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September 2013

27
Sep
2013

In-app purchases targeted at kids ‘potentially unfair and aggressive’ say OFT

POSTED BY Analyst Team
In April of this year, my colleague Dr Windsor Holden wrote a blog post for Juniper’s Analyst Xpress detailing how the OFT (Office of Fair Trading) in the UK were to be investigating “whether children are being unfairly pressured or encouraged to pay for additional content in ‘free’ web and app-based games, including upgraded membership or virtual currency such as coins, gems or fruit.”
23
Sep
2013

Mobile Appcessories and the Payment Revolution

POSTED BY Nitin Bhas
In the payment industry, payment readers designed by Square in the US and iZettle in Sweden, are creating an alternative to more expensive POS (Point of Sale) hardware.
20
Sep
2013

Mobile Money: Opening the Door to Financial Inclusion

POSTED BY Windsor Holden
For the overwhelming majority – let’s in fact say all – of the readers of this blog, when you (and I) now say that we regard the mobile phone as essential to our everyday lives, what we actually mean is that it has become part of the fabric of those lives because we can play Angry Birds whenever we want, browse the Internet, read eBooks and generally keep in touch via call, email, social network or text and thus use the acronym LOL far more than is strictly necessary.
13
Sep
2013

Appcessories: How ready is the ecosystem?

POSTED BY Nitin Bhas
In many respects the market for smart wireless accessories resembles the early days of smartphones.
09
Sep
2013

App Discovery & Quality Remains a Challenge, Apple Adjusts Algorithm to Overcome It

POSTED BY Analyst Team
The number of apps in the leading app stores – Apple’s App Store and Google Play – is overwhelming, at 900,000 active apps for the US App Store and over 1 million in Google Play.
06
Sep
2013

Vodafone and Microsoft heat up the dog days of Summer

POSTED BY Windsor Holden
Time was, the dog days of August were a quiet time in the mobile industry: multinational executives migrated en masse from office to beach; analysts, secure in the knowledge that nothing of import would be happening for the next few weeks, dispersed to their sun-kissed venue of choice.