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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Advertising Revenue: Apple vs. The (Android) World

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 04:00 PM

"Millenial Media has released its latest report on cross-platform mobile advertising, and the iPhone has lost another step on the Android platform. According to Millenial's reporting, revenue for advertising from the Android platform has exceeded iPhone-only revenue. That's not quite as bad as it sounds -- the Android platform, as we already know, has outstripped the iPhone in terms of user numbers, just because there are so many more available handsets and carriers for those devices."

Ah, nothing like hard statistics to tell a fuzzy story. Android cross-platform mobile advertising revenue (that's Android on -all- devices) has exceeded ad revenue generated from (only) the iPhone. That's a nice many-to-one statistic, but the true numbers behind the numbers indicate that iOS revenue growth (again, from advertising) increased 316% in the last quarter. At the same time, Android ad requests have grown 1283% since January 2010. So what does this all mean? We're getting more and more targeted advertisements on our mobile devices, one might even say that the onslaught is just beginning. Now, if I only had a TiVo-like device on my iPhone to let me skip (or fast forward through) advertisements ...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Commentary on the Competition from Infinite Loop

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 11:00 PM

"The first 15 minutes of Apple's earnings call today were not all that surprising, although the numbers were impressive. Quarterly revenue at the end of the company's fiscal year (late September) was $20.34 billion, making this the company's biggest quarter ever. This exceeded analyst expectations and predictions, so big score for Apple. Then things got really interesting when Steve Jobs got on the call and started ripping his competitors a new one."

Let's see, biggest quarter ever, yet, there's still plenty of time to bash the competition, rather than graciously bask in the glow of spectacular financial results (Thank you consumers, you've voted with your wallets! ). I don't quite understand what benefit is derived from publicly pointing out the obvious - see! we sold more stuff than you sold. And, despite the fact that the competition in the tablet space doesn't have real products shipping in meaningful number yet (at least here in the US), we're told that they'll be inferior, and that the small size will be a disadvantage unless fingers can be made smaller. I read that, and thought, gee, I'd better get rid of my iPhone then, because I don't have sandpaper to make my fingers smaller. I love Apple products, because, as Steve J points out,"they just work," but I'm not real happy with the whole "cult of personality" that seems to be developing and causing bad feelings in the industry. All the sniping between CEOs is getting old! Just build the products and let the consumers decide.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Competition for the iPhone 4 Retina Display?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 07:00 AM

"WVGA's so 2009, isn't it? Sharp has broken Android's usual 800 (or 854) x 480 mold this week with the introduction of the IS03 for Japan's KDDI au network, boasting a full 960 x 640 on its 3.5-inch screen -- matching the iPhone 4's so-called retina display -- along with Advanced Super View (ASV) technology, delivering the same kind of viewing angle benefits you find in IPS."

For all it's advantages, including the 9.6 megapixel camera, it is only available in Japan. Wonder why they say "so-called retina display," isn't that what it is called? Regardless, I like the fact this phone has the ability for the contactless payment system and the image stabilization option, as well as the support for Global Passport CDMA. Oh and it is soon to be available in three colors. Lot's of advantages, if you are in Japan.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Android Gaining Ground on iPhone, or is it?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:12 PM

"New data shows Apple, RIM, and Microsoft continue to lose ground to Google in the U.S. smartphone market. Marketing intelligence company comScore published its quarterly Mobile Subscriber Market Share findings, which tracked total smartphone subscribers for the three months ending in July. According to the report, 53.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the quarter, up 11 percent from the previous quarter."

This of course, is the quarter leading up to the announcement of the iPhone 4 so it's no wonder that they status were down for the iPhone system. You could also make the argument that there are many versions of phones that use the Android or Google platform, versus just the iPhone 3GS and 3G for this quarter, so why shouldn't they gain ground? I'm really curious now how the next quarter stats are going to end up, how about you? What are your thoughts?

Friday, September 3, 2010

iOS Now the 3rd Most Popular Platform, Six Times Larger Than Android

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple's iOS mobile operating system is now the third-most popular platform on the Internet, with a share nearly six times larger than Android's, a Web measurement company said Wednesday."

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And in other news from around the world, Apple devices (iPhone and iPod Touch) account for 41% of the web traffic in Finland, home of Nokia.

Tags: software, web, android, ios

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Please Welcome Android Thoughts to the Thoughts Media Network

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Status Updates" @ 02:30 PM

I'm thrilled to announce the newest member of the Thoughts Media family: Android Thoughts. As you can guess, this site will be covering Android in all it's forms - phones, slates, etc. The site is being led by none other than our very own Jon Westfall; he'll be handling all editorial duties on the site, similar to how Apple Thoughts works. Android has exploded in popularity over the past 12 months, surpassing even the mighty iPhone in terms of daily activations according to some. It made sense to cover Android as part of what we do here at Thoughts Media, but I wanted to find someone who was passionate and interested in all things Android...and that person is Jon Westfall. Please go read his welcome message on the site to find out how Android Thoughts was born - and subscribe to the RSS feed and Twitter stream. And, above all, if you're interested in Android as a platform, contribute, share, comment, and become a part of that new community.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7, Together at Last

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 08:00 AM

"Shortly after LG's GW910 smartphone surfaced in an FCC listing, a pre-release version has been previewed in a video demo showing the Windows Phone 7 browser. The mobile Internet Explorer adaptation appears to offer a similar browsing experience to that of iOS and Android, but with a few unique features. Users will be able to simultaneously load multiple tabs."

