Google to launch online store for Android tablets

While Apple is enjoying huge levels of success with the new iPad, Google has recorded dissapointing sales of tablets running Android OS. In order to boost sales Google is reportedly planning to rollout an online store by the end of 2012, the store will sell tablets running Android OS.

According to The Wall Street Journal  the internet search giant’s plans are similar to the short-lived online sales model of the company’s 2010 Nexus One handset only much more similar to the online portion of the Apple Store.

It is not known when the store will officially make its debut, and the sources are unclear as to which Android tablet makers will be taking part in the endeavor.

What do you think, will an online store be able to save the dwindling sales of Android Tablets?

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iOS App Snapseed coming to Android and Mac in early 2012

Being the avid photographer that I am, I am constantly trying to find apps that will help me improve the images that the iPhone takes, recently I found Snapseed, and have had nothing but good experiences with it, now according to an announcement by the developer Nik Software Snapseed will arrive  on Android in early 2012, at the same time Snapseed has already made its way to the Mac App Store.

Snapseed was voted Apple’s ‘App of the Year’ in 2011, during CES, Michael J. Slater, president and CEO of Nik Software, stated the he was “very pleased to bring Snapseed to the Android tablet market,” furthermore he adds,”Offering Snapseed for Android tablets is a great opportunity for more users to experience the fun and creativity of photo editing and sharing. We worked with NVIDIA to make Snapseed fast and responsive for Android users everywhere.”

The Android version of Snapseed will set users back £3.24 ($4.99), while the Mac App Store version costs £12.99 ($19.99).

Best Time To Launch Your New App is Sunday.

Developers pay attention!

If you are planning to release your App on the Apple App Store, then new research shows that Sunday is the best day to release it. This is according to a 17-week long analysis conducted by Mobilewalla, the mobile analytics firm.

In order to gather reliable data, the company studied the apps released on a daily basis in the iTunes App Store and Android Market between May 16th and September 8th, 2011. The company determined that 91,754 iOS apps were released into the iTunes App Store and 122,220 apps released into the Android Market.

If you are debating whether to release your App on the App Store or on the Android market then consider this according to TechCrunch,  an app released into Apple’s App Store is four times more likely to be discovered than an app released into the Android Market.

If you are wondering what day to avoid, then the answer is simple if your App is for the Android Market, then steer clear of  Thursdays as only 7% of apps reached the top 240 then during the study. On the App Store the worst day for a new release is Friday, with only 10% of apps reaching the top 240.

Apple and Google dominate smartphone market

There used to be a time where Windows Mobile and RIM’s BlackBerry dominated the smartphone market, fast forward to 2011 however and Windows Mobile’s share has dropped to a mere 3% and RIM currently only hold 10% of the market share, so what happened?

Simple, throughout the past few years Android and iOS handsets have taken over the market, currently the who giants hold a combined 82% of the market.

According to data released on Tuesday by market research firm The NPD Group, “The competitive landscape for smartphones, which has been reshaped by Apple and Google, has ultimately forced every major handset provider through a major transition,” Furthermore more Ross Rubin, executive director adds “For many of them, 2012 will be a critical year in assessing how effective their responses have been.”

BlackBerry devices comprised half of all smartphone sales in Q2 2006, but have since seen a steep decline, ending the third quarter of 2011 with just 8 percent market share.

While Nokia remains the top handset vendor in the world, it has suffered a major blow in smartphone sales during the transition from Symbian to Windows Phone, seeing a decline from a 33 percent share in 2010 to 14 percent in 2011.

During the three months ending in September, Apple held its title as America’s top smartphone maker with a 28.3 percent share followed by HTC and RIM with 20.3 percent and 17.8 percent, respectively, according to Nielsen. Android phones as a whole dominated the market, however, garnering a 42.8 percent share.

If you would like to read the whole press release it can be found here.

What do you think, will Nokia and RIM be able to regain their market share?

Students can now rent Textbooks for the Kindle

For the students among us this is great news, according to  Amazon, “You can now save up to 80 percent off the list price of the print textbook by renting Kindle Textbooks on the Kindle or Kindle-compliant devices such as Windows and OS X PCs, iPads, iPhones and BlackBerry, Android and Windows Phone 7 devices”. In other words this means that students will get access to “Tens of thousands of textbooks” are available for rent across those platforms, You can choose a rental length between 30 and 360 days and extend your rental for as little as one day. What’s best, regardless of your chosen rental period, Amazon will charge you only for the exact time you need a book. From Amazon:

Kindle Textbook Rental is a flexible and affordable way to read textbooks. You can rent for the minimum length, typically 30 days, and save up to 80% off the print list price. If you find you need your textbook longer, you can extend your rental by as little as 1 day as many times as you want and just pay for the added days.

