mobile devices (US)
Smartphones show an increasing presence in the US mobile device
market, occupying 7 of the top spots (Oct 2010).
phone use by mothers: US
71% of mums using apps and over 50% using social networks.
in mobile advertising verticals
Comparing year-on-year revenue growth of different mobile advertising
verticals from Q3 2009 to Q3 2010.
campaign destinations: US
Almost half of mobile advertisements send traffic to sites.
internet devices vs computers: 2009
Mobile internet devices outsold computers in 2009 by 144 million
Video use by European country
Mobile subscribers who watch TV/ video on Mobile phones, July 2009 vs
July 2010 ('000 people per month).
smartphone operating systems
Global market share, 2010 forecast.
downloaded mobile apps
Among those who report downloading an app in the last 30 days.
William Hill debuts Android app
Bookmaker William Hill has launched a brand new
Android app for its mobile customers. The new application, which
contains new features and enhanced graphics, will allow Android users
to access over 40,000 pre match, in-play and speciality markets from
William Hill Online on a daily basis.
Zoopla debuts augmented reality property app for Android
Propery site Zoopla has launched an augmented reality
app for users of Android powered smartphones, letting users search for
property listings on the move. The Zoopla Android app, much like its
iPhone counterpart, features hundreds of thousands of property
listings, over 16 million sold prices dating back to 1995 and free
instant value estimates for every UK home.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirms medical leave
Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs is going on a
medical leave, the company has announced. "At my request, the board of
directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on
my health," Jobs said in an email to Apple employees. "I will continue
as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company."
Apple COO Tim Cook will lead the company's day-to-day operations, as
he did when Jobs took a medical leave two years ago.
Over 50s 'adopting mobile social media faster than youngsters'
Almost 400,000 British adults aged over 50 are using
social networking sites from their mobiles, and are three times more
likely to access social media sites than younger adults, according to
new research. The study from Kantar Media's TGI MobiLens survey
reveals that the over 50s market has risen in size by 52% since last
year and is set to continue to grow rapidly in the coming months and
Latest Google Googles solves Soduku puzzles for you
Google's visual recognition app Goggles has been
updated with a range of new features, including the ability to solve
any Soduku puzzle taken from a smartphone user's camera. The latest
version, Goggles 1.3 client for Android, also features instant barcode
scanning and print ad recognition. Google Goggles 1.3 uses a
smartphone's camera to take a photo of any Soduku puzzle, sending it
back to Google, which then generates an answer it sends back to the
user as an image.
Dominos iPhone app generates £1m in pizza sales
Domino's Pizza has topped pizza sales of £1million
with its iPhone ordering app. The ordering app was launched in
September with details printed on millions of household menus, as well
as promotion via Facebook and Twitter. In just a few months, the app
has achieved almost 400,000 downloads and pizza sales of over £1
Android 'gets more new users than iPhone' in US
Google's Android operating system ran on 40% of US
smartphones purchased in the six months leading up to November,
compared to just 27% using Apple's iPhone operating system, according
to new data. The report, from Nielsen, noted Apple remains the overall
smartphone market leader.
Google plans Android digital news stand to take on iTunes
Google has approached a number of publishing houses to
for producing a digital news stand, according to a news report. The
Wall Street Journal reports that the store would offer mags and
newspapers for Android-based smartphones, tablets and other devices.
Publishers Time, Conde Nast and Hearst are fingered as having been
briefed on Google's plans, which are described as being at an early
stage and somewhat 'vague'.
Yahoo! adds GetJar Apps to mobile search
Yahoo! is testing integration of GetJar apps into
Yahoo! mobile search queries, to make it easier for people to discover
the apps they're looking for when on-the-go. Yahoo! is the first
search engine to pursue this kind of integration. The search results
for the apps - of which there are 75,000 - will work by keyword.
Apple faces "war" with operators over own-brand SIM card
Apple could risk a European operator revolt if it
proceeds with plans to embed its own brand SIM card in its new iPhones,
according to a news report. The Financial Times quoted an unnamed
European telecoms executive as saying Apple risks a "war" over its
reported plan to begin selling iPhones with embedded SIM cards, with
operators potentially refusing to offer subsidies for the device.
