Mobile

On today's episode, we discuss how advertisers are adjusting as the pandemic eases in the US, whether Facebook Live Shopping can get off the ground, online shopping's deceleration, if faster delivery can really help retailers compete with Amazon, what to make of Snapchat's fourth-generation augmented reality glasses, and how much time we really have to enjoy life. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer senior analyst Sara M. Watson, analyst Daniel Keyes, and analyst at Insider Intelligence Blake Droesch.

WhatsApp wants more businesses: The messaging platform is streamlining business onboarding and expanding messaging capabilities as it works to become a hub for business-to-consumer communication.

The recent launch of Huawei’s Harmony OS across mobile devices will alleviate its reliance on Android and could put a dent in Google’s global mobile OS dominance.

Fitbit is reportedly adding a snoring-detection feature to its wearables that gives users a “sleep animal” persona as it plays catch up with the Apple Watch.

Years of faltering smartphones forced the company to abandon its handset segment, but increased demand for consumer electronics has presented LG with a well-timed strategy pivot.

Following months of controversy surrounding its privacy policy update, WhatsApp announced it would no longer penalize users for refusing to accept the update’s terms. But for WhatsApp, the reputational damage is done.

iOS 14.5 will have to prove itself: Companies are working to find loopholes in the privacy update, and major tech firms are declaring it anticompetitive—but Apple has yet to enforce anything during this in-between period.

The wireless provider’s partnership with DraftKings represents the latest in a series of new perks intended to entice subscribers away from competitors.

A new report highlights how China’s ambitions around global 5G and blockchain dominance are at odds with the country’s stated commitments to reduce carbon emissions.

The US’ decision to remove Xiaomi from a government blacklist will increase Xiaomi’s access to US investment and could pave the way for its eventual push into the US smartphone market.

On today's episode, we discuss why Uber is trying to be a one-stop shop and how DoorDash outperformed Uber during the pandemic. We then talk about The New York Times' Q1 subscriber and revenue performance, NBCUniversal's thoughts on regional sports, and what stood out at this year's NewFronts. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer senior forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Eric Haggstrom.

The new IoT specialized 5G modem will improve IoT functionality in mission critical applications and may ultimately accelerate IoT device adoption among various industries.

We forecast that this year, adults in China will spend an average of 3 hours, 16 minutes (3:16) per day on smartphone activities, which we define as excluding calls on the cellular network. Up 25 minutes, or 14.6%, from 2020, this total will vault China to first place in the world for that metric. The US will drop to No. 2, with adults there spending 3:10 on smartphones daily.