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Cupertino is a city in Santa Clara County, California in the U.S., directly west of San Jose on the western edge of the Santa Clara Valley with portions extending into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The population was 58,302 at the time of the 2010 census.
Why Cupertino as the first city for mobile commerce?
Forbes ranked it as one of the most educated, wealthy small towns. It is best known as home to the worldwide headquarters of Apple Inc, as well as the laboratory for Lab 126, Amazon's Kindle Fire development team of thousands. Other Fortune 1,000 companies include Seagate, Agilent, and Symantec - while hundreds of high-tech start-ups work from their Cupertino homes.
Restaurants in Cupertino
About 200 restaurants serve the various ethnic groups who live and work in Cupertino. 15% of these Casual Dining (CDR), Quick Serve (QSR), and Fine Dining (FDR) restaurants have signed on to provide smartphone access to their menus and/or payment for their orders. This list includes BBQ from Hawaii, Greece, Armenia, Mexico, and India; Chinese, Indian, Thai, Italian, Californian, Mexican, and American venues; and unusual snacks like Beard Papa or Verde Pearl Tea.
Mobile Ordering from MoAPPo
MoAPPo integrates four digital businesses with mobile apps, Wi-Fi hotspots, payment, and online ordering experiences. One of the companies dominates the Wi-Fi hotspots in Silicon Valley while another has already gained 8 million downloads.
The Cupertino Restaurants App allows users to sign-up once, save their payment data, and save time at any of their favorite restaurants.
The innovative app supports various iPhone/iPad/iPod configurations; multiple versions of Android phones; multiple Kindles from Amazon; Palm, Blackberry, and Window Mobile; and many featured phones from Nokia, Pantech, and LG. No other company provides the same level of device support for menu display.
Try the app. Provide feedback. Watch us grow to service all Bay Area restaurants.
Aug 5, 2011
According to a report from IDC, Apple shipped more smartphones than any other manufacturer in Q2, stealing bragging rights from a strugglingNokia. With 20.3 million units shipped, Apple managed to nab a 19.1 percent market share, representing year-over-year growth of 141.7 percent. Samsung and Nokia followed behind, with RIM and HTC bringing up the rear.
It’s worth noting that HTC posted record numbers this quarter with 166 percent YOY growth to claim an 11.7 percent market share, up from 8.9 percent last quarter. The HTC Sensation and Evo 3D had quite a bit to do with that, along with HTC’s increasing prominence in China. Even though the company ranks fifth, it still seemed to eat a large portion of RIM and Nokia’s share. But HTC wasn’t alone in that — Samsung took a big bite, too.
In fact, Samsung’s had an amazing year, seeing year-over-year growth of 380.6 percent. Much of that success can be attributed to the Samsung Galaxy S II, which sold 3 million units in its first 55 days on the market. If they can maintain anything like that growth for a little longer, they’ll leapfrog Apple with ease.
Now for the bad news. RIM shipped a little over one million more smartphones this quarter than it did in the same quarter of 2010 — which would be a respectable bump if the smartphone market itself hadn’t seen far greater growth, hitting 106.5 million shipments overall this quarter. So while RIM didship more handsets, they actually lost a ton of market share. (FULL)
Jul 27, 2011
Less than two weeks ago, Sprint cut the price of its Google Nexus S 4G by half to just $99 on-contract. That had me pink in the cheek with barely controlled glee, so you can only imagine my reaction when I saw that both Best Buy and Amazon were offering the device for free (and nearly free).
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Android cofounder and Google vice president Andy Rubin just announced at the Droid X event that 160,000 Android devices are being sold per day. That’s up sharply from last month when Google announced that 100,000 Android devices were being activated each day.
As recently as February the number was just 60,000 per day. The Droid X will begin shipping on July 15 for $200. Given how hot the EVO is selling on Sprint, we can probably expect another jump in those Android sales numbers soon.
May 5, 2010
Do you have the iPhone?Is Verizon listening to their customers?
Verizon is the largest wireless network in the United States. (FYI - very small when compared to China Mobile and China Unicom as an aside.) Despite the massive advertising pissing-battle on TV, their 3G network is marginally faster than AT&T's network, equal when using the Wi-Fi option, and behind when shared with telephony services.
Verizon rejected Apple and enterprise politics block adding the iPhone to their product mix. AT&T has already announced that they will add Android phones, opening the door for Apple to choose more wireless partners in the USA.
Verizon offers Blackberry for business users, Palm Pre/Pixi for female customers, and the Android Droid series for tech-savvy customers. Thus, they concluded that they don't need the iPhone.
Troubles on the Android Platform
Verizon has pushed millions of Android phones to customers - made by Motorola, HTC, and Samsung. (ed: still a small fraction of iPhone, iPad, iPod shipments) Unfortunately, of the six phones tested:
- 2 failed to boot
- 1 crunched its content to less than 320px resolution
- 1 unit's touch typing failed to recognize any letter correctly
- 1 worked great, but had a few small quirks
- 1 worked perfectly
- All had Android 1.5 or better
Although the press has accused Apple of taking tough stances with wireless partners, developers, and Taiwan manufacturers, it's clear that Apple takes the user experience seriously and takes ownership of the issue.
On the Android platform, who takes ownership?
What the Verizon Customer Wants
Let's get back to the customer.
- She wants to stay with Verizon
- Her kids have asked for the iPhone
- She is told that the Droid is just like an iPhone. Is it? Which one?
- She asked about iTunes
- She is told that Verizon already has iTunes -- using MP3
- She asked when Verizon will offer the iPhone
- The rep lied, soon ;-)
Feb 13, 2010
Strengths of Android
- Google technology, reach.
- Great alternative versus proprietary platforms like the iPhone or Palm.
- Wide adoption and interest among phone makers - including Acer, Dell, HTC, HP, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Samsung, SONY, Toshiba, ZTE, and possibly Nokia. See caveat below.
- Immediate, easy access to the Android Market - versus slower submission process at the iTunes app store and Palm app catalog.
- Simplest submission/update process.
- Connected with Google checkout - for servicing buyers and sellers of paid apps.
- Least Common Denominator (LDC) - Since each device maker chooses different screen resolutions, gesture support, and accelerator detailing - the platform causes problems for developers seeking to push-the-envelope on cool interfaces. In the interest of cross device use, developers often settle for the LDC of available features across phones. Thus, iPhone is likely to still command the most innovative apps.
- Google - known for great code, but poor User Interface design. The app review mechanism is an example of questionable UI.
- Google - war with China - stopping adoption among China device makers. China is the largest mobile market in the world.
- Not ready for international distribution and payments.
- Weak DRM - discouraging legacy publishers from submitting their content as apps.
- Fragmentation - Struggle to control app store between Google w/Checkout; and carriers with their own stores and credit via phone bills. (ref T-mobile, Verizon Vcast, WAC) China Mobile, European carriers, and Facebook all plan to brand Android with their own names.
- Missing support for tablets with higher screen resolutions.
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