Chinese trio carve up a quarter of global smartphone sales in Q1: Gartner

 The global smartphone market grew 9.1 per cent in the first quarter of this year, according to Gartner’s latest stats, and growth is being driven by a trio of Chinese device makers. Read More

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Apple and Nokia bury patent hatchet

 Well that didn’t last long. A fresh patent spat between Nokia and Apple which fired up at the back end of last year when Cupertino accused the former world number one mobile maker of making like a patent troll appears to have been resolved already. Read More

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Instagram deters deletion with reversible “archive” option

 When Instagrammers don’t get enough likes or think their posts look boring, they sometimes impetously delete them. But they can later regret this common emergent behavior which also deprives Instagram of monetizable content and your history in images that could keep you locked into the service. So Instagram is rolling out a new feature called “archive” that lets you hide any… Read More

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Mavin Motion says it can improve app engagement by making marketers more timely

 As mobile developers and publishers wrestle with how to keep users engaged with their apps, Mavin Motion co-founder and CEO Shailesh Nalawadi said it’s time for new strategies. Read More

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Twitter brings on a new lead for its live video business

 Another new hire for Twitter was announced today, but this one is tied more closely to its big push into live video as part of its efforts to differentiate itself from other platforms. Twitter COO Anthony Noto said today that the company has hired Todd Swidler as its global head of Live Business. Read More

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Quora tests video answers to steal Q&A from YouTube

Newly-minted unicorn Quora has even bigger ambitions than text questions-and-answers. And it’s not going to let video giants or startups disrupt its future. This week Quora began testing video answers, because sometimes it’s a lot easier to show someone how something works, the best way to complete a task, or why one thing is better than another than try to write it out for them.… Read More

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Instagram Location Stories appear in Explore. Is Story Search Coming?

 It’s taking Instagram less and less time to copy Snapchat. Less than two months after Snapchat launched its Stories Search feature for seeing what’s going on at a location or related to a topic, Instagram is rolling out Location Stories to its Explore page. Last week, TechCrunch broke the news that Instagram was testing Location Stories, which aggregate the publicly posted… Read More

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