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iPad Users Have Downloaded 3 Billion Apps To Date: ABI Research

ABI Research, finds that iPad users have downloaded 3 Billion apps since the launch of the original iPad in 2010. iPhone took 2 years to hit the same milestone, while iPad has outpaced the iPhone by crossing the 3B download barrier in just 18 Months. iPad now accounts to 19% of the cumulative app downloads by Apple users.

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04 Jan, 2012
Prashanth Shantharam
Free Voip App Viber Makes its Debut on Android

Viber, a popular and free iPhone Voip app, is debuting on Android today after being in limited beta for over two months. Apart from making free Voip calls and sending free texts, Android users can expect features such as pop-up text message notification, full call screen upon receiving calls, in-app call logs, and the option to use the Viber dialer for all phone calls.

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20 Jul, 2011
Prashanth Shantharam

iOS & Android Users Search Largely for App Function than Name

Chomp, a search engine for apps that has a presence on both iOS and more recently Android platform, released their search metrics for March ‘11. They’ve been tracking iOS searches for a while now, but their latest edition covers Android data too. The key take away is that majority of users prefer to search by app function than name.

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02 May, 2011
Prashanth Shantharam
Google’s Two New Mobile Products – Voice Actions (Pure Awesomeness) + Chrome to Phone for Android 2.2

androidGoogle unveiled two new mobile products today, at its San Francisco office. One is the awesome Voice Actions product for Android 2.2, which enables the user to make a bunch of voice requests into the phone for a variety of results. Users can send text, email, call friends or businesses, go to a website, navigate to a place via a map, listen to music etc all using just voice actions. The second product is called Chrome to Phone, where a user can send links/information from a Chrome browser to the app on Android phone 2.2.

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13 Aug, 2010
Prashanth Shantharam
App Downloads on Android Marketplace Crosses the 1 Billion Mark

android-imageAndrolib, an analytics provider estimates that more than 1 billion apps have been downloaded onto Android devices the world over. Android marketplace has hit this milestone in under two years of its launch and now has 92K varied apps available for download. Androlib also says that Android is poised to go past 100K apps by the end of July, 2010. Android still has a lot of catching up to do with the leader currently; Apple’s app store at 5 billion downloads.

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16 Jul, 2010
Prashanth Shantharam
Amazon Introduces Kindle App for Android

kindle-android-1Android users could now download Amazon’s Kindle App for free and start reading their e-books on their devices. Over 620K books could be accessed through the app starting @USD9.99 per book. The app allows users to customize features such as brightness, font size and colors to personalize and enhance their reading experience.

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29 Jun, 2010
Prashanth Shantharam
Google Funded SCVNGR to Challenge Foursquare & Gowalla

Scvngr-logoLocation based services space is heating up, for sure! SCVNGR, a location gaming startup backed by Google and Highland partners, launched its free iPhone and Android app yesterday. The app differentiates itself by adding another key layer to the game mechanics of its competitors (foursquare and Gowalla), by introducing ‘challenges’ for users to play with each other. A business owner and their users could send you on a scavenger hunt where you’d solve challenges and/or riddles through user generated hints using your mobile device.

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14 May, 2010
Prashanth Shantharam
38K App Count On Android Market; Google Claims Nexus One Is Profitable

android-logo-whiteThe Android market more than doubled their app count in the last four months. In December 2009, the total number of apps available on Android market was 16K. Today it stands at 38K. This announcement was made when Google declared its financial results (revenues at a staggering 5Billion) for Q1. The company also claims that the Android run Nexus One phone is profitable too.

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16 Apr, 2010
Prashanth Shantharam
Google to optimize all its services for the Mobile Platform, eventually

google-searchGoogle Vice President of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, at a webcast said that the company has ‘Bet Big on Mobile’. It expects significant growth in its array of mobile services, with traffic of its core product, mobile search, witnessing a 5x increase over the last two years. Google Maps too has seen massive traction with nearly 50 million active users. Eventually, he said that Google will optimize all of its services for the Mobile Platform.

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18 Mar, 2010
Prashanth Shantharam

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    "Mobile is fundamentally reshaping how we as consumers spend from housing and healthcare to entertainment and travel, from food and drinks to communication and transportation. Mobile not only influences purchase behavior but also post purchase opinions. When the share button is literally a second away, consumers are willingly sharing more information than ever before. Mobile is thus helping close the nirvana gap for brands and advertisers who seek to connect advertising to actual transactions. The long-term battle is however for owning the context of the users. Having the best knowledge about the user to help drive the transaction is the simply the most valuable currency of commerce.” -- Chetan Sharma State of Global Mobile Industry Report1H, 2011



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    AdMob Witnesses 8 Billion Tablet Ad Requests In November, 2011. 700% y-o-y growth

    The Mobile industry will go from 6 Billion connections today to more than 12 Billion by 2020

    Public IT Cloud Services Spending to Reach $72.9 Billion in 2015

    Only 0.5% of advertising dollars goes to mobile phones even though people spend more than 8% of their media time using them

    428.7M mobile phones shipped in Q2, 2011


    74% of app downloads in the U.S are from iOS & Android Devices


    Mobile Search Advertising can be a $2 Billion to $3 Billion Market in 2012



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