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AT&T has introduced its FamilyMap App for the iPhone, which allows users to track the location of family members.
Users can download the FamilyMap the App Store on iPhone or at iTunes. Users can track tow phones on an account for $9.99 a month or up to five phone for $14.99 per month. The FamilyMap App can also be used on most other AT&T smartphones. Previously the app was only available via a desktop.
Two important tech corporations that used to be friends may now officially be at war. Although an exact quote’s proven difficult to come by, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been quoted as saying that Google’s an aggressor, and even implying that the company is in the habit of doing evil things.
The folks at Apple just need to wake of in the morning to create news of all sorts that could shape the online world in many ways. First, there’s the talk about some profits in Q1 that would make any company happy (The company posted revenue of $15.68 billion and a net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share).
Google is launching the Google Voice app for both the iPhone and Palm WebOS. It is an HTML5 app, which the company says provides users with a "fast and versatile" mobile experience, because of its use of the latest advancements in web technologies.
Myxer, which is behind an eponymous mobile entertainment destination, issued the first of what’s supposed to become a monthly report this week, and its stats favor Android. Indeed, the Android operating system apparently showed up the iPhone in several respects.
Allow us to save you a couple of moments by verifying that today isn’t April 1st and that pigs haven’t taken to the sky. Now, there’s little left to do aside from break the news: Apple and Microsoft are supposed to be in talks to make Bing the iPhone’s default search engine.
Google has launched search suggestions based on geographical location for iPhone and Android devices. This is currently only available in the United States.
"Typing a query into the search box on a phone can often be slow and difficult," says Google’s Mobile Engineering Team. "For this reason, relevant search suggestions that match your intended query can meaningfully reduce the time and effort it takes to submit a search."
Realtor.com, the website for the National Association of Realtors, has launched a Real Estate Search iPhone app.
Users can search for every property listed on Realtor.com by price, location, property type, MLS ID number, square foot, lot size, open house events, distance from a user’s current location and age.
The real estate iPhone app allows users to send a link of a specific property via email, Twitter or Facebook to family, friends or a realtor.
Google has released what is called the "Near me Now" feature for the iPhone and Android browser. The feature shows nearby businesses by category based on the user’s location.
Real estate website Zillow.com said today it broke multiple records for site traffic and user activity in 2009.
An average of 8.2 million unique users visited Zillow each month during 2009, which is an increase of 57 percent year-over-year.
"2009 was a wild year for real estate, with continued home value declines, government intervention, record low mortgage rates, and an enormous amount of consumer uncertainty about what the future holds," said Spencer Rascoff, Zillow’s chief operating officer.
The Motorola Droid advertising campaign is in full swing, and I’m sure by now you’ve seen the commercials, if not you can see the commercial below. Basically, the campaign is all about taking digs at the iPhone while showing Motorola’s support for the Android OS.
AdMob, which is in the process of being acquired by Google (regulators are still eyeing the deal), has released its Novemeber Mobile Metrics report. The themes for this one are that the Launch of new devices drove Android growth and the rise of smartphones resulted in a sharp increase in WiFi usage.
In several key respects, the Android platform has almost caught up to the iPhone, according to new statistics from comScore. There are still a lot more iPhones floating around in the great, wide world, of course, but otherwise, Android’s doing extremely well.
Let’s start with the table below. It illustrates that, more than the average smartphone user, Android users do a lot of things other than talk. This is important since it could mean that Android devices aren’t becoming buy-and-forget paperweights; owners actually enjoy using them.
Amazon has released an iPhone app for the Kindle to over 60 countries. Now users in a total of 64 countries can read Kindle books on their iPhones and iPod Touch devices.
Google announced that the new version of its Google Mobile app for the iPhone was approved and is now available in the App Store. The new version includes a redesigned search results display that shows more results at once. It also opens web pages from the results within the app.
iPhones are being used as musical instruments in a new class taught at the University of Michigan.
The students who design, build and play instruments on their iPhones, will perform a free public concert on December 9.
The course called "Building a Mobile Phone Ensemble" is believed to be the first of its kind. The class is taught by Georg Essl, a computer scientist and musician who has been working on developing mobile phones as musical instruments.
