Meanwhile in China… iPad 2 Sells Out in 4 Hours

iPad 2s may come from China, but until this Friday you couldn’t get one there and, as it turns out, unless you got into the store within 4 hours, you’re as SOL as you’re American counterparts.

Mashable >

Parents Say 30% of Apps Downloaded by Their Kids

Perhaps parents just don’t want to cop to downloading Diner Dash on their phones, but according to Nielsen, U.S. parents claim that 30% of the apps on their phone were downloaded by their kids.

Tablets Begin to Replace other “Traditional Devices” – Is anyone Surprised?

In another report from Nielsen, tablet owners are reporting that they are using more traditional digital devices significantly less now that they own a tablet. The laptop and desktop are taking the biggest hit from tablet sales, which is not too surprising. Slightly more surprising was the number of people using their eReader less (i.e.Kindle). Amazon has stated in the past that there is significant overlap between tablet owners and Kindle owners. My own anecdotal experience tends to corroborate this assertion.

When asked whether they used other connected devices more often or less often since purchasing a tablet, 35 percent of tablet owners who also owned a desktop computer reported using their desktop less often or not at all, while 32 percent of those who also owned laptops, said they used their laptop less often or never since acquiring a tablet. Twenty-seven percent of those who also own eReaders said they use their eReader less often or not at all – the same percentage as those who also own portable media players. One-in-four tablet owners who own portable games consoles are using those devices less often, if at all, since purchasing a tablet.

– Neilsen

On a related note, a recent survey from The Business Journals indicates that more small and medium sized businesses are moving toward smartphones and tablets while desktop, netbook and laptop use is declining. >

App Store Revenue Expected to Nearly Double in 2011

The major mobile app stores are expected to see a 77% gain in revenue in 2011 according to IHS Screen Digest. Of that 77% gain, Apple is expected to dominate with 75% of the total downloads in app marketplaces this year. iSuppli expects Apple to generate $2.91 billion in app store revenue versus Android’s $425 million.

Combined revenues from the four major mobile application stores run by Apple Inc., Google Inc., Nokia Corp. and Research In Motion Ltd. will leap 77.7 percent in 2011 to $3.8 billion, with the Apple App Store projected to eat up a gargantuan three-quarters share of the total market, according to new IHS Screen Digest research.

– Mobile MarketingWatch

MobileMarketingWatch >

iOS a Huge and Growing Source of Apple’s Profit

Combined, Apple’s OSX and iOS account for 96% of Apple’s profit with iOS representing a whopping 75% of those profits.

Asymco >

Kindlebread: Will Amazon Enter the Tablet Market with Their Own OS?

There’s been a lot of talk about Amazon entering the tablet market and even a report of a large order for tablets from Quanta. This week Tech Broiler speculated on the potential for Amazon to build a customized OS based on Android’s Gingerbread platform. While Gingerbread is intended for phones, it comes with fewer strings attached than does Honeycomb, Android’s tablet-specific OS.

Given that the Honeycomb 3.0 source code is currently restricted to Google’s “Experience” OEMs, such as Motorola, LG, Samsung, Acer and Asus, it is unlikely that Amazon, who is running a competing App Store to Google is likely to sign on for a full licensing of all of the Google Apps for value-add, and thus does not currently possess the OEM Honeycomb source code which Google is witholding from the public.

– Tech Broiler

Mobile Web or Native? It’s Both. Duh.

According to a report from Forrester the debate between mobile Web and mobile apps is pointless because, well, people who use apps also use the Web. Surprise! This news comes as no surprise to those of us who have been working in the mobile space for the past couple years. On the plus side, if your boss needs some fancy research firm to validate a decision that you already know makes sense, here you go.