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Infographic: Android may grow, but Apple makes dough.

Apple vs. AndroidIn the war for mobile dominance, there are only two acknowledged players: Apple and Android.

Where once Apple held unchallenged dominion in the smartphone market, Android, led primarily by Samsung, has made slow but steady progress through the years.

Apple is no longer the only horse in the race, and there are serious rivalries in play.

And it’s not just Apple’s mobile phones that are being challenged.

The highly innovative iPad, which revolutionized the tablet market, must fend off the forays of the Kindles, Nintendo, et als, who are all vying for that lucrative tablet market.

What’s at stake in this rivalry is more than just eyeballs.

A smartphone or tablet gives their manufacturers a means through which they can push content.

The devices people rock drives commerce.

It’s a means to an end.

A quick glance at any quarterly Nielsen or ComScore report will tell you why.

Mobile is big business.

Ad, app and device revenues in mobile are in the billions of dollars annually.

That’s billions with a “B.”

Rather than prattle on about the stats, I’ve created a handy-dandy infographic.

This snapshot looks at the Apple Android rivalry in terms of device shipments, app downloads, mobile gaming, gaming revenue and Black Friday revenue.

Apple vs Android Infographic

For the most part, the information is gleaned from reports from Q3 2013, but I’m curious to see what 2013 year end stats look like.

The main takeaway (at least for me) is that while Android’s numbers are growing, by leaps and bounds, the money – the REAL money – is being made by Apple.

I’m not counting Android out, by a long shot, but they’ve got a ways to go before they’re a challenge to Apple’s dominance.

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Mobile turns 40 today (at least the call does). An infographic.

Today is the 40th anniversary of the first mobile phone call ever placed.

So I thought it apropos to offer you this infographic, which highlights the milestones of smartphones and cellular communication.

It was created by Waypharer, and does a fairly good job walking you through the history of mobile.

I think it’s a bit long.

But interesting nonetheless.

I wanted to embed the joint right in here.

But the bloody embed code didn’t work (and I wasn’t willing to troubleshoot to figure out why).

So I chopped it up into pieces.

And since it is so friggin’ long, today I will spare you my blathering.

Cause if you don’t know that I’m a techno-head by now, you’re a lost cause and my precious words are wasted on you.

So without further ado..

Smartphone, past, present and the future

Symbian to OS

Smartphone manufacturers

Smartphones in the future

If you want to see the full infographic, you can check it here.

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Building an App. The dollars and sense of it all.


I’m frequently asked “how much does an app cost?”

And my answer is always, “it depends.”

I’m sure folks think I’m being evasive, not trying to lock down a price, from which I will be unable to extricate myself later.

But the truth of the matter is really, it depends.

There are a number of factors, which control how much an app will ultimately cost you to develop.

To wit:

  • The platform (or platforms) you want your app to run on.
  • How many features you want your app to possess.
  • Whether those features are native (running off the OS of the device) or web-based (running in the browser).
  • How the content is stored (on the device, a server or both).

But, that’s only on the development side.

You’ve also got to take into consideration other factors.

  • Like data storage.
  • Maintenance and updates.
  • And support.

Each of which carry their own costs.

And lets not forget about how you’re going to market and promote your app.

It’s one thing to build an app, but what good does it do you (or the brand that’s hired you to develop it) if no one knows it exists or downloads it?

Courtesy of Idea To Appster

Courtesy of Idea To Appster

Someone forwarded me this awesome App Economics infographic, from IdeaToAppster.com that succinctly articulates the economics behind building an app from scratch, which I just had to share.

While it’s not totally comprehensive, it should clear up many of the issues that most folks have about how much apps cost.

And the amount of time it takes to develop an app also varies widely, so I’m going to have to differ with the whole ’12 weeks’ thing.

But that’s for another post.

Ultimately, what you should take away from my babbling, is that developing an app involves considerations beyond money.

And if you’re not approaching it from a 360 perspective, my advice is that you hold off until you’ve considered everything that goes into it.

Because no one wants a crap app.

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The Tech Gap: An Infographic

This weekend, I received an unsolicited email asking me to share an infographic which examined the state of the tech industry.

The infographic was titled “Is Tech Racist?” and provided several compelling statistics in an effort to answer the question.

One statistic highlighted the disparity in funding between black and white-founded startups.

The median amount of funding internet startups received in the US differed drastically, with white internet startups receiving $2.3 million, and black internet startups receiving $1.3 million.

Asian startups received about $4 million, dwarfing both white and black internet start ups, and mixed raced startups received about $2.2 million in start up capital.

The infographic also highlighted the percentage of internet startups founded by race.

87% of internet startups were founded by whites, 12% by Asians and only 1% were founded by Blacks.

There were other statistics, examining different aspects of the tech industry, providing compelling support for the position that the tech world, in general, excludes people of color.

Rather than continuing to summarize the data, here’s the infographic in full.


Since I hadn’t necessarily intended to start of the week talking about the state of the tech industry from the perspective of race, I decided to do a little research to see if there were any contemporary discussions on the topic.

Most of what I found was from 2010, after CB Insights, a private investment research firm, published a report on online startup companies.

The Network Journal published an article examining the disparity, as did a number of other publications, but the issue doesn’t seem to have any current coverage (aside from the fact that this disparity still exists).

In an effort to get a better understanding of why the infographic had been prepared, I reached out to Jenn Ghee (who forwarded it to me) to get some context, but I haven’t heard back.

I’ll be sure to update you, in the event she does.

But what do you think about this?

Is this an issue that concerns you?

Are there any strategies for closing this gap?

If you’ve got a perspective, I’d love to hear it.

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