Over 8m Britons have never been online

Around 8 million UK adults have never used the Internet. This equals to just over 16% of the entire UK adult population.

The number of adults that have never been online fell by 299,000 during the three months up to September. This figure has significantly increased since the previous quarter, which fell by only 12,000 people.

This is according to an Internet Access Quarterly Update survey released by the Office of National Statistics. It estimates the...

By Dani Millward, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Consumers, India, Research.

How Retailers Can Engage the Mobile Savvy Shopper

eMarketer reports that online retailer sales are growing fast, but the vast majority of consumer spending still takes place offline in local stores. Are retailers prepared to re-design their online presence, optimized for mobile device interaction, to capitalize on their customer's evolving shopping behavior?

A large portion of those in-store sales are influenced by online research, most of which is conducted at a consumer's home. But increasingly, consumers are taking advantage of the just-in-time access to...

By David H. Deans, 12 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Marketing, Mobile.

China's app growth is up by 840% in 2011

China’s mobile application market is now the second largest in the world, according to research.

Analytics firm, Flurry, found that China has had an 840% increase in app usage during this year. The growth is four times more than the rate experienced by other countries.

The country now ranks behind the United States in the stakes to become number 1 in the apps...

By Dani Millward, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Asia, China, Consumers, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

Mobile NFC for Creative New Marketing Applications

As the number of mobile phone-based payment users grows worldwide to over 375 million in 2015, the demand for devices enabled with near field communications (NFC) -- the underlying communications technology behind many mobile payment solutions -- will grow as well. According to the latest market study by In-Stat, the adoption of this technology will push global annual shipments of NFC chips to over 1.2 billion by 2015. NFC is a set of technologies that supports wireless communications between two devices in close proximity to each other. An NFC link is very quick to set up, enabling small amounts of data to be...

By David H. Deans, 03 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Marketing, Mobile.

UK broadband users download 17gb of data a month

UK households with home broadband connections download an average of 17 gigabytes of data a month. This is equivalent to watching 11 movies or 12 hours of pre-recorded television content.

Regulator Ofcom released the figures in its comprehensive ‘Infrastructure Report’, based on Britain’s telecommunications network.

It looked at 200 areas in the UK and how well they support various technologies, including fixed...

By Dani Millward, 02 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Broadband, Consumers, Infrastructure, Operators, Research.

Samsung's bendy smartphones to hit market

Samsung could release its new bendable smartphones by early 2012.

The new technology will feature foldable OLED screens, which doesn’t crack when folded over, and makes it easier to fit your device into pockets and purses. The screen itself uses pixels that emalate their own light rather than using a backlight.

The South Korean electronics giant also said that tablets and other devices may be introduced...

By Dani Millward, 02 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Developers, Devices, Smartphones.

Low Cost Smartphones for the World's Poorest Citizens

The next one billion people on the planet who are first-time users of the internet will likely gain access via a smartphone, not a computer. Moreover, the internet offers them the prospect of new hope and socioeconomic advancement. Why? Many of these people are poor, very poor. In most developing nations, the typical Android smartphone -- typically selling for $400 to $500 -- is way out of reach for many consumers that currently have a feature phone or perhaps no phone at all. These potential smartphone owners currently only have one operating system (OS) choice in the low-cost category, (the under-$150...

By David H. Deans, 02 November 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Africa, Asia, Consumers, Europe, India, LATAM, N America, Research, Smartphones, UAE.

60 Million Media Tablets will Ship Worldwide in 2011

You've been thinking about your next portable computing device, but you can't decide because there are now numerous options to consider. Perhaps the next device that you purchase won't be called at computer. Does it matter? Media tablet shipments surpassed netbook personal computer (PC) shipments this quarter -- reaching 13.6 million tablets, compared to just 7.3 million netbooks. Netbook PCs had previously led the way with 8.4 million shipments in 1Q11, compared to just 6.4 million media tablets. “This is a trend that we do not expect will reverse,” says Jeff Orr, group director, mobile devices at

By David H. Deans, 27 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Research.