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Google Play’s Share of App Revenues Dropped for the First Time in April
Google Play’s market share of app revenues against Apple’s App Store dropped by one percentage point in April 2014, down to 39 per cent.
That’s according to Distimo‘s Top Global Apps data for the month, which notes that April marks the first time Google Play’s share has dipped since it started comparing the two app stores a year ago.
App Store revenues saw a growth of two per cent, driven by a boom in Australia and South Korea, compared to one per cent growth for Google Play.
Elsewhere, the picture remained largely the same. iOS continued to be ruled by games, which filled the top four spots for both free (topped by Ketchapp’s 2048) and paid apps (where Mojang’s Minecraft continued its months-long domination), while Android is more focused on utility and communication apps.
Amazon introduces hashtag purchases on Twitter
Amazon.com’s priority is to remove every barrier that might keep someone from buying something online. A particularly minuscule obstacle fell on Monday as Twitter made it possible for users to add items to their Amazon shopping carts with a tweet.
Just enable the service on your Twitter (TWTR) and Amazon (AMZN) accounts, and you can add a product discussed on Twitter by replying to the tweet and adding the hashtag #amazoncart. The next time you visit Amazon, the item will be in your cart, and you can then complete the purchase.
In theory, this will keep users from forgetting to purchase something seen in their Twitter timeline. Did this obstacle ever actually exist? Who knows. At one point this morning, only about 10 percent of the tweets that used #amazoncart even included a link to an Amazon product page, according to iTrendTV, a Twitter analytics firm. Many of the hashtag’s early adopters seemed to be misunderstanding the service or spoofing it, judging from the traffic on @MyAmazon, the account that tweets out receipts to people who add items to their carts. Then again, maybe Bridget Carey from CNET actually saw a tweet advertising a horsehead mask and decided she couldn’t let the moment pass.
Infographic: Tech Acquisitions in Q1 Totalled $756bn
Facebook’s $19bn acquisition of Oculus has been big news around these parts, but it was only the fourth biggest acquisition bid of 2014 so far. It’s just a small part of the $756bn (£448bn) of acquisitions that took place in Q1.
You can find out who the year’s biggest acquisition is in the below infographic from Finances Online, which also takes a look at the recent acquisition history of Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook.
Global Smartphone Shipments reached 286M in Q1 2014, Represents just 1% Q-o-Q Growth
• Samsung shipped an estimated 85 million Smartphones; 30% market share in Q1
• Apple posts record Q1 and iPhone sales of nearly 44 million
• Motorola and Lenovo garner 8% combined market share
Hampshire, UK – 30th April 2014: Leading mobile analyst firm Juniper Research estimates that the number of smartphone shipments reached 286 million in Q1 2014, representing 34% y-o-y growth and 1% q-o-q growth. Samsung accounted for 30% of all smartphone shipments globally, with an estimated 85 million shipments during the quarter. While the company’s market share remained broadly flat on the previous quarter, this represented a record Q1 for Samsung with a y-o-y growth in shipments of 25%.
Meanwhile, Apple also posted its best ever first quarter, shipping 43.7 million iPhones, representing a y-o-y growth of 17%. Nevertheless, Apple’s shipment volume fell by 14% compared with the traditionally strong fourth quarter, while its market share slipped from 18% in Q4 2013 to 15% in Q1 2014.