What does Google gain from its Motarola deal?

In its largest ever acquisition, Google has announced that it will buy Motarola Mobility, the tech giant’s phone division, for a massive $12.5bn, launching the global search leader into the mobile handset market at mach 5 and surely shaking up the Android ecosystem almost beyond belief.

The deal is yet to win competition approval, which may not be entirely plain sailing, and brings Google into direct competition with the raft of handset manufacturers that licence the Android OS, providing the company...

By Matt Henkes, 16 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Google, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Android doubles share of mobile market

The Android operating system has taken the lion's share of the mobile phone market over the past 12 months, according to the latest research from Gartner.Google's operating system, which runs on devices from manufacturers including Motorola, HTC and Samsung, is now the most widely installed in the world, appearing on 43.4 percent of all new smartphones sold in the first two quarters of 2011.

Of the 107.7 million smartphones shipped to the UK over the period, 46.8 million were Android devices - a complete contrast to...

By Verity Gough, 14 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Devices, Smartphones.

Shiny devices entering the mobile galaxy, but will they fly?

The proliferation of tablets raises questions about the impact of such devices on the network and the role of mobile backhaul

With a range of attractive handsets and tablets being launched ahead of the Christmas season, consumers are likely to get a range of options to choose from, and Apple will face some serious competition. The first serious opponent for the iPad 2 to reach the shops in the UK is the  Samsung

By Ciena, 08 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Mobile, Smartphones.

Five top Cloud trends for 2012

As Cloud computing becomes less of a buzz word and more the norm for forward facing organisations, we take a look at five trends tipped to be hot in 2012.

A recent poll by research firm Gartner revealed that worldwide Cloud adoption is growing at an annual rate of around 17 percent while industry surveys show 50 percent or more of organisations polled have implemented some form of cloud computing.

So now we have dipped our toes in the proverbial waters, what’s next for the Cloud?

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By Verity Gough, 08 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Consumers, Content, Industry, Security, Smartphones.

Samsung climbs to no. 2 in mobile shipments

Samsung Electronics has climbed to number two in the table of global smartphone sales, say industry analysts, despite declining to release detailed figures on its device shipments.

Releasing its Q2 results, Samsung showed that a drop in net profits of 18% to $3.3bn, largely down to poor performances of the company’s panel TV displays, was offset by strong growth of Samsung’s mobile unit.

Samsung said operating profit in its telecommunications unit more than doubled on the same quarter last year,...

By Matt Henkes, 01 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

US Smartphone Adoption & Usage

Research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that one third of American adults – 35 percent – own a smartphone. Furthermore, 87 percent of smartphone owners access the Internet or email via their device; 68 percent doing so on a typical day.

The research, which surveyed 2,277 US adults, highlighted a number of interesting facts about the US smartphone market, notably in relation to adoption rates and...

By AlwaysOnMessage, 12 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, N America, Smartphones.

Smartphones Now Majority of New Phone Purchases in US – Nielsen

The US smartphone market is continuing to grow, states the latest survey from Nielsen.

According to Nielsen’s May survey, 38 percent of the mobile consumers in the US now own smartphones. 55 percent of those who purchased a new handset in the past three months stated they had brought a smartphone instead of a feature phone; up from 34 percent a year ago.

Of the US smartphone market, 38...

By AlwaysOnMessage, 01 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: N America, Research, Smartphones.