While the app stores have been marketed as a safe place by Apple since the very beginning, turns out they can become quite easily the haven of the new-age app piracy. The WSJ runs an article on the subject (thanks @gr for the link) where they give as an example a fake banking application sold 1,50USD on the Google app store. Of course Apple has a very strict human-based approval process thatÂ shouldÂ limit those malwares/spywares, but while the other app stores only react to notification, bottom line is the mobile app…read more
While the smartphone market is structuring around the big OSes that are iPhone, Android, RIM and Windows Mobile, one can wonder where the next powerful ideas will be coming from in terms of killer mobile applications. After the hype with casual games and the usual set of tools (better to-do list, better email client, better… , remotes…), and as the app stores are now super-filled, inventing and promoting relevant mobile application is far from being a breeze. Yet, mobile apps is probably the most growing field in the computer world…read more
This booth tour of Imagination technology, the makers of the PowerVR chip that powers the Motorola Droid is fascinating. They announced that the chip they are currently designing and that will be found in mobile phones will provide “graphics comparable to the PlayStation 3 in three years”.
Apparently Verizon will be offering a Skype Option to their data plans for Skype use. Still “coming soon” on Verizon’s dedicated site.
Icrossing released a retty interesting map with the market share of mobile web browsers worldwide. Dominic Parker from iconnect comments: This map shows the popularity of different mobile browsing platforms country by country, with some interesting results. Appleâ??s dominance can clearly be seen, with the iPhone and iTouch accounting for over half the market in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany and Japan. The Android platform has its largest share in the US and the UK, but has a much weaker share in other countries. This could change in the…read more
Despite the Foursquare / Gowalla hype, Mobile LBS really isn’t a new thing. But, it seems like this time are buying it ! Yet there’s nothing innovative in Foursquare’s service. The confidentiality issues remain, but apparently the fact that firing up the application lets you win mayorships or medals or points somewhat make things acceptable by those who have been criticizing previous LBS service. Yet the market, fueled by local ads, is a completely new territory to address which may be as big as Google’s Adwords. As usual it’s chicken…read more
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The Mobile world has been forever a very fragmented space. Nevertheless, now you can start making some real bucks there : Mobile Ads is taking off, Mobile apps can be sold in one-click app-stores and delivered to a big mass of user in a glimpse… The mobile world is getting mature enough so that we can safely say that 2010 is going to be the year of all brands and generally all software getting mobile. Innovative brands and solutions providers have already invested (a lot) to get in the mobile,…read more
This new product from Google is quite stunning. The android app is available as we speak and analyzes a picture you take with your phone to perform a search on it. Basically it has some shape recognition algorithm that will either recognize special shapes (a book, the eiffel tower, a bridge) and some OCR algorithms to read what’s written on the object, and search for it.