Android Solidifies Lead in Smartphone War

Android phones made up more than half of the smartphones sold in the US in the three months ending February 2013, according to a new report.

The Kantar Worldpanel ComTech USA report pegged the proportion of Android devices at 51.2 percent of all smartphones sold in the US in that time period. In second place, as one might expect, was Apple’s iOS, the operating system that runs the iPhone, with 43.5 percent of the market.

Android’s numbers amounted to a 5.8 percentage point growth compared to the same period the previous year, while iOS went down by 3.5 percentage points. Android is undeniably taking a lead in the smartphone war, but it’s no longer a two-horse race.World Class Android Apps Development

Way back in third sits Windows Phone, and it has a lot of catching up to do. With just 4.1 percent of the US market in the three months ending February 2013, Microsoft’s entry is ever so slowly gaining market share. It easily beat BlackBerry, which went from 3.6 percent of the market a year ago to just 0.7 percent this time around.

BlackBerry at least has the excuse of a brand new operating system debuting after this measurement was taken, so consumers were leery of buying in before the changeover. For Microsoft, this was right on the heels of the release of Windows Phone 8.

Across other world markets, Android holds an even more commanding sales lead. In Australia, Android leads iOS 61.4 percent to 32.5 percent; in Great Britain, 58.3 percent to 29.0 percent; and in Germany, 71 percent to 18.7 percent. In Mexico, while Android captured 55.8 percent of sales, iOS accounted for just 6.8 percent, and BlackBerry retained a quite respectable 20.2 percent.

All this means that while Android is dominant, it’s hardly the only game in town. When planning your app distribution strategy, keep these sales share statistics in mind. Email us to get started on your app!


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Try These Essential Apps for BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry apps have gained momentum, especially with the launch of the new BlackBerry 10 operating system. With the most popular apps like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Skype, and Whatsapp coming to the BlackBerry platform, what more can we experience in BlackBerry 10? Here’s a list of some of the best BlackBerry Apps:

  • Password KeeperPassword Keeper App DeveloperKeeping your password and other login details secure is the one of the prime concerns of any smartphone user. On the BlackBerry platform, Password Keeper is the best option that lets you store the login data from a single location.  Developed by Research In Motion Limited, the app comes with some impressive features like auto lock, importing the app data from a previous BlackBerry phone, random password creation and more.

 

  • Expense TrackerExpense Tracker App DevelopmentDid you forget if your friends owe you some cash, or wondering how to keep a track of your regular expenses? Install Expense Tracker and you can rest assured. The app provides a complete history of your expenses with all details. It also helps you to track loans to be paid or the amount you owe to others. It is one of the best expense management solutions, which can help you with your financial worries.

 

  • Connect to Dropbox - Connect to Dropbox App DeveloperConnect to Dropbox is one of the best cloud storage systems that allow you to access your data in Dropbox. The user can access an existing account or create a new Dropbox account to add, view, or edit files. Connect to Dropbox, developed by Research In Motion Limited, assures the safety and security of your data.

 

  • AccuWeatherAccuWeather  App For Weather NewsFinding it difficult to get weather updates? AccuWeather is the most reliable app to get weather news and information. Based on your GPS location, the app provides you with a day-to-day to 12-day weather forecasts, push alerts for severe weather conditions (US only), and more. It is one of the best-recommended apps for travelers as it provides updates on flight delays. Weather reports get automatic updates every hour, providing the user with accurate information.

 

  • Maps for Google mapsMaps For Google Maps App For BlackBerryLost in a new destination? Trying to figure out where you could find an ATM? With the help of Maps for Google maps, you can locate anything to everything. Voice guided navigation, various map modes, real-time traffic information, and Google Maps Street View are some of the brilliant features offered by the app.

Do you have an idea for a great BlackBerry app? Email us to start the process of bringing your inspiration to BlackBerry World!

 


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New iLinks App From 4M Development Provides Customized, Automatic iTunes Recommendations

ilinks.jpgA new app for iPhone and iPad called iLinks automates the process of finding new apps, music and books in the iTunes store. iLinks is available in a free Lite version or paid $0.99 version.

First, the user is prompted to create a profile. The user’s profile only requires a name, but can incorporate information such as:

  • Birth year
  • Sex
  • Email address
  • Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • School name and major
  • Employer and position

The user can also document his or her interests to allow iLinks to make intelligent app choices on the user’s behalf. Categories of interests include hobbies, music, and books. The more information the user fills in, the more targeted recommendations are displayed under Apps, Music, and Books on the results page.

