Saturday, November 30, 2013

Mobile Commerce Numbers for Thanksgiving: iOS Wins

Thanksgiving Sales from iOS crushes Android
This year again Apple's iOS devices are generating more sales and profit than Android devices.  IBM and Adobe have released some sales and traffic for this Thanksgiving and Black Friday and Android is getting hammered again.

The Business Insider reported this in Here's A Problem With The Theory That Android Is Taking Over The World:
"Both IBM and Adobe are reporting that Apple's iOS, which powers iPhones and iPads, is destroying Google's Android in mobile shopping on Thanksgiving and Black Friday."
The chart above shows sales in millions of dollars generated by iOS devices compared to sales coming from Android devices.  While iOS phones beat Android phones by a health margin, Android tablets get absolutely demolished by Apple's iPads.  This is especially important to note because tablets are generating such an enormous portion of the sales compared to phones.  And tablets enable a much better user experience for shopping and therefore more people will want to use a tablet for mobile commerce than a phone.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Time to kill off Windows RT

Microsoft's Julie Larson-Green in March 2012
With the massive failure of Surface, the upheaval in management and the comically embarrassing fumble with Windows RT, it's time.  Microsoft may be finally ready to kill Windows RT.

At a UBS seminar Microsoft senior executive, Julie Larson-Green, appears to have admitted the failure of Microsoft to make a dent in tablets and sell Windows RT to partners and customers.

The Guardian reported:
Larson-Green, who is executive vice-president of Devices and Studios at Microsoft, said that the aim of Windows RT was "our first go at creating that more closed, turnkey experience [that Apple has on the iPad]…" but that Microsoft now has three mobile operating systems: "We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We're not going to have three."
Frankly her comments and Microsoft's newer Surface and Nokia tablet marketing fills me with NO hope that Microsoft "gets it".  They are still using the same old strategy with the same old perspectives, that have failed and failed again.

They are now facing much stronger and smarter competition in their core businesses.  PCs, OSes, Office and servers from Apple, Google, open source and more.  They've gone absolutely nowhere in phones and tablets, after over a decade of trying and still showing no signs that they get it yet.  Inertia and a dying monopoly will keep them alive for a while.  Perhaps long enough to make the massive cultural and technological changes needed to stay a player.  But then again....

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Apple's iBeacon making news big time

Apple introduces iOS 7 at WWDC 2013
It's not just the recent news about the iBeacon test at Macy's with shopkick app.  Other important news to know about iBeacon tech is coming from all over the place.  The really interesting thing is that it's not just the tech press talking about it !!!
.... there's tons and tons more.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

iBeacon test at Macy's with shopkick app

iBeacon transmitter from shopkick
Macy's began testing Apple iBeacon technology using iBeacon transmitters and a third party shopping app called shopkick.  

Apple introduced iBeacon with iOS 7.  The iBeacon tech uses small transmitters that send data over short ranges using Bluetooth low energy (BLE) which is part of Bluetooth 4.0.  This tech can enable all kinds of revolutionary location aware user experiences.  Especially in mobile commerce.

News stories have appeared in USA TodayWall Street JournalThe VergeVentureBeatSilicon Valley Business JournalFast Company and more.