Some years ago, the idea of using advertising to monetize business apps was considered insane – now, it is commonplace. The next step in the transformation of the mobile economy now sees developers giving back advertising revenue to their users.

We have now received the following press release – the highlighting is done by yours truly:

NINEPOINTEIGHT LLP releases Sweepstakes Free 1.0, the free iOS app giving away real cash prizes everyday. All sweepstakes are completely free to download and enter. As a special launch promotion, prizes have been set at a guaranteed of minimum of $20.00 USD daily and $100.00 weekly for the app launch through to at least December 1. Prize values will increase in value as the number of users increases.

All prizes are for real money in US Dollars, payable to a users Paypal account. These free sweepstakes are initially being funded out of pocket by NINEPOINTEIGHT LLP as a launch promotion, and long term are made possible by advertising displayed within the app. Note that any clicks on advertisements are not a requirement of entry and are completely optional. Apple is not a sponsor or involved in these sweepstakes in any manner.

. . .

Find out more via the URL below:
http://www.ssfreeapp.com/

When it comes to selling apps in China, more than one developer balks at either the complex ESD regulations (anyone remember Nokia’s Ovi?) or the high incidence of piracy.

Mobile World Live has now sat down with someone from Google, who has taken some time to explain some of the common fraud concepts perpetuated by both users and operators of third-party market places for apps (!!!).

Find out more via the URL below – the interesting stuff starts around the fourth minute:
http://www.mobileworldlive.com/videos/google-warns-on-chinese-app-development/24508

Due to it being based on Android, the Google TV can easily be considered the most popular of all solutions available to the Apps-on-TV-crowd – if only it would be available outside of the USA.

According to BroadBandTVNews, Sony plans to deploy both a Blu-Ray and a network media player in August. The devices will cost between 200 and 300 Euros, visit the source for detailed launch plans.

Given that porting non-NDK Android apps apps is relatively easy, why not take a stab at coding?

When Palm first introduced webOS, many developers were wondering why in the name of god the company had chosen HTML5 as its application development platform.

Mozilla now plans to go along the same route with its Boot to Gecko product. It was demoed on a modified Galaxy SII:
1 Mozilla Boot to Gecko   webOS, reloaded

The idea behind it is to break the “locked” relationship between developer and app store:
2 Mozilla Boot to Gecko   webOS, reloaded

The most interesting feature: press the menu button to see the source code of the page:
3 Mozilla Boot to Gecko   webOS, reloaded

The boys also showed off a little 3D demo involving a smoothly rotating skull. Given the power of the underlying hardware, this is not too surprising:
4 Mozilla Boot to Gecko   webOS, reloaded

A little demo video, for completeness’s sake:

Given that the product is intended for ultra low end handsets (600MhZ, 256MB of RAM) and that Telefonica plans to release such a handset by the end of the year, things could become interesting…

P.S. Just in case anyone wonders: they still advertise FireFox for Android:
5 Mozilla Boot to Gecko   webOS, reloaded

In the Micro ISV space on the desktop, selling your company to a larger vendor is a very popular “exit scenario” for founders. So far, it has not been too much of an option in mobile.

Olga Steidl, long-serving press officer of the company, has just sent out the following:

SPB Software, a leading mobile software developer is acquired by Yandex (NASDAQ: YNDX), the leading internet company in Russia.

With this acquisition Yandex starts offering a key component for various mobile platforms – a user interface configured to integrate the company’s key services based on SPB best known technology – SPB Shell 3D. This move boosts Yandex’s opportunities to partner with the players in the mobile ecosystem.

SPB Shell 3D, developed by SPB Software, will be enhanced to integrate Yandex’s cloud services and technologies. In addition, users will have easy access to the company’s services including its search capabilities featured on a wide variety of mobile devices.

“Mobile is a vital part of our growth strategy. The acquisition of SPB Software creates new market potential for us and a plethora of possibilities for innovative solutions for our partners”, said Yandex’s CEO Arkady Volozh. “SPB Shell 3D is an ideal foundation on which to build up our mobile opportunity.”

“SPB Software is excited to join Yandex”, said Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, CEO of SPB Software. “This allows us to unite efforts in developing and marketing new cutting-edge mobile solutions. SPB Software will continue its mission to produce innovative mobile products of the highest quality.”

Looking back to past congresses, the UI system took more and more prevalence over consumer applications at SPB’s booth.

As to why Yandex buys the company outright rather than just license the relevant parts: don’t ask me…

The times are not good for Flash – after Adobe announces the death of the platform in mobile, the TV version is the next to go.

