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Is ephemeral going to be Messaging 3.0? What about anonymous? It is too early to tell, but one thing is certain: we are primed to witness the next war in Messaging 2.0.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/26/messaging-2-0-is-now-over/

I have to admit that I’m a Secret voyeur; I rarely post but love reading the updates. I don’t see it as messaging so much as just an anonymous blog. It is, regardless, very engaging and sticky. Reminds me of a popular site many years ago called Group Hug (they even made a book).

Do any of you use Secret or any of the others?

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Great data in this report from Business Insider. 

Some great stats in here:

  1. 80% of smartphones globally run Android.
  2. 60% of tablets globally run Android.
  3. 60% of all new computing devices run Android.
  4. Android is now as popular with global developers as iOS.
  5. Android device fragmentation is improving: 61% of users are on Jelly Bean.
  6. iOS is very strong in the U.S., but weaker globally.
  7. “Mobile-first” is now “Mobile-also”; phablets and tablets are growing fast.
  8. Wearables are “new and next” but still in the early stages of adoption.

The Future Of Mobile! [SLIDE DECK]

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Most of the smartphones sold last year in China, or 57%, were Android devices that cost less than $350. But there is still strong demand for more expensive handsets. High-end smartphones priced above $500 accounted for 27% of smartphones sold last year; of that amount, 80% were iPhones.

China Now Has 700M Active Smartphone Users” via TechCrunch

“China became the world’s largest smartphone market in November 2011, but sales have gradually slowed as mobile penetration rates increase. Shipments decreased for the first time in more than two years at the end of 2013, according to a recent report from IDC. As the price of smartphones drop dramatically, however, more first-time users are buying their first device.”