Marissa Mayer Takes At Over Yahoo – Goes All In on Mobile
Early Googler Marissa Mayer replaced Scott Thompson and his forged resume at Yahoo. She announced that mobile will be a primary focus.
Windows Phone 8 – Too Little, Too Late? For Nokia & Microsoft?
While Windows Phone 8 and Nokia's Lumia 920 in particular have won raves, does the battle for third place even matter?
RIM In A Tailspin
In our 2011 Review we looked at RIM's disastrous year. 2012 was arguably worse. Can BlackBerry 10 save the company or will a suitor like IBM or Microsoft step in?
Tablet War Heats Up
Real challengers to the iPad finally arrive in the Android-forked Kindle Fire HDs, the Nexus 7 and Apple's own Mini model. Microsoft's entrant, the Surface seems to be DOA.
Mobile Payments Race
Square + Starbucks = explosive growth ahead. NFC-based wallets have made little progress, while Apple plays dark horse with the ability to connect Passbook to hundreds of millions of iTunes accounts.
Mobile Shopping Is Big On Black Friday
Amazon may be the Internet's biggest retailer, but it was Apple's iPhone and iPad that were largely responsible for the 25% of online Black Friday sales that occurred on mobile devices.
The Android / iOS Usage Paradox
Android overtook iOS quite a while ago - yet a curious paradox persists: metrics like mobile web browsing, paid app installs, and mobile shopping show Android users aren't doing much with their phones & tablets.
The World's Biggest Company Has A Map Problem
Highs & Lows: 2012 saw Apple's market cap soar to a record. The company also fell on its face with their home-grown maps app. Executive heads rolled.
Texting Turns 20
Text messaging turned 20 years old this December. Of course it only really took off in the US in the past half decade or so.
Facebook Begins To Monetize Mobile & Buys Instagram Too
Post IPO Facebook's primary concern has been how to monetize mobile. Buying revenue-less Instragram only added to that puzzle.
The Mobile Patent Wars Rage On (Including The Massive Samsung Judgment)
The battle over mobile patents and copycat devices shows no sign of abating. The billion dollar verdict Apple won against Samsung is just the start.
Softbank Buys Sprint (and Clearwire too)
Japanese Internet giant Softbank bought a controlling interest in 3rd ranked US carrier Sprint - who scooped up the half of Clearwire they didn't own.
The Rise Of The Second (And Third) Screen
Election night highlighted the rise of multi-screen media consumption as Americans increasingly watch TV with a tablet and/or smartphone in hand.
Election 2012 – Project Orca Sinks, Obama’s Mobile Efforts Soar
SMS was a key mobile technology in 2008. This election cycle saw Romney make a mobile mess, while Obama excelled once again.
Samsung Eats The Android Ecosystem
Google offered Android for free to assure their place in mobile search. The plan worked - but Android is becoming a Samsung and everyone else platform.
Ads Are Moving Mobile And That Means Trouble For Google
Google used AdWords to build an empire, but as mobile devices take an increasing share of ad impressions the search giant faces declining CPCs.
Location Based Services Tread Water
Foursquare is rumored to be having trouble raising a fourth VC round at the valuation they wanted. Is it a sign that monetizing location based services is proving harder than anyone thought?
The Second Half
Roughly half of American mobile subscribers now own smartphones. Andorid and iOS own the vast share of the marketplace. Who will grab the second half of Americans to replace their feature phones?