December wrap-up: 19 eye-catching stories from the mobile industry

We wish you a great start to 2016! In case you enjoyed some time off during the holidays, we've compiled a list of the most interesting stories from the mobile industry in December. Let us know if we missed anything!

General mobile

  • A. T. Kearney: The Telecom Consumer of the Future
  • Mobile Ecosystem Forum: Connecting the African Mobile Ecosystem
  • Let's Talk Payments: 63 Insanely Useful APIs Across 12 Segments to Supercharge Your Product
  • Mobile World Live: Bangladesh unblocks Facebook, but not other apps
  • India Times: Ringo suspends local calling service, alleges non-cooperation from telcos
  • TechCrunch: Brazilian Judge Shuts Down WhatsApp And Brazil’s Congress Wants To Shut Down The Social Web Next
  • Leader Standard: Indonesia officially bans ride-hailing service operators including Uber, GoJek, GrabTaxi


  • Mobile Payments Today: Digital content still rules direct carrier billing
  • TechCrunch: Adobe’s Record Revenue Proves Successful Business Transformation Is Possible
  • Bloomberg: Opening a Nationwide Mobile Wallet
  • Medianama: TranServ to roll out mobile wallet with mVisa and RuPay
  • Paytm Launches Virtual Prepaid Cards in Partnership with ICICI Bank
  • Medianama: Micromax and Transerv to roll out wallets on its smartphones
  • VentureBeat: BlackBerry is bringing BBM mobile payments to Africa

Digital commerce

  • TechCrunch: Spotify Claims Streaming Music Throne Worldwide, But Pandora Is Still Top Service In U.S.
  • VentureBeat: Baidu Music, with 150M monthly active users, beefs up its offering as Apple invades
  • VentureBeat: Google Play Music makes its African debut, launches in South Africa for ‘introductory’ $3.50 a month


  • Gamasutra: Tencent purchases remainder of League of Legends dev Riot Games
  • NDTV: Flipkart Gets Into the Games Business; Teams Up With Blume to Back Mech Mocha