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 [...]


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 [...]


Google Analytics Announces Updated Reports, More API Tools & New Analytics Academy At Annual Summit

Google Analytics A number of announcements were made at the Google Analytics Summit this week, including updated reports, more API tools, the integration of BigQuery into Google Analytics Premium and new educational initiatives. According to Google Analytics, users will have access to user segmentation, cohort analysis, sequence segments, and segment templates by the end of this year (a majority of users have access now). Google Analytics is also releasing a "fully refreshed" UI. The company offered a "sneak preview" of the new Google Analytics Acquisition reports that provide insight on, "How you acqui [...]


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: [...]


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 [...]


Google Play Store Website Gets Redesign With Bigger Thumbnails & More White Space

googleplay The Web version of the Google Play Store has been redesigned to mimic the Google Play Store mobile app with larger thumbnails and more white space. With less content on the screen, users must scroll more to access additional content. GoogleSystem.blogspot.com reports the Google Play site now uses AJAX and leverages the modern Roboto font, but also comes with a few bugs, citing that the Romanian version includes exclamation marks to separate words. Along with the new redesign, CNET's Don Reisinger noted that the Google Play Store is now showing Google Glass as a supported device for Googl [...]


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 [...]


Google Rebuilds AdMob To Include A Conversion Optimizer Tool & Local Payments Feature

Google Admob Logo During  last week's I/O Conference, Google announced they would be adding a number of upgrades to AdMob, their mobile ad network for app developers. Since fully integrating the AdMob's mobile app inventory into AdWords last June, Google claims AdMob can help developers monetize and promote their apps by connecting them to more than a million advertisers globally. Rolling out over the coming months, AdMob's new features will include the same Conversion Optimizer tool used in AdWords. By choosing a target cost per acquisition for each download, the AdMob Conversion Optimizer will show ads w [...]


Study: Social Networks Deliver Most Effective Mobile App Marketing Channel For Conversions, Quality & Volume

mobile-apps-featured After analyzing billions of mobile app events during the first quarter of 2013, mobile apps measurement platform AppsFlyer discovered that social networks were the most effective mobile app marketing channel, but search delivered the highest quality of mobile app users. Comparing conversion rates, user quality and install volume across various channels, geographies, app categories, and user segments, the AppsFlyer Mobile App Discovery Report revealed that the most common mobile marketing channels included ad networks, app discovery platforms, cross sell opportunities, incentivized ad networ [...]


Android Gives Google Play A Fresh Look For Spring

Android is rolling out a Google Play store redesign for phones and tablets. Created to offer a more simple and clean look, the new design will include bigger images with similarly-themed content grouped together. As users scroll down the page, recommendations will appear in a continuous stream of new content to explore. The purchasing process has also been simplified so that users can quickly access content. The updates are rolling out today for Android phones and tablets running Android 2.0 (Froyo) and above, while other Android versions will see the new design over the next few week [...]


Report: Apple Accounts For 74% Of App Revenue & Google 51% Of All App Downloads

mobile-apps-200px Canalys’ App Interrogator research published a report showing that there were 13.4 billion app downloads, with revenue of $2.2 billion in the first quarter of 2013. Of that, 74% of the app revenue went through Apple's iTunes network, while Google Play accounted for the most app downloads with 51%. Apple developers earned over $1.6 billion of the $2.2 billion, even though the most number of the app downloads were on Google Play. There were over 6.8 billion app downloads on Google Play according to Canalys. Canalys says there was an 11% growth in downloads across Apple’s App Store, Goo [...]


Report: Google To Open Stand-Alone Retail Stores In Major Metros

google-store-featured Google has been inching closer to opening its own retail stores for the past three years. It opened a Google schwag store on its own Mountain View campus in 2010. Then it tested a “store within a store” or "pop up store" concept in London, called “The Chromezone,” to sell Chromebooks for holiday 2011. In 2012, Google sent a supply of Chromebooks to BestBuy in the US and Dixon's in the UK to create an offline retail presence for the product. In addition, last year, Google was running a novel promotion with Virgin America at several US airports. Users got to try out Chromebooks on Vir [...]


