Google's Android Operating System and Android Market's Growth Has Been Incredible

Google, one of the biggest player   in the smart phone market  has been putting its money on the Android Operating system, betting big on the future of smart Mobiles. IOS has been the biggest challenger and is growing faster with quality apps & games, but the biggest question is can Apple maintain its  lead in the App store business. With the newer versions of the Android platform released frequently with better features, one can easily upgrade android versions quickly and experience better usability. Back in 2009 Google first released 1.5 Cupcake , supporting 3 API levels , now after 3 years in 2012 Google has launched a faster , better operating system version 4.1.x Jelly Bean with 16 API levels (a list of OS versions can be viewed at Wikipedia ) . The user experience of using the Android phones have been superb with quality features and excellent hardware from Samsung, LG,Sony, HTC, Motorola   and  other  manufacturers relying on the Open source platform to build their niche.

Apps have been the key to Androids growth. With a robust developer network, android market is growing faster . According to the latest stats release by Google, its Google Play android apps market place has clocked 25 Billion downloads with 675,000 apps available currently and growing, that’s an impressive number. With this current growth, it will soon surpass the Apple App Store.

It is a very close battle between Google and Apple in terms of apps available in the market place and user downloads. So far the stats released have shown that Apple’s App Store leads in terms of paid applications. A study released in 2011 found that Apple’s platform pocketed 90 % of all dollars spent on apps for mobile devices. But this number will soon change in favor of Google, its just a matter of time.

Most popular Android market categories

Entertainment is the hottest category in the  android market. The total number of apps, free apps and paid apps per Android market category is shown below:

AppBrain has provided some excellent stats in the form of a chart above. The usage of apps and games is going to grow in coming months and will largely depend on the experience provided by the Upgraded Android Operating Systems in the future.

 

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Pinterest introduces Android, iPad and iPhone apps

Social networking start-up Pinterest has introduced new apps for Android, iPad and iPhone. The apps can be downloaded at Apps.Pinterest.com. The company blog stated,”Whether you’re traveling to another city, checking out gadgets in a store, or cooking dinner in your kitchen, you can now take Pinterest with you. Our apps allow you to pin, discover, and access your account from wherever you choose.”

The Pinterest Android App makes it simple and fast to pin, so that the time users spend on Pinterest is as productive as possible. It works well on Android phones and tablets, irrespective of the device’s cost, speed or screen size.

The iPad app is perfect for sitting on the couch, on a train, or in bed where users can effortlessly discover, save and organize the things that interest them. The app offers users new ways to engage with pins, whether swiping the screen to resume browsing after viewing a board, or using the embedded browser to see what others are pinning from their favorite sites.

The faster, redesigned iPhone app introduces a 2-column layout that lets users see more, so that they can find the pins they’re looking for and get back to their lives more quickly.

Regardless of the device used, users can login or register with Facebook, Twitter or just an email address.Kindle Fire owners will be able to download Pinterest from the Amazon Appstore for Android.

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets users to “pin” images and share them with others. It has grown to about 23 million users in July from about one million a year ago. Last week Pinterest opened its online service to the general public, ending a multi-year period in which users who signed up had to wait to be admitted by the company.

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CDN Solutions Group launches Android App “London 2012 Experience” for Olympic Lovers

CDN Solutions Group has launched an Android App “London 2012 Experience”, for Olympic lovers. The app will enable users to Experience, Share & Live Olympic sport and get all the information at the ease of their palm. This is an unofficial App for Olympics going to held at London 2012. The App can be downloaded for free from Google Play and its iOs (iPhone, iPad) version will be soon available in itunes.

The “London 2012 Experience” app provides a chance to bring Olympic lovers together to follow and cheer their favorite sport or country and socialize with each other regardless of the nation one belongs. Some of the key features of this App are:

  • Get details of every event schedule with competition venues and live screens
  • Set Alerts to get reminder before any match
  • Well organized Medal table
  • Get every news updates and results
  • Follow your favorite country or sport
  • Simple registration process before following any country or sport
  • ‘Keep me Logged In’ option for hassle-free use of application
  • Option to manage a customized profile
  • View your connections, alerts, set time zone in My Account Section
  • Send friend request to other followers of alike sport or country
  • Send/receive private messages to/from friend followers
  • Exclusive profile page of every country
  • Country Profile page includes qualified athletes, schedule, participating sports, medal tally and list of followers
  • Post comments on followed country’s Message Board
  • Exclusive profile page of every sport
  • Sport Profile page includes sport details with competition dates, venues, schedule, medal tally and list of followers
  • Post comments on followed sport’s Message Board
  • Facebook Share Integration: post on your wall and let your friends know what you’re doing
  • Designed with minimum navigation.

