The first-quarter earnings season is already underway, and FierceWireless will be covering all of the reports on profit, revenue and industry trends from across the wireless market. Special report
During a recent presentation at the Electronic Transaction Association's tradeshow in Las Vegas, Google Wallet chief Ariel Bardin conceded that customers have been slow to embrace the company's mobile payments service. However, he said that Google plans to remain in the mobile payments space for the long haul, and will continue to tweak the technology in hopes it will take off.
The National Association of Broadcasters' annual trade show drew around 98,000 attendees from every facet of the broadcasting industry to Las Vegas. And while the customary displays of cameras and broadcast equipment can be found throughout the venue, new market entrants and technological innovation were also popping up on the show floor. Slideshow
Ecommerce giant Amazon is refining a business that is working to enable the sale of stuff in the real world. "We are building products and services which will delight billions of customers as they buy and sell things in the real world (as opposed to online)," the company said in a recent job posting for its Amazon Local Commerce business.
It's not April Fools' Day if Google isn't throwing a few pranks into the mix.
Huawei reported its full-year 2013 results in its annual report, and noted that higher sales of network gear drove record revenue and net profit last year. However, while Huawei also reported an increase in smartphone sales in 2013, it again missed its own targets for growth in smartphones.
.ZTE reported a net profit for all of 2013 thanks to the strength of its LTE network projects. This is a welcome change of pace for the company, which posted its first ever yearly loss for 2012.
Although the social casino gaming market, which includes games for Android and iOS as well as Facebook, is currently dominated by large casino-focused companies like Caesars Interactive Entertainment, a number of startups and vendors are entering this market with the goal of making it easier for developers to create mobile casino titles. For more on this trend, check out this FierceDeveoper special report.
For the last few years, a number of firms have created mobile backend-as-a-service (mBaas) offerings that allow developers to offload chores like hosting or managing servers to keep apps up and running. Check out this FierceDeveloper feature for more details.