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Xiaomi app store hits 10 billion downloads, plans to go international

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Although it is not a well-known name outside of the Chinese market, you may recall that Xiaomi managed to grab the number 3 spot as a global manufacturer of smartphones during the third quarter. The phenomenal growth Xiaomi has achieved in the sales of smartphones is helping the company in other ways, like the recent accomplishment of having 10 billion apps downloaded from their app store. That has translated to 364,000,000 yuan ($59 million USD) paid to developers from January to October of this year. This strong growth has prompted the company to start looking outside China.

Users are currently downloading apps from the Xiaomi App Store 50 million times a day. The interest in the Xiaomi store is no doubt aided by the lack of a presence in China by Google. Currently, Xiaomi has opened access to an international version of their app store to users in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore to go with all of the users in mainland China accessing the app store. Xiaomi is also poised to enter the Indian market which is likely to produce another huge surge in interest in their app store.

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source: MIUI
via: phoneArena

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Xiaomi opens up app store to more countries, celebrates 10 billion downloads

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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There’s no other way to put it: Xiaomi is simply on fire. The company is doing so well in fact, that huge tier 1 competitors like Samsung have taken notice, although vocally expressing the doubt they have in Xiaomi’s business model.

If the sales figures for Xiaomi devices aren’t enough proof of its success (the company beat Samsung in China and occupied the third place in global shipments for smartphones in Q3), then perhaps the launch of Xiaomi’s new international app store, along the celebration of its Chinese app store’s 10 billionth app download are.

Xiaomi announced that its Chinese app store is currently averaging 50 million downloads a day, which is a staggering number for what is in essence a third-party Android store. Back in May, the company launched its Mi Pad tablet, and currently it boasts over 3000 applications and games designed specifically for it.

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If that wasn’t impressive enough, the company is also reporting that a total of 364 million RNB (around $60 million) has been paid out to app developers. Xiaomi is now opening an international app store that will allow developers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore to upload their apps and showcase them to a wider audience. This store will probably open up soon to devs and users in more countries, as Xiaomi continues to expand into more markets, including India.

Google’s Play Store isn’t currently available in China, though rumor has it Google might make a return to the country soon. As such, Xiaomi users in the largest market of the world use a variety of app stores, including Xiaomi’s.

Free is lawsuits, get is free from blame – the Apple linguistics shift

Posted by Tom November - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

The Apple App Store has had a subtle makeover. So subtle, in fact, that it’s just one word – but one word that appears a lot.

Until recently, apps that didn’t demand an initial payment sat next to a button that said ‘Free’. This led to lawsuits a’plenty, with parents suing the company when they got massive bills from their children clicking away on in-app purchases.

Those days are behind them, they hope. Free is gone and has been replaced by ‘Get’.

‘Get’ this app implies nothing. Get it, and then see how it goes.

This blame-free simple shift should save the company some money in legal fees.

Mystical early-2000s Australian soothsayers The Vines saw it all coming.

Via gizmodo

Google Play Store downloads beat out iOS App Store downloads in volume by 60%

Posted by wicked October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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According to the latest numbers about app store downloads, Google’s Play Store sees about 60% more volume for downloads than Apple’s App Store. There were roughly 160 million downloads in Q3 on the Play Store, while the App Store only saw about 100 million. Both are impressive numbers however you slice, but Android’s enormous market share globally is really showing through here.

On the opposite end of that, however, the App Store is still consistently bringing in more revenue. Apple makes about 60% more revenue than Google does with their store, much of which can be attributed to the fact that Android gets a ton of its market share from developing countries that are significantly less likely to make any purchases on an app store. When customers do make purchases on the Play Store, it seems like the majority of those buys are on games. Just about all of Google’s revenue growth in the US and South Korea this quarter came from mobile games, not apps.

This report is pretty consistent with what we usually see. Android maintains the lead in volume and numbers, while iOS tends to bring in more money.

source: The Next Web

 

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49 percent of app users are willing to pay a monthly subscription

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The question of whether users will pay for online content has hung over traditional media for years. Now, we are seeing a pattern for mobile platforms going forward which includes more customers paying monthly for content.

