[Holiday Season Sale] List Of Apps And Games On Sale In The Play Store

Christmas/New Year are fast approaching and so is the Holiday season in the United States. The Holiday season is a pretty lucrative quarter for the mobile companies in terms of sales. Most app developers try to rake in moolah by putting their apps on sale in the spirit of the holiday season and to lure new users.

The Holiday season sale has already kick-started in the Play Store, with most developers discounting their apps or games to  a mere $0.99. If you have been a miser throughout the year, rarely spending money on apps, this is perhaps your best chance to grab some of the most popular apps and games in the Play Store at a very low price.

Below is a list of apps and (mostly) games that have gone on sale in the Play Store. I will update the list as and when I find more apps -:

If there are any other apps or games that are up for sale and not in the list above, do drop in a comment and let us know!

Last Day Of Google Play 25 Cent Sales Begin; Includes Nova Launcher Prime And Horn

Today is the last day of Google’s 25 cent sale in lieu of the company celebrating 25 billion app downloads on the Play Store. The apps and games on sales in the last four days ranged from pretty awesome to some pretty lesser known games and live wallpapers. Some notable apps that were worth buying and went on sale in the last four days included Camera Zoom FX, Where’s My Perry, Cut The Rope, Endomondo Pro and Cogs.

Today is the last day of the sale, and thankfully, it contains some really popular apps that very rarely go through a price reduction or on sale.

Below is the full list of apps on sale today -:

Some must buy apps in the list include Nova Launcher Prime, Horn, Great Big War Game and the Dark Knight Rises. Make sure you have a decently powerful Android device with tons of storage space before you buy The Dark Knight Rises and Horn though. The latter is especially optimized for Tegra phones, and was only recently released on the Play Store with ravishing reviews.

As an Android device owner, I must say these yearly sales from Google are a great way to get people to buy apps. At such a tempting price, it just becomes hard to resist some quality apps in the Play Store.

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10 Million Samsung Galaxy Note Units Shipped Globally

Samsung Galaxy Note needs no introduction! It is the company’s first phone/tablet hybrid device. This handset was unveiled and showcased last year at the IFA 2011. Soon after the introduction, Galaxy Note was released in majority of the European and Asian markets. The initial sales of the device was below the expectations. Samsung managed to sell only 1 million units in the first two months.

Earlier this year, Samsung announced the availability of Galaxy Note LTE in the US at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset was exclusively available for the AT&T subscribers in the US. The sales of this device was increased considerably after its introduction in the United States.

Within a few days of its launch in the US, Samsung sold 2 million units of this device globally. Samsung Galaxy Note was not only selling like hot cakes in the US, but it was also one of the best selling Android devices in most of the European and Asian countries including South Korea, France, Germany, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In just 5 months, Samsung sold 5 million units globally.

Earlier this month, Samsung Galaxy Note was released for the T-Mobile subscribers in the US. Today, Samsung has reached another milestone. Samsung recently announced that the company has managed to sell 10 million units of the Galaxy Note. You heard this right! It took nearly 8 months for the company to achieve this milestone. Samsung was expecting the device to hit the 10 million mark before the end of this year. However, the milestone has been achieved 5 months before the end of 2012.

Samsung is planning to unveil the successor of this phablet at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is expected to come with a larger 5.5 inch display, powerful quad-core processor and the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. Do you think the original Galaxy Note will cross the 15 million mark before the end of this year? Or the sales will decrease due to the launch of Galaxy Note 2? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Editorial: Does Anyone Understand IT In the Small Business?

Every day I am inundated with phone calls and emails from companies offering me the greatest solution IT has ever known. To be honest, I have almost stopped answering my phone when I don’t recognize the number, primarily because it’s a bit embarrassing when the sales person on the line is offering me a solution to a problem that, as a small business IT manager, I could only dream of. They immediately begin rattling off technical buzz words which I am sure are meant to impress me into thinking that they know what they are talking about, but I have to say, most of the time, they leave me thinking they have absolutely no idea what I through on a daily basis. Did they even bother to research my industry? Most electrical contractors the size of the company I work for don’t even have an IT person. It always tickles me a little when some poor guy, who I know just recently graduated with his MBA, wants to reach out and talk business on my level. Yeah man, let’s talk white papers and return on investment. Even better let’s use words like deduplication and virtualization! I love talking about stuff like that (sarcasm font needed here). I don’t want to name names but you big time companies out there with all your solutions have no idea what small business IT needs. So let me give you a few pointers and maybe, just maybe that burned out IT manager might start answering your calls.

