Twitter Sees 40% of Photos from iOS

Android is winning in terms of market share, but that doesn’t mean anything. In fact, iOS is beating Android front, left, right, and center in many other areas. For example, iPhone is bringing in 52% of mobile profits even though iPhone only has a 4% market share. I can go on and on, but that’s not what this article about. Haha, just kidding this is another article about iOS dominating in another area over Android. Today, a new report from Skylines reveals that at 2 out of 5 tweeted photos for Twitter’s own image service come from Apple products.

In fact, Apple’s Photo and Camera apps in iOS 5 already  for 5 percent of all photo uploads to Twitter, making it the seventh largest client on the network. Skylines  analyzed over 24 million Twitter photos posted during the week of Oct. 22, finding that iOS’s 39% share contained of a combination of Twitter’s iPhone app, Instagram, and  iOS 5’s built-in  Photo and Camera apps. The percentage can be much higher, but the blog posts suggest that photos could have also come from apps like TweetDeck and Echofon on iOS.

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The report also reveals some more interesting facts.  Twitter’s official iPhone app is ranked as having the highest share of photos, with 21 percent, followed by 17 percent coming from Web posts. Instagram on iOS takes the third spot and is followed by Twitter’s BlackBerry app (ummm…people still use them?), with 13 percent and 12 percent respectively. Twitter for Android took 10 percent of the share.  Skylines also discovered that users of various clients and mobile platforms seem to prefer specific services.

Last month, Dick Costolo, Twitter CEO, revealed that the daily signups for Twitter had tripled since the release of iOS 5. He also called Apple as a “corporate mentor” for the startup.

With 4% Market Share, Apple’s iPhone Brings in 52% of Mobile Profits. But Wait! Android is Winning!

iPhone 4S

We all know by now that Android’s marketshare is the largest and is dominating, but in reality that doesn’t matter. What matters is the money. It is always about the money. Today, a new report from Analyst T. Michael Walkley with Canaccord Genuity  estimated that Apple took  more than half of the industry’s operating profits in the third quarter of calendar 2011. In fact, that’s a 5 percent increase from the third quarter of 2010,  when Apple’s share of industry operating profits was 47 percent. But wait! Android’s winning, remember? Hate to tell you folks, but Google still isn’t making a dime off Android.

Say what!? A company that only has 4 percent marketshare in the mobile space, is dominating mobile profit front, left, right, and center. Apple’s growth in profit share came even as Apple lost market share. You would think the effect would be the other way around, but I guess not. Mind boggling, indeed. Not really.  The iPhone dipped from a 5.4 percent market share to its current 4.2 percent, while Apple’s copycat Samsung  estimated to have led the industry in  smartphone shipments  for the quarter. Even though Samsung led the industry in smartphone shipments, its profit shrank. Remember, shipped devices does not equal the number of devices sold. Number of devices sold is what brings in the money.

Walkley said he has conducted “channel checks” that show strong demand not only for Apple’s new iPhone 4S, but also for the lower-priced iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS models causing him to increase his  projected iPhone sales for the December quarter to 29 million, up from 27 million.

You know what’s hilarious with all of these reports? It is alway about iOS vs. Android, while Windows Phone 7 continues to be left out in the dark. Anyway, if all of the mobile companies go under due to winning the market share game due to lack of profits, was it ever a game worth winning?

False Samsung Smartphone Numbers Are False

Yesterday, the internet went crazy over the news that Samsung had surpassed Apple as the world’s leading smartphone vendor. Samsung said this during there Q3 financial conference call. The company said that they had shipped around 28 million smartphones and saw a 40 percent increase in its shipments during the third quarter. On the other hand, last month Apple said they had shipped 17 million smartphones in the same period.

Apple vs. Samsung

Well hate to tell ya Samsung fans, the problem with these numbers is that there is no data to actually back up the claim. Wait a minute! Does anyone see a problem here? Samsung didn’t provide specific numbers. So, how the heck can anyone assume that shipments jumped 40 percent? To top it off, Strategy Analytics  “estimates” sales of 28 million devices.

