All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Smartphones’

Email Not Just Alive, But Use Increasing

ExactTarget released some new findings today about email use, finding that it is increasing, with social media and smartphones playing key roles.

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Apple And LG Rank High In Consumer Satisfaction

Overall satisfaction among smartphone owners has increased significantly over time as manufacturers continue to improve their offerings, according to a new report from J.D. Power and Associates.

Satisfaction among consumer smartphone owners has increased 14 index points (on a 1,000 point scale) from just six months ago, while satisfaction among business owners has increased by 43 index points from 2008 as these devices have become more stylish, customizable and user friendly.

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Android Demands as Much Marketing Attention as iPhone

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.

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AdSense Gets Optimized for Smartphones

Google has announced a new feature for AdSense mobile publishers, which lets them serve text and image ads on their sites, specifically optimized for high-end smartphones like the iPhone, Android devices, and the Palm Pre.

With the launch of the feature, publishers can run larger AdSense ads on these phones, whereas before, they could only serve smaller ads.

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Samsung Set To Launch App Store

Samsung Electronics announced today it will launch a new app store for its smartphone users on September 14.

The app store will open in the U.K., France and Italy, with more than 30 countries including Germany and Spain to follow. Initially the store will be focused on users of Omnia and I8910 HD devices and later expand to other models.

Users will be able to browse a variety of applications including games, references, social networking, e-books and health related tools.

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Yelp Releases A Blackberry App

Yelp users, with a Blackberry, can rejoice today as the Blackberry Yelp app has finally been released. To download the app you simply need to visit from your Blackberry, and you’ll see the download link.

The Blackberry Yelp app

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Smartphone Sales Up 47% In Q2

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.

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Facebook For iPhone 3.0 Has Been Submitted To Apple

Soon you’ll be able take better control of your Facebook account as Facebook for iPhone 3.0 has been sent to Apple for approval.

Are you looking forward to the new Facebook app? Let us know.

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Smartphones Change the Threat Level Significantly

Mobile devices these days are often smaller, thinner, and lighter, but are able to deliver a plethora of content. WebProNews spoke with Gal Salomon, CEO and Founder of security firm Discretix, about embedded security and security concerns that come along with an industry of smarter phones.

WebProNews: Please tell us a little bit about what mobile embedded security is.

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Microsoft And Nokia Strike Mobile Deal

Microsoft and Nokia announced an alliance on Wednesday to make Microsoft Office software available on Nokia’s Symbian devices.

The software and cell phone companies said Nokia will start offering Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile on its smartphones next year, followed by other Office applications and related software and services in the future.

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ÜberTwitter Still Busted – That’s ÜberLame

Most Twitter users are back online after the DoS attack that brought the microblogging site to its knees. Notice how I used the word "most"? Blackberry users who use the popular ÜberTwitter app are still having some major issues.

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YouTube Launches Site for Smartphones

Smartphone users now have their own version of YouTube. The company says that smartphone users with "capable" browsers like the iPhone, G1, and Palm Pre can access the mobile site.

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Mobile Market Improves In 2Q

The global mobile phone market saw another quarter of year-over-year decline in the second quarter of 2009, shipping a total of 269.6 million units, down 10.8 percent from 302.2 million units in 2Q08, according to IDC.

The second quarter results are an improvement from the 17.2 percent decrease in the first quarter, but challenges from the economic crisis remain a factor to watch.

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Smartphones Driving Mobile Banking

The adoption of mobile financial services is dependent on device technology and 3G networks, according to a new report from comScore.

The study looked at how mobile users access their banking accounts and found mobile Web browsing to be the most popular way for both smartphone (44.1%) and 3G users (53.3%), followed by mobile applications (48.1 % of 3G users and 40.6% of smartphone users.

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Flash 10 Coming for Most Smartphones… Except the iPhone & Blackberry

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.

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Comparing Smartphone Market Share by Operating System

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. 

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Smartphones See Solid First Quarter Growth

Global mobile phone sales totaled 269.1 million units in the first quarter of 2009, a 9.4 percent decrease from the first quarter of 2008, according to Gartner.

Smartphone sales surpassed 36.4 million units, a 12.7 percent increase from the same period last year.

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Smartphone Users Recalling More Mobile Ads

More than a third (38%) of U.S. mobile phone users remember seeing advertising on their cell phones in the first quarter of 2009, with smartphone owners recalling 59 percent of mobile advertising according to a new study by GfK Technology conducted on behalf of social networking service Brightkite.

For smartphone users, the top format is mobile advertising, while for regular phone users, it is SMS. The report found an increase in the types of mobile advertising formats that consumers are noticing.

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Mobile Advertising To Increase 36% In

The U.S. market for mobile advertising will grow 36 percent, increasing from $169 million in 2008 to $229 million in 2009, according to a new forecast by Interpublic’s Magna.

The prevalence of mobile subscriptions (more than 270 million at the end of 2008 according to the CTIA) and mobile users (more than 224 million individuals, according to Nielsen) has been the main driver.  Although the vast majority of these individuals use their phone for voice services, an increasing number have adopted the use of text messaging

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Smartphone Usage Continues to Grow Despite Economy

Mobile advertising marketplace AdMob has released its Mobile Metrics Report looking at statistics for the month of February. It highlights some interesting trends in Smartphone Market Share.

Even in the current economic climate, smartphones managed to continue to gain significant market share on a global scale over the past six months. This market share rose from 26% to 33% in February.

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Mobilizing the Wiki

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.

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Global Smartphone Sales Up In 2008

In the fourth quarter of 2008, global sales of smartphones reached 38.1 million units, an increase of 3.7 percent over the fourth quarter of 2007, according to Gartner.

Worldwide sales of smartphone for 2008 reached 139.3 million, up 13.9 percent compared to 2007.

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Google Launches Latitude For Smartphones

Google has launched a new feature in Google Maps called Google Latitude, which allows users to share their locations with others using their smartphones.

Users can opt in via their Google account and then invite others to join Google Latitude. Once they have joined users will be able to see their friends profile picture on map through their smartphone or desktop.

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