According to a Harris survey, 43 percent of mobile users say that they have paid for an app and 49 percent of mobile users say that they would be willing to pay for a monthly subscription app.

Among those who have paid for an app, 83 percent say they have paid $9.99 or less, 63 percent have paid only $4.99 or less and 31 percent have paid $1.99 or less. The study found that streaming TV and movies is the category in which most people will pay the most for on a subscription basis.

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In maybe the biggest surprise, mobile users are now much more willing to commit to a subscription model that has escaped most online publishers for years. In fact, more than a third of smartphone/tablet owners currently subscribe to one or more app-based services. Though as Media Post points out, Netflix is likely responsible for many of those subscriptions.

But the gains in subscriptions from outside the movie and TV category is still quite surprising:

  • 11 percent of subs are in the productivity app category,
  • 30 percent in games, 27 percent in streaming music and
  • 25 percent in news and magazines.

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While the study clearly shows a public that is more accepting of a subscription model for apps, it is also clear that on the whole the public is still skeptical and picky about whether they want to pay a monthly fee for content on a mobile device.


Source: Fierce Wireless, Mobile App Study;

Over $135 of Android apps now free on Amazon AppStore

Posted by wicked September - 25 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Amazon_Tablet_AppFor a limited time, dozens of Android apps are absolutely free from Amazon’s AppStore. The apps on sale are of all genres, from games to productivity apps. Among the apps: OfficeSuite Professional 7 ($15 value), Genius Scan+ ($7 value), Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II ($5 value), and mSecure – Password Manager and Secure Digital Wallet ($10 value). If you’re interested, head to the link below and get downloading.

Source: Amazon

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Most smartphone users download this many apps per month: zero

Posted by wicked August - 23 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

In summer of 2008, Apple introduced another game-changer that would affect the way people used smartphones moving forward – the iPhone App Store. This has now contributed to the global consciousness about apps, and Google saw that this was the only way to go to peddle its apps as well through the Android Market, concluding in the current incarnation of the Google Play Store. But why does comScore’s new data point to a staggering truth – that most smartphone users average ZERO app downloads in a month?

According to the same study, 52 percent – a little over half the time people spend on digital media (Internet, smartphones, tablets) are on apps. Yet the numbers of the report say this – that 65.5% of all smartphone users in the country average zero app downloads in a month. Only one third – roughly 30% — download any apps at all, and that would be around 1 to 3 apps.

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What’s the deal? It’s not like these apps aren’t useful – the usage numbers say that more than half of US smartphone owners tapped and used apps on a daily basis (comScore). Are good apps too pricey? We all know that most apps are free, and even then, most paid apps average on from a few cents to a few dollars, and the market is such that it pushes prices down rather than up.

One suitable explanation maybe that over the years, the app saturation has gone on to very high levels that it pushes users to have an “app routine” – that is, get to know the apps that do the job for you, and stick to them like glue. Once a user falls into a routine, they will still have the same apps even if they upgrade devices – the Google Play Store has made this tremendously easy, and even I can say that I am glad for it.

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Another explanation may be that the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store – but more Apple than Google, really – has made it very difficult to discover new apps. The Apple App Store ecosystem is notorious for relying heavily on “top lists” and also known for not improving its search functions over the years. This only makes “editor’s picks” and bigger companies get all the profit and pushes an app – however ingenious it is – to the bottom.

The numbers won’t lie, the app ecosystem has pushed people to a state of non-discovery. It falls a lot to Android journalists and writers to discover and recommend the cool apps that need to be unearthed out the pile. But it also points to Apple and Google having to improve their market ecosystems, or else it might die a slow and painful death.

VIA: QZ

Verizon isn’t actually planning its own app store

Posted by wicked August - 22 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Verizon_Wireless_Logo_01_TAJust yesterday we heard rumors that Verizon was planning on launching a new app store for Android devices with the help of other wireless carriers and manufacturers. This wasn’t actually the first time that Verizon tried to make its own app store work (remember Vcast Apps, anyone?), but their last attempt was unsuccessful, to say the least. Despite that rumor, it looks like Verizon can see the writing on the wall, and they’re claiming they have no intention of creating any more app stores.

