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Android or iPhone – Which State Do You Live In?


Do you think you live in an Android state or iPhone state? I was guessing Android for my state of Texas and I was right. Jumptap put out a report this morning with a map showing which mobile activity each state in the U.S. has more of.

As you can see from the map above, the Southern and Western states (Texas, Florida, California) are over-index towards Android, while the Midwest and New England states are Apple dominated. (And as this TechCrunch writer pointed out, New York is embarrassingly Blackberry dominated. Why is that?)

Last month, a report was released which showed the Android operating system had the largest share with 39%, followed by Apple with 28%. There are obviously more Android phones out there, but how well are the mobile ads performing? This graph shows that Apple products like the iPod, iPad and iPhone do better with click-through rates.

Despite who is doing better, overall these click through rates are poor. “Forget Android versus Apple for a moment. What that data says is that mobile ads are failing across the board.”

So tell us – do you live in an Android or Apple state…or Blackberry?


Instagram Reaches 150 Million Photo Uploads


Instagram made an exciting announcement today. They have just reached a major milestone – 150 million photo uploads. That’s 150 million photos in just 9 months. Amazing!

The service is now seeing 1.3 million photos uploaded each day, which they say is an average of 15 photos per second. Pictured above is the 150 millionth photo uploaded by @janefot.

From their blog:

We’re constantly amazed by the range of photos shared on Instagram. People use Instagram to snap photos of everyday moments with friends and family and also to document significant personal moments, like weddings and honeymoons. There are Instagram photos from major events like the World Series and the Grammys, and some Instagram photos have even made the national news. Artists and celebrities have begun to give fans a unique look into their lives through photos, while brands like Burberry have started to realize the power of communicating with their followers through images.

This app is continually in Apple’s Top 25 “Free Apps”.

Congratulations to Instagram! See some of their favorite photo uploads here.

Does Amazon’s “Free App of the Day” Hurt Developers?


There’s quite an interesting story circulating on several different blogs regarding Amazon‘s Android app store. I am sure you’ve seen their “Free app of the day” and probably, like myself, have taken advantage of it. A free app? Sweet!

The problem with the free app, is that it may actually be hurting the developers of the apps. It all started when ShiftyJelly had one of their apps featured as Amazon’s Free App of the day and as Gizmodo says, the developer thought they had hit the jackpot. The jackpot ended up being a big fat zero when they found out developers do not receive a single cent from the free app of the day promotion.

Here’s the email ShiftJelly received before their app was featured:

As you may already know, the Free App of the Day offer placement is one of the most visible and valuable spaces on the Amazon Appstore. We would like to include your app “[name removed]” in our Free App of the Day calendar. We have seen tremendous results from this promotion spot and believe it will bring you a great deal of positive reviews and traffic. It is an opportunity to build your brand especially in association with a brand like Amazon’s. The current price of this placement is at 0% rev share for that one day you are placed.

The results ended up being that they “sold” over 100,000 apps that day and they received nothing. You might ask if at least being featured helped their sales the next day and maybe even the next? The answer – nope. They said that “the day after saw a blip in sales, followed by things going back to exactly where we started, selling a few apps a day.”

ShiftJelly ended up removing their app from Amazon’s app store. You can read their entire story here.

What do you think? Does Amazon’s free app feature benefit only Amazon and the customer, while leaving the developers short-handed?



Skype Launches an iPad App, Then They Don’t


iPad and Skype users were excited yesterday when an official Skype app for the iPad was released. Until now, users were having to rely on the iPhone Skype app which operated on a fraction of the screen.

Unfortunately, Skype prematurely released the app and had to pull it down. They tweeted yesterday, “To ensure your best Skype experience, we’ve temporarily removed Skype for iPad which went live prematurely today.”

Some initial tests reported that the app seemed to be working smoothly, but taking a minute or two to load all of your Skype contacts. If you own the original iPad, you obviously can’t participate in a Skype chat or call, but you can view them.

Here’s a video of Skype for iPad, where a user managed to grab a screen shot of the new app before Skype took their video down.

When will we see the Skype iPad app launched again? Not sure, but Skype did say, “We know you’ve been eagerly awaiting Skype for iPad and apologize for the inconvenience.”

We’ll keep an eye on this story and update you again when it is launched…for real.

Foursquare to Roll Out New Pages Feature This Week


According to AdAge, Foursquare will roll out a new pages feature this week where anyone, not just brands, can create a page. As of now, only brands can create a page where users can follow them and see “tips” that are left.

Starting this week sometime, everyone – from brands to the average citizen – can create a page and leave tips for others to follow.

Foursquare’s product manager, Noah Weiss, says “We’re seeing 70 new brand page sign-ups a week with the old system. When we launch this, anyone will be able to create a brand page that can be followed.”

