Mobile


The Weekly Listen: EU Orders Facebook to Delete Content and Are Our Phones Listening to Us?

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin, along with junior analyst Blake Droesch, discuss the latest EU ruling against Facebook, whether our phones are listening to us, Uber’s new jobs app and more.

eMarketer vice president of forecasting Monica Peart discusses our usage estimates for mobile messaging in Mexico and what’s behind WhatsApp’s appeal.

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

Google’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Case in the EU

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.

What Marketers Should Know About Twitch, Mixer and DLive’s Monetization Offerings for Creators

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.

WhatsApp Is Becoming a Key Driver of Mobile Messaging Growth

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.

Deals and Product Search Features Drive Retail App Downloads for In-Store Shoppers

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.

Traditional Text Messages Are Finally Changing

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 forecasting director Shelleen Shum explores our usage estimates for Tencent’s WeChat and what’s keeping the mobile messaging app on top.

Facebook Hides Likes, Removes Apps and Adds Some Ads

eMarketer junior analyst Blake Droesch explains Facebook’s mass app removal, new ad initiatives and hiding likes. He also discusses Twitter’s controversial “hide replies” feature, Snapchat increasing the length of video ads and more.

The Weekly Listen: Airbnb’s IPO and Facebook Acquires ‘Mind-Reading Wristband’ Company

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 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.

Why Your Retail App Isn’t on Customers’ Phones, and What to Do About It Before the Holidays

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

Facebook Dating launched in the US last week, giving users ages 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 to set itself apart by simplifying what's arguably the most vexing aspect of online dating: setting up a profile.

Will WhatsApp Status Ads Be a Good Fit for Promotions?

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.