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Desktop advertising in decline

Latest research out from eMarketer predicts that the US desktop advertising market will shrink by 1% this year.

The other side of the coin is of course continued rapid growth in mobile, which is forecast to surpass desktop advertising by 2016.

The future is smartphones. Full stop. eMarketer predict that the average US [...]

The next wave of mobile startups

Mary Meeker has just published her excellent annual roundup of Internet Trends. As always there’s lots of good stuff in there. My biggest takeaway is best explained by this slide:

Across the whole world mobile data usage continues to grow and take share, yet in the developed world smart phone penetration is approaching [...]

The Android vs iOS paradox facing startups

Benedict Evans wrote an interesting yesterday about Android fragmentation (tl:dr 75% of devices that hit the Play Store run Android 4.x meaning Google has reduced the impact of fragmentation, additionally they’ve sidestepped the issue for their own services by moving them out of the OS and into a software layer that can be updated over the air). [...]

Forget tablets, think big screens and small screens

The idea has been building for a while now that tablets are losing significance as a category of devices and last week Benedict Evans posted data that to my mind makes the case unequivocally.

The main news here is that iPad sales have flattened:

Evans also has data showing that Android tablets aren’t having much of an impact.

The [...]

Should new companies build an app before a website?

As you can see from the chart above time spent accessing the web from mobile apps has now passed time spent accessing the web for PCs. Moreover, the trends are only going one way, which begs the question of when it will become the norm for startups to build an app before they [...]

Whither tablets?

At the moment it seems everyone is talking about a blog post by Andreessen Horrozitz partner Zal Bilimoria titled Our love affair with the tablet is over. First, I love that he used the picture above to illustrate his point, and second, I think he is dead right. Bilmoria was formerly of Netflix. These [...]

Smartphones are topping out with regard to speed

Techcrunch did a fun test where they placed all versions of the iPhone next to each other and ran a speed test. You can see the video here, the the main takeaway is:

After the 4S, the speed differences for basic day-to-day activities (like loading a page) start to get pretty slim with each [...]

Smartphones will provide the intelligence for other devices

In the last couple of days Samsung have launched their Galaxy Gear Smartwatch and Sony have launched their QX Smart Lens which attaches to smartphones. The watch duplicates a lot of phone functionality whilst the lens pairs with a phone so it doesn’t need it’s own screen.

I think the Sony device shows the way of [...]

Microsoft buys Nokia’s devices division – where’s the excitement?

The big news in the tech world this morning is that Microsoft has bought Nokia’s devices division for $7.2bn or $7.7bn, depending on who you believe. Either way it is a lot of money and these are two iconic brands that dominated the tech landscape in the 1990s. Sadly both have been in decline [...]

Celebrating meritocracy: Happy 5th birthday to the Apple app store

Apple’s app store is five years old today, and it is hard to overstate the impact that it has had on mobile and web services. Apps have replaced URLs as the dominant method for accessing many online services and its dominance is such that people have rushed to apply the app paradigm to other [...]