This new feature will allow users to develop a connection with people on Foursquare, without having to reveal where their location is. This will also encourage users to do more writing by leaving tips on the locations they visit. They are hoping this additional content will add more value to the app.

Another important change is the ease of signups for pages. The 75 person Foursquare company had been approving accounts through a hand-written process, but now with the new feature, it’s done completely online. The new process only requires a Twitter account to authenticate.

Will you use the new Pages feature to create your own page on Foursquare?


Groupon & Foursquare Partner Up for Real-Time Deals


The rumors are true. Groupon and Foursquare have been in talks to form a partnership, Mashable has learned. Both U.S. and Canada can expect to start seeing daily deals in the explore tab of the Foursquare application. Chicago is the first city to see the Groupon real-time deals and location-based Groupon Now.

All U.S. and Canada Foursquare users can expect to see the Groupon deals along-side Foursquare roll out this Sunday.

This partnership is beneficial for both companies. Groupon will share an undisclosed amount of revenue with Foursquare, while gaining exposure and broadening their audience reach.

A company spokesperson says “Foursquare’s goal is to help people connect in the real world, discover new places, and save money through Specials and Deals. We’re excited that Groupon’s daily deals and real-time deals will now be included in our Deals platform”.

For those of you who use Foursquare, can you see this partnership adding value to the application?

Android is Top Operating System in the U.S.


Nielsen released news today that Google’s Android operating system is the largest smartphone system in the United States. Android has the largest share with 39%, followed by Apple with 28% and RIM with 20%.

Apple still holds the title of top smartphone manufacturer in the United States, with HTC, Samsung and Motorola following behind.

Nielsen put out a similar report in March stating that Android was at the top, so this isn’t new news about them grabbing a top spot from someone, but rather an update that they’re still numero uno. Although it’s share is bigger now than the March report stated, which was at 29%.

Here’s a visual from Nielson which gives you an idea of the current standings.

So tell us – what operating system and smartphone do you use? I use the Android operating system on my tablet and so far love it. As for my smartphone purchase, I used to own a Blackberry and am carefully considering what my next purchase should be. Any advice on what I should choose?

The Secret Facebook iPad App


TechCrunch revealed the Facebook iPad app, which sort of seems like a secret at the moment. It’s hidden inside the code for Facebook‘s iPhone app, which possibly means it’s not really supposed to be for public use yet.

Well, now that everyone seems to be reporting on it, it seems the “secret” is out and Facebook might want to work out a few of the bugs.

Back in 2010, at a Facebook event when Mark Zuckerburg was asked about an app for the iPad he said, “the iPad’s not mobile… it’s a computer”. It seems he’s changed his tune and realized it’s about time to release one, well kind of.

After talking to a source, TechCrunch has been told that this is indeed the app Facebook was planning to launch for the iPad. You can see tons of pictures here and a tutorial of how to install it here.

Some of the bugs that have been reported are Facebook pages crashing and improper text placements.

For those who have been able to play around with the app, they say they’ll definitely use it over the full website and cannot wait for it to officially launch.

Have you installed the Facebook iPad app and if so, what do you think?


Google+ App Now Available for iPhone


The Google+ iPhone app is now available in the iTunes store and can be downloaded for free here.

Description: Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler. Huddle lets you send super-fast messages to the people you care about most. And no matter where you are, the stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they’re checking in.

Here are a few screenshots:

It seems so far there have been several glitches with the app from crashes, freezing and even no way to share. You can see some answers to the issues here.

With the 10 million people who have reportedly already created a Google+ account, it’s expected that there should be quite a few downloads of the app. Hopefully they will get these glitches fixed soon and more features to the app rolled out.

Have you downloaded the app and if so, what do you think?

Catch a Sneak Peek at Google’s Photsharing Service “Photovine”


We now have a little (and we mean a little) more information about Google’s new photo sharing service Photovine. They released a registration page and a “Warm and Fuzzy” video.

On the registration page you can request an invite, get an idea of what it will look like on your smartphone (pictured below) and watch their teaser video. The simple description is “Photovine is a fun way to learn more about your friends, meet new people, and share your world like never before”.

I requested an invite and received this email:

Thanks for your interest in Photovine! We’ve received your email and added it to our wait list. We’ll be slowly rolling-out invites starting later this month. We’re very excited about Photovine and can’t wait for you to join us!

Thanks again for signing up and for your patience while we distribute invites.

Watch the teaser video below, which I am fairly certain features the adorable and uber-famous dog Boo, who has his own Facebook page. Boo definitely fits the title of the video which is “Warm and Fuzzy” and I guess the harry guy fits the “Fuzzy” part. As one photo is taken and shared, it explains Photovine’s motto “plant a photo, watch it grow”.

There’s still a lot to be unveiled about Photovine and we’ll do our best to stay on top of it, as well as test it out when it’s made available.

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