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Samsung's updated smartwatch to shun Android

Samsung's updated smartwatch to shun Android | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
The new version of Samsung's Gear smartwatch will run on Tizen, not Google's Android operating system
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Hmm, Tizen is not a big success yet, why use it for smart watches? It is just a defensive move against the control of Android/Google. User and developer experience are second

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Android and iOS accounted for 95.7% of global smartphone shipments in Q4 2013, and 93.8% for the year

Android and iOS accounted for 95.7% of global smartphone shipments in Q4 2013, and 93.8% for the year | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
Android and iOS accounted for 95.7 percent of all smartphone shipments in Q4 2013, and for 93.8 percent of all smartphone shipments for the whole year. That means the duopoly grew 4.5 ...
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This is what a duopoly looks like

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Forrester: HTML5 apps still not as good as native apps

Forrester: HTML5 apps still not as good as native apps | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
Forrester report shows HTML5 and mobile frameworks are useful tools for mobile apps, but also notes HTML5's limitations
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Takes longer than expected, end result slower. And these are Enterprise apps, not consumer apps

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Samsung And Google Bury The Android Hatchet, Sign 10-Year Patent Agreement | TechCrunch

Samsung And Google Bury The Android Hatchet, Sign 10-Year Patent Agreement | TechCrunch | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
Some breaking news in the patent world. Samsung, the world's biggest handset maker, has announced that it has signed a 10-year patent deal with Google, the..
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It is better for the whole industry to work together on technology and crosslicense patterns, instead of fighting each other with these same patterns

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Publication: 2013 Year in Review | Blog | Distimo

Publication: 2013 Year in Review |  Blog | Distimo | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
The #1 App Analytics and the most accurate App Data. Trusted by developers worldwide to track over 235.000 apps.
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Charge in-app, not for download of your mobile app

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Futuremark Delists Android Devices Allegedly Cheating 3DMark, Samsung and HTC Ousted - HotHardware

Futuremark Delists Android Devices Allegedly Cheating 3DMark, Samsung and HTC Ousted - HotHardware | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
Benchmarking is serious business, and we're not saying that tongue-in-cheek.
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Bad bad bad when smartphone manufacturers try to game benchmark scores by including code specifically to increase performance for specific tests

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Nokia Becomes The Fourth Largest Smartphone Brand in USA in Q3 2013 - counterpoint research

Nokia Becomes The Fourth Largest Smartphone Brand in USA in Q3 2013 - counterpoint research | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
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4 % for Nokia/Windows Phone! Still small compared to Apple and Samsung, but hopefully there wont be a true duopoly (iOS/Android)

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#Digitalanyheter's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:14 PM

I bet that Samsung passes Apple in Q4. 
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Google nears smartwatch launch

Google nears smartwatch launch | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
Google is in talks with Asian suppliers to begin mass production of a smartwatch, people familiar with the matter said, its latest foray into wearable devices after Google Glass.
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We've got the Pebble, Sony Smartwatch, Samsung Gear and now Google with a smartwatch. Apple must be coming soon with one!

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iPads, price and self-selection — Benedict Evans

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ultra cheap Android tablets are a different product and serve a different usecase than iPads

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BlackBerry’s BBM Will Hit iOS And Android Today, One Month After Botched Launch | TechCrunch

BlackBerry’s BBM Will Hit iOS And Android Today, One Month After Botched Launch | TechCrunch | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
Hey, remember when BlackBerry was going to officially roll out BBM for iOS and Android a few weekends ago only to be stymied by technical issues? At the time..
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Last deeds of a domed company. Would they have released BBM for multiple platforms 6-12 months ago it might have been a different story

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BlackBerry may slash 40 percent of its workforce to cut costs and compete with Apple, Google

BlackBerry may slash 40 percent of its workforce to cut costs and compete with Apple, Google | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
BlackBerry is planning on cutting up to 40 percent of its workforce in a move to help the company get a handle on costs and better position itself to take on competitors like Apple ...
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I give Blackberry 1 month before they are split up and sold off for scrap. IBM or Oracle I'd say.

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Google is done selling the Nexus 4 in the US

Google is done selling the Nexus 4 in the US | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
The Nexus 4's run in Google Play is now over. On Monday, Google's online storefront sold out of the 16GB version of the flagship phone in the US, and a trusted source with knowledge of the...
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Can't wait to see what next device they will come up with!

