear Smartwatches Compared: Samsung Gear Live, LG’s G Watch & Moto 360

android wear watches Google's Android Wear smartwatches are here! Well, almost. Those from Samsung and LG are available for pre-order now, with delivery early next month. A third from Motorola arrives later this summer. Should you go for one of the July releases and if so, which one? Or should you wait on Motorola? Here's our guide that may help. Want Google Now For Your Wrist? What's especially unique about Android Wear devices compared to other smartwatches like the Pebble or the Galaxy Gear is Google Now integration. Anyone who uses Google Now on their phone already -- and loves it -- may want to consider [...]


Google I/O Big Takeaway: Android Will Be Everywhere

android-600 The big theme of the Google Keynote at its developer conference was "Android everywhere." That wasn't an official slogan or mantra, but it was the ambition behind the many announcements: Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV. Google wants to put Android powered screens on your wrist, in your car and on your TV, everywhere you're likely to be throughout the day. In addition, its Drive/Docs/Cloud-related enterprise announcements were about making Google the center of work. It's interesting that Google is not ceding anything or any category to Apple, Microsoft or Amazon. Indeed, it's emula [...]


Google’s Android Wear Watches Now Available From LG & Samsung

google-android-wear-600 Ready for a smart watch from Google? Well, Google's not actually making them. But the first smart watches based on its Android Wear platform are now available from LG and Samsung. Well, available very soon. Google has said both will be offered for purchase via its Google Play today, though they've yet to appear. When they do, we'll update with pricing information. Meanwhile, watch this space. As for Motorola, its Moto 360 smart watch will be coming in "the coming months," Google says. [...]


Android: Now More Than 1 Billion Active Users Per Month

google-io14-600b Google opened its annual developers conference today with some staggering statistics about the growth of its Android mobile operating system. Sundar Pichai told the packed keynote audience that there are now more than one billion active Android users per month, up from about 530 million at last year's I/O conference. He said Google is going to report monthly active users going forward, rather than the general activation count that it used to share. Pichai also shared these stats about Android user activity: Android users send 20 billion texts per day. They take 93 million selfi [...]


Nearly 90 Percent Of Google Apps Revenue Coming From “Freemium” Games

Google Play Logo black Mobile developers have long complained that Google Play doesn't generate as much revenue for them as the iOS app store. However, a new report from App Annie argues that revenue growth is increasing rapidly. The firm said that Google Play "quarterly app revenue more than doubled from Q1 2013 to Q1 2014." The top market for Google Play revenue is Japan, followed by the US, South Korea, Germany and the UK. By comparison the top markets for download volume are the US, Brazil, Russia, South Korea and India. There are now roughly 1.5 million apps on Google Play according to t [...]


What To Expect This Week At Google I/O

Google I/O Google is "gearing up" for its annual developer conference this week, Google I/O. On Wednesday, there will be a two-hour keynote to be delivered or emceed by Android and Chrome SVP Sundar Pichai. We'll be there. Based on an array of rumors, we expect to see and hear a number of hardware and software announcements. Here's a non-exhaustive roundup of what some of those might include. Android Wear Smartwatches Android Wear was previously announced, but we expect to see a number of watches finally on display. Devices from Motorola and LG should be among those being shown off at the event, [...]


Letter Hints At Many New EU Investigations Against Google

google-eu-featured.jpg The New York Times is reporting that a letter from European Competition chief Joaquín Almunia seeks to rally support for the existing Google antitrust settlement, quite strangely, by promising future investigations against the company. Essentially he seems to be saying: don't worry if you don't think this deal is tough enough, because there are more investigations coming. The current search antitrust settlement proposal has been revised at least twice to make rival sites more visible in search results. However, there have been many complaints from public officials, Google critics and ot [...]


Google’s Android Draws Fresh Antitrust Complaint In Europe

android-featured Google must feel like it's Groundhog Day. Another antitrust complaint has been filed against the company in Europe. This one is focused on Android and third-party app stores. There are also older complaints about Android before the European Commission (EC). According to an article in the Wall Street Journal the new complaint was filed by a Portuguese company called Aptoide, which offers a Google Play alternative. The company argues Google is blocking third party app stores seeking to compete against the Android app store: Aptoide claims that Google creates obstacles for users to install [...]


Android Google Now Updates To Include Public Transportation Alert & Upcoming “Nearby” Feature

android AndroidPolice.com reported two new Google Now features last week, a public transportation alarm to alert users when they have reached their stop, and the soon to be released "Nearby" feature that lets users - and devices - know when they are in close proximity to each other. While the public transportation alarm appears to be live, AndroidPolice.com's report claims the Nearby feature is still in development, but will be launched soon. "We've received information indicating that Nearby will come with an upcoming Google Play services update," writes AndroidPolice.com's Liam Spradlin, "Whil [...]


Amazon’s Smartphone Coming June 18, Price The X-Factor

amazon-logo On June 18 it appears that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will introduce the company's first smartphone -- or smartphones, plural. The big question is: what will distinguish it/them from the pack of Android competitors? Rumored for many months, the phone is supposed to have a 3D interface, which a video on Amazon's site seems to tease. "That's really awesome," apparent users keep repeating. It's doubtful that a novel UI will by itself be enough to make Amazon a serious smartphone competitor. At one point there was a rumor that the phone would be free. However that was quickly quashed by Amazo [...]


ComScore April 2014 Smartphone Report: Apple & Android Continue To Lead

comscore-logo According to comScore's recent smartphone market share numbers, Apple was the top manufacturer in April, while Android kept its lead as the top smartphone platform. Facebook was the No. 1 smartphone app, followed by three Google apps: Google Play, YouTube and Google Search. With 41.4 percent of the market share, Apple kept its lead as the top manufacturer even though its market share had a slight drop (.2%). Samsung ranked No. 2 with 27.7 percent market share, followed by LG, Motorola and HTC. Representing 52.5 percent of the market share, Android was the top smartphone platform i [...]


Dueling Smartwatches: Google, Apple, Microsoft Have Designs On Your Wrist

Smartwatch People have been anticipating an Apple smartwatch for what seems like a very long time now. However it's unlikely, at tomorrow's WWDC keynote in San Francisco, that one will be revealed. Financial analysts say to expect an Apple iWatch debut in Q3 this year. Apple's rivals, by comparison are busy bringing their wrist computers to market. Samsung has been the busiest of the bunch with its Galaxy Gear 1.0 and 2.0 efforts, as well as the recently announced Samsung Digital Health Initiative. Samsung's first generation Android-based smartwatches didn't sell particularly well. The new genera [...]


Android To Hit 80 Percent Market Share This Year — Report

smartphones-featured Smartphone growth continues according to the latest "shipments share" numbers from IDC. The firm anticipates Android will reach 80 percent global market share this year but decline to roughly 77 percent in four years largely because of Windows Phone growth. The iPhone remains strong in developed markets and weak in developing markets where the handset is too expensive for many. The report acknowledges the potential positive impact of a larger-screen iPhone but doesn't believe that will significantly affect Apple's global market share. IDC sees Windows Phone handset share growing from [...]


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