Archive for January, 2010

Nexus One reflects Google’s advertising ambitions

One sale every 2 seconds on eBay Mobile

eBay Mobile is doing great: in 2009, there was the sale of a product every 2 seconds via the mobile version of the popular auction site, good for half a billion US dollars worth of transactions.

Especially Christmas is a good period: Xmas 2009 sold three times as much  as Xmas 2008.  Mobile users from more than 200 different countries bought and sold more than 1,5 million items in that week. 

About 6 million iPhone users have eBay downloaded on their device.  More than 750.000 daily unique visitors surf on the auction site via their mobile.

First game app for iPhone, developped by MobileWeb

MobileWeb.be has launched a new iPhone app, called the Missing Number Game.  This is the first game app that we have developped, mostly to further extend our knowledge and expertise of the development of mobile apps and the submission into the App Store.  The game itself consists of an IQ test, where you have to complete the numerical sequence.  The users who solve the sequences in a minimum of time can reach the top 25 of highest scores.

Missing Number Game is available as a free download in the Apple App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/be/app/missing-number-game/id328299810?mt=8 

FierceMobileContent Predictions for 2010

There’s no such thing as a sure thing, but here are five trends likely to shape the mobile content landscape in the year ahead. Place your bets.

Read more here

Google to sell own Android phone

Google reportedly plans to begin selling a branded Android smartphone directly to consumers as soon as early 2010 as it continues to broaden its web services portfolio beyond the desktop. Citing sources familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reports the device – dubbed the Nexus One – boasts software designed by Google itself, from applications to the user interface of each individual screen; HTC is said to be manufacturing the device hardware.

UPDATE: With the Nexus One, the software giant has now started producing hardware.  It hopes to compete against the iPhone, claiming the Nexus One is faster.  If it really is the long promised iphone killer, will have to be seen.  The smartphone is now avaiilable for British and American consumers through the Google web shop (either device-only at $ 529, either combined with a T-Mobile subscription at $ 179).  Collaborations with Vodafone and Verizon should bring the device respectively the European and US market in the spring of 2010. No details yet whether Nexus One will be available in Belgium anytime soon.

Read more:

Wall Street Journal

De Tijd

– And an interesting comparison between Nexus One and iPhone on Mashable

In other Google news: Google Search was the most visited mobile site in the US in 2009.  Yahoo! Mail comes in second, followed by Gmail, The Weather Channel and Facebook.

Interesting numbers & figures from Nielsen

96,1 million SMS on New Year’s Eve

In the last days of 2009, the Belgian mobile operators were anticipating some 100 million SMS messages to be send on New Year’s Eve.  The end result is a bit less but still a record: 96,1 million messages.  One year earlier, that amount was at 78,3 million.

Proximus treated 40,8 million SMS between 20.00 (31 dec.) and 8.00 (1 jan.), which was 13% more than last year.  Mobistar counted 33,04 million messages (+40%) and Base 22,27 million (+19%).

The many formulas that include free SMS could be one cause for the large increase.  There were no major incidents with the mobile network.

Our Dutch neighbours only sent about 70,4 million messages over the networks of KPN (27,7 million), Vodafone (25,2 million) and T-Mobile (17,5 million).