107m Americans now own a smartphone, says comScore

comScore released data on the key trends within the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending April 2012. Their latest market study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile network service subscribers. They confirmed, once again, that Samsung continues to be the top handset manufacturer overall, with 25.9% market share. Google Android also continued to grow its share in the U.S. smartphone market, accounting for 50.8% of smartphone subscribers, while Apple captured 31.4%. For the three-month average period...

By David H. Deans, 14 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Google, N America, Smartphones.

Google finalises Motorola deal by bringing in own CEO

Google hasn’t wasted any time in stamping their mark on the newly-acquired Motorola Mobility, with Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha “stepping down” to be replaced by “long-time Googler” Dennis Woodside.

Woodside had previously been president of Google’s Americas region, as well as overseeing the acquisition of Motorola, and has already set about hiring his own management staff.

Jha will continue to work with Google through the initial...

By James Bourne, 23 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Google, N America.

Microsoft to improve multi-monitor productivity in Windows 8

If you use multiple monitors you have no doubt noticed it can get annoying to have to go back and forth between them to access specific functions like the Start menu.

Well, it seems people at Microsoft too have noticed there is a productivity hit to having to move your mouse back and forth across potentially huge screens.

And a result Microsoft has released its multi-monitor improvements in its Windows 8 Release Preview and the good news is you...

By Rich Tehrani, 21 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Multi Screen, N America.

US telecoms Industry roundup 2010 To 2015

The U.S. telecom industry has been fast changing owing to numerous technological advancements. This research conducted by Axvoice looks at the U.S. telecom industry from 2010 to 2015 and the different factors that are affecting it over this period of time. This research aims to provide a generic overview of the projections for the U.S. telecom industry by monitoring the current trends.

By BroadbandNation, 18 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, N America, Research.

T-Mobile USA culls 900 jobs but expects to put 550 back

T-Mobile USA has announced another round of job cuts with 900 employees leaving the Seattle-based company.

The move comes as the mobile operator reassesses its strategy following a failed $39 billion merger with AT&T last year, claiming that it “will enable us to react with greater speed and effectiveness to customer and market opportunities...that better positions T-Mobile to return to growth.”

T-Mobile is the only one of the ‘big four’ American mobile networks not to carry the...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

LightSquared files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

Wireless telecoms developer LightSquared Inc. has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after owner Philip Falcone was unable to resolve his long-standing wrangling with creditors.

The Virginia-based company, whose ambitious pledge is to provide “wireless connectivity to every American” in Falcone's words, said that the bankruptcy order was “necessary to preserve the value of our business and to ensure continued operations.”

Falcone will remain with the company, despite creditors...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: N America, Satellite, Wireless.

Exploring the Global Digital Signage Market Upside

While there's still a raging debate over the full upside potential of the Digital Signage market, particularly within the retail industry, pundits and insiders know that the most effective way to quantify the market is to follow the display technology outlook. NPD Display Search will once again host a one-day Digital Signage Conference at InfoComm, providing in-depth insight into the projected growth and emerging trends of the digital signage industry. The fifth annual Digital Signage Conference is taking place on June 12, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Practitioners in the...

By David H. Deans, 08 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Developers, N America, Smart TV.

Determining if there really is a spectrum shortage

Those of us who have been in the wireless space for years take for granted that there is a spectrum shortage but the New York Times had a compelling story discussing how spectrum sharing and smart antennas will help alleviate the problem.

They even have a quote from David P. Reed saying that radio frequencies are not finite. TMC's Peter Bernstein disagrees with this last point and has some

By Rich Tehrani, 20 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, N America, Operators, Wireless.

Why More Americans Adopted Connected TV Apps

According to the latest market study by Leichtman Research Group (LRG), 38 percent of all American households now have at least one TV set connected to the Internet via a video game system, a Blu-ray player, a streaming media set-top box, and/or the TV set directly. The current U.S. connected TV adoption estimate is up from 30 percent last year, and 24 percent two years ago. As a result, watching over-the-top video content has become a mainstream consumer activity, with many more people engaging with online video entertainment applications. Video...

By David H. Deans, 19 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Entertainment, N America.

Nokia hit by tough smartphone market: Shares nosedive

Shares in the Finnish mobile giant Nokia plunged by 14% after the firm admitted it was facing a tough battle for smartphone sales, “particularly in India, the Middle East, Africa and China”, and revised its Q1 predictions downwards.

The company has faced an uphill struggle since abandoning the ‘burning platform’ of Symbian and throwing its lot in with Microsoft’s WP7 platform. Sales of its new Lumina windows phones have been sluggish, though Nokia says it sold over 2m handsets...

By Matt Henkes, 12 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, India, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.