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Dear Readers,
First of all, please accept my heartfelt apologies for the long delay in announcing this step – it has been a difficult decision for the management, and rest assured that we have not taken it lightly.

However, due to the development of the mobile market (and our constrained resources), we have made the decision to cease updating TamsBada. Instead of that, updates about this platform will, from now on, form part of the generic mobile industry coverage provided on all remaining sites of the Tamoggemon Content Network.

Of course, we will not close the blog down. All of its content remains available right where it is – the only difference is that, from now on, updates will no longer be published here.

We would, however, be honoured to serve at any of the following web sites. From now on, we will once again provide you with updates daily:
http://tamsandroid.tamoggemon.com
http://tamsblackberry.tamoggemon.com
http://tamsijungle.tamoggemon.com
http://tamsppc.tamoggemon.com

With best regards
Tam Hanna/Jatinder Singh/Annette Bosbach
-editorial team

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NFC technology is starting to be widely deployed – except for the iPhone, it is available on all other handset platforms. Sadly, so far, it was difficult to find something to test your NFC handset on – it is much like the problem of storing an impressive Galaxy Note II in a Galaxy Note II case where no one can see it.

In the inner city of Milan, a trial has now been set up by a local carrier. It allows users to use their handsets to perform the following actions:

  • Use vouchers
  • Pay for food
  • Find out about sightseeing spots

Find out more via the URL below – videos from the 3GSM can sadly not be embedded:
http://www.mobileworldlive.com/videos/feature-nfc-tour-of-milan/25883

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In today’s mobile industry, a variety of monetization methods compete – when creating an application, deciding on the correct revenue generator can make or break the bank.

The analysis house Flurry has now provided us with the following graph – it shows which applications commandeer a high degree of loyalty:
 On app types, user loyalty and monetization

Of course, this also has an impact on the choice monetization methods:

On average, Quadrants I and IV (the right-hand side) are better suited to subscription and advertising-supported models. The main reason is that these apps have perceived enduring value by consumers over a long period of time, and therefore more successfully retain their user bases. For ad-supported apps, high repeat usage translates into more ad impressions served. Categories on the left-hand side, Quadrants II and III, are better suited for one-time download fees. Additionally, quadrants II and IV (top left and bottom right) are likely best for in-app purchase models. For Quadrant II, the intense usage means that consumers find very high value during a short window. This creates the opportunity to offer new content or functionality during “binge” usage. Adroit social game makers are masters at driving in-app purchases during a consumer’s greatest moment of engagement. For Quadrant IV, because the user will return again and again, there also exists the possibility to find new ways of increasing value, which includes offering add-on functionality or content for a fee.

Hit the link above to find out more…

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India is one of the largest markets for mobile applications and mobile web surfing – in fact, many people in India only have a cell phone.

Opera now shares the following bits of data which show what users do while surfing on the run:

Top 10 website categories in India

  1. News Portals
  2. E-commerce
  3. Social networking
  4. Education
  5. Travel
  6. Search
  7. Cricket
  8. Download portals
  9. Job portal
  10. Government websites

What do you think?

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Prices tend to change frequently, especially as inflation raises. At some point, using a digital screen becomes more affordable than permanentely reprinting paper price tags.

While running across a store in Vienna, I stumbled across this – a e-ink based price tag:
epaperpricetag tnl e paper displays used for price tags

Looks like the price of the technology is becoming lower and lower – have you seen any weird e-paper applications recently?

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Most mobile ad solutions – Microsoft’s system is explicitly excluded here – pay developers only for clicks. Obviously, this motivates coders to create GUI layouts where it is easy to mistakenly tap on an ad to drive revenue.

Pace Lattin now brings us the following interesting quote:

A new study by GoldSpot Media claims that almost 50% of all clicks on static mobile ads are actually “fat finger” clicks. These aren’t just clicks from those who visit McDonald’s a bit too much, but from the general population who accidently click on the mobile advertisement and then close the app within two seconds. This means that they weren’t at all interested in the advertisement, but instead were just trying to exit or move around.

Of course, this causes significant problems for advertisers. Low rates of user engagement lead to lack of further funding, which comes to hurt developers as the clicks become worth less and less.

Have you ever mis-clicked an ad?

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Some years ago, the idea of using advertising to monetize business apps was considered insane – now, it is commonplace. The next step in the transformation of the mobile economy now sees developers giving back advertising revenue to their users.

