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PayPal has doubled its mobile payments volume since Xmas 2010

Online holiday shopping reached record levels in 2010. And e-commerce spending is up this year. All signs point to consumers spending even more online this holiday season. Techcrunch sat down with executives from Google, eBay, PayPal and ShopKick to discuss the trends that are expected to emerge in the e-commerce space over the next few months. They center around mobile, tablets, and deals.

 

‘Lookout’ brings smartphone security and tracking app to the UK

Lookout’s web-based, cloud-connected applications for Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and most recently iOS devices help users from losing their phones and identifies and block threats on a consumer’s phone. Users simply download the software to a device, and it will act as a tracking application, data backup and a virus protector much like security software downloaded to a computer.

 

Porsche Design P’9981 Smartphone From BlackBerry Now Official

Research in Motion and Porsche Design have now made the Porsche Design P’9981 smartphone from BlackBerry now official. The P’9981 is essentially the BlackBerry Bold 9900 series with a different external shell to highlight Porsche Design’s minimalist industrial design. This will be RIM’s first collaboration with a luxury brand to release a smartphone and RIM now joins other collaborations on the market today, including Samsung with Armani, LG with Prada, Asus with Ferrari, and Acer with Lamborghini.

The Porsche Design P’9981 was previously known by its code name, the BlackBerry Knight, and the device replaces RIM’s BlackBerry Bold 9900’s soft and subtle curves with more straight lines and angles.

 

Google: “14% of all searches from the UK are made on a mobile phone”

Peter Fitzgerald, from Google revealed that “14% of all searches from the UK are now from a mobile.” He continues ..”the mobile device will be the most important shopping assistant for UK shoppers.” Google can see the trends in mobile commerce ahead for UK retailers.

 

Worldwide Mobile Payment Users to Reach 141 Million in 2011

Worldwide mobile payment users will surpass 141.1 million in 2011, a 38.2 percent increase from 2010, when mobile payment users reached 102.1 million, according to Gartner, Inc. Worldwide mobile payment volume is forecast to total $86.1 billion, up 75.9 percent from 2010 volume of $48.9 billion.

 

Viruses on Mobile Phones

Network security research firm SANS found 18.1 per cent of smartphones in the US alone are infected with a virus – double the amount of infected PCs.

 

Facebook will be a mobile company within 1-2 years

Facebook Mobile Chief Erick Tseng said “It’s interesting that if you take a look at our top line of growth, we’re getting to the point that the countries we’re getting into now are ones that don’t really use computers at all. The predominant ways people are connecting in Africa, in India, is through their mobile devices. As Mark touched on a few days ago, we now have over 350 million mobile users. Within another year or two, we’ll be a mobile company, with 1/2 mobile users.”

 

Smartphones take lead in European mobile phone market

Simple ‘feature phones’ now make up less than 50% of sales as quarterly smartphone shipments exceed those of more basic devices for the first time.

The era of the simple “feature phone” that cannot connect to the internet is over in western Europe. Smartphone shipments exceeded those of “feature phones” for the first time in the region over the most recent three months and accounted for 52% of the 42m units sold.

 

Mobile internet use nearing 50%

Almost half of UK internet users are going online via mobile phone data connections, according to the Office of National Statistics.

The ONS survey also found a dramatic rise in the use of wifi hotspots – a seven-fold increase since 2011 – suggesting that the rise of 3G has done little to slow demand for free and paid-for wireless access.

 

Mobile App Development Startup Canvas Raises $1.2M From Motorola And Others

Canvas, which allows business to customize and publish data on mobile devices, has raised $1.2 million in Series B funding led by an investment from Motorola Solutions Venture Capital. This brings the company’s total funding to $2.3 million.

Canvas’ platform allows businesses to find, create, deploy and share mobile business applications. Businesses can allow employees to collect information using their mobile devices, analyze that data and share the analysis and data. Canvas subscribers can use their mobile devices to collect data in a simple form or via a survey.