Facebook是苹果iTunes App Store目前最为热门的应用程序，目前在所有移动平台的用户超过3.5亿。
该公司认为平板电脑将与智能手机一样，成为普遍的个人移动设备而非家庭成员的公用移备。iPad仍将成为平板电脑市场领军力量，但由于Kindle Fire和Nook Tablet等竞争对手的夹击，预计2014年其市场份额将从目前的83%下滑至68%。
4）ChangeWave Research最近针对3043名北美用户的调查报告显示，65%受访者有意购买苹果售价499美元的iPad，还有22%打算选择199美元的亚马逊Kindle Fire，有4%用户对三星Galaxy Tab感兴趣，而其余平板电脑设备的用户支持率甚至不足1%。
报告称出现这种变化的原因可能是Kindle Fire的低价策略鼓励许多用户采取行动，但也有一些精明用户对Kindle Fire所走的二流路线感到失望，因此决定忍痛购买iPad。
5）手机游戏公司Glu Mobile最近面向Andorid Market和App Store发布最新免费游戏《Blood & Glory》。
GREE和KDDI在诉讼中要求DeNA赔偿10.5亿日元（1370万美元）的损失（KDDI是“au one GREE”项目的联合运营公司，所以与GREE一起作为原告起诉DeNA）。
1）Zynga’s daily active users hit 11.1 million across iOS, Android and mobile web in October
by Matt Sakuraoka-Gilman
Adding to the revelation the firm had acquired two unnamed firms for $4.6 million in October, Zynga’s amendment to its S-1 filing revealed one other nugget of wisdom: a rise in its daily active users (DAUs).
The San Francisco-based social gaming giant has managed to up its number of DAUs by 1.2 million since its last quarter, jumping from 9.9 million across iOS, Android and mobile web to a current rate of 11.1 million.
DAU by DAU
According to numbers crunched over at Inside Mobile Apps, this puts Zynga near the top end of the DAU charts.
Case in point, Rovio currently boasts 30 million active daily users, while Glu mobile caters for 2.1 million users daily. Back in June, social studio Storm8 also attracted around 4 million daily users, though that figure has potentially risen.
The news comes after Zynga CEO Mark Pincus was forced to defend his company after claims employees had been threatened with the sack if they didn’t relinquish their pre-IPO shares.（source:pocketgamer）
2）Facebook phone could be available in 18 months, sources say
The rumored Facebook phone is real and will be manufactured by HTC under the codename “Buffy,” anonymous sources have told AllThingsD.
Although the news site doesn’t indicate where its information comes from, it must have more to report, because this is the first of what AllThingsD says will be a week-long series on the mysterious device. The so-called “Facebook phone” has been at the heart of rampant speculation for more than two years, although the only devices to emerge so far have been fairly standard Android or feature phones with Facebook features slapped on.
“Buffy,” if real, is named after the famous vampire slayer featured in a movie and a long-running television series.
The Buffy phone will run a heavily modified version of Android featuring support for apps developed in HTML5, and could see the light of day in a year to 18 monts, according to writers Liz Gannes and Ina Fried.
AllThingsD quoted a Faebook spokesperson who declined to comment directly on the phone, but said:
Our mobile strategy is simple: We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social. We’re working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers to bring powerful social experiences to more people around the world.
This jibes with Facebook’s overall strategy of putting social features at the heart of an experience, as opposed to layering them on later.
Facebook is the single most popular app in the iTunes App Store, and the social networking giant has more than 350 million mobile users across all platforms.（source: venturebeat）
3）U.S. tablet sales to soar as sharing of devices decreases
By Ryan Kim
Tablets still tend to be early adopter devices, but they’re quickly becoming mainstream tools. By the end of 2014, one in every three Americans or 90 million users is expected to have a tablet, according to a new estimate by eMarketer.
The research firm said Monday that by the end of 2011, 33.7 million Americans will use a tablet device, up 158.6 percent over last year. Tablets sales are expected to grow 62.8 percent to 54.8 million next year, and will grow to 75.6 million units in 2013 and 89.5 million by 2014.
Over time, eMarketer said tablet sales will be driven by people buying their own tablets instead of sharing devices, which is what happens a lot now. Just like computers went from being more family-owned devices to ultimately very personal machines, tablets will become more like smartphones, tied to one user rather than passed between people. The iPadwill continue to be the leading device in the tablet market, though its dominance will wane with the arrival of more competition like the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet . Its current penetration in the tablet market will slip from 83 percent to 68 percent by 2014.
That’s still impressive considering how much work has gone into knocking off the iPad. We’ll have to see if the iPad’s loosening grip on the market accelerates with a proliferation of a lot of cheaper alternatives, or if Apple responds by competing even more on price. But with a big iPad 3 update coming next year, Apple should continue to roll, and is in fact expected to sell more iPads than HP will sell PCs in the first half of 2012.