BroadBandTVNews.com now states the following:

The implications for the connected TV world are widespread, although Adobe’s ambitions in this field did not stretch far beyond Sony and Google TV/Logitech, the technology had been picked up by Liberty Global’s Horizon box for UPC and the UK’s YouView. “Adobe will continue to support existing licensees who are planning on supporting Flash Player for Web browsing on digital home devices and are using the Flash Player Porting Kit to do so,”

However, it looks like the future path – from Adobe’s point of view – will be AIR:

The company said that its future work would be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores.

Given that RIM is already offering a native SDK for its PlayBook, I am not sure to what extent this will catch on – stay tuned for info as we get it!

When it comes to web analytics, it sometimes gives us extremely interesting insights – users tend to stop visiting web services if they have an app to access the service.

Data from Opera’s ad division AdMarvel now contains the following gems:

Windows Phone users are more likely to visit email and communications sites compared to users of other platforms.
Are Android users more educated than users of the other platforms? Maybe, as they are the biggest group in the Education category. Education includes the websites for universities and general education.
Android users are the least likely to visit social media websites using their browser.

Not much to add here – except that I never opened my webmail with a Symbian or Android phone…

Samsung has been extraordinarily hard at work at making life easier for its developers – many of its services have already been unified with a single sign-on.

So far, SamsungDForum, their smart TV site, was not part of this scheme. This is now set to change.

The official announcement reads as following (emphasis added by yours truly):

We are greatly pleased to announce that the Samsung D Forum Website will be renewed on Oct 27th to enhance the website’s accessibility and usability for our developers.

Our goal is to make our SDF web site as easy to use for all our users as possible, so we are working diligently on processing all of the site renewals.

Our newly-renewed forums allow developers from all over the world to communicate and share their ideas and development experience with each other.

Also we offer newly updated SDK and technical documents to enable developers to easily create applications for SAMSUNG SmartTV Platform.

Furthermore, our renewed and redesigned guide enables you to easily understand and implement the SAMSUNG SmartTV Application.

Due to the website renewal and change in the *)Samsung Account policy, you may not sign in to our web site with your existing account.

When you try to sign in with your existing account, you may be asked to switch your account now or later.

If you want to switch now, you will be sked to update your basic and additional information.

Once you complete filling out all those information and proceed in email verification process, then our ‘Switching’ process is complete.

We recommend updating your information and completing the ‘Switching’ process as soon as possible.

Our site will be down for maintenance from Oct 26th at 10:00 AM to Oct 27th 10:00 AM (KST).

Samsung D Forum will continue to improve the web site contents and design to make our site more user-friendly.

Just so that none of you finds himself without the relevant documents in a stressful time…

The folks at Comscore’s have sent us the latest interesting tidbits on the mobile market.

First of all, Android has now overtaken the iPhone as the top games platform – it is now second only to dumbphones:
mobile gaming platform Android top US games platform; second largest in EU

In the EU5 region (DE, FR, IT, ES, UK), Symbian’s losses were almost entirely eaten up by Android. It is now the number two platform:
stats1 Android top US games platform; second largest in EU

Looking at the Android data on a per-OEM level, we see HTC and Samsung battling one another for the top position:
stats2 Android top US games platform; second largest in EU

Finally, a bit of data on “who does what”:
stats3 Android top US games platform; second largest in EU

Find out more via the URLs below:
http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2011/9/Android_Captures_number_2_Ranking_Among_Smartphone_Platforms_in_EU5
http://www.comscoredatamine.com/2011/09/top-smartphone-platforms-for-mobile-gamers/

A few years ago, the market was easy – you had an app for Palm, for Windows Phone (Windows Mobile) and maybe Symbian. Now, new platforms have emerged which have taken the lead from the incumbents – but where is the money at?

Vision Mobile has now shared the following insightful graph:
platform program prices The Mobile Platform Race   where the money is

For me, the biggest surprise is that Symbian still moves the least software – what do you think is the reason for this?

In traditional markets, the amount of consulting needed to achieve an end product is smaller than the amount of revenue the finished product will bring.

In mobile computing, this has reversed. A press release by the German market research company research2guidance now contains the following, somewhat alarming statement:

The development service market today is already twice as big as the app download market.

The market for app development services, including application creation, management, distribution and extension services, will grow in value to US$100 billion in 2015. In only a year and a half after the launch of the Apple App Store the application developer market overtook the app download market in revenue size.

Given the ever-increasing amount of free applications, one can state that the app is on the way to become the next advertising channel (rather than a productive tool).

What do you think?

Golden Playlist is now available for webOS phones (Pre, Pre+, Pre 2, Pixi, Veer). Read the app description below. A free light version can be downloaded in Palm’s App Catalog.

Feel like music and videos on your webOS device? Get Golden Playlist!

Our product lets you create, manage and play your favourite media files by using so-called playlists.

While other playlist apps are music-only, our app can also take care of your favourite movie clips. Another advantage of this app are its flexible playback options. You can play…

• the full playlist
• a number of songs
• a couple of minutes (sleep-timer)
• or a never ending loop.

