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Monday, February 21, 2011

Android Market grows a staggering 861.5 per cent

You read the headline “Android Market grows a staggering 861.5 per cent”, and you think, “Wow, Android is really on a tear.” But then you look at the fine print, and you realize that Android Market revenues are still barely registering, and that the only reason they grew so much in 2010 was because in 2009 they were nearly non-existent.

According to a chart making the rounds from UK-based research firm IHS, Android Market revenues in 2010 came in at an estimated $102 million, up from $11 million the year before.

And how did that compare to revenues from Apple’s App Store? Apple App Store revenues came in at an estimated $1.7 billion in 2010, almost 20 times bigger than Android. And Apple App Store revenue grew at a not-too-shabby 131.9 percent rate. More importantly, Apple accounts for 83 percent of the total estimated app store revenues.

It’s great that Android app store revenues are growing so fast, but whenever you see such sky-high numbers, be sure to look at what is the base they are growing from. Android will have to keep growing at astounding rates for a few more years simply to catch up to where Apple’s App Store is today.

If you are an app developer trying to make money, you still really don’t have much of a choice about where to put your apps. No wonder Apple feels like it can treat app developers any way it wants, and take an increasing percentage of their revenues.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

GroundLink now allows New Yorkers to find car service from their iPhone

Folks living or visiting the New York Tri-State area can now book a car service via GroundLink from the comfort of their iPhone. No longer will you have to call a car service or black car company and wonder if your car is actually on its way. Thanks to the GroundLink app, you can order cars for immediate pickup or future reservations and track vehicle as it makes its way to your location in order to pick it up.

You simply download the app, which then finds your location using the built-in GPS receiver. GroundLink then presents you with a map showing the closest available cars. After confirming, the car is dispatched and appears on a map so it can be easily tracked as it heads to the pickup location. You can either put in your drop-off location or simply tell the driver where you want to go after pickup.

Finally, the application allows you to see the final price of the ride when you book rather than having to wait to be surprised when you finally reach your destination.

GroundLink currently works with a number of different companies in New York, including LimoRes and Velocity, and is looking to partner with other operators to expand the service.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

iOS 4.3 compatible apps shown in the app store !

It seems like Apple has started approving some apps in the app store which claims to be iOS 4.3 compatible suggesting iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users shouldn't wait long for the new update. Nextmag Mobile for iOS has been updated to be Compatible with iOS 4.3.

What's New in Version v4.0:

  • The latest bug fixes and stability enhancements
  • In-app registration
  • The ability to synchronize searches and wishlists between Nextag Mobile and any desktop computer.
  • Sign in to your account via Nextag or Facebook right in the app
  • Compatible with iOS 4.3

iOS 4.3 beta 2 was seeded last week and we may see beta 3 this week. Apple will most likely release beta 4 next week followed by a GM seed before public release, so we may see iOS 4.3 final just after the arrival of iOS 4.2.5 with Verizon iPhone. What do you think?

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Download iOS 4.3 Beta 3 Release From Apple’s Website

Just about 2 weeks after releasing iOS 4.3 beta 2, Apple dropped iOS 4.3 beta 3 today to developers. This pre-release version of iOS 4.3 is for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPod Touch 3G and 4G, and the Apple TV.

Of course, you have to be a developer to be able to download iOS 4.3 beta 3 from Apple’s website. At this point, we don’t know if any major new feature was added to this beta release, but we shall find out soon.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Sanho HyperDrive portable HDD

Sanho has officially announced new second-generation HyperDrive portable hard drive. It is showcased at Macworld Expo and a lower cost than its predecessor. Main feature of Sanho HyperDrive is compatible with iPad that allows attaches via the USB camera connection kit

The Sanho HyperDrive portable HDD is enabling up to 40GB of transfers on a single charge of battery life. The new Sanho HyperDrive is comes in up to 1TB hard drive. Unlike the its predecessor, the Sanho’s 2nd-gen HyperDrive for iPad is lack the CF and SD card slots, as well as QVGA color display, but it is look better match with iPad’s styling.

New Sanho HyperDrive hard drive for iPad should be ships in March 2011 and has price of $99 (0GB), $199 (320GB), $249 (500GB), $299 (640GB), $349 (750GB), and $399 (1TB).

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ut Oh, Interest In The iPhone Is Waning (See Chart)

An interesting chart was released by Business Insider that shows a graphical representation of interest (consumer interest) in various mobile phones over time. The shocking element to me was the iPhone results that showed the interest in the iPhone is decreasing from June 2010 to September 2010.

This would indicate in part that the aggressive expansion of Google Android phones is working – at least in the area of stealing Apple’s market share of attention on the iPhone. I believe that Apple needs to start opening up iPhone markets by expanding to other carriers – and this should happen sooner rather later.

Verizon iPhone 5 Release Date Expected by July 2011

Now that we have the iPhone 4 antenna drama seemingly behind us, it’s time to start focusing on the next iteration of Apple’s iPhone – the iPhone 5. Tentative release dates for the iPhone 5 is July 2011, and this release could be coming directly from Verizon. What’s great about the next version of the iPhone is that it may no longer be restricted to the AT&T.

Verizon is already testing their CDMA network for both the iPhone. The next version of the iPhone will more than likely be called iPhone 5. Unless, of course, we get an iPhone 4G and an iPhone 4GS first.

The most popular feature that people would be looking for on the iPhone 5 would be a 4G wireless connection. Although Sprint has been aggressively pursuing the 4G market, I don’t think it will take long for Verizon to trump Sprint in their expansion efforts, which would then allow a 4G enabled iPhone to dominate the mobile phone market.