January 6, 2010 in Educational (E)
[prMac.com] San Francisco, CA - A record number of children woke up this Christmas morning to find an iPod touch waiting for them under the tree. According to Flurry, a mobile analytics company, iTunes Store downloads for the iPod touch increased almost 1000% on December 25th, when compared to the previous Friday. Additionally, data from AdMob, a mobile advertising network, showed a 57% increase in the number of iPod touches used on December 26th, compared to average daily usage during the prior week.
As iPod touch sales and adoption by children continues to increase, so does the need for reliable parent resources. Parents can find sorting through the multitude of apps available overwhelming, leading to frustration, hesitation, and uncertainty in app selection. GiggleApps arms parents with news and reviews on the best apps to meet the needs of their children.
"Thousands of applications exist for the iPod touch, busy parents don't have time to sort through all of these apps to determine which are best suited for their children," said Kristen Young, creator and editor of GiggleApps. "The site delivers parent-written reviews to help other parents find the best apps for their children, from games and educational aids to tools for creative expression and communication."
Top items on gift wish lists for some time, the iPhone and iPod Touch can easily be utilized as educational tools due to the portability and easy to understand interface of each device. The price and versatility also appeal to parents as they can add new apps as the child learns and explores new interests at a low cost.
Children can grow with their new devices, by adding new apps to continue to challenge them educationally and to help them explore new interests, such as music, new languages, reading, and more. Providing children with the most appropriate apps for their skills and interest can lead to long-term enjoyment of the device.
GiggleApps, a site providing iPhone and iPod Touch application reviews of educational and entertaining apps for kids of all ages, launched in 2009. Geared toward parents searching for the best kid-friendly apps, GiggleApps focuses on educational and entertaining applications ranging from toddlers to teens, but also includes apps for parents and users of all ages.
Based in San Francisco, GiggleApps was started as a partnership between 148Apps and an iPhone loving mother, Kristen Young, to help other parents find the best apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch, focusing on educational apps and games that teach kids from toddler to teens in new and exciting ways.
148Apps, a group of consumer-focused iPhone application news and review sites, launched shortly after the app store in July 2008. The site has grown quickly to reach hundreds of thousands of viewers monthly. In January 2009, 148Apps sponsored the Best App Ever Awards, the first achievement awards created specifically to honor application development on the iPhone. In May 2009, 148apps.biz launched to address the needs of iPhone app developers and other business people making a living on iPhone applications.