Some aspects of the wireless market seem to change very little from one quarter to another. But now and then there is a surprise, as new data from ComScore reveals. The surprise for the three-month period ending July 15 was the appearance of Apple Music among the top 15 smartphone apps, measured by the percentage of mobile users age 18 or older who use the app. Nearly a quarter (24.1%) of those users use Apple Music, ComScore said. That gave the app 14th place just one month after its launch. ComScore defined Apple Music to include Apple's native music app, which captures all music activity within that app including listening via the streaming service, radio service and users' personally downloaded music libraries.
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Customers' experiences with their wireless devices can have a major impact on a wireless carrier. Offering the wrong device – or failing to support it properly – can negatively impact the bottom line, as new research from Biancco Technology Group illustrates. The combination of faulty mobile devices and ineffective care would prompt 31 percent of wireless customers to switch mobile carriers, according to Biancco, which surveyed more than 1,400 mobile users globally. Another one-third would change to mobile devices from different manufacturers.
We all know someone – maybe multiple people – whose eyes seem perpetually glued to their smartphones. Now there's a name for them. Mobile analytics specialists at Flurry call these people "Mobile Addicts" and according to Flurry research, their population is growing faster than other categories of mobile device users, not only in the U.S. but around the world.
Americans' obsession with their smartphones isn't limited to fun apps like Facebook and Twitter. According to a new mobile banking survey from Bank of America (BoA), 62% of people who use mobile banking apps use them a few times a week or more, including 20% who access their mobile banking app once a day or more.
Mobile biometrics is poised to shake up the global payments market, according to new research from Acuity Market Intelligence (AMI). Forecast to yield $34.6 billion in revenue annually in 2020, mobile biometrics will lower both the costs and risks of mobile payments processing, says AMI in ¨The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report: The Convergence of Commerce and Privacy.¨ Mobile biometrics include technologies such as thumbprint and facial recognition.
Apple's innovative information and communications technology (ICT) has spawned entire industries, including mobile "app" development. Mobile app usage has grown extraordinarily fast since Apple opened the "doors" to its online App Store in 2008. Mobile app revenues now total some $87 billion a year, according to new research from ACT-The App Association. The association represents more than 5,000 small and mid-size software companies involved in mobile app development.
Apps designed to run on connected, wearable devices are well positioned for a boom, according to new market research from IDC. The market research company predicts the number of third-party applications that run on smart wearable devices will expand from 2,500 as of year-end 2014 to 349,000 in 2019. Apps for the Apple Watch are expected to garner as much as two-thirds of the emerging wearable device app market, making it a primary driver of app development, IDC points out in its report, "Worldwide Wearable Applications Forecast, 2015-2019."
Ever wonder about, or been skeptical of, estimates of crowd sizes? Scientists working at Warwick Business School's (WBS) Data Science Lab in central England have found that use of mobile phones and Twitter might provide estimates of crowd sizes that are surprisingly accurate.
Mobile devices continue to take on more and more functionality that previously was handled by traditional computers, a trend often referred to as mobile first. The latest evidence of this trend comes from Google, which found that more people in the U.S. and nine other countries are using its search engine with mobile devices to search the Web than are using personal computers. A Google exec announced the tipping point at a digital advertising conference this past Tuesday, according to a Wireless Week repost of an AP Technology report.
A promising area within the mobile app category is the in-vehicle app, as a recent survey of vehicle owners illustrates. The "Apps in the Car 2015" survey, conducted by IHS Automotive, polled people in the U.S., the U.K., China and Germany who intend to purchase a new vehicle within three years, found that 45% would use in-vehicle apps if they enhanced the driving experience. Over one-third (35 percent) said they would be willing to use in-vehicle apps if they were similar to those on their smartphones.
In our continuing blog series, we want to highlight the growing importance of smartphones and 4G data networks for both consumer and business customers. New research from cloud-based apps marketplace operator GetApp shows just how important smartphones have become to employees. Employees at a range of businesses are increasingly using their mobile devices to conduct business.
The most data-intensive smartphone apps also tend to be the most power-hungry and can quickly deplete smartphone batteries – but there are some exceptions, as new research from online security provider AVG Technologies illustrates. Technology advances have helped minimize the battery drain of some high-bandwidth apps, while some apps that would not be expected to consume large amounts of data or power actually are some of the most resource-hungry because of functionality occurring in the background.
With usage skyrocketing, mobile apps are leaving millions of end users open and vulnerable to a host of increasingly sophisticated security threats, as new research from Intel and security specialist McAfee illustrates.
Counting the country's population accurately every ten years is important. The U.S. Government uses the information collected by an army of census takers to make decisions about allocating billions in federal funds for programs, services and infrastructure, as well as for determining the boundaries of congressional districts.
Americans are even more inseparable from their mobile devices than previously thought, according to new research from consulting firm Deloitte.
Business users are a great market for mobile technology, and the more useful mobile devices become, the more likely it becomes for businesses to adopt mobile technology. Mobile apps play a key role in how businesses use mobile technology – and according to new research from Good Technology, custom apps in particular are seeing huge growth in the business market.
Service providers have a big opportunity with machine-to-machine (M2M), if they focus on the right things, according to a new report from market research firm Ovum. Carriers may miss out on the biggest opportunities if they concentrate solely on managed connectivity for enterprise businesses and organizations, says Ovum. They would do well to highlight “their ability to transport, collect and aggregate large amounts of information to grasp a bigger share” of the M2M market.
Global revenues from sales of tablet games will triple by 2019, according to new market research from Juniper Research, rising from $3.6 billion this year to $13.3 billion. Improved storage capacity, better graphics, more in the way of mobile broadband connectivity and consumers' preferences for convenience and ubiquity will be key factors fueling the rise.
In another example of how mobile broadband is shaping our lives and communities, the rise of connected cars is the latest application to become aware of. Mobile broadband connectivity to the car represents a growing business opportunity for carriers and a quality of life issue for the communities they serve.
Subscribers expectations for apps and services have been rising along with those for wireless network reliability and overall performance, with blame most often placed on wireless service providers when they fall short, according to new market research from Vasona Networks.