Speaking on its launch, Mr. Chetan Naik, Director of CDN Solutions Group said,“London 2012 – Experience App will be going to present a golden opportunity for Sports lovers as they can invite not only new friends through this app but also share their love for any particular Country and Sports. Users would be able to know every fascinating Event schedule, timings and also easily remain updated with the happenings of Olympics 2012 on the tap of their fingers. If you are an Olympic Sport lover, then download this app to Experience, Share and Live every moment of London 2012 Olympics”.

CDN Solutions Group established in 2000, is a one-stop-shop IT Services Provider Company provides Mobile Application Development, Software Development, Web Development & Web Design, Multimedia Services.  It has unique expertise in Smartphone technologies with 38000+ hours of Mobile Application development experience for various platforms including iPad, Blackberry, iPhone, Android, Palm webOS, Windows Mobile, J2ME, Nokia, Bada, Meego & QT.

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TIL launches new shopping app for Android Phones

Times Internet Limited (TIL) has launched a new shopping app for Android phones. With the help of this new app, Users can view the entire product range that Indiatimes Shopping  has for mobiles , compare prices as well as pay with easy payment options.

To compare the product prices listed on India Times Shopping with other websites, the users have to scan the QR code or ISBN code of the product using their mobile’s camera. These codes are mapped to a unique product and are used to compare with prices on other e-commerce sites. This unique product also enables users to scan the bar codes of the books and shop for them on Indiatimes Shopping. Users have the options to pay by Cash On Delivery (COD), net banking and using credit cards.

Gautam Sinha, Director Technology & E-commerce, Times Internet Limited said,”Our shopping price comparison feature empowers our customers to choose the best deal from the entire shopping landscape, which is yet another manifestation of Indiatimes’ market-leading approach. We are planning a slew of such user-friendly technology solutions, which will make shopping reach an even wider audience. It is my sincere belief that technology will be a key differentiator in what Indiatimes Shopping is going to do in the coming future against its competitors”.

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Innovative Startup: Discover best Mobile Apps with GreatApps.com

Not everybody has got the time to browse the App Store looking for new applications to install on his phone. People usually download these apps that their friends are using, or that get five star ratings on review sites. And they also resort to services like AppAlerts, which let them know about cool apps right as they are released. And now, there’s yet another service for realizing which apps are worthy of your time.

GreatApps.com features nothing but the best 15 apps that are released every day. iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm… all these platforms are actively supported, and there’s no shortage of categories to choose from. “Entertainment”, “Productivity”, “Finance”, “Education”… these are all featured categories. And the site also lists the most remarkable mobile games that are released on its homepage

Of course, you can browse through these apps that have already been featured on the site by doing a keyword search. And if you find the criteria used by the GreatApps team to be really spot-on, then you can sign up for direct notifications. You do that by supplying some basic personal information, and by submitting both your email and your phone number (for these cases in which e-mail doesn’t work). You also have to specify whether you live in the US or not.

Link: www.greatapps.com

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Google Leads the Smartphone App Race in India

A major contributor to the fast-changing nature of smartphones in India is the explosion of Google’s Android onto the scene. The tremendous growth of Android since entering India last year has it taking the leadership position in terms of shipments last quarter. A Nielsen Informate panel found smartphone users in India spending more than 40 percent of total active time on their smartphones on data-centric activities. A full 25 percent of users’ time with apps is spent on those developed by Google, with the Android Market, YouTube and Gmail leading the way.

Google has the #1 app in terms of reach for 5 out of top 7 genres, while Facebook dominates social networking

Google properties occupy the top spot in five of the top seven genres, by reach. Facebook and Nimbuzz lead the social networking and chat genres respectively.

Google does well in time spent with the top app categories
Google apps dominate in terms of time spent for streaming video, GPS, email, and search. 94% of time spent on streaming video goes to YouTube, while 86% of time spent on GPS is with Google. However, when it comes to social networking and chat applications, Google struggles to obtain more than a few percentage points of time spent.

