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21 Dec 12 Apple App Store vs. Google Play Store: Which made more money in 2012?


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A new study has drawn comparisons between the revenue made by Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.

Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems are undoubtedly the most popular mobile platforms, and a new report has compared both app stores to see which one raked in more cash this year.

While Google’s online app store is showing rapid growth, Apple’s marketplace more than doubled these profits. According to app analytics firm Distimo, the Google Play Store’s combined daily revenue has grown by 43 percent. Apple’s, in contrast, only grew by 21 percent. In terms of growth over the entire year, Apple’s App Store has seen an increase 51 percent in the 20 nations analyzed by Distimo. This includes Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK, and the US.

When it comes down to it, although Google’s store showed the most growth with its combined daily revenue, Apple smoked its competitor. The App Store earned $15 million in average daily revenue in November while the Google Play store only reached $3.5 million. Apple’s success can be largely attributed to in-app payments, seeing as this accounted for 69 percent of its overall revenues. This number is up by 16 percent compared to January 2012, the report said.

This surge of in-app purchases has caused app prices to slump down by 8 percent compared to last January for Apple’s iPad. However, as of last month, app prices were up by 16 percent for the iPhone, according to Distimo. The analytics firm noted that some app publishers are still seeing great success using a paid-only strategy, and this year 35 percent of revenue from the top 10 publishers resulted from one-off fees.

Despite the iPhone’s popularity, Android dominates an overwhelming portion of the smartphone market share. This is why it comes as no surprise that Apple’s iPad accounted for most of the iOS platform’s revenue growth. Daily revenues for the iPhone increased by 40 percent, while apps for the iPad saw a 71 percent jump.

Instagram placed as number one on Distimo’s list of the top 10 apps for Apple’s App Store, while Street View took this number one spot for Google’s Play store. Other runner ups for both platforms included Facebook, YouTube and Gmail. 

Article source: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/app-store-vs-google-play-store-2012/

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08 May 12 Chrome Extension ‘Do Share’ Allows For Google+ Post Scheduling


One of the largest issues that many users have with the Google+ is that it isn’t an open platform and lacks a useful API (a hangouts API does exist).  While some companies were able to partner with Google+ for 3rd party management the lack of an API makes custom solutions a bear for developers.  However, a new Chrome Extension, Do Share, leverages the browser to command your Google+ account and schedule posts.

Do Share works by keeping the Chrome browser open and logged into Google+.  As long as the browser is open and extension is active, Do Share will then post directly to your Google+ page.  The setup and usage is simple as well.  When clicking on the icon, the user is taken to a post entry page:

Once a post is saved it is saved to the drafts section.  Users can schedule the post by appending a date and time to launch the post:

If you accidentally close your browser (or are logged out of your Google+ account) your post will not go live.  Do Share makes this quite clear as well with their Kayne-inspired warning message:

The extension was created by Tzafir Rehan, a former Googler in Haifa, Israel who left at the beginning of the year.  It also should be known that Do Share does use Google Analytics to collect usage data, they state:

“Do Share is a client side application. There is no Do Share server, and no data is leaving your computer.

Do Share uses Google Analytics to collect anonymous non identifiable usage data, to measure use patterns. This information is used to make decisions on future features and identify failures.

I care deeply about your privacy. Data collected through this application will only be used to improve this application.”

Right now the extension works for Google+ accounts only, there is no support for pages.  For more information, see the official Google+ extension.

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Article source: http://marketingland.com/chrome-extension-do-share-allows-for-google-post-scheduling-11484

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02 Feb 12 Chrome to Phone finally updated, but you still can’t get it





Chrome to Phone finally updated, but you still can’t get it

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After a year of doing absolutely nothing for the Chrome to Phone app, the search giant has finally roused enough interest to get its developers fixing bugs and updating the application. If you’ve not used the app before, it basically lets you send data such as links, phone numbers as well as map information straight to your Android device.

The update adds a new look and landscape support, while also fixing crash bugs related to text copy. You’ll need to install a Chrome extension which will link your smartphone to your desktop’s browser. All you need to do then is tap a button and the data will get pushed to your handset.

Sadly, this very useful app is still blocked in many countries ranging from Singapore to Israel and Finland, according to this Reddit post. We’ve contacted Google to find out on global availability, but the company has declined to comment. For now, if you want to bypass the block, you can try installing the .apk from this location.

Disclaimer: Note that you perform installations at your own risk. CNET Asia will not be responsible for any malicious packages that may be sent to your phone due to the installation of the .apk.

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