U.S. Mobile Banking Service App Use is Increasing

comScore released an analysis of mobile financial services usage showing that 32.5 million Americans accessed mobile banking information on their devices at the end of Q2 2011 in June -- representing 13.9 percent of all mobile users. The study also revealed that 12.7 million mobile users reported using banking applications (apps), showing a notable increase of 45 percent from Q4 2010. “The investments in mobile made by financial services institutions, along with the continued growth in smartphone adoption, have had a truly positive effect on the use of mobile financial...

By David H. Deans, 08 November 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Billing, Smartphones.

China's app growth is up by 840% in 2011

China’s mobile application market is now the second largest in the world, according to research.

Analytics firm, Flurry, found that China has had an 840% increase in app usage during this year. The growth is four times more than the rate experienced by other countries.

The country now ranks behind the United States in the stakes to become number 1 in the apps...

By Dani Millward, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Asia, China, Consumers, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

Samsung's bendy smartphones to hit market

Samsung could release its new bendable smartphones by early 2012.

The new technology will feature foldable OLED screens, which doesn’t crack when folded over, and makes it easier to fit your device into pockets and purses. The screen itself uses pixels that emalate their own light rather than using a backlight.

The South Korean electronics giant also said that tablets and other devices may be introduced...

By Dani Millward, 02 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Developers, Devices, Smartphones.

Low Cost Smartphones for the World's Poorest Citizens

The next one billion people on the planet who are first-time users of the internet will likely gain access via a smartphone, not a computer. Moreover, the internet offers them the prospect of new hope and socioeconomic advancement. Why? Many of these people are poor, very poor. In most developing nations, the typical Android smartphone -- typically selling for $400 to $500 -- is way out of reach for many consumers that currently have a feature phone or perhaps no phone at all. These potential smartphone owners currently only have one operating system (OS) choice in the low-cost category, (the under-$150...

By David H. Deans, 02 November 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Africa, Asia, Consumers, Europe, India, LATAM, N America, Research, Smartphones, UAE.

Upside for Smartphones and Mobile Net in Asia-Pacific

The telecommunication services boom in the emerging markets of the Asia-Pacific is expected to continue in 2011, and will drive the total mobile subscription rate in the region to grow by more than 15 percent. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the mobile market in the Asia-Pacific still has the potential to grow at more than a 10 percent rate for the next two years. The smartphone market is also forecast to have healthy growth, with 24 percent share in total handset shipments in 2011 -- that's up from 17 percent in 2010. Smartphone shipments in Asia will see a significant growth of...

By David H. Deans, 31 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

Challenges and Opportunities for 4G Wireless Video

As depicted in the illustration below, the world has become a content producer. People create and upload their own pieces of art onto the network while enjoying other people’s masterpieces. It may be expected that in 4G the communication networks will continue to expand so as to include all kinds of channels with various through puts, quality of services and protocols, and heterogeneous terminals with a wide range of capabilities, accessibilities and user preference.  Thus the gap between the richness of multimedia...

By Alex Wanda, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones, WiFi.

Smartphone Users Interact with Brands via Social Networks

comScore released results of a study on mobile social media usage which showed that 72.2 million Americans accessed social networking sites or blogs on their smartphone in August 2011 -- an increase of 37 percent in the past year. Their latest market study also provided new insights into how mobile users interact with social media, finding that more than half read a post from an organization, brand or related event while on their mobile device. “Social media is one of the most popular and fastest growing mobile activities, reaching nearly one third of all U.S. mobile users,” said Mark Donovan,...

By David H. Deans, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Demand for Media Tablets Disrupts the PC Market

Worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments increased by 3.6 percent in the third quarter of 2011 (3Q11) compared to the same quarter in 2010, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). The results are up slightly from the 2.7 percenet growth experienced in 2Q11, and just below IDC's August projections for 4.5 percent growth in the quarter. The Americas and EMEA were slightly below expectations while the Asia-Pacific markets were slightly ahead. The market continues to struggle as consumer discretionary income is diverted to other areas and business...

By David H. Deans, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Smartphones.

The Creepy - And Insecure - Side of iOS and Android Apps

Want to see the dark side of mobile apps? Just read this great bit of research from Troy Hunt: Secret iOS business; what you don’t know about your apps

As people have noted in the comments, "iOS" (Apple's operating system for iPhones and iPads) is purely the platform Troy Hunt did his research on... but he's really talking about issues with mobile applications.

I'm my unfortunately sure that these type of issues will also be there on apps on Android and probably on other mobile operating systems from Microsoft, RIM, WebOS, etc.

These are application design issues.

The article starts off with the incredibly inefficient case of stuffing large images from...

By Dan York, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, Mobile, Security, Smartphones.