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YouTube launches Capture iOS app for smartphone shooting straight to the web (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/17/youtube-capture-ios-app/

YouTube launches Capture iOS app for smartphone shooting straight to the web video

You might want to file this under the “why didn’t we have this in 2010″ category, but Google just announced a new app that’ll let you fire off that smartphone camcorder and boot your videos straight to the YouTubes Curiously, the appropriately named YouTube Capture app is only available for iPhone and iPod touch at the moment — an Android version is set to launch “in the future” — and it should be hitting the App Store sometime today. You can shoot video directly from within the new tool, then add a caption, select to send links to Google+, Facebook or Twitter, and hit Share to upload it directly to YouTube. You can also select from private, unlisted or public sharing options, depending on your intended audience. That’s about it — a very straightforward addition to Google’s app portfolio. You can see it in action just past the break.

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Monday, December 17th, 2012 news No Comments

Android Completely Owns The Chinese Smartphone Market

Source: https://intelligence.businessinsider.com/welcome

Android’s share of the Chinese smartphone market ended the third quarter at 90 percent.

According to Analysys International, Android’s share is up from 83 percent a quarter prior and 58 percent a year ago.

With the Chinese market now accounting for a quarter of global smartphone shipments, Android’s dominance there is driving its widening lead in global smartphone platform market share.

In China, Android’s gain has mostly come at the expense of Symbian, Nokia’s antiquated platform that will eventually disappear as Nokia shifts its product offerings on to Windows Phone.

Interestingly, despite its dominance, Google only offers limited support for Google Play in China and Android apps are usually downloaded in third-party app markets.

Apple, meanwhile, has never really gained traction after a weak market entry on only on! e of the country’s major providers. The iPhone 5 will be available on two carriers, but as of now will not be distributed by the largest carrier, China Mobile. Additionally, while many Chinese consumers may fawn over iPhones, they are simply out of reach financially for a substantial part of the market.        

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Friday, December 14th, 2012 news No Comments

How the US Air Force Wasted $1 Billion on a Failed Software Plan

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5967081/how-the-us-air-force-wasted-1-billion-on-a-failed-software-plan

How the US Air Force Wasted $1 Billion on a Failed Software PlanThe US Military makes its fair share of mistakes when it comes to technology—but over the weekend, the New York Times revealed that even upgrading a single software system can go horribly wrong for it.

The New York Times describes the situation:

Last month, [the Air Force] canceled a six-year-old modernization effort that had eaten up more than $1 billion. When the Air Force realized that it would cost another $1 billion just to achieve one-quarter of the capabilities originally planned – and that even then the system would not be fully ready before 2020 – it decided to decamp.

You might expect the project to be exotic and experimental. If that were there case, the expense and failure might be understandable, if not desirable. But in fact the project was the implementation of commercial off-the-shelf software. Known as the Expeditionary Combat Support System, the plan was to improve the management of logistics using software from Oracle. Four years of development—and over $1 billion dollars—later, and neither Oracle nor the Air Force have anything to show for their labors.

So what went wrong? According to the New York Times, the plan was scuppered by constant redesigns, poor time management and lack of accountability:

[The System] was restructured many times, including three separate times in the last three years, Ms. McGrath says. “Each time, we chunked it down, breaking it into smaller pieces, focusing on specific capabilities.” But this was not enough to save the system, she says, because program managers did not succeed in imposing the short deadlines of 18 to 24 months that the department now requires for similar projects…

[A] report cited many concerns, but the main one was a failure to meet a basic requirement for successful implementation: having “a single accountable leader” who “has the authority and willingness to exercise the authority to enforce all necessary changes to the business required for successful fielding of the software.”

If anything, we should be grateful that the Air Force decided to kill the project before it haemorrhaged more cash. If you want more detail, you should definitely read the Times piece. [New York Times]

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Monday, December 10th, 2012 news No Comments

How Google Ruined Its First True Social Network (GOOG, FB)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-google-ruined-google-reader-2012-12

Fail, Failure, Sad, Girl

Before Google launched Google+ last year, Google Reader served as the company’s true social network.

While Google Reader never grew to hundreds of millions of users, a niche group of people found the service to be a great tool to consume and share content.

