According to research from Strategy Analytics, a staggering 1.6 billion mobile phones were shipped (not sold) globally in 2012, and 700 million of them were smartphones. Samsung, Nokia and Apple, in that order, were the biggest movers of handsets, though the latter two change places when it comes to smartphones -- Espoo only shipped 35 million to Cupertino's 135, while Samsung topped the trio at 213 million devices shipped.
This year will be a seminal one, marking the first time 100% of publishers will format their content for mobile, according to an Alliance for Audited Media survey of 210 media companies in North America. The development points to both digital’s essential role in media companies’ future profits and the importance of mobile to consumers’ daily media lives.
The U.S. still leads in iOS and Android devices with 181 million units, compared to 167 million in China, 35 million in the United Kingdom, and 28 million in Japan. While still dominated by America, mobile is a global phenomenon, Khalaf said. China grew 293 percent in iOS and Android device activations in the last year. Vietnam grew 269 percent, and Colombia grew 260 percent.
With the onslaught of apps likely to continue, this only serves to highlight two of the biggest problems facing the app economy in 2012 (and going forward): Discovery and revenue. Both go hand in hand, as undercooked discovery mechanisms have played a hand in what has become an imbalance of wealth, with app store riches being dominated by top developers. A recent report from Canalys found, for example, that just 25 developers accounted for half of app revenue in the App Store and Google Play.
With the onslaught of apps likely to continue, this only serves to highlight two of the biggest problems facing the app economy in 2012 (and going forward): Discovery and revenue. Both go hand in hand, as undercooked discovery mechanisms have played a hand in what has become an imbalance of wealth, with app store riches being dominated by top developers.
In short, the initial findings indicate that individuals are both illogical and careless with their privacy on the web. "We show that people are prone to sharing more information in the very contexts in which it's more dangerous to share," John says.
It's a shame that Google seems to think it's okay to conscript Windows Phone users as pawns in a multibillion-dollar game of chess, yes — but when Microsoft says that it was "surprised" by the move, it's either lying or tremendously incompetent. I know a lot of really bright and wonderful people up in Redmond, so I'm betting on the former.
A new Forrester report projects U.S. mobile payments will rise steeply in the coming years, propelled mainly by in-store mobile transactions. The research firm forecasts 48% annual growth in m-payments from $18.2 billion this year to $90 billion in 2017.
The analysis, Smartphones Trump Tablets—Recent Trends in Extreme Data, published by network management software provider Arieso, reveals the ever increasing demands made on mobile networks by ever-more demanding smartphones, and shows why small cells are likely to play an increasingly important role in future, perhaps as a way of handling the top 1% of users who consume 40% of all data.
Why is Android attracting late adopters (or at least late adopter behavior) when the market is still emergent? We’ve become accustomed to thinking that platforms that look similar are used in a similar fashion. But this is clearly not the case. The shopping data is only one proxy but there are others: developers and publishers have been reporting distinct differences in consumption on iOS vs. Android and, although anecdotal, the examples continue to pile up.
Mobile continues to be a sweet spot for digital advertising according to a report issued by the Interactive Advertising Bureau on Thursday. For the first half of 2012, revenue in the category increased 95 percent to $1.2 billion, nearly eclipsing total mobile advertising revenue for the entire year of 2011, at $1.6 billion.
There's been a lot of hype around mobile payments over the past year, but the No. 1 problem that the mobile payments market faces is adoption. Consumers simply don't see a reason to replace their cash or plastic with a phone.
Speaking at a panel at GigaOM's Mobilize conference, GetJar CEO Chris Dury revealed that one-tenth of 1 percent of apps generate over half of all app downloads--but he said there is hope for unknown developers to gain traction.
The mobile ad network lets Facebook earn money on traffic to other apps and sites by leveraging its remarkably expansive and accurate user data set. It gives app developers and brands such a powerful way to reach specific audiences that they’ll be willing to pay more than if they advertised with a less accurate ad exchange directly.
Guided by senior agents at William Morris Endeavor, Outfit7 has recently started to pursue movie and television deals based on its characters, which include Tom, an irreverent cat, and Ben, a gassy dog. “The studio system is waking up to the power of mobile as a form of franchise creation — that the next Shrek or Mickey Mouse could start as an app,” contended Andy Mooney, an adviser to Talking Friends and the former chairman of Disney Consumer Products.