Mobile

Spotify’s podcast studio shutdown shows how large platforms changed the landscape: Studio 4 emerged when platforms were betting big on original content, but now famous names and legacy successes are king.

Semiconductor sales are expected to normalize after a record-setting 2021 predicated by various shortages and extended gaps between orders and deliveries.

Take-Two Interactive can make mobile and social gaming play with $13B Zynga acquisition: Merger would create one of the largest gaming conglomerates.

AT&T, Verizon capitulate to FAA request by shutting off 5G at 50 airports: The move gives government agencies and carriers time to study the impact of C-band expansion on airplanes.

Take-Two Interactive’s purchase of Zynga cements its position as a gaming powerhouse: The $12.7 billion deal allows the company to expand its mobile presence amid continued success with console and PC gaming.

Spotify adds clickable ads to its advertising lineup: The audio streaming company aims to transform podcast advertising with visual and interactive experiences.

Samsung could bring folding-screen technology to tablets and laptops: Its leadership position in foldables could help it develop a niche for folding-screen products.

They now have to report users’ business payments that exceed $600 annually, which might push them to add payment-adjacent tax services.

New products and technologies announced at CES 2022: We break down outstanding trends and the most compelling Connectivity and Tech announcements from the show floor.

Meta could have created its own AR/VR OS but chose to use a modified version of Google’s Android: Short-term convenience could lead to long-term problems in the metaverse.

2021 was a year of reckoning across various industries due to the worsening chip crisis. Chip and component supplies ran dry, exposing weaknesses in supply chains, while manufacturers scrambled to adjust product lines.

On today's episode, we discuss what our analysts think will be the key mobile trends of 2022. How much will apps shift away from ad dependency, and how far will QR codes expand their reach beyond the pandemic? We then talk about whether people will find room in their homes for the largest Alexa-enabled smart display yet and if the biggest social media companies will ever become super apps. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Yory Wurmser.

Did Google pay Apple to stay out of the search game? A new lawsuit claims so: Antitrust scrutiny heats up on Big Tech ballooning unchecked into trillion-dollar firms.

Unlocking the Wi-Fi 6 spectrum could ease the stress on remote workers’ networks: But the cost of compatible routers and devices might not be worth the incremental connectivity benefits.

Sports betting companies tripled TV ad spend in the last months of 2021: With sports gambling available to more people than ever before, operators look to national TV to bring in customers.

Despite the iOS privacy changes rolled out last year, app publishers worldwide still rely heavily on advertising to make money.

AT&T, Verizon pushing through with 5G rollout despite FAA’s request for two-week extension: Carriers propose “exclusion zones” to dampen 5G’s interference of aircraft safety systems in airports.

Across industries, apps are trying to become super apps: Turning to delivery, music, and streaming, several major apps dramatically broadened their services in 2021 and became the de facto hubs for their industries.

Oura Ring Gen 3 hit the market—we stack it up against Fitbit Versa 3: We tried it and think it needs better software and more features to compete against popular health-tracking wearables.