Google Googles: Mobile pics converted into web ads via product
Google is running a test on its Google's photo
recognition tool, that will display adverts to users based on pictures
taken by their smartphone cameras. The 'offline marketing experiment'
utilises visual search and optical character recognition [OCR]
technologies to allow users to find out information about certain
Half of Brits 'would leave their mobile operator for a better handset'
Almost half of UK consumers (45%) would leave their
current operator if they did not sell the handset they wanted,
according to a new survey. The research, from ecommerce technology
provider ATG give operators valuable insight into the types of
services customers would like to see integrated into their brand
Half of UK firms fail to check own sites on mobiles
British firms are neglecting the needs of consumers
accessing websites from mobile devices, according to research released
today by 1&1 Internet. From a study of 530 small firms, 53 per cent
have never checked the appearance or functionality of their website
for Smartphone users.
Tesco debuts mobile website for non-food items
Tesco Direct has launched a mobile website, letting
shoppers buy non-food and household items, directly from mobile
phones. This launch is the first step in the supermarket's strategy to
expand and develop mobile websites for core Tesco sites, with others
set to follow.
Smartphones account for 65% of mobile traffic
Smartphones generate 65% of global traffic, despite
accounting for 13% of the market, according to new research. The
study, from research firm Informa, found that average traffic per user
(ATPU) will increase by 700 percent over the next five years, as
consumers continue to use the internet and smartphone figures rise,
the firm said.
Apple to bypass networks with own iPhone SIM card?
Apple has reportedly teamed with SIM-card manufacturer
Gemalto to create a 'special' SIM card that could allow the company to
offer telephony services direct rather than rely on third party
carriers. According to a report on technology news site GigaOM, the
move would let customers buy and activate iPhones directly from
Apple's stores. They could also connect online via Apple's iTunes App
PlayStation phone: Pictures leaked of Sony's Android games device
Pictures of Sony Ericson's widely rumoured
'PlayStation phone' have been released, confirming speculation that
the electronics giant is set to take on Apple in the smartphone
market. Speculation that a Sony PSP (Play Station Portable) mobile
smartphone was in development have been circulation since early
Tesco iPhone app lets shoppers scan barcodes for online orders
Tesco has updated its Groceries iPhone app to include
a barcode reader that lets shoppers add items to a their online home
delivery order. The tool is being targeted at busy parents and
time-poor professionals who want to be able to add specific items to
their online shopping basket at any time rather than browsing for
groceries to add to their shopping lists.
YouTube debuts new mobile ad formats as videos on-the-move soars
Three in four (75%) of YouTube Mobile users say that
their mobile is the number one device they use to watch YouTube
videos, according to new stats issued by Google. According to Nielsen,
YouTube Mobile is the number one video viewing mobile website in the
US, with more than 7.1MM monthly unique users.
Facebook Mobile offers 'deals' based on user location
Facebook has launched a new 'deals' service on its
mobile application, which send users special offers to users based on
their location. The move offers advertisers another way to target
Facebook users geographically, and the social network looks to boost
its ad revenue. The service will initially launch in the US, and
Facebook has not disclosed when 'Deals' will roll-out internationally.
mobile content revenues worth over £1bn in five years
Total UK revenues for mobile content and services,
mobile advertising and marketing, will be £407.10 million in 2010,
rising to £1.10 billion in 2015, according to a new report. The
'Mobile Market Trends: UK: Usage and Revenue Forecasts to 2015' report
from mobileSQUARED says revenue growth will primarily be driven by
increased mobile advertising spend - especially around 'conversational
Android 'overtakes iPhone ad revenue'
Google's Android ad revenue has surpassed that of
Apple's mobile devices, despite the iPhone accounting for more ad
impressions, according to new data from ad network Millennial
Media.The study found that while the iOS platform remains the
forerunner in terms of total market share, Android ad requests have
grown 1,284 percent since January of this year while requests on iOS
have only grown by 18 percent in that time period.
