Mobile Applications Expectations Are Rising [Infographic]

Mobile traffic grew 81% last year. 91% of adults keep their smart phone within an arm’s reach. This may seem like a great opportunity but, to paraphrase, “with great [opportunity] comes great [expectations].”

67% of users start engaging on one device and continue on another, an experience they expect to be seamless. Furthermore, they want mobile apps to load in under 3 seconds (and this number is always getting lower) with little margin for error before frustration sets in. But it doesn’t end there, poor performance can cost you customer recommendations and, therefore, money.

Check out the following infographic by Compuware:




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Exciting New Gadgets in 2013: Gold iPhone 5S, Google Glass and Other Tech For This Year

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The Mobile applications statistics



Source: Infographic by Top Apps


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Rovio, the Angry Birds owner, has 100% growth in 2012 and wants to become the next Disney



Rovio just reported that revenues have doubled in 2012, due to strong game and consumer-product sales.  Rovio Entertainment is producing Angry Birds and several other mobile games.  Revenues reached around $195 million, up 101 percent from $97 million in 2011. Earnings before interest and taxes are up 50 percent from $60.2 million in 2011 to $98.5 million in 2012.  Headcount has doubled to 518 employees.

According to Rovio CFO, Herkko Soininen:  “We doubled our revenue with an EBIT margin of 50%, more than doubled our headcount, established new offices, and a new business ventures unit. Also, to protect our own, as well as our partners’ and our fans’ interests, we continue to invest heavily in brand protection globally.”

In 2012, Rovio successfully launched four major mobile games: Angry Birds Space, Amazing Alex, Bad Piggies, and Angry Birds Star Wars.  Sales of these games, along with in-app advertising, were two of Rovio’s major revenue streams.

The other major area of growth is Rovio’s consumer products line of toys, branded peripherals, and smartphone cases. The derivative products division more than tripled in revenues and now generates nearly 45 percent of its total revenue. A new important milestone is the active-monthly-user count that is now past the quarter billion mark.

Rovio CEO, Mikael Hed suggests: “Rovio has grown from a phenomenon to a very successful global business. In 2010 we set out to build an entertainment company and after last years performance we are on a strong path to achieve our goal.”

Rovio wants to become a worldwide content and merchandise powerhouse with a series of new titles, consumer products, and entertainment releases in the works. The company is inspired by Disney’s business model.  It is also working on an Angry Birds cartoon, and also a movie for 2016.

“We have had a stellar start for this year,” said Hed. “In addition to our successful games portfolio, we recently launched our first Angry Birds Toons series through third-party partners and our own in-game distribution channel. We will continue to strengthen our position in the entertainment business through continuing to innovate on our existing brands, exploring creating new IP as well as exploring opportunities with external parties.”

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2013 State of Journalism in America by Pew Research Center



The Pew Research Center today released the 2013 State of Journalism in America.  The popularity of the printed press and the radio is in decline, while online media, on the other hand, is experiencing fast growth.

39% of respondents said that they saw their news yesterday from a mobile device, versus 34% in 2010.   When one takes into account all digital devices, the figure is 50%, second only to watching the news on television.  Traditional media are in decline for those who say that their source of information is the radio  (just 33%) or the newspaper (29%). There is a growing online audience  reporting that they get their news from social networks (19%), 16% by email and 8% from podcast.

The rapid growth of online information is impressive, according to the study, mainly due to access to mobile devices (31% of adults have a tablet, and 45% own a smartphone, ten points more than a year ago). More than 60% of the mobile device owners, (whether a tablet or smartphone) watch the news on these devices at least once a week, and 36% even watch the news on a daily basis.

The most popular sites to see the news is Yahoo News, in part because of its agreement with ABCNews, followed by The Huffington Post, which has risen from fourth to second place. The New York Times lost three places in the ranking.

The HuffPo is clearly the world’s first content aggregator (reproduced stories in September: 2531), and the web site is benefiting from its interactions with Facebook and Twitter.  It is followed by (1715), (1668) and (1621).

