Archive for the 'iPhone' Category

Does OS Market Share Matter?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Gartner has new research that compares sales of PCs, tablets and smartphones across the respective operating systems. The headline is that tablet sales are slowing. However, does it matter?
The ever insightful Benedict Evans also has a new post where he explains that we are in the uncharted territory where a minority market share is still […]

App Purchase/Subscription Insights

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Branchfire have a new US mobile app study of 2,042 adults, conducted by by Harris Poll on app-buying habits. 76% of people download apps while 57% have never paid for an app. 70% of people have downloaded more than 10 apps. The study also gives useful information on highest amounts paid for apps, monthly app […]

Apple Pay Limitations

Friday, October 10th, 2014

There’s an interesting article on USA Today Money quoting a UBS report explaining problems with Apple Pay that will limit its dominance…

Onerous fees charged by Apple
Inferior technology
Little incentive for merchants to adopt Apple Pay-compatible devices

More reasons then, why Apple should open up NFC before interested parties develop alternative solutions.
Looking wider, this provides learnings for […]

CERT Vulnerable Android App Naming and Shaming

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

I have previously written (here, here, here, and here) about Android apps that fail to validate SSL certificates. CERT has started to name and shame libraries and apps that their Tapioca tool has detected to be vulnerable to Man In The Middle (MITM) SSL attacks. There’s a blog post on how they have automated the […]

Permissionless Innovation

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Steve Cheney Technologist, thinker and doer and co-founder of Estimote, has an interesting, pro iOS, post on The Future of Apple and Google. In his summary he says…

"It’s provocative to think about where Apple and Google each go next. In mobile there’s a term called ‘permissionless innovation’, the basic  premise of which is you don’t need […]

Android vs iOS Development and Ageing Apps

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

I came a cross an article today comparing the development of the same app, across iOS and Android, by a programmer not experienced in either platform. There are some useful insights such as both platforms took approximately the same time, needed a similar number of lines of code and that neither platform outshone the other.
One […]

Collaborative Battery Use Analysis

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

There’s an interesting free app for iOS and Android called Carat created as a research project by UC Berkeley and the University of Helsinki that performs collaborative analysis of battery use as well as personal recommendations for your particular device.
The statistics page shows some pretty, interactive the results from the 760,000 people who have […]

The Future of Apple Pay and NFC

Monday, September 15th, 2014

I have been analysing Apple Pay to determine if it’s likely to accelerate mobile payment in general and the use of NFC. FirstPartner have an explanation how Apple Pay Works and Penrillian explain how the market isn’t open yet.
The initial implementation is US only, supports only 1.5% of US merchants, relies on the unpopular […]