Apple Crosses 25B Download Mark at App Store

Apple hit another milestone over the past weekend: more than 25 billion apps from the iTunes App Store have been downloaded. As you might expect, the world’s most valuable company celebrated that achievement by awarding  a US$10,000 iTunes gift card to the user who downloaded app number 25,000,000,000. Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China probably had [...]

44% of U.S. Mobile consumers now have a smartphone

According to Nielsen’s most recent monthly survey of 25,000 U.S. mobile consumers, 44% of them now own a smartphone, compared to just 18% two years ago. In Canada, comScore recently estimated smartphone ownership at 40%.

Young adults continue to be the leading age groups for smartphone penetration. Among 25-34 and 18-24 year old mobile users, smartphone ownership is now at 64% and 53% respectively.

Netflix updates iPad app

California based Netflix today release an updated version of its iPad app which features an improved user interface along with a number of performance enhancements and bug fixes.

The 12.1 MB app is now available from the iTunes Canada store free of charge. Of course, a subscription to Netflix is required to use the application.

Starbuck lets you pay with your iPhone

Starbucks Canada has launched a free iOS application which lets Canadian customers pay for their purchases right from their iPhone.

The app builds upon the mobile payment rolled out in the U.S earlier this year and the Starbucks Rewards loyalty card program launched last month in this country.

Report: 87 Million Americans own a Smartphone

Over 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices in the third quarter with over a third of them – 87.4 million – saying they owned a smartphones according to a recent report by comScore. The number of smartphone owners was up 12 percent from the preceding quarter.

Tablet sales expected to rise fivefold by 2017

Global tablet computer sales are predicted to reach nearly 330 million units by 2017, up from less than 60 million units in 2011 according to a recent report by DisplaySearch.

By comparison, worldwide sales of personal computers (which includes desktops, laptops and netbooks) in 2010 were 350 million and are expected to reach 364 million units in 2011.

Report: Number of Android Market apps now over 300,000

A recent report by Research2Guidance detailing the size of the Android Market has found that more than 320,000 apps are now available for download from the Android Market.

The researchers estimate that, by the end of September 2011, over 500,000 apps had been initially published on the Android Market but over 37% had been removed for various reasons.

Gartner lowers 2011 sales forecast for tablet computers

Worldwide sales of tablet computers are on pace to reach 63.6 million units according to a recent report from Gartner. If correct, tablet sales would be up over 250 percent from 2010 sales of 17.6 million units.

While the increase is still amazing, the numbers are down significantly from the almost 70 million in predicted sales in Gartner’s April report. The firm has significantly lowered its sales forecasts for Android, WebOS and QNX tablets.

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