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.

The Creepy - And Insecure - Side of iOS and Android Apps

Want to see the dark side of mobile apps? Just read this great bit of research from Troy Hunt: Secret iOS business; what you don’t know about your apps

As people have noted in the comments, "iOS" (Apple's operating system for iPhones and iPads) is purely the platform Troy Hunt did his research on... but he's really talking about issues with mobile applications.

I'm my unfortunately sure that these type of issues will also be there on apps on Android and probably on other mobile operating systems from Microsoft, RIM, WebOS, etc.

These are application design issues.

The article starts off with the incredibly inefficient case of stuffing large images from...

By Dan York, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, Mobile, Security, Smartphones.

130 Million Mobile Video Communication Users by 2016

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, mobile voice-over-IP (mVoIP) clients downloaded to a smartphone will account for four fifths of 640 million mobile VoIP users by the end of 2016 -- while alliances between carriers and mVoIP specialists will remain relatively few in number. Improved technology, more intuitive interfaces and increased user awareness all account for the increasing dominance of the app model for mVoIP. In addition VoIP specialists are broadening their horizons as they explore the potential of alliances with social media, gaming and software...

By David H. Deans, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones, VoiP.

Microsoft's patent arsenal nets it millions from Android and Chrome ODMs

Microsoft says it has over half of the global Original Device Manufacturers (ODMs) for Android and Chrome smartphones, tablets and other devices under license following a recent deal with one of the largest contract electronics producers in the world.

Microsoft has the ability to defend around 78,555 patents and collects millions of dollars in licenses from ODMs serving seven major mobile organisations.

Following a recent deal with the Taiwanese firm Compal Electronics, the tech giant now has more than half...

By Matt Henkes, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Licensing, 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.

Media Tablet Owners Purchase Online More Frequently

Recent findings from a survey of U.S. smartphone and tablet owners indicate that tablet ownership increases the frequency of mobile shopping, improves the purchase experience -- and makes people who own both devices use their smartphone more often. The study revealed that tablet ownership increases mobile purchase frequency, with owners of tablets (as well as smartphones) buying nearly twice as often as those who only have smartphones. Further, more than 40 percent of these “dual owners” made more than 20 mobile purchases over the past year. Nearly two-thirds of dual owners indicated higher overall spending due to...

By David H. Deans, 20 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

Thousands queue up for iPhone 4S

Apple stores around the world opened to vast queues of iPhone fanatics this morning; people who had stood in line, some for many tens of hours, to be the first to get their hands on the new iPhone 4S.

The smartphone became available at 8am today in the UK, US, Australia, Japan, Germany, Canada and France.

Some customers camped outside stores for days to get their hands on the last product Steve Jobs developed. Preorders for the new iPhone exceeded 1...

By Dani Millward, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.

84.5 Million People in the U.S. Now Own a Smartphone

comScore released data reporting the key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending August 2011. The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.3 percent market share. Google Android continued to gain ground in the smartphone market reaching 43.7 percent market share. For the three-month average period ending in August, 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 25.3 percent of U.S. mobile...

By David H. Deans, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

iOS 5 Update: Steve Jobs Rolling Over Already?

I understand the title of this post may be insensitive and nothing could be further from the goal of this piece. In fact, if anything, I admire Steve Jobs so much that I feel this entry needed to be made in order to honor his memory.The question which our industry is asking today is how could Apple screw up the iOS 5 update so badly - literally a week or so after the death of Steve Jobs? I realize of course the two incidents aren't related but one has to wonder if all those devices that Steve keeps in his office wouldn't have...

By Rich Tehrani, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.