Google apps dominate across age groups
Google Apps have a fairly uniform usage across age groups indicating the success Google has had in establishing itself with all mobile users.

 

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“Featured Apps” in Android Market, Seeing Explosive Downloads

Getting featured in the Android Market is starting to have a meaningful impact for mobile app developers. According to the recent news from fitness app maker RunKeeper, the company saw a 637% increase in downloads since November after just a few days of being a featured app in the Android Market “Health & Fitness” section.

But is RunKeeper seeing the boost because of the New Year’s resolution-making crowd? Or is being featured in the Android Market really bumping up download numbers in the extreme for anyone who makes it there?

RunKeeper’s success story is a great one. On January 1st, the app became featured in the Android Market, which led it to become the #3 “Health & Fitness” app, up from a previous ranking in the 20′s, and #288 in the entire Android Market, which, as we now know, is at 400,000 apps.

It’s certainly a hopeful tale, but one that left us with questions – how much is being featured really worth? Was being a “Health & Fitness” app the real story here?

Apparently not. Another popular Android application, Lightbox, a photo-sharing app that’s sort of like a mashup of Instagram and Tumblr, was also featured in the Android Market over the holidays, starting on Christmas Eve. Says CEO Thai Tran, in the week following its new highly visible status, Lightbox saw over 500,000 downloads to bring its total number of downloads to over 1.5 million.

For comparison purposes, it took Lightbox three months to reach its first 500,000 downloads. More importantly, getting “featured” didn’t always amount to this level of traction. In summer 2011, for example, as Lightbox was working on its first 500K, it was featured in the Android Market for nearly an entire month. And yet, it still took three months to reach 500K.

Lightbox’s growth also mirrors Android’s international growth, Tran notes.  Previously, the U.S. accounted for 55% of Lightbox’s usage, and the U.K. was its #2 country.  But now the U.S. is down to 33% of its usage, and India and Brazil have leapfrogged the U.K. to become its #2 and #3 countries respectively. Lightbox is also seeing traction in Mexico, Malaysia, and Indonesia, says Tran.

But Lightbox’s jump was during the holidays – a time when many people are getting brand-new mobile devices and downloading apps. In fact, Flurry said that 1.2 billion apps were downloaded during the 2011 holiday season.

What about the Android Market’s impact on growth outside of the Christmas/New Year’s rush? For a third example, let’s look at the intelligent, social to-do list Any.DO, which announced in mid-December that it had seen 500,000 downloads over the past thirty days. The increase, says CEO Omer Perchik, was in part due to the app’s featured status in the Android Market. Although he declined to share hard numbers, he did say that during the app’s featured period, Any.DO was seeing “tens of thousands” of downloads per day – something that’s “an order of magnitude” above its normal download numbers.

Other successes include Evernote’s Skitch, which reached 1 million downloads in November, also while it was being featured on the Market. It later hit 3 million by December. Going further back, in July, Point Inside Maps was featured in the Market for an increase of a more moderate 50,000 downloads per week.

So how does an app get featured in the Android Market, developers want to know? That’s easy: build a great app. Any.DO’s Perchik says that he’s never seen unstable, unusable apps getting featured – Google looks for quality. Android Market PM Fernando Delgado previously explained the process, saying that Google has a team of editors and category managers who proactively look at new apps being released on the Market.

“If an app is determined to have high potential, it is thoroughly reviewed to make sure it meets the high bar for being featured,” he says. In other words, it’s Google’s own curation process – not just raw download numbers that help an app make the cut.

Source: Techcrunch

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BookMyShow Android App

Many of you already using BookMyShow to book tickets of favorite movie and shows. As an Android user, it’s a great news for you because BookMyShow has released much awaited Android app. This app offers you to watch movie listings, its synopsis & details, check its showtimes and select & book movie tickets in your preferred cinema hall directly from your mobile phone. There is a support for multiple secure payment options which offers the same experience as you experience while using their website.

I have used its IPhone app to book tickets and its pretty good.

At present this app offer only Movie listings but BookMyShow said that the app also offer sports, concerts and theatre tickets in future versions also. This is a free app and you can download this app using this link

 

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