There’s a whole lot of mobile news in this update, from an iFan’s conversion to Android, to some figures on how much apps on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone can expect to make, to an experiment with working for a full week on nothing but an iPad, to speculation about Apple’s September 10th event, to Windows 8.1, to BlackBerry’s “consideration of strategic alternatives”.
If you look at IDC’s 2Q13 figures on smartphone operating system market share, it boils down to two fights: Android vs. iOS, and Windows Phone vs. everyone else.
No matter what your angle on mobile technologies is — mobile developer, a mobile IT pro, a mobile marketer, or participating in mobile ecommerce — you’re going to want to get a look at a slide deck titled Mobile is Eating the World. Yes, it’s another “state of the mobile industry” presentation saying that the future of mobile is massive, but it tells the story very well using mostly graphs, and it’s quite layperson-friendly.
Let’s take a look at the numbers of mobile device users. We’ve got a prediction that nearly 2 billion mobile phones will ship in 2013 and that there will be more mobile devices than people by 2017, 1 in 3 American adults owns a tablet, and they’re well-educated, well-off and just a little older, and finally, if you’re looking for a demographic that loves their mobile devices, you want the LGBT crowd.
In this post, some numbers of note: Android 4.0 and higher now accounts for more than half of all the active versions out there, the top 5 tablet vendors by 1Q13 sales, and iOS users are still the most active of the bunch.
For those of you who can’t wait for the Galaxy S4 to come out, here are some ads showing off some of the features from Samsung’s upcoming flagship phone.
If you still need proof that mobile devices have really caught on, take a look at NBC news’ comparison between the 2005 and 2013 crowds gathered at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City to see the newly-selected Pope.
Here’s a look at three reports on mobile use:
- iPass and IronMobile’s 2013 Mobile Enterprise Report,
- Citrix’s Mobile Usage Survey, which says we’re really attached to our smartphones, and
- Citrix Bytemobile’s Mobile Analytics Report, based on mobile traffic data
During those rare lunches when I eat alone, this bowl/smartphone cradle might come in handy.