Your Friday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.
Twitter’s secret bid for Instagram led Facebook to pay up (via GigaOM)
What do they want, a gold star?
One in four iPad owners are first-time Apple buyers (via BGR)
NPD Group on Thursday released the results of its Apple Ecosystem Study, which suggests that almost 25% of U.S. iPad owners are first-time Apple buyers. The firm’s data, as reported by AppleInsider, indicated that 33% of U.S. households own Apple products, with a majority owning an iPod.
Viddy Is Raising $30M At A $370M Valuation (via TechCrunch)
Someone wise once said “If Instagram for video were to happen it would look nothing like Instagram” but whoever said this didn’t tell Viddy, which for the most part looks exactly like Instagram for video.
Google wanted to sell 10m Android tablets a year in 2011, have 33 percent marketshare (via The Verge)
If wishes were kisses and moon pies, I guess.
Hojoki Launches Mobile Apps to Cut Through Cloud Confusion (via BetaKit)
German startup Hojoki, which today announced its iPhone and Android mobile applications, is hoping to make managing multiple cloud-based productivity apps easier, by aggregating activity streams from some of the most-used services under one roof.
Social Networking And Gaming Mobile Apps Are Now Neck-And-Neck For Time Spent On Android, iOS (via TechCrunch)
You can actually visually see the changes on the charts compared to a year ago. Today apps like Viddy, Socialcam and Instagram are in the Top 5 free in the U.S. on iOS. These are all apps for sharing content like videos and friends. A year ago, these would have probably been mostly games.
What happens when you give Kindles to kids in Ghana? (via GigaOM)
Nonprofit Worldreader gives Kindles to students in sub-Saharan Africa (and is working on a reading app for mobile phones). The organization just published the results of iREAD, its year-long pilot program in Ghana, and many of the findings are promising: Primary school students with access to e-readers showed significant improvement in reading skills and in time spent reading, and the program is cost-effective.
Google: We’re fine with keeping you waiting for slow Android updates (via BGR)
The technical lead developer on the Android Open Source Project believes the slow update rate many Android users have had to endure is “very reasonable.”
The Real “Mobile First” Companies (via ReadWriteWeb)
Big names like Facebook, Amazon, Mozilla and Microsoft delve into the mobile pool but still provide fundamentally desktop and browser-based offerings. Google components, even with its Android operating system, are still primarily Web-centric. When it comes to true “mobile first,” there are only a handful of companies that have taken the plunge.