Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Dec 21

A mobile operating system is good only if there are developers who believe in it and develop applications for its applications store. In this year iOS was by far the preferred platform by the application developers in the war Android vs iOS, the platform of Apple won certainly. Comparing the projects for applications started on the two platforms in Q3 2011 over three quarters of projects were started for iOS and not for Android OS platform.

While the market nearly doubled for both platforms, we believe key events changed the proportion of support between these two platforms.  Of particular note, Apple expanded distribution for iOS devices beyond its long-standing exclusive with AT&T to include Verizon in February and Sprint in October.

The information is coming from Flurry, a company that analyzes the data sent of over 55,000 companies who use its software. It is well known that the App Store of Apple generates more money than Google’s Android Market and probably from this reason iOS won in Q2 of 2011 the confidence of some developers of applications for Android. Finally Google can not yet compete with Apple to attract developers to its platform and probably will not ever be able to do this but at least it tries.

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Dec 07

Android Market from Google finally reached the figure of 10 billion downloads and Google decided to organize an interesting promotion for its users. It is well known that the owners of Android devices do not really buy applications for various reasons and those from Google have thought to motivate them by launching a promotion that brings applications with only $0.1 to users. Gameloft, EA Games, and many other manufacturers offer hundreds of applications for just $0.1 in the next 10 days and Android owners can thank those of Google for that.

To celebrate this milestone, we partnered with some of the Android developers who contributed to this milestone to make a bunch of great Android apps available at an amazing price. Starting today for the next 10 days, we’ll have a new set of awesome apps available each day for only 10 cents each.

When Apple has celebrated 10 billion downloads from App Store gave $ 10,000 to one person in place to hold a promotion like this and in my opinion the strategy was wrong. I think that Apple has more to gain if it offers less to more than if offers more to a single person. I hope that Apple learned something here and in future will act in the same way with this promotion because it has the resources to do so and would enjoy tens of millions of iDevice owners.

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Nov 06

In a hearing held under an investigation by a subcommittee of the Senate, Eric Schmidt acknowledged that Siri could be a threat for Google. The former CEO and current chairman of the board of Google, said that Siri could be a “Google Killer”, the technology launched by Apple is a great great progress in the field of artificial intelligence and that Siri could be just the first step that Apple makes the search engine market entry on the web.

Even in the few weeks since the hearing, Apple has launched an entirely new approach to search technology with Siri, its voice-activated search and task-completion service built into the iPhone 4S. Apple’s Siri is a significant development—a voice-activated means of accessing answers through iPhones that demonstrates the innovations in search. Google has many strong competitors and we sometimes fail to anticipate the competitive threat posed by new methods of accessing information.

Schmidt’s statements come in the context in which he was trying to provide Google as a company not so strong in the U.S. market. Schmidt is trying to highlight the power of its competitors, claiming that Google has a monopoly on web search engine market. It was rumored that Siri would seriously affect the revenue collected by Google in the ads because users do not access searches but to make direct use Wolfram Alpha platform using Siri. I think that Syria is very far from being a “Google Killer” and I think in the near future we will see a system similar to Android OS.

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Nov 02

Google Maps proves to be much harder to maintain than some imagine so from 1 January the company will charge a fee for those who wish to employ the satellite positioning system. For start Google will ask for money developers and sites that generate more than 25,000 views per day, the company putting a price of $4 for every 1000 impressions over daily limit. Google says that 0.35% of its users will be affected by this change and say that everything is done to ensure the functionality of Google Maps in the future.

From 1 January 2012, Google will charge for the Google Maps API service when more than the limit of 25,000 map “hits” are made in a day. Websites, especially travel firms, use Google Maps to link customers to a view of the destinations they inquire about. Google is rumoured to be charging $4 per 1,000 views in excess of the limit.

For start few people will be affected but there is the possibility that future application for location using Google Maps to be more expensive. Developers will support the start up costs when the price is too high and will be transferred to users. I guess in a few years Google will require all money to use Google Maps, the most popular online service to view maps.

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Sep 23

We all know that iOS software from Apple losing ground in front of Google’s Android and probably do not surprise anyone that the Android OS has a market share almost double the iOS. Those from Millennium had recently published the statistics on the market shares of mobile operating systems worldwide.

The Android software from Google has a market share of no less than 54% compared to only 28% as is iOS and 13% has RIM. Of course we are talking exclusively about smartphone market where Google is king since last year and does not seem to be willing to cede its place.

Although the difference between the markets shares of the two smartphones are high, Android OS has lost 7% of market share in July, dropping from 61% to 54%, a sign that things are not so good for producers. The Android OS lost 7 percent that go directly to the iOS which recorded a substantial increase while the new iPhone 5 has not yet been released by Apple.

The information provided by the Millennium is based on the loads of their advertising banner networks. If iPhone 5 will prove to be the smartphone that tens of millions of users waiting for it then the balance of market share could change dramatically next year.

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