The status quo for mobile application distribution

Mobile application storefronts had collectively distributed a cumulative total of 81 billion smartphone and media tablet apps -- as of the end of September 2012 -- according to the latest market study from ABI Research. Of these apps that were distributed, 89 percent were downloaded from native storefronts that come with the mobile device's operating system (OS). "The current status quo is based on storefronts that the operating system vendors provide as part of the OS experience, and there is no evidence that...

By David H. Deans, 21 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps.

Map-deprived Apple users reunited with #GoogleMaps for iOS

The new Google Maps app was made available in the App Store today, and immediately shot to number one in the download rankings, following a comedy of bungles that has seriously dented the Apple brand.

“People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone,” announced Google Maps for mobile director Daniel Graf. “Starting today, we’re pleased to announce that Google Maps is here—rolling out across the world.”

This immediate popularity might provide some...

By Matt Henkes, 13 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Smartphones.

How is mobility integration a major challenge for IT?

By Saurabh Sharma, Senior Analyst, IT Solutions

Organisations are moving beyond the traditional means of connecting with existing and potential customers. Similarly, they are exploring different avenues to fulfill the ever-increasing needs for reductions in the cost of IT, greater productivity, and better employee engagement.

As a result, in most organisations, there is a rapid proliferation of disparate applications deployed across different environments.

Mobility integration is a multi-faceted problem: in...

By Ovum Research, 07 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Mobile.

Games will drive mobile app storage in the cloud

The iPad Retina display -- combined with Apple's more liberal app submission policy -- have caused the file sizes of leading iOS applications to grow substantially, especially in the video games category. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the global average app size across all categories was 23 megabytes in September 2012, that's 16 percent more than in March. For the most popular app category, games, the average size was 60 megabytes, meaning a six-month increase of 42 percent. Meanwhile, the size of leading android apps for a similar sample was around six mega bytes in September -- that's representing an increase of 10...

By David H. Deans, 05 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Big Data, Cloud, Entertainment.

What's the mobile carrier upside from enterprise apps?

Smartphone and media tablet use in the workplace is now growing at an accelerated pace, but it isn't always clear how mobile network service providers will directly benefit from this trend. Recent global market research offers some new insights. Mobile phone network related service revenues from business users worldwide will grow to $340 billion by 2017, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Their market assessment includes voice, messaging, handset data plans, mobile broadband, enterprise apps, and management services revenues. "Mobility suppliers need to pay attention to the enterprise market as revenues represent over...

By David H. Deans, 22 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones.

#AppsWorld preview- Enterprise mobility: How to merge the past with the future

For many CIOs of established global multinational enterprises, spanning multiple business units in numerous countries, modernising IT systems and workforce mobilisation can seem a daunting task.

The international healthcare group Bupa identified the shifting sands of business IT before many other firms. Andrew Easton, Head of Technology Strategy and Architecture, faces a complex modernisation process where past and future technologies will have to mesh together to meet the future...

By Matt Henkes, 10 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Devices, Industry, Smartphones.

Make the Most of Your Brand: Monetising HTML5 with Carrier Billing

The value of mobile applications to brands is beyond question – in fact, it is almost something of a shock when a major marque doesn’t have one. Companies see apps as a means of building stronger, closer relationships with their customers, augmenting their existing marketing efforts.

In HTML5 we have the next generation of apps. At present, should a company wish to release an app they are required to use an app store provider and subsequently have to adhere to certain criteria and rules...

By Jeremy Hamill-Keays, 03 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Billing, Operators.

Skype celebrates 9 years of disrupting telecom, but what comes next?

Nine years ago, August 29, 2003, the first version of Skype was made publicly available. Now in 2012 Skype celebrates it's 9th birthday - and first birthday as part of Microsoft... and it's still disrupting telecommunications.

Four years ago on Skype's 5th birthday I wrote at great length about how Skype has changed telecommunications, and last year I wrote a retrospective as well- both of those posts still stand...

Skype has only added more capabilities over the time. Skype is still one of the only applications that I can say I personally use each and every day. It's critical to what I do.

As I look back on my last year of writing about Skype, I'd note that they've finally gotten the app to work more similarly across operating systems, introduced amazing video quality, crossed over 40 million simultaneous users, made yet another attempt at a developer program and continually improved the Skype-on-mobile-device experience. Skype has also added a deeper Facebook integration, embedded Skype into more TV and other consumer devices, rolled out Skype on Windows Phone and continued to improve their video offerings.

But what comes next?

What will we be writing about on Skype's 10th birthday next year?

Jim Courtney captures this well in a post today on the theme of "Whither Skype?" The whole post is worth a read, but I'll highlight one paragraph in particular:

Where does Skype play...

By Dan York, 30 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Operators, Smartphones.

Operators’ OTT Puzzle: Time to Consider Sleeping with the Enemy?

Over The Top’ mobile internet communications services such as Skype and WhatsApp are set to cost the global mobile industry as much as $182 billion in lost voice and messaging revenue over the next four years, according to research from MobileSquared, sponsored by mobile interaction service provider, tyntec.

This is hardly news. It seems that every week there are new figures published that support the view that operators are being relegated to the role of ‘dump pipes’ and that OTT services are steadily eroding the traditional operator revenue strongholds of voice and SMS. And yet this research is...

By Thorsten Trapp, 16 August 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Operators.