What were the biggest mobile stories of January?

January was an exciting month in the mobile industry. Apple reached 1 billion active devices, Netflix went global with its video streaming service and all the other bigger digital streaming companies brought out some major news as well. Read more below for a recap of the stories that caught our eye in January!

General mobile

  • TechCrunch: Apple Reports 1 Billion “Active” Devices
  • TechWeekEurope: Oracle: Android Has Generated £22bn in Revenues For Google
  • Re/code: Facebook’s WhatsApp Is Now Free
  • MarketingLand: Report: Microsoft To Buy Global Mobile Ad Platform InMobi
  • TechWeekEurope: Microsoft Is Building Its Own SIM Cards
  • The Wire: Net Neutrality Standoff Escalates As TRAI Hauls Facebook Over the Coals in New Letter
  • Medianama: Hike Messenger now has 100 million users


  • Mobile World Live: Mobile accounts for 65% of China’s online payments — Alipay
  • NDTV: Uber's Kalanick: India's Payment System Prompted a Change in Operations

Digital commerce

  • TechCrunch: Netflix Launches In 130 New Countries, Including India But Not China
  • TechCrunch: Spotify Is Raising Another $500M In Convertible Notes With Discounts On IPO Shares
  • CNBC: Spotify rival, Deezer secures $109M in latest funding round
  • WSJ: Spotify Ready to Introduce Video Product
  • TechCrunch: Pandora Revamps Its App To Better Compete With Spotify, Apple Music
  • Mashable: Amazon rumored to be building a 'Spotify killer'
  • Campaign Middle East: UAE Netflix rival to launch at Dubai Lynx


  • TechCrunch: Activision Confirms Major League Gaming Acquisition, No Plans To Shutter Business