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 [...]


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: [...]


Moto X: Google’s Real Answer To The iPhone

Moto X At an event in New York today, Google and Motorola unveiled the long-anticipated Motorola Moto X. You can read about specs and first hands-on reviews on Techmeme. The phone is getting a generally enthusiastic response from those that have received early demo units. (We don't have one.) From an overall design standpoint, it's a giant leap ahead of the previous Motorola "Droid" handsets. That's partly because it's the first phone designed following the $12.5 billion Google acquisition of Motorola. The phone has a 4.7 inch display and a 10 MP camera. The design generally reminds one of the [...]


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 [...]


Chromecast: The Rebirth Of Google TV

Chromecast official image Google TV is dead (and so is the Q); long live Chromecast. Google TV was launched a few years ago to much hype and fanfare. But it was a big, expensive hardware proposition for most consumers, and it failed. It turned out consumers didn't see the need to replace their TVs, and Google didn't clearly make the case for the product. Enter Chromecast -- a kind of second bite at the TV apple (so to speak) for Google. Launched today at the Google Chrome-Nexus event, it has a much better chance of succeeding than its predecessor. It's a tiny WiFi-enabled device that plugs into existing TV HDM [...]


New Google Nexus 7 Goes Live Early On Best Buy Site

New Nexus 7 We're waiting here in San Francisco for the Google Chrome/Android/Nexus event to start (see Danny's live blog). But Best Buy has already put up preorder pages for the new Nexus 7 ahead of this morning's announcement. The 16GB version is priced at $229. Versions with more memory cost more, up to $269. It's interesting that Google is raising prices on the device at a time of intensifying tablet competition. The original Nexus 7 was priced at $199 and above. Perhaps the "classic" version will continue to be sold at the lower price point, in the same way that Apple sells the iPhone 4 and [...]


Google Announces New Nexus 7, Android 4.3 & ChromeCast

google-nexus-chromecast-featured There's a new Nexus 7 in town. Smaller and lighter than before, and also packing Android 4.3. It's joined by Google's latest TV effort, the Chromecast. Below, all the news out of Google's press event today. For our more formal coverage, see: Chromecast: The Rebirth Of Google TV New Google Nexus 7 Goes Live Early On Best Buy Site Our live blogging is below: [...]


The Android Stats From The Google Earnings Call

android-featured Google announced Q2 revenues earlier this afternoon. In his prepared remarks CEO Larry Page threw out a bunch of stats about Android. Below are the major numbers he reported: 900M Android devices activations globally 1.5 million activations daily Over 50 billion apps downloaded from Google Play More money paid to developers in 2013 so far than in the whole of 2012 Android is already world's dominant operating system according to multiple sources. The chart below is from Gartner: The following data are from StatCounter and reflect global traffic share by mobile operating sys [...]


South Korea Drops Antitrust Investigation Against Google

google-legal-law In early 2011, South Korean search and portal providers NHN Corp. and Daum Communications filed antitrust complaints with the South Korean equivalent of the US Fair Trade Commission against Google. Both companies claimed that Google had blocked them from putting their search apps on Android phones in South Korea. Today, it was reported (via NextWeb) that Google has been cleared in the investigation. NHN’s complaint originally alleged that “Google has banned South Korean phone manufacturers from including Web search applications made by other companies under its marketing contracts . [...]


Google Retires Latitude, Pushes Google+ Location Sharing Features

With the announcement of the new Google Maps app release today came news that Google will be retiring Latitude in all of its various forms on August 9. The tool that allowed Google Maps users to find friends and share their location will no longer be available. No more Latitude for Google Maps on Android, Latitude for iPhone, Latitude API, Latitude public badge or iGoogle Gadget. The Latitude website at maps.google.com/latitude is also being shut down. Retiring Latitude is part of Google's efforts to push Google+ and the location sharing features now included in Google+ for Android. Whil [...]


