At almost every turn, you hear about wearable technology. Everyone from Nike to upstarts like Pebble is involving themselves in some sort of wearable device, promising a myriad of things. Monitoring heart rate, pushing notifications, even letting you control music. A new study by Canalys shows that shipments of “Smart Wearable Bands” grew dramatically last year, and should increase just as dramatically in 2014.
Broken into two categories, the study showed that wearable shipments in the second half of 2013 surged to 1.6 million devices. Though a small number right now, it does represent the start of what many expect to be an exploding sector. canals alone expects 8 million shipments in 2014, and up to 45 million by 2017.
In terms of “basic” wearable bands, Fitbit commands the space with a 58% share. Jawbone shows up second with 21%, and Nike drops in at third, with 14% for their Fuelband. There remaining 8% were made up of “others”, a category that should see a lot of movement in the coming year. Though we expected quite a few wearables at CES this year, we were blown away by the sheer volume of those on display from companies we’d not heard of until then.
When it comes to “smart” wearable bands, there is a surprising show of force. Though lamented as limited, the Galaxy Gear dominates with 54% of the market in this category. Sony and their Smartwatch hold steady at 19%, while Pebble — perhaps the darling of the wearable community — has 16%. The remaining 11%? You guessed it, the “others”. This could change, as Chris Jones, VP and Principal Analyst for Canalys claims “Basic band vendors have greater wearable expertise and have shipped greater numbers to date, but smart bands are already growing faster. Increasingly, smart bands will adopt basic band features as the two categories converge”.
As the market booms, and wearable band find a place outside of monitoring simple things like heart rate and distance walked, the devices become more attractive to a variety of users. Currently, the “basic” wearables serve fitness enthusiasts, while “smart” wearables attract the more tech-centric crowd. With MWC around the corner, and several more wearable devices are expected to be announced, we’ll look for these numbers to become more diverse.
We recently saw news of the [#protected_0#]. That bit came earlier in the week and included word of certification and a release date. Essentially, the handset has received the necessary approvals from Google and perhaps more important for those who were waiting — it will be available for purchase beginning on December 24. In some other Cyanogen news, there is now word of them having reached an installation milestone.
Details were shared by +SteveKondik who mentioned they crossed the 10 million mark. While this bit was shared by Kondik, this is a figure that can be watched on the CyanogenMod website — on the official CyanogenMod Statistics page. They break things down by official, unofficial and total. There is also the installations for the previous 24 hours.
In this case, that last 24 hour number is currently sitting at just over 12 thousand. 12,008 to be specific. The other numbers break down as follows; Official: 5,525,634, Unofficial: 4,485,423 and Total: 10,011,057. Along with the overall numbers, details coming from the stats page offer a look at installs by version and installs by device.
In this case the most installed versions are showing as the 10.1 and 10.2 nightlies which have 1,159,038 and 701,644 respective. Rounding out the top five for installed versions include the Nightly 10, CM10.1.3 and Nightly 7. Shifting over to the devices and we find the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III sitting up top. These devices are shown to have 510,209, 493,227 and 457,379 respectively.
So, Ryan Seacrest wants a keyboard on his phone, but he also wants to use an iPhone. Ultimate first world problem? Well for most – including our buddies over at CrackBerry – wanting a hardware keyboard means one thing, and one thing only. Get a BlackBerry. Not Seacrest though, no, no, no. Instead, he’s stumping up million to build one. Kara Swisher at AllThingsD:
The Typo Keyboard will makes its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at the beginning of 2014. While the company declined to discuss funding, sources said that Seacrest and his co-founder have invested over million, and expect to invest more than million, with future keyboard products in development.
What the Typo Keyboard is in effect, is a BlackBerry Q10 attachment for the bottom of your iPhone – Because lets face it, slide out landscape QWERTY’s are so 2010. It even looks almost identical to the Q10 keyboard, and will to avoid making your iPhone/case combination extremely long, the keyboard seems to cover up the home button. So you won’t be using Touch ID with it, then.
The Typo is set to cost when it launches in January, and of course the iMore and Mobile Nations team will be live from Las Vegas with #CESLIVE, so we’ll be getting our hands on it as soon as we possibly can. But what do you think; is there a market for a Keyboard like this for the iPhone? Or should Seacrest just be done with it and go get a BlackBerry for that sort of thing? Sound off in the comments!
State College, Pennsylvania – Kdan Mobile has announced that the total downloads of its applications have surpassed the 20 million downloads milestone, further solidifying the company’s reputation as a leader in the mobile application and software industry. Kdan produces a wide range of content creation applications, including tools for document editing, multimedia integration, photography, video and animation.
