With Its Investment in Jio, Facebook Will Finally Be Able to Monetize WhatsApp

Facebook has announced it will invest $5.7 billion (INR 43,574 crore) in Jio Platforms Limited, part of Reliance Industries. This deal will make Facebook its largest minority shareholder and also make it the largest FDI in the technology sector in India, assuming the deal is approved. For Reliance, it will help it resolve mounting debts; Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has consolidated net…

Deep Dive :: How will Facebook Recoup its US$5.7 Billion Investment in Reliance Jio?

My colleague Tarun eloquently summarized his perspective on how Facebook's $5.7 billion investment in Reliance Jio platforms will help Facebook monetize Whatsapp. This can be the 'eureka' moment for the Indian digital commerce sector to offer a mobile platform and services to the businesses which are still not benefitting from intersection of mobile, software and internet. This is one of the…

The Battle for AI Dominance Intensifies – AI Strategies of Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook

Overview:- As the competition to to dominate the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) intensifies, our latest report looks into the activities, key strengths and weakness and strategies of the big four American tech giants – Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook. The report answers key questions of who leads the race to have the dominant AI ‘OS’ and what are the consequences of the battle…

Facebook Needs to Bet Big on Instagram and Payments for Monetization Opportunities Ahead

Facebook reported a strong third quarter with a healthy 33% YoY growth in revenue. This was driven by regional ad growth in APAC (+38%) followed by Europe (+34%) and North America (+33%). For the first time in Q2 2018, Facebook released the numbers of users using at least one of its apps (Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram or Messenger) each month. The number is a staggering 2.6 billion in the…

Facebook’s FreeBasics Fails At Basics

In the 'internet advertising' business model driven world, it's all about controlling the web traffic and having access to billions of user base. Google with its lion share of search engine traffic market and smartphone market (w/ Android) - both almost 80% is the most attractive platform for marketers and advertisers right now. Facebook, with a similar advertising-led business model, is…

Facebook’s Mobile Magic Is Working But For How Long?

Facebook released its Q2 2014 results yesterday and the results were truly impressive. Facebook has been riding high lately after shifting focus on its mobile strategy with series of acquisitions growing mindshare as well as helped with burgeoning smartphone user growth. Following are some of the key highlights of Facebook's Q2 2014 performance and upcoming opportunities and challenges:…

Facebook: Whatsapp Acquisition & Why it Should Also Acquire Spotify

Facebook as a social network has grown by leaps and bounds over the last five years. However, only being a public social network is not going to cut it and attract advertisers as there is a constant fight for the % share of someone's time in a day which these internet companies with freemium business model are after, eyeballs and engagement. The trends are shifting and shifting very fast and we…

Counterpoint Headline Views

Our insights on the most important breaking news stories. For press inquiries requiring data or specific analyst quotes, please get in touch with us directly at press(at)counterpointresearch.com. June Technology Insights June 30, 2022 Samsung begins mass production of 3nm chips Samsung Electronics Co. has begun mass production of 3-nanometer semiconductors, stepping up its game in the…

Metaverse Reignites XR Interest in Chinese Markets

London, San Diego, New Delhi, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Seoul, Hong Kong – April 15, 2022 XR technologies experienced their first boom in China in 2016. However, this boom fizzled out in the following two years due to the immaturity of subsequent technologies and failure to fulfill public expectations. Five years later, with the rise of the Metaverse and Meta’s (formerly Facebook) commercial…

OPPO Find N Review: Small Wonder

The smartphone industry is going through a transition phase where form factors are evolving from regular candy-bar ones to foldables that promise different forms and designs. Samsung has been at the forefront of foldables, commanding nearly 84% market share in 2021. It is also driving the clamshell and book-type form factor, making them the industry standard for foldables. But the entry of…

Business Today Featuring Tarun Pathak: Tech Today: Apple vs FB!

Facebook says Apple iOS privacy change will result in $10 billion revenue hit this year. How could one feature change from Apple cost Facebook or meta billions of dollars? Our Research Director, Tarun Pathak, who has been tracking this space, understands how Apple and Facebook operate and what Apple does inside these devices.

Amazon’s Big Fall Launches and Their Impact

Amazon recently held its annual Big Fall Event during which it introduced many devices mainly focusing on the smart home segment. Companies are increasingly focusing on this segment to cater to the changes in customer preferences arising from work from home, hybrid work model, need for greater comfort and security, and desire for more home entertainment options. Major products launched at…

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Long-term Review: Smooth Performance, Refined Software Offer Best Android Experience

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is the first S-series smartphone to support the S Pen stylus. The smartphone has a 108MP primary camera with 100X space zoom capabilities. It flaunts a stunning WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display with refresh rate between 10Hz and 120Hz depending on the on-screen content. Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 series in January 2021, which was well over a month earlier…

Q2 2021: Apple Updates

Apple Marches Forward With Record FY Q3 2021 iPhone Sales July 27, 2021 Apple continues to break records for iPhone sales, with FY Q3 2021 expected to be another banner quarter.  According to Counterpoint Research’s Monthly Market Pulse Model Sales, July 2021 Edition, iPhone sales for Apple’s FY third quarter will come in at 49.6m units. Q3 sales saw continued strong demand for the iPhone 12…

TOI – Times Techie Webinar – Featuring Tarun Pathak

Our Research Director Tarun Pathak will be speaking at the TOI - Times Techie Webinar on 28th July 2021. The webinar session is being organized on 28th July, 2021 in association with the TOI’s popular 'Times Techies' webinar series and will also feature senior representatives from MediaTek and OPPO. About the event: India is at the cusp of a 5G revolution that will embrace all sectors of…

Canada Government Move to Make Digital Content More ‘Canadian’ Comes Under Fire

The lower house of Canada’s Parliament has passed a Bill called C-10 which gives the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) the authority to monitor and regulate online platforms like YouTube and Facebook. The goal is to motivate these giant digital platforms to promote the production and financing of Canadian content. The Bill will be sent to the Senate for review in…

Weekly Update: Global Coronavirus Impact and Implications

To receive weekly updates on the COVID-19 situation and our latest research straight to your inbox, click this link to register Click here for the latest weekly updates on the impact and implication of COVID-19 situation on the Automotive industry. COVID-19 Week 80 Update As we write this last instalment of our weekly coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic (we will continue to cover it elsewhere,…