Mobile Morning Coffee (12/14/11)

The most relevant mobile stories from the past 24 hours, served with cream and two sugars.

Today: iOS is beating Android 3-1 in app revenue, Google buys a Siri competitor, and Hipstamatic launches a ‘disposable’ app.

iOS enjoys 3-1 advantage over Android in app starts, revenue (via GigaOM)
Despite the confidant words of Eric Schmidt, mobile analytics firm, Flurry, has projected that 73 percent of fourth quarter app starts will be by iOS developers compared to 27 percent for Android.

So this is why Google is buying Clever Sense (via GigaOM)
Gearing up for the great Siri/Alfred war of 2012.

Intel gets serious about NFC, signs deal for chip technology (via GigaOM)
Intel’s Mobile Wireless Group will get access to Inside Secure’s software, firmware and core hardware technology to build devices with NFC support inside.

Hipstamatic’s new iOS app is like the disposable camera of yore (via GigaOM)
The app, which is Hipstamatic’s first free download, essentially lets you create a shared album of 24 mobile photos with a certain group of friends.

Apple’s newest intern has great ideas for iOS Notification Center (via The Verge)
University of Georgia student Jan-Michael Cart has landed a job at Apple after posting videos demonstrating some proposed UI tweaks for iOS 5.

FBI denies request for information on Carrier IQ (via BGR)
The FOIA request was sent by MuckRock and specifically asked for “manuals, documents or other written guidance used to access or analyze data gathered by programs developed or deployed by Carrier IQ.”

Over 1M Merchants Now Use Mobile Payments Platform Square To Accept Credit Cards (via TechCrunch)
There are only 8 million merchants who accept credit cards in the US, so Square has already accumulated a pretty decent chunk of users.

Amazon to sell 6 million Kindle Fire tablets, 8 million eReaders in Q4 (via BGR)
For those keeping track, that’s in just six weeks of availability this quarter.

Topsy Launches Realtime Search Engine For Mobile Devices (via TechCrunch)
The search engine enables users to discover relevant chatter about any topic based on data from Twitter and Google+.

Battle Of The Browsers: iOS 5′s Browser Is Still (Slightly) Better Than Android’s
(via TechCrunch)
HTML5 framework development house Sencha tested both browsers on four primary metrics: rendering accuracy, rendering performance, HTML5/CSS3 feature support, and Javascript performance.

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