Over half of all smartphones sold running Android

More than half of the world’s new smartphones being sold are running Google’s Android software, according to new figures from research firm Gartner.

Android’s market share has more than doubled in the last year, with the smartphone market itself expanding by a staggering 42% to tip 115.2m devices in Q3, 52% of them running Android. Other platforms have suffered a decrease in market share as a result, it said, with Apple's iOS market share slipping by 1.6%.

"Android benefited from more...

By Matt Henkes, 16 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Devices, Mobile, Research.

U.S. Mobile Banking Service App Use is Increasing

comScore released an analysis of mobile financial services usage showing that 32.5 million Americans accessed mobile banking information on their devices at the end of Q2 2011 in June -- representing 13.9 percent of all mobile users. The study also revealed that 12.7 million mobile users reported using banking applications (apps), showing a notable increase of 45 percent from Q4 2010. “The investments in mobile made by financial services institutions, along with the continued growth in smartphone adoption, have had a truly positive effect on the use of mobile financial...

By David H. Deans, 08 November 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Billing, Smartphones.

Mobile Apps Potential for Creative Content Marketing

I've been thinking about the numerous ways that marketers are connecting with their customers and prospects via mobile devices -- smartphones and media tablets. Mobile apps that utilize a digital magazine (or eZine) format are particularly interesting, because they offer the potential to enable new forms...

By David H. Deans, 05 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Marketing, Mobile.

China's app growth is up by 840% in 2011

China’s mobile application market is now the second largest in the world, according to research.

Analytics firm, Flurry, found that China has had an 840% increase in app usage during this year. The growth is four times more than the rate experienced by other countries.

The country now ranks behind the United States in the stakes to become number 1 in the apps...

By Dani Millward, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Asia, China, Consumers, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

Expectations for the Next-Generation Mobile Phone

As more consumers transition to smartphones that are intended for internet access, their device performance expectations evolve -- sometimes in ways that were not anticipated by device manufacturers or mobile network service providers. According to the latest market study by In-Stat, the rapid adoption and growth of smartphones -- and of other mobile computing devices -- have pushed the expectation needle for the ideal feature set to new levels. As a result, most handsets today already include a multitude of features like a digital camera, GPS, email capability, touchscreen, and...

By David H. Deans, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Apps, Asia, Billing.

New online app store to launch in the Emirates

An Emirates-based telecommunications company will make its debut with mobile applications as it decides to branch out from its voice services.

Etisalat will hold the new online app store, where customers will be able to purchase apps from their accounts, including games and social networks such as Angry Birds and Facebook

This comes after its voice service sales have fallen over six years. According to Al Ramz Securities, 80% of its revenues were from mobile and landline...

By Dani Millward, 31 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Developers, UAE.