Josh Costine notes that the number of "daily active users" to Facebook from Android phones just surpassed the number from Apple iPhones for the first time. Another sign of Android's growing importance -- Facebook developed new features for its Android app first.
Facebook for Android‘s monthly user count of 85.4 million still lags behind the iPhone app’s 99.1 million MAU. However, this stat isn’t as important as DAU, or stickiness — the percentage of monthly active users that return daily. Android’s stickiness is 68.2%, compaed to iPhone’s 57.9%. This could indicate that Android devices appeal to a younger, more Facebook-engaged audience, or to more hardcore technology users in general. The iPhone’s role as a fashion and status symbol may be drawing less engaged users.
-TechCrunch, December 18, 2011
The mixed track record of Android phone vendors offering software updates for their devices has been one of platform's weaknesses, overblown as it may be by Apple fans. Back in May, Google tried to address the problem by getting handset makers and carriers to agree to update all phones for at least 18 months.
Now, with the major Android "Ice Cream Sandwich" update upon us, PC Magazine's Jamie Lendino says phone makers are failing to live up to their commitments and the May promise is "dead."
The thing is, while the Google Update Alliance ended up being one of the biggest stories to come out of Google I/O, we've heard almost nothing about it since then. You can bet we weren't just going to forget about it and pretend it never happened—especially after the release of Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which is a huge leap in UI design and overall performance.
So seven months in, we thought we'd circle back and ask all those vendors an important question: How's it going? Here's what they had to say—and unfortunately, it's not at all good.
-PCMag.com, December 16, 2011
It's a fair topic for a hard-hitting story and it's a great idea for a high-profile publication like PC Magazine to press manufacturers and carriers on this issue and publicize their vague non-responses.
On the other hand, if a big player like Samsung offers no information about which of its four recent handsets will get the "Ice Cream Sandwich" upgrade, it's hard to conclude much about the state of the company's update commitment yet. Furthermore, Sony and HTC have already announced they plan to update all their recent phones. I'm all for holding Samsung's feet to the fire. I'm just not sure it's time to declare the whole effort "dead" yet, as Lendino does in the headline.
Lengthy Wall Street Journal report on the travails of Apple's iAds mobile advertising program. Unfortunately, they don't offer a lot of explanation until the very end of the story:
One major challenge Apple faces: because the company only sells ads that appear on Apple devices, marketers are forced to buy ads from competitors to reach broader audiences, says IDC analyst Karsten Weide. "Apple we believe will, over time, fade into the background," he says. "It was attempted to make sure that even consumers advertising experience on Apple devices was perfect, but it hasn't really worked."
-WSJ.com, December 12, 2011
It's another example where Apple's refusal to make its services multi-platform has hurt the company. I'd cite iBooks as another leading example.
Peter Yared, chief technology officer at CBS Interactive, thinks Apple's lead in several markets including tablets and thin-form notebooks is being rapidly eroded:
However, technology is accelerating faster than ever before and it doesn't take long for the competition to catch up. Apple's ultimate attribute, that of design and "taste," is almost like fashion. And as with fashion, being first doesn't mean you will rule the market; it just means that you are going to get copied. Remember, H&M sells a lot more Prada-like designs than Prada.
-CNet, December 12, 2011
Apple's scorched-earth legal strategy to obliterate competition via the courtroom appears to be rapidly blowing up in the company's metaphorical face. Just in, Motorola got an injunction banning sales of the iPhone and 3G-capable iPads in Germany:
Motorola Mobility on Friday won a major patent infringement decision against Apple in Germany, a ruling that includes an injunction against the iPhone and 3G-capable iPads. Motorola's victory relates to European Patent 1010336 (B1), entitled "Method for Performing a Countdown Function During a Mobile-originated Transfer for a Packet Radio System."
-Apple Insider, December 9, 2011
Seems like only yesterday when the Moto patents were being trashed as "crap" by M-CAM CEO David Martin. Maybe not so crappy now?
The ruling, which obviously can be overturned on appeal, follows several other Apple setbacks in courts around the world over the past week. In Australia, Samsung can start selling its Galaxy tablets after a previous order was lifted. And in the United States, a court declined to block sales of Samsung phones and tablets that Apple challenged via several patents, though Apple plans to appeal.
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