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Smartphones to Overtake Feature Phones in U.S. by 2011 | Nielsen Wire | RealtyGo_blog

The iPhone, Blackberry, Droid and smartphones in general dominate the buzz in the mobile market, but only 21% of American wireless subscribers are using a smartphone as of the fourth quarter 2009 compared to 19% in Q3 2009 and 14% at the end of 2008. We are just at the beginning of a new wireless era where smartphones will become the standard device consumers will use to connect to  friends, the internet and the world at large. The share of smartphones as a proportion of overall device sales has increased to 29% for phone purchasers in the last six months and 45% of respondents to a Nielsen survey indicated that their next device will be a smartphone. If we combine these intentional data points with falling prices and increasing capabilities of these devices along with a explosion of applications for devices, we are seeing the beginning of a groundswell. This increase will be so rapid, that by the end of 2011, Nielsen expects more smartphones in the U.S. market than feature phones.

Smartphone early adopters, more men then women, percentage wise.

The Smartphone User

Slightly more males than females are getting smartphones (53% versus 47%) which is what we would expect for technical early adopter products. In terms of demographics, Hispanic Americans and Asians are slightly more likely to have a smartphone than what their share of population would indicate, which is a trend we see in the adoption of other mobile data services. While smartphones started out in the business segment, two-third of today’s buyers of smartphones are personal users.

Loyalty

In the last six months, roughly 77% of new smartphone buyers remained loyal to their wireless operator, while 18% switched to a new provider to get their new smartphone with the remaining percentage made up of first-time smartphone buyers. Interestingly enough, the percentage of people who switched carriers and got a new smartphone is not higher than that of the average wireless subscriber.

Smarphone adapters that stayed with current wireless carrier or switched to a new carrier for the phone options.

This indicates that the portfolio of the wireless carriers in general is robust enough to prevent any wide-spread smartphone flight from one carrier to the other, with very few exceptions. The added bonus for wireless carriers is that smartphone owners are significantly more satisfied (81%) with their device than feature phone owners (66%).

Features, features, features

Smartphones show higher application usage than feature phones even at the basic built-in application level. During Nielsen’s Mobile Insights survey we asked the respondents about features they’ve used in the last 30 days. The good news for the smartphone market is that people are actually taking advantage of the device capabilities.

The percentage of people who use their phone for only voice communications drops from 14% among new feature phone owners to 3% of smartphone owners. The use of the built-in camera and video capability jumps by almost 20% for both categories, due to the generally better quality and user friendliness of the features. Smartphones also often have a better speaker which translates into more frequent usage from about half of feature phone owners to about two-thirds of smartphone owners. Not surprisingly the use of Wi-Fi increases 10-fold from 5% for feature phone owners to 50% for smartphone users to satisfy the need for fast downloads.

RealtyGo supports both QR Code real estate information retrievel and SMS/MMS Text Messaging.

via Smartphones to Overtake Feature Phones in U.S. by 2011 | Nielsen Wire.

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How to integrate Facebook comments with your WordPress_blog | RealtyGo_blog

 

Getting all those great comments from your friends and fans on Facebook over to your WordPress blog for all internet readers.

For most weblogs is additionally performed a Facebook fan page or a Facebook profile page. The blog articles are published regularly. On Facebook, either manually or automatically link (for example, with RSS graffiti) on the postings in the blog.

 

 

The problem:

The real debate on the content of blog postings will then take place on Facebook and not on the blog.

The solution:

The plugin getFacebookComments compares the entries on Facebook with the postings on the blog. If an entry includes the full URL on Facebook (!) Of a blog posts automatically the comments of Facebook to WordPress to be copied.

Requirements:

PHP5 and cURL. The easiest way to check on the phpinfo. Just a new PHP file on the Web server to create, populate them with the following three lines:

<? Php

phpinfo ();

?>

The file then calls on the browser and look for the following block:

Installation:

Download and unzip the folder getFacebookComments from the ZIP file into wp-content/plugins. Then the plugin will be normally activated via the WordPress backend. Then a new point is found under Settings, the FB is called Comments. Here, however, only two things are set, the name of the Facebook fan page or Facebook profile page and a suffix for the name of the commentators. Since this range is directly suffix isthe name of the commentators, this field should be emptied. There are more beautiful and to identify other ways the comment.

Following the installation and activation of the plugin still needs a CronJob be established to trigger the copy of the comments regularly. With most hosting CronJobs are included, but there are also providers on the Web for free CronJobs. The call of the CronJobs aims to cron.php (http://www.website.de/wp-content/plugins/getFacebookComments/cron.php). For most CronJobs send e-mail address are defined as the target for the echo output of the script. This is very useful if you want to check whether the script works correctly. Once the script has access to data is an echo output. Even if no comments are imported!

