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Mobile Internet: Europe ahead of the USA

Only 19% of the American Internet users use it via their mobile phones – indicates the research firm comScore. In five Western European countries  does it 29% of Internet users.

Mobile internet is the most popular in Germany and Italy, were 34% of the Internet population in these countries uses Internet on their phones. The next places go to: France (28%), Spain (26%) and the United Kingdom (24%). In the United States only 19% of Internet users use the Web on a mobile phone. Unfortunately the conducted study has not included the countries of Central – Eastern Europe.

Portals, independent from the mobile operator, are much more popular in the USA than in Europe.  Three-quarters of the Americans who browse their mobile devices, visit sites such as Google, Yahoo! or MSN. Such portals are visited by only 30% of the Europeans – says Bob Ivans, managing director of comScore Europe.

SEEMEA Region premiere – Arab Mobile App Challenge

The Arab Mobile App Challenge was held for the first time ever during January 2014. It gave the opportunity to everyone from Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, UAE or Qatar to take part and show of their skills in designing and developing new innovative mobile apps.

More than 150 teams from participating countries took part in the challenge and developed interesting and amazing apps focused on the assigned segments.

Apps needed to be focused on education, entertainment, health or entrepreneurship,  and the top ranked teams will have the opportunity to participate in the Mobile World Congress Finals in Barcelona at the end of February.  Apart from this, the chanllenge also awarded three first place app winners valuable cash prizes.

Three main winners were Loujee, the first ever Arab iOS app powering an educational toy for children ($50,000); Crowd Analyzer, from the UAE, automated Arabic social media platform covering Middle East and North Africa ($30,000); Markabaty from Jordan, helping car owners find workshops and troubleshoot problems ($20,000).

The teams who will go on to the World Mobile Congress are:  ICAPS (UAE), Baharat (Saudi Arabia), EduTechnoz (Qatar), The Pen (Jordan), and Grant Fit (Tunisia).

The Arab Mobile App Challenge was organized by Silatech and Ooredoo from Qatar, as well as the Applied Innovation Institute from the US.