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Android now has the largest market share.

According to Nielson data, the Android phone platform has now captured the largest market share. This is good news for the  embattled phone platform, as more and more people choose Android over the competition.

This trend is likely to continue. The Android platform is more open than it’s competitors. Any one can have an App and their main venue for distribution of Apps is more open also. With iOS (Apples’ iPhones) there is a much higher bar for entry. With the others (Microsoft and RIM) the environment is much more closed, so only the biggest companies can afford the licensing and development costs.

The 2nd Quarter 2011 numbers:

Android 39%
iOS 28%
Blackberry 20%
Windows Mobile/W7 9%
Other 4%

 

World IPV6 Day

We are at an end of an era. The age of IPV4 is closing and a new age of IPV6 is fast upon us. The world is effectively out of IPV4 addresses, and IPV6 is not ready for prime time.

While it makes for a dramatic tag line, the switch over to IPV4 to IPV6 will not be a doom and gloom change over. While there are technical hurdles to over come, and today major internet companies are testing their IPV6 networks and infrastructure to find out if they are ready to switch over permanently. The change over will be gradual for most everyone and will happen behind the scenes. Your web host will upgrade and assign an IPV6 address or the new phone you have will have only an IPV6 address. IPV4 are anticipated to be still in use for the next decade or more.

If you haven’t read about the hype regarding the IPV4 to IPV6, here is a quick run down. Internet IP addresses are like a phone number for websites and servers to find each other and talk back and forth.  The old numbering system IPV4 has run out of IP addresses that can be assigned out. This was anticipated, but has happened quickly due to the explosive growth of mobile phones (each with their own IP address).

The new system IPV6 sports 340 undecillion numbers. That is a big number, so big that it’s barely conceivable. If you wanted to write it out, it’s 340 followed by 36 zero’s, or to see it typed out:

340,282,366,920,938,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 web addresses

To compare this number:

7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (7  octillion atoms in 150lb human)

by 6,000,000,000  (6 billion people alive on earth)

equals 42,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (42 undecillion human atoms on earth,)

That’s still 8 IPV6 web addresses for every human atom on the planet!

Needless to say this new numbering scheme will be here to stay for awhile. A bit longer than IPV4′s 20 year run with only 4.3 billion IP addresses.

 

 

 

 

 

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Application market to reach $3.8 Billion in 2011

In a recent report by Isuppli the market for smartphone applications will increase 77% to a whopping $3.8 Billion dollars in 2011. They anticipate that the market will go to 33 billion downloaded applications a year by 2014.

What this indicates is that more and more consumers are using applications on their smartphones. Also a high percentage are willing to pay for applications that they find useful,  such as games and tools. There may be tremendous market even in free applications that act as a marketing tool to your customers. I have a “Five Guys Burger and Fries” app for my android. No more waiting in line for me makes me a very happy customer!