You can tell whether  a Kindle edition is available for rent in the Textbooks Store section of the Kindle app or from the search bar.

Developer interest in iOS keeps growing!

A survey by Appcelerator with help from IDC says that developers still favor iOS for making their mobile apps. 91% of devs surveyed said that they were “very interested” in making apps for iPhone, and 86% of those surveyed would like to make apps for iPad.

Developers in the survey said that Android fragmentation among devices as well as multiple app stores are keeping them away from projects on that platform.

Microsoft and RIM, on the other hand, are still waiting on customer adoption — the new BlackBerry Playbook is at 20% interest among developers, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform is only a little higher than that. At this point in time, Apple has everything developers want: a developer toolkit that’s powerful and relatively easy to use, lots of customers ready to spend money on apps, and a big install base with a solid future. It’s no wonder devs like iOS so much.

A quarter of all apps are only used once.

Apps

This is interesting news, especially for the developers among our readers, according to Localytics, Mobile device users are becoming more picky about the Apps they use, with 28 percent of Apps only ever getting used once after being downloaded.

Analytics firm Localytics makes the claims in a report they released recently, furthermore they stress that developers must focus on first impressions within pleasing user exeperiences.

Localytics studied the thousands of Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 apps using its real-time app analytics service. It found one-time use rose considerably across 2010, from 22 percent in Q1 to 28 percent in Q4.

How about you? Do you download apps and then only use them once? Leave a comment below.

Skype to bring video chat to the iPhone!

According to several rumors it appears that Skype will be making a major announcement about video calling from iPhone during CES ’11.

The first site to report on the rumor was Engadget which picked up on the fact that Skype will be participating in a CES panel discussion titled “Video Calling Gets Ready for Primetime.” Of course, panel discussions usually include participants from a number of companies, so that’s not enough to base a rumor on.

The kicker was an email received by the team that contained a link to a help document on Skype’s site. The title? “How do I make video calls with Skype for iPhone?” While a search of the Skype site didn’t reveal that document to your humble TUAW correspondent, we trust our sister site enough to believe that they had access to it.

Now if Skype can just keep prolonged service outages from happening..then we would be seriously excited about this news.

Getting Flash to work on the iPad…

We have been waiting for this news for a LONG time, but finally here it is, FLASH FOR THE iPAD, even though you will need to jailbreak your iPad in order for this to run, it sure does rock!

After having ported Flash for the iPhone, the guy who released the Spirit untethered jailbreak tool for the  iPhoneiPad and iPod touch has now managed to run “real” Flash content right on the jailbroken Apple iPad. He calls is Frash, and in essence it is nothing more than a port of Adobe Flash runtime for Android running on iPad using a compatibility layer.

Flash on iPad

We have added a video below to prove that this isn’t just some kind of hoax. The YouTube description of the video explains everything about the port as follows.

Frash is a port of the Adobe Flash runtime for Android to the iPhone, using a compatibility layer, by comex ( http://twitter.com/comex ). Frash can currently run most Flash programs natively in the MobileSafari browser. Frash currently only runs on the iPad, but support for other devices (3GS+ only due to technical restrictions) is planned, as well as support for iOS 4.

And here is the video of it in action..


More people browse the web with iPads than with Android devices!

We knew that the iPad was becoming more and more popular for browsing the web however latest reports on monthly browser usage data state that the iPad is becoming more popular than Android-powered devices.

According to the report since being released in April the Apple device already represents 0.17% of all Web browser traffic tracked by Net Applications. Then in June the iPad finally managed to do the amazing of beating Android driven devices which only represent 0.14 percent of all Web browsing traffic. The iPod touch gained 0.14% of the shares.

Net Applications

It is also interesting to note that during June Apple’s most high-profile iOS device, the iPhone, was revealed by Net Applications to carry a 33 percent share of all mobile browsers. Which seems pretty awesome when compared to 14 percent for Nokia’s Symbian, 6 percent for Google Android, 4 percent for BlackBerry, and a mere 3 percent for Microsoft’s Windows Mobile.