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Building a Relationship Still Matters

One of the biggest frustrations I had early on in my stint as an IT manager was with a major online computer sales outlet. There I had “a guy”. I liked this guy. This guy listened to me and to what I had to say. He called me about once a week and genuinely built a relationship with me. He knew that I didn’t have a budget. He knew there was no such thing as a 3 year rotation on desktop rollouts. For you big time CIO’s reading this article, I will wait a second for you to pick yourself up off the floor. I know that had to be hard on you. Anyway, he understood we couldn’t do 20 thousand dollars a year in desktops. Then, out of the blue, my “guy” writes me a note introducing me to a new “guy” and he goes riding off into the sunset never to be heard from again. This next guy is pretty cool. He seemed to catch on pretty quickly but his calls were less frequent and when he did call, there was more a focus on some new promotion that they had going. Most of the time the promotions were well out of the scope of reality. It was long at all before he’s introducing me to another “guy” to manage my account. I quickly realized that this company charged a premium price for all these “guys”. I am sure for the enterprise customer, these “guys” come in real handy, but to me they were just added cost. I could go online and find exactly what I needed at a much cheaper price. You see, the relationship was gone. Understand something, small business people are all about “people”. We live and die by relationships. We have to be mindful of what we say and add value to our services to compete with the big boys. You big companies with your sales forces and constant promotions and moving around employees to squeeze out new numbers need to understand that frustrates the customer on the other end.

Don’t get me wrong, the online retailers aren’t the only ones who don’t get relationships. The telecom industry is completely out of touch with small business. We use a cloud based IP telephone system and quite frankly, because of the relationship I have with their people, have found them to be very helpful. About twice a year, I will get someone from the big telco companies call on me. These guys are really sharp. They come in all fancy dressed and sharp tongued and just immediately tear down the company I am currently using. In about a 30 minute conversation they are ready to get back to their office and whip me out a quote that they know will just dazzle me. They call the next day beside themselves that I haven’t signed the contract over to them. Seriously??? Do they honestly think I trust them? Am I confident that they will handle the transition to their service with care? Hey you guys realize we’ve used your customer service from our homes, you know the ones with endless phone prompts that may or may not get you where you need to be? Am I going to turn the life blood of my business over to you after a 30 minute conversation? No! As for cell phone companies, they disgust me so bad I am not sure I even want to go there. I am not sure they even have decent enterprise solutions, much less small business.

Google Kicks Off Longest Day Deals In Google Play

Google has once again kicked off another sale in the Google Play market to celebrate the longest day this year. The deal, aptly named “Longest Day Deals”, include not only some solid apps and games, but also movies, music and books.

Below is the list of apps and games that are available for only a $ or less on Google Play -:

Google Play Music users can get full albums for a mere $2.99, which is definitely cheap including the latest albums from Deadmau5, Eminem or Pink Floyd. The Google Play Books sale does not look that interesting with only a handful of books up for sale at $1.99.

5 Million Samsung Galaxy Note Units Shipped Globally

Last year, Samsung launched its first phone/tablet hybrid device, the Samsung Galaxy Note. This device was originally announced at the IFA 2011 in September and it was later released in October in most of the European and Asian markets. Earlier this year, we reported that Samsung managed to sell 1 million units of Galaxy Note even before launching the device in the American market. Samsung also sold 700,000 units of this smartphone in its home country alone.

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Samsung announced the LTE version of the Galaxy Note at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. Within few days of its launch in the US, Samsung announced that the company managed to sell 2 million units of this device globally. This device is selling like hot cakes in its home country as well as in France, Germany, Taiwan and Hong Kong. However, the sales of this device was quite low, compared to the sales of Samsung Galaxy S II.

Today, Samsung has reached another milestone. The company finally managed to ship 5 million units of this device globally. This is not the exact number of devices sold to the customers, but it is the number of devices sold to operators, retailers etc. It took nearly 5 months for the company to reach the 5 million milestone. The sales of Galaxy Note doubled after the device was launched in the United States.

Samsung announced that the company managed to grab about 67 percent of the smartphone market share in Korea. Samsung also holds the number one position in countries like China, France and Spain. The company will launch the LTE variant of the Galaxy Note in Japan next month exclusively for the NTT Docomo customers.

2 Million Samsung Galaxy Note Units Sold Globally

Samsung was recently awarded ‘The Device Manufacturer of the Year’ award by GSMA at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The company is known for manufacturing some of the amazing and powerful Android smartphones and tablets. Last year, Samsung announced the company’s first phone/tablet hybrid device, the Samsung Galaxy Note. This device was originally unveiled at the IFA 2011.

The Samsung Galaxy Note was released in October in most of the Asian and European markets. As usual, the device was not launched in the US soon after the announcement. The sales of this device was quite low, compared to the sales of Samsung Galaxy S II. Most of the users did not like the large display, while the others were quite excited about the display and the S-Pen.

During the end of 2011, Samsung announced that the global sales of Galaxy Note has crossed 1 million units. This was achieved even before the device was officially launched in the US. Earlier this year, Samsung finally announced the availability of Galaxy Note LTE in the US at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This device is exclusively available to the AT&T subscribers in the US.

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Samsung was quite confident that the global sales will double soon after the official launch of this device in the US. The company’s prediction came out to be true! Samsung recently announced that the company has managed to sell more than 2 million units within 5 months of its official launch.

