Today Perion, the developer of desktop email client IncrediMail, has launched a new application for iPad users that turns traditional emailing on its head, reimagining the experience for tablet.
Advertisers are spending 20.3 percent of their Facebook budgets on mobile ads, according to new data from Kenshoo Social. The company’s analysis of two million Facebook ad clicks and conversions also revealed that ad spends vary dramatically between Android and iOS devices.
Last week YouTube officially launched a new redesign, featuring a major emphasis on subscriptions that includes a Guide that lets users easily navigate through the channels they’ve subscribed to. Now the Guide is available on the YouTube app for Android tablets, as well as the mobile website for tablets.
News consumption continues to evolve as smartphones and tablets compete with desktop and laptop computers for readers’ attention. The latest survey from Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism suggests that Americans still prefer email and trusted publications to hanging out on Facebook and Twitter — 37 percent of tablet owners read the news on their devices every day, compared with the 34 percent who use social networking sites.
The preliminary program for our Smartphone & Tablet Games Summit is announced. Join us in San Francisco on June 26th for panels, discussions, and networking with leaders in the mobile games space. Early registration pricing is $299 and effective through today, April 18th.
It is fairly obvious that the main reason why Amazon is selling the Kindle Fire tablet is to sell more video, music, and books from their store, so it would be understandable if they opted to not make competing content provider apps available for the Fire. Today Amazon showed they resisted that knee-jerk reaction by announcing Netflix, Rhapsody, and Pandora are amongst the thousands of apps that will be available for the Fire when it ships next week.
Barnes & Noble introduced their new Nook Tablet yesterday, announcing that it not only features a 1GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage with the option to add 32GB of extra storage, 1GB of RAM, and a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, but will also come with Netflix pre-installed, along with other media apps including Hulu, Pandora, MOG and Rhapsody.
Flipboard on the iPad might be the most useful news aggregation tools because of its curation mix of conventional (editors at news and blog sites) and personal (people you friend and follow at Facebook and Twitter). Flipboard takes links and content from Facebook, Twitter and RSS feeds to create a magazine-like view that lets you quickly scan through news from a variety of sources. ChannelCaster looks like a good alternative to Flipboard if you use an Android phone or tablet.
Google Docs has not been particularly friendly to smartphones and tablets. However, Google has been making steady progress in removing that reputation. Unlike other recent mobile announcements which were web based, this Google Docs enhancement is an update for an Android app that takes advantage of the larger display of Android Honeycomb tablets.
Adobe hit a home run with its free drawing utility launched along with the original iPad in April 2010. However, it did not see to do much beyond release utility type apps for the iPad since then. It looks like this is about to change. Adobe announced, but has not yet released, a set of sophisticated apps for Android tablets and the iPad in the near future.