T-Mobile Android myTouch Commercial Helps Sell iPhone Apps

TechCrunch is reporting that sales of the iPhone app iFog [$0.99 - iTunes link (opens in new tab)] have shot up following a T-Mobile commercial for the myTouch (their rebranded Google Android Magic, which in no way is meant to glom any mind share from i(Pod) touch), where Saturday Night Live alum, Dana Carvey demonstrates a similar Android app.

Given Apple's much vaunted 85,000+ apps, it's interesting to see that iPhone owners will look to the App Store, rather than competing platforms, even when competitors show off apps. Congrats to the developers for the boom-by-proxy.

Maybe Carvey should have shown off Google Voice?

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33 Comments
  • Hahaha
    that's funny
  • Ooooh, it has Google! LOL
  • LOL
    thats funny
  • wow -- is there an app to get lost data back???
  • The song in that commercial is so damn catchy. I find myself singing it sometimes
  • ^lol
  • Given Apple’s much vaunted 85,000+ apps, it’s interesting to see that iPhone owners will look to the App Store, rather than competing platforms, even when competitors show off apps.
    What did you really mean to say?
    Because what you did say makes no sense at all.
    Why would an iphone owner run out to T-Mobile to buy a new phone for a useless app when all they had to do was search the App Store?
  • I went to a T-Mobile store to see one. Can hold it, but doesn't work. You can't actually use it. Only look at it nit working.
  • Haha that's how I got that app.
  • Really, I would rather be much more proud of good developers. I know this a iPhone fan site but why glorify poorly thought of apps. Glorify real developers l, developers who put thought into their apps, who know what the iPhone is capable of doing. Apps like samule, tap fu, reddit, midomi, and yes google maps! Why because google does make a good product. I use google maps on my iPhone all the time. Think in the long run you can thank google for setting a new standard. Wouldn't you like to have an different UI something more social? Or more options on the keyboard, more options on the copy paste menu, more options when it come down to safari file support, or more options on email attachments, giving third party ability to innovate useful products like headphones with volume, track options(next, pause, play rewind, volume up or down) this is a monopoly where it's controlled by you the fan and until you start saying hey wait google has something here we will be using the same OS. Copy paste for example how long did that take but you have it now.
  • "G" the 'with google' means the operating system is made by Google, you know, GOOGLE ANDROID.
    Not that it has Google, moron.
  • @rudy
    fyi - apple wrote the google maps app ..
  • its 90.000 apps Rene
  • Is this supposed to be some new phenomena? The same thing will happen when T-Mobile users see apps on iPhone commercials... and will always happen in advertising.
    Person sees Little Caesars commercial, person drools, person runs to Dominos because it's just down the street. :roll:
  • 12, how could apple have written GOOGLE maps? What a dumbass...
  • ^Uh, last time I checked, Apple DID make the google maps app. They USED the APIs of google maps, buy the app is theirs. That's like saying Twitteriffic was made my Twitter. Dumbass....
  • Ya...apple wrote the map app. They have stated it often....u lose.
  • Orly?
    Is this one of those things where Apple doesn't really trust Google, so they made the app themselves?
  • @Jim:
    Ya…apple wrote the map app. They have stated it often….u lose.
    The maps app is a thin Safari wrapper around standard Google Maps web APIs. Apple did nothing special here.
    The wrapper is so thin that when Google introduces new features they automatically get added to the Maps App even when Apple might not want the.
    Case in point:
    Google added crowd sourced traffic for urban streets. It appeared in maps app instantly.
    Google added selective Advertising, and it shows up in maps app.
    Google JUST TODAY turned on new look and feel:http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2009/10/evolving-look-of-google-maps....
    and its already in the Maps app.
    Google controls map content. Apple just shows the web image that google ships. Apple is unable to control content and is completely at Apple's mercy.
    (Which may be why Apple is buying Mapping companies, in a hopeless attempt to drop google maps).
    If you knew anything about the google maps api, you would understand that Apple did next to nothing. http://code.google.com/apis/maps/index.html
  • @icebike FWIW Apple listed Google Maps adds as a "feature" in iPhone 3.1.
    Apple built a client for the Google Maps tiles and API's, though i think it's closer to a rich native client than just a wrapper. A widget of sorts is probably close.
    Apple believes in UI and that's where they spent their time "writing". If you listen to Jobs talk in the interview with Gates at D a few years back he talks about the iPhone Maps app specifically.
  • What? This is madness!
  • Not a big surprise - it works both ways. I'm an Android user and I see all kinds of cool apps in iPhone commercials, then I download the Android version.
  • Ha! Like all those celebrities use that crap phone!
  • "Crapp" Phone = Google Phone
  • @ hand me the gun ,
    oh really humm well then when google splits from iPhone g map I'm guess your going to provide the map sources etc etc. Dumb ass
  • How did this become a discussion on who created google maps?
  • Exactly I meant to make a point of all the other developers that spent countless hours or good thought into an app. The mentioned app my touch is "selling" ranks down there with the fart apps.
  • when i in college, i remember learning about a study that showed whenever an ad uses the "we're better than this one" technique, both products get boosted, and sometimes the one they're knocking gets the biggest boost. especially if it's already #1.
  • What is with all the whining and crying and "mine is better than yours" BS. Come on - I am a fan of anything innovative whether it be on an iPhone or Android or whatever. Not one is perfect and never will be, the competition is good and fuels better developement.
    So many children here behaving more immature than my 8 year old daughter ever has.
    What the hell has this world become.
    Share, Respect and Learn people.
  • you guys r all fuqqn stupid google is the shiet! you guys all talk about apples milions of apps but take into consideration when that stupid phone came out not that many apps stop hating on android cuz it has only been on the market for 1 year && it already has more apps than when the iphone started so boo yall bitches!
  • My name is Cassie, I am 23 and from Virginia. I'm a Huge technology freak. Every single time a whole new telephone comes out I get it nearly quickly, I think it's an addiction. I got the new Sidekick LX 2009 final year, the MyTouch, the Cliq, and now the MyTouch Slide. The Motorola Cliq is usually a piece of crap lol sorry, it is accurate. My old MyTouch I loved, nonetheless, lacked the keyboard that would have made it ideal. TADA!!!!!!!!?! Yay, I'm IN Really enjoy with this new phone. I will honestly admit I usually do not want a fresh mobile phone!!!!
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