On The Future of Apple and Google. When Tim Cook was interviewed by Charlie Rose after Apple’s mega launch event a few weeks ago, he scoffed at any mention of competitors, highlighting only Google as Apple’s arch-rival.
Apple and Google are entrenched in a modern version of the PC war, and are the only two players with relevancy at the operating system level. Here are some thoughts on why this is important and what’s next as we enter the golden years for mobile and approach the early beginnings of the post-mobile era: Android is now the operating system of the world. It dominates any non-Apple, non-PC application. We still think of Android as a smartphone OS. It’s provocative to think about where Apple and Google each go next. Today, Google is snapping up robotics companies and investing in autonomous vehicles, all of which will run futuristic versions of its operating systems and have the promise to measurably improve the way humans live.
Five-Year Report: It’s an App World. The Web Just Lives in It. Flurry Five-Year Report: It’s an App World.
The Web Just Lives in It Posted by Simon Khalaf on Wed, Apr 03, 2013 Five years ago, the iPhone ushered in the era of mobile computing. Today, more than a billion consumers are “glued” to these devices and their applications, impacting nearly every aspect of their lives. For businesses, opportunities seem endless and disruption is everywhere. The past five years at Flurry have been wildly exciting. On the five-year anniversary of launching Flurry Analytics, we took some time to reflect on the industry and share some insights. Today, the U.S. consumer spends an average of 2 hours and 38 minutes per day on smartphones and tablets. 80% of that time (2 hours and 7 minutes) is spent inside apps and 20% (31 minutes) is spent on the mobile web.
TED releases official app for Android and Kindle Fire — Online Video News. TED talks are coming to more handsets and tablets, thanks to a new app for Android as well as Kindle Fire that was officially released Thursday morning.
The new app offers free access to more than 1100 TED talks and includes mobile-specific features like offline viewing as well as a special audio mode to give people on their morning commute or during their workout a way to enjoy TED without having their eyes on the screen. TED’s Android app first showed up online a few days ago, but the final version was published Wednesday. It comes four months after the conference maker released an iPhone app with similar features.
That app has since been downloaded more than one million times, according to a TED spokesperson. The Obama Campaign Is Now Using Mobile Payments Device Square For Fundraising. The latest technology to be adopted by the Obama campaign—Square.
The mobile payments device is now being used by the Obama for fundraising, says the company. Staff, fundraisers and others are being equipped with the card reading devices, says Square, enabling the campaign to take donations on the go via Android devices, iPhones or iPads. Boot to Gecko: Mozilla Plans a ChromeOS Rival for Mobile Devices. Mozilla today announced Boot to Gecko, a very ambitious project that aims to create a “complete, standalone operating system for the open web.”
This project’s goal is to develop what seems like a ChromeOS-like operating system where all the apps are based on HTML5. This system will use Google’s own open-source Android platform as its basis. The focus, Mozilla’s VP or Technical Strategy Mike Shaver noted in a Google discussion forum today, will be on the “handheld/tablet/mobile experience.” According to Shaver, we may see some PC-based prototypes, but Mozilla is more interested in the “device space.” Android: Just for Booting and Drivers The Android connection here is that Boot to Gecko will use the Android kernel and drivers to boot the device. Square’s Disruptive New iPad Payments Service Will Replace Cash Registers. Mobile payments startup Square is announcing big numbers today—500,000 Square card readers shipped, 1 million Square transactions in May, and the startup is now processing $3 million in mobile payments per day.
Clearly the company is on a roll in terms of traction and usage. And CEO Jack Dorsey is also revealing the next generation of Square. And Square is about to get a whole lot more disruptive. Today, Dorsey is revealing Square Register, a high-powered point of sale replacement for cash registers and point of sale terminals. And the company is taking it one step further for consumers by launching the Square Card Case, a way for purchasers to access a local merchants’ goods, prices, location, loyalty card and more.
For background, Square offers an iPhone, Android and iPad app which allows merchants to process and manage credit card transactions with a handy little credit card swiping device that plugs into the headset/microphone jack. iPad & iPhone apps.
Can Virtual Rewards Keep Mobile App Users Engaged?: Tech News and Analysis « A recent study found that 26 percent of mobile apps downloaded last year were used only once, a warning to developers that app downloads don’t equal long term engagement.
But what if a developer or publisher could incentivize extended engagement through a virtual reward system? That’s what Tapjoy, an app distribution and monetization company, hopes to find out.