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Zombies may provide a perennial source of material for mobile games, but no developer actually wants their app to be the walking dead. Nonetheless, according to new mobile analytics and ad verification firm Adeven, that’s what almost two-thirds of the iOS App Store constitutes. The Berlin company’s Apptrace tool launches on Tuesday and as a result it’s showing off several stats as a way of strutting its stuff. The most interesting one is the revelation that around 400,000 App Store apps get no downloads, are invisible to users and have no ranking. “The reality is there are only a couple of thousand apps that really make some kind of downloads,” Christian Henschel, Adeven CEO, told me. “This is based on Apple’s closed system — it’s tough to discover those kinds of apps. You don’t have proper search, so the only way to discover new apps is through the top listing.” “If you’re not on those lists, it’s not sure that you’re being discovered by anyone else. The top 25 tend to be the same companies who spend millions of dollars to get to the top of those lists. If you’re an independent, small app publisher, then it’s really tough to be discovered.” Apptrace finds itself in a busy market, with the likes of Keen.io, Count.ly and (to an extent) Flurry all trying to court developers with the sharpest insights.(Read Full Article)
Avaya, a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions and services, has has been positioned as a Visionary in Gartner's recently published 2012 Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure. This new Magic Quadrant, introduced in 2012, reflects the growing market demand for unified wired and wireless access solutions. As the appetite for mobility increases and bring you own device (BYOD) initiatives become more commonplace, enterprises are seeking unified offerings that can deliver a seamless experience to users regardless of how they connect to the network, while reducing the cost and inefficiencies of an overlay wired and wireless infrastructure. Avaya's Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (VENA) offers an enterprise-wide virtualization solution, which enables organizations to simplify the design and management of their networks, streamline the deployment of cloud-based services, and improve the delivery of always-on content and applications. Avaya VENA integrates with Avaya's Ethernet switching portfolio, wireless products and security capabilities to provide enterprises with a complete unified access solution.(Read Full Article)
Despite the explosive growth of Android's market share, it hasn't won over developers. In fact, developer interest in Android has been in decline for a year now, according to the latest report from Appcelerator/IDC. They survey over 3,000 developers to get their take on the which platforms are most interesting.(Read Full Article)
As you can see in the chart below (click to enlarge it) interest in Android has been declining. However, they say, "the recent erosion in developer interest in Android appears to have been arrested." To our eyes it looks like it's still in decline.
Two reasons the decline has slowed down is the huge growth of Android handset sales coupled with Google's "Play" store, which developers hope will rival iTunes, according to the report.
The smart TV app-based interface allows the number of potential content sources to grow and change over time. Thus, the smart TV helps to minimize barriers to entry into the consumer home for over-the-top (OTT) video providers. Smart TVs also allow pay-TV providers to engage with consumers in new ways. Since 2010, pay-TV providers and television original equipment manufacturers have discussed ways to bring managed content to smart TVs to lower capital expenditures (CAPEX) and satisfy consumers' changing viewing habits. Internet video viewing accounted for about 8 percent of all video consumption on the TV at the end of 2011, Parks Associates' research found. New consumer viewing habits favor even greater adoption of online video as OTT service providers, Internet service providers, telcos, consumer electronics manufacturers and others compete for a share of this growing market. The smart TV app interface provides operators with the same opportunity to capture transactional or subscription on-demand revenues that are available to online video services, but pay-TV services also have some distinct advantages over OTT services in this area. Because of their larger content deals, pay- TV providers can license content at a lower cost than OTT service providers. They can also bundle services such as TV Everywhere with other services to offer more premium content at a lower price to consumers. However, consumer viewing trends and CE adoption show that the smart TV is becoming a fixture in households around the world. Operators will have to adapt their business models to accommodate this ...(Read Full Article)
Open English is an online learning platform that helps non-English speakers learn the language and speak fluently. After developing the foundation for Open English in his home country of Venezuela in 2006, Andres Moreno took his idea north to Florida, where he launched the program commercially in 2008. Since then, Open English has flourished. Today, the startup employs 1,000 people (40 of whom are in Miami), has offices across Central and South America, and serves 80,000 students in over 20 countries. Just as many American investors have started to turn their attention to Brazil, so too has Open English. Moreno sees big opportunity in Brazil, which is quickly becoming a global marketplace and is seeing demand for English-speaking talent rise dramatically. To expand its footprint in emerging markets in Brazil and South America, Open English has announced it is taking on an impressive $43 million in venture funding. The round, the startup’s third, was led by New York-based firm Insight Venture Partners, with participation from Redpoint Ventures and existing investors like Flybridge and Kasek. Interestinyl, Open English raised a total of $6 million in its first two rounds in 2010 and 2011. The startup raised the bar significantly with its series C round, which is clearly both an indication of how aggressively Open English plans to scale as well as the size of the market opportunity investors are seeing in South America.(Read Full Article)
