Browsing for specific apps may not be the easiest thing to do on the iPhone or Android handsets for some people, but thankfully Google is making the process just a tad bit easier. Whenever we’re bored, sometimes you just can’t help it but to search for something that’s on your mind on Google – you’d be surprised to see how much time you can kill with this. However, Google Search for mobile is now enhanced to offer you mobile app information that can make it easier for you to get into the actual apps you’re looking for on Android or the iPhone. When you search for a specific app on Google Search for mobile, the search results will now include links directly to the App Store or Android Market – essentially making the process a lot less straining.
source: Google Mobile Blog
AdMob, soon to be owned by Google, has released its latest report on the smartphone industry. The figures are amazing. Google says it is activating 100,000 Google phones a day. To grasp what this means, consider that Yankee Stadium holds about 50,000 fans (and no iPads). Picture a sold out ballpark and multiply it by 2. That is the number of people turning on to Android daily. The Apple iPhone has some amazing stats, too. Over the last 3 years, AdMob says that the Cupertino based firm has sold 85 million iPhones and iPod touch units. Current figures show a geographical difference in demand. 75% of Android usage is in the U.S. compared to 49% in the same area for iPhone OS devices (Now would be a great time to point out that these numbers are based on the large number of devices that have contact with the AdMob network and while it might be reflective of the actual figures, the stats are not based on the entire smartphone universe).
Let’s compare phones to phones. In the U.S., 10.7 million iPhones have been sold vs. 8.7 million Android handsets. Worldwide, the respective numbers are 27.4 million vs. 11.6 million. In the U.S., we have seen not only a wide acceptance of the Android platform, but we are bombarded almost daily with new models. For whatever reason, overseas the Android platform has not had the momentum it enjoys in the States. Now that the HTC Desire’s superphone specs are available overseas and some Android 2.1 models are expected to eventually get the Froyo update, we could see some gap reducing pick up on the part of the green robot-at least until the next generation of iPhone is launched outside of the U.S.
Expected to be available this week at the App Store and Android Market is the Square Payment System which turns your iPhone/iPad or Android device into a credit card reader. With the reader plugged into the phone’s 3.5mm audio jack, you simply swipe the card after entering information about the transaction, and you receive an approval. Retailers using the system will have to pay 2.75% of the amount of the transaction plus 15 cents, but that is much lower than other services and does not even take having to buy more expensive hardware into consideration. If a mobile card reader is something that your business could use, check out the video below.
AdMob, a mobile advertising company that is in the midst of being acquired by Google, uses requests to see mobile ads as a way to measure traffic in the smartphone market. Based on data from March, Android traffic in the U.S. surpassed that of the iPhone for the first time. AdMob’s metrics showed that Google’s open source operating system owned a 46% share vs, a slumping 39% for Apple’s touchscreen device. Android is really becoming a broad segment of different handsets. In September 2009, the HTC Dream and Magic represented 96% of the Android landscape. Seven months later, 11 devices added up to count for the same 96% share. As of last month, Android 1.5 and 2.1 represented 38% and 35% respectively of the Android pie. Also as of March, Motorola was the leading manufacturer of Android handsets with 44% of the market. With 43% is HTC and Samsung is a distant third with 9%. That will probably change in HTC’s favor with the launch of the super sexy Droid Incredible on April 29th and the June release of the EVO 4G for Sprint. In the U.S., the top three Android devices as of March were the Motorola DROID, HTC Dream and Motorola CLIQ. In the U.K., the top three were all HTC manufactured phones-the Hero, the Dream and the Magic.
