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…

Android 3.0 preview reveals new interface for tablet devices

Android has released a preview of it’s Honeycomb (Android 3.0 ) platform and it’s very tablet friendly. It also features a new interface and has plenty of new and interesting features. Google released details of it’s next major version of the Android operating system on the Android Developers Blog.The post by Xavier Ducrohet, the Android…

Two million Windows 7 phones in the channel

Microsoft’s senior product manager Greg Sullivan said in an interview with Bloomberg that it sold over 2 million Windows Phone 7 devices to carriers and retail partners last quarter. The weasel words here are “to carriers and retail partners” this is not the number sold, there could be 1.9 million boxes sat around unsold in…

Mobile marketing to surpass $1 billion in the US in 2011

Forrester Research has published its annual mobile technology outlook for 2011, and it’s top prediction is for mobile marketing to surpass $1 billion in the US alone. The research outlines Forrester’s top-level projections for the year ahead, and includes a quick look at their predictions from last year. Forrester gave itself a “B+,” saying nearly…

Mobile developers are switching to tablet apps over Android

Tablets – particularly iPad tablets – are hot property with mobile developers according to the Appcelerator Mobile Developer Report, and the desire to get a iPad app out has put developers off developing for Android. Appcelerator and IDC surveyed 2,235 Appcelerator Titanium developers from January 10-12, 2011 on perceptions surrounding mobile OS priorities, feature priorities,…

Apple adding mobile payments in iPad and iPhone

The rumours that Apple is to build-in mobile payments into the iPhone 5 are old, but now the rumour is that payments will also be built into the iPad 2 and enable iTunes for m-payments. According to the report in Bloomberg Apple will embed a NFC-based mobile payment services into the next iteration of its…

Enter the Developer Economics 2011 mobile developer survey and win

Give your opinion on the state of the future mobile development platforms, and get a chance to win an Amazon voucher for $1,500 and free device testing time for your business. Mobile device testing business Vision Mobile are launching their Developer Economics 2011 mobile developer survey, and they need your help all you have to…

Starbucks rolls out mobile payments in the US

Seattle based coffee store Starbucks is to roll out a mobile payment service to over 7,800 stores in the US. Starbucks has been piloting a mobile payments system since September 2009 in stores in Seattle and Silicon Valley and they’re so happy with the results they’re rolling out the system to all the 6,800 stores…

Building mobile apps for the youth market webinar

If you want to build a mobile app for the youth market and haven’t a clue what the kidz want then this is a webinar for you. The Digital Communications Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) in collaboration with Mobile Monday London presents a webinar to be held on January 27 aimed at those striving for a…

Argos adds PayPal to it’s m-commerce offering

Argos has like many other m-commerce retailers has opted to add PayPal to it’s rosta of payment providers. Argos this weekend will be rolling out it’s 75th catalogue and at the same time it will be adding PayPal as a payment option to it’s e-commerce and m-commerce systems. Mobile is seen to be a potential…

Shake up at Google – Page is Chief and Brin is back on new products

Google co-founder Larry Page is to takeover as chief executive in April, and co-founder Sergey Brin is moved to new product development. The move is part of senior executive overhaul at the company to “streamline decision making” as it looks to bolster its position in the face of competition from fast-growing rivals such as Facebook.…

M-commerce grows by 100% in Germany and US

Mobile commerce hit it’s stride in 2010 with an increase in the number of visits to Amazon.com towards the end of the year, compared to earlier in 2010. According to the latest Opera’s State of the Mobile Web Report which views trends for December 2010, there was an increase in mobile commerce with United States…

GSMA nominees for 2011’s Annual Global Mobile Awards

The GSMA has announced the nominees for the 16th Annual Global Mobile Awards and it’s a good mix of the usual suspects, the blatantly obvious and some real gems. The hotly contested device and manufacturer awards are probably an easy win for Apple. In the best device the iPhone 4 is up against the HTC…

iPad and iPhones now represent over 56 percent of Apple revenues

Apple sold over 16 million iPhones and 7 million iPads in the last quarter, and hit record revenues again, with the combined devices producing over $15 billion in revenue. Apple announced their first results in 2011 for the quarter ended 25 December 2010 and it looks like they had a great Christmas with bumper revenues…

Microsoft launches OneNote app for iPhone

Microsoft has taken the plunge and launched an Office app on the iPhone. Microsft has a few apps on the iPhone already, in the UK there’s Tag Reader and Windows Live Messenger and in the US they’re joined by Bing and WonderWall (no it’s not a homage to Oasis), but considering the lack of a…