Where the hell they got that number from is beyond me. So far, every single story I have read has reported falsely by linking to the Strategy Analytics report. Let’s take a step back and look at the report.

According to Strategy Analytics, Apple sold 17 million iPhones, which is equal to a 21 percent growth rate over the same quarter last year. See the problem?  Apple “sold” 17 million iPhones and Samsung “shipped” an unverified number that Strategy Analytics made up.

What people don’t seem to understand is that there’s a *huge* different between shipped numbers and sold numbers. Based on it, coming to a conclusion that one company is beating another is ridiculous. It just isn’t possible with such numbers. A research firm should know better.

I’m sure that Samsung sold a lot of phones, but until they release actual numbers like Apple, Strategy Analytics’s report is meaningless. Samsung could have shipped 100 millions phones, but that doesn’t tell us how many they have actually sold. In the end, selling phones is what generates revenue. Not shipping.

Thanks to The Loop for discovering this first!

Samsung Beats Apple to Become World’s Leading Smartphone Vendor

Recap: Apple Won Round Q2

Apple beat Nokia in the second quarter of 2011 to become the leading smartphone vendor in the world, by shipping 20.3 million iPhone units. Samsung came second that quarter with 19.6 million smartphone shipments while Nokia came in third with 16.7 million smartphone shipments.

However, the third quarter of 2011 wasn’t as good for Apple in terms of iPhone sales, which slowed down following news that Apple was going to launch the next version of the iPhone in October.

In its recent earnings release, Apple revealed that it shipped only 17.1 million smartphones in Q3 2011. Nokia announced that it sold 16.8 million smartphones.

Samsung Beats Apple to Win Round Q3!

According to a report by WSJ, Samsung shipped more than 20 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2011, which makes it the leading smartphone vendor worldwide.

Samsung is the top Android smartphone manufacturer, and also ships Bada and Windows Phone devices. It recently announced that its Galaxy lineup of Android smartphones (Galaxy S and Galaxy S 2) sold 30 million units worldwide since launch, with the Samsung Galaxy S 2 selling more than 10 million units in just 5 months.

What Next?

It’s highly likely that Apple will be back on top next quarter, with the iPhone 4S selling like hot cakes already and the holiday season coming up. Apple posted guidance for the next quarter, projecting $37 billion in revenue, which could make the next quarter its best ever.

A large part of that revenue is going to be generated by sales of the iPhone 4S.

However, Samsung’s sales are booming too, so it may be a tough fight. It recently launched the Galaxy Nexus which is undoubtedly going to boost sales. Even so, my money is on Apple coming back on top of the smartphone sales chart in the next quarter.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Adobe Reader Released for iPod, iPhone, and iPad

 Adobe Systems announced the release of the Adobe Reader for the iOS-platform.  The Adobe Reader was released for Android way back in May, 2010.

The Adobe Reader is compatible on systems with iOS 4.2.5 or later. It is a relief to be able to view PDF documents with Adobe after all this time. I am unsure about what possible marketing strategies caused the delay between Adobe and Apple for the release of this product. The iTouch/iPhone and iPad versions are similar in all aspects, except the screen size.

A project manager at Adobe has been quoted saying the following about its features.

“Now you can quickly and efficiently view the widest range of PDF file type — including PDF Portfolios, password-protected PDF documents and Adobe LiveCycle rights-managed PDF files.”

Advantages:

  • It is linked to the mail client, Safari, and other similar apps (example, DropBox). This allows you to easily open PDF documents.
  • The interface is easy to use and perceptive.
  • There are three options to view pages; Continuous, Single Page, and Automatic.
  • It is easy to move to the page you want with the scrubber bar (that appears at the bottom of the page), which also displays a thumbnail of the page that you move it to.
  • It can handle encrypted and password-protected PDF documents.
  • You can copy text and place it on the clipboard.
  • It has “AirPrint” that allows you to print your PDF files wirelessly.
  • You can access your PDF files under “Documents” (aka the Library) or “Recently Viewed”.

