Mobile operators ‘losing share of content revenues’

Revenues from mobile content, monetised through direct carrier billing, is expected to rise from $2bn last year to more than $13bn by 2017, according to a new report from Juniper Research. Mobile Operators Exit Content Storefronts The report observed that operator...

Google Play marks first birthday with sale

To mark its first birthday, Google Play is launching a sale, as the internet giant continues to push its app store to rival Apple and Amazon in the paid digital content market. Watch this video from Google marking the Play store’s first birthday: Google rebranded its...

Apple patent wars: Samsung fine slashed

The patent wars between Samsung and Apple are continuing, with Samsung aiming to its US copyright fine further, after a judge decided to reduce the original sum from $1.05bn to $600m. Judge Lucy Koh late on Friday knocked $450m off the $1.05bn award, and ordered a new...

Google brings Play gift cards to UK

Google is to sell gift cards for its Play Store in UK shops, as it looks to push its paid content to rival Apple’s App Store. The cards are already on sale in the US after being launched in August 2012. Customers in the US can buy fixed-value cards with single-use...

Evernote resets all passwords after hack

Evernote has reset all 50 million user passwords after it became the latest in a string of high profile technology firms to be hit by hackers. Over the weekend, the popular personal organiser app said it had discovered and blocked suspicious activity on the network...

Tablet ownership ‘to quadruple by 2017’- Forrester

Tablet ownership in Western Europe is set to quadruple in the next five years as the percentage of online consumers to own a tablet increases from 14% in 2012 to 55% in 2017, according to new research. The forecast, from Forrester, is based on a survey of more than...

Global mobile trends: How consumers pay for mobile use

Payment options continue to expand as mobile access becomes globally more widespread, and consumers in most markets prefer pre-paid plans over contracted service, according to an analysis by Nielsen. In fact, the U.S. is one of the few markets where contract plans are...

Nokia takes on Android with cheaper Lumia handsets

Nokia has launched cheaper version of its flagship Lumia smartphones, as the Finnish mobile maker looks to regain lost ground to Google’s Android in the budget phone market. Watch this video report from the BBC looking at Nokia’s (and Sony’s) latest...

North Korea gives foreign visitors access to mobile web

North Korea is to grant foreigners access to mobile internet service while in the country, but its citizens remain cut off from 3G signals. Starting next week, foreigners will be allowed to purchase monthly mobile Internet data plans for use with a USB modem or on...

China overtakes US as top smartphone market

China has overtaken the US in terms of having the most active Android and iOS devices, according to new data. The research, from Flurry Analytics, indicate that in January the US had 222 million devices and China had 221 million. Despite the final February numbers not...

UK 4G Auction raises £1bn less than expected: winners revealed

Ofcom has raised £2.34bn in its UK 4G auction, providing widespread access to superfast mobile internet across many parts of the country. However, this amount was around £1bn less than it was hoping for. The telecoms regulator announced that the winning bidders are...