Google Analytics Combines Web & App Data Into Single Reporting View

google-analytics-600 Google Analytics announced yesterday it is combining web and app data into a single reporting view, as well as merging its Visitor web metric and Active Users app metric  under the same "Users" name. Google Analytics product manager Nick Mihailovski shared the updates on the Google Analytics Google+ page, clarifying how the newly consolidated web and app data reporting view will work: Any data you send to the same property appears in all of the reporting views, regardless how you collected that data. This means if you send data from the web or from a mobile app to one property, both dat [...]


Native Mobile Apps May Dominate Now, But The Mobile Web Will Endure

Time spent with apps If you’re lucky enough to be a huge brand marketer with unlimited budgets, what I’m about to say probably doesn’t apply to you. You have the good fortune to focus on providing not only a phenomenal mobile website experience, but a great experience in mobile apps, as well. Not or, but and, as it should be. So, you can feel free to use the contact info below to discuss how to take your campaigns to the next level and stop reading this column. For the other 99% of us, the recent announcement by app analytics provider Flurry that users are still spending more time in apps than the mo [...]


With Cover Buy Twitter Joins Battle Of Android Homescreens

Cover acquired by Twitter First there was Facebook Home, then Yahoo with Aviate and now Twitter with Cover. Cover is another Android launcher or intelligent homescreen. Yesterday Cover announced it was being acquired by Twitter. Terms weren't disclosed. Cover says it will be business as usual, at least for the time being. Like Aviate, Cover will show different apps in different locations, at different times of day. It's a personalization tool essentially. It's possible that the Cover team will be deployed to create more personalization and contextually relevant experiences on Twitter for mobile devices general [...]


Google Has 49 Pct Of Mobile Ad Revs, Just 18 Pct Of Time Spent

mobile-payment-wallet-featured Google makes more than its "fair share" of mobile ad revenue based on time spent with Google mobile properties, whereas Facebook's revenues are in line with time spent. That's according to data published by Flurry, relying on ad revenue estimates from eMarketer. The chart below contains eMarketer's global revenue projection for mobile advertising. According to these estimates, Google will bring in more than $14.5 billion in mobile revenue in 2014, while Facebook will generate just under half of that or roughly $6.8 billion. Flurry's report found that mobile users spend 86 percent of [...]


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 [...]


Trying to Build Android Brand, Google Mandates “Powered By” Label

Credit: Android Central [caption id="attachment_78276" align="alignright" width="214"] Credit: Android Police[/caption] According to multiple sources last week, Google is now requiring a "powered by Android" indicator on all devices that use the Android operating system as a precondition of gaining access to Google Play. Geek.com was the first site to confirm the new mandate. The branding must be displayed as the phone boots up. There are a number of specs that indicate placement and size. The following image was obtained by Android Police. There was no explicit rationale provided. However there's consid [...]


Mobile Will Be Primary Channel For Paid Search By End Of 2015 [Study]

mobile-devices-featured Looking at current trends, Marin Software predicts more paid search clicks will come from mobile devices than desktops by the end of next year. By December of 2013, mobile accounted for more than a third of all paid search clicks on Google. By the end of 2015, mobile devices will drive 50 percent of Google's paid search clicks, according to the 2014 mobile search advertising report published by Marin Software today. Smartphone paid search ad clicks nearly doubled throughout 2013 and accounted for just over 20 percent of total click share. The Marin study looks at Google performanc [...]


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 [...]


Android Wear: Google Announces Smartwatch

google-android-wear-600 Google today announced "Android wear." While this could allow for a range of wearables (and probably will in the future), what the company previewed in two videos were smartwatches. The user experience appears to be based on a combination of Google Now notifications and voice search ("OK Google"). There's also a developer preview being made available today. Google anticipates that Android-based wearables (beyond Glass) will become yet another platform for Android developers. The company said that it has designed an entirely new UI "for this form factor" (watches). In addition, in a blog [...]


Google Releases New Tools For AdMob Including Full Google Analytics Integration

Google Admob Logo Today, Google will announce new features for its mobile ad platform AdMob at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The new features are powered by Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager. Rather than having to access AdMob and Analytics from separate interfaces, app developers can now get performance reporting from the AdMob home screen and a new Analyze tab right within AdMob. On the Analyze tab a dropdown menu, shown in the screenshot below, allows users to switch between the full set of reporting for individual apps. The home screen features a combination of reporting f [...]


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 [...]


Google Brings Its Nexus “Launcher” To Other Android Devices

Google Launcher Google Nexus devices (i.e., Nexus 5) have featured Google Now prominently as well as "OK Google" hands free voice search. But now the company is rolling that experience out to a slightly broader array of devices. Google Play devices can now get these same features by installing the "Google Launcher" (app).  Below are the "new" features (as represented in the Google Play store): Google Now on your home screen Say "Ok Google" - when you're on your home screen, just say "Ok Google" to trigger voice input. Then say your search query. Or tell your phone what to do, like send a text messag [...]


