The broad popularity of the iPad Mini aside, Android is expected to supplant Apple's iOS as the most popular tablet platform this year, research firm IDC says. Apple's insistence on keeping its tablet more expensive than the typical $200 price for Android's 7-inch tablets has cost the iPad-maker, IDC analysts say. IDC raised its estimate for 2013 tablet shipments by 11% largely because of sales of the smaller-screen devices.
Instagram's popularity is having a noticeable effect on Web design, as brands such as Taco Bell, Patagonia, Urban Outfitters, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and others include user-generated content into their sites, Lauren Johnson writes. Those companies "are sourcing user-generated content that showcases their brand and leveraging it beyond social by incorporating this content into digital and traditional channels," Resource's Amanda Williams says.
Apple's business model gives its iOS devices an advantage over rivals Google, Amazon and Microsoft, allowing users to have exclusive Apple applications as well as its competitors' best offerings, Walter S. Mossberg writes. Apple's tablet dominance is especially paying off, according to ABI Research, which says tablets will garner 35% of total app revenue in 2013, giving Apple a 65% share of the combined smartphone/tablet global app economy. "The smartphones paved the way for them, but in the end we believe that it's the tablets that will prove the more transformative device segment of the two," ABI Senior Analyst Aapo Markkanen says.
Despite the prominent closure of Netflix's open API program to new developers, the applications programming interface business "on the whole is growing like crazy," Runscope Co-Founder John Sheehan writes, especially for private or partner APIs. "Infrastructure providers like Twilio, SendGrid and Stripe have shaken up entrenched, crowded markets by providing better APIs," he writes. And APIs are essential to software-as-a-service, consumer Internet companies and retailers such as Target, which is deriving business intelligence from the use of APIs, Sheehan writes.
StartApp, a mobile-monetization platform, has reached the 500 million-download milestone while clocking 1 billion page views a month, John Koetsier writes. The company is adding to its popular search platform with an "Exit Ads" feature, which enables users to utilize an application without exposure to ads.