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Once again investors underestimated the size of Facebook’s business — the company posted a huge beat over expectations on revenues and earnings per share in its Q4 announcement. Shares went up immediately nearly 10% in after-hours trading. (Facebook closed at $53.53 before the call.)
Global Smartphone Shipments Top 1 Billion For The First Time Thanks To Cheap Android Devices, Says IDC
The global smartphone market shipped one billion units in a single year for the first time, with Samsung as the leading vendor, according to a new report by research firm IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.
Apple is laying the groundwork for an expanded mobile-payments service, leveraging its growing base of iPhone and iPad users and the hundreds of millions of credit cards on file through its iTunes stores. Eddy Cue, Apple’s iTunes and App Store chief and a key lieutenant of Chief Executive Tim Cook, has met with industry executives to discuss Apple’s interest in handling payments for physical goods and services on its devices, according to people familiar with the situation.
Research commissioned by KANA Software has found that mobile devices are making consumers increasingly impatient when waiting for responses from companies via social media, email or other communication channels. Five per cent of 18 to 24s now check their phone every minute, the Omnibus survey found, with men looking at their phone on average every 22 minutes and 30 seconds, slightly more than women, and digital pensioners even getting in on the act.
Marks & Spencer and Tesco lead the pack among British retailers in mobile with easy-to-use and information-packed sites, according to a new report from ForeSee. The ForeSee Experience Index looks at customer satisfaction across the top 10 mobile retail Web sites in Britain and includes almost 2,500 surveys. One of the more interesting findings in the study is the focus on navigation when it comes to customer satisfaction.
Facebook hit a major milestone with today’s Q4 2013 earnings as it crossed the halfway point and now earns 53% of ad revenue from mobile, or $1.37 billion of its $2.59 billion in revenue this quarter. The small-screen skrilla comes from 556 million daily mobile users up from 507 million in Q3, and 945 million monthly mobile users up from 874 million.
The home screen as it stands cannot last. In reality, what we’re looking at is the end times for the traditional grid of icons that we’ve become so familiar with since the iPhone was introduced in 2007. There is simply too much context available via the sensors, camera, radios and other inputs we carry around in our pockets not to take advantage of it.
The use of IP messaging services on smartphones is growing rapidly. The consultancy Analysys Mason published a report on the subject in which estimates that last year were trafficked 10.3 trillion messages in the world in such services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Line, etc. Kakao. The company estimates that it was the first year that these services surpassed by volume traditional text messaging (SMS) operators, which would have added only 6.5 trillion.
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