The latest State of Mobile Advertising coming from browser-maker Opera shows that while Android leads iOS in terms of browsing on smartphones 36% to 29% and when factoring in tablets, where Apple’s iPad is dominant the numbers are 38% for Android and 43% for Apple. Android is bringing in 32% of Opera revenues, while iOS churns in a massive 56%.
The numbers show that mobile ads are much more valuable on iOS devices. The numbers come from Opera’s Mediaworks, which serves over 60 billion monthly page impressions to some 425 million users. Read more »
Skype for iOS has received an update which mainly benefits Apple’s A7-capable devices. The iPhone 5s, iPad’s Air and iPad mini 2 will get two-way HD video calls, receiving messages while Skype is minimized while other iOS devices will also get faster syncing across all devices.
It’s a big step as the iPhone currently relied heavily on Apple’s FaceTime service, which is limited to the unimpressive HVGA (480px by 360px) resolution. Read more »
Spotify has removed the time limit restrictions on its free accounts. Before, those who were using the free account were relegated to a few hours a month after the initial six-month trial period expired. Now, you can continue listening to your favorite music on Spotify as long as you want and on any of the platforms the service is available on.
This move comes shortly after Beats announced its plans to launch a music service in the US later this month. Beats, however, does not have a free subscription model like Spotify and outside the initial trial period is a paid service. The free subscription on Spotify does come with ads, as usual, so hopefully you’re fine with that. Read more »
Official Google Play Movies & TV app is now available for Apple iOS devices. The application is available as a free download in the App Store.
Google Play Movies & TV for iOS allows users to watch media purchased or rented from Google Play store on their iOS device. Read more »
The iOS app of the popular cloud storage service Box got treated to a full redesign. Completely re-written, version 3.0.0 of the app now comes with 50GB of free lifetime storage to anyone who downloads it in the next 30 days.
Available for iPhone and iPad, the latest release of Box for iOS now features a flat look in line with the user interface Apple’s mobile OS. Read more »
Beats Electronics is launching its new Beats Music service in the US. The service will be available starting January 21 and will be available in single and family plans, the latter being exclusive to AT&T.
One of the highlights of the Beats Music service is the curated content tailored for your needs. The service uses algorithm and curation from its staff to suggest music to you based on what you like and listen to. Read more »
2013 was a good year for Kickstarter and that means it was good for thousands of entrepreneurs and people with good ideas needing financing.
To run the numbers, throughout 2013 Kickstarter gathered $480 million in pledges from 3 million users translating into almost 19 thousand successful projects. Read more »
Spotify had announced a free music streaming service to all its Android users, which allowed them to access millions of songs without having to pay anything. Now, as promised, Spotify is offering free music to all its iOS consumers as well.
You can now enjoy your favorite artists or playlists on all your iDevices without having to purchase the premium subscription as long as you are happy with shuffle mode. Read more »
Microsoft’s Xbox Music service launched on Android and iOS last year, but lacked one feature many users were longing for.
Saving playlists for offline playback has been something rivals have since their inception and finally, as of its latest update Xbox Music features it on Apple devices. The offline support is listed as coming soon for the Android version as well. Read more »
If you’ve been waiting for a way to interact with Vine on the web, rather than from a smartphone, you’re in luck. Vine has just released web profiles for its huge user base of over 40 million people.
Although users cannot upload clips from their web browser, they are able to like, share, and comment on Vine videos through the web site. Read more »
AOL would have shut down the Winamp music player, as previously announced, but the company has received an offer to sell the now dead software and has accepted it.
The offer comes from online radio aggregator company Radionomy and the sum it payed to acquire Winamp as well as the Shoutcast music services is undisclosed. Read more »
Snapchat users primarily in North America have some bad news coming their way right on the first day of the new year. The usernames and phone numbers of over 4.6 million users have been obtained and leaked online by a site called SnapchatDB.
SnapChatDB managed to acquire this information through a security exploit in Snapchat that the latter was warned about but took too long to fix. This private information is now available on this website and available for download to anyone as an SQL dump or a CSV text file. 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 »
Facebook has introduced a new set of stickers for the Facebook Messenger service. These are all variations of the famous Facebook Like icon showing a thumbs up gesture, with the hand showing other gestures, including a much requested thumbs down or Dislike gesture that Facebook would probably never implement on their site. So you can’t yet Dislike a post but now you can at least send them a sticker on Messenger.
For those not aware of Facebook stickers (or are possibly embarrassed to admit), these are small static or animated images that you can insert in your chat. Read more »
LG has announced that the popular music streaming service Spotify will soon be coming to its Smart TVs. The app will be compatible will all the 2013 models and the service is expected to go live in the next couple of days.
However, you would require a premium Spotify subscription to stream the music. The paid membership gives you access to use the service across smartphones, tablets and other platforms such as TV’s and connected devices. Read more »