Don’t ignore the small screen viewers

UK brands don’t understand the value of mobile visitors

Smartphone users swayed by mobile ads

Android to have 45% of smartphone market by 2016

Don’t ignore the small screen viewers

One of the key parts of producing a mobile website is understanding the screens of the devices that visit your site, Too many websites are built for and tested on…

Smartphone users swayed by mobile ads

A new survey by Google shows that smartphone users are more inclined to click. According to a new Google study, “The Mobile Movement: Understanding Smartphone Users,” released on the Google…

US mobile data usage averaging 350 megabytes per month

Analyst Chetan Sharma have compiled a 2010 wireless data review for 2010 and there are some interesting stats from the US market. The latest US Mobile Data Market Update Q4 2010 and 2010 report from analyst Chetan Sharma has a bunker full of stats, the biggest of which is that US mobile subscriptions officially crossed the 100%…

All BlackBerry devices to be NFC capable from now on

According to a report on website Near Field Communications World virtually all new BlackBerry devices released from now on will include Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities. At a Westminster e-forum on smartphones, tablets and apps, Research in Motion’s (RIM) UK managing director Stephen Bates suggested that almost all upcoming RIM BlackBerry smartphones and tablets would…

Tablets to evolve into a $35 billion market by 2012

JPMorgan Securities expect tablet revenues and sales to increase more than they first predicted A Reuters report reveals brokers JPMorgan Securities expect tablets to evolve into a $35 billion market by 2012, eating into the share of PCs, and competition to drive down premium prices. The brokerage, has increased its forecast for tablet unit shipment…

Mobile browsers still not ready for HTML5

Netbiscuits latest report demonstrates that unfortunately HTML5 is far from being the answer to all the questions facing mobile web application developers today. Cross-platform development business Netbiscuits has published a new edition of their free “Mobile Web Metrics Report”. The document provides up-to-date information on the HTML5 capabilities of top devices in the USA, the…

One in five new tablets sold is an Android device

Android is making huge inroads into the Apple iPad tablet heartland with one in five new tablets running Android. The latest research from market research company Strategy Analytics, finds Android making big gains in the tablet market. According to the research during Q4 2010, 22% of the 10 million tablet devices that where shipped ran…

Android apps to outpace iOS by mid-2012

The App Genome project has measured a huge growth in the number of Android apps since August 2010 The App Genome Project is a survey by mobile security app business Lookout (they produce the rather good SmrtGuard iPhone/Android/BlackBerry/Windows app) and the latest figures culled from 500,000 users across the iOS and Android platforms in the…

RIM to run Android apps on BlackBerry devices?

Even with the best will in the World, BlackBerry hasn’t a hope in hell of catching up with Android or the iPhone in the apps war, so if you can’t beat them join them. The constant criticism that the Blackberry is getting for its poor showing in the app department – 10+k apps and that’s…

How Android has taken over the World on video

This YouTube video demonstrates how spectacularly successful Android has been at conquering the world mobile market. The video from the Android Developers channel maps Android activations over time on to a world map and on to the major regions Europe, Americas, Asia, and moves from the launch back in October 2008 to January 2011. The…

1 in 5 smartphone owners are addicted to their smartphone

Yeah I’ve got an Android phone but I can handle it right? I don’t need to …oh hang on my phone’s ringing The latest JustAsk! Research Study from US business Crowd Science into consumer smartphone behaviour and attitudes reveals that smartphone owners are unable to give up their devices, and are thoroughly addicted to the…

M-commerce goes in-store with Digby In-store Mobile Module

Ever wondered how to talk to your customer via their mobile while they’re in your store? Wonder no longer. US mobile commerce business Digby have developed an In-store Mobile Module, that lets retailers engage and communicate with their customers from the moment they enter the store to the time they leave, all through the retailer’s…

iPad 2 to launch March 2

Oh the irony, the rumours yesterday were all of delays for the iPad 2 and today we actually have a day for the launch. Apple have sent out invites for an event on March 2 with a tantalising glimpse of an iPad and the words “come see what 2011 will be the year of.” (see…

Smartphones 82% of all Pay monthly connections on Everything Everywhere

Everything Everywhere, have a poor last quarter and reveal that smartphone devices on the network now account for 82% of all Pay monthly phones Badly-named, twin-headed telecomms company Everything Everywhere, announced their results today, and as part of the results revealed that smartphone devices on the network now account for 82% of all Pay monthly connections –…

Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK now available

The final version of the software Development Kit (SDK) for Android 3.0 – codenamed Honeycomb – is now available. Xavier Ducrohet, Android SDK Tech Lead announced on the Android Developers Blog that the full SDK for Android 3.0 is now available to developers. The API’s are the versions that will ship, and developers can now develop…

Music on mobile to generate $5.5 billion annually in 2015

Music consumed on mobile handsets will generate $5.5 billion annually in 2015, a rise of $3.1 billion from 2010 The music recording business can rest easier if Juniper Research’s new report is to be believed, we say easier as the $5.5 billion is a drop in the ocean, compared to the money the industry has…

iPad 2 thinner, lighter, later?