Is there a better way to kick off the Holiday season then slowly dragging yourself out of your tryptophan induced coma to go shopping during the wee hours of the day after Thanksgiving a.k.a. Black Friday?
Apple said today developers have created over 100,000 apps for its App Store, making it the largest application store in the world.
iPhone and iPod touch users in 77 countries can choose from a range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. App Store users have downloaded over two billion apps since the launch of the store 16 months ago.
Touchscreen mobile phone adoption in the U.S. showed a significant 159 percent growth rate during the past year to 23.8 million users, according to a new report from comScore.
The growth in touchscreen device adoption outpaced the already strong 63 percent growth in U.S. adoption of smartphones.
UPS has introduced a new application for iPhone and iPod touch users that ships and tracks packages and also uses built-in GPS features to find the closest UPS store.
Available at the APP Store, the new UPS Mobile APP for iPhone allows users to track shipments, create shipments using the My UPS address book, calculate shipping rates and time-in-transit.
The app features Disney content including characters, music, video and games. Disney says content in the app will be updated regularly with the latest news and entertainment from the company.
The new Disney App offers a "Click2Life" feature, which works by allowing iPhone users to take pictures of images from Disney.com that will come to life within the app and turn into a 3D image.
Is it better to have tons of customers, or some who are willing to spend a little more? Well, whatever its corporate stance, it seems that Google has found its way into the second category with Android, according to one company’s findings.
WhitePages specializes in exactly what you might expect: phone-related apps. More specifically, think phone directories and caller ID. And WhitePages peddles its apps to both Android and iPhone users, so it has a decent understanding of both markets.
Google has released a new iPhone app for Panoramio, which lets users upload photos right from their iPhone.
"Tens of millions of mobile users own a device with a good camera and GPS," said Fernando Delgado of Panoramio. "We realize that a lot of these users may want to share photos of places with the rest of the world via Google Maps and Google Earth."
At Search Marketing Expo East in New York, where WebProNews is on location, Michael Martin of Internet Marketing Inc. delivered a presentation about the growing Android market. He spoke about how Android is becoming an increasingly important mobile platform for marketers to keep in mind. In other words, it’s not just about the iPhone.
- Yahoo announced that Yahoo Sponsored Search ads now appear on iPhones and Android devices.
Back in February Google launched the beta version of Google Sync. This allowed Google users to sync their Gmail contacts and Google Calendar events to their iPhones or Windows Mobile devices (Android already synced data). The feature did not come with the ability to sync actual mail, however. That has now changed.
The addition of "push Gmail" support has been a heavily requested feature ever since Google Sync was launched.
There was a lot of hoopla made regarding Apple’s banning of Google Voice from its App Store. Fingers were pointed, names were (probably) called. Today Google announced that the FCC has made its letter (pdf) available to the public. The letter reveals what Google claims to be the explanation it got from Apple about why it would not accept its Google Voice app (as well as Google Latitude).
Google has been criticized by some in the past for not featuring 9/11 doodles on the home page on the anniversary of the attacks on September 11th. Google is, however, pointing to a site from the company’s official blog, that invites people to "share their experiences of 9/11 and its aftermath in an effort to preserve the memories of that time."
Yahoo has released three new mobile applications for the iPhone and the BlackBerry.
Flickr for mobile has launched as iPhone app allowing users to upload, share and tag photos and videos while staying connected to the Flickr community. iPhone users can down the app via the iTunes App store.
Microsoft announced that the Bing iPhone and Mac software developer kit (SDK) is available for download at Bing’s CodePlex. It is open source under the Microsoft Public License (MS-PL).
While we continue to slog our way through the economy (is it getting better, staying the same or worse?) there are a few companies that are defying the general downward trends. Apple’s iPhone has let them weather the storm quite nicely. Apparently, Facebook is doing quite fine as well.
In terms of sales of mobile phones in the U.S. feature phones still account for a considerable share of the market, even as smartphone sales continue to increase their share of overall handset sales, according to a new report from The NPD Group.
