Why Smart TV app stores need to improve

By Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo

The Smart TV opportunity

The concept of Smart TV is brilliant. By adding connectivity directly in the TV screen, it is possible to access applications and content from various providers without the need for an extra device.

With the added benefit of having a tuner inside the TV, the Smart TV platforms offer unique possibilities of interaction with live broadcast in a way that no other OTT platforms can offer.

All major TV manufacturers have launched Smart TVs over the past 3-4...

By Michael Lantz, 27 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, IPTV, Multi Screen, Smart TV.

Facebook prepares a mobile payments push

Eden Zoller, Principal Analyst, Consumer

Facebook is quietly testing a new mobile feature that will provide users with a one-click payment service for mobile shopping applications. This makes sense, given the growth in mobile payment revenues, the size of Facebook’s mobile base, and the importance of mobile advertising to the social network. The user transaction data generated by Facebook’s mobile payment feature will be invaluable for advertising, and will be used to bolster revenues on this...

By Ovum Research, 23 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Billing, Mobile.

Anti-Piracy MUSO reaches agreement with Social Network VK

Perhaps you may have heard of VK - you certainly would if you’re based in Russia – but outside of the motherland it may ring a bell as the network which TelecomsTech reported on as offering US whistleblower Edward Snowden a job.

One of the biggest issues of the network is its rampant Piracy rate, with a reported 77% of transferred files being unauthorised content.

This level of copyrighted content being so freely...

By Ryan Daws, 20 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Consumers, Entertainment, Licensing, Networks.

Examining the upside opportunities in the mobile payments market

The mobile payments market has long been an attractive opportunity, and mobile service providers have been facilitating payments for content services for many years. Mobile payment services such as ticketing and contactless payments have been available in some markets since the late 1990s or early 2000s. More advanced m-payments services - typically targeting customers in the developed world - such as m-wallet and associated value-added services, can generate significant revenue for mobile network operators in...

By David H. Deans, 08 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Billing, Consumers, Operators, OTT Services.

Examining the upside market opportunities for M2M connections

Machine to machine (M2M) applications growth continues on an upward trajectory. Cellular M2M connections are set to reach over 450 million by 2018, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Europe dragged down worldwide connection growth in 2011 and 2012 to the high teens, but with improving world economics connection growth will accelerate to a CAGR of 26 percent through 2018. However, recent connection growth has come in the face of declining connection ARPUs. "The market for M2M connections can...

By David H. Deans, 06 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Big Data, M2M, Operators.

Apple is bidding for the Kinect motion peripheral

Ok, so that may have been a slightly misleading headline; Apple is bidding for the company which designed and created the original Kinect device used first in Microsoft’s Xbox console - PrimeSense.

The Israeli-based firm will also be providing chips and designs for the upcoming Xbox One, and has gained $85 million in venture capital funding.

Apple, however, is expected to bid between the region of $280 and $300 million to acquire the company and its technology.

This would put the company at an advantage over...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, Devices, Entertainment, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones, Smart TV.

Virgin Media gains Ginx TV – Achievement unlocked

As a testament to the rise of ‘eSports’ as a genre, Virgin Media in the UK has added Ginx TV to its EPG, along with the 12 different gaming-related shows which broadcast on the channel.

Residing on channel number 286; Ginx TV has been accessible in Poland, the Netherlands, Romania, Croatia and the Middle East for a while. Adding to its credibility and professionalism, it is also fully localised in over 40 territories and available in nine different languages.

What’s interesting is...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Broadcast, Consumers, Entertainment, Industry.

The rise of OTT applications and the threat to SMS

It has been said on more than one occasion that SMS has had its day.  According to Informa, the volume of OTT messaging traffic is set to be twice that of Person-to-Person (P2P) SMS messaging by the end of 2013, and with over 19.1bn OTT messages sent last year, OTT applications are beginning to have a substantial impact on SMS traffic and revenue.

The overall trend is certainly significant, and it would be very easy to say there is little to no life left in SMS but that’s just not the case. ...

By Louise O'Sullivan, 05 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Billing, Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Microsoft partners with Telefónica to boost WP against Android and iOS

Although gradually rising, Microsoft has had nowhere near the success with Windows Phone the Redmond-company had surely hoped by this stage.

It’s truly a shame, as whilst Android – the market share leader – could be called an iOS clone, and iOS is still being called “stagnant” in features; Windows Phone has both brought both brand-new design and software innovations to the table.

Now the software giant is looking to Telefónica to help boost the platform against its two...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Deutsche Telekom launches M2M Developer Kits

In order to help promote M2M (Machine-to-Machine) development based in the cloud, vendor Deutsche Telekom is providing developer kits to get started.

TelecomsTech spoke to DT’s Ruslan Ismailov at Mobile World Congress back in February to discuss the telco’s M2M strategy going forward – and now we’re beginning to see some progress.

Consisting of an Arduino or a Cinterion board with a GSM chip, and of course a SIM card for access to the...

By Ryan Daws, 20 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Developers, Industry, Infrastructure, M2M, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.