iOS 10 hits 76% of active iOS devices

It is incredible to imagine that Apple’s latest version of iOS is now sitting pretty on 3/4 of all active iOS devices. Apple’s iOS was released in September and has seen 12 updates since that release, the more recent being iOS 10.2 (which came with fancy new emoji). 

The new numbers from Apple (link) show that 96% of the 1 Billion active iOS devices (link) are running either iOS 9 or 10. Apple’s iOS numbers contrast with Google’s Android.

Google’s Android Has Some Catching Up To Do

In contrast to the stunning numbers from Apple, Google’s Android is flopping like a dead fish. Yes, Android is the world’s most successful operating system, but it is clear that it is Android 4.x and 5.x account (which account for 72% of active installs) that are the foundation of the success. These are numbers pulled from Google’s Android Dashboard. To give a little perspective, Google released Android 4.0 in 2011 and Android 5.0 in 2014 (Android version history). 

31% of all online sales are now from Mobile devices

Mobiles sales are on a tear. The 2016 Holiday season saw more than $24 Billion in sales from mobile devices from Nov 1 through Dec 20. This is an incredible number as it accounts for 31% of the $79 Billion spent online. In other words, 1:3 people now buy from a phone vs. a PC. The data is from Adobe’s report that tracks sales for the top 100 online retailers (link).

Key data points include:

  • Total Online Sales: $79.2B
  • Total Online Sales Growth: 10.7%
  • 49 out of 50 days have resulted in over $1B in revenue
  • Desktop Share of Sales: 69%
  • Smartphone Share of Sales: 21%
  • Tablet Share of Sales: 10% 

What is stunning is that Mobile accounted for 28% of online sales in 2015 and only 19% in 2014. The trajectory is clear: Mobile will likely hit 33% of online sales in 2017 and 35+% in 2018. 

The Challenge for Online Sales

The challenge for retailers is now complicated. On the one hand, you must continue to support traditional PC commerce, but on the contrary, you must also support the emerging trend for mobile commerce. An interesting data point missing from Adobe’s report is the number of sales driven by platforms such as social business. While social commerce, a new channel where the consumer buys from a chat app such as Facebook Messenger, is new to the USA, countries such as China are now masters of social buying. 

Digital Commerce Fragmentation will likely be the buzz words that describe online sales over the next few years. How do you plan to address this thorny issue?

Guest Article: Deep into the 1 Page Design

The one-page website design is one of the most popular trends in 2016. This trend has  eliminated the double sidebars, increased white spaces on the page, and has a different showcase over all. The one-page website design has become very popular. Well ranked companies are using this design. It showcases a product perfectly on the page, but has some minor faults that can be corrected and adjusted.

View of the Page

The one-page design goes from top to bottom. It has a vertical view on the eye.

The multi-page website design has a side to side movement and nowhere to go vertically down the page in the same depth as the one-page design does. So the multi-page web design is known for a more horizontal view.


The one-page web design has the benefit of having everything all on one page. This is perfect for a product showcase and it will please a viewer when getting onto the page as it has everything that they need to see about the website all on one page.

Where it Backfires

Although the one-page design has this great showcase, it goes into some troubled waters when it comes to SEO.

In a multi-page website design a developer creates a Index.php,About.php,Product.php, and Contact.php.

The developer in a multi-page website design has the power and ability to optimize all the pages listed above. So the about.php will have its own description and will get listed on google as the about page of the company website.

In a one-page website design, you can see everything all on one page and there is really no room for optimization there. This is one of the biggest cons for the 1-page web design.

Small Fixes

A small fix for the one-page design would be creating different landing pages in a vertical format. This would keep the 1-page design and leave every page for the room to optimize.

Why Some Companies Use It

The 1 Page design is a new trend,but also great for a showcase. Some companies like the effect that it creates when a view gets on their websites. Being that everything is showcased, the meaning of their website will come across very easily. This is one of the main reasons why some companies are still using the 1-page web design.

Our Choice

When going head to head with the 1 page vs the multi-page web design, we have to select the multi-page for proper design along with SEO and the 1 Page design for popularity. Although there are small things that can be done to correct some faulty occurrences on the 1-page design, the multi-page is ultimately better for a website search engine optimization.

