Android's remarkable rise in such a short period is showing no signs of slowing down. Just the opposite, actually. According to Androlib.com, a popular website that lets you browse apps for your Android phone, over 1 billion apps have now been downloaded from the Android Market.
Pretty impressive when you consider the service launched less than two years ago. And sure, it's still only a fraction of Apple's App Store downloads, but that fraction is growing bigger by the day. At last count (back in January), App Store downloads topped 3 billion.
Despite the high number of downloads (and probably as a result of), there remains a disproportionate amount of free apps versus paid ones. That's certainly helped the Android Market grow in numbers, but it's a Catch 22 for developers hoping to cash in.
In the electronic reader wars, arguably just as important as the hardware itself is the software platform, and towards that end Sony announced that book lovers have downloaded more than 10 million books from the company's Reader Store.
"We want to thank our customers for helping us reach the 10 millionth book milestone," said Chris Smythe, director of the Reader Store. "The Reader Store is proud to offer them access and choice of the broadest range of ebooks today from hot new releases, to New York Times Best Sellers, to classics and hard to find manuscripts such as those available for free from Google Books."
The 10 millionth book download was Digital Fortress written by Dan Brown, the same author who wrote The Lost Symbol, the Reader Store's most purchased book of all time. Not surprisingly, several of Stephenie Meyer's books were also among the top 10 most purchased books at the Reader Store, including Breaking Dawn (No. 3), Eclipse (No. 4), Twilight (No. 6), and New Moon (No. 7).
Myxer, the Florida-based website which claims the Internet's largest catalogs of free ringtones, wallpapers, videos, applications, and games has put together a report detailing how female consumption habits compare to males in the mobile phone space. Here are a few highlights of what they found:
Females accounted for 67 percent of total downloads by unique users on the Myxer platform in April 2010
1.7 times as many females as males came to Myxer to download content in April, while each female that visited downloaded 17 percent more content than the average male
The average female on Google's Android and Apple's iPhone platforms downloaded 21 percent and 6 percent, respectively, more mobile content than the average male in April
While none of this is shocking, we were surprised to learn that when considering adoption of new smartphones in April, women chose BlackBerry more often than men at a clip of 49 percent versus 43 percent. Men, on the other hand, prefer Android, with 23 percent of men choosing the Android platform versus 18 percent of women.
Rapidshare is one of the most popular file-hosting services in the world. It is not in an entirely enviable position, though, as the affection it commands among its patrons is offset by the contempt it receives from content owners affected by the abundance of unauthorized content on its servers. The courts have time and again made it clear Rapidshare has no choice but to proactively filter content. Having been pushed into a tight corner, the Germany-based file host has come up with a plan to pacify the entertainment industry.
“If a user finds out that several attempts to download an illegal copy of a DVD are in vain, and if his several attempts to ’steal’ this DVD have just brought him to an online-store, he may finally be frustrated and willing to purchase a licensed version of this movie,” Chang wrote in a letter to entertainment industry executives. “We are willing to invest substantially into this online store and I would be glad to not just talk about RapidShare as a threat for the entertainment industry, but also about RapidShare as an interesting option to sell your products.”
Rapidshare owes most of the several petabytes of data it hosts to its popularity as a safe haven for both uploaders and downloaders of unauthorized content. It is difficult to imagine its success without the free reign its users have enjoyed over the years, although it denies ever conniving at illegal file sharing. Ironically, Rapidshare has no recollection of its past business practices and even accuses competitors of “trying really hard to gain the favor of those users, who rely on cyberlockers to spread and distribute copyright protected content.”
One way to put your system at risk is to zip across seedier sides of the Web visiting a bunch of porn sites, but there's an bigger threat, according to McAfee. In a new study, the security firm says that downloading digital music is twice as dangerous as visiting triple-X sites.
McAfee claims just 9 percent of adult sites are riddled with malware, adware, and spam, compared to 19 percent of digital music sites. The reason? It's harder to make a buck selling music than it is peddling porn.
"The tier-one adult sites are doing phenomenally well as businesses, and because of that they very much have their house in order," McAfee senior product manager Mark Maxwell told The Los Angeles Times.
Stalking certain celebrities online is pretty risky too. According to McAfee, searching for Britney Spears turns up more dangerous sites than searching for Lindsay Lohan. And here's your quirky stat for the day: searching for Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston is 36 percent more likely to bring up suspect sites than searching for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
They will have to pick either one of the three options available to them: Ask Later, No Thanks, or Get the New Version. Mozilla also tried to address a widespread apprehension that already installed Firefox add-ons and Firefox 3.6 may prove to be incongruous. “It’s fast, stable, compatible with over 90% of the thousands of Firefox Add-ons, and contains new features such as lightweight themes and plugin version checking,” Shapiro wrote in a clear bid to allay such fears.
Apple on Thursday announced that more than 10 billion songs have been purchased and downloaded from the company's iTunes Store.
"We're grateful to all of our customers for helping us reach this amazing milestone," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of Internet Services. "We're proud that iTunes has become the number one music retailer in the world, and selling 10 billion songs is truly staggering."
Louie Sulcer, a 71-year-old from Woodstock, Georgia, made the 10 billionth purchase when he bought Johnny Cash's "Guess Things Happen That Way." As a result for his good timing (and good taste in music), Sulcer will receive a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card.
Myxer, the Florida-based website which claims the Internet's largest catalogs of free ringtones, wallpapers, videos, applications, and games, has put together its inaugural report analyzing the download behavior of 30 million Android and iPhone users.
According to Myxer's data, Android users downloaded seven times as many freebie offerings as iPhone users in 2009. During that time, visits to Myxer's mobile site from users on the Android OS grew by 350 percent, compared to a 170 percent growth rate among iPhone users.
So what does it all mean? Myxer doesn't offer an explanation of why it thinks Android users downloaded so much more content than those on the iPhone, but even so, the two demographics combined don't account for the bulk of downloads. Blackberry owners dominate the free download scene, at least on Myxer's site, accounting for almost 70 percent.
Google's Android platform seems to be getting all the attention as of late, but lest anyone forget about Apple and its iPhone and iPod touch lineup, the company today announced that more than three billion apps have been downloaded from its App Store.
"Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months -- this is like nothing we've ever seen before," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon."
It will be interesting to see if Jobs' last remark holds up by the end of 2010, especially with all the Android-powered devices on tap. But in the here and now, he has reason to be cocky. Apple's App Store stands at over 100,000 apps strong, and the iPhone still remains one of the trendiest smartphones available.
Some time ago, we published a list of The 16 Most Essential Firefox 3.5 Add-ons. It was quite a comprehensive list, covering a pretty wide swath of popular and lesser-known add-ons in a courageous attempt to outfit your Firefox with all the additional functionality it otherwise lacks. Of course, it's difficult to really boil down the perfect Firefox experience into only 16 little extensions. I'm sure you could easily come up with 20 or 30 add-ons for the ultimate browser build.
But what about our long-forgotten friend, poor Google Chrome? Google just opened the floodgates to its own extension gallery the other day and, naturally, the first thing running through my mind is the question that's likely running through everybody's minds: How does it stack up? Well, no sense in waxing poetic about it. Let's find out. Just how easily can you replicate the ideal Firefox experience using Google add-ons, and in what ways is the browser--or, rather, the third-party add-on developers--lacking versus Firefox?