The top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, served with cream and two sugars.
IDC: Apple passes LG to become world’s third largest phone vendor (via BGR)
Nokia and Samsung remained the top and No.2 vendors, respectively, though Nokia’s phone shipments slid 7.9% while shipments of Samsung handsets grew 17.6% compared to the same quarter in 2010.
Google Mobile Search Ad Requests More Than Doubled In 2011 (via TechCrunch)
Google’s mobile ad revenues are expected to more than double from an estimated $2.5 billion last year to $5.8 billion in 2012.
Infographic: Mobile ads show staggering growth, clicks up 711 percent (via GigaOM)
The infographic also contains some staggering growth numbers by region.
Facebook’s Mobile Monthly Active Users Grew 21% Over Past Four Months (via TechCrunch)
There are now 425 mobile monthly active users as of December 2011, out of Facebook’s total 825 million users
Path soups up photo features with iPhone app update (via GigaOM)
The key new part of the update is the addition of a new effect called “Depth” that brings what’s known as tilt-shift capabilities to Path’s photo taking feature.
Android Can No Longer Be Ignored, And The Crunchies Prove It (via TechCrunch)
In which one TechCrunch editor mistakes Android app availability with Android developer momentum.