Grow In-Store Visits From Smartphones For Better Traffic From Google Mobile

mobile-devices-featured We know 2013 was the year that Google finally started to improve the smartphone search experience, warning webmasters and marketers about things that make a site less usable for smartphone users -- like Flash, faulty redirects, slow loading pages and so on.   I know sites can be difficult for mobile searchers to use, regardless of whether they're dedicated mobile sites, dynamic serving, or responsive web design -- so let's focus instead on what we can do to improve the mobile searcher experience on our sites.  I'll be suggesting ways to improve the mobile searcher experience througho [...]


The “Real Reason” Google Sold Motorola To Lenovo

Google Motorola In the wake of yesterday's Reuters story and later confirmation of the $2.91 billion sale of Google's Motorola hardware unit to Lenovo there were many theories presented about why the deal happened. Here is a summary of those theories and ideas: Google is simply "cutting its loses" and recovering what money it can on a generally bad deal (perhaps save the patents) Google wants the best for Motorola and Lenovo is a better home for the unit Google is "making peace" with Samsung, its most important Android partner, by no longer being a direct competitor Google is appeasing European regu [...]


Google Selling Motorola Handset Business To Lenovo For $2.9 Billion

google-g-logo-2012 Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in late 2011 and is apparently going to sell it to Lenovo for billions less than that. Reuters is reporting that Google and the Chinese computer maker are in talks to transfer the Motorola business for roughly $3 billion. [Update: The deal has now been officially confirmed. More in the postscript below.] According to Reuters at least some of the patent portfolio, which has proven less valuable than Google anticipated, is part of the transaction. Reuters says that a deal is imminent and an announcement could come as early as today. In A [...]


1 Billion Smartphones: Samsung On Top But China Rising

iphone-android-ios-phones-featured Samsung finished 2013 as the undisputed global smartphone leader, increasing its marketshare lead over arch-rival Apple. However Chinese handset makers such as Huawei and Lenovo gained ground on the Korean giant. Propelled by lower-cost handsets in emerging markets, global smartphone shipments hit or exceeded a billion units according to Strategy Analytics and IDC (their numbers disagree). According to the IDC data Apple maintained its number two position (Strategy Analytics says Apple is number three). Samsung had nearly one third of the global smartphone shipments market. Apple capt [...]


Samsung And Google Sign Patent Deal, Will It Help End The Madness?

android-mascot-featured According to a statement yesterday, Samsung and Google have "furthered their long-term cooperative partnership with a global patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of technologies and business areas." The agreement covers existing patents and those filed over the course of the next decade. It's being hailed by some as a breakthrough. However that remains to be seen. Unless or until Apple and Microsoft/Nokia enter into similar agreements we can expect the global patent litigation frenzy to continue. The agreement is really no surprise. Google and Samsung are close par [...]


Nielsen: All Top Brands Lost Web Users To Mobile In 2013

mobile-web-apps-featured According to data released last week by Nielsen, all the major web brands lost uniques on a year-over-year basis in 2013. The period measured was January through the end of October. The ranking of the top sites was more or less the same as we've seen in other data. However the relative loss of monthly uniques was not uniform. According to Nielsen, Ask lost the highest percentage of its monthly uniques. Next was Facebook and then YouTube. Nielsen broadly attributes the decline in "web" traffic to the rise of tablets and smartphones. However the company didn't provide a holistic vie [...]


Google Fails To Prevent UK Court From Hearing Privacy Suit

google-legal-law It's rare that courts rule they don't have jurisdiction to hear cases arising from events that happened on their own soil. Thus, predictably, Google has lost its bid to dismiss a UK-based civil complaint, arising out of the "Cookiegate" episode, on jurisdictional grounds. As you may recall, Cookiegate arose when Google was discovered surreptitiously circumventing the Safari browser’s privacy settings (on the iPhone and beyond) in early 2012. It ultimately resulted in regulatory investigations and fines. In the US, Google paid a $22.5 million fine to settle the case with the FTC. [...]


Galaxy S3 And 10″ Tablets Dominate Samsung-Android Traffic

Galaxy S3 Android is the world's dominant smartphone operating system; and Samsung is the dominant Android handset maker. In North America the Samsung devices that generate the most traffic are the Galaxy S3 handset and the 10-inch Galaxy tablet. These data come from ad network Chitika, which analyzed "tens of millions of [North American] Samsung smartphone- and tablet-based online ad impressions" in December. According to the Chitika data, the Galaxy S3 generates a full third of Samsung-Android handset traffic. That's followed by the Galaxy S4, roughly 10 points behind. North American Samsung-An [...]


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