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14.02.14

Apps to inspire a memorable Valentine’s Day

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Some people embrace the most romantic day of the year while others struggle under the pressure of trying to pull out all the stops to make Valentine’s Day memorable. If you’re one of the latter always scrambling around to come up with a big romantic gesture then you should check out the three apps below to give you some last minute ideas.

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12.02.14

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with our latest app

iTunesArtworkWith only two days until the most romantic day of the year everyone should be getting in the mood for a little romancing. At MagicSolver, we got the love bug early, taking an arrow from Eros on the 7th Feb when we released our app Valentine’s Day 2014: 7 free gifts to fall in love with.  Free on iOS and Android this app offers a new app surprise, for gratis, every day from 7th February until the big day.

Users have already been enjoying the daily gifts and even if you’re late to our app you can still retrospectively download the apps our crack editorial team have chosen for Valentine’s week. So far iOS users have enjoyed the likes of addictive match-three game Jelly Splash, Pokemon-inspired game Battle Camp and the Postcard app that lets you send a physical postcard to your favourite Valentine from your phone.

Those using Android have been falling in love with the Cupid-style scroller Daemon Amor, retro playground love game MASH Valentine and the platform  adventure game Amy in Love. So make sure you don’t miss out on the free app countdown to Valentine’s Day. XX

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10.02.14

INFOGRAPHIC: The future of mobile

The future of mobile is a hard one to predict but hats off to network operator Three for having a go. It’s rather splendid infographic tackles the big topics such as how many global internet users there will be (5.4 billion by 2015, thanks for asking), the number of internet connections made via mobile devices (expected to reach 80% by 2025), smartphone and tablet growth, the number of mobile money transactions and the new buzz phrase ‘The Internet of Things’. And let’s not forget a subject close to our heart: how may apps will be downloaded. With 81,442,000,000 downloaded in 2013, Three projects this will grow to more than three times to a staggering 309,606,000,000 by 2016. Take a look at the infographic below for a full run down. Read the rest of this entry »

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07.02.14

Valentine’s Day 2014: 7 free gifts to fall in love with – out now!

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It’s nearly time for the arrival of the most romantic day of the year and what better way is there to count down than with MagicSolver’s newest app: Valentine’s Day 2014: 7 free gifts to fall in love with.

Counting down to Valentine’s Day from the 8th February, users of the app will receive a number of free surprises every day they return to the app.

With a free mini-game to play, a romantic free gift to discover and some exclusive romantic wallpapers to unlock, Valentine’s Day 2014 is packed full of content that you’re bound to love at first sight.

Download the app now on iOS and Android and see how quickly you fall in love with this app!

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31.01.14

2013 app trends revealed

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App analytic and market intelligence specialist, App Annie released its 2013 retrospective report on the key trends from last year and it reveals some major shifts in terms of download market share and emerging app markets. Definitely take time to download the free report and read it. You can get it here.

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28.01.14

INFOGRAPHIC: Mobile web or mobile app?

According to a stat embedded in this informative infographic from Bizness Apps, “by 2015 more than 780 million people will be mobile only users, not owning a laptop or desktop computer.”  This astounding stat has repercussion for any business, especially SMEs, that are putting together a mobile strategy. With mobile commerce expected to be worth $30 billion but 2016, it is clear more and more people are leading with their smartphone and tablets when it comes to making purchase and transactions.

So with these stats in mind what ‘mobile’ path should a small business take? Based on its research, Bizness App has asked the question of whether a business should develop a mobile website or mobile app? Looking at the results there is clearly a case for doing both.

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Source: Bizness Apps

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15.01.14

Who wins the battle of the homepage?

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Our friends at Flurry have written a very interesting blog on app growth in 2013.  Every single app category has grown in 2013 and overall app usage is up 115%.  What an extraordinary statistic, coming on the back of years of sustained growth.

What caught our eye most was the categories of app that grew most quickly.  These were Messaging & Social and Utilities & Productivity.  We wrote a blog about massaging and social, particularly the huge growth in WeChat back in October and you can read it here. Read the rest of this entry »

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09.01.14

Infographic: the best gadgets and apps of 2013

January is the time of the year where you take stock of the past 12 months while looking to the future and making predictions. In the world of gadgets and apps 2013 was a big year, so what better way to survey the winners, losers and 2014 game changers than in a stunning infographic form (thank you Financesonline.com).

Naturally, the apps section caught our eye and we have no argument with Twitter #Music branded the clunker of the year – it closed six months after launching due to a lack of users  – while the one to  watch in 2014 is, apparently, location-based social networking dating app Tinder. Which apps do you think will make it big this year? Read the rest of this entry »

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06.01.14

Reassessing the financial opportunities for app developers

Once upon a time there was only one mobile eco-system worth developing apps for: iOS.  Why?  Because that was where the money was.  It was generally accepted that the only place that people would pay for apps was the Apple App Store.

Not any more.  A recent article in the Financial Times (free subscription required) suggests that, whilst the revenue generated from the top 200 apps on the Apple App store has risen from $15 million per month to $18 million, the Google Play store has seen an astonishing growth from $3.5 million to $12 million.  And this does not include regions where the Google Play store is unavailable and where third party app stores might bolster this number even more. Read the rest of this entry »

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03.01.14

Japan supersedes the U.S. as the #1 app store revenue generator

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In terms of total app revenue across iOS and Android, the U.S has traditionally dominated. But it appears this influence is shifting. According to a recent the report from AppAnnie, Japan overtook America as the country generating the biggest app revenues for the first time in October last year. Surprising? Perhaps, but what was also interesting is the rate of growth Japan has undertaken. Where the U.S.’s app revenues grew steadily over the year, Japan’s rise has been more meteoric in the same period. Read the rest of this entry »

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