Study: Apple’s iPhone, iPad account for 90 percent of mobile purchases
If people are buying through mobile online retail site, they’re most likely doing so on Apple devices, according to a new report this week from retail analysis firm RichRelevance. iPads and iPhones accounted for over 92 percent of online retail sales not originating from a desktop device occurring in December, according to the study.
iPhone app sales kicking app on Android Market, says study
Despite the growth of Google’s Android Market, Apple’s App Store is still the top dog among mobile app stores.
Looking at different app stores this past year, research firm Distimo found that sales of iPhone apps alone in Apple’s iPhone App Store generated four times the revenue seen by Android Market. Sales of iPad apps in the App Store chalked up the second highest revenue total.
The standings were compiled by looking at the total revenue created by the 200 highest grossing apps across each store. For the purposes of its report, Distimo separated Apple’s store into two distinct entities - one for iPhone apps and one for iPad apps.
One country Apple can thank for its app store sales is China, where downloads jumped dramatically in 2011. Comparing China with the U.S., Chinese iPhone users accounted for 30 percent of the total downloads between the two countries, while Chinese iPad owners generated 44 percent of the downloads among the two nations. …
Focus On: Design Trends in Mobile Apps for iOS.
Apple’s mobile operating system has gained a huge following in just a few short years. Although it can take months of dedicated study to even begin programming iOS apps, there still seems to be a solid market of intelligent developers. In the last year alone we’ve witnessed the iPad2 and iPhone 4S releases which have both appeared stunning.
Stop Making Apps
There are a bunch of iPhone apps I own though I have no clue what they do. These apps include but aren’t limited to; FLUD, Apptitude, Cartoonatic, Can’t Wait!, Punch, Pah, Prize Claw, Traveler, Concur, Jajah, Fast Customer, Pimple Popper and many more whose names I can’t even remember.
Occupying my valuable homescreen real estate are also a bunch of apps whose purpose I remember only because they were built by people I know or am friends with, but that I sadly never use. And in some cases I really wish I did, because it would make my friends happy and the world a better place.
The few apps that I actually open daily (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Foursquare, Spotify, Reminders, Safari, Messenger, and Yammer sadly enough) are securely fastened to my homescreen. For those relegated to the “app ghetto” I usually either substitute Google or SMS because I’ve forgotten that I’ve downloaded them and am too lazy to swipe past my first screen.
The wait for Amazon’s Kindle Fire is almost over. Just one week to go and then we’ll see if this small tablet can give Apple’s iPad a run for its money. In case you weren’t aware, the Fire isn’t just a color Kindle eReader. You’ll be able to do a lot more with this 199 dollar 7 inch tablet than just read ebooks and magazines. You can surf your favorite sites via WiFi, watch movies, listen to music and install 1000′s of Android apps using Amazon’s AppStore. Current Android tablet and smartphone users are probably already familiar with Amazon’s AppStore, but for those of you that will get your first introduction through the Kindle Fire, the main differences between it and the regular app store (which I doubt you’ll have access to via the Fire), are that purchases will use your existing Amazon acct and Amazon offers a free paid app every day. It’s also good to know that once you download an app from Amazon’s AppStore, that same app will be available on your other Android devices… .
Summary: The week I have spent with my new iPad 2 has proven how much better it is than any other tablet. Android is nice, but no real comparison.
I shared my reasoning behind purchasing the iPad 2 and have been asked by many how the switch from Android tablets (and the TouchPad) is going. I have been using the iPad 2 exclusively for the week I have owned it, and I can describe the experience best in one word — marvelous.
The operation of the iPad 2 is fluid, fast, and glitch-free. I find I use the iPad 2 more often and for more things than I was using other tablets in the past due to how well things work. The iPad 2 is as good as others told me it would be, and I haven’t come across a single thing I don’t like or that I wished worked differently.
The attention to detail in the user experience permeates the operation of the iPad 2 at every level. Turning it on is as simple as opening the Smart Cover, and shutting it down the same. The performance couldn’t be better, with things happening instantly when triggered by an action. I see no lags nor herky-jerky operation on the iPad as I have seen on every other tablet I have used. To quote Sade the iPad 2 is a smooth operator… .
Two Lives Left have released Codify, a platform that allows game development using the Lua scripting language, which runs directly on an Apple iPad. Games can be created and demonstrated on the iPad, with auto-completion and tight editing.
Codify is built upon the Lua scripting language, a widely used scripting mechanism used in games. App Store restrictions on applications with embedded scripting engines/languages were relaxed last year, provided that they do not allow the download of new scripts. Unfortunately, this means that Codify has no way of exporting or importing resources and programs that have been created on a single iPad, which limits its use.
Q3 enterprise adoption: iPhone slips, Android gains, iPad owns the tablet space