Out of the 2 million units, the company has sold more than 700,000 units in Korea alone. This device is selling like a hot cakes in its home country as well as in France, Germany, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The sales of this device in India is highly disappointing, compared to the Galaxy S II.

The Samsung Galaxy Note currently runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the company has promised to roll out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update in the coming weeks. Samsung plans to sell more than 10 million units of this device by the end of this year. Do you think that the Galaxy Note will achieve the 10 million mark in 2012? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Windows 8: A Fantastic Opportunity for Developers

Windows 8 Start Screen

There has been a lot of discussion about Windows 8, Metro-style apps, Intel vs ARM, etc., from the time Windows 8 Developer Preview was released at //build/ last year. A lot of the discussion and debates have to do with unclear communication and secrecy from the Windows team at Microsoft. For example, what exactly is the deal with Windows on ARM devices? Are they going to be a hard cutoff from today’s Windows and not have a desktop experience at all, or will they have a desktop experience? Will the desktop experience be open for all developers or only certain developers (like Microsoft Office) to provide signed apps for ARM which use a restricted desktop?

(Ed: On February 9, Steven Sinofsky posted details about Windows on ARM on the Building Windows 8 Blog, so some of the secrecy has been taken away. However, the points made here are in fact reinforced by the details revealed in the post.)

Those discussions and speculations aside, I truly believe Windows 8 is a huge opportunity for developers. In this post, I will tell you why I believe so. First of all, some math: According to Canalys, there were 415MM PCs sold in 2011. This is after accounting for a decline in sales per original projections! Even though smartphones have exceeded the number of PCs sold, that PC sales number is still a very large number.

Now, let’s assume that those 415MM PCs are split 60-40 with regard to sales to businesses vs. consumers. Taking a round number of 400MM PCs a year gives us about 160MM PCs sold to consumers a year. I am ignoring business PCs for now because let’s face it – they are not going to Windows 8 for some time, and even if they do, there is a strong likelihood of them turning off Metro via IT policies. Consumers on the other hand, won’t have the ability to turn it off, and all new PCs will ship with Windows 8 (Intel or ARM).

5 Million Galaxy S II Units Sold In South Korea

Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the most popular device in the history of Android smartphones. This handset is the successor of the highly-popular Samsung Galaxy S, which was the largest selling Android device in the year 2010. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S II was the largest selling Android device in 2011. This handset was first launched in its home country on April 28, 2011. Even before its official launch, SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG U+ customers pre-ordered 200,000 units in South Korea. 10,000 units of Galaxy S II were pre-ordered in just 24 minutes, while the number doubled in less than an hour.

Samsung Galaxy S II

The Samsung Galaxy S II is also the most popular smartphone in South Korea. Last year, we reported that Samsung managed to sell 3.5 million units of Samsung Galaxy S II in just 5 months. Now, Samsung announced that, the company has finally sold more than 5 million units of this device in South Korea alone. Samsung is currently the market leader in South Korea with more than 53% market share.

The global sales clearly shows that, Samsung Galaxy S II is not only popular in its home country, but the device is still selling like hot cakes in most of the European and Asian markets. Samsung managed to sell 3 million units of this handset in just 55 days, followed by 5 million units in less than 85 days. Within five months of its official launch, Samsung sold 10 million units of Galaxy S II globally. You heard it right! Samsung achieved that milestone, even before the device was officially available for the Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T customers in the States.

We are sure that Samsung Galaxy S II will soon reach the 20 million mark globally. Samsung will also announce the much-awaited smartphone of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S III at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. Are you planning to buy the Samsung Galaxy III smartphone and create another history? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy S II Sell 30 Million Units Worldwide

Today, in a press release Samsung announced that two of its most popular handsets, the Galaxy S and its successor the Galaxy S II, have collectively managed to sell 30 million units worldwide.

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Launched last year in April-May, the Samsung Galaxy S marked the beginning of the popular Galaxy S series of phone from Sammy. Now, nearly 1.5 years after its launch the handset alone has managed to sell more than 20 million units. This makes the Galaxy S the highest selling phone in Samsung’s portfolio.

Since its launch only five months ago, GALAXY SII has seen tremendous sales success and garnered enthusiastic reviews from consumers and mobile industry watchers across the globe. This is in addition to the continued sales momentum behind GALAXY S, which we launched at Mobile World Congress 2010 as continues to be a run-away success with consumers,said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

The phenomenal success of these smartphones once again demonstrates how the GALAXY S smartphones is setting the standard for smart mobile technology around the world.

Its successor, the Galaxy S II, has been one of the most popular Android handsets this year, and has also managed to break quite a few records. Sammy sold 10million units of the handset in just 5 months, making it the fastest selling handset in the company’s history. The phone has also managed to bag quite a lot of awards, including being selected by T3 as the best smartphone of the year. The handset also bagged five out of ten Mobile Choice Consumer 2011 awards.

With its recent launch in the U.S, the Samsung Galaxy S II is all set to become one of the highest selling handset this year.