Global Language Translation Software and Services Market to Reach US$37 Billion by 2018, According to New Report
As stated by the new market research report on Language Translation Software and Services, the United States represents the single largest market translation services with demand stemming from corporations as well as from Government agencies. Given the presence of a sizeable number of immigrants in the country, demand for language services emerges from their need to translate documents such as marriage and birth certificates as well as legal documentation and diplomas. Besides, demand is also emerging from the local community, where people seek to interpret services related to legal and medical appointments. Demand is also rising from medical sector owing to the fact that US-made equipment are finding increased demand in regions such as South America, Canada, and Europe, thereby necessitating documentation in local languages. Asia-Pacific represents the fastest growing regional market for language translation software and services, with a compounded annual growth rate of 14.8% over the analysis period. Rising demand for translation services in the region is attributed to the growing desire of companies from developing countries to reach out to the consumers in Western countries. Among Asian countries, China and India offer maximum opportunities for growth in the long run.(Read Full Article)
Global revenues from social media are projected to hit $16.9 billion in 2012, a 43.1% jump over the previous year, according to Gartner. The bulk of that will come from advertising, which will contribute $8.8 billion. Social gaming revenue is next at $6.2 billion and subscriptions account for another $278 million. The researcher predicts “moderate growth” for the segment in coming years, though Gartner declined to share specific figures. The advertising figure appears to be in line with a similar projection by eMarketer, which predicts $7.7 billion in social media ad revenues for 2012 and $11.9 billion by 2014. The U.S.’s share of such revenues will stay at around 53% over the next couple of years, according to eMarketer, which does not have an aggregate figure for social media revenues.(Read Full Article)
In Asia Pacific, China has positioned itself in third place in terms of revenue in 2010 and will overtake Australia as the second largest market by 2017. The system upgrading and expansion activities from existing customers will contribute most of the revenue in the next three years. Lu Shui Shan, Research Associate, ICT Practice, Asia Pacific, Frost & Sullivan said,"Another driver is the increasing awareness and adoption rate of advanced applications such as Work Force Management, Speech Technology and other multi-media applications. The increasing demand of other UC solutions will also drive the market in the long run. Furthermore, local vendors use relatively low pricing to attract a larger number of customers." The top three industries in China driving this growth are Banking & Finance, Telcos and Government, which took up more than 60 per cent of the market in 2010. The industry saw good growth in small to mid-size contact centres. These enterprises with 50 to 200 agents per contact centre took over half of the market. Their size gave them an edge and they are able to achieve the rapid growth with high adoption of in-house contact centre solutions. Lu said,"In China, global vendors streamlined their channel programs, and expanded their partnership programs in 2010. In addition, UC solutions vendors are marketing their contact centre applications bundled with other UC solutions. Global vendors are now focusing on large local enterprises in BFSI, Government, and E-commerce as there are fewer new customers from MNCs. The global vendors hope to ...(Read Full Article)
On its Q3 earnings call, Apple announced that there are over 650,000 apps on the Apple App Store, up from 600K in April of this year. Apple exec Peter Oppenheimer also mentioned that 250,000 of those apps were developed specifically for iPad. Apple also paid out approximately $5.5 billion to developers. This is a huge jump from the $4 billion figure Apple reported in April. iOS 6 — with its deep Facebook integration — and the new iPhone, which is expected in September, should only bolster these numbers. To get a little perspective, Google’s most recent numbers in the Google Play department are at 600,000 apps. That number is from June, and Google has been slowly closing in on Apple, so it’s possible that the two app stores are pretty neck and neck.(Read Full Article)
Certify, a leading online travel and expense management company, today announced the general availability of 64 language selections for Certify Enterprise customers. This major product expansion demonstrates Certify’s continued position as a global leader in the travel and expense management space. The new multiple language capabilities include both machine language translation and human translator approved localizations. This approach brings the best of both worlds, allowing for rapid deployment via automatic translation coupled with company based translation enhancement for specific dialectic language requirements. Combined with existing global functionality including automatic currency conversion, culture-aware data formatting, global mileage reimbursement rates and full Unicode support, Certify Enterprise with multiple languages is positioned to rapidly gain market share among multi-national corporations of all sizes.(Read Full Article)
China’s internet population reached a whopping 530 million over the past six months, but its broadband subscriber base actually shrank as mobile became the most popular way for users to get online for the first time.(Read Full Article)
The government’s latest twice-yearly data dump, the Statistical Report on Internet Development in China, recorded total internet users at 538m by the end of June, up from 513m in December and 438m a year ago.
