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There have been two steady constants in the mobile space over the past several years. The first is that Android dominates the competition in terms of overall mobile market share, and the second is that Apple sells more tablets and smartphones than other single manufacturer. Christmas Day didn't change any of that -- Android is still the top dog in mobile, and Apple won the day in terms of the total number of device activations. Yahoo's mobile analytic arm Flurry did what it does every year -- it examined device activations and related data. And just like last year, Santa Claus delivered more Apple gadgets to homes, with the Cupertino company accounting for more than 51 percent of device activations.... Read more...
For those who celebrate the occasion, Christmas is just a day away, and it certainly has Amazon in the giving mood. Getting into the holiday spirit, the mega online retailer kicked off Christmas week with sale prices on a bunch of gadgets, and here on the home stretch, the company is offering a bodacious bundle of apps and games at no cost! Starting today and running until December 26th, the Amazon Appstore will offer a number of paid apps and games from a range of developers like Halfbrick Studios, Rovio Entertainment, and Sega of America. The apps being given away would normally run anywhere from $0.99 on up to $64.99. "Also starting today, and for a limited time,... Read more...
In an effort to curb drunken driving, the state of Maryland has released an app that helps people decide whether they are sober enough to drive. ENDUI (pronounced “End DUI”) is free for Android and iOS platforms and was launched this week at the annual Maryland Remembers memorial, which was attended by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) president Jan Withers. The ENDUI app has several features, but it’s the Blood Alcohol Guide that has been getting all the attention. Set your gender and weight and you’re ready to start entering the drinks you’ve had recently. As you enter them, ENDUI estimates your blood alcohol content (BAC) and uses a color-coded timeline to give you a sense of when you’ll... Read more...
We're fast approaching the finish line for 2014, and with less than three weeks remaining before it's time to pin up a new calendar, it's a good time to reflect on the past 12 months. Google made it easy for Android users to do exactly that -- the search giant posted a list of the most downloaded Android apps, games, movies, music, news, and books of 2014 on Google Play, and there are a few surprises on the list.As you would expect, apps like Facebook, Netflix, TripAdvisor, and Panodra made the list in their respective categories (Social, Entertainment, Travel, and Music). However, the fastest growing app category of the year was Health & Fitness, with MyFitnessPal rising to the top of its... Read more...
Want to hear something slightly shocking and downright fowl? Today marks the fifth anniversary of Angry Birds, the mobile game that brought Rovio to fame and stole hours of your life in the process. It's hard to believe it's been five years already, during which time Rovio has shoveled out a dozen Angry Bird iterations. And as gamers, we've collectively flung over 600 billion (with a "B!") birds to date. We're just getting started with the stats. Those 600 billion birds break down to 85 for every person on the planet. In addition, Angry Birds has amassed 2.5 billion downloads to 1.7 billion smartphone users around the world. Even Dr. Evil would be impressed with all these billions! For our fowl... Read more...
Instagram started off as a simple idea, and though it's grown in capabilities over time, it still at heart a photo (and video) sharing app. There's a certain charm in its simplicity, which is why it's not hard to believe that there are now more than 300 million people using Instagram who collectively share tens of millions of photos and videos each and every day. "Over the past four years, what began as two friends with a dream has grown into a global community that shares more than 70 million photos and videos each day. Instagram is home to creativity in all of its forms, a place where you can find everything from images of the Nile River to the newest look from Herschel Supply or a peek... Read more...
Following an investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Google has agreed to refund at minimum $19 million to Android users for unauthorized in-app purchases. The search giant has already begun sending out emails to potentially affected individuals, which includes people who have made at least one in-app purchase between March 1, 2011, and November 18, 2014. If you're one of them, be on the lookout for an email; though don't feel too rushed to respond. You have until December 2, 2015 to request refunds on any and all in-app purchases made by your children without your knowledge. "We understand some parents might have been charged for in-app purchases made by... Read more...
