Apple's iPad experienced a sharp decline in Web traffic market share during the days immediately following the Christmas holiday according to data compiled by digital advertising network Chitika. The firm also reported gains for rival Android-powered tablets like Amazon's Kindle Fire and Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab.
Amazon is rolling out new push messaging capabilities enabling Kindle Fire application developers to alert their customers to software updates and new features.
Amazon's Appstore for Android is launching new A/B testing capabilities that will allow developers to simultaneously trial different versions of their applications and identify which features deliver the superior user experience.
Amazon unveiled its new Kindle FreeTime Unlimited service, which offers Kindle Fire tablet users all-you-can-eat access to books, games, educational apps, movies and television shows for children between the ages of 3 and 8.
Mobile traffic was a major catalyst behind the growth of online shopping on Black Friday 2012. According to IBM, 24 percent of consumers visited retailer sites from a mobile device, up from 14.3 percent on Black Friday 2011. In addition, mobile sales exceeded 16 percent, up from 9.8 percent a year earlier.
Amazon i s introducing new plugins enabling developers leveraging the Unity game engine to increase engagement and monetization by integrating In-App Purchasing and Amazon GameCircle support into their Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD titles.
Amazon is rolling out a new Kindle Fire HD software update giving parents greater control over how their children use the popular tablet.
Newsweek announced that it will halt publication of its print edition with the Dec. 31 issue and transition to an all-digital, tablet-optimized version early next year. It's far too soon to determine whether Newsweek's shift to digital will turn its fortunes around, but it's clear that tablets are the future of printed media--not to mention the future of companies that sell those books, magazines and newspapers.
Amazon is introducing new in-app purchase options enabling Kindle Fire software developers to sell and ship physical goods to consumers.
Amazon will enable consumers to pay a one-time $15 fee to block advertisements on its new Kindle Fire tablets.