Of these, 380m were fixed broadband users, down from 396m in December, and 388m were mobile internet users, up from 356m.
China's burgeoning smartphone market is well documented, with growth particularly driven from the low-end thanks to well-priced, Android-based, devices from local players.
In May of last year, Microsoft acquired everybody's favorite VoIP and chat provider, Skype, for a cool $8.5 billion. It was a big move for Microsoft and a landmark deal, which it officially closed in October. As part of its quarterly earnings announcement this afternoon, we got a glimpse into just how well Skype has been performing since it joined MSFT's ranks. One notable milestone to come out of those stats? Users logged 115 billion minutes of calls on Skype over the quarter -- a number that was up 50 percent over the prior quarter.(Read Full Article)
GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Media Tablets markets. The global market for Media Tablets is projected to reach 412.5 million units by the year 2018, driven by the quantity and variety of unique services and applications that are created specifically for Media Tablets. Factors such as touch screen displays, multiple connectivity factors, and tablet form factor are also expected to make Media Tablets popular for various forms of content consumption such as digital books, magazines, games, and videos.(Read Full Article)
Infinity CCS, a global provider of contact centre technology solutions has today announced the results of its 2012 Contact Centre Campaign Survey designed to reveal how effective contact centres are in setting up new customer campaigns or services. The key findings of the research were: • 62% of contact centre campaigns/projects are set up in under 3 weeks • Most popular type of campaign being run was ‘Customer Service’ (63.3%), followed by ‘Telemarketing/Sales’ (36.7%) • Phone is still the most frequently used communication channel for both ‘inbound’ and outbound’ contact (used in over 70% of both inbound and outbound projects). Other channels included email, web contact forms, post and social media. • When specialist campaign development software was used, 84% of organisations said that they found it ‘easier’ to launch campaigns, while 57% said it was quicker to launch campaigns • 85% of campaigns/projects involve agents using a formal or informal script - with IT personnel, in-house software developers and/or external software developers involved in the IT implementation of these scripts in 63% of cases.• 43% of organisations use specialist project development software for developing agent desktops, scripting, designing reports etc • Cloud v. on-site technology – On-site technology is still preferable with 78% of Call Recording/Quality Management applications, 66.7% of ACD/Call Handling systems and 53.8% of Performance Management technology respectively.(Read Full Article)
Apart from the Korean company, only Apple is managing to thrive, while Nokia has seen its share of both featurephones and smartphones dive since its announcement of the shift away from Symbian Here's some analysis of what's happening in the western European market. The data comes from IDC, and shows numbers for shipments in the western European market since the second quarter of 2009 (which is as far back as they're presently prepared to go). What's most evident is that way that just as with the global market, Samsung has driven into this field like a truck into a glass-fronted supermarket, while Nokia's fortunes have declined dramatically – coinciding pretty much exactly with Stephen Elop's announcement in January 2011 that Symbian, then the Finnish company's smartphone platform, would be supplanted by Microsoft's Windows Phone. Samsung, meanwhile, has driven its smartphone share up, notably through the very successful launch in spring 2011 of its Galaxy S2; that looks set to continue with the S3, launched in May. More generally, though, there are two trends visible in the western European market as a whole: a very slow reduction in overall sales (they peaked around Christmas 2010, and have been showing declines since then); and rapid growth in smartphone share, which passed 50% in the second quarter of 2011 (ie a year ago) and in the first quarter of 2012 was just short of 63% – and is likely to have risen even further in the past ...(Read Full Article)
The online retailers market was dominated by the top five EU nations across 2011, with the UK, Spain, France, Germany, and Italy accounting for around 60% of European online retail sales. Their combined share is expected to decline by 2016, and be taken by Russia, which is expected to account for around 30% of total regional sales. Lat year, Amazon represented the largest global online retailer, reporting over 280 million unique visitors in a single month and attaining a 20% market share in online retail. eBay represented the second largest online retailer with a 16% share of the online retail space, with Alibaba.com placed third. These top three online retail players accounted for approximately 50% of the global online retail market in terms of visitor numbers. Japan and China together account for over two-thirds of total Asia Pacific retail sales through the channel in 2011. Together, they are expected to share more than three-quarters of regional online sales by 2016.(Read Full Article)