Sales of new feature phones decreased 5 percent to 72 percent of new handset sales in the second quarter, while sales of new smartphones reached 28 percent of overall purchases, a 47 percent increase year-over-year.
iPhoneAppQuotes, which puts businesses together with iPhone developers, has released some interesting findings. The company has noticed a shift in app development trends.
"Business apps are proving to be the most popular category of apps as entrepreneurs and small businesses realize the marketing and additional revenue stream potential the iPhone creates," says Founder Gregg Weiss.
Some of iPhoneAppsQuotes’ findings include:
Amazon has launched a new site catering specifically to cell phones and their service plans. The online store located at wireless.amazon.com lets users shop for phones by model, service, color, etc.
You may be able to shop by carrier at AmazonWireless, but that only includes AT&T and Verizon. On top of that, they don’t even carry the iPhone, which is available through AT&T. Here is a look at the site’s bestselling phones:
While the Apple App Store has grown to contain over 50,000 apps in less than a year, the most popular apps are generating the majority of usage by consumers. AdMob has released its Mobile Metrics Report for May (pdf), which examines the distribution of consumer usage of iPhone applications.
Highlights from the May 2009 AdMob Mobile Metrics Report:
Near the end Adobe’s latest financial results presentation they discussed some upcoming Flash Platform advances. Adobe said they planned on releasing Flash 10 for smartphones at their MAX conference in October.
Adobe’s Max conference runs from October 4th through October 7th, so we can expect the release sometime between those dates.
T-Mobile has announced that the sucessor to it’s semi-popular G1, the myTouch 3G, will become available in early August.
The myTouch 3G will be extremely customizable, unlike Apple’s iPhone. Users will be able to choose menus, wallpapers, icons, themes and skins. Will being customizable be enough to lure iPhone users away?
The iPhone comes out TOMORROW (6/19/2009)! But wait…when is the Google myTouch 3g releasing to public? Hype about the Google phone is virtually nonexistent. Is it T-Mobile’s marketing ineptitude? Is it some production delay? Have there been bureaucratic pitfalls? We have no idea, but while everyone is foaming at the mouth over the latest iteration of the iPhone, news on it’s Android competition is conspicuously hard to come by.
UPDATE 4: The iTunes Activation Server is
currently down , confirming what some commenters on here already knew. Read more about the inopportune downtime here.
Starting today iPhone and iPod Touch users can download a free Sirius XM Radio app to access certain radio channels. (Please note that you must be a Sirius XM Internet subscriber to use the app)
Some select programming will NOT be available to app users such as MLB play-by-play, NFL play-by-play, NASCAR Radio, and Howard Stern. (Esentially, all the reasons people have Sirius XM Radio)
UPDATE: Mashable has just confirmed that TweetDeck for the iPhone will be releasing tonight at 9PM Pacific Time. The app will be available for free at the Apple App Store.
TweetDeck is probably the most famous Twitter desktop app, so it really comes as no surprise that they’re now making the jump to the iPhone.
That’s right… TweetDeck for the iPhone.
During the madness of last nights TweetDeck iPhone app release, TweetDeck quietly released a new version of their popular desktop app.
Oh, and the new release has loads of new features.
Manage multiple Twitter with TweetDeck.
Manage all your Twitter accounts from TweetDeck without switching between them.
Accessing the Internet from a mobile device can be a frustrating experience; small screens, slow speeds, and "streamlined" (meaning stripped) interfaces often make people feel like they’re missing out. But a certain Mountain View-based search giant is trying to fix all that with a new, beta version of iGoogle.
AT&T announced today that it will begin offering the Apple iPhone 3G S on June 19th. People will be able to preorder them starting today at 5pm ET.
"iPhone 3G S is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet, and we’re extremely proud to offer it to our customers on the nation’s fastest 3G network," said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "We’re also pleased to offer these innovative phones and plans at incredible values, including free Wi-Fi access at nearly 20,000 hot spots." Pricing is as follows:
The AP launched an update to its AP Mobile app for the iPhone and iPod Touch today, which is now available in the Apple App Store. This is an update based on user feedback from a soft launch of version 2.0 last week.
