Smartphone Growth Forecast to Outpace Tablets and PCs

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Smartphones will make up a growing share of the global market for smart connected devices (SCDs) over the course of this decade, “dwarfing both tablets and PCs in terms of shipment volumes,” according to a new forecast from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device...Learn More

Flurry Finds Growth in Phablet Usage of 148% in One Year

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Skyrocketing in popularity, connected devices and apps have quickly surpassed both the Web and TV in terms of the time people spend consuming media. Smartphones (led by Apple’s iPhone) paved the way and tablets (with Apple again leading the way with the iPad) added to...Learn More

GfK: Phablet Share of Mobile Device Market Hits 12.8%

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Mobile phone users can’t seem to get enough of phablets – smartphones with screens of 5.5 inches and larger, according to the latest market research from GfK. Phablet sales have been outpacing overall consumer demand for mobile devices since Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy Note...Learn More

IDC: Android, iOS Market Share Dominance Increases

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Global market shares for Android and iOS smartphones edged even higher in both 4Q and all of 2014, moving Google and Apple closer to complete market domination, according to new market research from IDC. Taken together, Android and iOS smartphones accounted for 96.3 percent of...Learn More

Gfk on Smartphone Use in Stores: Online Price Checking is Common

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Growing numbers of smartphone users are turning to those devices and the World Wide Web to help them make purchase decisions while out shopping in stores, according to new market research from GfK. Using mobile phones to compare prices tied with contacting a friend or...Learn More

Smartphone Market Share: Report Finds Apple Gains

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More than 1 billion smartphones were shipped worldwide in 4Q 2014, with a record-setting total of 74.5 million iPhones contributing to 29 percent year-over-year growth, according to the latest market data from Juniper Research. Smartphone OEM leader Samsung reported a decline in earnings, even as...Learn More

Public Wi-Fi and Minorities: Study Finds Strong Benefits

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African-Americans and Latinos are more likely to use public Wi-Fi networks and use them more often. Furthermore, they report more in the way of positive impacts from public Wi-Fi use than their Caucasian counterparts, according to a new study from WifiForward conducted by the GfK...Learn More

Older Adults and Technology Use Survey: 56% Need Help

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Surveying 100 people from a member base comprised predominantly of those 55 and older, technology support company iTOK found that well over half (56 percent) needed help learning how to use the new consumer information and communications (ICT) devices they received as gifts this past...Learn More

IAB: Mobile App Usage Has Been Overestimated

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Much has been written about mobile app, as opposed to mobile Web, use becoming the predominant means for mobile device users to access content and make use of the Internet. But new market research from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and its Mobile Marketing Center...Learn More

Study: Young Adults’ Spending Via Smartphone is $51 a Month

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Men are much more likely than women (56% to 45%) to make purchases via smartphone, according to a new study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence and Verizon’s Precision Markets Insights. The gender difference in smartphone purchases is stronger within...Learn More

IDC: Smartphone Shipments to Grow 26.3% in 2014

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Worldwide smartphone shipments will increase 26.3 percent year-over-year in 2014, reaching nearly 1.3 billion units, according to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker market data service. Looking ahead to 2015, IDC expects worldwide smartphone shipments will increase another 12.2 percent as global shipments...Learn More

Report: Large-Screen Smartphone Data Usage Higher than for Small Screens

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Mobile device screen size is strongly and positively correlated with mobile app usage, according to new market research in which mobile  usage data provider Mobidia and IHS Technology delve into “the impact of smartphone screen size and resolution on social, chat, game and video smartphone...Learn More