Emerging markets are putting downward pressure on smartphone prices as mobile users trade in their feature phones for smartphones, estimates market research firm IDC.
The hottest mobile IT news for Feb. 13, including smartphone sales vs. feature phone sales, Facebook's crackdown on mobile ad partners, the utilization of airline mobile commerce, the importance of wiping company data on perconal phones and spectrum-sharing with mobile operators.
The market for fake iPhones will continue to grow until next year, as "consumers" in emerging markets look to get "iPhones" at a cut rate price, predicts research firm IHS.
Facebook revealed that its streamlined Facebook for Every Phone application has eclipsed the 100 million active user benchmark, corresponding to roughly one out of every eight of the social network's mobile users worldwide.
Last year, IT spending on smartphones exceeded spending on PCs for the first time, according to the latest stats from IDC.
The smartphone market in the emerging countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China, the so-called BRIC countries, is predicted by TechNavio to increase at a 72 percent compound annual growth rate through 2015.
Twitter released a new native application optimized for Nokia's Series 40 feature phones, promising much of same functionality integrated into its smartphone apps.
Nokia (NYSE:NOK) has acquired Smarterphone AS, a developer of software optimized for feature phones. Financial terms were not disclosed. Smarterphone investor Ferd Capital announced the transaction,