Facebook Beats Google in the UK on Christmas Day Again

The last time this incident happened, it was in the US. Facebook took first place to be the most visited website on two normal weekdays of March. Before that, Facebook already made a reputation of becoming the most visited website on Christmas and New Years in both the US and UK and now, this is becoming a tradition.

Once again, on Christmas day this year Facebook reportedly became the most visited website. Unsurprisingly, this time too, the reports are from Hitwise. Facebook accounted for 10.5% of the overall traffic whereas; Google was left behind at 9.77%.

Robin Goad from Hitwise writes:

On Christmas Day (December 25th) facebook.com accounted for 10.50% of all UK Internet visits, while the figure for google.co.uk was 9.77%. This was the first time that Facebook has ever been the most popular UK website.

The sole reason for these spikes in traffic during festive seasons are less searches and more social engagement, be it online or offline. Facebook has overthrown Yahoo as the third most visited website and we can expect to see a furious battle pitting between Google and Facebook next year.

(Via: TNW)

Android Has Over 200,000 Apps In Android Market

An unofficial app tracker for , Android Lib stats suggest that there are now over 200,000 apps in the Android Market. This brings the Android Market on par or at-least near to the number of apps carried by rival; Apple, in their app store.

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The latest stats on Android Lib show that there are now over 200K apps and games in the Android market. If this is true, this is definitely a phenomenal growth for the Android Market over the past two year. However, there are several people out there who doubt the viability of the apps in the Android market.

After I tweeted about the stats, several users began complaining that most of the apps are either bad or crash. However, the same can also be said about the apps in Apple’s app store. Majority of the apps in the app store are just there for numbers, most of them are practically useless. This trend though does not apply to a single app store and is common throughout every store out there.

Coming back more to the stats, the development of new apps for Android has definitely grown in the past year, with the past 3 months seeing almost 70,000 new apps and games being added to the market. Also, out of the 200K+ apps, 180K+ apps were added in 2010.

The app store milestone adds to the earlier milestone of over 300,000 Android devices being activated everyday. However, there is no official data out there to corroborate either of these milestones.

Take this information with a pinch of salt. These numbers may be inflated and we are trying to do our best to find out other sources to confirm this information.

(Source: Softpedia)

Google AdSense Now Sending Payment Email Notifications

If you are a publisher here is something that will help you track when payments are issued. Google has started to send out payment sent email notifications to users.

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The new payment notification emails from AdSense tells a publisher that a payment has been sent out, however, it does not contain the amount that you earned through the month, so you will still have to login to your Google AdSense account to check on the payment details.

Also, there is no opt-out from receiving payment notifications since it is a mandatory email service announcement. Hopefully, this will help busy publishers to track when their payments have been sent without having to login in to Google AdSense, the email notice that was sent out is added below.

You’ve been issued a payment from Google AdSense

Hello Keith Dsouza,

Please note that we’ve recently issued a payment to you for your AdSense earnings. Your payment represents the total of your finalized earnings accumulated through the end of last month.

For more information, please log into your account and visit your Payments page. Depending on your form of payment, you may also be able to find a reference number there to track or pick up your payment.

Remember, EFT is our recommended form of payment because it is faster and more reliable. For more information, please visit the following link: "How do I sign up for Electronic Funds Transfer?"

Congratulations! We hope you receive your payment soon.

Sincerely,
The Google AdSense Team

© 2010 Google

Email Preferences: You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google AdSense account.

Did you receive an email update about payments being sent out? What do you think about this new email notification? Do let me know through your comments.

Download Android 3.0 Honeycomb Music Player For Your Android Handset

Andy Rubin had stated during the Google I/O event this year that the Android 3.0 update will completely change the UI of Android to make it look more beautiful and pleasing to the eye. Back then, he had also shown off the brand new Music Player which will be bundled with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Now, XDA member johnie93 has somehow managed to get his hands on the APK file of the Honeycomb music player.

Readers can download the APK file from here. Transfer this APK file to your Android handset and install it to get the Honeycomb music player on your handset.

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The Music Player worked perfectly on my Samsung Galaxy S running a custom ROM based on Android 2.2.1. The application also supports music streaming from the Gmail account linked to your Android handset (Google Music incoming?). The UI of the music app is pretty good as well but nothing stellar. The desktop widget is a bit bland for my taste with no album art support.

It also looks like the Music Player will support Wireless Sync. As of now, the feature does not work. Also, sometimes the app would get excessively slow while playing back music. The app also FC’ed (Force Close) a couple of times for the short span of time I used it.

Nevertheless, I am pretty sure that this is a beta version of the music player. Google still has a lot of time to improve and tweak the performance of the application and perhaps include an equalizer as well.

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Google’s New Holiday Google Is Most Complex Yet

Google is known to sport ‘s on their homepage instead of the traditional logos. Some of the most fun (and maybe annoying) Doodle’s till date have been the Google Pacman Doodle, the Google Balls Doodle and the John Lennon Doodle.

