Global News Round-up – Week 15th July

Global_News_MEF Each week the MEF team curates mobile stories from around the world. Essential news, the latest market insight & data nuggets, the Global News Round-up offers an instant international mobile content & commerce snapshot.

 Global News Stories

The Granddaddy Of Messaging Apps, WhatsApp, Finally Goes For A Subscription Model on iOS


WhatsApp, the Sequoia-backed messaging app that dominates in Europe and that is often tipped as an attractive acquisition candidate for companies like Google and Facebook, just went freemium finally on iOS. The app has been paid for years on the iPhone at a $0.99 price point. But today it went free with an annual subscription fee of $1 after the first year.

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Voice Trumps Smartphones for Indosat

The Jakarta Globe

Indosat, Indonesia’s second-largest mobile phone operator by subscribers, says its income likely grew 10 percent to about Rp 11.3 trillion ($1.1 billion) in the first half of this year, with old-fashioned handsets rather than smartphones the main driver. The Jakarta-based company, controlled by Qatar-based telecommunication giant Ooredoo, recorded Rp 10.3 trillion in revenue in the first half of last year.

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China market: Internet users increases by 590 million at end of June, says CNNIC



The number of fixed-line and mobile Internet surfers in China increased to an estimated 590.56 million as of the end of June 2013, according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).

The number of Internet surfers rose by 4.71% from half a year ago and was equivalent to a penetration rate of 44.1%, CNNIC indicated. Of the Internet surfers, 463.76 million or 78.53% used handsets for mobile access. During the first half of 2013, the average time of using Internet services a week per surfer was 21.1 hours.

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How Big Data Is Transforming The Mobile Industry

Business Insider

The world is awash in data. CIBC, a Canadian bank, predicts that information-generation growth

will increase 50 times over the next decade. IDC, a market research firm, similarly forecasts a 44-fold increase in data volumes between 2009 and 2020. Mobile is playing a large part in driving this explosion in data.

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How Watching Mobile Ads Could Earn You Free Data


Advertisers are pulling out all the tricks when it comes to getting your eyeballs on their mobile content. So could they be successful if the incentive is free data for your smartphone? A Boston-based startup certainly hopes so.

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State of the Nation – The Mobile Customer Experience Report

Mobile Marketing Magazine


Kirsty Styles catches up with Textlocal marketing director Rob Townsend at the launch of the company’s the Mobile Customer Experience Report, an in-depth look about mobile messaging in the UK, to find out more.

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Monitise study: fewer than 10 per cent trust an OEM to handle mobile payments

Mobile Money Revolution

Research from Future Foundation commissioned by Monitise looked at all areas of mobile money and revealed the public to be pretty conservative on the subject.

When asked who they would trust most to ‘carry out a (mobile payment) transaction’, 60 per cent of UK users said PayPal, 47 per cent said their bank, 45 per cent said card company, 33 per cent said retailer, 11 per cent said operator and 8 per cent said OEM.

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Oculus Rift aiming for 2014 release, CEO touts potential on ‘next gen cellphones’

Edge Online

The maker of Oculus Rift wants to release the VR headset to the public next year, and intends to keep the launch price as close to $300 as possible. CEO Brendan Iribe told us that while the company has played around with Kinect and Move, bringing Oculus Rift to consoles is not his team’s focus. Instead, it will concentrate its efforts on bringing its VR headset to PC and “next gen cellphones.”

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Developers increasingly turn to enterprise apps to make money

Fierce Developer

According to research released today from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and analysis firm IHS, mobile advertising revenues increased 83% between 2011 and 2012, growing from €3.8-billion (US$4.9-billion) to €6.9-billion (US$8.8-billion). Given continued growth, it’s therefore more than likely that it will shoot past the US$9-billion mark this year.

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Inking New Deals With Pearson And Elsevier, Inkling Nets $16M From Sequoia & More To Digitize The World’s Textbooks


With the word beginning to quietly leak out last week (thanks to its regulatory filing), San Francisco-based mobile learning startup, Inkling, officially announced today that it has raised $16 million in Series C financing, in a round led by Sequoia Capital.  Alongside its new capital, Inkling also announced today that it has struck new, strategic partnerships with two of world’s biggest academic publishers, Pearson and Elsevier, who will use the startup’s digital publishing tools as the “primary environment for creating next-generation digital learning products.”

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Global News Round-up – These articles are not written by MEF and do not represent any views of individuals, members or the organisation.

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