Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of August 25, 2013

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

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According to the MarketsandMarkets research report “Near Field Communication Market – Global Forecast & Analysis,” the total NFC applications market is expected to reach $10015.96 million by 2016 at a compound annual growth rate of 38 percent from 2011 to 2016.  Read Original Content

Mobile commerce has been growing quite popular among consumers, but it may soon establish a strong following within the U.S. government. eBay has deployed its government relations teams, as well as those from PayPal, in order to engage federal and state lawmakers in Atlanta.  Read Original Content

A recent spate of rumors claim Apple will be including biometric technology in the upcoming iPhone 5S in the form of a fingerprint reader embedded in its home button.
Unlike NFC which Apple skipped in the iPhone 5, biometric technology is attractive to both business users and consumers alike.  Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform "lock-in". This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

Powa Technologies, a mobile payments startup in the U.K., raised a $76 million first round of funding. Powa makes a credit card processing dongle called mPowa, similar to its competitors Square, PayPal Here, and Intel’s GoPayment. The hardware connects to a smartphone or tablet’s audio jack and processes credit card transactions with competitive fee rates.  Read Original Content

Lifestreet, which raised $66 million in capital as Facebook’s biggest in-app advertiser last year, is expanding to mobile platforms.  After processing about $150 million in ad payments out to roughly 3,500 Facebook developers, the company is adding a new self-service portal for mobile developers to handle display ads inside of their apps.  Read Original Content
Pandora’s mobile revenues are soaring. On the one hand, it’s hard to argue with 92 percent growth in mobile. In fact, it now accounts for more than 70 percent of Pandora’s revenues. On the flip side, desktop revenue is beginning to shrink.  Read Original Content

According to a new report from eMarketer, mobile ad revenues will surpass those of desktop ads by 2017. That sprint will be led by search ads, which have seen mobile revenues rocket from two percent of all search ad dollars in 2010 to 22 percent this year. That number will jump further to nearly 60 percent mobile by 2017.  Read Original Content

According to the latest statistics released on the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index, last month, sales via mobile commerce in the United Kingdom grew by a phenomenal 129 percent when compared to the figures from the same time in 2012.  Read Original Content

According to a study from GfK, show rooming in the U.S. is on the rise, with more than a third (37 percent) of shoppers surveyed saying they saw a product in a store and then purchased it on a phone elsewhere. This is up from 22 percent last year.  Read Original Content

Mobile image recognition technology identifies objects like shoes, handbags, and golf clubs in images, videos, or directly through a tablet or smartphone’s image sensor. The technology may make a new form of mobile commerce possible in just the next few years, allowing shoppers to see products in use or on another person and instantly buy those items from a mobile application.  Read Original Content

Judo Payments, a mobile commerce firm based in the UK, has released a new study that shows mobile commerce in the UK is lagging behind that of the U.S. While UK consumers have been showing more interest in mobile payments recently, mobile commerce has been growing at a faster pace in the U.S.  Read Original Content

Pricegrabber has just conducted a survey indicating mobile commerce is playing a very important role in back to school shopping this year. Sixty-seven percent of the shoppers who took part in the survey indicated they checked prices online before heading out to buy. Moreover, another 47 percent receive discount coupons over their smartphones via text message. Another 47 percent read emails containing discount offers while they are in-store.  Read Original Content

BestToolBars has announced the launch of a brand new mobile cash back framework for iPad. The innovative mobile app gives the user the same shopping experience on their tablet as they enjoy on their browser, with a cash back browser plug in installed and running each time the user searches the Web.  Read Original Content

Lotaris, a leading licensing firm catering to mobile application developers, has partnered with PayPal to make mobile payments somewhat easier in terms of software. Together the two companies will work to expand the reach of mobile commerce into new markets.  Read Original Content

Vodafone India has launched its mobile money transfer and payment service, M-Pesa, in Delhi and NCR, in collaboration with ICICI Bank.  According to Vodafone, the service will now be available through 1400 specially trained authorized agents and across 130 Vodafone exclusive retail stores in Delhi and NCR region.  Read Original Content

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