The Bacon Scented iPhone Alarm Device. Wake Up & Smell The Bacon is a multi-sensory alarm experience that starts your morning with the mouthwatering sizzle and smell of Oscar Mayer bacon. You can Download the Wake Up & Smell The Bacon app from iTunes @ http://bit.ly/1fHGKBv. You can apply for a chance to win a bacon scent alarm device at WakeUpAndSmellTheBacon.com
At the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, IBM CEO announced about the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge. You can submit the proposal at the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge webpage. Developers submit their proposals & their plans for a new Watson powered mobile app. It will be judged by a panel of judges & 25 finalists receive access to Watson APIs to build working prototypes.From this, top 5 finalists will pitch their concepts in a live session. 3 winners will have IBM mentoring support and sandbox access to build the Watson powered app. Watson won Jeopardy in 2011 & mobile apps can take advantage of Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities to develop smarter apps.
Google commissioned Ipsos, an independent market research company, to find out how Click to Call in Organic & Paid Mobile Search Results Influence Purchase Decision. 1500 Mobile searches who made the purchase were used to understand the process. Some of the key findings from the study are
1) A 3rd of mobile searchers need to directly call a business from the search results.
2) Adding a phone number to mobile search ads results in an avg CTR increase of 8%
3) 52% of Mobile searchers find the call button useful
4) 72% of clicks on a mobile search ad call button lasts longer than 30 seconds.
5) on Average 40 million calls are driven by Google ads each month
6) Lack of call button can damage consumer’s perception of business.
Access the Study at Google Think Insights
TRAI has released the latest figures for wireless & Wireline subscribers in India for year ending 2013 Dec 31st. Total of 886.30 million mobile subscribers with 28.89 wireline subscribers. There is a monthly growth of 0.59% in Mobile. Share of Urban subscribers is 59.42% & Rural is 40.58%. Total Broadband (> 512 Kbps) subscription is 55.20 million at the end of Dec, 2013. Total phone subscribers is 915.19 million at the end of December 2013.
Mobile Number Portability requests increased from 106.87 million subscribers at the end of Nov, 2013 to 109.37 million at the end of Dec, 2013. The overall Teledensity in India stands at 74.02% for Dec, 2013. Private operators hold 88.73% of the mobile subscriber market share where as BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU operators hold only 11.27% market share.
Mobile OS Market Share for Android, Apple iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry & Others. Android dominates the Mobile OS market. Apple iOS is at #2 followed by Windows phone.
You will find more statistics at Statista
India 272+ Campaign is an initiative to help BJP’s Mission towards gaining a majority in Lok Sabha elections. With Lok sabha elections nearing, all the political parties have logged onto digital marketing & social media activities to woo the voters. India 272+ is a unique campaign by BJP which represents the number of seats needed to gain majority & form govt. Facebook, twitter & Google+ profiles have been created to gain visibility in social media.
Facebook has got 267K likes & 22K followers on twitter. The website has been updated with latest news, trending in social media & live stream. Pictures play an important role in social media & having an official instagram, flickr, Tumblr & Youtube accounts would have increased visibility for the campaign.
Moto G, a highly anticipated phone of 2014 in India, will be released in India during the last week of Jan 2014. Moto G has created a great amount of interest in India ever since it was released. IN the US. it is availble for $179 & $199 unlocked versions. The phone will be priced competitively. This phone has been hailed as the best Android phone in the $200 range.
It has a 4.5″ HD display with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU. Available in 8GB & 16GB versions with a quad core speed. This phone has become the latest craze in the Grey market. 720p HD video (front and rear) and 5 MP at 4:3 and 3.8 MP at 16:9 (user-configurable) with LED flash.
Facebook has acquired the Bangalore based startup Little Eye Labs. The company makes tool for analyzing the performance of mobile apps. This is the first Indian acquistion by Facebook & shows the Facebook’s strategy of mobile dominance. Parse was another company which Facebook acquired for its move into Mobile area.
The entire Little Eye Labs team will move to Facebook’s HQ in Menlo Park, CA. This is a great move for Indian startup companies & will give a big boost for the Indian companies. The company was backed by GSF and VenturEast Tenet Fund. The company can leverage Facebook’s world-class infrastructure at its HQ & can help improve their apps.
Rapid increase in mobile browsing & search has led to better design of mobile sites & faster loading times. Mobile websites should be built properly to drive more traffic from search & provide better customer experience. Some of the check list from Google webmaster central to improve mobile websites are
1) Optimize mobile persona workflows for your site.
2) Build for mobile behaviour & also provide for social sharing.
3) Remove cumbersome extra windows from all mobile user-agents & remove features that require plugins or videos which may not be found in the users device.
4) High traffic & poor user experience mobile pages should be designed properly.
5) Tablet users be served with the desktop version or if available, the tablet version.
6) Optimize crawling, Indexing & search experience. Unblock resources that are robots.txt disallowed. Implement search engine best practices.
7) Have a seperate mobile site & include CSS @media query.
8) Search integration with mobile apps.
Amar Chitra Katha (ACK) comics app on Windows app store is the app from Amar Chitra Katha, India’s largest comics publisher. The app has hundreds of Amar Chitra Katha titles in digital format. With this app you can purchase, download & read hundreds of ACK digital comics. With a single user account, you can view the comics across many devices. Some of the salient features are 200+ Amar Chitra Katha Comics, 3 free titles & others. This is available for computers & tablets running Windows 8.