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Apple’s App Store Rankings Algorithm Changed To Consider Ratings, And Possibly Engagement | TechCrunch

Apple’s App Store Rankings Algorithm Changed To Consider Ratings, And Possibly Engagement | TechCrunch | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
Apple may be testing changes to its iTunes App Store ranking algorithms, which see it taking into account app ratings and other new factors in the App Store Top Chart rankings.
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Finally! Just downloads is such a dumb metric

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How To Run Live User Testing, Part 1: Setup | TechCrunch

How To Run Live User Testing, Part 1: Setup | TechCrunch | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
At Cluster, we’re big fans of iteration and experimentation. Since we launched publicly in February 2013, we have rapidly iterated the product on both iOS..
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Great example of user testing on mobile. Craigslist works fine for smaller local groups

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How in-app review mechanics pushed Flappy Bird to the top of the charts

How in-app review mechanics pushed Flappy Bird to the top of the charts | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
If you've ever released a mobile app or game yourself, you've probably been asking yourself this same question through the whole Flappy Bird saga: how the hell did this game get to #1 in the App St...
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Apparently users started to write hilarious app reviews, thereby boosting the ranking

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Google Glass just got a lot less geeky

Google Glass just got a lot less geeky | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
Just shy of a year after the Google Glass Explorer edition started arriving on early adopters’ doorsteps, Google is announcing a way for people who need prescription glasses to use it. The...
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Lets see if this is good enough to go mainstream. And I am wondering what pricing  will be used

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Apple: $10B In App Store Sales In 2013, $15B Paid Out To Developers To Date | TechCrunch

Apple: $10B In App Store Sales In 2013, $15B Paid Out To Developers To Date | TechCrunch | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
CES? What CES? Apple never goes to the great big noisy consumer electronics show-off in the desert. But all the non iDevice-makers do -- which is one reason..
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$10 billion for iTunes app store in 2013 alone, all years combined before was only $5 billion (minus Apple's 30 %). Wow. 

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Nokia Controls 90% Of The Windows Phone Market, As Its Lumia 520 Continues To Impress | TechCrunch

Nokia Controls 90% Of The Windows Phone Market, As Its Lumia 520 Continues To Impress | TechCrunch | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
Ahead of the formal transfer of Nokia's hardware business to Microsoft in exchange for a few dollars, a new report out today details how dominant the Finnish..
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As we didn't know it: Microsoft made a great move buying Nokia Phones.

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Motorola - A Google Company

Motorola - A Google Company | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
Motorola Mobility, owned by Google, makes Android smartphones and Bluetooth accessories to keep people connected.
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$179 is an insane price for a pretty great phone that comes with stock Android and will soon be upgraded to Kitkat. Compare that to the $750 for an iphone, about 1/4 of the price

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Animoca releases data on the top Android phones in the US vs Japan

Animoca releases data on the top Android phones in the US vs Japan | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
Android app publisher Animoca has today released data comparing the popularity of Android devices in the US and Japan.
Dirk de Kok's insight:

Samsung rules the USA Android market, in it's home country Japan is Sony doing a good job

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The Nexus 5 Gets A New Color And A New Rumored Launch Date | TechCrunch

The Nexus 5 Gets A New Color And A New Rumored Launch Date | TechCrunch | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
There really isn't much we don't know about Google and LG's new Nexus 5 at this point -- a leaked service manual blew the door open on plenty of technical..
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Nov 1! along with Android 4.4 alias Kitkat

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So the 5S is (allegedly) killing the 5C. Why is this bad news? - stratēchery by Ben Thompson

So the 5S is (allegedly) killing the 5C. Why is this bad news? - stratēchery by Ben Thompson | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
The fact that people are buying the 5S instead of the 5C is great news for Apple, and shows that they're already an aspirational brand.
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Apple is cutting iPhone 5C orders, raising concerns on demand, pricing

Apple is cutting iPhone 5C orders, raising concerns on demand, pricing | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
Apple Inc. has notified its two assemblers for the low-cost iPhone 5C that it is reducing orders of the smartphone for the fourth quarter, people familiar with the situation said, raising concerns about weaker-than-expected demand and its pricing...
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I see that for the US/Europe market the 5S is much more popular. However the 5c should do well in India/China. Apparently not

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The iPhone 5s Review

The iPhone 5s Review | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
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iPhone 5s seems to be a beast when it comes to performance

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Microsoft’s Nokia Deal By The Numbers

Microsoft’s Nokia Deal By The Numbers | Mobile app market | Scoop.it
Some of figures of note beyond that $7.2 billion.
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Windows Phone has 3.7 % smartphone market share, 81.6 % of those devices were created by Nokia

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