Now, mobile app marketing platform Fiksu has confirmed that Apple is indeed testing the iOS on a variety of mobile devices including the brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
The company says that it has spotted 145 distinct Identifier for Advertisers (IDFAs) so far this year belonging to iOS 9 devices, TechCrunch reports. It’s likely that each IDFA is tied to a distinct iOS device, as users generally don’t reset them — resetting the identifier for privacy reasons can be done, but it’s not a common activity that testers might be actually interested in.
According to the data, 63% of the spotted iOS 9 devices are iPhone 6 and/or iPhone 6 Plus models, 12% are iPad Air 2s, 12% are iPhone 5s units and 13% are “everything else.”
Fiksu’s data offers a little bit more insight into what these reported testers are doing on their devices, noting that 71% of app events recorded came from Social Networking applications, while 16% were games, 5% were Lifestyle apps, 3% were Fitness apps and the remaining 5% were “other” applications that didn’t fall into any of the preceding categories.
This afternoon, mobile app marketing platform Fiksu unveiled new data indicating that iOS 9, the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, is now being publicly tested. According to the company’s research, Fiksu says it has now seen 145 distinct IDFAs (Identifier for Advertisers) in 2015 which hail from iOS 9 devices.
The IDFA, a marker used by mobile advertisers, is a way to uniquely identify a device until the point that the user chooses to reset the identifier – something then serves as the mobile equivalent to clearing a web browser’s cookies. Because it’s possible to reset the IDFA, Fiksu can’t be sure that it spotted 145 distinct devices. However, it’s likely, because resetting the IDFA is not really a common activity.
“It’s interesting to look back on all the previous moves and expansions we’ve had, and see how each one of them have been representative of a specific transition within the company,” said Micah Adler, CEO and founder of Fiksu, on the company's website.
In 2014, Fiksu announced a number of milestones: surpassing a $100 million annual revenue run rate, hiring its first CFO and adding 100 new employees, bringing its global headcount to 300. By the end of 2015, Fiksu aims to hire nearly 200 more—120 of the new employees in Massachusetts.
In response to this surge in growth, the company has just finished a big expansion of its office. On Jan. 5, the firm doubled its headquarters by expanding to the 10th floor of its office at 31 St. James Ave. Now, Fiksu takes up 43,000 square-foot space in the Back Bay building. The company itself plans to invest $1.1 million for the project.
"Expanding our talented team and office space after a banner year of customer growth and accomplishments is cause for a celebration," said Micah Adler, CEO and founder of Fiksu, in a statement.
Fiksu, a Boston-based mobile app marketing software firm, plans to nearly double its global workforce this year to 500.
The company has six offices in the U.S. and five international offices, and has recently expanded within its Boston headquarters, according to a release.
According to Tom Cummings, client accounts director at app marketing firm Fiksu, users are already well-conditioned to look at the reviews section to see what other "real" people think."App developers should use their descriptions to highlight what their apps do, provide meaningful updates, and outline key features and benefits," he said.
Perhaps Crest did it best when it kept it simple with that old claim that four out of five dentists recommended its toothpaste. It's not the way we normally think of testimonials, but companies have long used glowing comments from customers in some way that get reproduced on websites, including blurbs from critics plastered on movie posters and book jackets.
"Breaking the 8 million app download threshold marks a staggering new milestone for mobile marketers and sets the tone for a new year filled with both promise and challenges." said Micah Adler, the chief executive officer of Fiksu.
The latest Fiksu App Store Competitive Index, which tracks the average aggregate daily download volume iOS app store's top 200 free apps shows that 8.1 million downloads for November 2014. That is significant growth from November 2013's 5.7 million (42%) and, says Fiksu, was driven by increased device use during Thanksgiving coupled with a surge in new iPhone user numbers.
“Advertisers can reach the same size audiences at dramatically lower costs when comparing mobile to television,” Fiksu says. “In particular, when looking at programmatic real-time bidding on mobile, the cost differences are pretty dramatic.”
According to a new report from Fiksu, the time has finally come to recognize the power of programmatic RTB.
Fellow analytics provider Fiksu shows a 64.9 percent share as of Monday.
Apple's iOS is now at home on nearly 70 percent of all iOS devices.
Releasing the latest figures on its App Store Distribution page on Tuesday, Apple estimated iOS 8's share at 68 percent, followed by iOS 7 at 29 percent and older versions collectively at 4 percent. The new stats show the percentage of iOS devices recorded at the App Store on Monday.
As we’ve seen in past years, the effect will surely last into January with volumes and acquisition costs continuing to rise," said Micah Adler, CEO of Fiksu.
At the end of last month, the team at Fiksu was feverishly tabulating the data which now shows that app download volumes are stronger than ever today.
Specifically, app download volume exploded to unprecedented levels in November, according to the latest indexes published by Fiksu.
Downtime from work and other responsibilities over the Thanksgiving break here in the U.S. saw consumers downloading applications in record numbers, according to a new report out this morning from mobile marketers Fiksu.
The firm says its “App Store Competitive Index,” which tracks the aggregate average daily download volume of the top 200 free iOS apps, reached 8.1 million downloads last month, propelled in particular by new iPhone purchases and increased activity over the Thanksgiving holiday. Compared with last year, app download volumes grew 42% in November.