WhatsApp has announced that it will no longer charge users an annual subscription fee. The messenger app, particularly popular in Europe, parts of Asia (including Hong Kong), and South America, has seen massive growth in recent years and is close to attaining a billion users. WhatsApp used to charge US$0.99 per year (after a free 12 …Read More…

Over the 3 years to Q4 2014, time spent watching video on handheld devices has increased by 719%. The Global Video Index Q4 2013, just released by Ooyala, has revealed record growth of video viewing on smartphones and tablets. As predicted in Q1, growth over the year doubled. In Q4, the time consumers spent watching …Read More…

The majority of Australians (82 per cent), now spend an average of 23.3 hours online, each week. This is revealed in the “2013 Australian Connected Consumers Report” a comparative study of Australian connected consumers in 2003 and 2013, has been published by global information and measurement company, Nielsen. Cross-Platform Research Director at Nielsen, Melanie Ingrey, stated: “Australians …Read More…

In 2014, the number of smartphones in use globally is anticipated to exceed the number of PCs. The annual sales of smartphones exceeded desktop computers in 2013. PCs in use around the globe number more than 1.5 billion, and they are generally used for a longer span than smartphones, (which are more frequently replaced, as new …Read More…

Over the 12 months to 2013, time spent watching video on mobile devices has doubled. In the first 3 months of 2013, the market share of video viewed on handheld devices grew by 19 percent. In a 24 hour period on 7 June, tweets with links to Vine, exceeded those to Instagram. Within 2 weeks, …Read More…

More people on the Internet are communicating via social media than ever before, and Facebook is the most popular platform. In the first quarter of 2013,  over half the world’s Internet connected population is using Facebook! Using data collated by Global Web Index, Statista has just released a chart of the world’s ten largest social media sites by …Read More…

The growth rate of mobile Internet access has exceeded that of initial Internet growth. Statista has just released a chart to demonstrate this comparison. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) figures for global internet traffic between 1997 and 2003, show a 127% annual increase. Mobile IP traffic however, has now reached an annual growth rate of 146%. Mobile traffic in …Read More…

Nielsen has just released a report “The Mobile Consumer. A Global Snapshot, February 2013” The research covers 9 countries across 5 continents: Australia, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States. Interesting data reveals world leadership by the rapidly developing BRIC countries: In Brazil, 75% of the respondents use their mobiles for social networking, …Read More…

Released on March 10, 2013, the Nielsen “Australian Connected Consumers Report 2013” provides insights into the evolving patterns of consumers’ media consumption. Data includes the aggregate time spent on the Internet per day, connectivity during the hours of the day, how age is reflected in device usage patterns, and the increase in ‘out of home’ Internet access. …Read More…

The pace of change continues to accelerate. UK smartphone owners spend twice as much time online, than they do on voice calls. British telco O2 has reported that each day, UK smartphone owners on average, spend 24.8 minutes browsing the web, 17.5 minutes on social networks and 14.4 minutes playing games, but only 12.1 minutes actually …Read More…