People who own iPhones are much more likely to research buying decisions, comparison shop, and actually purchase things on their devices than are mobile users on Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone devices, according to a new study by Forrester which polled over 50,000 mobile device owners. 85% of iOS device-toting adults 18 or older use their iPhones for shopping-related research, and 69% percent have pulled the trigger and actually bought something.
76% of survey respondents who are on Android devices said they use their phones to conduct research, and only 53% claimed to have actually made a purchase. Users on RIM’s BlackBerry and Microsoft’s Windows devices were even less likely to have done either activity. And while mobile banking still hasn’t seen very widespread adoption (only 18% of respondents had even done any mobile banking at all), Apple users also reported the highest engagement, with people more likely to check bank balances, use mobile banking apps and websites, transfer funds and deposit checks via their phone’s camera on iPhones than on other hardware.
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The iPhone 4S’ personal assistant, Siri, has a penchant for making jokes but sometimes she can go a little too far. Such was the case last week when Siri decided to start telling users that the Nokia Lumia 900 phone was the best smartphone ever.
Siri’s answer came from Wolfram Alpha, one of the search services Siri uses to find the answers for inquisitive iPhone 4S users. When asked about the “best cell phone ever” the search service simply looked for the one with the highest customer review average, which happened to be one of Siri’s direct competitors. Such honesty is refreshing from our technology, but not everyone appreciated Siri’s off-brand hiccup.
As of February 2012, nearly half (or about 49.7 percent) of U.S. mobile subscribers now own a smartphone, according to a new Nielsen report.
That’s a 38 percent increase over last February, when only 36 percent of mobile subscribers owned smartphones.
Two companies are dominating the market — and it’s not Microsoft or BlackBerry-maker RIM, who formerly claimed large shares of the market. Nielsen revealed that the majority of U.S. smartphone subscribers (about 48 percent) are using Google’s Android devices, while 32.1 percent are using Apple’s iPhone. The rest of the market is made up of BlackBerry owners (11.6 percent) and users of “other” smartphones.
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Revenue-building strategies for mobile-phone operators, financial services in a mobile world and how to capture more of the connected consumer’s time and money — these are just some of the topics likely to be front and center when 60,000 delegates from the mobile-telecoms industry descend on Barcelona for the annual Mobile World Congress.
The agenda-setting event, which kicks off in the Catalan city on Feb. 27 and runs to March 1, is where operators, handset manufacturers, content providers, advertising gurus and, increasingly, Internet players and other assorted members of the nearly $2 trillion wireless complex gather to stoke the flames of the arms race for the most coveted devices, software, mobile services, technology and brands.
But Mobile World Congress 2012 isn’t just a show about convergence. The battle for dominance across a range of other telecoms-sector-related channels from smartphone operating systems to the networked car will also be hotly fought.
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California’s Office of the Attorney General has gotten agreements from Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Hewlett-Packard, and Research In Motion to improve privacy protections on mobile apps.
Under the agreement, the companies will ask developers to include privacy policies in their apps so that users will be informed about the data that apps will access and what will be done with the data before they download the apps.
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Based on age alone, it would not be news that younger consumers are much more likely to own a smartphone than older consumers. But when you throw income into the equation, it becomes a completely different story.
To start off, overall smartphone penetration stood around 48 percent domestically by the end of January, according to a new report from Nielsen Wire.
“People 24 to 34 are most likely to own a smartphone, but those 55 to 64 making more than $100,000 are also front-runners.
The age group with the highest levels of smartphone ownership was the 24- to 34-year-old demographic with 66 percent of respondents acknowledging that they own a smartphone. In fact, 8 out of 10 people in this group got them in the last three months.
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Ever wonder why certain mobile apps you use crash so much?
It turns out there are many possible reasons. And it can vary particularly depending on whether you are using an Apple iOS device such as an iPhone or iPad, or an Android device.
One of the reasons for app crashes is the proliferation of mobile operating systems on iOS and Android. As Apple and Google have released more new operating systems, each with multiple updates, app developers face more operating systems to test apps on. In data that mobile app monitoring startup Crittercism compiled for app crashes between December 1 and 15, there were at least 23 different iOS operating systems on which apps had crashed and 33 Android operating systems on which apps had crashed. (See the graphs above.) Note that the graphs that separate out Android and iOS show these number of operating systems and the graph that combines both iOS and Android shows less–22 iOS and 17 Android.
The largest proportion of app crashes from both iOS and Android platforms were on iOS 5.01 with 28.64% of overall crashes (in a normalized data set). That makes sense since iOS 5 was still relatively new at that time and many apps still need to work out the kinks with the new OS. But there are also older iOS versions that have a significant proportion of app crashes. For example, iOS 4.2.10 had 12.64% of app crashes, iOS 4.3.3 had 10.66% and iOS 4.1 had 8.24%. One other point that this made clear to me is that many people apparently take their time updating their iPhone software or never update it at all.
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With the release of its quarterly earnings earlier today, Apple revealed that it had sold 37.04M iPhones in fiscal Q1 of 2012. Those numbers are massive, far bigger than any other manufacturer and beyond industry estimates.
Following the announcement, there was an interesting statistic shared on Twitter by designer and author of Mobile First, Luke Wroblewski
“There are more iPhones sold per day (402k) than people born in the World per day (300k). twitter.com/#!/asymco/stat…
The 37.04M iPhone figure divided out over the period of 98 days in the quarter gives us a slightly lower number at 377.9K sold every day, but it’s still higher than the world’s average birth rate which clocks in at 371K per day.
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Starbucks has create an augmented reality app for iPhone and Android, called “Starbucks Cup Magic”, which will be launched this week. Cup Magic will give life to Starbucks holiday red cups.
the app works by pointing your phone’s camera at the company’s red holiday season coffee cups and 47 additional objects, such as bags of coffee, on display at Starbucks retail locations.
Doing so will produce animations involving five characters — an ice skater, a squirrel, a boy and a dog sledding and a fox — on your screen. You can also interact with the characters. For instance, if you tap the boy on the sled he does a somersault. Those who activate all five characters can qualify to win an as-yet-unnamed prize.