UK brands: Internet firms Apple, Google and Facebook top list
Internet brands are now the closest to UK consumers'
hearts, with the three most popular brands in the UK coming from the
web, according to a new survey. The latest Millward Brown celebrity
and brand (Cebra) research revealed that Apple had the most buzz (a
measure of how much a celebrity or brand is talked about) followed by
Google, Facebook, X-Factor and Wii, highlighting the popularity of
Yahoo takes on Facebook Connect with 'Y Connect'
Yahoo! is planning to launch Y Connect, letting users
share content across multiple websites, in a similar way to Facebook's
connect platform. Facebook Connect has been a huge hit for Facebook
allowing web users to login and comment on multiple websites with
their Facebook ID.
Google beats forecasts as mobile business begins to pay off
Google, the search engine giant, registered a 32 per
cent jump in profits, beating market expectations and highlighting the
success of its emerging businesses. The internet giant posted net
income of $2.2 billion (£1.4bn) after revenues rose 23 per cent to 7.3
billion US dollars (£4.6bn) in the third quarter of the year.
million Brits have used phone to make purchases
New research from the Internet Advertising Bureau -
the trade association for online and mobile advertising - reveals that
mobile commerce has already become widely adopted in the UK, with 51%
of mobile owners (23 million people) using their device to make
payments, redeem coupons or research products and services.
Angry Birds comes to Android: GetJar App store crashes due to demand
Mobile app store GetJar has exclusively launched the
full Android version of the popular Angry Birds game for free, funded
by advertising. The move means GetJar becomes the first distributor of
the game, ahead of the Android app store.
Orange and T-Mobile customers share coverage with 'Everything
Everywhere' brand launch
Orange and T- Mobile have finally unveiled their
'Everything Everywhere' brand, following the merger of the two mobile
networks last year. The launch, dubbed the 'big switch-on' allows the
company's combined 27 million customers to access coverage on both
networks, and is backed by a £4m advertising campaign.
Android apps 'secretly sharing user data'
Some of the most popular apps written for Google's
Android phones do not tell users what is done with data they gather,
according to a new study. The research, conducted by a team of
computer scientists from Intel Labs, Penn State, and Duke University
chose 30 out of the 358 most popular Android apps that, when
installed, ask for permission to get at location, camera and audio
Blackberry unveils iPad rival 'Playbook'
Blackberry maker Research In Motion unveiled its much
anticipated tablet computer that it hopes will challenge Apple's iPad
. The tablet, named BlackBerry PlayBook, has a seven-inch screen and
dual facing cameras.
Facebook dampens smartphone rumours
After rumours of new 'Facebook Phone' getting ready to
take on other smartphones in the market, Facebook has released an
official statement, debunking rumours, saying it has no plans to
develop such a device.
Facebook launches 'Places' app in UK
Facebook has launched its Places service in the UK, as
the social network looks to take advantage of the growing demand for
location-based apps such as Foursquare, Gowalla, and Google's Latitude
service. The new tool allows users 'check in' wherever they are and
see who among their friends and other Facebook users is - or has been
- at the same location.
Nokia boss planning for next billion mobile web users
Nokia is going to connect the "next billion" people to
internet using its mobile technology and "locally relevant Ovi
services". The manufacturer made the declaration on the final day of
the Nokia World event, calling in Sir Tim Berners-Lee to help fight
Blyk gets €17m funding boost for mobile ad platform
Mobile ad platform Blyk, has secured a 17 million euro
investment lead by Nexit Ventures and other individual investors.
Launched in 2006, the Finnish firm began as an ad-funded mobile
network targeted at youngsters, later pivoted to focusing on the
mobile advertising platform as a business of its own.
