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Google Maps for mobile 4.5 turns to Walking Navigation

September 10, 2010 in GPS TRACKING APPS,GTXCORP,LOCiMOBILE | Comments (0)

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LOCiMOBILE GPS TRACKING APPS USE GOOGLE MAPS

Google continues adding new features to its Google Maps for mobile service, unveiling Walking Navigation (Beta), a new tool promising users a more direct and pedestrian-friendly route to their destination. “Your phone will vibrate when you need to make a turn,” write software engineers Andrey Ulanov and Kevin Law on the Official Google Mobile Blog. “You can even turn off voice guidance and just use these notifications while soaking in the sights and sounds around you. To help you orient yourself with your surroundings, the map will rotate with you as you turn the phone, and walking mode uses satellite view by default. Use it like a virtual compass with satellite imagery to look ahead or help pick out landmarks along the way.”

Google Maps for mobile 4.5 (available for now for smartphones running Android 1.6 and up) also boasts Street View smart navigation, a feature already available to desktop users. “You no longer have to slowly move down a street by tapping arrows along roads repeatedly,” Ulanov and Law explain. “Now you can quickly navigate Street View by dragging Pegman from the corner and highlighting where you want to go with a lightly shaded ‘pancake’ on roads or a rectangle on buildings. Let go of the screen when highlighting the front of a building, and you’ll fly there and turn to face it.” Google Maps for mobile additionally includes a new search bar that filters results by distance and ratings, offers prices categorized with dollar signs and depicts cross streets for places.

In late August, Google announced that the Google Maps for mobile solution now tops 100 million users a month, roughly five years after its initial rollout. Writing on the Official Google Mobile Blog, vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra noted that in the wake of recent enhancements like the April 2010 addition of Place Pages (web pages organizing all relevant information about a particular destination), users are now searching for specific locations almost three times as often, doubling the number of Place Pages viewed each day.

GTX Corp was counting: Mobile app downloads top 3.8 billion in first half of 2010

August 26, 2010 in GPS TRACKING APPS,GTXCORP,LOCiMOBILE | Comments (0)

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Smartphone owners worldwide downloaded more than 3.8 billion mobile applications in the first six months of 2010, compared to 3.1 billion in all of 2009, according to new data issued by market analysis firm research2guidance. Global smartphone revenues for the first half of 2010 exceed $2.2 billion, surpassing full-year 2009 revenues of $1.7 billion. The study adds that the average premium application price in now $3.60.

“Apple’s competitors like Nokia and BlackBerry started to leverage their global reach and increased the traffic on their app stores,” said research2guidance analyst Egle Mikalajunaite in a prepared statement. “We see this trend continuing in the next several months and years. The next wave of new app stores will be niche stores specializing on e.g. business or mobile health apps.”

Everything has a price, including mobile privacy.

July 23, 2010 in GPS TRACKING APPS,GTXCORP,LOCiMOBILE | Comments (0)

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That’s one of many conclusions to be drawn from audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG’s new Consumers & Convergence study–the annual survey reveals that while user concerns over data privacy are growing, with 79 percent of respondents worldwide expressing angst over unauthorized access to their personally identifiable information, 58 percent of respondents also say they would be willing to allow tracking of their digital behavior and profile information if it resulted in lower costs. KPMG also notes the emergence of what it calls “Information Sharers”–i.e., mobile subscribers willing to exchange personal data for cheap or free content, as well as conduct their banking and even access personal medical information via wireless device. The study indicates Information Sharers now make up about 10 percent of the overall mobile user population, led by consumers in China and India; however, U.S. respondents represent just 4 percent of the Information Sharer segment, despite making up 12 percent of the KPMG survey group.

Blodget says: “Apple will sell 12 million iPhones to Verizon subscribers for $7 billion”

July 5, 2010 in GPS TRACKING APPS,GTXCORP,LOCiMOBILE | Comments (0)

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Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, will start selling Apple Inc.’s iPhone next year, closing out AT&T Inc.’s exclusive license on the smartphone in the U.S. – So say inside sources. Verizon could very well generate a 12 million net additional iPhone sales for Apple plus $3 in EPS per year—which isn’t included into current expectations.

In the first quarter of this year, a third of AT&T’s iPhone activations came from consumers new to the carrier. In the absence of those 900,000 new subscribers, ATT may have posted a loss in contract customers that quarter, analysts relayed.

Apple has sold more than 50 million iPhones since the smart-phone’s introduction in 2007. The latest version, iPhone 4, sold more than 1.7 million units in the first three days after its recent debut, a record for the product.

What does that mean for apps and devices running on the Android, Rim and Bada platforms? As the sophistication of these platforms and devices rises, so does the demand for their devices and downloads. More app developers will follow if for no other reason than the potential numbers. Open source is a great incentive and a competitive field provides options to those that don’t feel the love from APPL.

