Last week, Apple announced that starting May 1, the App Store will no longer accept new apps or app updates that access UDIDs and that advertisers should use the Advertising Identifier instead. The announcement is concise and straightforward:

Since we announced that Fiksu officially supports Facebook mobile app installs, we've been dying to put the new integration to the test and see how this new channel performs relative to other ad networks. We've gotten results from a few different client apps so far, and wanted to share some of them.

During yesterday’s highly anticipated news conference, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced the company’s plans to give its news feed a facelift – transforming it into a “personalized newspaper,” in which users can browse streams of current photos, events, music-related content and posts from brands and public figures – in the same  way they would read the sports or life section of a paper.

News from this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where we just released our January Indexes, which revealed increased mobile app download volumes, but a decline in user acquisition costs. The new data reflects the continued impact of all the new tablets and smartphones activated during the holidays, illustrating a steadier and more cost-effective landscape for mobile advertisers.

Interesting news being reported by TechCrunch today: according to an article by Sarah Perez, Apple is now rejecting apps that are using HTML5 cookie tracking from the App Store. While this may come as a surprise to some, the good news is that over time, the marketplace has developed multiple solutions to mobile ad tracking on iOS.

This post -- written by our Craig Palli -- originally appeared on Boston.com.

Last week, Facebook crossed a significant threshold, announcing for the first time, it has now more mobile users than desktop users: 680 million daily mobile active users, to be precise. For app marketers, Facebook presents a massive opportunity, but reaching out to and acquiring volumes of loyal users has always been an expensive and complex challenge and one that Facebook itself has wrestled with.

  • Facebook reports that mobile use exceeded PC use for the first time ever in Q4 2012.
  • In just five short months since its release, Apple’s iOS 6 is now powering a whopping 300 million devices around the world.
  • As the app store giants continue to jostle for first place, Apple's App Store hits record revenue numbers while Google Play boasts faster growth.
  • During Q4 2012, Apple sold more smartphones than any other seller in the U.S. market, a first for the company.

The 2012 holidays marked a turning point for mobile marketing, with significant growth in mobile devices, app downloads, and shopping conducted via smartphones and tablets. On Christmas Day, 17.4 million iOS and Android devices and tablets were unwrapped and activated – breaking the 2011 record by more than 2.5x.

  • Apple reported record revenue numbers this week, along with record iPhone and iPad sales.
  • As if the App Store isn’t packed enough, 2013 will bring an estimated 435,000 new apps to iOS users – further aggravating discovery challenges for app marketers.
  • Across iOS, Android, and RIM, Facebook is the No. 1 app in the U.S., with nearly 86 million unique visitors per month.

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