Archive for the 'iPhone' Category

Web Access From Devices

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Scientiamobile has a new free MOVR report (PDF) for Q3 2014 showing device usage trends, particularly related to web access from mobiles. There’s lots of data on form factors, top smartphones, top tablets, top OSs for browsing across different continents. A chart that caught my attention was one that showed the use of WebViews within […]

Wearables Bigger Than I Thought

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

I have been watching wearables, from the sidelines, with the view that it’s probably not worth investing effort in this area until volumes prove it’s something people actually want. Well, today I was surprised to learn from Canalys that nearly 5 million smart and basic wearable bands were shipped in Q3 2014. This a large […]

Majority of Top Paid/Popular Apps Have Been Hacked

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Arxan has a free State of Mobile App Security research report (pdf) that claims a very large proportion of the top paid/popular Android and iOS apps have been hacked. Hacked apps either have IP stolen that’s used in other apps, have clones created or the apps are modified to remove payment mechanisms.
 
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iOS <-> Android Native App Conversion

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

One of the problems of mobile development is that it’s a human resource driven activity that’s expensive. Multiply that by iOS and Android and the costs double (or more). Wouldn’t it be good if you could develop on Android or iOS and a tool could automatically generate for the other platform? Well, MyAppConvertor has that […]

Notifications vs Apps

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

There’s a thought-provoking article and discussion at Intercom on "The End of Apps As We Know Them". The premise is that we will use apps directly less and less and instead interact with rich notifications or cards.
While I can see some notification-rich apps might work this way, I am less convinced that the majority […]

Does OS Market Share Matter?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Gartner has new research that compares sales of PCs, tablets and smartphones across the respective operating systems. The headline is that tablet sales are slowing. However, does it matter?
The ever insightful Benedict Evans also has a new post where he explains that we are in the uncharted territory where a minority market share is still […]

App Purchase/Subscription Insights

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Branchfire have a new US mobile app study of 2,042 adults, conducted by by Harris Poll on app-buying habits. 76% of people download apps while 57% have never paid for an app. 70% of people have downloaded more than 10 apps. The study also gives useful information on highest amounts paid for apps, monthly app […]

Apple Pay Limitations

Friday, October 10th, 2014

There’s an interesting article on USA Today Money quoting a UBS report explaining problems with Apple Pay that will limit its dominance…

Onerous fees charged by Apple
Inferior technology
Little incentive for merchants to adopt Apple Pay-compatible devices

More reasons then, why Apple should open up NFC before interested parties develop alternative solutions.
Looking wider, this provides learnings for […]