Watch for Google Home launch (and price) tomorrow
Tomorrow (4 October) Google is holding a press event to launch some new products, including a new flagship smartphone (Google Pixel) and possibly the first hardware for its Daydream virtual-reality platform. But Variety...
October 3, 2016
If people are on their phones at gigs all the time, how can the music industry capitalise on this?
Taking badly lit selfies, shooting blurry shots of the bassist and posting them to Twitter, texting a friend at the bar to get you an extra pint: if you’ve been to a gig in the last few years, the sea of smartphone screens...
July 27, 2015
Livetake matches gig smartphone footage to soundboard recordings
Danish startup Livetake is the latest company trying to make music fans’ concert videos sound better. The company has launched its iPhone app this week, promising “to perpetuate concert memories in a personalized way...
July 2, 2015
Snapchat is making it easier to print scannable Snapcodes
Snapchat’s Snapcodes feature might have floated under your radar, but it’s worth thinking about now. It’s basically the messaging app’s equivalent of QR codes: an icon covered in dots that’s part of each user’s...
May 6, 2015
Report claims Nokia is planning a smartphone return
Nokia sold its smartphones division to Microsoft, but what’s left of the company is reportedly planning a return to the market once the terms of that deal – which bar it from competing in the mobile market for a set period...
April 21, 2015
64% of 18-29yo American smartphone owners use them for music
The Pew Research Center has been surveying Americans about their smartphone usage, with a report that’s well worth a long-read. Some of its key findings: 64% of Americans own a smartphone, up from 35% four years ago, but...
April 4, 2015
Shazam identifies smartwatches as its next opportunity
Shazam is working on a smartwatch app, the company has told AdWeek, and it looks set to follow its smartphone strategy in supporting multiple device manufacturers. “We are talking with a few,” says CMO Patricia Parra....
March 5, 2015
Only a third of US mobile users will pay for apps this year
A third? That’s actually higher than we’d have expected, given the dominance of free and freemium apps on the stores of Apple and Google. Still, 33% is the percentage that’ll pay for apps in the US this year according...
February 6, 2015
Messaging app Kik has 200m users (but won’t talk MAUs)
Kik is one of the messaging apps battling for a space on teenagers’ smartphone homescreens, and yesterday it published some stats. They included the milestone of 200 million registered users, although unlike rivals like...
January 30, 2015
Apple’s smartphone market share rising says Kantar
2015 must be underway: the smartphone market-share analysts are back at work. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has published its first figures of the year, examining the market share for sales of new smartphones in various parts...
January 20, 2015
Chinese firm Xiaomi tripled its smartphone sales in 2014
One of our trends to watch in 2015 is the continued growth of Chinese smartphone makers like Xiaomi and Huawei, which are huge in their home market but which also have strong global ambitions. Here are some Xiaomi numbers...
January 12, 2015