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Android taking over more iPhone market share August 31, 2009

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Highlights from the July 2009 AdMob Mobile Metrics Report:

  • Each month, Android and iPhone users download approximately 10 new apps, while iPod touch owners download an average of 18 per month
  • Over half of Android and iPhone users spend more than 30 minutes per day using apps
  • More than 90 percent of Android and iPhone OS users browse and search for apps directly on their mobile device
  • Users who regularly download paid apps spend approximately $9 on an average of five paid downloads per month
  • iPhone represented 60 percent of US smartphone usage in AdMob’s network in July 2009, followed by RIM and Android devices at 13 and 12 percent, respectively


This survey was conducted with 1,117 respondents over a one week period, spanning Android, iPhone and iPod touch users on the more than 7,000 mobile sites and 3,000 applications in AdMob’s network in July 2009. […]

via AdMob July 2009 Metrics Report Compares Android and iPhone App Usage – Yahoo! Finance


Zynga claims FarmVille has become fastest-growing social game ever August 28, 2009

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Zynga plans to announce Thursday that its FarmVille game has become the largest and fastest-growing social game in history.

The game now has more than 11 million active daily players since its launch on June 19 on Facebook. They all play their roles as virtual farmers, creating and managing their own farms. On average, FarmVille has attracted more than 1 million active users a week. All told, Zynga now has more than 93 million monthly players across all of its games. That probably adds up to about a third of the Facebook user population. […]

“FarmVille demonstrates the huge market potential of social gaming – in just 9 weeks the game has become a cultural phenomenon,” said Mark Pincus, founder and chief executive of Zynga in a statement. “No other application has achieved what this game has in such a short amount of time. Who would have guessed that FarmVille is now the biggest online game in North America and quickly becoming the biggest online game in the world.”

via Zynga claims FarmVille has become fastest-growing social game ever | VentureBeat

Augmented reality browser war heats up with Wikitude’s latest version | VentureBeat August 27, 2009

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Prepared for another battle of the browsers — augmented reality-style.

Austrian-based Mobilizy is pumping up user-generated geotagging in the latest version of Wikitude. It’s an augmented reality browser that superimposes information in your phone when you look at places through the viewfinder (kind of like what a fighter pilot or the Terminator might see when looking at a target).

The latest version makes the design more compatible with an upcoming iPhone version and gives users more control over what type information is displayed. It also makes search for specific points of interest easier.

Wikitude pulls up information from Wikipedia, Qype (which is a recommendation site like Yelp but in Europe) and user-generated content. Mobilizy is more actively trying to crowdsource data for its browser by encouraging users to mark-up places that are interesting to them. You don’t necessarily have to have the browser (which only works on Android phones at this point) to add content. Users can log-in at Wikitude.me through Google, Twitter, Facebook or Yahoo and add places with 250 characters of description.

That’s a slightly different tack than its archrival, Amsterdam-based SPRXMobile, is taking with its Layar browser. SPRXMobile is relying more on outside developers to create “layers” or geotagged sources of data on its browser about real-estate listings, transport options or places to go. Mobilizy has an application programming interface as well, but it’s not emphasizing it nearly as much as direct user-generated content.

Mobilizy is based in Salzburg and is self-funded.

via Augmented reality browser war heats up with Wikitude’s latest version | VentureBeat.

Social technology growth marches on in 2009, led by social network sites August 26, 2009

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Forrester Social Technographics Ladder 2009

We just published our third annual Social Technographics Profile in a document called “The Broad Reach of Social Technologies” . The author is Sean Corcoran, with help from out data expert Cynthia Pflaum. The data across North America, Europe, and Asia.is now available.

Forrester Social Technographics Profile 2009

The headline: in 2009, more than four out of five online Americans are active in either creating, participating in, or reading some form of social content at least once a month. In a bit more detail:

  • In the US, social technology Creators and Collectors grew slowly, and Critics didn’t grow at all. Creator activity appeals only to those who like to create or upload content, and regardless of the ease of blogging and YouTube uploading, this doesn’t apply to everybody. If you believe in the future that everybody will be creating or organizing content, we disagree — it’s a matter of temperament, not technology. As for Critics, those who react to content, this group hasn’t grown at all. Looking deeper into the data, this is a result of a small but actual decrease in the number of people contributing to discussion forums. Why? Probably because much of this activity has been sucked into social network sites like Facebook.
  • At the same time, Joiner activity exploded and Spectators became nearly universal. The explosion in Joiners from 35% to 51% of online Americans reflects the appeal of Facebook, as both press coverage and invitations from friends suck more of us into social networks. Meanwhile, Spectators — those consuming social content — reached all the way to 73% of online Americans, which should end any remaining skepticism about whether this social thing is real. Soon, with the level of social content being put out there, it will be virtually impossible for an online consumer not to be a Spectator. Marketers, if you’re not doing social technology applications now, you’re officially behind. We expect a wave of Web site reorgs and redesigns to include social activity.

via Social technology growth marches on in 2009, led by social network sites.

Google Maps adds traffic data from your cell phone | Relevant Results – CNET News August 26, 2009

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Say goodbye to your favorite shortcuts.

