Inq Mobile, a Hutchison Whampoa subsidiary that launched in 2007 as a mobile phone manufacturer and produced one of the first so-called ‘Facebook phones’ before changing its focus to mobile software, has closed down.
Last year it produced a personalised magazine application called Material and a ‘social homescreen’ app called SO.HO.
Photo sharing service Instagram, which was acquired by Facebook last year, has launched a photo and video messaging feature called Instagram Direct.
This new feature forms part of the standard Instagram app.
UK-based Mobile Commerce Ltd, which provides mobile search services to a number of network operators, has published details of the brands and search terms that were popular in 2013.
The company dealt with 8 billion search requests during the past 12 months and handled more than a quarter of all searches from mobile internet users via UK operator portals.
Ashley Gilmour writes:
A quick fact: nearly half of Facebook’s advertising revenue now stems from mobile ads.
That’s right – of the social network’s $1.8 billion (£1.1 billion) generated in the third quarter of 2013, 49% of it was made up of mobile advertising revenue. Last year, the channel represented only 14%.
Facebook has reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2013, with revenue up 60% year-on-year to $2.02 billion and net income increasing to $425 million.
The social network’s user base is increasing; daily active users for September 2013 were 728 million people (up 25% year-on-year) and monthly active users were up 18% to 1.19 billion.