Mobile

China’s smartphone market enters a new competitive era: The country’s smartphone market grew for the first time in four years, but it didn’t translate evenly for all players. Huawei’s sales continued to decline, leaving several smartphone competitors neck-and-neck in the race to claim top spot in China’s market.

A recent FTC workshop on the widespread, manipulative UX design elements suggests the US regulator will place greater emphasis on protecting consumers from deceptive design and behavioral cues

A recent FTC workshop on the widespread, manipulative UX design elements suggests the US regulator will place greater emphasis on protecting consumers from deceptive design and behavioral cues

Amid the carnage of bankruptcies, store closures, and massive layoffs in 2020, some retail companies actually fared very well. Adjustments to supply chains, product and service bundles, stocking and inventory, and customer service have been the keys to success for big-box retailers like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy. Others, such as Apple, lululemon athletica, Nike, and Starbucks, are focusing on innovating and modifying store experiences through digital integration, frictionless shopping, and atmospherics modified for a “new normal” of social distancing and sanitization.

Antitrust pressure mounts against Apple: The EU is set to bring a case against the tech giant this week over its App Store fees, just one week after Apple faced a hearing in the US Senate.

Apple's recent privacy moves might put consumers' consent first, but if they unfairly preference Apple's nascent ad business, Apple could find itself under the antitrust microscope.

“Women hold up half the sky,” former Chinese leader Mao Zedong famously said. More than fifty years on, women in China are doing so online, driving digital trends and fast becoming a cohort that marketers ignore at their peril.

For digitally native brands, 2020 was a hard year, especially as the pandemic shifted shopping priorities to essential goods. Even so, collectively, these brands saw increased growth—and more than we expected.

Many mobile app categories saw a boost last year as more consumers spent time with their devices during quarantines. According to our estimates for smartphone app user growth, grocery apps, food delivery apps, and health/fitness apps were the three fastest-growing categories in 2020.