Of course you also can select a playback order. Play the songs of a list randomly (shuffle) or in normal order.

Do you want to start the app and it plays your last activated song? Do you want to pick a list manualy? No problem, just choose an option.

Golden Playlist supports cable and bluetooth headsets. You can use the headset to control the play status (play/pause/next/last song).

Further informations.

Golden-Playlist

There were once an ancient time when people innovated something, chewed on it for some time, and then invented something new. Gone are those days. Shame…!! With Bluetooth 3.0 Just coming out in mass production, we already have Bluetooth 4.0.
You read it correct gentlemen, the good guys at Atheros (sounds familiar..eh?) have successfully announced the AR6233, the first of its kind chip in the whole world to bring “the first SIP solution to support the new Bluetooth 4.0 standard,”. The SIP (it’s called system in package and should not be read as some important points…!!) houses a 802.11n “with a near-zero impact on the battery life of portable devices.” Alongwith the Bluetooth 4.0 thingy. The best part is that it is very feasible on the x86 architecture and is supposed to be mass produced sometime in the shady future (Read as Q2 2011).

For those who want to go word by word, here is what the Press release from Athero Says:

“Atheros Debuts Industry’s Most Flexible Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 Solution for Tablets and Portable Consumer Electronic Devices

The new AR6233 offers both 802.11n Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 4.0 technologies on a system-in-package (SIP) solution.

San Jose, CA — Atheros Communications, Inc., a global leader in innovative technologies for wireless and wired communications, today unveiled the industry’s highest-performing and most flexible wireless solution for tablets and portable consumer electronic (CE) devices. Extending Atheros’ popular line of combination products for computing and consumer devices, the new AR6233 offers both 802.11n Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 4.0 technologies on a system-in-package (SIP) solution — the compact form factor preferred for CE designs.

Key Facts:

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are becoming standard features in more portable consumer devices, including tablets, handheld games and media players. Wi-Fi provides fast network connections for downloading and sharing digital content, while Bluetooth enhances the usability of devices with simple connections to wireless keyboards, mice, headsets and computers.
  • The AR6233 is built on the Atheros ROCm® architecture, which was designed to meet the stringent performance and power requirements of mobile handsets. As a result, the new solution can offer the highest 1-stream 802.11n performance (up to 85 Mbps of end-user throughput) with a near-zero impact on the battery life of portable devices. The AR6233 is also the first SIP solution to support the new Bluetooth 4.0 standard, which features a low-energy mode to extend Bluetooth connectivity to sensors and other battery-powered devices.
  • With a skyrocketing number of Wi-Fi devices crowding the 2.4GHz band, more consumers are looking for dual-band products that leverage the 5GHz band for media applications requiring relatively interference-free bandwidth. The AR6233 provides a cost-effective way for manufacturers to add dual-band wireless capabilities, by adding a minimal number of components to their design.
  • As CE manufacturers launch tablets and other connected devices with unique capabilities and price points, they are using a variety of processors, interfaces and operating systems. Atheros is the only connectivity vendor to support the full range of tablet platforms, enabling customers to streamline their development and procurement processes. With the addition of the AR6233, Atheros’ portfolio now supports architectures that use:
  1. ARM® or x86 processors
  2. SDIO, PCIe and USB interfaces for WLAN, and UART and USB interfaces for Bluetooth
  3. Windows®, Android™ and other Linux® operating systems
  • The AR6233 provides the best possible Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance in a variety of form factors. The same solution can be used in larger devices that take advantage of isolation between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas, as well as smaller devices that share a single-antenna for both radios. To minimize interference in both cases, the AR6233 uses Atheros Universal Wireless Cooperation™ technology, which facilitates greater cooperation between the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios.
  • The AR6233 is now sampling, and is expected to be in volume production in Q2, 2011.”

JezzBall is an evergreen. Tamoggemon’s award-winning BallZ series has brought JezzBall fun to PalmOS and Symbian heads – bada users are now a target, too.
screen2 Tamoggemon releases BallZ Free   JezzBall for Bada

Effective immediately, users can use Samsung Apps on their Wave smartphone to download a free trial version of JezzBall. BallZ Free contains the following features:

  • 8 levels
  • Background music
  • Full SFX

A full version containing 30 colorful levels will be released in the near future, and will be announced in a separate release. Support for QVGA devices is being implemented as you tread this, and will become available along with the paid version.

Tam Hanna, CEO of Tamoggemon states the following:

Developing applications and games for Samsung’s bada OS was a fascinating experience. Tamoggemon is always interested in supporting new and promising platforms – and Samsung bada has the potential to be a smash hit!”.

Further information can be obtained here:
http://www.tamoggemon.com/bada/balz/index.html

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