Apple debuts music-based social network Ping
Apple made its first foray into social networking on
Wednesday with the introduction of Ping, a 'social music discovery'
service with that runs alongside the latest version of iTunes. The
service was unveiled by chief executive Steve Jobs, who touted the
site as aiding "social music discovery, and comes as part of iTunes
10, which Apple released today. Ping is like Facebook and Twitter
meets iTunes, Jobs said at a San Francisco press event. It's a "social
network all about music and built right into iTunes," he said.
to investigate mobile broadband speed advertising
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has asked
Advertising Code writing bodies CAP and BCAP to review the advertising
of broadband speed claims.
Facebook takes on Foursquare with 'Places' app
Facebook's 500 million-plus users will soon be able to
track friends' whereabouts across the US. The new "Places" feature
begins rolling out on Wednesday to some users and goes across the US
within weeks. The tool help users share where they are, figure out who
is in the vicinity, and check out happenings and services within the
Google debuts voice search for Android phones
Google has released the latest voice based control
applications for Android-based smartphones. The voice based action
program aid users to direct commands to their smartphones and thus
enables to write texts, e-mails and even find road directions. The
application works with 12 commands including calling, texting,
browsing and GPS navigating.
Google to integrate PayPal into Android phones?
Google has been in talks with PayPal about using the
popular online payment system with its Android smartphone software.
The talks between the search giant and the eBay-owned firm include
utilising PayPal's mobile technology to collect payments for
applications via Android smartphones.
Facebook updates mobile privacy controls
Facebook has simplified its privacy controls for users
who access the social networking using the Apple iPhone and other
mobile devices. The changes give mobile users the same privacy
settings previously available to those accessing the site via desktop
BlackBerry opens its traffic to government monitoring
Research In Motion has agreed to allow Indian security
agencies to monitor its BlackBerry services after the government
raised concerns over the smartphones' messaging technology. The news
follows the United Arab Emirates' threats to cut off BlackBerry
services as authorities could not access encrypted data. RIM later
pledged to satisfy both the needs of customers and governments.
Gulf nations ban BlackBerry web functions over 'security issues'
Saudia Arabia and The United Arab Emirates are both
banning some of BlackBerry internet-based functions over 'security
issues'. BlackBerry owners in two Gulf states will soon have their
handsets' functions restricted under a ban imposed by the countries'
Foursquare rejects Yahoo bid for $20m funding boost
Foursquare has raised $20 million in a second round of
funding, ending speculation that the location-based firm would accept
a bid approach from Yahoo. The company has chosen to take the
additional venture capital money rather than pursue takeover talks
with internet giant Yahoo, which is believed to have made an informal
iPhone ad platform gets $60m in pre-bookings
Apple's new iPhone 4 will be the first smartphone to
run the company's iAd mobile ad network, with 17 advertisers already
lined up to target app users on the move. During his keynote, Steve
Jobs, Apple CEO, announced that Apple's iAd mobile advertising network
for the iPhone and iPad would debut July 1 with 17 advertisers. The
service - which will offer advertising inside mobile apps, initially
on the iPhone and iPod Touch - promises to combine the emotion of TV
advertising with the interactivity of internet advertising.
Orange and T-Mobile merger creates 'Everything Everywhere' brand
Orange and T-Mobile have announced further details of
their joint venture in the UK, to be called Everything Everywhere,
creating the biggest mobile network provider in the UK with 30 million
customers. The two brands will be kept separate, with 700 high-street
stores in the UK between them and 16,500 staff.
mobile ad market grew 32% in 2009 - worth £38m
Mobile ad spend beat expectations last year, with
entertainment & media and telecoms brands being the biggest mobile
advertisers, according to new research. Despite a contraction in the
advertising sector in 2009, total spend on mobile phone advertising in
2009 rocketed by 32% year on year to a new high of £37.6m, according
to the second, annual Internet Advertising Bureau study.
Google Nexus One goes on sale in UK with Vodafone
Vodafone UK has become the first European operator to
sell Nexus One, Google's first smartphone handset, with contract
prices starting from £25 a month. Customers who pre-order online will
be the first to get a Nexus One for free on a £35 monthly price plan
(24 month), on April 30. The Nexus One will also be available via
Vodafone stores and telesales. Price plans start from £25 a month on a
24 month contract.