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people keep talking about ipads (and other e-readers) as the salvation for print – in particular, for newspapers and magazines. (books, on the other hand, aren’t really in need of salvation, so for the book industry the e-readers are more of a threat, it seems.) the idea, it seems, is basically this: people don’t want to pay for access to news on a website. but apparently, they do want to pay for apps on iphones and ipads. so let’s sell news as apps!

and the prime example, above them all, is wired magazine, whose first ipad app sold 110,000 copies at $3.99. of course that first app was news itself, so the numbers have gone down since – but according to wired editor-in-chief chris anderson, in an interview with jon lund, they still sell “in the multiple tens of thousands” per month.

that’s a little more modest, of course, when compared to a monthly circulation in print of 750,000 (at $4.99). but hey, if it doesn’t cost them much, it still turns a profit right? well, it turns out that it does cost them a lot.

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i recently wrote a post about my attempts to find some figure for how many mobile users own a location-aware device – or more simply put, a gps phone. it turned out to be quite hard, and i’ve mostly ended up with statistics for smartphones, and then having to guess roughly how many of the smartphones have gps receivers.

but now i have gotten hold of what i take to be a more reliable estimate: according to mobile consultant tomi ahonen, the total worldwide installed base of gps phones should be somewhere in the range of 550-700 million this june. this is not an official estimate – ahonen simply gave the estimate as i asked him by email – but he seems to be a quite reliable source for information of this kind.
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just got some interesting numbers from the two main network operators in norway: they report that the percentage of users who are using smartphones in Q2 was between 20 (netcom) and 27.3 (telenor)

this information is of course very useful to all of us involved in making mobile apps, in order to figure out roughly the proportion of all mobile users who actually can access our apps. unfortunately, it is not as useful as it could have been, because the network operators’ definitions of ‘smartphones’ is far too vague – and also seems to differ according to operator:
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much has been made of the ongoing fight over what will be the html5 video standard for the future. but what about audio support in html5? one might easily assume that a browser that is supposed to support html5 video, will naturally also support html5 audio, right? apparently this is not so, at least not for the android default browser.

* update, for impatient readers: i eventually verified that due to some kind of bug, the audio tag does not work in any currently available version of android, including 2.2 (froyo). the bug is reported to be solved in “post-froyo code”, which probably means android 3.0. read on for details and some info about other platforms.

in my attempt to build a webapp-version of the textopia android app, which should be available both to iphone and android users, i have come across this problem: while i can get users’ position in the same way on both platforms, i can only play sounds using the html5 audio element on iphone, not on android. trying to find out why, i set up a test page with a list of html5 audio elements with test files in different formats. testing out this page in different browsers reveals that while support varies between platforms, android stands out by simply not supporting anything at all – not even the error messages that should come up for browsers that don’t support html5 audio!

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ifølge admob’s siste rapport er det nå ca. 5 ganger så mange iphone-brukere som android-brukere i norge. hvis det stemmer som ryktene (og vg-nett) sier, så er det ca. 500 000 iphone-brukere i norge, noe som innebærer at antall android-brukere er rundt 100 000.

dette er høye tall for iphone, tatt i betraktning at andelen iphone-brukere globalt er bare ca. 1% av alle mobil-brukere. i norge er det altså ti ganger så stor andel. men det er heller ikke helt usannsynlig, sett i lys av at andelen 3G-telefoner i norge er dobbelt så høy som gjennomsnittet for resten av verden – noe som kan tyde på at markedet for avanserte mobiltelefoner er større i norge enn i mange andre land. men det er viktig å ta alle disse statistikkene med en dose skepsis, der er nok en del usikkerhet i disse tallene.

uansett, når android nå har begynt å selge bedre enn iphone på verdensbasis skal det bli interessant å se hvordan dette utvikler seg i norge fremover.

oppdatering 9. juni: har blitt tipset om en artikkel i dagensit.no, som beregnet antall iphone til 3-400 000 i midten av mars. 500 000 nå i juni virker i så fall kanskje litt i overkant, men ikke helt på jordet. (det må det derimot ha vært for 8 måneder siden, da vg-nett artikkelen kom… har også sett andre tall som bekrefter dette, kan dessverre ikke oppgi kilde.) 100 000 for android ser også ut som et rimelig ballpark-nummer. begge deler er jo ganske oppsiktsvekkende; android har vært i salg under et år i norge. og apple er tredje største mobilprodusent etter nokia og sony ericsson, selv om de bare selger 1 (rådyr) modell…

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google just announced that more than 100,000 android phones are activated every day. a few weeks ago a report from NPD suggested that android has already passed the market share of iphone – in the us. however, if this number is reliable – and the similar announcement of 60,000 a day reported in february appears to have been right on target – it means that at the moment, more android phones are being sold per day, worldwide, than iphones in the previous quarter. (100,000 per day means 9.1m in the quarter, whereas apple sold 8.7m devices last quarter.)

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sarah epps at ars technica is proposing a new concept for the ipad age: curated computing, defined as “a mode of computing where choice is constrained to deliver less complex, more relevant experiences”. apparently the idea is that the iphone os, which also powers the ipad, ” runs more like a jukebox than a desktop, asking consumers to choose (and often pay for) applications from a predetermined set list” – in other words, it’s the internet without all the clutter, no shit only gold. consumption paradise, productive activities go elsewhere.

it’s not a particularly original analysis, but eliot buskirk at wired.com tries to expand on the idea to propose the “age of curation“. for him, the concept sums up everything from social media to original journalism, at which point the concept seems to have been watered down to mean everything and nothing.

which is sad, because the concept actually does seem apt to shed some light on where the ipad is being positioned in this new niche of computing.

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