Mobile

The metaverse will be put to the test in 2022: Some firms may find their metaverse dreams held back by wearable technology, while others attempt to woo brands to their spaces.

In 2022, Samsung is expected to ship 276 million smartphones worldwide, maintaining its lead over Apple, with 243 million.

Marketers rate TikTok less trustworthy, more innovative than Facebook: Despite amassing over 1 billion users, TikTok still struggles to attract marketing dollars.

What the phasing out of 3G will mean for telehealth in rural regions: As digital health transformation takes US healthcare by storm, rural areas are getting left behind—here’s how the advent of 5G could change that.

Closing the digital divide and improving investment in emerging technologies have been on President Joe Biden’s tech policy agenda since he began his term. The long-awaited Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act finally passed through Congress in early November with bipartisan support, and it includes funding for increasing the affordability and adoption of high-speed internet in remote and underserved areas. Although not without its problems and compromises, the package provides a strong foundation for lowering the cost of connectivity across the country.

Emerging countries looking to upgrade their network infrastructure have become good starting points for expanding Big Tech’s network provider aspirations.

Android 12 Go can seal Google’s dominance of entry-level smartphones in emerging countries: An optimized version of Android could boost adoption by eliminating fragmentation and setting standards for affordable devices.

AirAsia, one of the world’s largest budget airlines, is on a mission to build a regional super app. While it follows in the footsteps of titans like WeChat in China and Gojek in Southeast Asia, AirAsia could blaze a path for travel and other industries not endemic to the mobile space. Companies looking to expand their mobile business should take lessons from its journey, wherever its final destination may be.

Google ramps up mobile AR efforts: This could be the push for Google Glass for the masses, opening up competition with Meta and Apple’s wider AR and VR.

Instagram quietly passes 2 billion users amid regulatory scrutiny: The embattled platform made no announcement to mark the milestone, which may only exacerbate concerns about its size.

Vodeo Games’ union calls attention to embattled video game industry: The unionization of a relatively small studio could make big waves in a sector rallying around worker rights.

AirAsia, one of the world’s largest budget airlines, is on a mission to build a regional super app. While it follows in the footsteps of titans like WeChat in China and Gojek in Southeast Asia, if AirAsia succeeds, it will blaze a path for travel and other industries not endemic to the mobile space.

Smartphone duopoly could get regulatory pushback in UK: The latest effort to keep Apple and Google in check could invite competition and promote consumer choice, but there’s no viable third player.

Apple’s vaunted data privacy policies aren’t as strict as you think: Despite what the tech company says, users who opt out of data tracking on iOS can still be tracked.

Facebook takes after sister app Instagram with new creator tools: Facebook’s new professional features aim to entice users with monetization opportunities amid sluggish audience growth.

Singles' Day—China’s annual shopping extravaganza in November—is the world’s biggest shopping event, with an estimated RMB 965.1 billion ($139.83 billion) in sales this year, according to the China e-Business Research Center.