Kdan Mobile’s renowned PDF Reader as well as other productivity/business applications have been applauded and recognized by business leaders. With its proven success in the consumer market, Kdan Mobile is eyeing expansion of business-to-business services and the upcoming launch of a cloud service to increase influence.
The Apple App market has long been centered on downloads from Europe and North America. However, according to Kdan’s research, in recent years Asia’s rapid economic development has resulted in a pronounced rebalancing towards the east. This shift was demonstrated most emphatically in 2013 when the East Asia region leaped in status to occupy 20% of total App Store downloads. Nevertheless, European and North American users still account for half of all app downloads. Built upon a team of multinational employees attuned to industry trends and cultural nuances across multiple regions, Kdan Mobile is fully equipped to respond to this global rebalancing.
By extending and diversifying its range of services, Kdan Mobile is poised to expand upon its achievements since 2009. The company now provides customized, business-to-business services aimed at commercial and educational institutions. Kdan has also developed a cloud storage service scheduled for release at the end of the year. The cloud service will allow users to synchronize, transfer and backup files when using Kdan’s creative tools. In addition to surpassing the 20 million downloads milestone, this recent push towards diversification is further evidence of Kdan Mobile’s determination to break new ground in the mobile application and software markets.
Kdan Mobile’s productivity and creative tools, such as PDF Reader, NoteLedge, and Animation Desk, are available for downloads from the Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows App Store, and Mac App Store.
Kdan Mobile Software is a company specializing in mobile application development. Kdan aims to bring a ubiquitous mobile operating environment to end users by providing innovative service and powerful technology. (C) 2013 Kdan Mobile Software Ltd. All Rights Reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.
Jony Ive and Marc Newson’s [#protected_0#] to raise money for (RED), the AIDS charity, has netted nearly million. Forty-three items were auctioned, including several designed by in a collaboration between Apple senior vice president of Design Jony Ive and renowned industrial designer Marc Newson.
The dozens of products weren’t only designed by Ive and Newson. They included designer pens, suitcases, a car, an SUV and much more. But Ive and Newson’s designs fetched some of the highest prices – a pair of solid rose gold Apple earpods, for example, were expected to fetch ,000, but were sold for 1,000. Ive and Newson’s aluminum “The (RED) Desk” was anticipated to sell for a half million dollars; it went for .685 million. A Steinway grand piano customized by Ive and Newson was estimated at 0,000, but it sold for .925 million. A Leica digital camera was expected to fetch 0,000; it sold for .805 million. A new Mac Pro, customized with a red aluminum exterior, fetched 7,000.
Toronto, Canada – The Wattpad free book reader app recently passed ten million global downloads and reached top five status in the Books category in a growing list of countries for its popular downloadable free book app for iOS, iPad, and iPhone. Wattpad is the world’s largest community of readers and writers; 20 million people spend 4.5 billion minutes a month on Wattpad.
The Wattpad app makes it possible to access one of the world’s largest, ever-growing library of free downloadable books and stories. It consistently ranks in the top five ebook reader apps in North America and has now reached number one status in the Philippines and top five status for Book apps in Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Denmark, Panama, Peru, Spain and other countries.
Standing out in the Books Category in North America and Beyond:
Most apps in the Books category and most free book reader apps concentrate on delivering books in a few languages, from selected publishers, or to only one digital reading platform. The Wattpad books app stands out not only for the volume of free books and stories it makes available – over 30 million uploads and every day 80,000 are added – but by the range of books. Popular genres on Wattpad include romance, fan fiction, sci-fi, horror, teen, young adult, thriller and poetry.
Another defining aspect of the Wattpad free books app is that in addition to offering great free books and stories to read it’s also a tool that lets users write their own downloadable stories. Every day 80,000 new uploads are created this way with the majority of them being shared or experienced via mobile devices loaded with the free Wattpad app.
The Wattpad app is also truly interactive by offering readers a chance to interact with writers and other readers. If a reader loves a story they can comment on that story, ask the writer a question, suggest a new character or chapter, become a “fan” who gets story updates via the Wattpad app, and vote for their favorite free stories and books.
These features – and the fact that the Wattpad app provides access to downloadable free books in over 30 languages, and can sync across devices and platforms–has helped Wattpad stand out in the Books category beyond the North American market.
* Over 30 million free book and story uploads: the best of sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, romance, fan fiction, thrillers, and much more
* Get free book and story updates directly from authors
* Read offline and customize reading settings to personalize the experience
* Synchronize a Wattpad library between your phone, tablet and Wattpad online
* Write stories and publish them for others to read
* Connect with favorite writers such as Margaret Atwood, Paulo Coelho, and thousands of aspiring writers from across the globe
* Free books and stories are accessible in over 30 different languages
* Clean interface that makes it easy to read and add free stories to your library
* 20 million people spend 4.5 billions minutes a month on Wattpad; 80% of this interaction is via mobile devices
* Wattpad books and stories are downloaded, read and written in 30+ languages
* Over 30 million uploads on Wattpad, with 80,000 new uploads added every day
The Wattpad app is available to download and use on iOS, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.
