Analysing the outlook for new smartphone tech innovation in 2017

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Worldwide smartphone shipments will reach 1.45 billion units, with a year-over-year growth rate of just 0.6 percent in 2016, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). Although growth remains positive, it is down significantly from the 10.4 percent growth rate in 2015.

However, 4G smartphones will reach 21.3 percent year-over-year growth globally for 2016, at 1.17 billion units - that's up from 967 million in 2015. Once again, emerging...

By David H. Deans, 05 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research, Smartphones.

Ericsson launches multi-device WiFi calling

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Ericsson has bolstered their existing WiFi calling solution with new multi-device functionality in response to an increasing appetite from operators and consumers. The enhanced service will allow customers to switch between their WiFi-enabled mobile devices whilst retaining a full voice service. 

The new solution will offer better value to consumers, whilst opening...

By Ryan Daws, 18 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Innovation, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones, VoiP, WiFi.

‘Smartphone society’ calls for a mobile-first strategy

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According to Ofcom’s latest stats (PDF), smartphones have taken over laptops as the most popular device for getting online. 33 percent of people see their smartphone as the most important device for accessing the internet, whereas only 30 percent of people see their laptop as the first port of call. Ofcom...

By Joram Cano, 02 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Mobile, Smartphones.

Highlights: Communications Market 2015 report

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Telecoms regulator Ofcom has released its annual Communications Market report which, as you can imagine, is rather comprehensive. The report does however contain interesting facts and figures about the direction of the industry. In this article, we'll dissect the report into key highlights which could be important when making informed business decisions in the future. 

The UK is now a...

189.7 million people in America own a smartphone

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If you followed the evolution of the mobile communications sector, then you would notice that strategic blunders have humbled several large multinational companies - including dominant telecom system manufacturers, mobile handset makers and proprietary software vendors.In all cases, companies once recognised as leaders in their respective field had to accept defeat. Most of the remaining industry players knew that their relative position in the mobile ecosystem was tentative and subject to ongoing change. That said, CEOs that believe their company is "to big to fail" is the folly...

By David H. Deans, 31 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Smartphones.

Smartphones are driving internet use in emerging markets

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According to the latest global study by International Data Corporation (IDC), the combined total market of smartphones, media tablets and PCs is now forecast to grow from 1.8 billion units in 2014 to 2.5 billion units in 2019.During the forecast period, smartphones will grow to represent the majority of total smart connected device (IDC's term for the combined market) shipments -- dwarfing both tablets and PCs in terms of shipment volumes.As recently as 2010, PCs still made up the lion's share of the total device...

By David H. Deans, 27 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Developing Countries, Smartphones.

U.S. Smartphone Penetration Reaches 75 Percent

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Imagine that a marketer could reach more than 70 percent of Americans without utilizing traditional mass-media, such as TV or radio. Well, that's the allure of mobile marketing via smartphone apps.We're just beginning to see the full potential of the mobile cloud phenomena in America. The latest market research will reveal the upside opportunity. ComScore released data reporting key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for December 2014.Apple ranked as the top smartphone...

By David H. Deans, 11 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Research, Smartphones.

Opera launches "all you can eat" app store

For operators, the added perks you can offer customers which helps to differentiate your package from the competition is one of the most important factors as network performance becomes negligibly different between providers. Opera Software has launched an operator-branded app store which promises "all you can eat" apps and games, and it could be worth adding to your arsenal. 

One of the biggest benefits of Opera's...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Developers, Entertainment, Smartphones.

Nokia shows off HERE Auto, ponders autonomous cars

Major platform holders such as Google and Apple are looking into bringing apps into the car to enhance the driving experience, whilst vendors such as HERE are looking to remove the driver altogether in favour of autonomous vehicles. It's clear, the automotive industry is ripe to be disrupted.

Drivers are more willing to accept changes that come gradually, as has been the case with things such as cruise control.

