With smartphone penetration in the U.S. market now well above 60%, it’s clear that smartphones have “arrived.”
But now that smartphones have thoroughly wowed us with their potential, have the makers of today’s leading smartphones stopped innovating like they used to?
It’s no secret that Apple has faced a barrage of criticisms stemming from the company’s perceived sluggish penchant for innovation. But such critical barbs are now prevalent across the hardware landscape.
Posted in Android, iOS, iPhone, Mobile Devices, News, Platforms, Resources, Smartphones, Technology
There’s a covert operation underway at Yahoo today (okay, so maybe it’s not exactly covert any longer, but it’s serious stuff nonetheless).
Yahoo’s chief executive officer, Marissa Mayer, is poised to make the pitch of her career in the coming weeks. And it’s to Apple.
According to knowledgeable industry sources, Yahoo’s boss wants to win Apple’s affections and inspire the iDevice maker to dump Google and make Yahoo the default search engine on all Apple products.
Posted in Announcements, Mobile Devices, News, Platforms, Predictions, Rumors, Smartphones
TechNavio is out with a new report, the findings of which were shared with MMW on Wednesday.
The report, which focused on the Global m-Education Market, projects a CAGR of 20.58 percent from 2014-2018, indicating that the mobile education industry is growing much faster than originally anticipated.
The report highlights the need for innovative learning methods and demand for distance learning as two main factors driving this growth in the market.
Posted in Mobile Devices, News, Platforms, Resources, Smartphones, Tablet Devices
Pioneer Corporation has just announced one of the first aftermarket in-dash car multimedia systems that will provide access to Apple CarPlay.
Details shared with MMW note that this development allows consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicle they already own to the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car.
CarPlay compatibility will be available in early summer 2014 via a firmware update to the five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers.
Posted in Announcements, iOS, News, Platforms, Resources, Smartphones, Technology
If 3D is the next big thing in smartphones, should mobile marketers begin thinking about this technology and how it may be harnessed?
Although it’s important to not let the imagination run completely wild about this prospect, it’s difficult to keep the mind from wondering this week as speculation emerges that Amazon is about to roll out a game-changing smartphone in the next two to three months.
The online shopping giant and flourishing tech maker is said to be planning a new Amazon branded smartphone, upping the ante with Apple and Samsung by rolling out a slew of groundbreaking features that we haven’t yet seen on an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone.
Posted in Android, Announcements, iPhone, Mobile Devices, News, Platforms, Rumors, Smartphones, Tablet Devices, Technology
On Tuesday, researchers at Catalina published the findings of their latest study which probes the driving forces behind mobile shopping.
The digital media company found that what shoppers really want in a mobile commerce experience is very simple: to save time and money without any extra hassle.
“Getting Smart About Today’s Mobile Savvy Shopper” is based on a nationwide survey that identified 1,000 smartphone owners who are the primary grocery shoppers within their households.
Posted in Announcements, Mobile Commerce, Mobile Devices, Mobile Shopping, News, Platforms, Smartphones
The use of mobile phones to access a bank account, credit card, or other financial account continued to increase in prevalence among adults in the United States last year, according to the Federal Reserve Board’s latest report on the use of mobile financial services.
Details provided to MMW show that as of December 2013, 33 percent of all mobile phone users and 51 percent of smartphone users had used mobile banking in the past 12 months.
“This is an increase from 28 percent in December 2012 for mobile phone users and 48 percent for smartphone users,” the Fed’s report summary reads. “The use of mobile phones to make payments at the point-of-sale has experienced substantial growth over the past several years, increasing threefold between the 2011 and 2012 surveys, and again between 2012 and 2013.”
Posted in Announcements, Mobile Commerce, Mobile Devices, Mobile Payments, News, Platforms, Smartphones, Technology