Facebook privacy settings:

If the script return a blank on this issue and import comments, probably the Facebook privacy settings are wrong. Also it can be determined relatively easily. The script uses the GRAPH API of Facebook. What exactly is this API from your profile extradite. One can watch in plain text. Simply call in the browser’s address http://graph.facebook.com/profilname/posts. Before natural “profile name” and substitute the desired name or Facebook page Facebook profile page name. If the privacy settings is set correctly, you can get quite a lot of output of their own posts with all data, facts and comments. The requested page is blank, it looks like this:

{ “Data”: [ ] }

Here, the privacy settings are adjusted accordingly. Is important here: Amendment privacy settings seem to apply only to future posts! To a revised privacy setting to really test; You must have a new post published on the Facebook page or Facebook profile page. If you want to leave their privacy settings so it will probably be enough content, the comments by WordPress will be copied explicitly in each case for “all” release.

Thanks for Reading – RealtyGo_blog | Facebook integration with WordPress and more…

 

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Facebook Unites Mobile Web Development Efforts using WURFL and HTML5 | RealtyGo_blog

Facebook has launched a new version of its mobile Web site that it says is much simpler and should work with the capabilities of thousands of different phones.

The leading social network has 250 million monthly active mobile users, and the majority of them access the site through the mobile Web, said Erick Tseng, Facebook’s head of mobile.

The new site, at m.facebook.com, replaces an existing site at that address for feature phones and a separate site at touch.facebook.com for smartphones (where development had recently lagged behind other versions). The new version uses an extended implementation of WURFL, a database that helps map the way the site is displayed to the capabilities of each device. Also known as browser identification look up.

Facebook said it should be able to “delete thousands of lines of old mobile site code” after the release, which is set to roll out to all users over the next couple weeks.

 

From Android to Facebook

 

The company has said that in order to be maximally accessible it will favor mobile Web development over native app development. “We are internalizing our own strategies around HTML5 to prove out that this emphasis on the mobile Web can actually work,” Tseng said.

“Yes, there is going to be a day when the majority of folks have something that looks more like an Android,” Tseng said, “but I don’t believe that’s going to happen in the next year, probably not the next two years.”

Tseng was previously lead product manager for Android before he joined Facebook last May.

RealtyGo uses the same type of browser ID check to efficiently push the proper dedicated page view to the correct mobile device. You will notice when you Scan a QR Code or Text in to receive more information about a real estate listings, your mobile device, wether it be a Smartphone, iPad, Tablet or even on a desk top, the images and data wil reconfigure auto fitting your device.

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Real Estate Professionals and everyone promoting real estate, if you have a sub par website, and your sending new clients to it….

Real Estate Professionals and anyone promoting real estate, if you have a sub par website, and your sending new customers to it to get to know more about you; Not the best plan in our highly evolving technological world. Take Apple for example. What did they do, they made technology cool, fun and easy to use. RealtyGo offers you a Mobile presence while using all the benefits of the internet for SEO (search engine optimization) within large engines like Google,YouTube,Yahoo and Bing. Get you listings mobile, be able to quickly forward your listing or real estate investment to potential investors, buyers, sellers and other real estate professional by using RealtyGo. We do all the heavy lifting, continuously update, modify and introduce new technology behind the scenes while you get to enjoy easy to use services and a friendly UI-user interface. Consumers will also notice how efficient your real estate business is, while selecting their preferred channel of communication when contacting you about your real estate promotion, listing and/or business. Stop up to where the Pro’s are; Professional grade real estate using RealtyGo, QR Codes,GPS, SMS/MMS Text message Mobile gateway technology, auto scheduling/appointments and more!

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QR Code – YouTube Video Contest. Send us your favorite video, showing off your RealtyGo QR code/TAG being used in your real estate business..

Free QR Code_MobileURL_Micro-Mobile-Website for life from RealtyGo. We are giving away 100 free QR Codes and all the services to 100 lucky winners!

QR Code_YouTube Video contest from RealtyGo. Send us your favorite YouYube video/link URL showing how you or your company uses QR Codes for your real estate listings/business. Win a Free QR Code_MobileURL_Micro-Mobile-Website for LIfe. RealtyGo is giving away 100 Free QR Codes including all the services, SEO, technology, micro website, auto scheduler and more to each winner.  Send us your YouTube Video and we will post it on our RealtyGo YouTube page, asking others to vote for the top 100 videos. The top 100 videos with the most votes at the end of the contest will receive one free QR Code for life.

Please be creative and have fun with the videos. Your Videos will run on our YouTube Channel offering free advertising for your and your real estate business. Please have some type of real estate related business video in order to be considered for the contest. Please also use a RealtyGo QR Code / MobileURL in your video. There is no purchase necessary, visit at Twitter and choose ‘ follow’ us for your free 45 day trial using RealtyGo and the most unique and dynamic QR Code system available. Once you follow us on Twitter you will receive an Auto direct message thanking you for following, with a link and the free 45 day trial. Please remember there is no purchase necessary and you will not be charged. Good luck and we look forward to seeing your QR Real Estate Videos.

Please email your questions and/or Video link to info@realtygo.co

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Time for Carriers to step up | Here comes fast apps | RealtyGo_blog

Fast App

Understanding the interplay between the wireline and wireless worlds is important as value shifts occur. You can’t have a blockbuster iPad2 launch without Wi-Fi. And 55% to 60% of the embedded home Wi-Fi base is coming through cable modems. Apple Inc.’s success eventually results in Comcast Corp.’s, Time Warner Cable Inc.’s, Verizon Communications Inc.’s FioS and even AT&T Inc.’s U-Verse’s success.

