Developer Cassidy Lackey of Handmark claims the cash gained from games development on Apple’s mobile platforms is temptation enough to bring in new devs, observing that while its GTS World Racing game is available for a variety of smartphones, “our iPhone version generates 98% of our revenue,” Gamesutra informs.
iPhone users are more comfortable with advertising within their apps and more likely to use and install applications on their device than users of any other smartphone, new research scheduled for release today informs.
TNS Compete will reveal initial iPhone-focused findings as it launches its new Smartphone Intelligence service, offering survey-based and behavioral analysis on smartphone use.
Apple’s iPhone is becoming a major force in the mobile gaming market, said Apple product manager Greg Joswiak this week, and competitors – including Nintendo and Sony – are extremely concerned at the company’s looming threat to their market, he added.
Speaking to Stuff magazine, Joswiak predicted a huge range of gaming titles will be made available in the months to come. And with the iPhone (and iPod touch) offering better graphics, accelerometers and advanced processors, the Apple head honcho described the devices as “the future of gaming.
Etre has introduced gloves for use with touch-screen devices, and they’re not finger-less, oh no – if you look at the image you’ll see they have two fingers (thumb and index), so you can keep the rest of your digits warm while tapping your digital device.
You got to give them a point for entrepreneurial zeal, I guess, “Etre Touchy gloves seek to fill the gap left between normal pairs of gloves and fingerless pairs of gloves. While normal pairs of gloves keep your hands warm and dry, they aren’t compatible with modern touch-screen devices, which only respond to skin-on-screen contact.”
Nomura analyst Richard Windsor this morning warned clients that Research In Motion is struggling to develop the touch interface for use within its forthcoming ‘iPhone killer’, the BlackBerry Thunder. The analyst says the implementation even lags behind Nokia. who he also warns will be unable to match Apple’s user interface for its solution in the mobile device market.
“Those who have handled prototypes complain of poor typing, unresponsive keys, bugs in the user interface cause by touch as well as accelerometer issues,” Windsor warned on RIM, as reported by MarketWatch.
Meanwhile in a separate report, Changewave Research claims Apple’s iPhone 3G will impact the smartphone market like a “tsunami”. In a survey of 3,567 consumers the researchers found that 11% of those who already own a smart phone had an iPhone, up two points from before – and only three away from Palm. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry leads with 42% of the market.
But the whole environment seems set to change, as of those respondents who plan to buy a smartphone in the next 90 days, 56% plan to purchase an iPhone, compared to only 29% in a previous survey in March, RIM must be worried – just 23% plan to buy a BlackBerry,
78% of iPhone owners are Very Satisfied with the phone. RIM ranks second with 54% of its customers saying they’re Very Satisfied.