About the Author:

After graduating school with a degree in Computer Engineering, he knew that design was his passion.Andy is a pro website designer at

The world will be mobile

The world is going mobile at an astounding pace. The following infographic is using data pulled from the latest Ericsson report. The report highlights current trends with mobile technology and looks to see what the future will bring. One big observation: everyone who can hold a phone will have a phone. The details for the report can be found here:


User Experience Design Tips you need to know for 2015

User Experience Tips
2015 is here! What do you need to be successful this new year? Here are five areas that I am focusing that I want to share with you:

Tip Number Five: there are a lot of screens

This will come as no surprise if you read any of my blogs but you will know that I’m a huge fan of multi-screen design. If you have not already started creating multi-screen design for phones, tablets and traditional computers then you’re missing out on a huge market. The phrase that has become the dominant phrase for 2014 is responsive web design or RWD. Responsive Web Design refers to creating a single page scales to different screen size. It’s really important as we start seeing huge number of screens entering our lives including new platforms such as television cause and smart watches that we learn more effective ways of creating design that is optimized for the experience.
Design for Lots of Screens

Tip Number Four: native mobile and mobile web are different

So I’ve been around the block a few years and I’ve seen a lot of trends come and go, one of those was  websites back in the 1990s. Was the first thing that we did? We took printed materials such as three-page fliers and put them on the web. Guess what? Those first Web sites stunk! Taking one medium and forcing it into another doesn’t work. The same is true in subtle ways between native applications and the mobile web. A native application is a solution that takes advantage of the hardware, SDKs and features on your smart phone/tablet. Creating a mobile optimized website is something you do need to do because so many of your customers come to your website from a phone or tablet but expect experience to reflect the same kind of content found on a traditional website. The two are not the same. Does this mean you need to choose between having a native app and I mobile optimized website? No, it means you need to have both.
Mobile Web and Native App

Tip Number three: icons matter

Over the last year has been a growing trend where we use icons to replace images and text to drive action on a site. You will see that happening more and more during 2015. Icons can be used in many ways such as
  • Image replacements
  • App icons
  • Infographics
  • Sprite sheets
  • CSS styles
Check out the link for icons that Google has released as part of that new Material Design metaphor.
Material Design Icons

Tip Number Two: use cloud services

To make life easier for yourself use the many great cloud services that are available such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Dropbox and Office 365. These services will make it easier for you to communicate with your customers, build better solutions and deliver apps to a broader range of consumers.
Adobe Creative Cloud

Tip Number One: experiences change

2014 can be seen as a banner year for experience design. Google with the release of material design has finally embraced a concept that Microsoft and Apple have been promoting for several years: design and experience matter! Expect these three companies and many more to refine and extend the science and psychological impact that experience design has when influencing. 2015 is looking to be a truly exciting year as a UX designer.
User Experience Design

2015 – the Digital Year

Your Digital Life

It’s a brand new Year! Over the last five years we have all seen a massive change in how we use technology in our Digital Lives. We have progressed from PCs, to Social Media, to Devices and we are surrounding ourselves with Internet of Things (watches, health bands, smart carts, connected TVs, smart health and smart homes). Some technologies will be adopted faster than others.

What is clear is that 2015 is the first truly Digital Year. More and more we can capturing and recording everything about our lives. Here are five activities I am going to be doing more of this year to keep engaged with Digital Trends:

#5 – Get A Smart Band

The Internet of Things is upon us. Now is the time to start experimenting. My knee-jerk is to use the new Microsoft Band (it is relatively cheap and loaded with sensors) before investing in a more expensive Android or Apple Watch.

#4 – Leverage More Cloud Services

This year has been awesome for Cloud services. I know use Office 365 for all my work, Photos are all loaded into DropBox with Carousel and Netflix is how we watch TV. This year: going deeper into Cloud. My goal for 2015 is to move all my data off my local devices/computers.

#3 – Balance Work/Home Life

This is getting easier and easier. It used to be that I had to travel 2 hours to the office each day. Now I work more out of my home office. The goal for 2015 is to use more video conferencing services to keep connected to my teams.

#2 – Code and Learn More Coding

I am an English Major. But I appreciate the value of coding. My JavaScript skills are pretty good but I need to get more up to speed on Android Java and iOS Swift coding. In addition, I really need to learn how to use more APIs to make it much easier for me to glue technologies together.

#1 – Read

This is easy, but essential. The digital world changes very fast. Reading each day is the only way to keep on top of all the changes. Spend 30 mins during the day exercising your brain on new Digital Trends.

What will you do in 2015?