we reported that Amazon's AppStore was now available in Japan, but before being pushed to other regions they also issued a quick software update fixing a few bugs and improving the user interface. This week Amazon updated their 3rd party Android Appstore to terminate a few bugs, as well as solve the Android 4.2 multi-user login problem.
Monthly Archive: December 2013
report from App Annie has come out, and with it, some interesting insights into the app market. The most interesting piece of information to come from the report is that while Apple may generate four times the revenue of Google Play, Play is growing at a much higher rate. In the last month, Apple's revenue has actually shrunk .7%, while Google Play has risen an astonishing 17.9% in the same period.
Amazon is not the only company seeing a huge increase in sales over the craziest shopping weekend of the year. In fact, Barnes & Noble is reporting that it sold double the amount of NOOK units over the Thanksgiving weekend. B&N says that NOOK sales "doubled over the four-day Black Friday weekend, across all channels, based on information provided by our channel partners on a sell-through basis compared to the similar period last year.”
Samsung and Peel partnered up to bring its remote app to many IR devices and now, they have announced that it is going global. Today's announcement starts the first phase of global rollout of the Peel Smart Remote app. Peel is bringing localized TV program information to over 20 countries and 13 languages across Europe and Southeast Asia.
Rdio users on Android have something pretty exciting waiting for them over on the Google Play Store. The music streaming app has been given a new update, and though this update brings a few new features with it, one of the most important is a revamped user interface. This redesign brings a cleaner feel to the whole app, and glancing over the screenshots below, we have to say it looks pretty good.
LG Nexus 4 smartphone up for sale on the Google Play Store for the second time in two weeks, and it sold out pretty much just as fast as the first round. Google's new Nexus is either extremely popular and seeing an unaccounted for demand, or they need some serious work on their sales skills. The Play Store became almost unusable as Google warned users they still had stock, and to keep trying as it was experiencing a heavy load. Now lets talk shipping.
Jelly Bean, but almost all of that talk has been about their flagship Galaxy S III smartphone. We haven't heard a peep regarding the original Galaxy Note since August. For those original Note owners we have good news. Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean has leaked for the international model.
Google's at it again this afternoon and they've just updated their popular Chrome Browser for Android. It's one of our favorites, but could still use plenty of work. While today we aren't getting new features, the guys from Mountain View have updated the app with bug fixes, stability fixes, and hope to improve performance across the board.