The year in mobile apps: Where we’ve been, where we’re going

Smartphone and tablet purchases have been on the rise for several years, but 2011 was a turning point: This was the first year that these mobile devices outsold desktop and laptop PCs. The effect — and perhaps some of the cause of this — is a love affair with mobile apps, leading to more apps sold than ever and more time spent with them than ever. We mobile consumers demonstrated this very clearly both in the U.S. and abroad: Apple this month hit 18 billion downloads total on its iOS App Store, and Google’s Android Market likewise hit 10 billion.


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The year in mobile apps: Where we’ve been, where we’re going

Smartphone and tablet purchases have been on the rise for several years, but 2011 was a turning point: This was the first year that these mobile devices outsold desktop and laptop PCs. The effect — and perhaps some of the cause of this — is a love affair with mobile apps, leading to more apps sold than ever and more time spent with them than ever. We mobile consumers demonstrated this very clearly both in the U.S. and abroad: Apple this month hit 18 billion downloads total on its iOS App Store, and Google’s Android Market likewise hit 10 billion.

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iPad Rival Gets Staggering Price Reduction

Why can’t any of them compete?


On Monday, Research In Motion announced that it is slashing the price of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. For a limited time the device will be available for $199 at Best Buy, Wireless Giant, Staples, OfficeMax, Office Depot, Radio Shack and Wal-Mart. The discounted price hadn’t gone into effect when CNET reported the story on Monday, and as of this writing only Best Buy and Staples had rolled out the deal for a $199 16GB PlayBook on their websites. OfficeMax, Wal-Mart and Radio Shack were listing the PlayBook at the higher price, and Wireless Giant’s website didn’t have the PlayBook listed…

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… .

Q3 enterprise adoption: iPhone slips, Android gains, iPad owns the tablet space

RIM Executive Talks Plans For BlackBerry PlayBook


—-RIM should try to save Blackberry first.

RIM Executive Talks Plans For BlackBerry PlayBook

—-RIM should try to save Blackberry first.

Tablet vs iPad - not a chance

Unless someone is smart enough to come up with more than just a clone. iPad has it’s limitations so there is plenty of room for something better.

Media tablet sales are set to grow from 17.6 million last year to 326.3 million in 2015, and the bulk of them will continue to be Apple iPads. So says Gartner, which on Thursday put forth a four-year estimate of tablet sales by operating system. The numbers reflect that Apple has a large head start with a mature tablet, as all other competitors are still struggling to catch up. That premise doesn’t surprise, but Gartner’s projected growth of QNX-powered tablets does.

How Travelers Use In-Flight Wi-Fi [INFOGRAPHIC]
With the rise of in-flight Wi-Fi, today’s jetsetters no longer have to forgo Internet connectivity at 35,000 feet. How are we using this modern convenience? Researchers at Gogo — the in-flight Wi-Fi provider for American, Delta, United, Virgin and other airlines — sought to find out. Gogo a…

CyanogenMod Team Gets Android Working On HP TouchPad 
There’s hope for HP yet.

CyanogenMod Team Gets Android Working On HP TouchPad 

There’s hope for HP yet.