With the next generation of tablet and phone devices (Apple’s iPad2 and the HTC Corp. Thunderbolt, for example) comes the front facing camera. We wrote about this with the column “The iPhone without a contract” last Labor Day. Sprint Nextel Corp.’s HTC Evo 4G launched last year with a front-facing camera using the WiMAX network and QiK (now owned by Skype) as the pre-installed app. New hardware begets new software. And this new software is high BPS (bandwidth per second). The higher the BPS, the faster the app.

The next $100 billion of value in the telecommunications industry (inclusive of software) is going to be created by the fast app ecosystem. Combine secure cloud computing with gigabit Ethernet backhaul and dual-core processors and you have the makings of an entirely new industry. It’s not that Groupon brought millions of us daily deals – it’s that they now bring them to us in 1080p (or whatever form factor your device can support). I can now see next year’s holiday blockbuster toys in action at Amazon.com (or through their app), not still photos. And video communication, including a revamped Pandora + YouTube, is now connected to my television. Why do I have a V-Tech cordless phone (and a $40 per month bill)? Why do I have a premium digital video tier?

It’s an exciting world to dream about, and developments are coming very quickly, thanks to companies like Apple and Google Inc. The highest returns can only occur, however, when you expand the market from portable (Wi-Fi) to mobile devices. In car. On train. On bus. If you are moving, you need mobility, not portability. And mobility requires bandwidth that moves with you.

This is where the wireless carriers come in. They hold the keys to mobile fast apps. As much as the developer community wants to circumvent or ignore relationships with the wireless carriers, they cannot achieve a high common denominator (“fastest app”) without the ability to achieve consistent bandwidth speeds and consistently low latency. Said another way, those applications developers that invest in the network interfaces and carrier relationships will create differentiation (and value) faster than those who dumb performance down to the lowest levels. When technology moves quickly, value is created from those companies who can expand with the market, who can achieve the highest and best result instead of the lowest and least. The bandwidth disparity created by 2G/3G/4G and Wi-Fi networks operating simultaneously is too great.

The only way Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA Inc. (combined or separate) can grow 10 to 20 million net adds in the next three years is to partner with the fast applications developers. Multi-player Angry Birds in 3D with optional voice chat does not happen without network integration – the connections are real-time, not “push” and servers need to be very close to the network. Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA may need more growth than 10 to 20 million net adds over the next 3 years to remain relevant. Dropped calls be damned – what about dropped apps?

So we have a willing development community, at least two willing carriers (on top of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility who will definitely not take this lying down), and capital waiting to earn disproportionate returns. Where do we get started? Three ideas:

1. Multi-player Angry Birds in 3D with optional voice chat takes applications to a new level. Maybe an “all green” AB on March 17?

2. Facebook (or their replacement) could reinvent video communications singlehandedly (and take advertising to a new level).

3. Cloud-based communications directories with caller identificaton (app free version includes a mini-advertisement delivered on every incoming call).

One of the biggest reasons for any directory is discovery. In the old days of White Pages, we discovered a street address and a phone number associated with a name. With the advent of fast apps, I may want to know if you have FaceTime and if you are available for a quick chat, even if you are not in my contact list. Where’s the FaceTime (or Skype or Fring or ooVoo or YouTube or Facebook) listing on my BlackBerry? It doesn’t exist. Then how do I discover that you have FaceTime (meaning an Apple device that has a front facing camera on a participating carrier that has optimized FaceTime for their 4G network)? We need a better discovery engine to make FaceTime or their competitor a more relevant communications application.

The directory needs to protect privacy. I need to be able to turn off applications from being used by some and make an entirely different set of applications available to others. The directory needs to be connected to individuals, not Exchange (which, as explained in the last paragraph, doesn’t have room for these listings anyway). Privacy is easiest with an independent source – friendly to but free from wireless carriers, handset manufacturers, and operating systems.

Finally, the directory needs to be free. Listed or unlisted, private, user-controlled and free. This is not to say that there aren’t charges for “end caps” (featured fast apps), or that larger corporate or association directories don’t pay some fees, or that we show a mini-message on every incoming call in exchange for a free app, but this is not the calling name data storage margins of the past. And, if it can bring in 10 to 20 million customers for Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA (together or separate), it’s worth the carrier effort.

Fast apps are the next $100 billion opportunity in the communications industry. A well executed fast apps strategy by T-Mobile USA and Sprint Nextel (combined or separate) can break the current duopoly (or Verizon Wireless can execute it on its own with LTE and cripple their competition). To make fast apps a reality, the discovery process needs to be radically simpler, privacy needs to be protected, and it needs to be free to the end user. We need an independent directory.

Here come the fast apps. Are you ready?

Jim Patterson is CEO and co-founder of Mobile Symmetry, a start-up created for carriers to solve the problems of an increasingly mobile-only society. Patterson was most recently President – Wholesale Services for Sprint and has a career that spans over eighteen years in telecom and technology. Patterson welcomes your commentsatjim@mobilesymmetry.com.

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