  • It has the Bookmarks option.

Disadvantages:

  • You cannot arrange your PDF files into folders.
  • It does not support attachments.

Before the Adobe Reader was released, I usually used iBooks to read my PDF documents on the iTouch or iPad.

Some of the iBook features like the ability to manually adjust the brightness of the page and the large thumbnail preview of the pages are not present in the Adobe Reader interface, but I do not notice the absence of these features.

Images used are from iTunes.  

Get 50GB Free Space on Box.net for Lifetime

Apple fans: As if things weren’t good enough already, Box.net has an offer that will blow your mind! , Social Media Manager at Box.net, announced on their official blog, that iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users will get 50GB of lifetime storage for free if they sign up for a Box Personal account.

50GB Free

The offer started at midnight of October 13th and will extend for 50 days. The Box account isn’t restricted to just the mobile device, either, so you can use it with your PC. Below are the instructions stated on their website to set up a new account.

  1. Visit the app store and download the Box app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
  2. Log in to your account or register for a new one directly from the app
  3. Start sharing and collaborating in the cloud
  4. (optional but recommended) Tell the world how you’ll use your 50 GB with the hashtag  #Box50GB

It is obvious that Box.net is trying to capitalize on the iPhone 4S euphoria. Not only that, but you have to believe that the introduction of Apple’s iCloud has a little to do with it, as well. All new Apple devices now come with the iCloud. This basically gets you 5GB of online storage for free. The iCloud’s seamless integration with iPhone/iPad devices threatens to take market share from companies like Box.net. It’s understandable that Box.net would come out in full swing.

This is a great promotion and, according to their blog, there will be other contests and tips coming in the next 50 days, so you might want to stay tuned.

What about you? Is this a service that you would like to take advantage of? Let us know your thoughts and if you are considering this as part of your app collection.

Don’t forget to read our earlier article about how you can mount Box.net in Windows Explorer.

How To Access Notification Center in iOS5

Apple recently released the latest and probably the best iteration of iOS to , and users. If you haven’t updated yet to iOS5 you can find direct download links for iOS5 and instructions on how to upgrade to iOS5 through iTunes or manually. iOS5 has tons of new features, however, the best one I find is the new notification system which I think was inspired from .

Nevertheless, I am not here to start a feud on who copied whom but just talk about using the new Notification system in iOS5. First things first, the new notification system in iOS5 is pretty neat. However, not many people would be aware on how to use it just like creating folders in iOS and probably taking screenshots with an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

First off, notifications will not pop up like it did in and earlier. They will be displayed more subtly on the lock screen as well as when you are logged into the device. Secondly, notifications will not popup when you are within an application or playing a game (this used to be quite annoying).

Last but not the least, all notifications will be clubbed together and will be available through a single swipe from the top to bottom. To access your notifications, you will have to swipe your finger from the top of the screen and drag it down.

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Please note that the notification center is invisible. To access it just swipe your finger from top to bottom and it should display the Notification center where you can view all the notifications and take action on them.

To hide the notification center, just drag the tiles back up as shown in the image above and the notification center should be hidden. You can display and hide the notification center in any app you are using. This makes it really useful, because you can check your emails even while you are playing games.

How did you like the new notification system in iOS5? Is it good or bad?

Waiting in Line for an iPhone 4S with Steve Wozniak

Since Apple announced the iPhone 4S, there have been millions of pre-orders, but the thrill of getting your hands on a newly released iPhone by standing in line does not match that of receiving it through mail.

Our Apple Editor is waiting in line today to buy an 4S at the Apple store in Los Gatos, California, and he is second in line, the person who is first is someone who he often talks to. Guess who he is?  None other than the Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Here are some pictures of our Apple Editor Parth Dhebar waiting in line to get his hands on a next to Steve Wozniak.

