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.

Smartphone Users Interact with Brands via Social Networks

comScore released results of a study on mobile social media usage which showed that 72.2 million Americans accessed social networking sites or blogs on their smartphone in August 2011 -- an increase of 37 percent in the past year. Their latest market study also provided new insights into how mobile users interact with social media, finding that more than half read a post from an organization, brand or related event while on their mobile device. “Social media is one of the most popular and fastest growing mobile activities, reaching nearly one third of all U.S. mobile users,” said Mark Donovan,...

By David H. Deans, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Demand for Media Tablets Disrupts the PC Market

Worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments increased by 3.6 percent in the third quarter of 2011 (3Q11) compared to the same quarter in 2010, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). The results are up slightly from the 2.7 percenet growth experienced in 2Q11, and just below IDC's August projections for 4.5 percent growth in the quarter. The Americas and EMEA were slightly below expectations while the Asia-Pacific markets were slightly ahead. The market continues to struggle as consumer discretionary income is diverted to other areas and business...

By David H. Deans, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Smartphones.

Publishers will Embrace eMagazines and eNewspapers

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, annual revenues derived from eNewspapers that are delivered to portable digital devices will exceed $1.1 billion by 2016 -- with publishers increasingly adopting subscription-based applications to counteract their falling print publication sales. The Juniper market study noted the surge in Apple iPad adoption led a number of newspaper publishers to move beyond standalone smartphone apps towards more integrated digital media strategies. Companies such as News International have begun offering a single subscription price enabling access to The Times...

By David H. Deans, 21 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Browsers, Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.