“Google had fostered a social network and earned die-hard fans in the most valuable way possible — without trying,” Rob Fishman of BuzzFeed writes

Users could easily add friends, subscribe to another person’s feed of shared items, and even comment on those items.

Google Reader even helped online friends become real-life friends. As Fishman notes, one user actually became roommates with two people he met using Google Reader.

But Google eventually decided that it needed to reshape the company by challenging Facebook.

When Google launched Google+, it heavily integrated the social network into Reader. As a result of the changes, Google Reader lost its internal social features like friending, following, and sharing. Google forced users to share strictly through Google+.

“When we heard it was going away, it was like the end of the world,” Ramey Moore, a Reader user who met his wife using the service, told Fishman. “It’s like your favorite bar and your favorite restaurant and your favorite newspaper all closing on the same day.”

SEE ALSO: The Google+ Boss Just Brilliantly Deconstruct! ed Every thing Annoying About Facebook

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Friday, December 7th, 2012 news No Comments

Apple App Revenues And Downloads More Concentrated in U.S. Than Google’s

Source: https://intelligence.businessinsider.com/welcome

Apple’s app downloads and app revenues are more concentrated in the U.S. than those of its primary rival, Google Play, according to data from App Annie

There are numerous app stores on Android, but Google Play is by far the largest. App Annie counted only free apps for its downloads figure. Paid apps are included in the revenue analysis, however.

A combined 53 percent of iOS app downloads come from the U.S., China, Japan, and the U.K., with the balance coming from the rest of the world. Google Play’s top four download markets are the U.S., Japan, South Korea, and India. They combine for 43 percent of Google Play downloads.

China was the second-largest iOS market for downloads, even though Apple’s operating system only controls a fraction of Chinese market device share. 

Interestingly, despite the fact that Google’s Android platform owns the massive Chinese smartphone market, Google offers very limited support for Google Play in China. Android apps are typically downloaded through third-party app stores. 

App Store Down

While downlo! ads are important, developers ultimately want to get paid too. 

App Annie defines app revenues as revenues flowing to developers “through the store, including revenues both from the price to download an app, as well as any in-app purchases (including subscriptions).”

We know that iOS app revenues historically dwarf Android revenues. App Annie found that iOS generates four times the revenues of Google Play, even as Google Play revenues have grown 311 percent this year. 

Although iOS revenues are more concentrated in the U.S. than Google Play’s, it turns out iOS revenues are more evenly distributed across markets.

iOS receives 40 percent of its revenues from countries outside its largest four markets. Google Play saw only 23 percent of its revenues flow from outside the top four. 

Google Play leans heavily on high monetization in Japan and South Korea, but has not effectively monetized its massive global user base.

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Friday, December 7th, 2012 news No Comments

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Source: http://econsultancy.com/us/blog/11198-mobile-marketing-mainly-used-for-customer-acquisition-report

However, as search is second only to email as the most popular smartphone task, there is certainly value in using mobile for customer acquisition and awareness.

The survey also asked respondents which mobile marketing tactics they use.

Reflecting the fact that social media is a hugely popular activity on smartphone, 66% of marketers said they invest in social mobile advertising.

Display was the second most popular activity (44%) followed by mobile web landing pages with promotions and location-targeted advertising (both 37%).

Interestingly, only 22% said they invest in mobile paid search, which suggests advertisers are missing the opportunity presented by this channel. We’ve seen numerous surveys which show that although mobile search spend is increasing rapidly, it’s still a relatively untapped area for marketers.

For example, data from Marin Software revealed that mobile devices accounted for 13% of search spend in June 2012, yet took a 20% share of clicks.

This is despite the fact that separate surveys shows that search spend increased 250% in Q1 and 333% in Q2 2012 compared with the same periods in 2011.

KPIs

Forrester also asked respondents what KPIs they use to assess their mobile marketing initiatives.

The most common answer was web traffic and visitors (63%), followed by CTR (58%), brand awareness (54%) and revenue (44%). 

The report takes this as further evidence that too many mobile advertisers are using desktop marketing tactics and haven’t yet adapted to the opportunities presented by mobile.

It recommends that marketers use mobile to deliver highly contextual, relevant information that directly engage individual consumers.