I like the multiple tabs idea, and from the video, it appears a bit sluggish and the finger work isn't as smooth, however it is still in Beta. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt until we get a final version. Interesting side by side nonetheless.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

So Steve Jobs Was Right on Flash?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 08:30 AM

"I'm the last person on earth who wanted to believe Steve Jobs when he told Walt Mossberg at D8 that 'Flash has had its day.' I took it as nothing more than showmanship when Jobs shared his thoughts on Flash and wrote that 'Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn't support touch based devices.'"

But it turns out that he has to agree with Jobs on Flash, after spending some time using, or rather trying to use, mobile Flash Player 10.1 on the Android 2.2. The author tried several sites, and came to the conclusion that it isn't ready, and really what is the point of making websites compatible? If they have to recode them for Flash, why not just do it so it is compatible with HTLM5?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Android Users Are Data Hogs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 06:00 AM

"Fashionable though it may be to bash AT&T's 3G data network, its performance is, to an extent, a victim of its own success. Subscribers with the AT&T-only iPhone consume way more data than people whose phones cannot run a wide variety of apps, and as a result, AT&T now limits the amount of data iPhone owners can use each month."

And it appears this may be happening soon to Android users, as their data usage surpasses the data usage on 3G of iPhone users by 16%, 72% to 56% respectively. iPhone users tend to use Wi-Fi more than Android users, in no small part to limits placed on the apps by Apple and AT&T, so it's expected that other networks are going to place caps on their data plans. What are your thoughts, sooner rather than later?

Tags: hardware, data, android, 3g, cap

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Android Jumps Past iPhone With 17.2 Percent of Market

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 11:54 AM

"Android is now larger than the iPhone on the world stage, analysts at Gartner said today. Google's phone platform jumped to 10.6 million phones sold, or enough to overtake the iPhone and take 17.2 percent of the market."

According to the Gartner Group, they "believe" Apple sold more than the 8.47 million shipped, but regardless it still put Apple at 14.2 percent of the market, sliding into fourth place. But at least both were increasing while all the others were decreasing, the biggest fall being Symbian from 51.0% last year to 41.2% as of Q2.

I am pretty sure that the limited supply of iPhone 4 didn't help things, and the fact that it continues today (as noted in this Apple Insider article) implies to me that the demand is there, they just need the product to fill it.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Video Chat with Android and Symbian Phones Using Fring on Your iPhone 4

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"Fring has just updated their app to allow iPhone 4 users to chat with Android and Nokia/Symbian S60 users with the appropriate camera hardware. So while FaceTime remains easier and slicker if you’re both on iPhone 4 on Wi-Fi, if you want to get some cross-platform chat on, this is your go-to option."

This is a pretty cool way to chat with your friends who are Android fans if you're carrying around an iPhone 4. I don't have an iPhone 4 or an HTC Evo to test this with, but I'm hoping we see more of this kind of thing in the future. I'm on a Nexus One, and I'm ready to move to a phone with a front facing camera. It'll be nice when there are more options for using those front facing cameras. This works with Fring on the iPhone 4, Android phones and Symbian phones. The EVO used was on 4g, and the iPhone on WiFi. I'm not sure if you can use the Fring app over 3g on the iPhone. Has anyone tried this? If so, what was your experience like?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Are You a Power User? Android Versus iPhone 4!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"The newest iPhone comes out in two weeks; the Android OS continues to deploy on better and better hardware; and both operating systems roll out exciting new features and innovations with each release. So which deserves your hard-earned cash?"

Interesting comparison of the two systems, broken down into individual capabilities by LifeHacker. The measured 20 of the categories they most cared about and declared a winner for each one, so you can kind of match up the categories you care about as well and see which one will suit you better. They gave the Apps category a tie, which seems rather odd to me since you can't even compare the two app stores but they base it on apps being denied and that there is a lot of "crap" in the iTunes App Store. Hmm, maybe so, but at least I know the apps will work correctly on my iPhone. Anyway, you can judge for yourself!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Has Adobe Given up on Flash for iPhone?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:00 AM

"Adobe is basically saying they've given up on Apple's iPhoneOS products. Principal Product Manager for developer relations for the Flash Platform at Adobe, Mike Chambers lays out the bad news for Flash developers who'd want an easy way to port their apps to iPhone."

According to Weintraub "While CS5 will still export for the current iPhone, they are warning developers that Apple will probably pull their '100+ apps already built in Flash' from the App Store at some point in the future and, most importantly, Adobe have suspended all investments in Flash CS5's iPhone App export functionality."