A bumper year for Tesco Mobile with 25% growth

Tesco Mobile signed up it’s 2.5 millionth customer on Christmas Day, and had a bumper year in 2010 concluding with its best ever Christmas sales making it the largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the UK. While still way behind the big UK networks it’s worth a quick look at the success of Tesco’s…

YouTube mobile users watch 200 million videos a day

YouTube announced that it’s mobile users hit over 200 million video’s a day by the end of 2010 up from around 60-70 million a day at the start of the year. As you can see from the graph below the growth of video views via mobile on YouTube has near enough been a straight line…

Android to grow more than twice the rate of major competitors in 2011

Android will continue to grow at more than twice the rate of its major smart phone competitors in 2011, according to Analysts Canalys. Canalys Q3 2010 estimates, show the Android platform already claims a 25% share of the worldwide smart phone market, with over 20 million shipments of Android-based worldwide. ‘The growth of Android has…

Android ad requests to Millennial Media grew by 3130% in 2010

Android ad requests to the Millennial Media ad platform grew by 3130% in 2010. 2010 was a bumper year for Android according to Millennial – who themselves did very well in 2010 they’re now third largest mobile ad network with 15.4% of the market – not only did they grow by 3130% over the year…

Over 50s more likely to use mobile social networking than young

The over 50s are more likely to start using social networking sites on their mobiles than younger audiences, and they’re significantly wealthier than the youth market. The research, reported in Marketing Week comes from Kantar Media’s TGI MobiLens survey, and it makes very interesting reading, especially if you’re thinking about exploiting mobile in your business.…

Is this what the iPad 2 will look like?

Mobile accessories business GearZap.com have what they think is the first video of the new iPad 2. The video was brought back by their product specialists from CES 2011 in Vegas. GearZap claim the video is of a dummy iPad 2 which GearZap believe was given to a Chinese supplier to help build iPad accessories…

iPads and mobiles are changing our reading habits

The ReaditLater site has produced some fascinating research into the way mobile (iPhone and iPads to be precise) is affecting the way we read news and media. We now do most of our reading while we’re sat on the sofa watching TV. The survey looks at the reading trends culled from over 100 million articles…

House of Fraser goes mobile

UK Department store chain House of Fraser entered the e-commerce comparatively recently (2007) but has quickly taken the plunge and launched a mobile site after seeing mobile traffic grow by 660% in the last six months. The new mobile site m.houseoffraser.co.uk has been specifically designed for use on mobile devices, in collaboration with market-leading mobile…

The new CDMA iPhone in the hotspot

The rumours were true there is to be a new iPhone released on to the market, but rather than a next generation iPhone it’s going to be an iPhone that will work with the CDMA wireless network and you’ll be able to create a wireless hotspot with it, which should make iPad owning iPhone users…

Teenagers are getting mobile and data savvy

New research from Nielsen shows young people around the world love their mobile phones, but they use them in vastly different ways. In China, the mobile internet reigns supreme. Seventy-three percent of Chinese mobile youth ages 15-24 reported using the mobile internet in the previous 30 days compared to 48% of US mobile youth and…

Twitter not a mobile medium?

We always thought that Twitter was a mobile medium, but we’re surprised to find that actually more people use Twitter from a desktop, than from a mobile, and surprise surprise Twitter fans are all big TV watchers, with Glee being their favourite programme. According to Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo more than 40% of all Twitter…

Android number 2 smartphone in US

comScore figures for the three month average period ending November 2010 shows a 6.4% increase for Android putting it firmly in second place ahead of the iPhone, and 7.5% behind RIM  in the US smartphone market, which itself has seen a phenomenal growth of 10% in the last quarter. Smartphone Platform Market Share 61.5 million…

Starmount launch in-store m-commerce solution

US commerce software developers Starmount have turned m-commerce on its head and have introduced an in-store mobile selling assistant, Engage, that works on iPhones and iPads and is intended for use by shop staff rather than customers. “With the advent of the smartphone as a personal shopping device, retailers are now faced with customers that are,…

Windows Phone 7 updates due and marketplace hits 5,500 apps

Microsoft looks to be starting the year with an update to its Windows Phone 7 system and to the app market, it’s also announced that the Windows Phone 7 marketplace is adding 100 new apps a day. Plans to enhance Windows Phone 7 were confirmed by Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer at the Microsoft keynote…

m-commerce on eBay hits $2 billion in 2010

According to eBay the way people shop is changing from in-store and e-commerce to m-commerce, and although we think it’s a little premature to say that, the green shoots are there. In 2010 eBay’s mobile sales tripled from $600 million in 2009 to nearly $2 billion and it’s mostly fuelled by the eBay app, with…

