March 18, 2011
Mobile app news dominates the tech wires weekly, from new mobile handsets to app trends and everything in between. Starting this week, every Friday we will recap the top five stories that you may have missed during the week.
We started off the week with the aftermath of Apple’s release of the iPad 2 where it was predicted that nearly a million tablets were snatched up on Friday and over the weekend. Then Bloomberg was told by sources that Google is planning Near Field Communication (NFC) tests, Ngmoco announced that players of its game We Rule logged over 3 billion minutes of game play in the last year and Adobe Flash 10.2 hit the Android market. Later on in the week, Apple found itself at the top of the market as newly released stats showed that they were top in smartphone revenue.
Apple’s iPad 2 sales seen clearing 1 million units – Reuters
Apple’s second iteration of its iPad tablet, the iPad 2, made its debut last Friday to much fanfare as customers lined up hours, even days in advance for the popular device. We asked those lined up outside the Apple Store in Palo Alto and found that most were excited about the new cameras, addition of FaceTime and faster speeds.
Google Planning NFC Tests in the US – Mashable
Google is rumored to begin tests on features in stores located in San Francisco and New York that will allow consumers to pay for items with their mobile phones using Near Field Communication, or NFC, a technology that allows phones to collect data from another device or NFC tag at close range.
Ngmoco’s ‘We Rule’ logs 3 billion Minutes of Game Play in One Year – VentureBeat
Introduced on the iPhone last March, Ngmoco’s We Rule kingdom-building game has been downloaded 13 million times and players have logged 3 billion minutes of playing time. We Rule’s in-app purchases have created a virtual goods model with collaborative features: players have gone on 1.2 million quests, have an average of 27 friends and log an average of an hour per day of game play. This is a great success considering how the Apple App Store adds 114 new games every day.
Flash 10.2 Hits Android Today – Engadget
Adobe Flash 10.2 will be hitting the Android Market Friday for devices running on Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb. The update provides several performance improvements such as better battery life, higher frame rates in watching video and eventually 720p video playback in a few weeks. Download the release for yourself from the Android Market.
Apple Tops in Smartphone Revenue – MediaPost
Apple just keeps on making money. UK-based firm Strategy Analytics, came out with a study this week that showed Apple leading the way in Smartphone Revenue, collecting 29% of the $99 billion dollar smartphone market. Competitors Nokia and Research in Motion rounded out the top three with 20% and 15% revenues collected, respectively.