Neomobile’s Monthly Roundup – November 2014


Top monthly news from the mobile & tech industry selected by Neomobile

Music lovers prefer subscription services to buying music

A recent report that surfaced in the Wall Street Journal indicates that Apple’s iTunes (the world’s largest record shop) is encountering a downturn in music & entertainment sales with a 13 – 14% decline from the start of this year.

The irony is that this is probably because of a problem that Apple is in part responsible for creating: the ubiquity of smartphones and apps that let us stream music anywhere we are, from an almost limitless music library. In short we are moving away from digital forms of music and entertainment ownership, and replacing it with the subscription model.


Half of all e-commerce in Europe will be mobile by 2018

According to new research published by Forrester, smartphone and tablet based commerce is expected to account for 49 per cent of all online sales in Europe by 2018. The figures cover France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

That’s a total market of €142bn (£111.5bn), with mobile at €28.2bn (£22bn) and tablets at €113.3bn (£88.7bn).

A Tiny Island In The Irish Sea Might Be Home To the World’s First 5G Network

The Isle of Man, a Celtic island nestled in the Irish Sea, might be the first place in the world to establish a 5G phone network.

The island, home to 81,000 people, plans to start testing the next-generation mobile technology in 2016, International Business Times reports.


More than half of UK consumers have used digital wallets to pay for online goods

More than half of UK consumers (54 per cent) often or always use digital wallets to pay for goods online, research from Skrill has found.

The research of 2,000 UK adults found that more than one in ten 18-24 year olds (14 per cent) now use digital wallets for every purchase they make online. This compares to over a third (37 per cent) of those aged 55 and above admitting to never having used a digital wallet to pay for goods and services online.


Android Phones Are Taking A Growing Share Of Mobile Commerce Sales, At The iPhone’s Expense

In the past, e-commerce traffic and sales were lopsidedly an iPhone- and iPad-driven phenomenon.

But over the past year, new data shows that Android is quickly closing the gap in several ways.

The findings, from a recent report on the rise of Android as a commercial platform, show that it’s becoming increasingly important for commerce apps and sites to support both iOS and Android platforms.

Android tablets and phones are also gaining shares of e-commerce traffic.