The greatest impact will be the inevitable migration to smart-phones which only have a 20% or so share of the total operating global devices, but show a 72% quarter on quarter increase.  We will see a further transition to data communications over voice. It may even come to pass that we drop the word “phone’ from the device vocabulary once ubiquity is achieved.

We believe that the greatest changes may not appear in devices, apps or even in the growth of revenues, but rather in the evolution of our social DNA. The opportunity for us to be aware of each others location using GPS technology in a safe, opt-in transparent fashion will forever alter our social interactions with merchants, business associates, friends, family and places…

Companies like GTX Corp and its LOCiMOBILE subsidiary, have found sincere interest for their miniaturized embedded technologies here and abroad addressing logistic, asset management, people tracking and social networking applications because everyone is asking the “where is” question and GTXO has the “where is” answer.

As great as the iPhone is, it has one major weakness:

April 11, 2010 in GPS TRACKING APPS,GTXCORP,LOCiMOBILE | Comments (0)

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The current iPhone is unable to run third-party applications in the background which limits certain types of apps, such as location-based services. However, rumors suggest that the iPhone OS software 4.0 revision will support foreground and background performance while preserving battery life. The same rumor says it  will arrive this summer, while iPad users will have to wait until the fall…But, you don’t have to wait until that long if you download the GPS Tracking app. It’s a peer to peer messaging app running in the foreground and able to locate anyone or everyone in your contact list with a single click and now it can share a photo with its point to point locates. So if you need to know now, now you know where to find everyone you know.

Apple introduced the Top Grossing Downloads list to highlight differences between Top Downloaded and Top Revenue generating apps. GPS Tracking from LOCiMOBILE® makes both lists.

April 8, 2010 in GPS TRACKING APPS,GTXCORP,LOCiMOBILE | Comments (0)

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Top 10 Highest Grossing and number 6 on the top 25 List!

:  “Nearly one-third of apps downloaded are purchased, up from 18% a year ago. Further, individual app prices have risen. The average paid app costs $2.85, compared with $1.99 last year.”

Yankee Group

According to the analysts at research firm Gartner, mobile application stores are expected to generate revenues of nearly $7 billion over the course of this year. (This is more than double their previous forecast)

Nearly a third of all apps downloaded today are purchased, compared with just 18 percent a year ago.

That figure is a combination of the $6.2 billion spent purchasing the mobile applications themselves combined with an additional $.6 billion generated through advertising revenues from in-app ads. Not surprisingly, Apple dominates this market, accounting for 99.4% of the market as of last year, states the report.

New revenue options are forecast: Up until now, App Store vendors have worked around the lack of a paid upgrade feature by offering different “versions” of their apps. Developers have been asking for an option like this since the beginning of the App Store — it looks like Apple might finally be listening.

The initial estimate of iPad sales is close to 6 million units by the end of 2010 and the GPS Tracking app can be found in the iTunes store available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

CANADA, UK, FRANCE, SWEDEN PROVE TOP iPHONE APP DOWNLOADERS

November 17, 2009 in LOCiMOBILE | Comments (0)

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TOP FIVE COUNTRIES AFTER USA
TO DOWNLOAD LOCiMOBILE® APPS

1. Canada

(holding off UK)

2. United Kingdom

(making move on Canada)

3. France

(tied with Sweden)

3. Sweden

(tied with France)

4. Austrailia

(holding off Germany)

5. Germany

(surpasses The Netherlands)

Sweden comes out of nowhere this week to earn a third place slot, tied with France, in our “most downloads by a country” contest. 

Here at LOCiMOBILE, we have a friendly competition going to see which country will download the most iPhone GPS Apps each week.

The United Kingdom is consistently very close to catching Canada each week, but has yet to surpass the download number registered by the Canucks.

Seemingly fired-up by all of this, Sweden took it upon themselves to forge ahead of Australia and Germany to end up tied in third place with France this week after the smoke cleared.

Germany is back on the top 5 leader board after surpassing The Netherlands’ numbers, pushing them down off the chart.

Monitor the competition closely to see how it all unfolds by visiting the LOCiMOBILE GLOBAL DOWNLOADS page.

LOCiMOBILE makes GPS Apps for iPhone. To learn more, please visit www.locimobile.com

LOCiMOBILE APPS IN 47 COUNTRIES

September 18, 2009 in LOCiMOBILE | Comments (4)

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LOCiMOBILE APPS DOWNLOADED IN 47 COUNTRIES

LOCiMOBILE APPS DOWNLOADED IN 47 COUNTRIES

A steady stream of downloads in 47 countries proves LOCiMOBILE APPS are useful utilities. Connect with your family using iLOCi2. The fastest way to keep in touch.

LOCiMOBILE APPS IN 41 COUNTRIES

September 11, 2009 in LOCiMOBILE | Comments (3)

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The numbers keep growing. We’re keeping track of the top 5 countries each week. See if YOUR country can make it to the top 5! Tell your friends to download locimobile apps.

41 COUNTRIES USE LOCiMOBILE APPS

41 COUNTRIES USE LOCiMOBILE APPS