Tizen selects Nokia’s Here platform for location

Nick Dillon, Senior Analyst, Devices & Platforms

The Tizen Association announced on Monday that it has selected Nokia’s Here maps platform to power the location elements of the Tizen mobile operating system.

This fills a major hole in Tizen’s offering and paves the way for the launch of the first Tizen handsets from Samsung, which we expect to arrive in 2014. Although the impact of the deal will ultimately rely on the success of Tizen, the selection of Here not only illustrates the growing...

By Ovum Research, 15 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Developers, Devices, Smartphones.

Voice startup ‘hello’ wants you to say goodbye to Skype

A new Indiegogo campaign by the name of ‘hello’ launches today, with its founder claiming he wants to create “the Mozilla of telephony”.

Paul Grimshaw, the company’s founder, claims that the peer-to-peer voice startup is unique in that it offers complete customisation and branding, with users being able to connect between different providers and move freely between them.

For instance, Canonical could set up an...

By Ryan Daws, 07 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Entertainment, Security, Smartphones, Startups.

Where is the Apple iPhone 5C’s market?

Apple is a premium brand. It was for this very reason I got nervous in the days before yesterday’s keynote about the rumoured iPhone 5C.

What everyone felt certain of, was that it would be considerably cheaper than the higher-end ‘5S’ in order to enter the mid-level market at an affordable price that could potentially put an iPhone in any consumer’s hands.

In the short-term, this would have worked wonders.

Price a mid-range iPhone like Google’s Nexus 4 at $370 (£239) and it...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Smartphones.

There’s a new Nokia, it’s called Newkia

Not everyone is happy about Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia; it marks the end of an iconic brand which only three years ago was the market leader in smartphones. Many would attribute this downfall to the lack of success found by Windows Phone.

Many speculate whether Nokia would have found success on the Android platform – I personally think they would have.

Nokia’s reason for not following the crowd was they didn’t want to be in HTC's position; bringing out fantastic handsets - but living under...

By Ryan Daws, 05 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Microsoft acquires Nokia, now it’s time for Windows Phone 1.0

This morning, Microsoft made the (shock?) announcement the company has acquired Nokia for the rather meagre sum of $7.2 Billion. You don’t have to be a top analyst to realise this has been on the cards for a long time; but the deal could mean Windows Phone can really get off the ground.

We can quite confidently say Nokia is the sole manufacturer keeping Microsoft’s mobile OS from ending up like the Titanic; sunken, but unforgotten. Redmond had to save their biggest asset.

Currently Microsoft receives less than...

By Ryan Daws, 03 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

UK erupts into full-scale 4G war as Three announces plans

LTE operators have comparisons to the HBO series Game of Thrones; it’s a battle to the top in which the competition only becomes more fierce and the players are willing to get dirty to ascend their superiority.

Three’s announcement of their 4G plans today is the latest, and most disruptive.

4G in the UK witnessed an 11-month period of criticised exclusivity by Orange and T-Mobile’s network collaboration, EE, due to a limited spectrum auction. Over this time, the operator hit negative...

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

Nokia Lumia 1020 sets new smartphone benchmark but pricing remains tricky

Tony Cripps, Principal Analyst, Devices and Platforms

Nokia’s Lumia 1020 finally combines Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 software with the 41MP over-sampling camera technology that the company previously marketed in the Symbian PureView 808. The combination sets a new benchmark for high-end smartphone engineering and is a timely reminder of Nokia’s R&D capabilities. However, the company must still overcome incumbent rivals, slow adoption of Windows Phone, and a modest marketing budget if the Lumia...

By Ovum Research, 19 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

HTC predicting first loss in their history, is it as bad as it sounds?

The next quarter looks bleak for HTC, despite their latest flagship – the HTC One – “performing well” and outselling any of last year’s models; this trend will not continue into Q3.

In fact, for the first time ever, the company predicts a loss of up to 8%. But is the situation as bad as it sounds?

First let’s take a look at the stats - the Taiwanese manufacturer expects its operating margin to drop between 0 and minus eight percent in Q3, down from Q2's 1.5 percent. Gross...

By Ryan Daws, 30 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

Samsung overtakes Apple as most profitable smartphone firm, but it’s still not enough

Whoever you side with in the seemingly historic Samsung versus Apple dispute, you can’t fault Sammy’s drive – they aren’t even happy selling almost triple the smartphone sales in the past quarter (and yes, I realise Apple hasn’t had a major smartphone launch in that period.)

According to Strategy Analytics - with 107 million units sold from April to June; this equates to Samsung holding a 27.7% market share.

Nokia follows at 61.1 million sold for a 15.8% share, and Apple takes...

By Ryan Daws, 29 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

Google’s Chromecast disrupts everything on TV

The genius minds over at Google have just secured themselves an unstoppable force in the TV entertainment market; making a streaming device so well-priced everyone wants one – sometimes even multiple for every HDMI port in their home.

If you haven’t heard, Google’s Chromecast is a dongle which allows applications such as Netflix and YouTube to be streamed on any screen with a HDMI port.

You may be thinking,”ok, cool, but how does this disrupt everything?

First let’s take into account...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Google, Industry, IPTV, Smartphones.