App Industry Roundup: iPhone spots more music, one pampered iPad app, new BlackBerries

Apr 27, 2010
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While a new version of the subscription-based app  While the free app doesn’t offer as many features as paid competitors including the $4.99 BabyBump iPhone application, the ability to use the 9.7-inch screen size of the iPad to provide life-sized representations of a baby in the womb is a nice touch.  Brandweek is reporting that Hello Baby is […]

While a new version of the subscription-based app Hello Baby - Pregnancy Calendar

While the free app doesn’t offer as many features as paid competitors including the $4.99 BabyBump iPhone application, the ability to use the 9.7-inch screen size of the iPad to provide life-sized representations of a baby in the womb is a nice touch. 

Brandweek is reporting that Hello Baby is an “experimental” element in Pampers’ $53 million annual advertising initiatives.  

Two new BlackBerries, but where are the apps?

Research In Motion this week is unveiling two new devices – the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. Of course, the world seems to me more fixated on a lost iPhone prototype these days. 

It wasn’t too long ago when BlackBerries were synonymous with smart phones. How did RIMM lose its glory? To answer that question, take a quick look at how it is competing in the app space. While there will soon be more than 200,000 iPhone apps and 40,000 Android apps, RIMM believes in “quality of quantity” and has only a small fraction of apps available in the BlackBerry App World store
In the app world, as in other walks of life, quality and quantity are not always mutually exclusive. As Apple reminds us each day, there are apps for everything specific to everybody. Limiting choices in this realm is corporate folly. 

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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