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SnipSnap finally brings its mobile coupon clipping app to android. The guys have been quietly plugging away on an Android version of its popular mobile coupon app for what seems like ages now, but the wait for all you cost-conscious Android coupon lovers is over.

So, what is SnipSnap? Basically, you snap a picture of your physical coupon, and the app converts it to an easy-to-use (and store), always-by-your-side digital money-saving snip. It is now available on iOS and Android. In addition to just storing those coupons, users can seek out friends and popular couponers to follow, as well as accept deals from a slew of retail partners.

SnipSnap officially tiptoed past 500,000 registered users a while ago, and saw user engagement (measured by coupon snippings in this case) jump four-fold since the more socially oriented 2.0 release of the SnipSnap iOS app. SnipSnap’s Android app is nearly identical to its iOS cousin when it comes to functionality (save for obvious bits like the lack of Passbook support), which is always sort of refreshing to see.

In China, more people (388 million) surf the web using mobile phones and tablets than with fixed-location compters (380 million), according to the China Internet Network Information Center. Among the increasing affluent Chinese consumers, one of the most popular online activities is mobile commerce - shopping via mobile phones and tablets.

In 2014 the Chinese mobile commerce industry is set to hit another major milestone, with mobile sales to top $27.1 billion and overtaking the US with an estimated $23.7 billion for mobile shopping. By 2015 the exponential growth is expected to surpass $41.4 billion.

Last week Alibaba confirmed an explosive growth of mobile shopping on its two leading ecommerce sites, Taobao and Tmall, with 6.87 percent of all transactions in those stores made on phones in 2012 - a 600 percent growth from 2011.

The following infographic also provides a breakdown of what happened online during their 24 hour shopping fest called "Singles day". This is can be compared to the US "Cyber Monday" sales event. On this day alone the Chinese spent a whopping $3 billion on Tmall and Tabao and 300 digital products were sold per second.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:21

Foursquare Partners with Visa and MasterCard for Discounts

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In an attempt to unlock a new revenue stream, location-based social network Foursquare announced new partnerships with Visa and MasterCard that will let credit and debit card holders claim discounts at participating retailers.

The deal is essentially replicating what the company has had in place for going on two years with American Express, a program that enables people to "sync" their credit cards with Foursquare to claim discounts that appear as credits on their statements simply by checking in to a participating location.

While the American Express program was essentially a marketing partnership at its inception and did not generate any revenue for Foursquare, the terms have changed over time to become more lucrative, according to the company's product manager, Noah Weiss.

Foursquare will now earn a fee from offers redeemed on the platform from all three credit card companies, though Mr. Weiss declined to say whether it would be a flat fee or a percentage of the purchase.

Opera, the Norwegian web browser maker has just released its latest State of Mobile Advertising report which takes data from Opera’s own Mediaworks mobile ad platform during the last quarter of 2012. It surprisingly reveals that, spurred on by ever greater uptake of Android smartphones across all price points - next to the USA -  Indonesia is now the second largest nation for mobile ad impressions on Opera’s network (see chart below).

With the US top for mobile ad impressions and Indonesia second, there was also a lot of ad serving and clicking going on in India (5th), Nigeria (12th), South Africa  (13th) and Brazil (18th). Across the whole Opera Mediaworks ad platform, North America as a whole was way ahead with 64%, but shrinking due to the growth in international traffic.

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 21:10

1.4 billion smartphones in use by the end of 2013

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A new study published by ABI Research shows some pretty impressive numbers, especially for the green army we all know - Android. If you didn’t think the Android platform was the king of smartphones before, you’ll surely think so after reading these details.

According to ABI, by the end of 2013 there will be 1.4 billion smartphones being used daily. And around 800 million of them will all be Google‘s Android. The researchers from ABI have released all the details on a recent study which factors in an annual smartphone growth rate of 44 percent for the 2013 year.

ABI also predicts that 20 million BlackBerry 10 phones will be in active use at year-end. 

Saturday, 02 February 2013 16:45

Starbucks reveals upcoming mobile strategy for 2013

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With mobile payments continuing to account for a growing portion of Starbucks transactions, the coffee giant is looking at ways to expand the strategy, possibly into grocery stores. Speaking during a conference call with analysts to discuss the merchants fiscal first quarter results, CEO Howard Schultz said the continued growth and success of Starbucks' digital business and mobile initiatives were a significant highlight in the quarter with mobile payments now accounting for 20 percent of overall card transactions.

Answering an analyst's question, Mr. Schultz also teased plans to expand the card within the areas of consumer packaged goods and grocery. "Over the next few months or so, we'll be coming back to you and sharing with you the plans that we have to take advantage of Starbucks products within CPG, and specifically grocery, and leveraging the technology and the advancement of providing value to our customers that are buying Starbucks products in grocery, and leveraging the card," Mr. Schultz said during the conference call.

Thursday, 31 January 2013 22:21

82% of Chinese Have Mobile Phones

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Some Chinese provices have more mobile phones than people.

With more than 1.1. billion mobile users in the country, and with 82.6 percent of the population using mobiles, China has finally broken past the world average level for mobile phone proliferation (which is around 80 percent).

Of course given China's growth trends, this shouldn't really come as a surprise, and it's not clear exactly when China first inched above the worldwide average (probably sometime in late 2012).

Thursday, 31 January 2013 21:58

Fab's mobile app drives 30% of daily deal sales

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Daily, 30% of specialty and gift e-retailer’s sales come from its mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices, the daily deal / flash-sale merchant reports.

During two days in the last 30,, No. 67 in the Internet Retailer Mobile 400, registered more sales from mobile devices than from PCs, the company says.

And today it has released an updated version of its mobile app with an eye on making shopping easier for mobile consumers.

Thursday, 31 January 2013 21:45

Mobile commerce starting transformation of UK businesses

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No longer "coming next year", mobile commerce has started its transformation on UK businesses. According to a recent report by Sage Pay there has been a jump in the past 12 months in businesses championing mobile apps and optimisation – with encouraging results.

The survey was carried our across 1,500 online businesses in the UK.

Interestingly less than a quarter of online businesses are building mobile apps, while 73 per cent are choosing to optimise their existing websites for mobile commerce.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 10:13

WhatsApp's problems with privacy Laws

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The extremely succesfull mobile messaging app WhatsApp breaches Canadian and Dutch privacy laws by forcing many of its users to grant access to their entire address book in order to use it, Canada's privacy watchdog has found in a joint investigation with Dutch authorities.

"The address book contains phone numbers of both users and non-users," noted Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the Dutch Data Protection Authority, in a statement released Monday with a report on the investigation.

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