I have always been a fan of Swype, but here I was thinking that they were providing a much better software and only for the Nexus. It’s really awesome. In addition to the super-fast gesture-based typing method, this Nexus version has quick swiping shortcuts for: select all, copy, cut, paste, and can also send text to other apps like Twitter and Google Maps.
Now if you already have the beta installed on your phone, you will need to wipe it first. Check out the video of it in action after the break. Continue reading →
I have been trying to leave Facebook for a while now and may have a real alternative with Google +.
There has always been something that keeps me checking Facebook, though; all my friends and family who are posting there. Now there is a Chrome plugin that will allow people to link their Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as let them post directly to those sites via the Google + page.
In addition, there is a nifty little program to import all your Facebook albums and photos into G+. If you visit startgoogleplus.com after installing the extension, you can choose to import your photos from Facebook. The photo importer syncs photos from Facebook and displays the photos in a slideshow format as they are imported to allow you to monitor the progress. Continue reading →
Companies continue to improve on their mobile engagement. Here are some recent impressive numbers.
It took the iPhone application Instagram only three months to hit one million users. It took Foursquare a full year and Twitter two years. (source)
Six weeks later Instagram hit two million users. They remain an iOS-only application. They don’t even have a web presence where you can sign up. (source)
3.2 million unique visitors used a Yelp mobile app in December 2010. 35% of all searches on Yelp.com came from a Yelp mobile app. Every other second a consumer generated directions to a local business and a photo was uploaded every 30 seconds from a Yelp mobile app. (source)
eBay’s global mobile sales generated nearly $2 billion in 2010, up from $600 million in 2009. (source)
94 bids are made every minute via eBay’s mobile apps worldwide. (source)
50% of Pandora’s total user base subscribes to the service on mobile. (source)
Here are some additional statistics that were recently put together in an article on UX Magazine.
90% of the world now lives in a place with access to a mobile network.[*]
Amazon.com sold more than $1 billion in products via mobile devices in 2010.[*] EBay generated $2 billion in mobile sales, including the sale of a $75,000 Corvette.
37% of U.S. smartphone users have made a product purchase on their handsets in the last six months.[*]
13% of all U.S. consumers and 23% of the 18-34 age group make purchases via mobile four times a year.[*]
A great compilation of data about the growth and impact of mobile has been Morgan Stanley Research’s Mobile Internet Report. Primary author of the report, Mary Meeker, is now with Kleiner Perkins and has released an updated version of the data including:
Global shipments of smartphones and tablets surpassed shipments of desktop PCs and notebooks in Q42010. This gap is expected to increase over the next few years.
60% of time spent on smartphones is new activity for mobile users.
Global mobile data traffic should grow 26x over next 5 years.
Global mobile 3G subscribers grew 35% year over year and now number about 726MM.
Japan’s social networking site, Mixi, illustrates the importance of mobile: 85% of page views on mobile vs. 14% 4.5 years ago.
50% of total active Twitter users are on multiple platforms (mobile) compared to 25% a year ago. 40% of all tweets are sent via mobile.
50% of Pandora’s total user base subscribes to the service on mobile.