Archive for March, 2010

Android Market now contains 30,000 apps

Normally Google does not give the number of applications in the Android Market, but today the representatives informed  that Google Android Market includes 30,000 free and paid applications.
Three months ago there was an estimation from AndroLib that the Android Market included 20,000 applications. Google at the time matched these claimed stats against its own count, and said there were in reality some 16,000 apps in Android Market in December 2009. And today Google says the number grew from 16k to 30k apps in exactly three months, a beautiful performance.

Google will not say what percentage is paid or free. But AndroLib, a website which keeps an eye on Android Market, says that 39% is paid and 61% free. Interesting is the fact that paid applications are hardly sell well. FADE analyst has calculated that the estimated 8 million Android users from around the globe have downloaded 289 million apps. Of that 98.9 % was free. Compared with other phones, owners purchase relatively low-paid Android apps. This is around 35 applications per user, so that’s quite a bit. Calculate how much the developers earn from this users, then the number is very disappointing: the average user for Android has bought apps for $ 0.50. For the iPhone it is $ 1.

Apple App Store has twice as many apps as Facebook

A study by mobile application analytics company Flurry reveals that Apple’s App Store now has more than twice the number of applications as the Facebook Platform, despite Facebook’s much larger market of users.

Flurry estimates that as of its 18th month this January, the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and  iPad devices has 140,000 applications, while the Facebook Platform only reached 60,000 apps in 18 months. The difference might exist because the App Store provides a clearer path to revenue and return on investment than Facebook’s until-recently ad-supported application platform.

Regardless, the difference is surprising because Facebook has 400 million users, while the iPhone OS used by App Store applications has significantly fewer.

Twitter announces new “@ anywhere” platform for websites

Twitter CEO Evan Williams announces a new platform for integrating Twitter features for websites. He did this on the The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals. It lets user follow an account (like directly from a third-party site. Sites using it now include eBay, Yahoo, and Digg. It’s called “@anywhere”. Here are the initial partners:

Williams says that for example, users can follow a columnist right from their website. This helps solve Twitter’s “discovery” problem of finding interesting people to follow.

He also says that this should help websites gain more followers and have more people who are your fans using Twitter and talking about your content. He wants to lower the barriers to adoption of Twitter.

He thinks the platform will help news spread faster on Twitter.

Estimate: 120,000 iPad sold at first sale day

Many experts are predicting how much iPads Apple has actually sold.  First there was an estimaton of 20,000 pieces per hour, based on a rather rough estimate. It sounds that there were many reservations, that customers who wanted to retrieve the iPad in the store had no guarantee that on April 3 they would receive one. Now there are new estimates of Cillage Investor’s AAPL Sanity Board: 120,000 iPad sold!

They did not look at two orders, but 99 orders which in total 110 were for an iPad. It was a time period of 19.5 hours (and not a half hour, as the previous estimate). Based on these measurements, they come to the following conclusion: there are approximately 120,000 iPad sold on the first sale day.

In fact, there were 124,500 orders, but on a normal Friday 16,500 orders come in, so that number is off.  After some rounding and applying a conversion factor (an average customer buys 1.11 iPads) than they come out at 120.000 iPads.

It appeared that most customers reserved the Wi-Fi (69 %) version of the iPad  and not the more expensive Wi-Fi + 3G version (31%).  Which model they bought? This remarkable shows fairly distributed:

  • 16GB iPad: 33%
  • 32GB iPad: 32%
  • 64GB iPad: 33%

Roll Cast analyst Victor is surprised that people would buy device that almost nobody has handled and that only comes about three weeks. There are rumors that Apple has manufactured 300,000 iPads to make the next few days so people can continue ordering.  Sanity collected the data based on users: they sent their order, the iPad type, the time of the order, the time zone and the memory.

Is that many, 120,000 units? If you consider that throughout 2008 Amazon has sold 500,000 Kindles, it is a lot!

Multitasking in iPhone OS 4.0?

AppleInsider reports that it has received information from sources claiming that the iPhone OS 4.0 firmware release, that will probably be released later this year, will support multitasking by allowing multiple applications to run simultaneously. The report, however, offers no details on how this will be implemented beyond noting that it will take advantage of interfact technology used in Mac OS X.

People with a proven track record in predicting Apple’s technological advances tell AppleInsider that the Cupertino-based company has developed a “full-on solution” to multitasking on the iPhone OS but offered no specifics on how the technology would optimize resource conservation and battery life — two of the most critical issues surrounding the matter, alongside security.

From a user-facing perspective, Apple plans to deliver a multi-tasking manager that leverages interface technology already bundled with its Mac OS X operating system, according to those same people. It was requested that specifics be withheld at this time, as the iPhone Software 4.0 remains under development and reportedly has a quite ‘way to go’ before it’s ready for prime time.

Whether this functionality will be introduced on the iPad is currently unknown. The lack of multitasking in the device has been a major point of complaint among users of the iPhone, and of potential purchasers of the future iPad. Both gadgets only allow for one application to be used at a time, something that Microsoft has been poking fun at recently.

But why isn’t there any multitasking on the iPhones? Some people say it is for better battery life and phone performance. More applications running will lead to lower battery life, and the mobile processors might not be able to handle the load.

Let’s wait and hope multitasking will come to the iPhone! Better late then never…

No iPad in Benelux yet

The new Apple iPad will hit American stores on April 3rd.  This will be the model without WiFi.
By the end of April, the WiFi and 3G enhanced model will be available too.  By that time, the distribution will start in other countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switserland and the UK. For the Benelux countries however, no release date has been set yet.  Other countries are supposed to follow later this year.

The cheapest model (with a memory of 16 Gb) will cost $ 499.  For the 32 Gb and 64 Gb, American consumers will have to pay $599 and $699.  If you want the model that features WiFi and 3G, the price becomes $629, $729 or $829.

Mobile social networking sees strong growth

Two popular trends – social networking and mobile internet – are obviously enforcing each other. 

A new ComScore study shows that 1 out of 3 smartphone users accesses social network sites via their mobile browser in January 2010 (30,8% compared to 22,5% in January 2009).  Over the past year, mobile access to Facebook increased with 112%, while Twitter saw a massive jump of 347%!

“Social networking remains one of the most popular and fastest-growing behaviors on both the PC-based Internet and the mobile Web,” said Mark Donovan, comScore senior vice president of mobile. “Social media is a natural sweet spot for mobile since mobile devices are at the center of how people communicate with their circle of friends, whether by phone, text, email, or, increasingly, accessing social networking sites via a mobile browser.”

Full press release here