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Kevin Benedict's Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of March 29, 2015

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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Mobile commerce is likely to overtake e-commerce in the next few years, spurred by the continued uptrend in online shopping and increasing use of mobile apps, according to a KPMG report.  Read Original Content

Facebook has spent $19 billion to buy messaging startup WhatsApp and an almost quaint $1 billion or so to buy photo messaging startup Instagram. Then Wednesday at its F8 developers conference, the company announced that its Messenger app will become an all-encompassing messaging, e-commerce and marketing app all in one.  Read Original Content

Mumbai-based Super Jobs Pvt Ltd, the company behind jobs search and resume building app under the same brand, has acquired mobile commerce enabling firm Crunch Commerce Inc., as per a company statement.  Read Original Content

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According to research from SNL Financial, the customers of Bank of America are the most willing to pay an additional monthly fee in order to have access to mobile banking features. Among the customers from the Bank of America, 33 percent said they would be willing to pay the additional fee to use the smartphone app from their bank.  Read Original Content

According to a survey from MasterCard, China continues to lead in terms of mobile shoppers, with approximately 70 percent of the country’s mobile population using their devices to shop online.  Read Original Content

When it comes to commerce security, Bitcoin may be safer than mobile wallets, according to a new study from Walker Sands.  Read Original Content

The latest version of the Windows mobile operating system will feature Host Card Emulation.  Host Card Emulation is a type of software architecture meant to provide virtual representation for various types of cards, such as credit and debit cards.  Read Original Content

Amazon has been working hard to build up the popularity of its Android-based Appstore with consumers and developers. The company has been working on a new section called “Unlocked” that will offer users a whole range of paid apps, along with those that utilize in-app purchases, free of charge.  Think of it as Amazon Prime for apps.  Read Original Content

India is the next centrum for mobile, indicates "The State of Mobile Commerce in India 2015" report released by Vizury.  With mobile acting as the driver for accelerated Internet adoption in the sub-continent, Vizury's report indicates mobile commerce has grown over 130 percent within a year.  Read Original Content

Data from Statista has shown there are some very specific features consumers enjoy about being able to use mobile commerce to look for and purchase the products and services they want.  Fifty-nine percent appreciate the ability to shop regardless of where they are and 47 percent like to be able to compare product prices while they are in a store.  Read Original Content

Facebook users who really want to show their appreciation can now send their friends money. All someone needs to do send money is start a message, click on the dollar sign symbol next to the recipient's name, and then click "Pay" to subtract cash from their Visa or Mastercard debit card.  Read Original Content

Research from comScore indicates the retail digital commerce figures for 2014 grew 14 percent to $268.5 billion from the year prior. While that’s a notable jump, desktop-based eCommerce also jumped 13 percent to $236.9 billion.  Read Original Content

In 2014, Chinese consumers spend more than three times as much on mobile shopping as they spent in 2013, according to a study by iResearch, indicating the growth in m-commerce is set to continue in Asia.  Read Original Content

The World Tourism Organisation has reported one of the primary socio-economic development drivers in Africa is the growing tourism industry, and mobile technology is playing an increasing role in the boom of international visitors to countries across that continent.  Read Original Content

Smartphones now make up 75 percent of the mobile-phone market, up from 65 percent a year ago and just two percent a decade ago, according to the Internet analytics firm comScore.  Read Original Content

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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.