A Verizon spokesperson said they don’t want to bother creating another app store, saying the carrier has “been there, done that.” It’s very clear that consumers don’t want or need a carrier app store, so good on Verizon if they’re being truthful about this.

In a tweet, the original reporter who claimed that Verizon was indeed working on this app store said he still stands by his original story 100%. Only time will tell how this one’s going to play out, but I have doubts that Verizon would be willing to throw money at something that’s failed for them before.

What are your thoughts on a Verizon/carrier  app store? Would any of you actually use it?

source: re/code

 

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Verizon considers opening another Android app store, this time with help

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Despite shuttering its previous attempt at providing an app store for Android and Blackberry users, Verizon appears to be eyeing the possibility of opening a new one to challenge Google’s dominance for Android users. This time though, sources indicate Verizon is talking with other players and carriers in an effort to put together an “industry coalition.” With Android installed on over a billion devices around the world and the operating system continuing to grow in dominating the market, it should be no surprise that a company wants to get in on the action of selling apps to users.

It is difficult to assess how Verizon thinks they would be able to entice buyers away from the Google Play store. The report indicates they plan to include “specific features of wireless-carrier networks” that would aid developers trying to get apps out to market. They also indicate their platform would offer “consumers new ways of discovering the mobile software they might want.”

Although the Google Play store is probably the biggest source of apps for Android users, other options do exist. Notably, Amazon operates their own app store for their devices although it can be accessed by any Android user. Likewise, major smartphone manufacturers like to create their own app stores for owners of their devices.

Do you think Verizon could lead a successful effort to create an alternative to Google Play for Android app buyers?

source: The Information

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In the wireless industry, apps are still a pretty big deal. I wouldn’t necessarily say that the app ecosystem is young, but you get the feeling that we are only scratching the surface when it comes to potential, not only for the types of tasks they accomplish, but also the amount of money they can make everyone involved. According to a report out of The Information, Verizon wants in (again) because it isn’t exactly thrilled that Google and Apple control the app industry by themselves. In other words, Big Red wants another revenue stream. 

This new report claims that Verizon is talking to industry friends about creating a “coalition” that would eventually launch a global online store for mobile applications. The goal here is to create an app store that would “balance the ecosystem” and hopefully, make them all lots of money outside of Google and Apple. According to this report, Apple currently takes home 30% of App Store profits, with 70% going to developers. Google, on the other hand, gives developers 70% and now takes home 15%, before distributing the rest of the pie to carriers and manufacturers. The Information states that Google used to give carriers 15%, but recently dropped them to 5%.

By creating their own app storefront, carriers could in theory allow developers to use their network technologies to potentially come up with new use cases for apps. They could also create new ways for developers’ apps to be discovered, like through incredibly intrusive measures involving your location, what your friends are downloading, and what time of day it is. Now, there are apps that already do this type of thing, but the idea that a carrier could do this whenever they like is a bit scary to me. Carrier billing could be another selling point. Finally, someone involved in the idea mentioned that “There are unique capabilities of the networks that aren’t being utilized,” that could be used through this coalition’s app store.

If you aren’t seeing any reason there for developers or you and I to jump on board with this new app store, I wouldn’t be shocked. Carriers, including Verizon, have tried a handful of times to create their own app stores. None of us care. We consider it bloatware and typically disable it.

On a related note, when I hear “Verizon” and “coalition” in the same sentence, the first thing that comes to mind is the failure that is Isis Mobile Wallet. Everyone remember the mobile wallet application that Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T were creating to take over mobile payments? You probably have it installed on your phone, yet you have probably never used it. The app failed to launch in a timely manner out of testing, but even since hasn’t given many a reason to switch over to it. Also, the name is now being associated with a militant group, so the company has tried to rebrand. Google Wallet is the mobile payment application of choice for most, even after the carriers in that coalition tried for years to block it, without actually “blocking” it.

Verizon has already failed at least once with their own app store, yet for some reason, I am not at all surprised by their need to get back into the game.

Update:  Verizon has denied that it is working on another app store.

Update 2:  Shortly after Verizon denied that they plan to launch a new app store, The Information came back to say that they stand by their report and have even heard from additional sources with knowledge of the plans.

Via:  The Information (subscription)

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