Instagram adds 10M users in 10 days, Facebook buys Tagtile + Google’s mobile strategy


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

Instagram’s User Count Now At 40 Million, Saw 10 Million New Users In Last 10 Days (via TechCrunch)
Since the launch of its Android app, Instagram’s user base grew from 30 to 40 million. That’s over 1,000,000 new users a day.

Facebook buys Tagtile, continues to focus on mobile (via GigaOM)
The continuation of Facebook’s new mobile strategy: buy all the things!

Exclusive: Former RIM boss sought strategy shift before he quit (via Reuters)
Balsillie hoped to allow major wireless companies in North America and Europe to provide service for non-BlackBerry devices routed through RIM’s proprietary network, a major break with the BlackBerry-only strategy pursued by RIM since its inception.

Nokia CEO calls multi-core processors a waste of battery life (via BGR)
Elop went on to claim that the company’s flagship Lumia 900 has never been defeated by the iPhone or an Android smartphone, despite the dual-core and quad-core processors found in those devices.

Everything that’s wrong with Nokia in one blog post (via GigaOM)
Far from showcasing Nokia’s heritage of success, it simply made it clear that the company has consistently been unable to turn expensive research into a product that real people want — a malaise it still can’t shake off.

Was Facebook’s Instagram Buy Money Well Spent? Watch China (via PandoDaily)
Still fresh from the shock, we find ourselves confronted with an uncomfortable truth: we don’t really know how it’s going to shake out. However, over in China, we can look to a couple of interesting test cases for clues.

Google still having to prove it’s ready for mobile (via GigaOM)
Larry Page continued Google’s pattern of dropping clues about its mobile strategy in hinting that Google will likely launch a low-cost Android tablet later this summer, saying “we believe there is going to be a lot of success at the lower-end of the market.” Android may be a smartphone powerhouse but it is an afterthought in the tablet market, which is hurting sales of PCs and changing the way people interact with Google products.

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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