What were the biggest mobile stories of February?

Mobile industry's biggest stories of February 2016 - summary by Fortumo

Smartphone sales in decline, several new streaming services launched and takeovers in the gaming industry. Read below for more on what happened in the mobile, payments, digital commerce and gaming industries in February! Of course we will not overlook Mobile World Congress, which we'll be covering separately later this week. Stay tuned!

General mobile

  • TechCrunch: Global Smartphone Sales Growth Slows To 2008 Levels, Says Gartner
  • Mobile World Live: Operators look to boost services via partner alliance
  • TechCrunch: WhatsApp Hits One Billion Users, Remains In Search Of Revenue
  • TechCrunch: Encrypted Messaging App Telegram Hits 100M Monthly Active Users, 350k New Users Each Day
  • The Economic Times: India’s $4 Smartphone Under Scrutiny
  • Medianama: Airtel, Idea & Vodafone make up 65% of total active mobile connections in India
  • Medianama: Truecaller launches SDK for user verification via phone numbers
  • Medianama: Opera board members approve $1.2 billion buyout
  • TechCrunch: Microsoft Is Buying Mobile Cross-Platform Development Company Xamarin
  • TechCrunch: Microsoft Is Acquiring London’s AI-Driven SwiftKey For $250M

Payments

  • TechWeekEurope: Apple Pay Gets China Launch This Week
  • GSMA: Mobile Money - State of the Industry Report 2015
  • VentureBeat: PayPal extends digital wallet reach with Vodafone and America Movil partnerships
  • Payments Cards & Mobile: Western Union and Viber to provide cross-border money transfer
  • TechCrunch: Amazon Acquires Emvantage To Build Its Online Payment Platform In India

Digital commerce

  • New Straits Times: iFlix plans massive expansion
  • Channels NewsAsia: Singtel launches new data-free music streaming service
  • MusicWeek: Deezer announces Huawei partnership
  • Trak.in: Zee Digital Launches OZEE, Its Own Video-on-demand Platform
  • TechCrunch: Tidal Tops U.S. App Store After Landing Exclusive Rights To Kanye West’s New Album
  • The Next Web: These are YouTube’s first original TV shows and movies
  • The Verge: Line is shutting down former Microsoft service MixRadio

Gaming

  • InsideGamesAsia: Asia Is Most Important To The Revenue Of Mobile Games by 2020
  • PocketGamer.biz: Vivendi makes a formal takeover offer for troubled Gameloft
  • TechCrunch: Activision Blizzard Closes Its $5.9B Acquisition Of King, Makers Of Candy Crush
  • VentureBeat: Players who buy once are six times more likely to buy again in mobile games