This week, a new version of our iPhone app will available for download from the iTunes store.
If you don’t already have our nifty (and free) iPhone app, now is the time to nab it! It is a great way to keep track of comments, fanmail, questions, forum posts, hubtivity, and statistics while on the go. It also makes it incredibly easy to upload photos directly from your phone to your HubPages account.
The latest version of the app has expanded following notifications, so it’s easier than ever to be the first to know when there is a new development concerning a forum, question, or Hub you’re following. The app update also offers faster image uploading and some minor bug fixes, as well as quicker access to your HubPages earnings stats.
What’s more, the latest version makes it very easy to follow a question, Hub, or topic right from the Feed.
Edward Zhang has been working hard on this new release for weeks as HubPages staff members hounded him with special requests, bug reports, and silly questions, so props to him not only for putting together this update and for staying sane!
We hope you have fun with the app! 😀
For those of you with iPhones out there, be sure to check out our HubPages app. It is super cool. You can check your Hub stats, moderate comments, and receive HubPages notifications. You can also use the app to check your HubFeed and discover and rate new Hubs via the HubHopping feature.
But, really, my personal favorite feature is the photo upload. When I see something that I want to take a picture of to use in an existing Hub or to create a new Hub about, I simply snap a photo with my iPhone and then upload it to my gallery on HubPages. It’s super convenient. Check out our app here.
We’ve been watching mobile usage very closely at HubPages and I think we have some interesting trends to report. The first interesting thing about mobile usage on HubPages is there were 3.6 million visits from mobile devices in November. The iPhone is the #1 device, with 1.4 million visits, but Android usage is growing more quickly, and even though the iPhone has a large lead, Android, with .8 million visits, will close the gap in 2011.
A point of note beyond the growth of mobile smartphone use in general, (which Nielsen predicts will be owned by one in two Americans by Christmas 2011), is
usage pattern. Mobile usage peaks and declines nearly at the inverse of browsing the web on the computer. Saturday and Sunday, two of the lowest traffic days on HubPages, are the highest traffic days for mobile devices. Also, on weekday evenings when computer traffic declines, mobile traffic picks up.
We have seen significant growth in mobile consumption. HubPages continues to grow at a good clip, (we have seen over a 7.5% increase in unique visitors to the site month over month for November), however mobile usage is increasing at a greater rate with over 17% month-over-month growth. I think there is a possibility that by the end of 2011, mobile can be responsible 25% of consumption on HubPages. It’s aggressive growth, but possible.
We have a belief at HubPages that mobile consumption and tools for Hubbers will be a large part of our future. We recently released an iPhone app for HubPages, and this is only the beginning.
With this installment of HubPages Behind the Scenes, HubPages’ very own Larry Freeman shares his experience with creating and working on the HubPages iPhone app! If you listen carefully enough, you can hear Ren in the background 😉
If you don’t already have our fabulous iPhone app (which, BTW, is totally free), you can download it here.
Also, you might be interested in a more detailed walkthrough of the current iPhone app features that Larry shared earlier on the HubPages blog, and you might also like to have a peek at Appceletator’s Titanium software development kit that Larry mentions in our interview.
As you’ll see in the interview, Larry is already hard at work on some awesome new features that shall come to the app soon, so keep checking back- plenty of awesomeness is in store.