New rumours are surfacing saying that Apple’s long awaited iPad 2, will be late, and will be heading for a June launch not April as expected. As we have said before More iPad 2 Feb 2011 rumours, Apple is normally very regular with their hardware launches, the iPhone, Macbooks, ipods etc all operate on a…

More than a third of Americans have 4G mobile access

The findings, from a new US national broadband map show that more than a third of Americans have access to mobile broadband at speeds over 6Mbps. The new US broadband map, developed by the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and in cooperation with the US Federal Communications Commission has revealed that, 36% of…

Martin Sorrell “apps still only touching the tip of the iceberg”

Businesses need to embrace mobile to succeed as the use of applications continues to boom, according to Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP. In a speech at Mobile World Congress 2011 Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of advertising giant WPP, noted that the average Apple user has 60 applications across devices such as the iPhone, iPad…

Average mobile app usage exceeds 11 hours a month

The fastest way to a smartphone user is via an app or messaging as new research shows smartphone users spend more time with their apps and messaging than they do on calls and web browsing. According to the study, commissioned by, the research arm of the GSMA, mobile apps are responsible for 667 minutes of…

Verified by Visa is preventing mobile commerce claims Mobgets

Alternative app platform Mobgets is getting hot under the collar about Verified by Visa and its incompatibility with mobiles and smartphones. Independant mobile app platform Mobgets are very very angry with Verified by Visa; they’ve been complaining for 12 months and now they’re threatening a “case against both the banks and Verified by Visa for…

Apple app store loses market share but doubles revenue in 2010

Apple’s app store is losing its lead in the market according to new figures from iSuppli, while BlackBerry, Ovi and Android all grow significantly. However while their market share is down revenue is up. Research firm iSuppli, has issued its full-year data on app stores in 2010. According to the company’s report, Apple’s market share…

Nokia giving away free kit to mobile developers

Nokia developers are getting free devices and other goodies as a way of pushing developers to start developing for Nokia and the new hybrid Nokia and Windows Phone 7 (WP7) devices Nokia has just notified its Launchpad members that they’ll be receiving free hardware in the form of Nokia’s new flagship E7 phone and a…

Google unveils One Pass system for online content

Google has launched a new payment system that allows users to subscribe to online content for a 10% commission fee. Just one day after Apple made its App Store subscription service available to publishers, Google has already responded by announcing a similar service for its Android platform. The solution will also work in Web-based clients,…

Apple finally launches subscriptions on the App Store

Apple has launched its long awaited content subscription service on iTunes. The newly launched iTunes subscription service is available to all publishers of content-based apps on the App Store, including magazines, newspapers, video, music, etc. Subscriptions purchased from within the App Store will be sold using the same App Store billing system that has been…

O2 to put eBay apps and links on all UK phones

O2 have announced at MWC that they will be adding pre-loaded eBay apps and links to eBay on all of their phones. eBay and O2’s parent company Telefonica have agreed to add eBay apps and links to most smart phones and feature phones sold by the company via its O2 brand in the UK. This is…

Nearly half of active mobile users want to pay via mobile

More and more users worldwide are expressing a desire to pay for goods on their mobile and are willing to ignore their concerns over security. China leads the way with almost one in two having bought something via mobile in the last six months. New research by Accenture shows that nearly half (45%) of the…

More app stores on the way thanks to IBM

Expect even more app stores to spring up over the next year as IBM have created a new app store in a box designed to make it easier for operators to compete with Apple, Android, RIM, Samsung etc What the world really needs like a hole in the head is yet another app store, so…

NFC on a key fob for wi-fi phones from Simlink and Morpho

Can’t wait for Apple and the other manufacturers to get around to adding a payment solution? Then why not try this neat little key fob that retro fits Near Field Communication to any Wi-fi enabled phone? One of the first weird devices to come out of this years’ Mobile World Congress is a key fob…

Nearly a third of Europeans browsed the web via mobile in Dec 2010

comScore have released a complete round up to the last year in mobile that includes some spectacular figures for December 2010. The inaugural comScore 2010 Mobile Year in Review, shows 29% of Europeans browsed the mobile web in December 2010, and smartphones account for 31% of the mobile market. The report looks at key trends…

40% of consumers reach for a mobile when they see an advert

Research from the Internet Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) mobile department found 40% of consumers agree they often reach for their device when they see an interesting advert. The research also highlighted that mobile media users are actively choosing their mobile as the best way to get content, with 27% of respondents in a week period using…

