Trouble may be brewing at HTC, or are we overhyping?

There could be trouble at Taiwanese manufacturer HTC, according to The Verge.

Amongst staff departures, production failures, and the recent disastrous launch of the “First” Facebook phone...is there actually trouble, or are we putting the nail in the coffin too early?

 

HTC had a rollercoaster of a first quarter, with a highlight being the release of arguably the best...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Smartphones.

Analyst says Samsung is “tail wagging the dog” as Droid profits creamed

It’s common knowledge Samsung is Android’s biggest player – just this month shipping 10 million of the South Korean giant’s latest ‘S4’ flagship – but just how much does the hardware manufacturer take away from Android?

According to Neil Mawston at Strategy Analytics; Samsung holds 41% of the...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

136.7 million Americans now own a Smartphone

The growth of smartphone adoption in the U.S. marketplace has me wondering, how much more upside is available and when will we likely see full market saturation? comScore released data that reported the key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry during the three month average period ending March 2013. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 39 percent OEM market share, while Google Android led as the number one smartphone platform with 52 percent...

By David H. Deans, 17 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Smartphones.

BT heads into the 4G market, whilst Samsung readies 5G

For the first time in over a decade, consumers could be receiving a BT-branded mobile signal, along with the latest 4G-capabilities. But a particular South Korean company is already testing ahead...

Before we discuss this “next step” let’s investigate BT’s mobile network background, starting with Cellnet in 1985 the fruits of a venture between BT and Securicor.

Back then, as the first provider to offer WAP and GPRS, things looked great along with 11 million customers in early...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Smartphones.

Smartphone shipments grew by 30 percent in Q1

The mobile communications sector continues to advance -- with new handheld devices driving mobile internet usage. Juniper Research estimates that the number of smartphone shipments reached almost 200 million in Q1 2013, representing a growth of 30 percent from the same quarter in 2012. Samsung increased its smartphone market share by shipping an estimated 68 million smartphones and accounting for approximately 34 percent of all smartphone shipments...

By David H. Deans, 10 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Infographic, Mobile, Smartphones.

Nokia aims to conquer low and mid-range, but is there any chance of success?

The Nokia Asha 501 was announced at a global launch event in New Delhi earlier this week to much praise, mainly regarding the Lumia-esque differential styling, the “swipe” UI, and the price.

For anyone not familiar with the Asha line, it’s the Finnish-manufacturer’s solution to emerging markets; offering fantastic devices at extremely affordable pricing whilst being incredibly attractive.

Taking the 501 as an example of this, the device which is available in many fluorescent colours (and playful design is...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, India, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Smartphones.

There will be no big bang for mobile payments

Gilles Ubaghs, Senior Analyst, Financial Services TechnologyThe mobile payments market has long been gestating in developed markets, and is now finally starting to gain momentum in terms of product launches and levels of investment from significant players across the financial services, IT, and telco markets. However, it is clear that the market is unlikely to reach a big bang moment, and will instead continue to evolve on several fronts at once. What this also means, however, is that market entrants must think beyond existing...

By Ovum Research, 08 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Does free mobile messaging mean goodbye SMS?

Receiving your very first SMS – at the time it seemed such a marvel of modern technology. These days it’s something we take for granted as ever more advanced features are released for our daily use, but is the era of SMS over?

For the first time, free messaging apps have taken over the now dated SMS system many of us have been familiar with for over 15 years, helping to keep us all more connected.

A study from Informa has revealed the extent of this shift. According to the research firm almost 19...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Networks, Smartphones.

‘White space’ devices are on the way, says Ofcom

Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator of the United Kingdom, has called for a pilot of an innovative new batch of “white space” devices utilising gaps in the radio spectrum.

The plan is to use white space in order to test broadcasts which will not interfere with any current spectrum. This will be enforced by broadcasters only being allowed to utilise where the spaces are, and the power levels they are restricted to on a dedicated website updated by Ofcom.

The scheme will initially launch in the autumn...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Smartphones, Telematics.

EE expects to hit 1m customers by end of 2013

After only five months, alongside extensive development and rapid deployment, the UK’s first 4G network Everything Everywhere (EE) has announced hitting 318,000 customers.

This is a remarkable achievement, especially considering many questioned their pricing strategy would push users away and slow adoption rate.

Yet EE believes the adoption will only grow, with a staggering one million expected by the end of 2013.

As a result of this...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Smartphones, Wireless.