Pricing and Availability
Wattpad 3.11 is free to download and is available worldwide through the App Store and Google Play in the Books category.
Wattpad free book reader was created by a team of book loving visionaries and developers at Wattpad in Toronto, Ontario Canada who are dedicated to enriching lives through stories. The Wattpad app has been ranked as one of the world’s top five ebook readers for the past three years and continues to improve by adding new features and updates regularly. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2013 WP Technology Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.
Seoul, Korea – Raon Games is proud to announce their 13 millionth download for Bouncy Ball, available for iOS and Android smartphones. The game combines puzzle elements and a brick-breaker theme to mesmerize mobile gamers.
Bouncy Ball is an exciting launch for Raon for a number of reasons. While the game is designed with simplicity in mind, there is an intriguing amount of complexity behind its deceptively simple interface. The game’s controls couldn’t be easier: Players tap each side of the lower part of the screen to move a perpetually bouncing 2 dimensional ball left or right. In order to clear each stage, the ball must be steered into each of the stage’s stars to consume them. As players progress, they will encounter a number of boosts, pitfalls, obstacles and puzzling challenges to overcome in order to clear the stage.
The exceptional gameplay is Bouncy Ball’s biggest draw, but hardly the only one. Included in the launch are two modes of play (Classic and Social). In Classic mode, gamers have access to over 20 worlds consisting of over 800 stages. Continual updates and expansions are planned as well. In Social mode, players compete against other gamers from around the world by attaching their Google Plus account. And as if these two options didn’t provide infinite hours of playtime, Raon Games has offered even more: Bouncy Ball includes a sandbox mode where users can build their own stages to play themselves, and to upload and share.
Raon games is excited to offer Bouncy Ball in the Google Play store and the iTunes App Store for free. Bouncy Ball is available now, and with its hours of quality game play, endless replay potential, and social aspects, it promises to be one of the most exciting mobile games of the year.
* Over 20 worlds and 800 stages
* Online map store: Create and share Bouncy Ball stages and browse and download stages created by other users – Choose stages based on their complexity, creativity, or straight up challenge! Users have uploaded more than 1 million maps
* Choose from two different modes of play – Classic and Social. In Social play, compete against Bouncy Ball players around the world by connecting with a Google Plus account
* Continuous updates and expansions mean Players will never run out of Bouncy Ball. Bouncy Ball offers more playable hours and replay potential than nearly any other game in the app store
* iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android Devices
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* Requires Android 2.2 or later
* 14.7 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Bouncy Ball 1.1.0 is available at no cost and available worldwide through the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Market in the Games category.
RAON Games was established in 2012 by Park Yongok and is based in Seoul, South Korea. The company was built to create exciting, out of the norm, mobile games. RAON Games strives to continually update Bouncy Ball while releasing similar hits in the App Store. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2013 RAON Games. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.
Vancouver, Canada – PaigeeWorld 1.3 is the newest iOS application developed by PaigeeDraw Inc., and brainchild of PaigeeDraw’s own 18yo Paige Rohrick. PaigeeWorld has seen tremendous growth since its formal release in December 2012, with usage growing by 25% every month since release. In June 2013 application sessions exceeded 4 million total, with June on track for over 1 million sessions alone!
This month Paige released the first chapter of her new Manga “Nyan Box” on PaigeeWorld. Paige’s new manga is only available via the PaigeeWorld application. “Nyan Box” tells the story of how all of the main characters of PaigeeWorld met.
What is PaigeeWorld?
PaigeeWorld is an iOS Social Media application for Artists to meet, learn and share. Artists use PaigeeWorld to submit their art to their followers/fans/friends. 10′s, 100′s, or 1000′s of members can potentially comment and like the drawings submitted. Some individual members have over 20,000 unique followers. When an artist submits a new drawing, it immediately is posted to all of their followers walls, as well as the “Recent Feed”, where everyone can see it. Almost immediately after art is submitted, hundreds and possibly thousands of people see it, and can instantly start interacting with the drawing. This type of interface/environment is unique to PaigeeWorld.
PaigeeWorld has over 500 drawing tutorials for different styles and techniques(related to Manga/Anime and Cartooning) created by young artists from around the world. Tutorials are included for traditional and digital drawing. Traditional drawing tutorials are also available for markers, pencils, crayons and watercolors.
