This Week in Mobile April 22nd – April 29th – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. It was a slow week for Android news, but here’s what happened elsewhere this week…
- According to the IDC, Smartphones out shipped feature phones worldwide for the first time ever.
- Samsung posted record profits this quarter.
- Nokia is inviting the press to an event May 14th to show its next gen product lineup.
- Chat Apps such as WhatsApp have officially passed SMS messaging in daily usage.
- Apple CEO Tim Cook answered questions during Apple’s quarterly earning call, where he outlined the cons of a larger screen and said, “[Apple] would not ship a larger display iPhone while these trade offs exist.”
- Tickets for WWDC went on sale this week, and sold out in less than 2 minutes.
- Google revised its Play Store content policy to include new language preventing Facebook from updating apps outside of the store.
- Early reports suggest BlackBerry 10 devices may be selling at a rapid rate in the UK.
New and Notable Apps:
- Siri competitor Google Now is now available for iOS devices.
- The followup to the wildly successful Draw Something released this week after Omgpop was acquired by Zynga in 2012. Draw Something 2 is $2.99 for the premium version.
Nearly 500 attendees, including U.S. Senator Tim Kaine who delivered the keynote address, were in attendance to acknowledge the winners’ entrepreneurial success and influence on the Virginia economy.
Read the full press release here.
This Week in Mobile April 15th to April 22nd – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. Here’s what happened this week…
- A Verizon petition to mimic T-Mobile and remove contracts has over 100,000 signatures.
- Twitter VP Michael Sippey spoke at a conference about a Twitter version of Facebook Home, neither confirming nor denying if a product like this is in the works.
- Facebook has no plans to release Facebook home for iOS or Windows Phone in the near future.
- Amazon is expanding its app store into 200 additional countries.
- Apple was ordered to remove “Obscene Content” from the Chinese iOS app store this week.
- Android Police found references to an unannounced Android games service in a newly released Android apk.
- According to PCWorld, Android was initially created as a camera OS but was shifted to focus on a larger marketshare.
- Samsung is experimenting with a mind controlled Galaxy Note, however it is not slated for a commercial release.
- Foxconn’s parent company Hon Hai Precision Industry signed a patent licensing agreement with Microsoft this week for patents relating to Android devices.
- Nokia posted its quarterly financial results, which include a $196 million loss and increased Lumia sales.
New and Notable Apps:
- LinkedIn released a major update for iPhone and Android this week, focusing the new app heavily on news stories.
- Twitter released a new music app called #music for desktop web and iOS.
This Week in Mobile April 8th to April 15th – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. Here’s what happened…
- The Verge has a great article on how cell phone carriers are using your location data.
- New York City police have begun using Android smartphones to assist themselves in the field.
- HTC posts record low profits after latest round of Android devices were delayed.
- Bloomberg reports that Foxconn is hiring in preparation for the iPhone.
- T-Mobile is offering large discounts to customers trading in old iPhones for new iPhone 5s.
- Verizon CEO claims he convinced Steve Jobs to add 4G LTE to the iPhone, video streaming was the killer feature.
- The Galaxy 4 launch dates may have leaked through an internal Staples training sheet.
- HTC released the Android source for some of its phones, including the HTC One, allowing developers to tweak the software on the devices.
- Korean news company IT News claims Samsung is planning to release a larger 6.3 inch smart phone tablet.
- Facebook released Chat Heads, the new Facebook chat application for Android, this week alongside the launch of Facebook Home.
- The Verge reports that Windows Phone will support 1080p displays in the next big update from Microsoft.
- After Apple and Samsung were both reportedly working on a smart watch, it looks like Microsoft may be researching one as well.
New and Notable Apps:
- Burner, an app that turns your phone into a disposable with a temporary number, is out for Android this week.
- Facebook released Facebook Home this week, a new homescreen and tools for Android.
This Week in Mobile March 25th to April 1st – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. Mobile news was light this week, here’s what happened…
- Facebook sent out invitations to see the new home for Facebook on Android April 4th. Rumors suggest is could be a custom Facebook home screen for HTC devices.
- Bloomberg reports that Samsung is preparing a new Galaxy S 4 Mini.
- A upcoming update for Windows Phone 8 will add FM radio support, and some Nokia devices will get new activation gestures.
- Windows Phone received a variety of popular mobile games, most of which are ports from other platforms.
- AllThingsD reports that 20% of apps on the BlackBerry store are Android apps being emulated.
- BlackBerry released mixed 4th quarter results. Users declined by almost 3 million, over 1 million new devices were shipped, and RIM founder Mike Lazadris left the company.
As more and more shoppers leverage their devices in-store for price comparison, retailers need a way to counter the show-rooming tactic. With this in mind, IKEA just launched a new app to inspire shoppers and enhance the in-store experience. Although the app is not linked to mobile commerce, shoppers do tend to purchase more items in-store when using that retailer’s branded app (Deloitte, 2012).
Read all about it here.
Check out the interview by UNTETHER.tv with our VP of Design Blake Sirach below:
Fast Company covered the Barclays Center app recently, focusing on the live-streaming replay capability made possible through the robust WiFi networks in place. The short video also featured our Black Sirach, WillowTree’s VP of Design, talking about how these cutting-edge features are augmenting the fan experience like never before.
Check it out here.
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This Week in Mobile March 18th to March 25th – Our weekly post on mobile news. You can expect a new post every Monday morning giving a brief summary of what happened the previous week in the mobile space along with links for more information. If you think we missed anything important, leave a comment or send us a tweet @willowtreeapps. Here’s what happened this week…
- A J.D. Power smartphone survey for customer satisfaction showed Apple leading, but a very close race for 2nd between Nokia, Motorola, HTC and Samsung.
- T-mobile began offering contract free plans this week.
- After releasing a fix for the last iPhone lock screen bypass, a new workaround has been found for iOS 6.1.3 lock screen and another bypass was found for Samsung Android phones.
- Bloomberg is reporting that Samsung is working on a smart watch.
- Verizon is releasing its own messaging service to compete with SMS.
- The EU is investigating reports that Apple’s carrier agreements might be violating antitrust laws.
- Apple acquired indoor mapping company WifiSLAM, suggesting they may be working on indoor features to rival current offerings from Google Maps.
- Nokia is resisting Google’s push for a VP8 video codec, which is Google’s proposal for an open HTML5 video option.
- Pandora released an official app for Windows Phone 8 this week, with ad-free listening through the end of the year.
- Microsoft Senior manager revealed in an interview that Microsoft may have had some say over the design of Nokia’s Lumia line of phones.
- The Guardian initially reported that the British government concluded BlackBerry 10 isn’t secure enough for the their use, but the article has now been pulled, and the government denies the report.
- BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins told the Australian Financial Review that the iPhone is stagnant and Apple isn’t innovating with its phones anymore.
- BlackBerry claims over 100,000 apps are available for BB10 devices, however it’s unclear how many are Android apps running on the BB10 OS.
New and Notable Apps:
- Google has updated the Gmail app for Android this week to support richer notifications. Users can now archive and reply to emails straight from the notifications
- Walmart has expanded its pilot program allowing shoppers to scan items and checkout using their iOS devices.