More iPad 2 Feb 2011 rumours

We’re just 10 days into 2011 and the iPad 2 rumour mill is still going strong, so not to be outdone, we thought we would add our two pennies worth. Before Christmas we posted a story (Apple to ship ipad 2 for Feb 2011) from Digitimes saying that the iPad manufacturer Foxconn was ramping up…

Happy Christmas see you in the New Year

We’d like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas – that’s Holidays to you in the US – and a very Happy New Year. We will be back in the New Year with more of the same. As it’s Christmas we though we would point you at two mobile-related charities and appeals. Give your old phones…

MMA launches new mobile privacy guidelines

Non-profit industry trade group the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) has launched an initiative to develop a set of mobile privacy guidelines to complement its existing Global Code of Conduct. The new guidelines are intended to create greater transparency into how subscriber information is collected and used across mobile marketer efforts. The MMA plans to establish…

The rise of the two tablet household

An old acquaintance of ours once said “you know when you’re rich because you start to buy art.” Well that was a long time ago and the modern equivalent would be that you know when you’re too rich because you have more than one tablet, and just to prove our point a new survey from…

What does 2011 hold for apps? – Guest post

We’re running a few articles about where the market will go in 2011, and this guest post is from Ed Thomas at App Developers UK who looks at where apps will be in 2011, take it away Ed. Have you downloaded just about every free mobile app possible and spent a fair few pounds on …

Set a Guinness world record on your iPad

The Guinness book of World records has launched an updated iPad app and uniquely it allows you to set a world record from your iPad. The iPad-only app launched today allows users to attempt and set real Guinness World Records straight from their iPad. Three new record challenges have been designed specifically for the iPad…

Android to be the platform of choice for developers in 2011

Millennial Media’s November 2010 Mobile Mix report reveals that nearly a third of mobile developers are looking to develop for Android in 2011 The Millennial Media Mobile Mix report shows the choice of platform for developers in 2011 is Android with 29% of the developers polled, followed by the iPad (20%) and Windows Phone 7…

The tizi brings live TV to your iPhone/iPad

The equinux tizi brings digital TV (DVB-T/TNT/DTT) directly to the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch via an integrated wi-fi hotspot. Getting live TV on your iPhone and iPad is on many people’s wish list, and now it’s possible, with a handy wi-fi TV transmitter from German manufacturers equinux. The pocket-sized tizi device, costs 149.95 Euros…

iPad and Android top trends on Twitter for 2010

Micro-blogging giant Twitter has released its list of the top trending topics on the platform for the year with Apple’s iPad and Google’s Android fighting it out for top ten placings. According to The Twitter blog , the Gulf oil spill, FIFA World Cup and the movie Inception were the top three overall trends for…

Angry Birds is the iTunes Rewind app of 2010

Apple has launched it’s iTunes Rewind 2010, which lists the best selling, top grossing and free apps for the iPhone and iPad of the year in the US and it’s no surprise that Angry Birds is the top app or near the top on nearly all the charts, Facebook probably only got the number one…

Mobile marketing company Internetq floats to £31 million valuation

Greek Mobile marketing and mobile community building company, Internetq floated on the London Alternative Investment Market (AIM) today, valuing the business at more than £31 million at the market close. The business is one of the first mobile marketing businesses to float since the market started to take off earlier this year, and reveals just…

Apple to allow app sharing

A new Apple patent, which in theory will allow iPad, iPhone, and Mac users to share apps, has been unearthed. The new patent, discovered by web site Patently Apple, will allow iPhone, iPad and possible Mac app users on the new Mac app store to share apps with their friends. According to the Patently Apple…

Who doesn’t sell the iPad? Not Tesco?

Tesco have big full page ads in the papers today, to announce the iPad is now on sale at selected Tesco stores, and it’s also available online from Tesco Direct. However Tesco seem to have underestimated the UK’s desire to buy iPads. Unfortunately it’s no cheaper than the Apple online and offline stores, and the…

Android users do it more than iPhone users

Android users download more than iPhone users according to a new study issued by network management software solutions provider Arieso Arieso’s figures show that new smartphones users download up to 40% more data and upload more than 120% more data compared to Apple’s iPhone 3Gs. Using the iPhone 3GS as a benchmark, Arieso reports that…

Now we can all be Kindle publishers

Amazon have opened up their Kindle books to any platform that supports a web browser from eBooks to iPads, to the latest Google Chrome devices, so now anyone with a website can become a Kindle book publisher. Amazon announced that their “Kindle for the Web” service will expand to enable anyone with access to a…