Apple and Google have captured more than 80% of the world's smartphone market. Now they are going after the rest. (...) Apple and Google see bigger gains ahead. Of the about 1.4 billion phones sold this year, only about 35% will be smartphones, a percentage projected to climb to 75% in the next five years, according to research and trading firm Wedge Partners. That potential bounty is intensifying the fight to sell more devices and accompanying services. Their ambitions are squeezing onetime market leaders RIM and Nokia. Last week, Nokia said its cellphone business is deteriorating rapidly and it would cut another 10,000 jobs by the end of 2013. BlackBerry-maker RIM is undergoing a strategic review under a new chief executive as its losses have mounted and its stock has slid.(Read Full Article)
Rising disposable incomes and technological advances have helped it rebound strongly Revenue for the voice recognition software developers in the US is expected to rise at 2.3% per annum to $1.1bn in the next five years to 2017, according to industry research firm IBISWorld. Driven by a 7.9% increase in private investment in computers and software, industry revenue is expected to grow 5% in 2012 alone, though it has not experienced growth across the board.(Read Full Article)
London will be the first Olympics told in 140 characters or less. Some athletes may spend more time on Twitter and Facebook than the playing field. Mobile phones have become smarter, laptops lighter and tablet devices a must-have for technology lovers — meaning social-savvy fans, whether watching on television or inside the Olympic stadium itself, will be almost constantly online. Users sent 13,684 tweets per second during a Champions League match between Barcelona and Chelsea in April, a record volume of tweets for a sporting event — busier even than the 2012 Super Bowl. Chances are that will be one of the records broken in London.(Read Full Article)
A new report indicates that adoption of social tools and the realization of their much discussed benefits may be firmly underway, in Europe at least. The report by branding agency Millward Brown, and sponsored by Google, is based on a poll of 2,700 professionals in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK. “The results… clearly show that not only are social tools being used widely within business today, but that those who are using them are already reaping the benefits,” declares the report’s forward written by Sebastien Marotte, VP of Google Enterprise, EMEA. The report includes both consumer social products like LinkedIn and Facebook used for business purposes and social tools geared specifically for organizations under the banner ‘enterprise social’. Some of the most encouraging findings about enterprise social concern exactly who is using the tools. The report found that high-growth companies (defined as those with more than 10 percent growth in 2011) are making the greatest use of social tools, with 81 percent of these dynamic companies that employ enterprise social reporting these tools have significantly impacted growth and 80 percent telling pollster they saw benefits to teams’ collaboration and knowledge sharing. “Frequent users of in-house social tools are more than twice as likely to be working in high growth companies,” says the report, though professionals in Germany and Sweden seem to be less likely to utilize enterprise social.(Read Full Article)
Revenue from 'infotainment' systems sold to carmakers is expected to reach $36 billion dollars by 2016, up from $23 billion last year, according to Strategy Analytics research. Including the after-market, it is expected to rise to $47 billion.(Read Full Article)
According to a new market research report “Smart Education and Learning Market: Advanced Technologies, Digital Models, Adoption Trends and Worldwide Market Forecast (2012 – 2017)’’, published by MarketsandMarkets, the Global Smart Education and Learning market is expected to reach $220.0 billion by 2017 at a CAGR of 20.3% from 2012 to 2017.(Read Full Article)
Today, 85% of the world’s population has access to a mobile phone with voice and text capabilities. Five years from now, in 2017, the same amount of the global community will have access to high-speed 3G Internet through mobile phones, finds a new report from Ericsson. By 2017, there will be 9 billion mobile subscriptions. Half of the world’s population will have a 4G connection, and there will be 3 billion smartphone subscriptions. To compare those numbers with today’s figures, there are currently 6.2 billion mobile subscriptions held by 4.2 billion subscribers (many of whom have multiple subscriptions). At the end of 2011, there were 700 million smartphone subscriptions worldwide.(Read Full Article)
Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its first quarter 2012 (1Q12) Enterprise Unified Communication, VoIP, and TDM Equipment vendor market share report, which tracks traditional PBX and KTS phone systems, IP PBX systems, voice over IP gateways, unified communications (UC) applications, and IP phones. The global PBX/KTS system market declined 4.6% to $2.06 billion in 1Q12 from the previous quarter Year-over-year, sales of pure IP PBX systems are up almost 4% and unified communications sales are up 16%. The Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region was a bright spot in 1Q12, up 18% from the year-ago first quarter for combined TDM, hybrid IP and pure IP PBX revenue due to healthy growth and new business creation across the region. Asia Pacific, which tends to have a seasonally strong first quarter, unlike other regions, posted the strongest quarter-over-quarter results, up 16% in 1Q12 from 4Q11. Infonetics remains cautious about North America and the EMEA region due to the current economic situation and future uncertainty within specific countries in Europe Unified communications survey shows Microsoft and Cisco lead, mobility key, video growing.(Read Full Article)