Google Maps is adding traffic data for side streets this week, in addition to the data it already offers up for major highways. Major “arterial” roads, such as state highways or prominent boulevards in cities, will now have their own color-coded traffic information in Google Maps, giving drivers the option of selecting an alternate route based on current traffic conditions.

So how is Google expanding its traffic reports to side streets? If you’re using Google Maps on your smartphone (with the notable exception of the iPhone, which doesn’t support the feature, according to Google) you’re automatically sending speed data back to Google wherever you go.

The trigger is the “My Location” button in Google Maps, which automatically signs you up for the traffic crowdsourcing program when that button is pressed. In addition, Palm Pre and MyTouch 3G users are automatically enrolled in the traffic crowdsourcing program.

You can opt out of the program, but at the expense of the My Location feature. Hit the “My Location” button again to figure out where you are in an unfamiliar city, and you’re automatically re-enrolled in the program.

Traffic data has been available on major highways for years through Google Maps, but that data is collected from road sensors and private car fleets and is also available to dozens of third-party traffic providers. The number of people using GPS-enabled smartphones with Google Maps installed has dramatically increased since 2007, and many of them may not know that by using the My Location feature, they’re also participating in a traffic-related survey.

via Google Maps adds traffic data from your cell phone | Relevant Results – CNET News.

Blu-ray Disc continues to go from strength to strength in Europe « Blu-ray Disc Reporter August 26, 2009

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Close to one in ten homes across Europe will be Blu-ray enabled by the end of this year, according to a report issued today by Futuresource.

Homes using BD Players

With falling prices, increased retail promotion and growing awareness all helping to drive Blu-ray Disc demand across the continent, the report predicts that this figure will continue to rise. It is expected that over 20% of European homes will be BD enabled by the end of 2011.

In line with this growth, sales of BD movie titles are expected to top 31m by the end of 2009 – a more than three-fold increase on the 9m sales recorded in 2008. (more…)

Opera Mini Is Most Downloaded Mobile App August 25, 2009

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The Opera Mini application is now considered not only the world’s most popular mobile browser, but also the world’s most downloaded app. According to independent applications marketplace GetJar, the browser has been downloaded more than 25 million times from its store.

via Opera Mini Is Most Downloaded Mobile App.

Will Legacy Smartphone Platforms Keep-up with iPhone and Android? August 25, 2009

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[BlackBerry OS, Windows Mobile and Symbian/S60 were designed years ago – the traditional strengths of these software platforms are rapidly becoming liabilities in the fast-paced smartphone market. Guest blogger Michael Vakulenko answers a critical question: are user interface face-lifts, application stores or even going open source enough for the legacy smartphone platforms to stand-up to the challenges posed by iPhone and Android?][…]

The unprecedented success of iPhone changed market requirements almost overnight; today smartphones are all about smooth delivery of digital content, applications and Web 2.0 services.[…]

iPhone and Android
While technically very different, iPhone and Android share many common traits.

  1. designed as true multi-purpose devices fulfilling a wide spectrum of business and personal use cases.
  2. user interface of these software platforms relies on relatively large touch-screens with gesture-based controls, designed for device personalization, easy discovery, delivery and consumption of content, application and services.
  3. Downloadable applications further extend the spectrum of possibilities with the device
  4. iPhone and Android offer software development environments allowing fast and easy creation of wide array of novel applications (from music instrument to location-based collaboration etc.)
  5. High-speed 3G networks and Wi-Fi connectivity finally brought Web applications to mobile devices with state of the art web-browser, which constantly improving support for emerging HMTL5

There is wide gap between modern and legacy smartphone platforms in all these areas, calling for radical improvements to the legacy platforms. This gap cannot be closed by just user interface face-lifts, launching application stores or even going open source.[…] (more…)

The Truth: What’s Really Going On With Apple, Google, AT&T And The FC August 23, 2009

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Apple has responded to the FCC’s request for information around its rejection of various Google and third party iPhone applications for the iPhone.

In short, Apple denies that they rejected the Google Voice application, but they go into great detail about how the Google Voice application hurts “the iPhone’s distinctive user experience.” All of those statements are either untrue, or misleading, or both.

The first part of Apple’s argument, that they never rejected the application, is “a total lie,” according to many sources with knowledge of the Google Voice application process.

The second part of Apple’s argument, that the Google Voice application hurts the iPhone’s distinctive user experience, is seriously misleading. […]

Read the full article over at TechCrunch: The Truth: What’s Really Going On With Apple, Google, AT&T And The FCC

Update: NY Times postes a far less “emotional” article over here: Apple Lifts the Curtain on App Store Approvals

Google Listen: Android Podcasts Gone Wild! August 21, 2009

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Now would probably be a good time to revive our Android Podcast. Google has just launched a new service called Google Listen which for all intents and purposes, is a Podcast Manager for your Android device! It allows you to subscribe to audio streams, search for audio, find audio searches and much more. Here is how Google themselves describe Google Listen:

Listen from Google Labs brings podcasts and web audio to your Android-powered device. It lets you search, subscribe, download and stream. By subscribing to programs and search terms it will create a personalized audio-magazine loaded with fresh shows and news stories whenever you listen. In this release Listen is indexing thousands of popular English-only audio sources.

via Google Listen: Android Podcasts Gone Wild! | Android Phone Fans