Andrew Bevan

Sep 022015

People are spending more time on their mobiles…social media accounts for more than 20% of time spent, compared to under 10% on desktop. Currently consumers spent 45% of their internet time on computers, 40% on mobiles and 15% tablets.

Mobile internet time is more heavily skewed towards social networking and games, whilst desktop is more loaded towards email and entertainment such as film and multimedia.

Read the Guardian article online.

All that’s based on an IAB report with more related data and survey findings showing an increase in advertising spending for mobiles too.

Aug 062015

The UK is now a “smartphone society”

Smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most popular device for getting online, Ofcom research has revealed, with record ownership and use transforming the way we communicate.

Two thirds of people now own a smartphone, using it for nearly two hours every day to browse the internet, access social media, bank and shop online.

Ofcom’s 2015 Communications Market Report finds that a third (33%) of internet users see their smartphone as the most important device for going online, compared to 30% who are still sticking with their laptop.

The full, downloadable report is on their website.

Mar 132015

Prompted by seeing two events listed, I’ve just had a quick scour of the web for other mobile-related conferences this year.

Perhaps surprisingly, when you think of it, there’s still a lucrative circuit of charged, seated events round the country and globe – rather than, or perhaps as well as, a network of virtual spaces where ideas are exchanged. We’ll continue to monitor them and attend the odd one or two. For reference, and to save a few precious minutes for anyone else with a similar curiosity, here’s a short summary of today’s quick search:

The Third Annual Future of Education and Technology Conference 2015: Transforming Education through Digital Technology – Friday 13th March 2015, University of Salford, Manchester  (sic).

A couple of other more general ones:  Digital Media Strategies 2015, just passed this week in London and The Guardian Changing Media Summit there as well, next week. Another one to read the write-up is the Mobile World Congress 2015, this year in Barcelona a few days ago (conveniently reviewed in the Guardian already). Looking ahead, this weekend sees the 11th International Conference on Mobile Learning 2015 in Madeira, Portugal, then the UK Mobile Government  Summit in London on Tuesday, St Patrick’s Day;  next month, there’s a university-based one-day’er – the grandly titled Future of Mobile and Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher and Further Education Conference 2015 in Salford again.

Skipping ahead to the early Summer, although not Mobile per se, there’s an interesting looking gathering planned under the heading: Enabling Transformational Change and Innovation in Higher Education via Technology, in London in June. Followed by at least two dedicated, seriously Mobile conferences in August – International Conference on Mobile Computing & Networking in Birmingham and (the .

Then, one for the Fall, a November-scheduled ForumOxford: Mobile Apps and Technologies Conference 2015 already advertised.

And lastly the one that set me off on this, a free webinar next Wednesday lunchtime which I’ve just registered for “Mobile learning in practice: special educational needs and essential skills: Phase two of the [Jisc] mobile learning guide“. I’m looking forward to that, after a slightly gruelling trek to Birmingham for Jisc’s Digifest at the beginning of this week (which had at least one relevant session on this theme Mobile Learning in Practice.

With this data deluge, as only the tip of iceberg, there’s no shortage of themes and insights being offered for us to digest then inform our work. Watch this space, along with plenty of others, to see what we make of it.