It’s time for Opera’s State of Mobile Advertising report for Q1 2013, and it looks like the iPhone is back on top when it comes to generating traffic to mobile ads, regaining its throne from Android. iOS also is king of the hill when it comes to monetization among the mobile platforms.
App Annie has released its latest information on mobile app downloads, and finds that while the Google Play marketplace nearly matches Apple’s App Store in the number of downloads, it is still lagging far behind in revenue. It seems iOS device users in general remain much more willing to pay for content than Android users.
In-app purchases have proven to be an excellent revenue stream for developers of apps found in Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store, but now a government department in the U.K. is taking a look into whether developers are misleadingly enticing children into making these types of purchases.
Microsoft has stepped up its “Scroogled” campaign against Google with a new video that highlights the fact that Android users’ personal information is shared with developers every time they download an application.
Overall, the smartphone and tablet app market grew to 11% in the first quarter of 2013, bringing in $2.2 billion on revenue, this according to a report released by Canalys.
While Google’s Android platform continues to lead the industry in per-device market share (largely due to the huge number of low-end budget Android-based devices), the latest numbers from NetMarketShare show that Apple’s Mobile Safari browser dominates the competition in another significant area: web traffic.
The fragmented nature of the Android market means that nearly half of all Android users will be unable to run Facebook’s new “Home” experience. At launch, only 6 Android phone models will be set to run the new feature.
Apple continues to reign as the top smartphone maker in the United States, as comScore released its survey for the 1st quarter of 2013. Apple padded its lead nicely, while Samsung, the global smartphone leader, also showed slight growth in its share of the market.
Following numerous rumors that Facebook would announce a new Android-based operating system, or even a Facebook-branded phone, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg today announced something completely different: Facebook Home – a fancy social lock screen replacement for Android devices.
The BikeSpike is a GPS tracker that automatically reports a crash to key contacts, alerts you if your bike is tampered with, works with IOS/Android/web, and for your programmer types, it even has an open API.
A recent report from Citrix says the iOS continues to be the preferred mobile platform in the business world.
Facebook has invited members of the press to an Android-related event on April 4th. It is believed that the event is for the debut of the long-rumored Facebook phone. Reports say that the device would be an HTC handset running a Facebook-modified version of Android.
BlackBerry has announced that it will offer a solution to separate and secure both work and personal data on the two most dominant mobile platforms available today: Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.
In an interview published mere hours before Apple’s chief rival is expected to reveal its new flagship handset, Apple marketing head Phil Schiller took potshots at Android, and Samsung in particular, saying that the Galaxy S IV will ship with “an OS that is nearly a year old.”
2013 will be the year that shipments of Android tablets surpass those of Apple’s iPad, says a new analysis from IDC.
In a surprising memo posted on Google’s blog, Google EO Larry Page has just announced that Andy Rubin has officially stepped down as head of Android operations. Rubin was a co-founder of the Android platform, and is widely considered to be the “father” of Android. He will be replaced by the current Senior VP of Chrome and Apps, Sundar Pichai.