Fastest Growing Mobile App Categories

Smartphone usage – and consequently mobile app usage – are on the rise. According to a study by MobiLens, the number of mobile app users in the United States grew by 28% between April 2009 and April 2010. As more people jump into the smartphone bandwagon, their internet-based social networking habits tend to extend to […]

Smartphone usage – and consequently mobile app usage – are on the rise. According to a study by MobiLens, the number of mobile app users in the United States grew by 28% between April 2009 and April 2010. As more people jump into the smartphone bandwagon, their internet-based social networking habits tend to extend to the smartphone as well. Consequently, the use of social networking apps jumped by 240% in the one year making it the fastest growing app category.

Here is how all the other app categories grew in the one year till April 2010

Social Networking : 240%
Weather : 111%
News : 124%
Sports : 113%
Banking : 113%
Maps : 93%
Movie : 93%
Retail : 91%
Search : 90%
Photo/video sharing : 90%


Adobe Lightroom 3 Introduces New Features

Adobe has launched Lightroom 3 – the photo editing and management tool targeted at photographers. The software has been in beta for quite a while and hence those of you who have tried it may have already have had a hang of most of them. Here are the most important features that are enhanced in the latest release

  • Lens correction and profile gallery
  • Perspective correction
  • Improved noise reduction and sharpening
  • Streamlined importing
  • Streamlined publishing
  • Tethered capture
  • Video support
  • Easy slideshows
  • New adjustment preset system

The new Adobe Lightroom3 is available for download from the Adobe website for $299. It will only cost $99 if you need to upgrade from Lightroom 2.

[via CrunchGear]

Most Popular Mobile Applications

Social networking is a huge phenomenon and the always-on connectivity offered by smartphones has only accelerated the trend. According to a recent study conducted by Nielsen Research, Facebook has been found to be the most popular among used applications across a variety of smartphones including iPhone and Blackberry.
The only app that is more used is […]

Social networking is a huge phenomenon and the always-on connectivity offered by smartphones has only accelerated the trend. According to a recent study conducted by Nielsen Research, Facebook has been found to be the most popular among used applications across a variety of smartphones including iPhone and Blackberry.

The only app that is more used is Google Maps for Android OS which is understandable since Google actively promotes its navigation system for Android.  Here are the top 5 apps on each of these mobile OS platforms based on their use in a 30 day period.

iPhone OS
1. Facebook
2. iPod/iTunes
3. Google Maps
4. Weather Channel
5. Pandora

Blackberry OS
1. Facebook
2. Google Maps
3. Weather Channel
4. ESPN
5. Pandora

Android OS
1. Google Maps
2. Facebook
3. Weather Channel
4. Pandora
5. Google Search

Other Smartphones
1. Facebook
2. Google Maps
3. Weather Channel
4. Pandora
5. Youtube


Android Platform Versions Market Share

Yesterday, Twitter announced an official client for Android devices. Too bad, it only worked on Android 2.1 devices. That means, only 27.3% of Android handsets can actually access the official Twitter client.
With Android 2.2 expected to launch sometime in the latter half of this year, expect the fragmentation problem to grow even further. Here […]

Yesterday, Twitter announced an official client for Android devices. Too bad, it only worked on Android 2.1 devices. That means, only 27.3% of Android handsets can actually access the official Twitter client.

With Android 2.2 expected to launch sometime in the latter half of this year, expect the fragmentation problem to grow even further. Here is the most updated market share of the various Android OS platforms.

Android 1.1 : 0.1%
Android 1.5 : 38.0%
Android 1.6 : 31.6%%
Android 2.0 : 0.3%
Android 2.0.1 : 2.7%
Android 2.1 : 27.3%