One of the biggest selling points of Android over iOS is the fact that there are more free apps available in the Play Store than the App Store. Sure, with free apps there are in-app advertisements and the occasional annoying pop-ups that users need to withstand. However, most people seem willing to deal with it, considering the growing popularity of Android. Now, new research from analytics firm, Distimo, indicates that this strategy is working, because a whopping 98% of all Google Play Store revenue comes from in-app purchases of free titles.
What about the the other 2%? Well that is divided equally between paid only apps and in-app purchases within paid applications. What kind of apps are people most likely to spend money on? Games. 90% of gaming revenue is made from in-app purchases. Read more »
Nokia has taken down its Here Maps app from Apple’s App Store. It is no longer available for download and won’t come back in a while. The only way to access the Here services on the iOS is through here.com.
There is no fallout between Apple and Nokia, at least we didn’t hear of any, but Nokia says the reason is in the iOS 7 recent changes. Read more »
It seems Christmas came early for some Windows Phone users. Microsoft is giving 20GB of extra SkyDrive storage for free to selected loyal customers.
As it turns out some WP-powered smartphone owners have received emails with instructions on how to get 20GB additional SkyDrive cloud storage for one year. Read more »
Google has released an update to the recently launched Google Play Music app on iOS. The latest update brings minor UI changes to keep it in sync with iOS 7 design guidelines.
Other than the refreshed UI, the update also features the I Am Feeling Lucky radio function, which produces an auto playlist based on the music you listen on your phone. Read more »
Jan Koum, the CEO of WhatsApp has announced that the popular messaging service now has about 400 million active users across the globe.
In a blog post, Jan also claimed that WhatsApp has added 100 million users in the last four months. Read more »
Microsoft has finally released he long awaited Xbox Video app for Windows Phone 8. The service has been available on Windows Phone 7 devices since the dawn of the Windows Phone platform, but until now WP8 users were left waiting for a compatible release.
It took over a year, but Microsoft has finally come up with a proper app from which you can access the entire content of Xbox Video. Read more »
BlackBerry’s popular BBM instant messaging app will come preinstalled on LG smartphones. The Canadian company announced a bundling agreement with LG which will include standard and virtual preloading of the app.
The LG G Pro Lite will be the first smartphone to have BBM out of the box. Read more »
Opera is working in a new service called Opera Max that will help you save data on all your apps, not just the browser. It compresses data for every image, video and text file downloaded to your device regardless of the application downloading it.
It works by installing the Opera Max application on your Android device. The app configures a VPN server on your device and routs all your data through it. The server will compress all data before sending it to your device, thus saving your data and time. This works for all apps except those that use https, so any secure content such as online payments and mail services won’t be compressed. Read more »
Britian’s ARM Holdings plc, the folks behind the popular ARM processor line found in many mobile devices, has enjoyed a up to a 5.5% increase in share prices after media outlets began reporting on a potential server deal with Google.
Google is supposedly looking to incorporate the popular mobile chip architecture in its own server processors. Read more »
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s update to the Android version, Google announced that it will soon automatically display Gmail images in the body of the emails by default. The feature will be available on the web version of the email client, as well as its iOS and Android counterparts.
The new Gmail functionality is possible thanks to an improvement in the way Google handles images. Read more »
Google pushed an update to Gmail for Android which brought several welcome new features to the table. They include vacation auto responders, enhanced attachment functionality, as well as the ability to print straight from your device’s email client.
The vacation auto responder in Gmail for Android works just as expected. Read more »
Everyone’s favorite cross-platform calling and VOIP service, Viber, has announced Viber Out, its latest service that lets users place calls to any phone number.
More importantly, Viber is directly targeting Skype’s similarly-named Skype Out service by offering significantly cheaper rates. Read more »
Pandora for iOS got treated to an update which brought alarm clock functionality. The new feature complements the previously added sleep timer function of the popular music streaming app.
The Pandora for iOS alarm clock feature allows users to wake up to the tune of their favorite music station. Read more »
Yesterday we brought you comScore’s breakdown of the smartphone OS distribution in the US and today we’re bringing you the mobile app and mobile browsing usage.
According to the firm’s research users in the US are mostly accessing on Google and Facebook through their smartphones. Google takes the top spot with a huge 88.0%, while Facebook is close in second with 84.4%. Read more »
Samsung has officially outed its own proprietary music service in its home market of South Korea.
Samsung Music will let you choose from a selection of 3.2 million sound sources, which you can download or stream to a Galaxy smartphone or tablet. Read more »