Editor’s Pick “Every single year we’re heard people say ‘this is the year of mobile,” Nanigans SVP Dan Slagen told me, laughing. “But this is the first time we’ve seen someone come forward and put forward the kind of number Facebook did.”
Last month Kantar Worldpanel numbers showed iPhone and Windows Phone were growing faster than Android in the U.S. market. In new results released today, iOS and Windows Phone are up again, while Android market share has decreased.
Dropping not just share but units in a rising market is a rare talent, usually reserved for failing companies. If the rising tide doesn’t raise your boat, perhaps you’ve got a hole in the hull.
Apple has been declared America’s computer brand of the year, mobile phone brand of the year, and tablet brand of the year by a Harris Interactive poll of 38,500 Americans.
Guest Post On occasion I encounter the argument that Google App Engine is a proprietary platform, which implies lock-in, which many developers consider a Bad Thing. I’d like to address that complaint.
Facebook had been trading at around $26/share all day, but it jumped to to almost $31 within minutes of the news
This year Google made one of the biggest changes to the engine that drives its cash flow, ever. And that change was supposed to drive increased revenue and higher costs per click.
I guess someone forgot to tell Google.
Google just released its Q2 2013 quarterly earnings: $14 billion in revenue, including $13.1 billion in ad sales, and almost $4 billion in profit.
Here’s the company’s quarter, visually.
For years, developers asked Google to enable PHP on App Engine. In May of this year Google finally relented, and the most-requested language for Google App Engine is becoming one of the most popular languages on Google cloud offerings.
The 61 signatories include top tech companies as well as public interest and consumer privacy groups such as the ACLU, the EFF, Wikimedia Foundation, Reports without Borders, and the Center for Democracy and Technology.
The colorful search and mobile giant just sent out press invites for a July 24th press event with Sundar Pichai, who leads Google’s Android and Chrome teams.
Kinvey releases a new “unconventional comparison” between the two largest software distribution outlets on the planet today: Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
The Wall Street consensus is revenue of $14.45 billion and earnings per share of $10.79, and analysts are predicting a 4 percent decline in cost-per-click. That’s in line with the historical model, which shows seven straight quarters of decreasing click prices. The only problem is, it’s wrong.
“We found that Samsung users generate close to 50 percent of all Android Web traffic within the U.S. and Canada,” a company representative said. “That’s nearly five times the share of HTC users, the next closest competitor.”
Apple is pulling a page from Google’s playbook.
Mexico City’s mayor was so impressed, I heard, that he said something unprintable.
Languishing at 1 percent of a global phone market it helped create, Google subsidiary Motorola is planning to unveil the Moto X, a customizable phone, this summer. And to support its launch, Google is planning to spend as much as $500 million.
There is a very definite price war in cloud services going on right now.
Non-Muslims may never enter the city of Mecca or see the mysterious Kaabah, Islam’s most sacred building. But Google’s now giving you a sneak peek with a livestream of festivities at Mecca’s Grand Mosque.
Western Virginia University became the first college in the U.S. to use empty TV broadcast channels for something better than ye olde boob tube: Internet.
Google and Maker Media have teamed up to create a six-week virtual summer camp for kids who like making things and learning about science and technology.
In further proof the U.S. market is unlike any other in the smartphone industry, Apple’s iPhone grew market share in the last three months while Android held steady. But the most interesting numbers are elsewhere.
The United States Patent Office published an Apple filing for a patent on real-time user ratings and alerts on routes, traffic, and locations. Yes, it sounds pretty much like Waze — which Apple rival Google just bought for over a billion dollars.
But the patent goes far beyond traffic conditions.
Secretive Google division Niantic Labs usually works on apps that meld our real and virtual worlds, including the massive global game Ingress. Now it’s using another of its signature apps to get you out of your smartphone and into some of the nation’s most-visited attractions.
It’s the strongest confirmation yet that iWatch is real, and perhaps that it is imminent.
Google announced the finalists for its 2013 Science Fair today: 15 teens from eight countries including Canada, Russia, Singapore, India, Greece, Australia, and Turkey.
And, of course, the USA.
Adobe, Digg, everyone’s developing RSS readers in anticipation of Google Reader dying next week. But HootSuite’s looks like it could actually be useful, especially for social media managers.
A staggering 267,259 mobile apps are triggering SMS trojans, exploiting security holes, stealing private data, and building botnets, according to a study released today by security firm Juniper.
“Speech recognition is easy,” Jones says. “The hard problem is figuring out what is really being asked for … and humans do that really well.”
Customers acquired via Twitter are worth 23 percent less, and Facebook brings in just barely average clients. But pay-per-click advertising brings in customers worth 46 percent more, and organic search brings in buyers who are worth a massive 54 percent more than your average customer.
The revenue gap has existed for a long time in spite of Android’s massive userbase growth to 900 million strong.
In spite of all the talk that Apple is ceding both tablet as well as smartphone market share to Google’s Android, iPad web browsing share just hit a five-month high.
Google Street View added its first-ever skyscraper today: the world’s-tallest Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
In all the talk about Apple’s rumored new iWatch, there hasn’t been a lot said about Sony’s already-in-the-market SmartWatch, which runs Android, connects to your smartphone, integrates with Facebook, plays music, display tweets, tells you the weather, and more.
According to the study of 4,600 adults, 12 percent of us would want to purchase wearable technology, like glasses, on our face. That’s almost 22 million Americans. But more than twice as many — 28 percent — are interested in wrist-based wearable devices. That’s almost 50 million people.
For the first time ever, a pro athlete will be wearing Google Glass while competing.
“Glass is continuously improving via over-the-air updates and new applications, and we have no doubt that in time, Glass will be the next iPhone,” the Forrester study says.
Google product listing ads can make the world’s largest search engine your store by uploading your products, setting pricing, and letting the magic of the Internet happen. But how do you upload and manage thousands, hundreds of thousands or even tens of millions of products on Google Shopping?
“I’m not sure I can say this more clearly: we’re not in cahoots with the NSA and there’s is no government program that Google participates in that allows the kind of access that the media originally reported.”
In the three months since Google announced it was shutting down Reader, Feedly has tripled its userbase from four million to 12 million. In other words, Google killing its RSS platform has been a truly wonderful thing for Feedly.