As we we get ready for CES, 4G deployments, and perhaps the long awaited CDMA (Verizon/Sprint) iPhones, intomobile reports on an interesting development in the Android end of the mobile universe:
The Google newsstand will allow those using Android phones and tablets to purchase digital magazines and newspapers all from one place. People familiar with the matter said that Big G has approached publishers like Time Warner, Condé Nast and Hearst Corp for their upcoming service. It’s rumored that Google could be willing to take a smaller percentage of every purchase, and may give users’ behavioral data to the publishers to help with marketing campaigns.
Although its become conventional wisdom that iPad magazines haven't worked out as well as hoped, Mashable recently took a second look at the data:
When you compare digital sales to print newsstand sales, however, it becomes clear that digital sales numbers aren’t nearly as poor as they first appear. In fact, after an initial spike, the sales performance of issues on the iPad and iPhone roughly correlate their performance on the newsstand (note that except for Wired, sales data is relative):