Home » Archive

Mobile »

[3 Oct 2012 | One Comment | ]

Tobias Dengel is CEO of WillowTree Apps Inc., a mobile applications developer. He is also a BIA/Kelsey blog contributor, and will be posting regularly on mobile-related topics. The views he expresses are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of BIA/Kelsey.
At this point, the Apple Maps fiasco is well documented. Apple has issued an …

Devices »

[18 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]

While Apple iOS and Google Android have attracted hundreds of thousands of apps, BlackBerry remains stuck at some single-digit percentage of that number.
Is it that BlackBerry users don’t have the same appetite for apps that other smartphone users have? That would seem highly unlikely. It seems much more plausible that BlackBerry users have not been …

Online/Interactive »

[7 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]

Sometimes you see something so compelling you just know it’s the start of something big. The 7-iCollection iPhone app recently launched by Green Tomato for 7-Eleven Hong Kong fits that bill.
Simply put, it uses the phones “augmented reality” feature (if you haven’t seen this, the easiest way to understand it is look at “Monocle” within …

Online/Interactive »

[10 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]

Yesterday Apple updated various pieces of its developer rules/requirements. The change that got the most press was that Apple was “opening up its popular App Store to products made using Adobe Systems Inc.’s (ADBE) Flash program,” according to The Wall Street Journal. That description is somewhat misleading — there is clarification later in the article, …

Mobile »

[23 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

Last week, Vic Gundotra, Google’s vice president of engineering, made a blog post announcing 100 million users a month for Google Maps for Mobile. In a fragmented, emergent mobile world, mapping is one area where there is a dominant leader. (Note that Gundotra’s post also includes a nifty little graph of Google Maps for Mobile’s evolution …

Online/Interactive »

[23 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

Last week, Vic Gundotra, Google’s vice president of engineering, made a blog post announcing 100 million users a month for Google Maps for Mobile. In a fragmented, emergent mobile world, mapping is one area where there is a dominant leader. (Note that Gundotra’s post also includes a nifty little graph of Google Maps for Mobile’s …

Mobile »

[9 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

Google posted a somewhat innocuous-sounding legal update to its Android Developer Terms and Conditions a few weeks ago:
In the spirit of transparency, we wanted to highlight the changes:
• In Section 13.1, “authorized carriers” have been added as an indemnified party.
• Section 13.2 is new in its entirety, covering indemnity for payment processors for claims related to tax …

Online/Interactive »

[9 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

Google posted a somewhat innocuous-sounding legal update to its Android Developer Terms and Conditions a few weeks ago:
In the spirit of transparency, we wanted to highlight the changes:
• In Section 13.1, “authorized carriers” have been added as an indemnified party.
• Section 13.2 is new in its entirety, covering indemnity for payment processors for claims related to tax …

Mobile »

[21 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

Rewind to the year 2000. Virtually every TV ad featured both a URL and an AOL keyword. “Visit us online at weather.com or AOL KW: Weather.” The pundits said the AOL walled garden would come down. They were right. Will native apps suffer the same fate?
The AOL content world came into place because at the …

Online/Interactive »

[20 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

Rewind to the year 2000. Virtually every TV ad featured both a URL and an AOL keyword. “Visit us online at weather.com or AOL KW: Weather.” The pundits said the AOL walled garden would come down. They were right. Will native apps suffer the same fate?
The AOL content world came into place because at the …

Mobile, Online/Interactive »

[7 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

Microsoft’s struggles with mobile are no secret. Worldwide smartphone marketshare for its Windows Mobile OS is estimated to be about 2 percent (Admob, May 2010), and MSFT just discontinued the Kin phone, weeks after launch. It would be easy to think of the company as a smartphone also-ran in a world dominated by Apple, RIM …

Online/Interactive »

[6 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

Microsoft’s struggles with mobile are no secret. Worldwide smartphone marketshare for its Windows Mobile OS is estimated to be about 2 percent (Admob, May 2010), and MSFT just discontinued the Kin phone, weeks after launch. It would be easy to think of the company as a smartphone also-ran in a world dominated by Apple, RIM …

Mobile »

[28 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]

Recently I was asked by an analyst, “How sustainable is Apple’s iPhone growth really? If another device comes out with similar functionality at a much lower price, and on a better network, couldn’t there be a market share erosion?”
A very good question. As a mobile development company, we intuitively feel Apple’s lead is increasing, not …

Online/Interactive »

[28 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]

Recently I was asked by an analyst, “How sustainable is Apple’s iPhone growth really? If another device comes out with similar functionality at a much lower price, and on a better network, couldn’t there be a market share erosion?”
A very good question. As a mobile development company, we intuitively feel Apple’s lead is increasing, not …