Mobile Outlook 2013 (from Flurry)

Today, I came across a very interesting slide made by Flurry which highlights the explosive growth of smartphones globally. The key highlights of the slides showing mobile outlook for 2013 using the past few years’ analytical data are:

  • Smartphone is a global phenomenon (China is catching up very fats to US in number of active iOS and Android devices)
  • 30+ countries doubled number of iOS and Android devices in last 12 months
  • People spending minutes per day on TV and Web has remained stagnant from last 3 years but for mobile it has almost doubled in Dec 2012 from Dec 2010
  • App revenues are growing at 129% cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) [2008-2012]
  • Majority of the time spent in social category of app is on social networks (47%), messaging (29%) and photo/video sharing (19%)
  • 7pm to 11pm is highest usage of media and entertainment apps (behave like TV’s prime time)
  • Females use more of shopping in Day time than their male counterparts

Read the full slide here:

What is wrong with current location-based checkin service?

Location-based check-in service came into prime-time of social networking in year 2009 with launch of Foursquare, a location-based social networking application for mobile devices, and then tons of other similar apps such as Gowalla (recently acqui-hired by Facebook), Loopt, Scvngr, Hotlist, and many more are trying to crack location-based services. Few of them are moderately successful but none of them have been able to get location-based services into mainstream of social network. Facebook too tried with Facebook Places (which is now simply called “Check In”) and has now integrated location as part of every Facebook action (status update, pic upload, etc). Continue reading