Mobile


Mobile messaging takes up a lot of smartphone time in China, where the average user has significantly increased time spent with their device in the past year. Online video viewing takes a distant second for smartphone time.

Passengers on France's public transport networks increasingly pass the time with mobile devices rather than print newspapers and books, according to October 2015 research.

Magnus Jern, president of the Mobile Application Solutions Division at DMI, a creator of mobile apps for global brands, discusses how consumers are using mobile apps to influence purchasing decisions, conducting research and shipping in-store purchases to their doorstep.

Mobile video advertising brings a lot of value to marketers, primarily increasing brand awareness. It also helps with lead generation and better engagement, according to a December 2015 survey.

Mobile connections have plateaued in Chile, but users are still making moves to switch to faster-paced mobile broadband connections. 4G connections more than doubled between 2014 and June 2015.

Most smartphone users Spain have fewer than 10 apps installed on their smartphones, according to September 2015 research. While the share dips to 44% for 26- to 35-year-olds, the total across all demographic reads largely the same. But are users simply uninterested in apps, or are they simply downloading them for a short time?

Rob Cushen, managing director of EMEA for mobile app development studio Intellectsoft, speaks on the importance of having a layered app experience and how streamlining multiple technologies leads to an engaging user experience.

Young people in Brazil spend the most time with mobile devices, according to September research, and Facebook is likely a major recipient of their attention. Google is the No. 2 mobile property in the country.

Alexandre Sagakian, vice president of research and data at Qriously, discusses how college students engage with ads.

Consumers in South Korea bought more tablets in 2015—but mobile users in the country still have relatively few such devices compared to their neighbors across Asia-Pacific. Instead, phablets rule.

Thomas Meyer, co-founder of Mobile Now Group and a veteran of the China mobile scene, encourages Western brands to advertise and sell via WeChat.

Lisa Wood, CMO of Atom Bank, a UK-based mobile banking startup and app (set to launch in 2016), discusses how giving customers direct control of financials via mobile eases the procedures of banking by cutting out costly brick-and-mortar locations.

Brazil has Latin America’s largest mobile internet market, and according to November research, users of all ages have widely adopted smartphones.

Mobile device users are split in their preference for mobile apps vs. the mobile browser, per December 2015 research. Nearly one-third say they prefer to use both at different times.

Social network Line is big in Japan, especially among women. Its only social media rival in the country is YouTube, which has a completely different use case. And research suggests most Line users are highly engaged.

Jon Moore, chief product officer of Trainline, an online seller of train tickets for UK train services, discusses how its mobile app has streamlined the travel process for its consumers.

Most mobile games in the market are free-to-play, thanks in large part to advertising. According to October 2015 data, interstitial formats are the most popular ads served within these games.

Nearly all teens in Germany own some kind of mobile phone, according to a November 2015 study by Medienpädagogischer Forschungsverbund Südwest (MPFS). Basic mobile ownership is almost identical for males and females, but a deeper look into the survey’s responses reveals some gender divides when it comes to other digital devices.

Video is taking over mobile data in the UK, according to 2015 data. The rise of 4G may be one reason, as eMarketer estimates two in five mobile phone users in the country will watch video this year.