The user can modify the iLinks profile at any time, bringing up a new set of automatic results. There’s also a search function, so the user can find any app regardless of preferences. Once an app (or music album or digital book) is selected, the iTunes store is opened for the download.

Apps are presented in different categories, such as Business, Entertainment, Games, Lifestyle, News, Photo & Video, Productivity, Social Networking, and Utilities. Music is likewise separated into genres like Classical, Rock, Soundtrack, and World; Books are in categories like Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Personal Finance, Family & Relationships, Fiction & Literature, Historical, Humor, Philosophy, Politics & Current Events, Reference, and Travel & Adventure.

The Lite version of iLinks is available for free and is limited to two entries in each of the interest categories. The paid version iLinks is only $0.99 and allows more interests to be entered. The paid version is also free of all advertising.


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Young Mobile Gamers on the Rise

Guest post written by Celina from the Cartoon Network.

The introduction of the smartphone brought mobile technology to the masses. Although PDAs, BlackBerrys, and 2-way zco-young-visitor-plays-agracer.jpgpagers may have been initially exclusive to adults, particularly businesspeople, the expanse of mobile technology has also expanded the general user base to include all ages, genders, and backgrounds. This is particularly true of mobile gamers. A study by Flurry Analytics shows that 43% of all time spent on mobile apps is in games.

According to a study by the NPD Group, children ages 4-14 are more likely to be found using a mobile device than a laptop. The study shows that nearly 40% of all children ages 4-5 are actively using a smartphone, iPod Touch or a tablet. What are they using them for? Ipsos MediaCT says that 54% children between the ages of 6 and 12 are using mobile devices to play games.

It’s no wonder why average daily mobile usage is quickly catching up to daily TV consumption: convenience. The point of a mobile device is that it is available anytime, anywhere. This gives children the opportunity to use them at home, at school, before bed, and any other time they wish.

A Social Experience

Other than providing an outlet for playing games at any time and place, mobile technology lets children play with or against each other. With access to a Wi-Fi or cellular network, kids can share scores and challenge each other without having to take over the family laptop or desktop computer.

For mobile developers, the increase of children playing mobile games is great news. The widespread usage creates a larger demand for mobile games, while also training a new generation to interact though mobile technology more often, ensuring a future demand for mobile entertainment.

Despite there being a vast array of games geared toward a younger audience currently in the app store, the demand shows no sign of slowing. Developers looking to be a part of the future demand of mobile gamers should act now and make their app idea a reality.


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Great Free Photo Apps for Windows Phone 8

Rumors abound that Instagram, the wildly popular photo filtering and sharing app that debuted on iPhone and made its way to Android last year, just might be coming to Windows Phone soon. Some reports indicate that it will be exclusive to Nokia phones when it does, but nothing is set in stone yet.

Instagram is hardly the only game in town, though. There are plenty of creative photo apps in the Windows Phone store, many accessible directly from the stock Camera app. These are called Lenses, and offer dynamic filters, effects and social sharing options.

Microsoft Photosynth Photosynth: This app, directly from Microsoft, allows you to capture 360 degrees both horizontally and vertically. It stitches together panoramas that you can share on Twitter and Facebook as images or as interactive online experiences that let the viewer scroll around in any direction.




 

 

Camvintagizer Windows Phone 8 App CamVintagizer: Can you tell from the name what this app does? It includes 39 effects you can apply to existing pictures or new photos, from “crumpled paper” to various film noise simulations and cigarette burns. Best of all, you can combine multiple effects to really remake a photo any way you like.

 



 

Lomogram Windows Phone 8 App Lomogram: This app is a direct shot across Instagram’s bow, with even the app icon looking quite similar. It includes 42 filters, 49 borders and 72 lightening effects. It can share directly with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and VK.


 



 

Photofunia Windows Phone 8 App PhotoFunia: Want more effects? PhotoFunia offers more than 300, with the only catch being that you have to be connected to the Internet to use it. All photo editing is done in the cloud rather than on your phone.


 

 

Picture Perfect Windows Phone 8 App


Picture Perfect: In addition to simple filters, this app has tools for cropping, adding text, removing blemishes, controlling sharpness and blurriness, and adjusting brightness, contrast, color temperature and saturation. It’s almost like having a full desktop photo editor right on your phone.

 

 




With the right app, you can modify and share your photos with almost zero effort. Do you have a favorite photo app? Tell us about it in the comments!


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