Weekly Digital News Roundup: Jan. 14 – Jan. 19
China Poised To Overtake U.S. & Japan In iOS Revenue Within The Next Year
- According to TechCrunch, Apple’s lead over Google when it comes to revenue generated by the companies’ respective mobile application markets, the App Store and Google Play, has been cemented, according to a new report out today from App Annie. And this continues to be true even though Google Play is now leading when it comes to downloads, the firm found. In 2014, Google Play had a 60 percent download lead over iOS. In 2015, this widened to nearly 100 percent.
- A large part of iOS’s revenue lead is due to China, a country that has already topped the U.S. in iOS downloads, and has been narrowing the gap on the revenue front as well. With regard to Google Play, however, it’s winning on downloads, but not on apps’ ability to make money. Google Play’s increase in downloads is being attributed largely to Android’s growth in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Turkey and Mexico.
- Over the course of 2015, iOS’s revenue growth was driven by China, as well as the U.S. and Japan. In 2014, China was the second-largest country for iOS downloads, and then in Q1 2015, it overtook the U.S. to claim the top spot. App Annie’s report also dips into how app categories influence revenue. For instance, games are very popular in China and revenue from games doubled from 2014, the report found. In 2015, games accounted for nearly 95 percent of total iOS revenue in China.
YouTube sensation PewDiePie launches his own network
- According to the LA Times, Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg, the wildly popular YouTube star once called the “emperor” of the Internet by late-night comedian Stephen Colbert, is getting his own digital network. Revelmode will feature Kjellberg and a roster of like-minded online video creators. The company is being launched in collaboration with the Disney-owned Maker Studios, a digital entertainment company based in Culver City with a stable of social media and YouTube stars.
- In a video posted the same day, Kjellberg put it more simply by saying, “Revelmode is me and a bunch of really awesome YouTubers coming together as a group to do awesome things.” The new network comes at a time when digital stars such as Kjellberg have been rewriting the rules of celebritydom and enjoying more mainstream success.
- Actress Rachel Bloom was a YouTube star before winning a Golden Globe on Sunday for her role on the CW television show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Tyler Oakley has made the jump from YouTube to joining CBS’s “The Amazing Race.” Meanwhile, his book “Binge” is currently No. 5 on the New York Times’ bestseller list for hardcore nonfiction. Kjellberg, however, is the reigning champion of YouTube with more than 40 million subscribers to his channel — a record and counting.
Report: Microsoft recalling overheating Surface Pro chargers
- According to the Mashable, the Microsoft Surface success story has taken a bit of a twist. Microsoft will, according to Channelnomics Europe voluntarily recall chargers for the Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3. “As a result of damage caused by AC power cords being wound too tightly, twisted or pinched over an extended period of time, a very small proportion of Surface Pro customers have reported issues with their AC power cord. We will be releasing details of how customers can obtain a free replacement cable shortly,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Mashable.
- As Microsoft gets its mojo back, the Surface Pro line has been a particularly bright spot. Last year, the company reported big growth in Surface Pro sales (117%) on the strength of its Surface Pro 3 launch and last fall it rolled out both the Surface Pro 4 and innovative Surface Book. There is the potential that there are millions of Surface Pro chargers in customers’ hands right now.
- There are no reported issues with the computer itself, but damaged cords have, as noted above, caused “issues,” according to Microsoft. he voluntary recall, which has yet to be officially announced, is being done out of what appears to be an abundance of caution. Microsoft will be setting up a special site where customers can request a new charger.