Smartphones Driving Force Behind Online Shopping Surge

Apple iPhone 3GS, Motorola Milestone and LG GW60

Apple iPhone 3GS, Motorola Milestone and LG GW60 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The emergence of smartphones as the preferred mobile device of millions of people all around the world has changed not just the way we communicate and handle the various tasks of daily living. It has also changed the way we view commerce.

The increased power and features of smartphones mean a more reliable and stable connection to the internet and this is driving smartphone owners to use it as a device for buying stuff. According to research more than half of consumers use smartphones and of these 70 percent have said that they use their phones to buy online. This was most apparent during the recent holiday season where record numbers of shoppers have used online stores to do their holiday shopping and they used their smartphones to do it and not a laptop or desktop computer. [Read more…]

Facebook Smartphone Coming In 2013 [Report]

Facebook Smartphone

Facebook SmartphoneFacebook hasn’t had the best luck with mobile advertising attempts and now it appears the company may be hedging its mobile bets on a new Facebook smartphone that could be released by early 2013.

According to a recent report the smartphone would be Facebook’s third attempt at creating a viable consumer smartphone that deeply integrates the social networks platform.

Rumors about a Facebook smartphone began in 2010 but those sources soon revealed that “development complications” led Facebook to abandon the project. Eventually AllThingsD reported that HTC and Facebook were working on a Facebook integrated smartphone with the code name “Buffy” which may still be in the development stages.  [Read more…]