PaigeeWorld sponsors contests and prizes for the community. Almost every month PaigeeWorld has a new contest to inspire and encourage members to start creating. In June, PaigeeWorld is hosting the “Nyan Summer Dreams” contest – users are encouraged to create a drawing entry featuring PaigeeWorld’s favorite character Nyan, and her Summer Dream. Prizes for this contest include a 36 Piece Marker Set from Marvy Uchida.
PaigeeWorld is a community for all ages. Only age appropriate drawings are allowed to be submitted. PaigeeWorld is a safe community for our Members. To keep PaigeeWorld a safe application for all members, PaigeeWorld employs a number of safety mechanisms including:
* Over 25 Moderators who review all art submitted, and moderate the drawings and comments
* Mechanisms within the application so that All Members can report individual drawings or comments directly to the moderators
Check out what all the fuss is about! Download PaigeeWorld today and see why Millions of people are connecting.
* iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 18.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
PaigeeWorld – How to Draw Manga 1.3 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
PaigeeDraw Inc. is an independent software development company formed by Paige Rohrick as a Social Media Application and traditional/digital drawing tool for anyone interested in Manga style art. Copyright (C) 2013 PaigeeDraw Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
HTC was too quiet, for too long. At least that’s what the company’s Chief Marketing Officer Ben Ho told the press in March, when he revealed that HTC would retire the “Quietly Brilliant” tagline, in favor of a more “bold”, “authentic”, and “playful” image.
The embattled Taiwanese company has already begun to be louder and more aggressive, openly criticizing its much larger rival Samsung and highlighting the areas where the One trumps the Galaxy S4.
Now it looks that HTC is going to tap into the star power of the bold Mr. Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr.
Sources told Bloomberg that the actor has signed a two-year marketing deal with HTC that is worth a cool million. The star from Iron Man, The Avengers, and Sherlock Holmes will be promoting HTC’s products in television, print, and billboard ads, said Bloomberg, although he will only do it as himself and not as Iron Man or other characters he impersonates. Downey will reportedly have a say on the creative aspects of the marketing campaign.
HTC refused to either acknowledge or deny the deal, though the reply from a company spokeswoman seems to allude to a deal with the Iron Man star:
The HTC One smartphone’s all-metal design has drawn overwhelmingly positive feedback from media and consumers alike. Anyone with a penchant for metal should be able to appreciate its appeal. Sally Julien, HTC
Many industry watchers have decried HTC’s weak and inconsistent marketing efforts, especially when opposed to Samsung’s deluge of ads and promotional campaigns. The Korean giant spent 0 million for ads in the United States last year, compared to a paltry million in HTC’s case.
Samsung has been successfully betting on star power, with celebrities ranging from Seth Rogen to LeBron James appearing in its ads. The latest celeb deal involves rapper Jay Z, who will make his new album available in advance to Galaxy users.
HTC doesn’t have the financial might of its rival, but celebrity endorsements like the deal signed with Robert Downey Jr. could do wonders for its sales. The actor is set to star in the next Iron Man in 2015, as well as in The Avengers 2 and 3, in the coming years. Will he sport an HTC device in any of these flicks? We hope so, but that involves a deal between HTC and the studios, and while possible, it’s only speculation for now.
Well, if the 50 million downloads have been celebrated with the release of Jetpack, making Dolphin Browser much faster, the 80 million wouldn’t have gone uncelebrated, either. The makers of the browser are doing so with the release of version 10, one that’s filled with important improvements.
The first thing you’ll definitely notice is the new design, a cleaner, more elegant one.
The first thing you’ll definitely notice is a cleaner, more elegant design. You now can swipe to get to menus or history, for example and you can populate your Dolphin Browser home screen with the web apps you need closer to you, for easy access. The even nicer part is that apps can be grouped into folders, by just dragging them one on top of the other, so you can keep things better organized. There are tons of them, so you’ll certainly find something of interest to you.
Also, you have a button which allows to swipe in one of three directions to get to the Sonar feature (Dolphin Browser’s voice search feature), browser menu or the list of currently open tabs, which can be quite handy.
Another nice idea is that you can use the search bar to look for things on multiple websites, not only the default search engine. You just click the bar and then Google (or whatever search engine is the default one), and you’ll get icons of the available search engines.
Flash support is disabled by default in the new version, but you can easily re-enable it from the Settings menu (you’ll find it under Web Content).
As you can see, lots of improvements to Dolphin Browser in the new version, made without altering the browser’s user experience. If you were a Dolphin Browser user until now, you’ll certainly enjoy the new version, and if not, now is as good a time as ever to give it a shot.
Do you use Dolphin Browser? What do you think of the new update?