Mobile


eMarketer principal analysts Nicole Perrin and Yory Wurmser check in on the ongoing privacy debate, looking at data privacy, device privacy and privacy legislation. They also discuss child privacy laws in the US, telemedicine adoption and an Apple Watch partnership.

An increasingly important part of companies’ messaging efforts is content marketing, which they rely on to build brand awareness and engagement, provide thought leadership, and tap into cultural conversations around particular trends and topics.

Amid all the handwringing about screen time—plus the demise of Toys "R" Us—one could easily imagine that kids have lost interest in toys. But they haven’t.

eMarketer global director of public relations Douglas Clark reveals our first-ever forecast for mobile reddit users in the US and the platform’s new live streaming feature.

Mobile dethroned TV in 2019 as the channel where US adults spent the most time. While it may be a symbolic threshold for now, it’s still notable that the average US adult spent 3 hours, 43 minutes (3:43) on their mobile devices in 2019, compared with the average 3:35 spent watching TV. As recently as 2016, US adults watched nearly an hour more of TV than they spent on their smartphones and tablets (4:05 vs. 3:08).

eMarketer principal analyst Yory Wurmser discusses one thing that summed up 2019 for him and some of his predictions for 2020, focusing on the promise of 5G.

eMarketer vice president of business development Marissa Coslov discusses our latest estimates for revenues derived from app installs in the US and growth drivers like Snapchat and TikTok.

eMarketer global director of public relations Douglas Clark breaks down our usage figures for Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp worldwide.

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson and junior analyst Blake Droesch discuss TikTok's US image, whether competitors can copy it out of business and how in-app buying will affect the platform. Then they talk about the ANA Influencer Marketing Conference, why Facebook is introducing Stories to its dating service and whether Americans will miss seeing Instagram likes when they go away.

In 2019, we estimate that 577.4 million people in China made a purchase via proximity mobile payment within a six-month period. Those users account for 49.6% of the country’s population. Next year, more than half of the population will utilize this payment method, with that figure rising to 60.5% in 2023.

Pinterest surpassed Snapchat as the third-biggest social media platform in the US in 2019, and it will continue to stay ahead in the coming years, according to our latest social user estimates.

The US has been relatively late in introducing contactless cards, which are credit or debit cards that include a near field communication (NFC) chip that can complete a transaction simply by tapping on a reader. But those cards are starting to arrive in the US now that most point-of-sale (POS) systems have the NFC capabilities to accept them.

Consumers are constantly in search of convenience, particularly in the form of timesaving. In the past 12 months, numerous direct-to-consumer (D2C) meal plan services have emerged, offering consumers an alternative solution to home cooking without paying a dreaded visit to the grocery store—or spending time trying to figure out a recipe.

Social networks are no longer what they used to be. Case in point: The rise of short video-app TikTok in 2019 is a sure sign that what defines a social network will be very different in 2020.

eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco breaks down our adoption estimates for Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, and reasons behind its popularity.

Marketers have embraced location data for several reasons. It can help personalize experiences for customers, better isolate customer paths to purchase, create better customer segments, and identify opportune moments to target potential clients. But new restrictions on collecting location data will make it more costly for advertisers in 2020.

eMarketer junior forecasting analyst Nazmul Islam compares our mobile messaging app usage numbers with our mobile social networking usage figures and the factors behind the increasing gap.

eMarketer global director of public relations Douglas Clark examines our usage figures for mobile messaging app Line and its prevalence in Asia-Pacific.

eMarketer global director of public relations Douglas Clark explains our usage estimates for mobile messaging app KakaoTalk and why a growth slowdown may be on the horizon.

eMarketer forecasting analyst Rini Mukhopadhyay shares our usage numbers for WhatsApp in Brazil and what’s behind its successful adoption.