Google could learn something from Amazon about how to run an app store
For 45 days, from mid-January to the end of February, the folks at Flurry analytics ran an interesting experiment.
They found a basket of top-rated apps that are available for the same price on three major app stores -- iOS, Android and Amazon -- whose revenue was generated primarily by in-app purchases. Then they compared the revenue generated by MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 30, 2012 1:47 PM ET
The top 100 paid apps total $374.37 on Android Market, $147 on the Apple App Store
Here's a puzzler.
Although conventional wisdom has it that Apple (AAPL) iPhone users are more inclined to pay for apps than the owners of Google (GOOG) Android phones, a survey released Thursday by the market research firm Canalys found that Android apps cost, on average, more than two and a half times as much as iPhone MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 23, 2012 11:26 AM ET
The results of the "People's Choice" app award are announced at Macworld|iWorld
A record 1.5 million votes were cast earlier this month in the fourth annual Best App Ever contest, more than three times as many as last year. Created in 2008 by 148Apps -- a smartphone app-tracking website named after the maximum number of apps that could be installed on Apple's (AAPL) original iPhone -- its purpose, according to founder MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 27, 2012 11:00 AM ET
A lot. Despite delayed launches, they download nearly as many iPad apps as U.S. users
The original iPad didn't go on sale on mainland China until September 2010, five months after its U.S. launch.
The iPad 2 arrived in May 2011, two months after its U.S. launch, and even then just in Wi-Fi-only versions.
The 3G iPad 2 finally launched in China in September, six months after it was available in the MORE
Cupertino responds to a Google milestone with a flurry of nice round numbers
Last Tuesday, Google (GOOG) announced that Android users had downloaded more than 10 billion apps from the Android Market and that the number of downloads was growing by 1 billion per month. To celebrate the milestone, Google was going to make a new set of "awesome apps" available on the store every day for the next week for only 10¢ each.
The week MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 12, 2011 10:31 AM ET
Apple to retain a 70%+ share of mobile app dollars, despite Android's 50%+ market share
Using data from Apple's public announcements and AndroLib (an Android app discovery tool), Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster has analyzed the mobile app market and determined that:
Since its inception, Google's (GOOG) Android Market Place has generated about 7% of the gross revenue of Apple's App Store.
Apple (AAPL) has about 85% to 90% market share of the total MORE
Reports of trojans, spyware and other malicious programs are up 472% since July
Several warnings have been issued over the past year about the growing problem of malware on Google (GOOG) Android smartphones (see here, here and here), but none as dire or as sharply worded as the report issued Wednesday by Juniper Network's Global Threat Center.
Not only did Juniper's annual threat report see a 400% increase in Android malware between 2009 and the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 17, 2011 11:16 AM ET
Even after Tuesday's free-fall, Amazon's shares cost seven times more than Apple's
It's never been adequately explained to me why Amazon's (AMZN) shares are so expensive and Apple's (AAPL) so cheap.
Both stocks were punished after reporting their most recent quarterly earnings. Apple fell $23.62 (5.6%) last week when the company came in with iPhone sales that were lower than analysts expected, reducing profit growth to 54%. Amazon fell $10.46 (4.4%) Tuesday MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 26, 2011 7:21 AM ET
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* According to 9to5Mac, Apple (AAPL) iTunes chief Eddy Cue was promoted to Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services. Cue will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook and will oversee all of the company's cloud services, from iTunes and the App Store to the impending iCloud. (9to5Mac)
* MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 1, 2011 12:55 PM ET
The new Kindle Cloud Reader paves the way for others to sidestep Apple's 30% tax
Steve Jobs made no friends on Publishers Row last February.
After flying to New York City in early 2010 to sell book and magazine publishers on the wonders of the iPad as a reading device (see Enter Steve Jobs with top hat and iPad), he announced subscription rules a year later that he said would "delight" readers MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 10, 2011 10:34 AM ET
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