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Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of May 5, 2013

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

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Many leading e-retailers recognize the opportunity in mobile commerce, and that is reflected in a more than doubling of the number of Top 500 retailers with mobile sites or apps in the 2013 Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide. Read Original Content

According to BI Intelligence, demographics are playing a big role in the growth of mobile commerce. The firm suggests nearly 50 percent of those between the ages of 12 and 17 use their smartphones as their primary Internet device. Read Original Content

Android’s dominance of the U.S. smartphone market will come to an end in 2016 when more consumers will own iPhones than Android phones, technology research and consulting firm Yankee Group predicts. Read Original Content

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According to information gathered by Adobe, consumers use tablets similar to the way they use a PC — to compare products and buy, a new study says. They use smartphones for quick actions like checking a price or finding a store. Read Original Content

The eCustomerServiceIndex from eDigitalResearch and IMRG shows that as consumers embrace 4G, networks retailers and brands must have a strong mobile strategy in place. According the survey 39 percent of smartphone owners have already used their mobile device to shop and this is expected to rise as more 4G networks and locations are introduced. Read Original Content
According to IBM, mobile commerce climbed 31 percent in the first quarter from a year ago, fueled by growing tablet use and improved customer service, m-commerce now accounts for 17.4 percent of total online retail sales, up from 13.3 percent in the year-earlier period. Read Original Content

A greater percentage of iPhone users (67.5 percent) use mobile apps for commerce compared to Android users (43.9 percent) in the Arbitron Mobile U.S. smartphone panel. iPhone users spend more time than Android users with mobile commerce apps and conduct more virtual shopping trips. Read Original Content

Starbucks has seen a significant degree of success through its mobile payments initiative. The company, which began embracing mobile payments only a few short years ago, continues to see more consumers show interest in the idea of mobile commerce with each passing day. Read Original Content

Revenues generated through mobile commerce in the Netherlands increased in the second half of 2012, to bring them to €310 million, which represents a considerable level of growth. Read Original Content

Mobile Websites are more popular than Mobile apps when it comes to actual business and financial transaction level in the UK. Fifty-one percent complete purchases via mobile websites on a monthly or more frequent basis compared to 40 percent via mobile app. According to a latest survey report, done by EPISERVER, mobile consumer behavior has been changed drastically in 2012 compared to 2011. Read Original Content

Demands for mobile payments are rising in the Middle East. The Middle East is emerging as one of the most favorable markets for mobile commerce, especially when it comes to the United Arab Emirates and the affluent population of Dubai. Read Original Content

Amazon has recently begun growing more aggressive on the matter of mobile payments, noting a large portion of consumers shop with their smartphones and tablets. Amazon has been awarded a new patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for what it calls an “Anonymous mobile payments” system. Read Original Content

The Interactive Advertising Bureau has just released their latest report, which indicates mobile marketing spending has been sharply rising, as it recorded an increase of 111 percent throughout 2012. Read Original Content

The digital commerce market in India is expected to grow by 33 percent to Rs 62,967 crore ($11.6 billion) by the end of 2013 from Rs 47,349 crore (($8.7 billion) in 2012, according to a report released by Internet and Mobile Association of India based on findings of market research firm IMRB. Read Original Content

According to a mobile commerce report recently released by Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, devices using Apple’s iOS operating system are continuing to lead the web traffic generation space in the United States over Google’s Android based devices. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.