Ubuntu, a flavor of Linux and undoubtedly one of the most loved OSes around the globe, is all set to make it’s debut on tablets. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu
First of all, please accept my heartfelt apologies for the long delay in announcing this step – it has been a difficult decision for the management, and rest assured that we have not taken it lightly.
However, due to the development of the mobile market (and our constrained resources), we have made the decision to cease updating TamsS60. Instead of that, updates about this platform will, from now on, form part of the generic mobile industry coverage provided on all remaining sites of the Tamoggemon Content Network.
Of course, we will not close the blog down. All of its content remains available right where it is – the only difference is that, from now on, updates will no longer be published here.
We would, however, be honoured to serve at any of the following web sites. From now on, we will once again provide you with updates daily:
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NFC technology is starting to be widely deployed – except for the iPhone, it is available on all other handset platforms. Sadly, so far, it was difficult to find something to test your NFC handset on – it is much like the problem of storing an impressive Galaxy Note II in a Galaxy Note II case where no one can see it.
In the inner city of Milan, a trial has now been set up by a local carrier. It allows users to use their handsets to perform the following actions:
- Use vouchers
- Pay for food
- Find out about sightseeing spots
Find out more via the URL below – videos from the 3GSM can sadly not be embedded:
In today’s mobile industry, a variety of monetization methods compete – when creating an application, deciding on the correct revenue generator can make or break the bank.
The analysis house Flurry has now provided us with the following graph – it shows which applications commandeer a high degree of loyalty:
Of course, this also has an impact on the choice monetization methods:
On average, Quadrants I and IV (the right-hand side) are better suited to subscription and advertising-supported models. The main reason is that these apps have perceived enduring value by consumers over a long period of time, and therefore more successfully retain their user bases. For ad-supported apps, high repeat usage translates into more ad impressions served. Categories on the left-hand side, Quadrants II and III, are better suited for one-time download fees. Additionally, quadrants II and IV (top left and bottom right) are likely best for in-app purchase models. For Quadrant II, the intense usage means that consumers find very high value during a short window. This creates the opportunity to offer new content or functionality during “binge” usage. Adroit social game makers are masters at driving in-app purchases during a consumer’s greatest moment of engagement. For Quadrant IV, because the user will return again and again, there also exists the possibility to find new ways of increasing value, which includes offering add-on functionality or content for a fee.
Hit the link above to find out more…
India is one of the largest markets for mobile applications and mobile web surfing – in fact, many people in India only have a cell phone.
Opera now shares the following bits of data which show what users do while surfing on the run:
Top 10 website categories in India
- News Portals
- Social networking
- Download portals
- Job portal
- Government websites
What do you think?
Prices tend to change frequently, especially as inflation raises. At some point, using a digital screen becomes more affordable than permanentely reprinting paper price tags.
Looks like the price of the technology is becoming lower and lower – have you seen any weird e-paper applications recently?
Most mobile ad solutions – Microsoft’s system is explicitly excluded here – pay developers only for clicks. Obviously, this motivates coders to create GUI layouts where it is easy to mistakenly tap on an ad to drive revenue.
Pace Lattin now brings us the following interesting quote:
A new study by GoldSpot Media claims that almost 50% of all clicks on static mobile ads are actually “fat finger” clicks. These aren’t just clicks from those who visit McDonald’s a bit too much, but from the general population who accidently click on the mobile advertisement and then close the app within two seconds. This means that they weren’t at all interested in the advertisement, but instead were just trying to exit or move around.
Of course, this causes significant problems for advertisers. Low rates of user engagement lead to lack of further funding, which comes to hurt developers as the clicks become worth less and less.
Have you ever mis-clicked an ad?
Some years ago, the idea of using advertising to monetize business apps was considered insane – now, it is commonplace. The next step in the transformation of the mobile economy now sees developers giving back advertising revenue to their users.
We have now received the following press release – the highlighting is done by yours truly:
NINEPOINTEIGHT LLP releases Sweepstakes Free 1.0, the free iOS app giving away real cash prizes everyday. All sweepstakes are completely free to download and enter. As a special launch promotion, prizes have been set at a guaranteed of minimum of $20.00 USD daily and $100.00 weekly for the app launch through to at least December 1. Prize values will increase in value as the number of users increases.
All prizes are for real money in US Dollars, payable to a users Paypal account. These free sweepstakes are initially being funded out of pocket by NINEPOINTEIGHT LLP as a launch promotion, and long term are made possible by advertising displayed within the app. Note that any clicks on advertisements are not a requirement of entry and are completely optional. Apple is not a sponsor or involved in these sweepstakes in any manner.