Google Holiday Doodle

However, the new Google Doodle for the holidays is probably the most complex Doodle created yet. The Doodle sports some historic places and events. According to the WSJ, the Doodle was created by Micheal Lopez and team of 5 artists who took 250 hours to create this Doodle.

The WSJ post also delves deeper into how the idea behind the Doodle came out and the process Lopez and team went through to come up with this Doodle. Nevertheless, the hard word shows off since it is definitely one of the most complex Google Doodle I have seen in a long time.

As every year, this years Holiday Doodle will remain on Google homepage till Christmas is over. What do you think about the Google Holiday Doodle? Do you like it?

Google Nexus S Gets Its First OTA Update – GRH78

Just after a week of its launch, the Google Nexus S is getting its first software update over the air. The OTA (Over-The-Air) update weighs in at 1.9MB and carries the build number GRH78, up from the previous GRH55 build number. There is no official change-log but looking at the size of the OTA, don’t expect wonders. Apparently, the update mainly fixes some bugs and Maps fixes’.

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MoDaCo owner Paul posted on XDA with regard to the OTA update :

Super quick GRH78 analysis – changes to framework.jar, kernel and Maps.apk. That’s about it.

Nexus S owners can either wait for the update to be pushed to their phone or enter *#*#checkin#*#* manually and get the update.

Download Hero Of Sparta For Android For Free

Remember the Gameloft Twitter Advent promotion under which the company made Dungeon Hunters for Android available as a free download for 24 hours? Today, continuing their Twitter Advent promotion Gameloft is giving away Hero Of Sparta game for Android as a free download for the next 24 hours. While the game is available for free download, the official page of the game still lists it for $4.99.

Users who want to grab their copy of Hero Of Sparta for free need to visit this link from their handset to download the game. On visiting the link from their handset, users will be prompted to download and install a 22KB 100% Free HD Game’ apk file.

The app   then opens up a webpage, which looks exactly like the page from where you downloaded the 22KB apk file, from where users can download the apk file of the game for free. The apk file of the game is 3.07MB big and after installing the game it downloads another 66MB of additional game data.

Here is a video of Hero Of Sparta in action :

Trying any other method/link to download the game may not prove successful given Gameloft’s crappy store. There is another twist to the tale as well here. Not all Android handsets are capable of running Hero Of Sparta. The selected handsets which are capable of playing Hero Of Sparta includes the Google Nexus One, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid and the HTC EVO 4G. Readers can find the whole list of compatible devices here.

Motorola Teases Users With Countdown And Video, Everest Tablet Coming?

It is a very well-known fact that many companies will be unveiling a tablet at the upcoming CES 2011 including Motorola. Andy Rubin had even used the Motorola tablet prototype running Honeycomb at the D: Dive Mobile event. Yesterday, Motorola had uploaded a teaser video on YouTube about their upcoming tablet. The video shows how the tablet evolved right from B.C to A.D and even took potshots at the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Here is the video I am talking about :

Today, the company has put up a countdown on their website until they announce their upcoming highly anticipated tablet at the CES 2011. As of now, the countdown says that 15 days 4 hours and 46 minutes are still left until Motorola announces its next-generation tablet. Users can have a look at the countdown here.

From the leaked information, we already know that the upcoming tablet from Motorola will be sporting an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and will also be a DROID branded device. The tablet will also be running on the next version of Android OS Honeycomb which is targeted towards tablet.

1.5 Million Windows Phone 7 Devices Sold Already

Many, including me, believed that Windows Phone 7 hadn’t been selling as much as it was initially expected to. I even mentioned in my last post, that Windows Phone 7 sales hadn’t been very encouraging. With no official word from Microsoft, we had every reason to believe so. But now it seems that I (and many others) will have to eat my words. Today, Microsoft released some sales statistics for Windows Phone 7 devices, and the numbers are looking really good.

Microsoft had launched 10 Windows Phone 7 phones with different launch partners in October. It seems that 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 devices have been sold already, in the first six weeks since its international launch.

Even the developer support has been great, with Windows phone 7 now offering over 4000 apps in the WP7 Marketplace. If the Nokia-Microsoft deal does turn out to be true, Microsoft may be on its way to becoming the third most popular smartphone platform in the US after Android and iOS.

Windows Phone 7 Sales

via Microsoft

Gingerbread Update For Nexus One Coming In Few Weeks

Google’s discontinued phone used to usually be the first phone to get major updates. However, it looks like Nexus One owners will have to wait for a few weeks before they see a OTA update.

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In a tweet from the official account @googlenexus, the folks at Google hinted that the update is coming in the next few weeks.

The Gingerbread OTA for Nexus One will happen in the coming weeks. Just hang tight!

Why this delay? Most probably because Google is now more interested in pushing Nexus S to users and might be starting to give secondary treatment to the poor old Nexus One. Well, I say secondary because it has been almost a fortnight since Gingerbread was released and Nexus S ships with it.

Nevertheless, Nexus One should at-least get an update before 2011 sets in. If you are waiting for the update, just hang tight. In the meantime you can install the Gingerbread keyboard on your device.