Apple claws back US smartphone market share

According to new data released by comScore, Apple strengthened it’s position in the OEM market during the last three months of 2011.

OEM Market Share Q4 2011

During Q4 2011, 234 million Americans (aged 13 or older) used mobile devices. Manufacturer Samsung claimed the top spot with 25.6 percent of mobile subscribers (up 0.3 points from August 2011), followed by LG with 20.5...

By Always On Message, 02 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: iOS, Mobile.

Do Developers Take a Holiday?

Giving leeway for the difficulty of a given project, you would more or less expect the quality of work done by a professional developer to be consistent – maybe even improve over the years as they gain more experience. Right? Well according to a study by application security company Veracode, apparently the quality of work also depends on the time of year. Check out this comment found on Slashdot:

By Mike Brown, 24 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development.

2011: The Mobile Year In Review

What a year it was in the world of mobile! Of course, you’d know that already if you’re a regular here at mobileapptesting.com. The real question is what were the year’s biggest stories and developments? Well,...

By Mike Brown, 22 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Research.

Nearly All App Stores have Doubled Number of Apps Available in 2011

Nearly all the App Stores more than doubled their number of available apps in 2011 according to Distimo’s ‘Full Year 2011’ report.

App Stores Leaderboard 2011

According to the report, nearly all app stores have at least doubled in size over 2011 (with the exception of the Apple App Store for iPhone).

The largest relative growth of all the stores was seen in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace which has had more than 400 percent year-on-year growth.

Combined, the seven major app stores now offer...

By Always On Message, 21 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise App Stores, Mobile Analytics, Research.

Touchless smartphones and TVs could be on sale in 2012

So you’ve lost your TV remote control. Again.

Not to worry, says a tiny Israeli start-up company called XTR3D – soon you’ll be able to flick through channels and adjust the volume using only… your hand.

You’ll just have to turn your palm towards the screen, and zap away without ever getting off the couch.

And no need for under-the-skin electronics or fancy microchips.

Instead, the TV – or rather gesture recognition software installed inside – will “read”...

By 3Squared, 20 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft.

iPhone 4 owners can legally get Siri, know-how required

If you own an iPhone 4 and really want Siri on it, a new update has paved the way for you to get your wish.

Apple yesterday launched a new version of its iOS 5.0.1 update that, according to well-known iPhone hacker MuscleNerd, leaves the platform’s RAM disks unencrypted. Because of that, those with a little technical know-how can write a script to extract from the software update all the files needed to bring the virtual personal assistant to the iPhone 4.

Apple’s update can be automatically...

By 3Squared, 19 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: iOS.

Most Popular Android Apps by User Age: Nielsen

Nielsen’s latest report looks at the most popular Android Apps by age in the US.

The report, ‘App-Happy with Android’, states that Facebook and apps from Google (such as GMail) and the Android Market are the most popular smartphone apps among Android owners aged 18 and over in the US (based on users who have used the apps over the last thirty days).

Android Owners are Social

Facebook’s app for Android has an 80 percent reach amongst Android owners aged 18 – 24 and 25 – 34;...

By Always On Message, 15 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Mobile Analytics.

Microsoft releases OneNote as first Office iPad App

Microsoft’s versatile note-taking app OneNote is the first Office software to make its debut on the iPad.

Already out there as an iPhone app, the latest 1.3 update to OneNote turns it into a full-fledged iPad app able to take advantage of the tablet’s full-screen real estate.

Though it’s part of certain versions of Microsoft Office, OneNote is probably the least understood application in the midst of Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access.

By 3Squared, 14 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Tablet.

Apple Mac App Store reaches 100 million downloads

Apple’s Mac App Store has hit over 100 million downloads in less than one year.

The online software store offers thousands of free and paid apps, to download and install into your Apple device, since its launch in January this year.

The store follows the success of Apple’s App Store for the iOS, which holds more than 500,000 apps and where users have downloaded 18 billion apps in total so far.

Apple’s...

By Dani Millward, 13 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise App Stores, iOS, Mobile Analytics.

Launching a Game App? Don’t Ignore Windows Phone 7

Yesterday, Microsoft launched the long-awaited Xbox UI upgrade – aka the “metro” interface – along with the Xbox Companion app. If you haven’t seen it yet, go here.

Anyway, it seems that the folks over at Windows Phone know a thing or two about their user base. Mainly, that they are more likely to download games than any other type of smartphone owner. Here’s one of a great series of infographics from...

By Mike Brown, 09 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Microsoft, Mobile Analytics.

Humor: 10 Apps Every Mother Needs

Let’s hear it for mothers! Mothers work hard all day (and often all night), and they don’t get paid for it. Often they have jobs outside the house, too. Most mothers I know are perpetually tired, but never too tired to get up and snuggle a sick child or change a wet diaper.

To show our appreciation for mothers, we’ve come up with a list of apps that should be given automatically to every mother.

10. Nag-o-matic – This app continues telling your child to put on their shoes every ten...

By Leah Goodman, 08 December 2011, 0 comments.

Android Market reaches 10 billion app downloads

Google’s Android Market has exceeded 10 billion app downloads.

According to the Official Google Blog, it estimated that the growth rate is now at around 1 billion app downloads per month.

According to figures, the download rate is expected to accelerate. It took nearly 2 years for Android to reach 1 billion downloads after its launch, but since July this year the number increased by 5 billion in...

By Dani Millward, 07 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise App Stores, Mobile Analytics.

Microsoft's release of new app store tipped for next year

Microsoft is launching its own built-in software app store, with details to be revealed during an event in San Francisco today.

Known as the Windows Store, the marketplace will offer developers the opportunity to sell apps and create a landing page for their apps, enabling them to be found in the store.

It’s expected to launch next year after the new Windows 8 operating system goes on...

By Dani Millward, 06 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise App Stores, Microsoft.

Xbox live update shakes up home entertainment

Microsoft has partnered with 40 different content providers to deliver movies, TV, music and sport through apps on its Xbox consoles; aiming to shake up the home entertainment market with the latest iteration of its Xbox Live service.

The company is partnering with content providers including Amazon’s Love Film, ESPN, BBC, Netflix, BskyB and a host of others, providing content, many via apps installed on the Xbox console.

Microsoft is also launching the first mobile app ever to tie in directly to a...

By Matthew Henkes, 06 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Mobile.