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Find out more via the URL below:
At times, it pays to be local. Micromax, the name behind super cheap mobiles and now tablets has emerged as a clear leader for tablets segments in India.
According to CyberMedia Research, Tablet shipment in India grew by 673 percent year-on-year and 59 percent over the preceding quarter to reach 0.55 million units. According to the report, Micromax had a 18.4 percent market share followed by Samsung at 13.3 percent and Apple at 12.3 percent.
The key factors responsible for these figures are an appetite for 7 inch form factor which is favored over 10+ inches and the price factor. While Tablets used to sell for around Rs. 25000 ($1=Rs 55) a year back, their prices have almost reached the Rs 12000-15000 mark, with a horde of vendors offering them for as low as Rs 6000.
The computer processor company AMD has announced an app store to bridge the prevalent gap in smooth running of the Android apps on the computer. This store will showcase how the apps will be optimized for its processors. With this, we will be able to download and run popular Android apps on AMD based PC running Windows. The joint efforts of Blue Stack and AMD have enabled the AMS AppZone Player which in turn has led to such possibilities.
This is expected to be a big leap to bridge the gap and enabling the Android apps to be run on AMD-powered devices. With this collaboration, the software developers will now be able to easily tap AMD’s products and keep the great expectations of the users satisfied. Manju Hegde, corporate VP of heterogeneous applications and developer solutions at AMD confirmed the news.
Further, users will be able to download featured apps directly from the AppZone Player or search for the AppZone store. This collaboration is a success already and they are now planning and working with leading OEMs to preload the player on the upcoming AMD-powered devices.
We are waiting fingers crossed for more surprises. Thanks to AMD for the good news!
When Amazon released the Kindle Fire, many a developer was left wondering why Amazon forked Android and rolled a browser of their own – even though “Silk” is not bad, better browsers exist.
The folks from VisionMobile recently published a very interesting analysis, the key passage of which is below:
Routing the Silk browser’s traffic through its own servers allows Amazon to collect click streams — and not just when the user is shopping on Amazon.
It would make sense to license out the Silk browser to OEM manufacturers of smartphones or other tablets. … the OEM gains an additional revenue stream as a broker of Amazon foot traffic.
Find out more via the URL below:
As cameras in cell phones became better, QR codes replaced the now-unpopular IR booths. Accoding to ComScore, these codes become more and more popular every day:
Smartphone Audience Scanning QR Codes via their Devices
3 Month Average Ending July 2012 vs. July 2011
Total EU5 (DE, ES, FR, IT and UK), Age 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
|Smartphone Audience (000)||YoY Growth||% of Smartphone Audience||YoY Percentage Point Increase|
The result of most of the queries is the obtaining of product information – this is broken down further in the table below:
Result of Scanning QR Codes by Percent of Smartphone Scanning Audience
3 Month Average Ending July 2012
Total EU5 (DE, ES, FR, IT and UK), Age 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
|Penetration (%) of QR Code Users|
|Coupon or offer||19.4%||20.3%||19.6%||17.6%||22.2%||17.0%|
Not much to add here…
In the last few years, Microsoft has launched and closed down a fair amount of services intended to help the company move away from the pure business of selling software licenses – many of them have not been too successful.
Reuters now reports the following:
The world’s largest software company is making a “big, multi-million dollar investment” to create a “decent-sized media operation,” said Bob Visse, general manager, MSN Product Management Group.
Looks like Microsoft definitely is interested in transforming itself into a service provider once again – stay tuned to see how it all plays out…
We started covering FireFox OS when it was still called Boot to Gecko – the webOS “imitator” is also based on HTML5 and will use the “browser” as an app runtime.
Mobile Business Briefing now claims the following:
Mozilla’s mobile platform, Firefox OS, will take a 1 percent share of the global smartphone market by the end of 2013, as it carves out a niche in the entry-level phone space currently dominated by Android.
Strategy Analytics forecasts that the open source, low-cost platform which supports HTML5 apps, will benefit from the interest it has gained from hardware vendors and operators.
Hit the link below to see our MWC coverage:
When Nokia bought up NAVTEQ, quite a few pundits were left scratching their heads about what this move brings. Even more surprising, Nokia now uses this technology for all Windows Phone 8 handsets…which also includes HTC.
Engadget now brings us the following bit of news from a higher Nokia manager:
Hellmis declined to shed any light on the deal that saw Nokia including its latest and greatest mapping technology into Microsoft’s latest mobile OS, but this non-response should give you a pretty good idea: “We are a licensing business and there are traditional economics.”
The really interesting question is whether Microsoft or HTC foots the bill – either way, the situation looks interesting…