Apple should buy (four)Square, Microsoft investing in Nook + Web 2.0 is over


Your Monday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.

Apple and Samsung stole all Q1 mobile phone profits (via BGR)
According to Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt, Apple accounted for a staggering 80% of all mobile industry profits last quarter and Samsung was responsible for the remaining 20%. The two companies also combined to take in about 74% of the handset industry’s revenue, McCourt said.

Barnes & Noble Spins Off Nook, With Help From Microsoft (Updated) (via AllThingsD)
Redmond will put $300 million into the new business at a $1.7 billion valuation, and will get 17.6 percent of the new company. That will leave Barnes & Noble with a stake in the new unit worth about $1.4 billion.

Apple squared, (four)squared (via GigaOM)
A very compelling argument for why Apple should buy Foursquare and Square. Between, this and the most recent TWiLBM podcast, I’m thinking we’ve found our next “Where’s The Money?” subject.

Research: $1.5 Trillion In Mobile Revenues In 2012, U.S. Accounting For 40% Of All Smartphone Sales
The mobile industry will reel in more than $1.5 trillion in revenues in 2012, with 28 percent of that, $400 billion, attributable to mobile data, according to new research out from analyst Chetan Sharma.

How Mobile is Being Used in the Middle East (via ReadWriteWeb)
Outside the United States and Western Europe and parts of Asia, mobile advertisers are just beginning to find their legs. Smartphone sales are popping internationally, and that is beginning to create entire new industries and market segments to be sliced and diced for analysis. In particular, mobile usage is rising dramatically in the Middle East. How are people using their smartphones in the cradle of civilization?

Opera Mini Now Has 169 Million Users, 56% Of Them Only Use The Mobile Web (via TechCrunch)
The study, which was conducted between November 2010 and November 2011, found that globally, 56% of Opera users and 43% of those who use another browser only access the Internet via their mobile devices.

Web 2.0 Is Over, All Hail the Age of Mobile (via PandoDaily)
On April 9, 2012, Web 2.0 lost its mantle as the most important Internet paradigm. We are now starting the Age of Mobile. Google and Facebook’s Internet dominance is no longer guaranteed. They face a threat from below and an army of smartphone-touting masses that sees little distinction between the piece of hardware in their hands and the Internet world it opens up.

Why iOS Apps Look Better Than Android Apps (via Wired)
Hipmunk UI/UX designer and iOS developer Danilo Campos explains it succinctly: “The very simple short answer is it’s easier to make a good-looking, attractive iOS app compared to making an Android app.”

Why AT&T and Verizon May Love Windows Phone – But Can’t Live Without the iPhone (via ReadWriteWeb)
A wonderful companion piece to Jenn Daly’s article today.

About the author

Douglas Soltys

Douglas is the former Editor-In-Chief of Inside BlackBerry, BlackBerry Cool, and QuicklyBored, which he launched as a mobile gaming industry site. His knowledge of mobile and social media led him to a job at RIM (BlackBerry), where he got to travel the world and do lots of cool things. He is often left-handed, but rarely sinister.

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