Mobile


eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin join vice president of content studio Paul Verna to discuss Airbnb’s upcoming IPO, Facebook’s acquisition of “mind-reading wristband” company CTRL-labs, highlights from New York Advertising Week 2019 and more.

eMarketer vice president of forecasting Monica Peart reveals why Facebook Messenger has been slow to take off in Russia.

Although not strictly social media, game streaming properties such as Amazon’s Twitch and Microsoft’s Mixer are playing an increasing role in the video creator space. They are competing with YouTube—and each other—for top video streamers and the audiences those streamers command. They are also becoming more important places for advertising. For our latest report, “Video Ads in Social Media 2019,” we take a look at monetization offerings from Twitch, Mixer and DLive.

In our latest report on global messaging apps, we dive into our forecast for the number of mobile messaging app users—which will increase through 2022, though at slowing rates each year. Our forecast also shows that WhatsApp is a key driver of that growth.

eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom shares our latest figures for WhatsApp’s user base in Indonesia and why it’s growing faster than any other country we track.

eMarketer vice president of forecasting Monica Peart breaks down our estimates for US time spent with tablets and smartphones.

Facebook Dating launched in the US last week, giving users aged 18 and older access to typical dating app features like specialized profiles and matchmaking algorithms. Though the dating app space is crowded, Facebook has an opportunity in the future to make the barrier of entry into the online dating world lower, according to experts.

Traditional text messages may (finally) be getting an overhaul. In June, Google announced that it will allow Android users in the UK and France to opt in to Rich Communication Services (RCS), the new texting standard intended to replace the current SMS protocol. That's a step forward for RCS, which has been off to a slow start, but it's not likely to mean much for consumers or marketers yet.

eMarketer principal analyst Nicole Perrin explains whether Facebook’s updated political advertising rules can sufficiently combat misinformation ahead of the next election cycle. She also discusses Fitbit’s new subscription services, a paper about radicalization on YouTube and a new Google Maps feature that lets users pair transit directions with biking and ride-sharing options.

eMarketer vice president of forecasting Monica Peart shares why we’ve lowered our tablet usage figures for internet users in France and where they’re now spending most of their time.

eMarketer principal analyst Nicole Perrin discusses the EU’s recent ruling on the Google ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ case, the impact of culturally relevant ads, Kik Messenger shutting down and more.

eMarketer forecasting director Shelleen Shum explains why India has the world’s largest WhatsApp user base.

eMarketer forecasting director Shelleen Shum reveals how Facebook Messenger is faring in Japan and South Korea against market leaders Line and Kakao Talk, respectively.

eMarketer vice president of forecasting Monica Peart compares our time spent outlook for mobile messaging apps, like WhatsApp, with social network apps.

Despite being the smallest of the three major commerce channels in terms of transactions, mobile is arguably the most important.

More shoppers are utilizing omnichannel offerings to simplify their shopping experiences. For brands and retailers, offering consumers an obvious in-app value exchange can lead to downloads and encourage loyalty.

Advertising is the core of Facebook’s business, so it was only a matter of time before the company found a place to show ads on WhatsApp. That place will be in Status, WhatsApp’s version of Stories on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.

eMarketer forecasting director Shelleen Shum breaks down our forecast for South Korean smartphone users, including what affected our recently raised projections.

eMarketer vice president of forecasting Monica Peart shares our tablet usage numbers for the UK, including a breakdown on the device’s most popular age group.

eMarketer principal analyst Yory Wurmser explains why Huawei is rolling out a proprietary open-source operating system, the iPhone sales slowdown, Uber’s imminent need to turn things around and how Google is making it easier for users to navigate walking directions with the help of augmented reality.