From Facebook to phone-makers to publishers to app developers, the entire mobile industry is essentially dedicated to one goal: getting people to stare at their phones for a long as humanly possible. Yet, as new research suggests, people are at least trying to exert some control over their behavior. For example, about half (47%) of U.S. consumers now report making a conscious effort to reduce or limit their smartphone usage -- mostly by keeping their gadgets out of sight, or disabling various attention-seeking features.
What does Tencent know that we don't? Over the past quarter -- as investors continued to unload Snap's stock, and analysts thought up colorful language to trash the company -- we now know that the Chinese tech giant gobbled up a roughly 12% stake in Snap. The news came to light on Wednesday in a quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
You wouldn't know it by looking at Facebook's latest earnings report, but retailers are pouring money into mobile video ads on the platform. Yes, among Nanigans' ad clients, spending on those types of units was up a whopping 40% from the third quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of this year.
Let's give a round of applause to brands like Best Buy, Patagonia, and Kohl's, which are really getting mobile right. As outlined in by L2's latest Intelligence report, these guys are matching strong investments in content and commerce with aggressive mobile marketing initiatives.
What is our current obsession with mobile gadgets doing to young children? No one knows -- but that doesn't seem to be discouraging parents from exposing their kids to higher and higher doses of mobile media.
Compared to the first half of 2016, downloads of shopping apps increased by 20% during the first half of 2017, according to fresh findings from App Annie. Among other implications, we can expect to see some massive m-commerce numbers this coming holiday season.
At least on a national level, good news has recently been in short supply. And, from the First Amendment to the Second, folks have more cause for disagreement, with more platforms on which to butt heads than ever before. It should come as no surprise, then, that people aren't in the best mood when using social apps like Facebook and Twitter.
While far more significant matters go unattended at home and abroad, our whiner-in-chief is now bashing American tech companies by name. Yes, from his bully pulpit on Twitter, the "real" Donald Trump took direct aim at Facebook on Wednesday, calling what is arguably the country's most innovative corporation "anti-Trump."
Why aren't consumers downloading new apps? That's the billion-dollar question on which the health of the mobile ecosystem rests. Accepting part of the blame, Apple believes it can do a better job helping people discover apps they likely never knew existed.
Yes, Apple still has a unique ability to create sinfully sexy gadgets with similarly drool-inducing functionality. That was clear this week with the debut of the iPhone X, Apple's forthcoming flagship phone featuring a sleek edge-to-edge screen, a glass back, higher resolution and energy efficiency thanks to an OLED display, 3-D touch technology, facial recognition sensors, and wireless charging.