China Overtakes U.S. in iOS, Android Activations

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When it comes to smartphone activations, the U.S. is no longer the biggest player out there.

Researcher Flurry is reporting that sometime in February, activations for iOS and Android devices in China overtook the U.S. The switch shows some amazing momentum for China if you consider that in January 2011, the U.S. accounted for 28% of the world’s total iOS and Android activations. China claimed just 8% at the time. In March, Flurry projects that China will account for 24% of such activations vs. 21% for the U.S.

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For the moment, the U.S.’s install base for smartphones is bigger than China’s, but, given the recent numbers, Flurry expects that to change soon. “We estimate that the U.S., a more mature market, currently has more than twice as many active devices than China,” reads a blog post from the researcher. “However, China, a faster growing, emerging market, already has twice as large an installed base as the next largest market, the UK.” It should also be noted that with 1.3 billion people, China has more than four times the population of the U.S.

As Flurry’s blog notes, this has strong implications for app developers who may want to heed the advice to, “Go East, young man.” However, China’s not the only hotbed of smartphone growth. Argentina, the Philippines and Russia aren’t advancing at the same clip as China, but are each growing 599%, 546% and 514% compared to Q1 2011, according to Flurry.

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Peter Farago, vice president of marketing for Flurry, says this is an historic trend: “We are quite likely seeing the most rapid adoption of a new consumer technology that any of us will see for the rest of our careers. It’s mind blowing.”

 

Article credit: http://mashable.com/2012/03/21/china-smartphones/ from Mashable

Android Tops 50% Market Share in the U.S.


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Android‘s share of the U.S. smartphone market topped 50% for the first time in February, according to comScore’s MobiLens.

The figures were a 17-point increase over February 2011. Apple’s share for iOS for the month was 30.2%, which was up five points over the same time period. RIM’s BlackBerry platform claimed 13.4% vs. 28.9% in February 2011 while Microsoft had 3.9% of the market compared to the previous 7.7%. (The report didn’t specify which version or versions of Microsoft’s mobile operating systems were being measured.)

Overall, in February, 234 million Americans aged 13 and up used mobile devices. Some 69.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during that time.

Google’s success with seeding the market with Android-based phones comes a day after Horace Dediu, an analyst with Asymco, ran the numbers and discovered that Google only makes $1.70 per Android device compared to the $576.30 that Apple makes per iPhone sale.

Meanwhile, the U.S. market appears to lag the rest of the world for Android adoption. Global market share for the platform approached 50% last August.

Article Source: http://mashable.com/2012/04/04/android-breaks-50-market-share/ from Mashable

Evolution of Phones

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Mini Fridge Beer Cannon App

Smartphones can do pretty much anything! This is one of the coolest phone apps out on the market.

 

 

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Mobile Payments May Replace Cash, Credit Cards by 2020

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Check out this interesting study about the future of mobile payment systems!

http://mashable.com/2012/04/17/mobile-payments-2020/

Instagram

Instagram: FREE!

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Instagram is a social media platform available on mobile devices. Originally this app was only available for the Iphone; it was just released on the Android Market earlier this week. This app has become extremely popular on the Iphone and saw over one million downloads within the first 24 hours of being released on the Andorid Market. This app is definitely worth checking out even if you aren’t normally creative.

 

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Android Operating Systems

Below is an infographic that explains the different Android operating systems.

 

 

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Mightytext

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MightyText is my favorite android app. In addition to being extremely useful and convenient, it’s FREE!

MightyText allows its user to:

Send & Receive SMS Text Messages from your computer. Sync’d with your Android #
Free. Send & Receive Text Messages from your Computer, sync’d with your Android phone!
With MightyText Android™ App & Chrome Extension, you can:
1) Send SMS text messages from your computer
2) Receive SMS text messages immediately as they come in on your Android device
3) Sync all SMS text messages from your Android device to your computer
All without needing a separate phone #.
You can send/receive texts on your Android device as you normally would.

This App is allows its user to send text messages to other phones without the user’s phone being present. For example, if I forgot my phone at home, I would still be able to send and receive text messages from my laptop. Also, if I have to send a long message, it takes me a fraction of the time to type out my message. I definitely recommend everyone with an android phone to download this FREE app!

 

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Google’s Success in the Smartphone Market

According to a study conducted by research firm comScore MobileLens, over 100 million americans own a smartphone. Additionally, Android‘s share of the U.S. smartphone market topped 50% for the first time in February.

 

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According to a recent article posted on Mashable.com:

Google’s success with seeding the market with Android-based phones comes a day after Horace Dediu, an analyst with Asymco, ran the numbers and discovered that Google only makes $1.70 per Android device compared to the $576.30 that Apple makes per iPhone sale.

 

 

This just goes to show you that charging a premium for hardware isn’t the only way to make a decent profit. As long as you can cover your costs and make a small amount of profit, your company could take off and dominate the market which could yield a satisfying return.

Square

Square: Free!

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Tired of hearing the excuse “I don’t have any money on me” when you are selling something for a fundraiser? Well now you’re in luck! Square gives any smartphone user with an apple or android device the privilege of accepting credit card  payments anywhere at anytime! This is just another example of how smartphones are making daily life more convenient for its users!

Square puts people in business.
Accept credit cards and cash on your Android device with the free Square Card Reader. It’s only 2.75% per swipe for Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Discover. No contracts, monthly fees or merchant accounts. Funds are deposited into your bank account the next day.

Square makes it easy for anyone to accept payments, anywhere.
- Fast setup: sign up for your free Square Card Reader and start swiping in minutes.

- Built-in analytics: track sales, collect tips and tax, and send electronic receipts via email or text message.

- Safe and secure: Square meets all industry-standard security practices to protect your customers and your business.

 

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