Nokia is no stranger to the automotive industry, and supplies its HERE maps to some of the world's...

By Ryan Daws, 17 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Smartphones.

Verizon's new 'Advanced Calling' has arrived, and the iPhone 6 is supported

Earlier this month, Verizon Wireless launched 'Advanced Calling' across its nationwide network with support for select smartphones. Apple's latest iPhone 6, and its plus-sized brethren, were not initially able to access this decievingly simple yet important new addition to the network's features.

As of this week, the switch has now been flicked, and users of the iPhone 6 can begin to reap its benefits.

Verizon's Advanced Calling is a more consumer-friendly branding of VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE) which allows users...

By Ryan Daws, 23 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Infrastructure, Networks, Smartphones.

Phones4U heads into administration, iPhone 6 orders cancelled

Phones4U, a troubled UK mobile phones retailer, has gone into controversial administration resulting in the closure of 550 stores. The company has long had issues after mobile operators dropped support for the business after reportedly being unable to conclude new distribution agreements.

Vodafone said in a statement: "Phones 4U was offered repeated opportunities to propose competitive distribution terms to enable us to conclude a new agreement, but was unable to do so." Vodafone...

By Ryan Daws, 15 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

Emergency legislation gives UK authorities NSA-like powers

In the face of an escalating terror threat, which has led to increased airport security measures, emergency legislation is being controversially rushed through parliament to force phone and internet companies to retain data for at least 12 months despite a lack of discussion around its impact.

TelecomsTech reported this week of the EU Commission's distaste the Data Retention Act...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Smartphones.

Leaked document reveals Nokia's future at Microsoft

Prolific leaker, Evleaks, has released internal documents sent to ex-Nokia employees about how they should make the transition to Microsoft and what they should expect going forward. It consists of several pages and contains a 31-question FAQ to help answer worries and ease the process.

The document reveals that Microsoft acquired Nokia for $7.5 billion and reserves the right to use Nokia's Lumia...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Licence to Kill: Laws signed for cell phone ‘kill switch'

Minnesota has become the latest state to sign legislation that requires all mobile phones and tablets sold within its borders to be equipped with anti-theft software which includes a remote ‘kill switch’ able to shut-off and lock the device if it is stolen or being used for illegitimate purposes.

iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices already come with built-in software which can locate, wipe, or shut-down the missing device. On iPhone and iPad this comes in the form of ‘Find my...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Government, Industry, Smartphones.

Google prepares for the digital currency revolution with Wallet, but where is Apple?

Google offers their Google Wallet which supports NFC payment technology – and the team say they are working on integrating Bitcoin.

Ariel Bardin, Vice President of Payments at Google, has asked a Redditor to ask “What would I want Google to do with Bitcoin?” so he can watch the conversation.

Microsoft has a digital wallet, but there’s no word whether it will support Bitcoin (or others.)

The...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Mobile, Smartphones.

S5 is the most expensive smartphone to build in this Galaxy

Samsung’s smartphones have never been known for their build quality. Reviews have called outer shells “cheap plastic” and although changing to a more faux leather texture with their latest Galaxy S5 – few would pit the build cost as being above rivals such as the HTC One M8.

But, it is. In fact an IHS teardown has revealed the Galaxy S5 carriers the biggest bill of materials of any smartphone.

The 32GB iteration of the handset carries a BOM of $251.52 and rises further to $256.52 once...

By Ryan Daws, 16 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Smartphones.

Microsoft is taking Cortana for a joyride in your car

Car manufacturers are well-acquainted with Microsoft. For over 15 years the company’s Windows CE or Windows Automotive embeddable software has been behind software from BMW, Fiat, Ford, Kia, and Nissan.

What the company hasn’t had any control over is the end experience – with Apple bringing ‘CarPlay’ to upcoming vehicles; it’s overdue that Microsoft takes the car for another spin…

A new version of Windows for the car was shown off at last week’s BUILD developer...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Entertainment, Smartphones.