We have now received the following press release – the highlighting is done by yours truly:

NINEPOINTEIGHT LLP releases Sweepstakes Free 1.0, the free iOS app giving away real cash prizes everyday. All sweepstakes are completely free to download and enter. As a special launch promotion, prizes have been set at a guaranteed of minimum of $20.00 USD daily and $100.00 weekly for the app launch through to at least December 1. Prize values will increase in value as the number of users increases.

All prizes are for real money in US Dollars, payable to a users Paypal account. These free sweepstakes are initially being funded out of pocket by NINEPOINTEIGHT LLP as a launch promotion, and long term are made possible by advertising displayed within the app. Note that any clicks on advertisements are not a requirement of entry and are completely optional. Apple is not a sponsor or involved in these sweepstakes in any manner.

. . .

Find out more via the URL below:
http://www.ssfreeapp.com/

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At times, it pays to be local. Micromax, the name behind super cheap mobiles and now tablets has emerged as a clear leader for tablets segments in India.

According to CyberMedia Research, Tablet shipment in India grew by 673 percent year-on-year and 59 percent over the preceding quarter to reach 0.55 million units. According to the report, Micromax had a 18.4 percent market share followed by Samsung at 13.3 percent and Apple at 12.3 percent.

The key factors responsible for these figures are an appetite for 7 inch form factor which is favored over 10+ inches and the price factor. While Tablets used to sell for around Rs. 25000 ($1=Rs 55) a year back, their prices have almost reached the Rs 12000-15000 mark, with a horde of vendors offering them for as low as Rs 6000.

We await the launch of the iPad mini and Windows 8 Tablets. Only then would be there some real competition for Micromax. Until  then, we should hail it as the king.

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The computer processor company AMD has announced an app store to bridge the prevalent gap in smooth running of the Android apps on the computer. This store will showcase how the apps will be optimized for its processors. With this, we will be able to download and run popular Android apps on AMD based PC running Windows. The joint efforts of Blue Stack and AMD have enabled the AMS AppZone Player which in turn has led to such possibilities.

amdlogo AMD bridges Android and PC gap

This is expected to be a big leap to bridge the gap and enabling the Android apps to be run on AMD-powered devices. With this collaboration, the software developers will now be able to easily tap AMD’s products and keep the great expectations of the users satisfied. Manju Hegde, corporate VP of heterogeneous applications and developer solutions at AMD confirmed the news.

Further, users will be able to download featured apps directly from the AppZone Player or search for the AppZone store. This collaboration is a success already and they are now planning and working with leading OEMs to preload the player on the upcoming AMD-powered devices.

We are waiting fingers crossed for more surprises. Thanks to AMD for the good news!

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When Amazon released the Kindle Fire, many a developer was left wondering why Amazon forked Android and rolled a browser of their own – even though “Silk” is not bad, better browsers exist.

The folks from VisionMobile recently published a very interesting analysis, the key passage of which is below:

Routing the Silk browser’s traffic through its own servers allows Amazon to collect click streams — and not just when the user is shopping on Amazon.


It would make sense to license out the Silk browser to OEM manufacturers of smartphones or other tablets. … the OEM gains an additional revenue stream as a broker of Amazon foot traffic.

Find out more via the URL below:

http://www.visionmobile.com/blog/2012/09/the-kindelization-of-tablets-part-2-the-silk-strategy/

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Ever went shopping with your Samsung Wave, only to find out that the calculator could not figure out what you wanted to know? Ever failed an exam or lost a deal because you didn’t have a proper calculator app? Fret not, Tamoggemon TouchCalc is here.
480banner Scientific calculator for bada – Tamoggemon TouchCalc

In addition to support for complex arithmetic expressions, TouchCalc also knows a large array of functions which make the program suitable for both scientific and educational use. For example, solve trigonometric problems effortlessly on the go – the ever-expanding list of supported functions is found at http://www.tamoggemon.com/bada/tcal/supported-functions.html.
1 Scientific calculator for bada – Tamoggemon TouchCalc

A powerful graphing engine permits users to quickly analyze the behaviour of mathematical systems. As it uses the same Pirna engine which is also used for calculations, everything which can be computed can also be graphed with ease.
2 Scientific calculator for bada – Tamoggemon TouchCalc

Due to unique aspects of the bada ecosystem, the application is available for free. Frequent updates will be supplied once a month, and are deployed automatically via an integrated update checker.