Digital advertising revenues

In 2011, digital advertising revenues (23% of all advertising sector in the United States, up 3 points from 2011)  were exceeding advertising revenues from newspapers.   In 2016, Digital Advertising could reach 29% of the total. Although mobile advertising revenues grew by 80% compared to 2011, it only accounts for 7% of the total. According to eMarketer, in three years, it should account for 21% of total advertising revenues.

One of the problems of digital advertising media is that 64% of total revenues are concentrated in only five companies: Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft and AOL.

Video advertising grew by a huge 47% in 2012. 38% of those surveyed by Pew Research said they used their tablets to watch video once a week, 12% watch: daily. Video is already the second type of advertising, but it will compete more effectively with the banner in the coming years.

Advertising revenues of the press fell last year to $22.5 billion, with $3.3 billion consisting of online advertising (15% of total). However, for every 15 dollars lost in press advertising, online only earned one dollar.

Moderate optimism

For the first time since the crisis of 2007, the newspaper industry appears to have stabilized.   Of the 1,380 daily newspapers, 450 plan to adopt paid content plans, which together with rising paper prices and increased subscriptions, have helped stabilize the situation caused by the declining advertising.  Newspapers are cutting the number of days of publication per week, while reducing paper newsrooms, for online expansion.

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Apple still dominating the app sector in 2013


ABI Research  estimates that the global app economy will reach $25 billion this year.  Around 35% ($8.8M) will be tablet apps and 65% ($16.4 M) will be smartphones apps.  Apple will continue its domination of  the app sector with a market share around 65%. ABI forecasts that  by 2018, tablet apps should surpass smartphone apps in revenue. In five years, total global app revenue could reach $92 billion.  ABI’s analyst  believes that  Apple’s market share will stay very strong for many years to come: “By 2018 in terms of tablets it will still be 57 percent, and in terms of tablets plus smartphones, it will still be above 50 percent … around 52 percent.”

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Mobile Internet traffic on tablets is bigger than on smartphones

Adobe just released a new study analyzing more than 1 billion visits for more than 1,000 websites and found that 8% of traffic came from tablets. That traffic ranks ahead of the 7% of visits that came from smartphones.  However, 85% or so percent of Web traffic still coming from desktop PCs and laptops.

Fewer tablets ARE in circulation in the world compared to the vast proliferation of smartphones.

The United Kingdom has the highest percentage of tablet traffic, with 12.2% of views, while China had the lowest at 3.1%.

Mobile devices represent nearly one out of every six website pageviews and this trend is growing quickly around the world.

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Article on WiLAN available on Seeking Alpha


WiLAN (WILN) is a Canadian intellectual property firm that offers new opportunities for both value and growth investors. WiLAN has a vast and strategic portfolio of patents that were built or acquired. WiLAN has more acquired patents than big players such as Apple, Samsung or Google. Patent monetization is booming with a lot of new cases reaching settlements. In the ITC sector, patent wars among cellphone manufacturers are widely followed by the press. The Global unlicensed communications equipment market represents a huge untapped $1.5 trillion opportunity. WiLAN’s experienced management team wants to benefit from the growing communications patent wars actually evolving. Among the recent developments, the firm has started 5 new litigation claims of patent infringement, insiders have been buying the stock throughout last year, and WiLAN has signed two new licensed deals.

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Apple has 2X More Cumulative Download Apps than Android

Juniper Research reports that Apple has now 2X more cumulative download app than Android: 40M vs 20M.  Both mobile operating systems largely dominate tha app market with a combined 75% market share.  Apple got a huge 20M download app only in 2012. iOS developers have received over $7 billion from iOS apps, while Apple collected 30%, just over $3 billion from the arrangement, including around $1.5 billion for 2012.

Nokia Store, Blackberry App World and GetJar are in the top 5 app stores of 2012, with around nine billion downloads between them.  It becomes difficult for Microsoft and Amazon to attract mobile developers.  Both Apple and Google can deliver immense scale, with audiences in the hundreds of millions.

While Apple and Android have similar download statistics for 2o12, Apple monetizes around 10% of its app, as opposed of only 3% for Google apps.  iOS apps also see far higher revenues coming from freemium.

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Access to Mobile email is surpassing Desktop email

Here is an interesting infographic by Litmus suggesting that access to email are now more used via mobile (with the iPhone) than via the desktop, in April 2012:

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