"In the next release we will ensure that the update process is seamless, story scrolling is much more smooth, the edit button on the More screen is reinstated and that you do not lose any personally stored information," Benjamin Mosse said on the AP Mobile Blog after that launch.
AdMob has released its Mobile Metrics report for April, which compares market share of smartphones by operating system to market share of mobile web and application usage. The report also compares smartphone browsing of mobile web sites to smartphone browsing of HTML sites.
The firm determined that smartphones accounted for nearly 3 times more usage than their relative market share. With regards to usage of mobile sites and HTML sites on mobile devices, AdMob found relative usage of both to be highest on Apple and Android devices.
Local search engine YellowSpaces has introduced a free application for iPhone and iPod Touch users called "iLPS."
iLPS offers maps and driving directions with one tap, helping users get where they need to go. Mobile searchers using iLPS are presented with a map view first, allowing them to decide which business location they want based on how close it is to them.
Once a selection is made, additional business details are offered including the business phone number, address, website along with driving, biking and walking directions.
An aggressive "buy-one-get-one" campaign by Verizon Wireless helped RIM’s BlackBerry Curve overtake Apple’s iPhone to become the best-selling consumer smartphone in the first quarter of 2009, according to a report by The NPD Group.
RIM’s consumer smartphone market share increased 15 percent to nearly 50 percent of the smartphone market in Q1 2009 versus the previous quarter, as Apple’s and Palm’s share both fell 10 percent.
Mobile advertising platform AdMob has released its Mobile Metrics Report looking at statistics for the month of March. It highlights some interesting trends in smartphone applications.
AdMob serves ads for over 6,000 web sites and 1,000 apps and stores and analyzes the data from each ad request, impression, and click. The report is intended to provide insight into trends in the mobile ecosystem.
Tapulous’ Tap Tap Revenge was the most popular iPhone application in the Apple App Store in February, with 32 percent of users installing the game, according to the comScore Apple App Store Report.
"It’s impressive that a game like Tapulous’s Tap Tap Revenge can attract a higher penetration among Apple app users than apps for larger and more established brands," said Brian Jurutka, vice president, comScore.
The majority (93%) of iPhone owners in the United Kingdom accessed mobile media in January, according to comScore.
Mobile email is used by 75 percent of British iPhone owners, making it the most popular type of mobile content consumed on the device.
"Consumers are clearly embracing the iPhone’s touch screen keyboard," said Alistair Hill, analyst, comScore. "The penetration of e-mail usage on the iPhone is more than double that of the smartphone category as a whole."
PBwiki announced the release of its mobile edition today. This is the first of its kind to be released for smartphones.
For those unfamiliar with PBwiki whose CEO Jim Groff formerly worked for Oracle and Apple, it is a commercial wiki site said to be named after the concept that making a wiki should be as easy as making a peanut butter sandwich.
The United States has surpassed the UK in mobile Web browsing, now accounting for 29 percent of the global traffic, according to the mobile firm Bango.
The company says the good news for content providers is that the growth in traffic is being matched by the growth in users paying for content on the mobile Web.
"With 245 million subscribers, it was only a matter of time before the US became the number 1 country in the world for mobile web browsing," said Anil Malhotra, SVP of Marketing at Bango.
You’ve probably heard a lot of hype about the new Kindle 2 from Amazon that people just started receiving this week. This isn’t the only news in electronic reading materials though. What if you could just get books delivered to your phone? That doesn’t sound too bad, and it’s exactly what Canadian Indigo Books & Music, Inc. is doing with its well-timed release of Shortcovers, which launched today.
Google has added an advanced segment to Google Analytics looking specifically at visits to your site coming from iPhones. This should prove very useful to webmasters as iPhones have obviously caught on in a big way.
All you have to do to enable this segment is:
1. Click the drop down menu next to "Advanced Segments" at the top-right of any report
2. Select "Visits from iPhone"
3. Turn off "All Visits" when viewing your iPhone segement
The Nevada Gaming Control Board is warning casinos about a Blackjack card counting application that can be used on the iPhone or iPod touch.
The Board received the information from the California Bureau of Gambling Control, which learned, of the application from a Northern California Tribal Casino.