Mobile

US officials are using financial incentives to encourage countries to build 5G networks without Chinese-made tech—a shift away from the threat tactics used in past.

Amazon links wider cloud gaming service release to Prime Day: The ecommerce giant is likely hoping to drive sign-ups to Luna with the massive traffic it'll see during the shopping event.

A new Apple Watch model is rumored to offer improved connectivity and faster display, but some of the more advanced health features likely won’t arrive until 2022 or 2023, a potential disappointment for health-focused users.

As the US begins to emerge from the pandemic, people are re-entering the world with new habits, including new mobile behaviors. This year, the time US adults spend on mobile devices will continue to grow, albeit at a slower rate than last year. Nearly a third of their daily time spent with media will be on mobile.

The pandemic accelerated mobile trends by years, and these changes should stick even as the pandemic wanes. Many people were forced to use apps for food delivery, finance, fitness, and shopping, and they’ve become accustomed to these new behaviors. Even app categories that were hurt during the pandemic, such as travel or dating apps, have been resilient. People have acclimated to new forms of mobile shopping and activities, and they’ll be more willing to try mobile interfaces for other activities going forward.

Apple is reportedly adding its most advanced sensors ever to its Series 7 Watch (temperature, glucose sensors)—here’s how its leadership in the wearables space could help prop up its healthcare play.

Facebook’s first wrist wearable: The social giant’s smartwatch will have a detachable screen and could ship by mid-2022. While the wearable could be integral to its grand AR ambitions, fractured consumer trust may leave it dead on arrival.

Apple placates mobile advertisers: iOS 15 will allow advertisers to get postback data directly from Apple, rather than going through an ad network—a huge help for marketers hungry for data in a post-IDFA world.

The hype around ad blocking may have died down, but plenty of internet users are still taking steps to avoid ads. Marty Krátky-Katz, co-founder and CEO at ad block revenue recovery firm Blockthrough, joins eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Nicole Perrin to discuss why some internet users block ads, what types of ad experiences are considered the most annoying, and how publishers' approach to monetizing ad blocking users has changed over the years.