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The iPhone 4S launch saw Android lose share for the first time in awhile, if not ever, Millennial Media found in a study on Tuesday. In November, a combination of Apple's new phone and even BlackBerry devices pushed Android's app traffic down from its October high of 56 percent down to exactly 50 percent. iOS as a whole was up to 30 percent, while even BlackBerry 7 devices helped RIM grow once again to 17 percent.
Apple is reportedly easing some of its policies around iAd to spark interest and counter Google's mobile ad control. Sources divulged Monday night to the Wall Street Journal that the minimum ad buy was dropping beyond earlier cuts to $400,000, less than half the million-dollar original baseline. Apple was also veering from the original plan, which charged a substantial amount for every ad click, to a believed $10 for every 1,000 views and what's implied is a lower $2 for every click.
New Millennial Media data has shown that Android's actual share of mobile ad traffic is considerably lower when considering every iOS device. While it had 61 percent among phones in July, Android dropped to 54 percent this past August when both sides could count non-phone devices, such as the iPad, iPod touch, and Android tablets. Apple gained a third more ad share and jumped back to 28 percent as a consequence.
Android has bounced back from a dip in mobile ad share to reach its highest point yet, Millennial Media said in its monthly report on Wednesday. This past July, Android's ad traffic shot up 15 percent just over the past month to hit 61 percent. Google's rise pushed the iPhone down to 21 percent.
iOS bounced back in June as new data from Millennial Media showed faster growing use and app support. Android still grew slightly from the month before in smartphone OS traffic to 54 percent versus Apple's 26 percent, but the iPhone was growing faster. Impressions from iOS devices had grown 18 percent in the spring compared to Android's 11 percent.
Millennial Media on Wednesday showed a surprising spike in mobile ad share from companies that have mostly been pushed down until now. Android and iOS were largely static versus April at 53 percent and 27 percent, but the BlackBerry and Windows Phone platforms both increased in May. A rise in BlackBerry Curve use put RIM up one point to 17 percent of ad traffic, and Microsoft surged an unusual 92 percent.
Millennial Media in its mobile ad study for this past April highlighted the mounting problem of getting Android users to pay for apps. Although Google recovered from a dip in March and now represented 53 percent of ad hits on Millennial's network, iOS devices stood for 50 percent of the actual revenue where Android was at 39 percent. iOS ad impressions were growing at a much faster rate as well, at 47 percent since the start of the year where Android grew by 19 percent.
Millennial Media in its report for March mobile ad share showed Apple bouncing back in mobile ad share. The Verizon iPhone was credited with an 11 percent spike in iOS ad hits just over the past month. While Android still had the leading share specific to smartphones at 48 percent to the iPhone's 31 percent, Apple's ad impressions were now growing faster as well, at 29 percent month-to-month versus 23 percent.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE