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That’ll be £6,000,000 Sir! Seen these Luxury Mobiles?

Have you been to that fancy cup cake shop down the road, must be something fancy about that place? What about that lil’ italian joint down your street where you have to wait to order a take away…oh, and what about the various types of Milk you get at your supermarket, when all you want is just ‘Milk’?

Well, there’s a lot more that meets the eye! And as they say – there’s a customer for every product out there. Mobile phones as a category are not excluded if you really have a spare few lazy millions!

Seems a bit like that when it comes to mobiles these days that “commoditisation” is the word that springs up my mind. I remember years ago, you either had a Nokia or a Motorola or a few had the Ericsson.

You look around these days and hardware manufacturing in the mobile sector has gone crazy and I’m not even looking at the ‘non-brands’ here. Apple got into it, then Google Got onto it – Dell, HP, Acer, Sony, HTC, LG, Samsung, Sagem, Blackberry…and now what amazes me is that even luxury brands are onto it – Vertu (which is a division on Nokia), luxury accessories designers, fancy watch and racing brands all seem to have taken a fancy to coming up with their own signature mobile phone versions too.

Check out some of the below, bet some of them will surprise you, as it did to me!

  • Ulysse Nardin’s The Chairman – $49,000…uhmm slightly believable…when you go down this list!
  • Sony Ericsson Black Diamond – $300,000….oh well, slightly less than a mortgage ;))
  • Vertu Signature Cobra – $310,000…hissssssss
  • Gresso Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot – costs approx $1 million….yay!! that’s a jackpot!!
  • GoldVish ‘Le Million’ Piece Unique  – $1.3 million…can’t be true…..err maybe??
  • The Diamond Crypto Smartphone – think about $1.3 million.…oops…that hurts!!
  • Peter Aloisson’s Kings Button iPhone – $2.4 million….is what I read….really….??
  • Stuart Hughes iPad 2 Gold Edition – Price – £5,000,000.00 as quoted on their website!!!!

Special mention to what is claimed to be the world’s most expensive iPhone:

The most unique mobile phone ever created with a total construction cost of £6 million. The bezel is handmade from rose with approx 500 individual flawless diamonds which total over 100ct. The rear section is formed using 24ct gold with the added touch of its 24ct gold Apple logo and 53 diamonds. The main navigation is made from gold which holds a single cut 8.6ct diamond. Also included is a rare 7.4ct single cut Flawless pink diamond which can replace the existing one.

Claimed to be the world's MOST expensive iPhone

Apparently (and quite unbelievable…) the chest is made from solid Platinum with polished pieces of original Dinosaur bone from the T-REX (really….?) along with rare stones such as Opal, Pietersite, Charoite , Rutile Quartz, Star Sunstone. The handset is 64GB and limited edition of only 2 to be ever made…(damn!) and a price tag of £6,000,000.00 

And also check out TAG Heuer Racer mobile – not sure what the price ‘tag’ is on this ‘tag’ but guess when you own a tag – you don’t bother about the price.

What's the price TAG on this TAG?

TAG's Racer Mobile - Register interest on their website

So, if you’re thinking of new mobile? what’s it going to be? My iPhone 4S looks so ordinary now but you know what….I’m happy and can have a peaceful sleep with my iPhone on my bedside not a million dollar baby :)) Infact, I might go get that fancy cup cake now! 

Check out TAG Racer’s video too:

A few references:

 

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VISA, Amex, Mastercard or PayPal Here? Mobile Payment Solution from PayPal

PayPal recently announced a new service – PayPal “Here”, claimed to be the world’s first global mobile payments solution that allows small businesses to accept almost any form of payment.

The PayPal Here service includes a free App and fully encrypted thumb-sized card reader, which turns any iPhone (and as indicated by PayPal soon on Android smartphones), into a mobile payment solution. With PayPal Here, small businesses, service providers and casual sellers can send invoices or accept cards and PayPal using one simple product.

Will be interesting to see what Apple and Google’s strategy would be like – would they lock out or restrict devices so that only their native payment technologies can be used maybe? That would be a blow to the flexibility that consumers will need but who knows…and wonder what the credit card companies are doing about all this – are the days of the plastic card numbered? Google Wallet lets you link up your Citi MasterCard securely allowing you to tap and pay via a secure chip installed on your devices. Obviously, it needs to be a Google Android device you’re on.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Android touches 700,000+ activations per day and 10 Billion App downloads

What better time of the year than this for Android fans, and we at mobiDdiction also agree that 2012 is going to be the YEAR of the MOBILE, if you didn’t read one of our earlier posts.

Google recently announced that the Android Market Place passed 10 Billion App downloads from their market place with the Android device activations reaching a staggering 700,000+ activations per day, the figure of 550,000 was released back in June 2011.

There is also a supporting infographic that tells stories such as the ‘most popular time to download an app’ to the least popular. Also the most app-crazed countries in the world from South Korea being number #1 to Norway at number #10. I was a bit surprised to see that Australia doesn’t even feature in the Top 10 list of countries though we’ve been hearing a lot of Android talks specially from last year. Guess, it’s all thanks to the iPhone’s out there and their loyal base.

Few stats from the Android – [INFOGRAPHIC]:

  • Most popular time to download an App: Sunday 9pm
  • Least popular time to download an App: Monday 4am
  • People from 190 countries download apps every day
  • 25.6% of downloads are Games (39.25% of which are Arcade games)
  • 12.2% Entertainment related
  • 4.0% Social related
  • 11.17% Tools aka productivity, utility factor associated
  • 100 Million words translated every week in 200 different countries on Google Translate
  • 4054 years spent playing Talking Tom during which Tom has been knocked down 10.6 Billion times.

We had a few more stats on our blog for 2011 – incase you’re interested.

Google’s infographic on Android Market Growth:

REF:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/10-billion-android-market-downloads-and.html
http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2011/12/closer-look-at-10-billion-downloads.html

For those who’re interested in the Android developers channel on YouTube, here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/androiddevelopers

 

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Commonwealth Bank launches “Kaching” Mobile Payment App

Left your wallet and cards at home and need to pay? Need to make a quick payment to your friends on Facebook…no worries, use your mobile! 

Ok, I’ve said it in the past that I think the banks have been doing well in the way they’re thinking ahead of coming up with mobile apps that are based on providing “on-the-go” utility leveraging the growth in the area of mobile technology. Back in July 2011, we wrote a piece on when we noted that the Commbank updated their App and also another quick blog on the future of mobile payments and why it’s all that important.

Almost all the major banks and the mid-tier ones too such as co-op’s and building society’s have come up with mobile banking apps. Sure you’ve seen that the banks have started to use this in their marketing too, as in – you would have spotted a poster when you entered a St George or a Westpac or any other bank, looked at a bus-side talking about their mobile banking facility. For those who have used the ANZ’s “Pay to Mobile” feature, it does work like a breeze specially from one ANZ to another ANZ customer account. And now – to add to all this, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia have launched their ‘Kaching’ app. For those who are unaware of what ‘Kaching‘ means – it’s a slang thingy meaning to “cash in” or make a lot of money. Sometimes, “rich” this being derived from the sound of an old fashioned cash register – get it? “Kaching” “Kaching”… not a bad thought as the CommBank mobile app is about payments — wonder if the app makes the “Kaching” noise too 😉

 

Here’s the AppStore link to download the Kaching App and here’s a page on the Commonwealth bank Kaching website with a video showing how Kaching works – check it out.

So, what does this CommBank Kaching App do?

  • Send money to someone using their mobile number
  • Make payments using your email contacts or by entering an email address
  • Make payments to your Facebook friends
  • Shop without cash or cards by holding your iPhone4S or 4, using the iCarte case, over the PayPass™ contactless terminal
  • Make payments via BPAY® or with an account number and BSB

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There’s a requirement mentioned too that users first need to be registered for NetBank and have NetCode activated to make payments and purchases using a mobile phone and the Recipients of payments via mobile, Facebook and email need an Australian bank account to claim.

Whilst it’s really early days, both banks and users have a lot of extra areas to be cautious of I guess, in terms of security and how tight the measures are – and it’s great that users are able to do all this but not to forget that we’re in a hyper connected world and now our information is being accessed by multiple applications so yes there are exciting times ahead in terms of convenience and the fact that we are entering another new era of cashless transactions, security is going to be of prime importance.

Android is on it’s way

The Commbank Kaching is compatible with all iPhone’s operating iOS 4.2 and above. The Commbank Kaching for iPhone 4S, 4 3GS and 3G, you can pay anyone via mobile, email or Facebook, make BPAY payments and transfer money between your Commbank accounts. An extra bit of stuff you need to do to set up your iPhone 4S or 4 for contactless payments by ordering an iCarte case from Commbank via the app. When you receive and activate your iCarte case, just hold your iPhone 4S or 4 over any PayPass™ contactless terminal to pay for purchases under $100.

Read more on the App Store description – Link Here – Seems like the Android fans will have to wait for a bit more as per the note on the website but knowing Commbank sure the Android and the tablet version won’t be too far down the track!

The Commbank’s media release section on their website claims this App is the first in the world that you would be able to make payments to your Facebook friends which is an awesome feature I think as you now don’t need to worry about asking your mates that you some beer monies for their BSB and account number details which I’m sure most of us don’t even remember or if we do remember, we need to recheck somewhere on our bank statements or a notepad hidden somewhere.

It’s a New App

One thing I’m still a bit unsure of is when I’ve got the CommBank App which also allows me to login to my mobile banking which I’ve been using for quite a while now, the Kaching is an all together new app that one needs to download. No wonder it does use the same access details but not sure why this is done as an altogether new app, being a customer I would’ve liked to see this integrated into my current mobile banking behaviour.

NFC but still uses external hardware

To use the contact-less PayPass payment you still need to buy a piece of hardware that is in effect your NFC (Near Field Communication) reader by buying an iCarte case (for A$54.95) through Commbank and I tell ya it was quite hard to find where to buy this! Having searched for quite some time on almost all of the Commbank’s websites, we then found the below info on the support page

iCarte cases are available for order within Commbank Kaching. In the ‘Cards’ tab, select the credit or debit MasterCard you wish to set up, press the ‘Set up PayPass’ button and follow the on screen instructions.

It seems like the purchase of the iCarte case needs to be made from within the App itself but I did not have that option showing up of buying the iCarte case…not sure why, maybe the reason being that I don’t have a master card. But would’ve thought that if that was the case, it would’ve been used as an opportunity to sell me one? But, there’s no obvious link from any online site that you can buy the iCarte case from – must be s

We did register interest to hear about this app a few months ago but didn’t hear about this and just a few days ago we came across this App while googling something about the upcoming NFC technology I think it was…or maybe it’s that we jumped the gun and searched for it even before they could let us know. But at the end of the day, Kaching is here and must say Commbank have taken a giant step to try and move ahead in the world of mobile payments.

Sure, as we go on – there will be more and more phones with inbuilt NFC and other mobile payment gateways that we can use so we don’t external cases but for now it’s “KACHING KACHING” time 😉

Cheerios!

 

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2012 – The year of the MOBILE

Phew! what a year it has been and sooner that we realise – 2012 is round the corner and like a lot of us, we reflect back to the past year and look forward to new beginnings, resolutions to take our lives to the next level and quit some of our vices…well, well, that may seem a bit nostalgic. But hey it is really about looking ahead to a new year with positivity. So, here’s hoping that you’ve had a great year too and best for the upcoming one.

What an amazing year it has been for mobiles and related stuff too, we have seen productivity gone haywire as people got onto Angry Birds and Facebook on the mobile adoption grew. A not to miss highlight of the year was the way Android shot up and still continues to do so. And the shocker that we got on 5th Oct 2011, when the man who made it happen – our beloved Steve Jobs unfortunately left us, but who would disagree that the visionary changed the world of mobile technology. Steve changed the way we interact with our devices and brought life to his passion a few years with the iPod, the iPhone and then the iPad. Our salute to this legend, Steve Jobs who is going to be a hard act to follow in years and years to come.

2012: Year of the MOBILE - Who's going to lead and who is to follow?

Social Media saw some amazing take up’s too, Google Plus launched, some amazing apps were built, people still continued on with Twitter. We saw the iCloud and also the take up of users start to talk to our devices coming to reality in 2011, feels quite sci-fi but Google Voice, Google Translate and more so by Apple’s SIRI on the iPhone 4S is all making it possible now…

In July 2011 – Facebook reached 750 Million (was 250 Million in July 2009). With more than 350 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices. More than 475 mobile operators globally work to deploy and promote Facebook mobile products.

ROVIO (the maker of Angry Birds) in November 2011 announced 500 million total downloads of Angry Birds games across various platforms. Here’s a few stats about the game we spent so much playing and trying to get those flying birds sling across…

  • #1 in 79 countries with 266 Billion levels played
  • 400 Billion Birds shot & 44 Billion stars collected
  • 200,000 Years of Angry Birds played 
  • 300 Million minutes played – Daily
  • 500,000,000 Billion Downloads 

TIME’s TOP GADGETS, SMARTPHONE APPS & IPHONE APPS FOR 2011:

Some Twitter stats over the years:

  • 2007: 400,000 tweets posted per quarter in 2007.
  • 2008. 100 million tweets posted per quarter in 2008.
  • February 2010: 50 million tweets per day.
  • June 2010, about 65 million tweets were posted each day equaling about 750 tweets sent each second. Twitter mobile usage experienced a year-to-year increase of 347% back in 2010.

Google’s Android took off in 2011:

GOOGLE had some amazing success in 2011 specially with Android achieving the 100Million Android activation landmark and then the 200 Million Activation landmark (Nov 11) – to be verified. The last we had heard that there were about 550,000 android devices being activated each day worldwide.

CHECK OUT GOOGLE’S VIDEO on the Android milestones:

Thank you Steve.

“That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works” Steve Jobs. A very special tribute to Steve Jobs who sadly left us in 2011. Over a million people from all over the world have shared their memories, thoughts, and feelings about Steve. Check out this page on Wiki about Steve Jobs. And this page on Gizmodo about Steve Jobs life.

mobiDdiction: 2012 & beyond…

Last but not the least – mobiDdiction was born in 2011. So, it has been a big year for us –  a year that saw us launch our services from Sydney, Australia & take our first baby steps – we saw great support from our clients, friends and well-wishers. Our mobiDdiction Facebook page in just a few months is almost at 2,000 supporters and thanks to each and every one of them.

Wonder what’s coming up in 2012 for mobiles and related stuff…devices that tap into our brains and the phones can understand what we’re thinking? Sure, this is not far away. Mobile payments will probably see a big take-up once mobiles and technology meet up to make it more accessible, smartphones are going to see a lot more traction, the tablet which not long ago we weren’t sure of what to do with is going to see a take-up as there’s a place between the laptop the TV we’ve found for it and there’s a lot more customisation we’re able to do now and access to these devices in terms of cost is becoming less of a fancy too. We will continue to adopt the Apps and “appcessories” to suit what we’re looking for and needless to say, there’s going to be a lot more take up of HTML5 and cross-device experiences coming up. Mobile payments & NFC will be big and the challenge of catering to the varying device and screen types is going to exist but devices will be a lot more smarter too!

2012 is going to be a great year and a year of the MOBILE! All the best to all of you and may you see great success in all your endeavours! 

ps; Thanks to our friend, Tommy ‘the gun’ Wells for his “2012” illustration on this page.

Few references:

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter#cite_ref-bbc.co.uk_5-0
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter
  3. https://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics
  4. https://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?timeline
  5. http://www.google.com/about/corporate/company/history.html#2011
  6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
  7. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/opinion/apples-iphones-to-be-mobile-wifi-hotspots/story-e6frgb0o-1225989740497
  8. https://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=10150311269432131
 

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APPCESSORIES FOR AN APPY XMAS!

Is it that time of the year already? Bet it is – and yes the year has gone by quickly and here we are looking forward to another big year whether we get a reprieve from our bank’s on the interest rates or whether the world’s going into a ’round 2′ on the recession, but seems like one thing’s on the rise! YES, no prizes for guessing – the world of APPS & MOBILE TECHNOLOGY.

Interestingly so, what started off as being a ‘smartphone’ aka the iPhone or even the Android’s of today – some of the App developers have started to come up with really cool ideas and really taking the world of mobile applications to an altogether new. Not that long ago, I came across an App that was looking at directing the blind by way of sounds or signals which would recognize the size of object in front and hence aiding the blind to walk. Then, there was the app which was used by medical institutions to check patient records and access details on the go – replacing that daggy old sheets of papers hanging around in patient beds!

APPCESSORIES

But having said all this, what I really wanted to share was something I came across in the David Jones’ (or DJ’s as it’s referred to here in Australia) from their Xmas catalogue over the last week. They have a section called ‘APPCESSORIES’ and caught my attention as really I thought of it as ‘mobiDdiction….’ get it? uh…

Apart from the usual iPad iPhone, Android and the new Sony Tablet S – there are some interesting products in that catalogue that relate to using an App for some cool things to do over Xmas and add them to the wish-list! I dug out a few links that I thought might be useful – Have you been naughty or nice? Check em out…and by the way, don’t quote me on the prices – they’re straight off the catalogue.

iBaby Monitor:

 

 

 

 

 

 

You pay about $249.95 but you get to see you lil bub from your iPhone. So, whilst your wife thinks you’re monitoring the bub – you could be facebooking or watching some YouTube clips 😉

Withings Blood Pressure Monitor & Wi-Fi Body Scale:

Around $179 bucks gets you some kind of a thing that you wrap around your arm and measure your BP but using your iPhone, iPod or iTouch at the other end for the reading. Smart uh?

Withing’s also seem to have Wi-Fi Body scale. About $295 gets you this and registers your weight, fat and BMI calculation through your iPhone or iPad.

 

 

iBike Coach:

GPS measurement of speed, distance evaluation kilojoules and more on your iPhone. Think there’s a few out there like this, but I havent given this a go.

iGrill:

Nope — you don’t use this instead of the stove!! It’s a bluetooth cooking thermometer.

iKon:

Buggy remote control — guess what you control this with. Nah, no price for guesses!

iON:

 

 

 

 

Need piano lessons and need to learn to play the Piano just like the cat on YouTube? Shell out $149.95 and you get Audio Piano. Doesn’t play the piano for you but apparently teaches you how to play the piano.

GOPOINT BT1 Bluetooth vehicle diagnostic:

If you are not sure what the ‘Check Engine’ light in your car is about – this one claims to speaks to your vehicle in a language which your car understands, decodes and translates it back to you what exactly the “Check Engine” light means and in all in a human friendly language!

 

Gosh iPanda Speakers

iRemoco Remote Control Chopper

Last but not the least – there’s the GOSH iPanda speakers, Zeppelin’s @ $799 using Apple’s Air Play technology that allows music to be streamed wirelessly to your Zepplin Air from your Mac or iPhone and iREMOCO which is a remote chopper which you control with your iPhone, iPad or iTouch device. Just make sure you have enough charge in the device to avoid crashing into your Christmas pudding!

 

 

We came across all these as mentioned in the DJ’s Xmas printed catalogue so I’m sure if you’re somewhere in Australia and went up one of the DJ outlets you could check ’em out.

Not sure why, the “i” seemed to be quite a common theme across all these products. But nevertheless, if you do have any thoughts or comments or have come across any weird and wonderful toys that somehow use the mobile, do share them with us.

That’s about it folks, it has been a busy year and we look forward to bringing you a lot more interesting stories in the new year.

Stay safe & have a fab Xmas and New Year. Best for 2012!

 

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TRAI-ing times for the youth in India!

2 NOV 2011: An UPDATE post the below article – we note that TRAI now seems to have increased the limit to 200 SMS per day per SIM. Ref: http://toi.in/F6UAZb

SORRY. You’ve exceeded your daily SMS limit of 100 SMS! 

We came across this article in the ‘Bangalore Times – Edition of the Times of India newspaper titled “TRAI-ing times for the youth” talking about taking to pigeons and letter writing? as the TRAI Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s is accused of affecting people’s lives, specially the youth and those in long distance relationships.

But what just changed? India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) apparently have imposed a rule that limits the number of text SMS’s to a max of 100 SMS’s-per-day.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) apparently have imposed a rule that limits the number of text SMS’s to a max of 100 SMS’s-per-day and it is claimed that even the traffic police now can’t send out traffic updates post this rule, business owners will now not be able to send out more than a total of 100 SMS’s per day say for example delivery notifications etc. We are not too sure just yet on the details of how this rule is activated and keen to find out as how would this work…say in an emergency situation OR is there another way that businesses will need to register for sending more than 100 per day…and maybe there’s some extra charges associated with this?…ting ting! 😉

The article also highlights that the most suffering segment will be the ‘mobile addicted’ Youth as the TRAI claims that the “average person sends 30 to 50 text messages per day” and the fact that one of the recent internet survey found that mobile owners between the 18 – 24 in India exchange an incredible 109.5 text messages per day, that’s 3,200 or so text’s per month! There’s reference in the article to those who are in long distance relationships and their dependency on SMS’s each day to stay in touch and claims that this rule will “murder the social lives of the youth”. As quoted, “There are certain things that I like to say in texts only, I love you’ . I send more than 150 messages a day and this is bound to affect my love life” says one of the 20 year interviewed youth. Then, there’s one more mention of this youth who is used to purchasing a sim card that allows upto 1,000 SMS (for about $1.50 AUD) and recharges it atleast four times a month! ouch — not sure what will happen to those fingers..think there will be great success to apps which can convert ‘voice to text’ or ‘voice to sms’ and those IM type of applications.

TRAI-ing times article in the Times Of India - 30 Sept 2011


Do you send more than 100 SMS’ a day?

Not sure how this will work under emergencies, people with dual or tri-sim connections & also those who are running their businesses and use the SMS as a key channel to communicate to their base. Banking and entertainment (movie/music on demand etc seems to use the SMS channel as lot too in India). So, will be interesting to see how the youth react to this imposition of ‘no more than 100 SMS’ a day, which infact quite sounds liberal to me from a ‘personal’ mobile point of view. But, I guess we’re not in a place with about 850 million mobile subscribers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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