Thanksgiving Digest: Black Friday; Angry Birds; Opera; LTE; HTC


Black Friday sales: Lots of mobile deals and apps aplenty to help shoppers find the best bargains. NPD’s early results indicate that the conversion rate for all shopping on the day was up 4 percent over the year before. Mobile may well have played a part: Coremetrics says that on Black Friday, 5.6 percent of visitors to retailers’ web sites came via mobile phones, an increase of 26.7 percent. Scanbuy reports that on Black Friday, people used their mobiles to scan barcodes 20 times more than the normal daily average. No word yet on how much was purchased via mobile.

Angry Birds: Rovio, the developer of the “Angry Birds” mobile game, says that it has been downloaded seven million times from the Android Market app store since it went live there in October. While it is a paid app on the iPhone, it is ad-supported and free via Android. Rovio says it does not expect to launch Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 in 2010. The app has been downloaded 36 million times overall. (via

Opera: The mobile browser’s latest State of the Mobile Web report reports that in October 2010, there were 76.3 million users of its browser, an increase of 92 percent on the year before. Page views increased 142 percent over the period. Opera still counts the U.S. among its top-10 markets, which are otherwise all emerging economies, but it is the only country in the group that saw a decrease in the number of page views, down 8.1 percent. Full report here.

LTE: As the U.S. gears up for Verizon launching its LTE network sometime next month, with full marketing muscle behind it, and other carriers like AT&T are boasting faster speeds already, here’s one review of MetroPCS, which runs the one existing LTE network in the country that already has handsets. (via GigaOm)

Best sellers?: One mobile phone comparison site, Good Mobile Phones, says three HTC devices – the Desire, the Desire HD and the Wildfire – are the most-searched-for handsets on its site. After that are Samsung’s Galaxy S and Nokia’s N8, with the iPhone coming in sixth. No detail on how this actually translates to sales, though. (via The Telegraph)

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