This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary on consumer companies from around the Web.
Link: Android Is Bigger, but Here’s Why Apple Is Still the Undisputed App Cash King
“Comparing the cash pouring into Apple’s
(NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store versus its app marketplace competitor Google Play
(NASADAQ:GOOG) isn’t much of a contest. A November study
from app analytics company App Annie
shows that the App Store’s monthly revenues are 400% greater than Google Play’s. But why does the huge disparity persist? Especially since the number of Android users out there in the mobile world long ago surpassed those using iOS. The short answer, developers say, is Apple’s maniacal quality control. But they also stress that the very same control-freak approach often means Android is a better choice to launch and grow some kinds of app businesses.”
Link: Google UK Executive Explains Delay Behind Nexus 4 Shipments
“Much to the frustration of eager Android users, Nexus 4 shipments from the Google Play Store have been severely delayed since sales for the device went live in early November. Some customers have been dealt notices that Google oversold
the Nexus 4 devices, while others stayed tuned to fire
sales in an attempt to secure a unit. No official statement had been made about why units were in such short supply until this weekend, when Google’s United Kingdom and Ireland Managing Director Dan Cobley shed some light on the shortage in his Google+ profile
Link: Wal-Mart Slashes Prices on iPhone and iPad
“The retail giant announced plans Friday to offer the 16 GB iPhone 5 for $127 (normally $189.97) and the 16GB iPhone 4S for $47 (normally $87.97), along with a two-year contract. They'll also sell the third-generation iPad for $399.
“While it was reported elsewhere that Wal-Mart
(NYSE:WMT) is discounting the recently announced fourth-generation iPad, a Wal-Mart spokesperson confirmed with CNNMoney that it is, in fact, the third-generation model, which has a less powerful CPU.”
The Next Web
Link: Microsoft Claims A Meaningless 88% Win Rate In Its New ‘Meet Your Match’ Windows Phone Challenge
“The days of ‘Smoked by Windows Phone
’ (NASDAQ:MSFT) are behind us, but Microsoft’s new challenge, ‘Meet Your Match,’ is in full swing. Today the company published a blog post
claiming that, thus far, it has secured an 88% victory rate in the gambit.
“The challenge pits specific features of Windows Phone against those of other smartphone platforms. Quite obviously, the test is far less empirical than Smoked by Windows Phone, which was, at least in theory, a purely speed-based test.”
Detroit Free Press
Link: GM Boosts Pickup Truck Deals to Shed Inventory
“With Chevy Silverado
(NYSE:GM) and GMC Sierra pickup trucks piling up on dealer lots, General Motors is offering generous deals to thin the stock.
“It's matching or beating discounts from rivals Ford
(NYSE:F) and Chrysler, offering up to $9,000 off remaining 2012 models and close to $4,500 off 2013s. That, plus low interest rates, sweet lease deals and abundant financing, is good news for people in the market for a truck.”
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