He also makes the interesting point that while Adobe is excited about Android, is Google all that excited about Flash since they took YouTube to H.264-encoded MP4s and it wasn't because they loved Flash. Is this just the latest salvo in the war with Apple or do you think they are washing their hands of the whole mess?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Missing Sync for Android Phones to Macs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"For those who have chosen an Android-based smartphone over the iPhone, Mark/Space has updated its The Missing Sync for Android syncing software to include wireless syncing via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, enabling users to rid themselves of at least one cluttering cable for connecting to the Mac."

It is $39.95 USD single user or $69.95 USD for family pack, more info over at Mark/Space.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

iFog Sales Jump Thanks to Android Ad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"Israeli iPhone app developer house ApParty had a huge surprise earlier this month when they received their sales results, indeed they had increased by almost a 100%, and this mostly on the American market. While trying to find out what could have possibly impacted them so strongly they discovered a very interesting story."

The story is that the latest T-Mobile Android ad featured a program very similar to the iFog app developed by ApParty. Sales of the iFog app jumped 100% in the U.S. market shortly after the ad aired, causing the app to break the top 20 app list. So the theory is that iPhone/iPod Touch owners searched for similar app after seeing the commercial, and found iFog. I don't see myself getting much use out of this app however so I'll keep my 99 cents.

Friday, April 24, 2009

iPhone Surpasses Symbian in Mobile Web Use

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"The use of the iPhone online has accelerated to where it's now outranking Symbian in terms of sheer traffic, AdMob's March 2009 metrics report shows. Tracking access worldwide based on ad requests, the firm says OS X iPhone grew to represent 38 percent of smartphone traffic and just slightly edged out all Symbian phones, which have fallen to 37 percent. Both are sharp changes from February, when Symbian held a comfortable lead at 43 percent while the iPhone had just crossed the 33 percent mark."

The article also shows comparison by manufacturer and Apple has 38% of the international traffic with Nokia in 2nd place with 36%. In the U.S., Apple's iPhone has 50% of the traffic, unchanged from the last time they measured in February 2009.

One interesting point they make is the comparison when they focused the study on the Android OS in the U.S. Over the last few months the iPhone, excluding the iPod Touch, grew faster. They state that "Over the 4 months of the App Store becoming available, iPhone units grew an average of 88 percent from month to month; the Android Market's availability grew by 47 percent over a similar span." It is also noted that the iPhone has roughly 8 times as much traffic as the G1, and increases to 23 times more when they include the iPod Touch.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

No More Android Tethering

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 01:00 PM

"The hoopla around Google’s Android mobile OS, and the resulting apps in the Android Market, is pretty strong. It’s laid on thick and fast. You know the drill; it’s “open” so it’ll be free from all the constraints imposed by The Man, etc. Oops, maybe not. I’m not sure why people believed the steaming pile of hyperbole coming out of the “open” pundits, but it was just a matter of time before reality stepped in. Google has pulled tethering apps from the market."

The word "open" is so overused these days. Anyone with half a brain knew this was coming, and despite all the ripping on Apple and AT&T for their "closed" ecosystem, T-Mobile and Google seem to be in the same mindset. Of course the outrageometer is significantly lower for Android, but still.

We know that iPhone OS 3.0 will allow tethering; it'll be interesting to see if AT&T locks this down to a paid feature or if they let you just use it for free. T-Mobile may be exploring similar options with the Android OS and that's why they locked down the tethering apps. Tom Reestman's closing paragraph really nails it, though:

Meanwhile, the “open” community will probably condemn Google’s action, then deny it, then rationalize it, and then defend it. Finally, they’ll get right back to touting how “open” is the panacea; the cure for all that ails us, and everything Apple’s App Store is not. As before, they’ll be wrong, but I’m sure some will still believe it.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Apple Asked Google to Not Do Multitouch? Doubt It

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 09:00 AM

"One of the bigger complaints about T-Mobile’s G1, the first phone based on Google’s Android platform, is that its touch screen doesn’t use multi-touch, the technology which allows for a screen to accept multiple points of contact as simultaneous input. Now we may know why. Apple, which of course makes the signature multi-touch mobile device, the iPhone, apparently asked Google not to implement it, and Google agreed, an Android team member tells us."

Sorry. Not buying it. I'm not buying that Apple asked, and I'm not buying even more that Google agreed. The only source is an "Android Team Member," and the post that's been shot around the world and requoted (linked above) doesn't really have any firm proof; just conjecture and circumstantial evidence.

Sorry. Not buying it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

iPhone Outsells Android G1 6 to 1

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"A slow start for Google's Android mobile operating system: Based on a survey, Morgan Stanley estimates that Google's (GOOG) partners HTC and T-Mobile (DT) sold 300,000 Google-powered G1 smartphones in the U.S. during Q4."

I doubt anyone is surprised by this news. T-Mobile is the 4th largest carrier next to AT&T's number one status in the cellular telephone market so that was no small factor, not to mention the G1 was available starting in the latter part of October 2008 so the iPhone had a bit of a jump. Even so, the iPhone infrastructure with the App Store is a hard one to beat, especially when you consider the sheer number of options for applications an iPhone user has when compared to the G1. I wouldn't count the G1 out just yet though; they do have the behemoth Google in their corner.

Tags: iphone, google, android, g1

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