For further information on this topic check out our blog posts on whether your mobile strategy is fit for purpose and seven best practice tips for mobile marketers.

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 news No Comments

Mobile Traffic To E-commerce Sites Doubled In The Past Year

Source: https://intelligence.businessinsider.com/welcome

Smartphones and tablets continue to drive an increasing share of e-commerce traffic.  

According to Monetate, mobile accounted for 18 percent of e-commerce traffic in the third quarter, up from 8 percent a year prior.

Smartphones drove a larger share of traffic than tablets, which reflects their increased penetration and perhaps the popularity of “showrooming,” when consumers use their smartphone in-store to compare prices.

Retailers, both online and brick-and-mortar, have to heed consumers’ changing shopping habits. According to IBM, mobile accounted for 16 percent of Black Friday online sales this year, up from 9.8 percent a year ago.

(For more information on mobile commerce, and how brands can win, read our special report.)  

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 news No Comments

Only Three Smartphone Companies Are Profitable (AAPL, GOOG, MSFT)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/only-three-smartphone-companies-are-profitable-2012-11

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Interesting tweet from analyst Horace Dediu, “Apple’s share of operating profits from global mobile phones dropped to 60% in Q3. Samsung now at 39% HTC 1%. No other companies profitable.”

A couple of thoughts on this:

  • How is this sustainable for all the other phone makers? What happens to Motorola, RIM, Nokia, LG, et al.? Do they go away?
  • If they go under what happens to Android? If you’re wondering why Google is trying to save Motorola, this could be a clue. It doesn’t want to be held hostage by Samsung, the only smartphone maker that’s profitable.
  • What happens to Windows Phone? If Nokia continues to lose money and market share, and HTC is just barely profitable, what happens to Microsoft’s mobile efforts?
  • Is this really a business Microsoft wants to enter? Microsoft is reportedly thinking about doing its own smartphone. Does it really think it can make money like Apple and Samsung, companies with years of manufacturing expertise?

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 news No Comments

tablet shipments up 6.7 percent in Q3 2012, Apple’s market share drops to 50.4 percent

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/05/idc-tablet-shipments-Q3-2012/

IDC: tablet shipments up 6.7 percent in Q3 2012, Apple's market share drops to 50.4 percent

Samsung may dominate Apple in smartphone market share, but the opposite is true for tablets. Third quarter figures from IDC suggest the tablet market grew by 6.7 percent during those three months, and 49.5 percent since the same period last year. Apple was responsible for over half of the 27.8 million shipments worldwide, but lost a significant amount of market share, dropping to 50.4 percent from 65.5 percent in the second quarter. IDC attributes this to consumers holding off for the iPad mini, but expects some of these procrastinators will choose Android tablets due to the relatively high entry price of $329 for the mini. Samsung was second on the leaderboard, shipping over five million tablets and increasing its market share to 18.4 percent, mainly driven by Galaxy Tab and Note 10.1 sales. Amazon and ASUS also had a solid quarter thanks to the Kindle Fires and Nexus 7, respectively, shipping around 2.5 million tablets a piece. Lenovo’s presence in China meant it closed out the top five, with modest growth from the same period last year. Apple may still be the biggest player in the tablet market thanks to the iPad brand, b! ut with the significant decline in market share this quarter, it seems IDC’s predictions might slowly be coming true.

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Android claims 75 percent of smartphone shipments in Q3, 136 million handsets sold

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/01/android-75-percent-marketshare-136-million-shipped/

IDC: Android claims 75 percent of smartphone shipments in Q3, 136 million handsets sold

Android devices already counted for a lion’s share of phones shipped during Q2, and now fresh IDC figures show Google’s OS claiming the top spot with a hefty 75 percent marketshare in the third quarter. In total, 136 million Android handsets were shipped during the time frame, a new record in a single quarter. Even with the help of new hardware, iOS lagged behind in second place with a 14.9 percent stake of handsets. Both Blackberry and Symbian clung to their respective 3rd and 4th place spots, making up 6.6 percent of total shipments. Windows-based phones (both WP7 and Windows Mobile) fell to 2 percent, keeping Microsoft in fifth place just above smartphones running Linux. However, with Windows Phone 8 devices making their debut, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Redmond’s numbers get a boost when IDC’s next report rolls around.

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