Google has ramped up its efforts to distance itself from sites and services that are known to engage in or otherwise promote copyright infringement. Earlier this year, Google retooled its search algorithm so that it would sink search results associated with copyright infringement, and now the Mountain View company has begun pulling apps from its Play Store that are associated with Pirate Bay, one of the most popular hangouts on the web for pirates. According to TorrentFreak, Google showed at least four Pirate Bay-related apps the door so far. They include The Pirate Bay Proxy, The Pirate Bay Premium, The Pirate Bay Mirror, and PirateApp. These are basically mobile friendly GUIs of the torrent... Read more...
Score a point for South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and their recently aired "Freemium Isn't Free" episode. Sometimes it takes a raunchy cartoon to drive the point home, and whether or that played a role in Apple's decision to remove the "free" label from freemium games like Clash of Clans or not (it probably didn't), the deed is done -- supposedly free games are no longer labeled as such in the App Store. To be clear, Apple didn't remove freemium titles like Candy Crush Soda Saga, which are still free to download and play (in a limited capacity), but instead of labeling them as "Free," the button has been replaced with "Get." The change in language addresses the fact that freemium... Read more...
Apparently what the mobile world needs is another video sharing application similar to Vine and Instagram and all the others that allow you to shoot short clips to share with friends and family. Or maybe it doesn't. Either way, we'll soon find out now that Ocho has graduated out of beta status. What is Ocho? At present, it's an iOS app that lets you create, edit, and share eight-second videos. Ocho is notable in part because it's backed by Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of Shark Tank, a reality TV show in which budding entrepreneurs and inventors pitch their ideas in hopes of landing an investment from a one (or more) of four wealthy and prominent investors.... Read more...
Don't be surprised if Google Maps looks totally different the next time you open it up on your Android or iPhone device. Google Maps is getting a facelift with bold colors and textures for a slick new look. Google says the redesign is all about creating surfaces and shadows that echo the real world, along with a material feel that will have layers and buttons more prominently displayed. Google's essentially revamping the entire Google Maps experience. For example, when you tap on a place's info sheet at the bottom of your screen, an info layer glides up to the top with photos, reviews, and other helpful information. You'll also find a "more to Explore" link at the bottom of the map if you want... Read more...
A growing trend in mobile is fitness, and if you're concerned about your health, there are tools available to help you reach your fitness goals. It's not just one platform either -- Apple is pushing HealthKit, Samsung has S Health, and Google is officially in the game with Google Fit, a new Android app capable of tracking your activity. With Google Fit installed, just carrying your phone in your pocket is enough to track your walking, running, and cycling activity. There's no voodoo magic going on, the app uses your phone's built-in sensors and is capable of displaying information from any third-party app or service that uses the Fit API. You can set and monitor your fitness goals based on your... Read more...
Absent of any real fanfare or even a simple press release, publisher Electronic Arts has launched its new SimCity BuildIt game for iOS and Android devices. The all-new SimCity game is a free-to-play mobile title "designed for gamers on the go." Taking advantage of the touchscreens that adorn smartphones and tablets, SimCity BuildIt supports gestures like pinch, zoom, and rotate. "Evolve your city in a variety of ways. Meet your citizens' needs to keep them happy, or make questionable choices and feel your citizens' wrath," Electronic Arts states. Though it's free to download and play, the game is also ready to serve up in-app purchases. A list of the top in-app purchases is filled with varying... Read more...
It doesn't take a complicated app or business idea to strike it rich, and some of the most popular apps are so simple, you've probably slapped yourself on the forehead while muttering, 'Why didn't I think of that?!' Just look at GrubHub. It's a food delivery service that grabs your grub from local hubs and brings it to you. That simple concept resulted in record revenues of $61.9 million for the company's fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2014. "GrubHub delivered strong third quarter results featuring record revenues and adjusted EBITDA driven by growth in all of our key business metrics," said Matt Maloney, CEO. "Due to the strength of our brand and effectiveness of our new brand campaign,... Read more...
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