Worldwide consumer spending on mobile games optimized for Apple's iOS has eclipsed total spending on titles for dedicated gaming handhelds like the Sony PSP and Nintendo 3DS, according to a new report issued by researcher IDC and mobile analytics firm App Annie.
Microsoft's Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year shipment gains of any smartphone operating system, eclipsing BlackBerry in the race to challenge marketplace leaders Android and iOS, research firm IDC reports.
E-mail may remain the most popular activity among 78 percent of the smartphone-using population, but it's followed closely by browsing and connecting via social media, according to a survey of more than 7,000 people by Facebook and research firm IDC.
Mobile publishers like Facebook, Twitter, Pandora and The Weather Channel are rapidly gaining control of the U.S. mobile display advertising market, ending years of dominance by ad networks like Google, Millennial Media and Apple, research firm IDC reports.
Analyst think thayt Nokia's lack of a smartphone offering a 5-inch screen is placing the company at the risk of missing the next big trend as consumers shift towards big-screen handhelds.
Apple's iPad will lose its stranglehold on the worldwide tablet market this year, overcome by a wave of smaller, lower-priced devices powered by Google's Android, research firm IDC forecasts.
Shipments of smartphones will surpass feature phones for the first time this year, according to a new report from research firm IDC, marking a tipping point as mobile broadband adoption expands and smartphone prices come down worldwide. The report also found that China will outpace the United States as the world's largest smartphone market both this year and on into the future.
Annual smartphone shipments are set to overtake feature phone shipments for the first time ever in 2013, research firm IDC reports.
Chinese vendor ZTE is planning to boost smartphone shipments by 50 per cent this year with a focus on LTE-based handsets. The company said it is looking to increase sales by concentrating its efforts in developed markets such as Europe, the United States and Japan.
Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE in the fourth quarter displaced the likes of HTC, LG Electronics, Nokia and Research In Motion in the rankings of the world's largest smartphone vendors.