ZTE to launch two new LTE handsets at #MWC

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE has announced the launch of two new handsets ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next week.

The firm said it was planning to launch two new LTE handsets, the PF200 and N910, running Android Ice Cream Sandwich, with 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz chipsets, though didn’t specify which chip would feature in which handset.

4G LTE phones are expected to be a...

By Matt Henkes, 20 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Mobile, Smartphones.

Why Mobile Feature-Phones Have Strong Demand

The worldwide mobile phone market grew 6.1 percent year over year in the fourth quarter of 2011 (4Q11). According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors shipped 427.4 million units in 4Q11 -- that's compared to 402.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010. The 6.1 percent year-over-year growth was higher than IDC's earlier forecast of 4.4 percent for the quarter, but weaker than the 9.3 percent growth in 3Q11. "The mobile phone market exhibited unusually low growth last quarter, which shows it is not immune to weaker macroeconomic conditions worldwide," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst at IDC. The introduction of high-growth products such as the Apple iPhone 4S, which...

By David H. Deans, 17 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Europe, Industry, Mobile, N America.

Can Apple Maintain its Mobile Smartphone Lead?

Has Apple dropped the price of some of its smartphone inventory, purely in an attempt to win back market share lost to other vendors during 2011? According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, Apple has overtaken Samsung during the last quarter of 2011 -- but it's not clear if it can maintain that lead. Almost 25 percent of the 149 million smartphones shipped worldwide in Q4 were Apple iPhones. While Apple overtook Samsung to reach the number one position, the Korean giant has increased its market share four-fold since Q1 2010 -- that's from 4.7 to 21.7 percent. According to Juniper's...

By David H. Deans, 14 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

The ups and downs of China.com

In the midst of economic downturn, the Internet is reveling in a mind-boggling boom in China: with huge numbers of customers that are the envy of online merchants and service providers around the world; and their spending keeps growing.

According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), China had 513 million Internet users by the end of 2011, up 12% from a year ago, and 350 million of these used their cell phone to access the Internet, up 17%.

However, the agency warns growth is slowing by...

By Dr Lin Sun, 13 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Cloud, Consumers, Entertainment, Mobile.

What Are Retailers' Top NFC Mobile Payment Questions?

At Software Advice, we hear from a lot of retailers that are curious and sometimes confused about mobile payments. That’s to be understood--the market is extremely fragmented and while evangelists have built up the technology, little has happened in terms of adoption.In addition to the lack of mobile payments-capable handsets, another barrier to adoption is that there isn’t a need for consumers to be excited about mobile payments. Most retailers don’t accept it, anyways. Retailers can be a leader in changing consumers’ adoption by better understanding the technology--and learning if they can, in fact, already process the payments today. To help educate retailers, here are our answers to some of the top questions we hear.

By Michael Koploy, 09 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Mobile.

Asia-Pacific Mobile Net Operators Deploy Upgrades

The developed Asian markets -- such as Japan and South Korea -- have always led the way forward in mobile network technology deployments and advanced applications. Now other markets in the region are actively investing in new infrastructure -- as the developing markets in the region catch up. "A number of Asian operators are bracing themselves for a quickening in 3G and 4G subscriber adoption in 2012," says Jake Saunders, vice president of forecasting at ABI Research. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, Asian capital expenditure in 2012 is forecast to...

By David H. Deans, 08 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, LTE, Mobile.

What is HTML5?

HTML5 is the latest enhancement to the existing, standardised HTML specifications, mandated and approved by the W3C. Although the full recommendations are not expected to be approved / released until 2014, many aspects of the work are now stable and there are working implementations of HTML5 that have already been released by vendors and application developers.

Essentially, HTML5 is intended to enhance the capabilities of existing versions of HTML (and related standards) for the creation of web applications....

By Redmill Communications, 31 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Developers, Mobile.

Google: Can it be Everything to Everyone?

Google is the new Microsoft but boy are they faster than Redmond ever was. Part of the reason has to do with the search engine leader’s access to the eyeballs of almost every human on earth via its home page but another reason for the blistering speed of the company has to do with the speed of innovation – which I recently described as (Moore’s Law*Metcalfe’s Law)/Patent Lawsuit Activity.

What we saw happen to Microsoft is telling. As they expanded into market after market like IPTV...

By Rich Tehrani, 30 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Google, Industry, Mobile.