Android, BB10 and Windows Phone users should expect TouchCalc to become available for their handsets in Q4 2012 or Q1 2013.

Effective immediately, the product can be downloaded via Samsung Apps. Further information is available via http://www.tamoggemon.com/bada/tcal.html.

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The idea of using cell phones to interact with ads is not new – T-Mobile Austria deployed IR Kiosks all over Vienna about six years ago (see here and here).
anasta 16% of European smartphone users scan QR codes erram 16% of European smartphone users scan QR codes

As cameras in cell phones became better, QR codes replaced the now-unpopular IR booths. Accoding to ComScore, these codes become more and more popular every day:

Smartphone Audience Scanning QR Codes via their Devices
3 Month Average Ending July 2012 vs. July 2011
Total EU5 (DE, ES, FR, IT and UK), Age 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
  Smartphone Audience (000) YoY Growth % of Smartphone Audience YoY Percentage Point Increase
EU5 17,390 96% 14.1% +4.0
France 2,843 71% 12.5% +1.9
Germany 5,084 128% 18.6% +6.1
Italy 2,765 75% 11.9% +3.2
Spain 3,381 218% 16.0% +9.0
UK 3,316 43% 11.4% +0.6

The result of most of the queries is the obtaining of product information – this is broken down further in the table below:

Result of Scanning QR Codes by Percent of Smartphone Scanning Audience
3 Month Average Ending July 2012
Total EU5 (DE, ES, FR, IT and UK), Age 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
  Penetration (%) of QR Code Users
EU5 France Germany Italy Spain UK
Product information 71.7% 65.4% 77.9% 69.2% 71.1% 70.1%
Event information 31.8% 32.7% 28.9% 36.4% 36.5% 27.0%
Charity/cause information 12.1% 9.5% 10.0% 18.6% 13.4% 10.8%
Coupon or offer 19.4% 20.3% 19.6% 17.6% 22.2% 17.0%
Application download 13.4% 17.5% 11.4% 14.8% 13.7% 11.2%

Not much to add here…

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We started covering FireFox OS when it was still called Boot to Gecko – the webOS “imitator” is also based on HTML5 and will use the “browser” as an app runtime.
1 FireFox OS to grab 1% marketshare by 2013

Mobile Business Briefing now claims the following:

Mozilla’s mobile platform, Firefox OS, will take a 1 percent share of the global smartphone market by the end of 2013, as it carves out a niche in the entry-level phone space currently dominated by Android.

Strategy Analytics forecasts that the open source, low-cost platform which supports HTML5 apps, will benefit from the interest it has gained from hardware vendors and operators.

Hit the link below to see our MWC coverage:
http://tamspalm.tamoggemon.com/2012/02/29/mozilla-boot-to-gecko-webos-reloaded/

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The recent political turmoil has given FaceBook a lot of attention – after all, many popular uprisings have been started on FaceBook. This has caused mobile developers and operators to think about using FaceBook for marketing – the question is if this makes sense.

The Danish research firm StrandConsult has now provided us with an except of their analysus on why FaceBook is not well-suited to carrier marketing. Some of the points also apply to smaller houses, which is why the most important ones are right here:

2. Facebook boasts a “free” and open platform. This misleads operators to think that Facebook is an inexpensive medium for marketing. To control its costs and force companies to pay up, Facebook limits the distribution of a company’s message to its fan base, so only a fraction of the fans see the company’s posts. Facebook is not interested to talk to you unless you are already a major brand and are willing to invest hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars in advertising. The dirty little secret about Facebook is that you have to pay to play.

7. Facebook doesn’t build brands; it reflects brands. The biggest brands on Facebook already have a large presence outside of Facebook, and they have large advertising/marketing budgets both online and offline. Almost no companies have been able to build a brand on Facebook from scratch.

10. Facebook can change its terms of service for any reason at any time and with no warning. These changes can have material and negative impacts to operators. One example was when Facebook announced its change to the Timeline format. All those tabs and apps the mobile operators developed, the mini-websites within Facebook so to speak, were made nearly invisible. . Collectively, companies spent hundreds of millions of dollars to customize their Facebook page, and thousands of independent Facebook developers and agencies sprung up in the process. With one announcement, Facebook effectively and instantly rendered operators’ investment on their platform worthless.

Did your company see success on FaceBook?

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