Apple Ups iPhone 4S Orders to 15 Million Following Huge Demand

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S, most of the tech enthusiasts I know let out a collective sigh. Everyone, including me, was hoping that Apple would launch an iPhone 5, but instead, Apple launched an upgraded version of the iPhone 4, which looked exactly like its predecessor.

However, the iPhone 4S is much powerful than the iPhone 4 when it comes to hardware, and its new AI assistant feature — Siri — is really impressive.

The iPhone 4S broke all of Apple’s previous records on the first day of pre-order availability, selling more than 1 million iPhone 4S units. Apparently, Apple underestimated the potential demand for the iPhone 4S too. It had ordered around 10 million units from Pegatron, its hardware partner in Taiwan earlier. A report in Digitimes states that Apple has now revised its iPhone 4S unit orders to 15 million, in anticipation of greater than expected sales.

Pegatron is also ramping up its manufacturing capacity, in anticipation of orders to manufacture the iPad 3 from Apple, which is expected to launch next year.

Looks like Apple is going to prove all the naysayers wrong. Again.

You can check out our complete coverage of the new iPhone 4S here – Apple iPhone 4S

Siri On Apple’s iPhone 4S is Serious Business

Let’s face it, Apple started and hyped the entire ‘app metaphor’. They made it important to have a centralized distribution center for software  and  bundle it into an ecosystem — where multiple layers of hardware and software interact and have clearly defined relationships. With the not-so-recent push to “web technologies”, browsers are becoming the dashboard for data and dedicated ‘apps’ are taking the back-burner. We’ve been slowly moving away from using a specific source to get specific information. This is where voice control comes into play.

Voice control has been around for years. Everybody knows about Nuance, Windows Voice Command and the Mac OS text-to-speech widget, yet they have an extremely limited scenario for usage. People use voice control on their mobile devices for simple tasks like dictation, music control or calling people. Siri on is going to change this. Although it was available in the App Store previously, now that Siri is integrated into iOS5, things are going to be different.

I’ll say the majority of mobile usage can be separated into 2 streams; either you’re giving information, or you’re getting information. Sending emails, taking pictures or replying to text messages, falls under giving. Browsing the web, listening to music/podcasts or using navigation software, falls under getting.

The purpose of Siri is to abstract both of these activities into a single method of interaction. It’s  appstraction!  Current smartphones owners have learned to launch apps to complete tasks. It requires active thought in order to do so. I want the weather, so naturally I am going to open a weather app. I want to set an alarm for tomorrow, so I’ll open the alarm/clock app. There is an active thought, a solution to the thought and then physical interaction with the mobile device begins. It’s an extremely recently-learned response. Speech, however, isn’t. Most of us have been talking since we were at least 3.

Speech is an immediate and direct subset to thought. It’s the next easiest thing to do — ask a question, get an answer. Using speech to get and give information is inherent to humans. It’s intuitive. It’s fast and it’s (usually) straight forward. If there’s one thing that Apple has been able to do, it’s provide relatively intuitive interfaces and experiences, on a consistent basis. Consistency is key.

Most people are lambasting Siri because they don’t want to talk to their phones. Voice usage is down, data usage is up. We know you don’t want to talk to people, let alone your phone. Stop trying to imagine yourself in a crowded subway station or mall, yelling at your phone in order to dictate an e-mail. You can still type it out on the horrid virtual keyboard. Now imagine you’re in bed and you forget to set an alarm. Don’t lift the glaring screen to your face, tap an icon, fat-finger the input to 7 AM and then put it back down. Lean over, press the home button and say “Wake me up at 7 AM”. Roll over and go to sleep. You didn’t even open your eyes.

I know change is hard. You want to interact with your phone. You want to hold and look at your phone. You want to swipe and flick through the interface on your phone. Except when you don’t want to and you simply want to get something done. Siri simply enhances your ability to reduce the amount of interactions it takes to get something done. Most consumers use technology because it betters their life. Siri will drastically reduce complications you have with your iPhone, if you want it to.