New Google Maps App Offers More Search Functionality, Navigation Features & Dedicated Tablet Design

Google Maps logo Google is rolling out a new Google Maps app for Android devices starting today, with iPhone and iPad versions on the way. The new app will include more search functionality, updated navigation features, Zagat reviews and discount offers for specific destinations. Among the new app features, users will be able to find locations without typing by tapping the search box to see cards displaying eat, drink and shopping options. There are also two new navigation features, including one that reports road problems along with incident details, and another that lets users know if a better route is a [...]


Only 30 Percent Of Smartphone Traffic On 4G Networks

smartphones In North America 70 percent of smartphone-based web traffic is operating on slower-than-4G wireless networks. Conversely only 30 percent of smartphone web traffic is coming from 4G networks, according to Chitika. This modest penetration figure makes sense because 4G networks are still rolling out and not all handsets are 4G compatible. For example only the iPhone 5 works with 4G. The 4 and 4S are restricted to 3G. However there are dozens of 4G-enabled Android handsets on the market. These data and findings are based on "tens of millions of smartphone-based online ad impressions recorde [...]


Mobile Market Share: Android, iPhone Gain While Others Flail

mobile web smartphone On Friday comScore released its US smartphone market share report for May. The firm projects that 59 percent of US mobile phone subscribers own smartphones. By comparison Pew and Nielsen both agree that the number is 61 percent. According to comScore Apple continued to be the top individual smartphone maker in the US, followed by Samsung. Android gained some share as the top platform, followed by the iPhone. Taiwan-based HTC, Google-owned Motorola and LG all saw declines. Motorola really needs a hit with the forthcoming Moto X phone. It's not clear, however, the at company will be a [...]


Android To Become Dominant Platform, US iPad Share Grows

mobile youtube On Monday, Gartner put out some new hardware forecast figures that try to capture the future of devices and operating systems. The firm says the market is "being driven by sales in tablets, smartphones, and to a lesser extent, ultramobiles, as PC shipments are on the decline." Below is Gartner's global prediction for device share by operating system in 2014. Even if it's not entirely accurate, what's incredible is the gap between Android and Windows in the forecast. Source: Gartner (6/13) If we look only at the PC market, it's a different story, of course. But one no longer can in [...]


New Google Now Cards: Live TV, Music And Offers

Google Now graphic Earlier today, Google introduced some additional Now cards and functionality through an update to its Android search app (not yet for iOS). They extend to live TV, music and location-sensitive offers. Google announced the new features in a post on its Android Google+ site. Here's the list of new capabilities, available for Android 4.1 and above: Information about shows you're watching on your Internet-connected TV Saved offers when nearby a redemption location New voice action: play music from your phone or the Play Store Voice actions tips The most celebrated feature (already) [...]


Apple Now Shows iOS “Fragmentation” Just Like Android

iphone-apps-ios-featured Android's "fragmentation" used to be a great deal worse that it is today, with the majority of users on older versions of the platform. However Android's developer dashboard now shows that just under 59 percent of Android users are on OS 4.0 or higher (Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean). Duplicating the long-standing Android developer dashboard, Apple just introduced a comparable developer display. It shows what Chitika reported several weeks ago, that over 90 percent of iPhone and iPad users are on the latest version of the OS. Apple's next OS, iOS 7, is now out in a developer re [...]


Report: iOS Has More Traffic, But More “Volatile” Than Android

android-apple-ios Ad network Chitika has released data on iOS and Android usage throughout the day. Overall iOS is driving more Web traffic than Android (partly because of the iPad), but traffic coming from iOS devices is more "volatile" than Android traffic. In other words, Android usage is more consistent throughout the day, while iOS has greater peaks and valleys. The findings are based on "hundreds of millions of U.S. and Canadian smartphone- and tablet-based online ad impressions seen over the Chitika ad network" in May. Android and iOS traffic appears to peak at roughly the same time. Howeve [...]


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