PayPal has announced that it will facilitate payments for apps purchased in the Android Market and in Apple’s App Store. This will allow you to purchase apps without having to use your credit card. Currently, paying for an app in the Android Market requires Google Checkout which itself uses a credit, debit or gift card to fund the payment. But in some countries, credit cards are not as common as in the U.S. which is where PayPal comes into play. The service will start sometime this quarter for the iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Italy, Netherlands and Australia. PayPal has an app for the iPhone called “iPhone Library” that will accept PayPal payments directly from users and has already been submitted to Apple for approval.
source: iPhoneClub (translated) via GadgetsDNA
Have you ever wanted to run Android on your iPhone? The question of why one would need to run Android when they have iPhone OS aside, it turns out one talented user has managed to get the open-source OS up and running on his cold Apple iPhone 2G. Most of the important stuff seems to be working fine, like the browser and the music player, although there are still some bugs to be dealt with. What we find significantly cooler (from a development point of view) is the fact the hack actually lets you choose which OS you would like to run, when starting the phone. Pretty neat, right? It gives you an idea of the great potential there is in such independent devs.
Hit “play” to see the Android-running iPhone in action!
And just in case you lack the skills to get both iPhone OS and Android running on a single handset, but definitely want one of them, here’s an article that should help you make a better choice.
Android and iPhone owners that heavily rely on the web version of the Gmail for mobile app are due for an improvement that will bring forth the convenience factor when you’re composing a new message. Google is introducing their compose view redesign which is part of an ongoing series they simply refer to as The Iterative Webapp. Basically it’ll alleviate the frustrations of having to scroll through the long listing of email addresses you intend on sending the message to if you finally figure out there is one that you’ve mistakenly included. Instead of having to do some scrolling and backspacing to remove the email address that you don’t want included in the list, the redesigned compose page will automatically expand as you go about entering more email addresses – the person’s name, instead of their full email address, will be entered into the address field. So if you simply want to remove someone off the list, you can just tap their name once and have the option of removing them. Sure it’s one minor thing, but we’re sure that the convenience it offers will surely go a long way for some users.
BMW vehicle owners have a lot of concierge perks that comes along with the ownership of their luxury ride. Now that can harness the power of certain mobile phones to aid them get assistance in the event some minor or catastrophic event happens – such as getting a flat or something more serious. BMW released their Roadside Assistance app to a mix of smartphones such as the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android handsets. After registering specific pieces of information regarding your vehicle, the app allows for such services to be directly accessed on your smartphone such as Roadside Services, Dealer Locator, Service Details, and VIN Registration. Additionally, it’ll offer features similar to what Ford’s Sync service provides like BMW Assist speed dial for remote lock and stolen vehicle recovery. Minor and major car problems can some times cause drivers to panic in certain situations, but this app was intended to increase dispatch time by about 60 percent – so it’ll come handy in just about any situation you find yourself clueless on what to do. Not all devices running the specified platforms will be able to run the app, so check out the web site to make sure that it’s supported.
source: BMW via IntoMobile
Android and iPhone owners who heavily get their social networking fix with Google Buzz will now have access to the popular service via the Gmail mobile web app. The latest version of Gmail for mobile is now simply integrated with Buzz to make the experience of using either services a lot easier. Now there is a little Google Buzz icon in your Gmail inbox so you can quickly post a buzz, check out comments, or just compose and email to a friend all from the same interface. The new Gmail experience with Google Buzz is now active for iPhone and Android users – no word yet if other platforms will also see the integration. Naturally, there are still some improvements that can make the mobile experience complete – but let’s hope that Google brings the experience equally to other platforms as well.
source: Google via Phonescoop
With a high-profiled battle scheduled to happen in the court rooms down the road, there is no doubt that all eyes will be on what the eventual outcome will be in Apple’s patent suit against HTC. People have played off HTC as being the biggest challenger to Apple’s tight grasp in the smartphone industry – and that they pose the greatest risk with their current line of Android devices. HTC’s very own Peter Chou recently commented to the Dutch Telegraph about its impending high profiled patent suit. He went on to say that all of this “is part of the business” and that “we must face it and anyone can go through.” Even though HTC had some humble beginnings, they’ve been quick to rise above the ranks in the industry as they became a premier force that looks to continue dishing out a mix of quality smartphones. It makes you wonder about Apple’s actions – even though they’ve accused HTC, they could have easily pointed the finger at another company. And that company would be the one required to deal with Apple – so it may be safe to say that Peter Chou is dead on by saying that it’s part of the business. Everywhere you look or turn, we’re always hearing about one company suing another due to patent violations.