Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Samsung sold 71-75M smartphones in the holiday quarter, on par with Apple’s 74.5M iPhone sales — Apple and Samsung in Dead Heat for Smartphone Dominance — Apple, which years ago ceded the top spot in the global smartphone market to rival Samsung, appears to have pulled into a dead heat.
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App Annie 2014 Index: Google Play saw 60% more downloads than iOS App Store, but App Store generated about 70% more in revenue — Google Play Downloads Are Growing Faster, but Apple Is Still Winning the Money Race — 2014 was a big year for Android apps and games; Google Play outpaced Apple’s App Store …
Ainsley O’Connell / Fast Company:
Rolling Stone archive comes to Google Play Newsstand on Friday; 3-4 stories per issue available free — Rolling Stone Teams Up With Google Play To Monetize Its Archives — When Robin Williams died last year, mourning fans turned to the web—and Rolling Stone was ready for them.
Samsung’s 4Q earnings drop 27 percent, beats forecast — SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. says its quarterly earnings dropped 27 percent in the fourth quarter but its result beat forecasts. — The world’s top smartphone maker reported Thursday that its October-December earnings …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook video views hit 3B per day, up from 1B daily views in September 2014 — Facebook Now Has 3B Video Views Per Day (No Break Out Of Autoplay) — If it’s starting to feel to you like every visit you make to Facebook these days is full of videos, you are not alone.
Garett Sloane / Adweek:
Facebook mobile ad revenue accounts for 69% of total ad revenue in Q4, up from 53% Q4 2013; 1.19B mobile MAUs — Facebook Just Shared Insane Q4 Mobile Numbers and Ad Sales — Its smartphone promos alone did $2.5 billion — Facebook’s mobile sales continue to skyrocket …
Signe Brewster / Gigaom:
Meta raises $23M Series A to refine its augmented reality glasses — The Meta 1 develop kit. — The Meta 1 develop kit. — Meta, an early startup in the augmented reality industry, has raised a $23 million Series A round led by Horizons Ventures, Tim Draper, BOE Optoelectronics and Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian of Y Combinator.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Beats Estimates In Q4 With $3.85B Revenue, User Growth Up To 2.9% QOQ To Hit 1.39B — Facebook met the street’s estimates in its Q4 2014 earnings. It now has 1.38 billion users, up 2.2% quarter over quarter, which was a little slower than in Q4. The company brought $0.48 EPIS on $3.77 billion in revenue.
Facebook Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results — Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014. — “We got a lot done in 2014. Our community continues to grow and we’re making progress towards connecting the world …
Andrew Grush / Android Authority:
Evleaks reveals render showing off One M9 in two sizes, with improved aesthetics — With HTC set to unveil its next flagship in March, we’re already hearing quite a few rumors on what to expect from the One (M9). In addition to talk of specs, there have also been several leaked images …