Google Play Gives Email Addresses To Developers, Raises Privacy Issues

google-play-security-featured Attention is being focused on how Google Play -- Google's app and content store -- provides the name, email address and city location of those who purchase apps. Google's privacy policies don't make clear this is happening, something Google probably needs to correct. Personal Info That Google Gives Developers Developer Dan Nolan posted about this issue yesterday, saying that he found that for those who purchased his Paul Keating Insult Generator app on Google Play, he was able to see their email addresses, suburbs (which I'll assume means city names) and in some cases, their full names. [...]


Why I’m Glad Google Play Gives Developers Customer Data

Preferred app store Dan Nolan, an app developer, is concerned that Google Play giving email addresses of app purchasers to developers is a privacy blunder. As an app developer myself, I could not disagree more! How Developers Sell In Google Play Vs. iTunes The way the Google Play market works and has worked since it launched on October 23, 2008 is as follows. A developer who charges for their apps has to set up a Google Wallet account. The Google Wallet account makes the developer the merchant on record in the Google Play store. When someone buys your app from the Google Play store, that transaction, along [...]


Google’s “AR” Game Ingress Offers A Glimpse Of The Future

Ingress logo Google's John Hanke told me that he has always wanted to create a multi-player game using the assets he developed with Google Earth. I remember him talking about Second Life and gaming at the initial Google Earth press conference years ago. He and his team at Google's mobile incubator Niantic Project have now done it with Ingress -- an augmented reality multi-player game (Android only for now) that uses Google's mapping and local data assets to connect the online and offline worlds in a JJ Abramsesque alternate reality. It's incredibly ambitious and global in scope. It contemplates peopl [...]


Wither Google TV: Nearly Two Years Later, It Still Awaits Hulu Plus

Google TV Did you hear the news? Hulu Plus made it to Apple TV last week. Did Hell freeze over? No. The freezing over of Hell still awaits the arrival of Hulu Plus on Google TV. The Promise I feel like I'm the last person in the world who still cares about Hulu Plus ever being offered through Google TV. I suppose I shouldn't care. It's not like I even turn Google TV on regularly. For all Google TV promised, my inexpensive little Roku box still beats Google TV hands-down. For those who don't remember, Google TV was pitched as making it easy for us to find TV content anywhere. In fact, that was one o [...]


Report: Malicious Android Apps Have Quadrupled In 2012

android-featured The number of malicious Android apps has quadrupled so far in 2012, according to the antivirus/security company Trend Micro, and some of those apps are making their way into Google's official app store, Google Play. The company reports that it identified about 5,000 malicious Android apps in the first quarter of 2012 -- a number which rose to 20,000 by the end of Q2. The number doubled from 10,000 to 20,000 in just one month. Trend Micro also reports that it found 17 malicious apps in Google Play, Google's official Android marketplace, and those apps were downloaded more than 700,000 tim [...]


Google Analytics Goes Mobile – Launches App Analytics

google analytics The Google Analytics team announced at Google I/O a new App Analytics functionality, to be added to the current Google Analytics offering over the coming weeks. Google already offers mobile SDKs for Android and for iOS, but until now they provided the same reports and metrics as the standard Web Analytics. In the new functionality Google adapted its whole mobile solution to the App experience, providing additional reports and metrics for App owners and developers. In addition, they adjusted the registration flow to make it more streamlined for App developers. "Our goal with the new Mobile A [...]


Google I/O 2012: Nexus 7 Tablet Announced, Google Glasses Demo’d In Amazing Style

keynote Google's 2012 I/O developer's conference is underway, with the keynote beginning while thousands of attendees were still trying to get into the hall. Welcome to our live coverage of today's announcements. Feel free to refresh for updates. Hugo Barra, Android Says there are now 400 million activated Android devices, up from 100 million at IO 2011. One million devices are activated every day. Significant growth in developing countries. Announces new OS update: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Dave Burke, Engineeering Director Announces "Project Butter" - improvements to all applications on [...]


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