Zuckerberg Talks Mobile
Last week’s big news was the rumor of a Facebook phone. This week, Mark Zuckerberg took some time talk with TechCrunch and dispel some rumors. He also gave some interesting insight into Facebook’s approach to mobile.
So I guess, we view it primarily as a platform. Our role is to be a platform for making all of these apps more social, and it’s kind of an extension of what we see happening on the web, with the exception of mobile, which I think will be even more important than the web in a few years – maybe even sooner.
The web is only at one and a half billion people whereas everyone is going to have a phone and all the phones are going to be smartphones. So our strategy is that we want to go wherever people are building apps so we can make all of those apps social if they want that.
So, iPhone is the one we’re investing in the most now, and Android increasingly. If Windows Phone 7 takes off, then I’m sure we’ll put resources on that. We invest at all different layers of the stack too, so we have people who are working on the lowest common denominator HTML5 stuff that works across all systems.
For platforms that are really important, but are hard to penetrate, like iPhone, we’ll just do as much as we can. For Android, we can customize it a bit more.
Bottom line? Facebook isn’t making a phone… yet. They do seem to have plans for tighter integration with Android since there are deeper hooks into Android than iPhone. A phone with deep Facebook integration is something Apple should be concerned about.
iOS App Market Data
- There are nearly 254,000 active apps in the App Store
- Books take the top spot in number of apps, followed by games
- The iTunes store gets 669 app submissions a day, up from 42 a day when the App Store debuted but less than the peak of 823 a day set in December 2009
Nokia’s Drop in Profits
Nokia’s profits have dropped precipitously since their peak Q2 2007. Meanwhile, Apple’s profits have grown steadily over the same period and they are now the most profitable mobile business by a wide margin.
Native Apps Are 50% of Mobile Internet Traffic
A report from Finnish company Zokem found that native apps accounted for 50% of all mobile Internet traffic. While purely speculation, I would guess that user experience and performance (fast access to focused data) are two of the primary reasons for this trend.