Archive for the 'iPhone' Category

Android vs iOS Device Replacement

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Benedict Evans has some analysis on Android device replacement. He concludes that people are replacing their Android devices more frequently that the 24 month industry average. During the recent peak growth period, replacement was closer to one year. Benedict supposes that the iPhone replacement is longer than a 24 months.

An interesting observation is that the…
"Android […]

Assessing App Store Revenue

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Benedict Evans has an insightful post comparing Google and Apple app store revenue. Only very recently have Google publicly stated Play Store revenue, I guess because only recently has it become large enough to compare to Apple App Store. The main conclusion is that while Google has about double the number of devices, it pays […]

Developer Economics Q3 2014

Monday, July 21st, 2014

VisionMobile has a new free Developer Economics report for Q3 2014. As expected iOS and Android continue to hold the greatest mindshare. The only surprise for me is that Windows Phone has been steadily gaining mindshare and is now at 28% of developers. Two out of three developers still target consumers even though enterprise apps offers […]

Facebook Mobile SDK Vulnerability

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Last week I came across a post by MetaIntell regarding a Facebook SDK vulnerability under iOS and Android "affecting billions of installations". I have used the Facebook SDK in multiple Android apps so dug deeper.
There’s more information on the MetaIntell blog. On iOS, the Facebook SDK is storing access tokens in the app’s .plist and […]

A New Database For Mobile

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Realm has just been announced, a new database for mobile. Realm is the first database that has been built specifically for mobile. It claims to use few resources, be easy to use and fast.
Realm also usefully provides migration functionality (from one version of db to the next), an area where some ORM solutions start to […]

Increase App Discoverability With Deep Linking

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

URXblog has recent research that shows that only 22% of apps have added deep link tags to their web sites for at least one mobile operating system. The research shows that some areas such as travel have yet to catch on to the fact that their apps can be better discovered if they use deep […]

The Secret of a Successful App

Monday, June 30th, 2014

I caught up on Google I/O 14 over the weekend by watching the Android-related videos I hadn’t seen in the week. It turns out the more compelling ones were not specifically about Android.
The session on Perfectly Executing The Wrong Plan gives an example how it’s easy to get excited about an idea and the implementation and […]

App User Retention iOS vs Android

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Openxcell has a useful article on mobile app user retention. That is, the number of users who continue to use an app. They describe how gamification, rewarding users and giving them a sense of achievement can make apps more compelling and improve retention.
While retention rates were similar across Android and iOS last year, 2014 has […]