The demographics of tablet users are also shifting over time. Though women make up less than half of tablet users, the gender gap is expected to close eventually. We’ve noted before that women seem more attracted right now to e-readers while men prefer tablets. As some of the distinctions between the two devices blur, we should also see tablets garner similar appeal across both genders.
EMarketer, which builds its forecast of tablet users on an analysis of survey data and other research, expects that while 55.5 percent of current tablet users are 35 or older, that figure will slip to 49.3 percent by 2014. Meanwhile, 18- to 34-year-olds tablet users will rise from 31.5 percent to 34.8 percent of tablet users by 2014. I’ll be interested to see if tablets can be popular learning tools for students and children, which could help the market explode.（source:gigaom）
4）65% of tablet buyers want the iPad, 22% want Kindle Fire, says survey
Amazon’s cheap Kindle Fire is indeed chipping away at the iPad’s dominance among potential tablet buyers — at least, according to one survey.
65 percent of people who said they’re interested in buying a tablet are planning to get Apple’s $499 iPad, while 22 percent are looking forward to the $199 Kindle Fire, according to the latest report from ChangeWave Research.
The company surveyed 3,043 consumers in North America, 14 percent of whom said they planned to buy a tablet within the next 90 days (the above numbers come out of this smaller portion of responses). That’s a big jump over ChangeWave’s data from last year, in which only 4 percent said they wanted to buy a tablet (when the iPad was really the only choice for most consumers). In August, the company found only 6 percent of consumers were interested in getting a tablet.
The cause of the big shift between August and this most recent survey is plain to see: The arrival of the cheap Kindle Fire is pushing many consumers to finally snap up a tablet. JP Morgan has estimated that Amazon could sell up to 5 million Kindle Fire units this year. For the more discerning customer, disappointed by the Kindle Fire’s middling reviews, its release may convince them to bite the bullet and get an iPad.
Among other tablet choices, 4 percent of potential buyers say they want Samsung’s Galaxy Tab (the exact model is unclear). ChangeWave notes that no other manufacturer reached above 1 percent of consumer demand in its survey (sorry, Barnes & Noble).（source:venturebeat）
5）Infinity Blade-inspired Blood & Glory arrives on Android and iPhone for free
by Will Wilson
Glu released its latest freemium title Blood & Glory onto the Android Market and App Store this weekend, apparently aiming to satisfy Android owners searching for an Infinity Blade replacement (or iOS users who need something to fill the wait for the sequel).
It’s a gladiator vs gladiator arena combat game that pitches you against increasingly tough opponents in over-the-shoulder, swipe-based mortal combat.
As with Epic and Chair’s opus, swiping on the screen attacks your opponent while tapping the sides initiates evasive manoeuvres to avoid being smacked about yourself.
Also familiar is the eye-catching graphics, which the developer has called ‘console-quality’. For once, we’re not going to disagree with them – it looks lovely.
It is also, however, an entirely freemium title, which will no doubt mean some serious grinding for the high quality equipment.
Nevertheless, Blood & Glory is available now from the Android Market for free (download), and you can grab if for iOS by hitting the button below.（source:pocketgamer）
6） Gree Files Lawsuit Against DeNA Over Antitrust Violation
by Mike Rose
Major Japanese social game provider and firm Gree and telecommunications operator KDDI said they have filed a lawsuit against mobile social gaming company DeNA in Tokyo District Court for allegedly violating Japanese antitrust law.
In a statement today, Gree explained that it has brought a lawsuit against DeNA, parent of Ngmoco, on the grounds that DeNA was presented with a cease and desist order in June, after the Japan Fair Trade Commission found DeNA had conducted “unfair business practices.”
According to the cease and desist order, DeNA chose not to list links to social games on its large “Mobage Town” social network if those developers also provided games through Gree’s competing social network service. Even after the cease and desist order was presented, DeNA allegedly continued to block developers.
Gree and KDDI are now looking to claim damages of ¥1.05 billion ($13.7 million) in total against the company.
“Gree has extensively deliberated on how it should react to the illegal acts carried out by DeNA since the cease and desist order became final and binding,” said Gree in a statement.
“Gree has decided to bring a lawsuit against DeNA. Supporting Gree’s grounds to achieve sound development of the entire social game industry through sound competition described below, KDDI, co-operating company of ‘au one Gree’ with Gree, made the decision to become a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit.”
In a an “unofficial” translation sent to Gamasutra by DeNA’s internal press relations, DeNA said that it had received “no contact” from either of the two companies in relation to the new lawsuit. （source:gamasutra）