Amazon announced the availability of a new API today to help developers further monetize their apps. The Amazon Mobile Associates API is an extension of the company’s Amazon Associates web-based affiliate program, bringing the power of Amazon to Kindle Fire and Android based devices. The new API enables developers to: » Read the rest
While many wait for the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 release date to arrive, Samsung is busy working on their efforts to remind buyers that their new device is a “life companion.” To that end, today some videos were released on YouTube for the new Galaxy S 4. Three of the ads focus on specific features and functions of the device, including the Sound Shot feature, the S Translator app, and Group Play. These three videos are about a half minute in length each, so we can probably expect to see these show up on television. These three short videos were all released by Samsung Mobile’s Netherlands account, so there may be some changes in other markets or they may not even show up elsewhere. The fourth video, coming in at a minute long and not limited to the Netherlands, is an overall teaser for the new device that reminds viewers of several selling points for the device. Hit the break to check out all of the videos. » Read the rest
Samsung is on a roll with their clever, catchy, and effective advertising. A new commercial released by the Korean company shows how your new Galaxy Note 2 can be used to multitask in both work and play, this time in an office environment. The ad keeps you entertained and shows you the effectiveness of their product…the opitome of great marketing. With advertising like this, it’s no wonder they are the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world. Keep it up Sammy.
Samsung might very well be known as a brand that happens to love pushing out devices to the masses, but despite all that— it certainly has some successful devices out there such as the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II smartphones. Knowing that it has great devices and a solid sales’ figure to back it up, Sammy is potentially looking to take its brand to another level, as soon as next year. According to Channel News in Australia, anonymous sources claim that Sammy is planning a “more vibrant international brand image” of its company. As part of this upcoming change, the familiar blue Samsung logo will be changed, while each part of Samsung’s business will get its own individual color that will be used in its advertising— meaning we should expect to see a new Samsung Mobile advertising logo for example. The overall hope is that Samsung will move its brand from being identified around features and benefits to a focus instead on “lifestyle activities”.
Whatever it is that Samsung is trying to do, the technology world is eagerly awaiting and will see everything soon enough— by CES 2013 perhaps?
source: Digital Trends
In commemoration of the availability of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC Rezound, Verizon Wireless released a video on YouTube to celebrate the end of the long wait. The video is a cross between a music video and a flash mob. The storyline follows a buyer of a new HTC Rezound as she walks and dances her way through city streets unaware of a mob of dancers following behind her. The “flash mob” comes to an end when the main character receives a phone call. I’m not really sure this is effective advertising for Verizon. If you would like to judge for yourself, hit the break to view the video. » Read the rest
After filing for an initial public offering (IPO) earlier this month, Facebook is looking to generate more revenue from its mobile audience, which comprises nearly half of their traffic. According to the Financial Times, Facebook plans to start displaying ads in their mobile app and the mobile version of their web site by early March. The Facebook IPO filing states that the company isn’t making any “meaningful revenue” from mobile, but it seems that this is about to change.
The First Round of Mobile Ads
Facebook’s IPO filing hinted that it is considering rolling out mobile Sponsored Stories, which launched in 2011 on the desktop version of the site. These are ads that use your friends’ likes, check-ins, and comments to determine what ads to display for you. From the IPO filing (emphasis mine):
Mobile Advertising. The global mobile advertising market was $1.5 billion in 2010 and is expected to grow at a 64% compound annual rate to $17.6 billion in 2015 according to an industry source. According to a third-party report published in September 2010, the Facebook app is the most frequently downloaded app across all major smartphone platforms in the United States. We had more than 425 million MAUs who used Facebook mobile products in December 2011. We currently do not show ads or directly generate any meaningful revenue from users accessing Facebook through our mobile products, but we believe that we may have potential future monetization opportunities such as the inclusion of sponsored stories in users’ mobile News Feeds.
Since January Motorola has been telling us that the Atrix 4G is the world’s most powerful smartphone. The US Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) disagrees. Apparently they received some complaints, and they have come to the conclusion that since the Samsung Galaxy S II has a faster processor, the Motorola claim might be misleading.
Motorola feels that the power of the Atrix is more about its abilities and combined features rather than just the processor. The ASA has not changed their stance and they will only allow the ad to be shown without the phrase.
This doesn’t make sense. There are so many marketing tactics that are misleading. Why is this being targeted all of a sudden? Checkout the ad after the break and let us know if you agree?
Are you a huge privacy aficionado? Sure you are – and that’s precisely why this latest news will excite you. Google is now, after an update to the Android Market, allowing you to opt-out of the targeted AdMob advertising system.
While we’re personally not huge on clicking on AdMob ads in the first place, it’s nice to see Google handing back a little bit of privacy to those who may not WANT advertising based on whatever their search habits may be.
Think this is good? Bad? Indifferent? Let us know in the comments!
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The Motorola Xoom which we just saw released has already been hacked and rooted, ready for some custom ROMs. Koushik Dutta got a Moto Xoom and decided the first thing to do would be to get it rooted by throwing ClockworkMod recovery image and ROM Manager on it. Hackiness goodness.
Also, here’s some Verizon Xoom video additions to the ads they started on TV which was cut off, no doubt to leave us anxiously awaiting the conclusion.
Remember back in ’08 when Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO, dismissed Googl’s Android OS, stating that he believed that “building it was financially unsound for Google”? Man, he’s gotta be biting his tongue right about now. Well, even we have to admit, at first the business model for Android did sound a little…odd, being there was no foreseeable revenue, initially. But then again, who are we to question the successful search giant? However, the question does still remain, how is Google making money from Android? Well, ad revenue, duh. You know, those little annoying ads that pop up on your mobile device? Yep, they are there for a reason. » Read the rest