HP (re)enters the smartphone and tablet market

HP launches a new tablet and two new smartphones all running WebOS Hewlett Packard (HP) have had phones for a long time, trouble was they were all Windows phones and while the iPaqs were good phones they didn’t sell too well, apart from on Expansys. They also didn’t have too much luck with tablets either,…

The INQ Facebook phone revealed at last

Web site Engadget has released a picture of the long awaited INQ Facebook phone and they should be in the shops for April. The mobiles – there are two of them – are apparently the first mobiles to use the Facebook Social Graph API, which allows you to view Facebook content on the mobiles’ homescreen.…

Android now the number one smartphone

Android is now the number one operating system for smartphones and dislodges Symbian from the number one position it has held for 10 years. According to research company Canalys, Android sold 32.9 million devices during Q4 2010, overtaking Symbian, which sold 31 million. This represents a 615% year on year sales increase for Android, and…

Only 4.8% of retailers have websites designed for mobile

More than half (51%) of consumers are more likely to purchase from retailers that have mobile-specific websites according to US marketing business Brand Anywhere The “Supply & Demand of the Mobile Web for Retail” report from Brand Anywhere and Luth Research found that web retailers could increase consumer engagement by 85% simply by adding a…

Global e-reader sales set to rise to $8.2 Billion by 2014

Analysts Yankee Group are predicting that global e-reader sales revenue will grow from just $1.9 billion in 2010 to $8.2 billion in 2014, while unit sales will rise from just under 11 million in 2010 to nearly 72 million in 2014. The forecast also predicts: Worldwide installed base of e-readers will double each year. The…

MMA launches new guidelines for mobile advertising

The MMA (Mobile Marketing Association) has released the fifth edition of its “Mobile Advertising Guidelines.” The technical specification and best practice guide is essential reading for anyone buying mobile adverts or selling mobile advertising and comes with two additional documents for emerging opportunities in mobile marketing: Draft Guidelines for Rich Media and the Universal Mobile…

A quarter of downloaded apps are used only once

Bad news if you’re thinking of producing an app that will make you millions, a new survey has found that most downloaded apps are used only once. Localytics studied the thousands of Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 apps over the last year, and the good news is that users are willing to…

US smartphone users increased by 60 percent in 2010

comScore figures for December 2010 show a year on year increase of 60% for smartphone usage in the US market, and Android continues its steady growth with a 7.3% rise in the last quarter of 2010 According to comScore figures 63.2 million people in the US owned smartphones during the three months ending in December…

Sony Ericsson playing at phones

Sony Ericsson finally confirmed the rumours of a PlayStation phone with a very expensive advert in the Super Bowl last night. The phone is named the Xperia Play and runs the Google Android OS. There’s a slide-out game controller and if the Sony Ericsson’s Facebook page is anything to be believed it will hit the…

The iPhone CDMA version pre-orders break records in the US

Apple has received yet another boost to iPhone sales from massive pre-order sales of the new CDMA iPhone 4 ahead of the launch this week. US network Verizon Wireless said that pre-orders of Apple’s iPhone 4 created “the most successful first day sales in the history of the company.” The company have ended online sales…

Mobile users go online 18 times a day

Research by the IAB reveals that mobile media users in the UK average 18 usage occasions per day, peaking between 18:00-21:00. Mobile media usage can vary from the most popular activities of browsing, checking emails, and using Facebook, to using maps, playing a game or watching a video. The research highlights mobile is the first…

Mobile phone market grew 18.5% in 2010 to 1.39 billion devices

The worldwide mobile phone market grew 17.9% in the fourth quarter of 2010 (4Q10), a new quarterly high driven by smartphones. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) The IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, shows vendors shipped 401.4 million units in 4Q10 compared to 340.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2009. Vendors…

Smartphone shipments grew by 59% in 2010

Worldwide shipments of smartphones continue to rise with 2010 sales figures hitting new highs for every manufacturer. According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew an impressive 75% annually to reach a record 94 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010. Apple maintained its small lead over RIM, while Nokia…

New alternative mobile payment solution launched

New UK start up eWise payo has developed a new mobile payment app that enables consumers to pay from any of their bank accounts with existing funds and provides visibility of account balances at the time of purchase. eWise payo has launched a mobile version of it’s eWise payo online payment solution eWise payo mobile.…

Apple’s iOS accounts for 5% of all browsing in the UK

Figures from web site NetMarketShare show’s Apple’s iOS is accounting for almost one in every twenty web pages viewed in the UK, and one in fifty worldwide. NetMarketShare tracks web traffic by browsers in real-time and Apple’s share of the market on iPads and iPhones now exceeds 2.06% of all browsing on the web worldwide…

6.6 billion mobile users predicted by 2016

Worldwide mobile broadband-enabled subscriptions are mounting up, and will hit the one billion mark in 2011. According to the latest market data released by ABI Research, at the end of 2010 there were more than five billion mobile subscriptions globally, with one in five of those having access to mobile broadband. Another 28% growth or…